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New Ford Super Duty brings massive 48-gallon fuel tank to segment

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(August 26, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is an essential tool for work. Just one way in which it can accomplish this is through the addition of a massive 48-gallon fuel tank — the largest in its class — which aims to maximize time between fill-ups to allow for more time getting the job done.

2017 Cadillac XT5



PHOENIX — The reinvention of Cadillac into a contemporary luxury brand continues with the latest introduction to the lineup with the first ever XT5 an all-new replacement for the outgoing mid-size SRX crossover vehicle. The SRX was first introduced for the 2004 model year and has been the sales leader for Cadillac.

2017 Nissan Armada



CARMEL, Calif. — The first generation Nissan Armada soldiered on for 12 years, limping into its final model year in 2015 with rumors that it would be terminated. But Nissan had other plans, perhaps driven by the resurgent SUV market including the big truck end of the spectrum. It now looks like a brilliant idea — revive the Armada in the image of its popular Infiniti QX80 cousin.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class



CARMEL, Calif. — The completely redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class marks the 10th generation of the German automaker’s most popular model. To save you the suspense of waiting until the end of the review, I’ll tell you now: The new E-Class is nothing short of fantastic and lives up to its billing as “The world’s most intelligent luxury sedan.” Heck, I’d go so far as to say it’s the most intelligent vehicle on the planet, period.

Vehicle of the Week

2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV — Big luxury



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Cadillac Escalade is a bit of an anomaly in the new global Cadillac scheme of things. The big body-on-frame SUV is like the unloved aunt who is tolerated in the family circle only because she is so popular and influential in the community beyond her small world of relatives.

Here's the Thing

Group says automakers not doing enough to bring electric vehicles to market

(August 24, 2016) OAKLAND, Calif.  — Drivers looking to take advantage of the many benefits of driving electric are up against a real barrier: automakers just aren’t bringing enough electric vehicles to market. That’s the finding of a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

While automakers vary widely in terms of how many electric vehicle models they offer and where they sell them, all automakers could be doing more to take full advantage of the potential EV market, especially outside of California.

Motor vehicle fatalities up 9 percent

(August 23, 2016) ITASCA, Ill. — Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9 percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six month mark. An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January and 2.2 million were seriously injured. The total estimated cost of these deaths and injuries is $205 billion.

After lengthy slide, gas prices rising near end of summer driving season

(August 23, 2016) Following a streak where the national retail average price of gasoline dropped on 54 of 55 days, pump prices have now increased on 12 of the past 17 days and each of the past six, according to AAA's weekly survey.

The national average price for regular unleaded is $2.16 per gallon, which is four cents more than one week ago, but is two cents less than a month ago, 46 cents less than the same date last year, and the lowest price for this date since 2004.

Inside the Industry

Honda of South Carolina creates 250 jobs with plant expansion

(August 26, 2016) TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. — Honda of South Carolina (HSC) has announced new investment of $45 million in a 115,000 square foot expansion and innovation project designed to meet growing demand for Honda side-by-side vehicles produced exclusively in the South Carolina plant. The investment is expected to result in the creation of 250 new jobs, which the company has already begun to fill.

Volkswagen and franchise dealers reach agreement to resolve diesel issue

(August 26, 2016) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen Group of America has announced it has reached an agreement in principle to resolve the claims of VW-branded franchise dealers in the United States relating to TDI vehicles affected by the diesel matter and other matters asserted concerning the value of the franchise.

Speed, style and panche — Meet the Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition

(August 26, 2016) In a celebration of style and lightweight performance, and helping mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s famous Hethel site, Lotus has revealed the latest addition to its collection: the exclusive Elise 250 Special Edition. Only 50 copies will be sold.

Based on the critically acclaimed Elise Cup 250 launched earlier this year, but featuring a raft of exclusive components as standard, the new Lotus Elise 250 Special Edition offers an outstanding combination of performance and panache.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Jeep discovery



The Jeep Willys became popular after World War II and was sold in a variety of formats. This early 1950s model Jeep pickup proclaims its 4-wheel-drive configuration on the side of the hood. It was found in retirement on Highway 82 near the Continental Divide in Colorado.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)