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Honda vehicles lead NICB's Hot Wheels most stolen vehicles list


(August 31, 2015) DES PLAINES, Ill. — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The Honda Accord and Civic lead the list by a wide margin.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

SEATTLE, Wash. — Now ladies and gentleman please closely observe our final — and best — magic trick of the afternoon. Our driver is about to drive the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma into this huge pile of loose sand where he will bury the truck up to its axles. Then we will hook a tow rope to the rear and pull the buried truck out of the mess it has created. Actually, ladies and gentlemen, no such assistance will be needed.

2016 Mazda CX-3

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — When Shakespeare posed the question, “What is in a name?” he could have had the all-new Mazda CX-3 in mind. You see, in terms of size and handling, it’s a crossover in name only. Mazda’s 3 sedan is seven inches longer and nearly three inches wider than the CX-3. Mazda suits — well, most of them don’t wear suits — tell us that the CX-3 really has more in common with the Mazda2 than the 3. In the long run, though, does it really matter? Nah.

2016 Hyundai Tucson

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — In the past year, car registrations have dropped 3.9 percent while light truck registrations have increased by 10.7 percent. Why then have Hyundai’s crossover utility vehicle sales fallen 14.5 percent over that same period? “The U.S. market is currently 56 percent truck and CUV,” says Dave Zuchowski president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, “and this has made it hard for us to keep our sales momentum. It’s not that we don’t have the capacity to build these vehicles. It’s that we have to reallocate our current production from cars to light trucks.”

Vehicle of the Week

2016 Acura MDX — Making an excellent crossover better

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Acura reworked its best-selling mid-sized MDX crossover for the 2014 model year and we called it "a stroke of engineering genius," the personification of what a luxury sport utility is supposed to be. Yet in just its third model year on the new platform, Acura has endowed the MDX with more updates and improvements in several areas that put additional luster on an already well-polished vehicle.

Here's the Thing

Autotrader finds one in four dog owners take pet on test drive

(August 27, 2015) ATLANTA — More than 54 million American households own a dog, so it's no surprise that 56% of dog owners actively seek out cars and trucks that can accommodate their four-legged friends. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 22% of Autotrader visitors have taken their pet, or would consider taking their pet, on a test drive.

Study finds traffic gridlock sets new records for traveler misery

(August 27, 2015) America’s traffic congestion recession is over. Just as the U.S. economy improves, a new report produced by INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shows that traffic congestion has returned to pre-recession levels.

Rand McNally editors pinpoint the best travel destinations in new series

(August 26, 2015) SKOKIE, Ill. — Reminisce about your travels, and dream about your next adventure with Rand McNally's new "Best of" series featuring rich photos illustrating the unique travel appeal of special places across the country and around the globe.

Rand McNally says the series is packed with stunning photos and engaging vignettes about U.S. and world destinations. Best of America: Day & Night, Best of America: Great Escapes, and Best of the World: Exquisite Experiences will awaken and captivate the traveler that stirs in all of us.

Inside the Industry

All-new Mazda2 Black goes on sale in UK; U.S. not getting '16 model

(August 31, 2017) LONDON — Mazda’s stylish and sophisticated supermini range has been boosted in the United Kingdom with the launch of the all-new 2016 Mazda2 Sport Black special edition. Mazda says that it offers high levels of standard specification, sporty styling enhancements and the opportunity to personalize the car. The all-new Mazda2 Sport Black arrives in dealerships this week in the UK.

2016 Ford Explorer goes 'platinum'

(August 29, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Explorer — the best-selling SUV in the United States for 25 years — reaches new heights with the Platinum edition, a well-appointed combination of the performance-minded Explorer Sport and comfort-designed Limited trim level. Ford Explorer Platinum will hit showrooms in September.

Flint Engine builds millionth 1.4-liter engine; begins transition to new engine

(August 28, 2015) FLINT, Mich. — No sooner had employees at Flint Engine Operations reached one milestone — 1 million 1.4-liter engines produced — that transition began to production of a new global engine for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze and Volt.

Flint Engine, which opened in 2002, is in the midst of a $200-million upgrade that will see 1.4-liter engine production end this week and the new Ecotec small gas engine production start by year’s end.