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Chevy Bolt EV owners drive 4.5 million miles in four months


(April 26, 2017) DETROIT — Chevrolet reported today that 3,492 Bolt EV owners in the United States have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles as of April 2 since the vehicle went on sale in December. These all-electric miles have resulted in more than 175,000 gallons of fuel saved based on the average EPA-estimated 26 mpg for 2017 vehicles in the U.S. 

2017 Honda CR-V

PHOENIX — Sales of compact crossover utility vehicles are booming; consumers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for them and the segment continues to grow. In fact, utility vehicles now outsell cars. With players like Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue and others continually updating and refreshing their products, competition is keen and the vehicles are only getting better.

2017 Volvo S90

PHOENIX — We were more than impressed with the completely redesigned XC90 when it was introduced for 2015. It was the first Volvo to be updated since Chinese automaker Geely bought the Swedish car company from Ford in 2010. For the record, the brand has kept its promise to completely refresh and revamp its entire product line by the end of 2017, recently introducing a redesigned XC60 crossover, V90 and V60 crossover wagons, and the all-new flagship S90 mid-sized luxury class sedan tested here.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A new SUV is coming to Volkswagen showrooms in May. And yes, the VW folks say, its an SUV, not one of the growing numbers of “crossovers” that basically put an SUV body over a sedan chassis. (Though Mark Gillies, senior manager for Product Communications, sees them as “interchangeable terms.”)

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor — A livable off-road warrior

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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

A tremendous amount of copy has been written about the off-road exploits of the Ford F-150 Raptor since its inception in 2008, including its success in the Baja 1000, one of the most grueling endurance races in the world that winds through a Mexican desert littered with boulders and dry creek beds. The in-your-face Raptor has proven to be the epitome of off-road prowess.

Here's the Thing

Chevrolet offers tips and tricks to survive pothole season

(April 26, 2017) DETROIT — Now that spring is in full swing, icy roads are a thing of the past, leaving behind pothole filled roads that can damage your vehicle and cost you money. While rough road conditions seem unavoidable this time of year, Chevrolet engineers have developed the following tips and tricks to help you and your car survive pothole season.

Most crash reports do not capture drowsy, drugged, distracted driving

(April 25, 2017) ITASCA, Ill. — A National Safety Council review of motor vehicle crash reports from across the United States found no state fully captures critical data needed to address and understand the rise in roadway fatalities. Crash reports from all 50 states lack fields or codes for law enforcement to record the level of driver fatigue at the time of a crash.

New defensive driving course helps combat distracted driving

(April 24, 2017) OAKLAND, Calif. — eDriving, a provider of online driver training and global driver risk management solutions, has launched the first cross-over defensive driving course for both corporate fleet and consumer audiences. The new One More Second course and an online distracted driving resource area launched as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Inside the Industry

Chrysler expands 2017 Pacifica lineup with Touring Plus model

(April 26, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler announced today the addition of the Touring Plus model to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica lineup, extending the appeal of the all-new minivan to more customers.
“The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica arrived in dealerships a year ago, and in that time, it has both resonated with our current minivan customers and brought new minivan buyers to the brand,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Passenger Car Brands.

FCA delivering additional 500 Pacifica Hybrid minivans for self-driving

(April 26, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat-Chrysler announced on Tuesday that Waymo will add 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand its self-driving program. FCA previously delivered 100 minivans, modified for self-driving, to Waymo during the second half of 2016. Production of the additional 500 minivans will ramp up beginning next month. Waymo will then outfit these vehicles with its self-driving technology.

All-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan begins mass production in Alabama

(April 25, 2017) LINCOLN, Ala. — More than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) today celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, slated to go on-sale this spring at Honda dealerships nationwide. HMA is the exclusive manufacturer of the family-friendly Odyssey.

"This is a celebration for our entire Honda team of associates who have been committed to bringing an all-new, high tech, family-friendly Odyssey to our customers," said Jeff Tomko, president of HMA.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Seventh-generation Oldsmobile 98

This seventh-generation Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight was discovered in retirement in South Carolina. The seventh generation of the 98 was built from 1961 through 1964. We think this is a 1964 model. The Oldsmobile 98,
which was built from 1940 through 1996, came in six body styles in 1964 in 2-door, 4-door and convertible configurations. Standard equipment included power steering, power brakes, power windows and power seats. The powertrain was 6.5-liter Rocket V8 mated to a 3-speed automatic. (Photo by Ralph Gable)