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2018 Honda Accord named Kelley Blue Book's best buy of the year


(November 17, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — After kicking the tires and running the numbers on 2018 model-year cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs, Kelley Blue Book's expert editors have named the Honda Accord the overall best overall buy in the 2018 Best Buy Awards. Kelley Blue Book's Best Buy Awards honor the top vehicles in 12 major vehicle categories.

2018 Ram Rebel

INDIANAPOLIS — There are 11 Ram 1500 models, ranging from the work-ready Tradesman through the Big Horn, Lone Star, Sport, Night, Laramie, and Limited Tungsten editions.  Each has a unique character that appeals subsets of the broad spectrum of full-size truck drivers.  Towards the top is the Ram Rebel, which is perhaps the most expressive of an expressive family. Rebel is big and bold with hints of Power Wagon and Lil' Red Truck. 

2018 Honda Odyssey

It occurred to me that the Honda Odyssey, first introduced almost 25 years ago in 1994, is the perfect stealth vehicle. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging any suspicious or illegal activity. But Odyssey’s never been a vehicle that will turn heads or be followed home to ask the owner what they are driving. They’re everywhere, yet no one pays any attention to them. But who cares?

2018 Toyota Camry

NEWBURG, Ore. — To say that the midsized Toyota Camry sedan is a massively popular car would be a gross understatement. After all, it’s been America’s best-selling passenger vehicle for 18 of the past 20 years, and 18 million have been sold around the world since it was first introduced in 1982.
Toyota sold over 388,000 Camry’s last year, but that’s down from more than 430,000 in 2015. Through May of this year, sales are down some 20,000 units over last year. Still, Camry is a popular vehicle and a solid bet to sell more than 300,000 by year end.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 Kia Rio — Subcompact sophistication

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Over the years the Kia Rio has conjured up images of a very entry-level car that relates to first-time buyers, struggling college students, families seeking basic transportation in a second run-around-town car, and the budget side of rental fleets. This perception — while not completely on target — pretty much nailed the little subcompact.

Here's the Thing

Cutting edge thinking in cancer treatment and car making

(November 16, 2017) BRENTWOOD, Essex, UK — After being diagnosed with cancer, Mike Butler was fascinated by the process through which patients were treated – but saw an opportunity to introduce practices from the car manufacturing facility, where he works, so that it might run more smoothly.

Working together with his colleagues, at the Ford assembly plant, in Cologne, Germany, quality director Butler and the team researched and proposed changes that are now being implemented as part of what is expected to become Europe’s biggest dedicated cancer unit.

Looking at the Blue Ridge Parkway fall colors in a GT350 Shelby Cobra

By Jim Meachen editor

(November 15, 2017) We needed a car for a road trip to the North Carolina mountains to join the hordes of visitors on the Blue Ridge Parkway and other high-altitude locales to view the colors of fall. There were several choices available, but in the end we decided on the monstrous 2017 Mustang GT350 Shelby Cobra.

Survey: What stresses American parents most on family road trip?

(November 15, 2017) DETROIT — As millions of Americans prepare to hit the road for Thanksgiving holiday travel, a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Chevrolet reveals that keeping the kids entertained and hearing the ever-present “Are we there yet?” ranked lower than traffic, packing and cost when it comes to the top family road trip stressors.

The Harris Poll surveyed 1,063 U.S. parents of children under 18 to explore the state of the American family road trip.

Inside the Industry

Chevrolet offers Corvette Carbon 65 for auction to benefit veterans

(November 17, 2017) DETROIT — GM and Chevrolet are teaming up with the George W. Bush Presidential Center to honor and support those who have served and sacrificed to protect the security and freedom of all Americans.

On Jan. 20, Chevrolet will offer the first retail production Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe, signed by President George W. Bush, for auction at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ford reconfirms its commitment to Spain with $870 million investment

(November 17, 2017) VALENCIA, Spain — Ford is investing more than $870 million in to build the next-generation Ford Kuga medium-sized Sports Utility Vehicle in Valencia, Spain. The new investment brings the total sum invested in Ford’s Valencia operations to around $3.5 billion since 2011.

“This major investment of more than $870 million reconfirms in the clearest way our continuing commitment to the Valencia region and to Spain as one of our most important manufacturing locations in Europe,” said Steven Armstrong, president and CEO, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid pricing to start at $34,290

(November 17, 2017) SAN FRANCISCO — Just in time for the holidays, the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale December 1, 2017 at dealerships nationwide. The midsize plug-in hybrid starts at $34,290 including destination charge with highly equipped standard equipment, and is offered with a Touring trim for $37,490.

"The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid takes a big step forward in bringing Honda electrified vehicles into the mainstream with no compromise to performance, range or comfort," said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Depression era Pierce-Arrow

This 1929 or 1930 Pierce-Arrow was discovered sitting in front of an old Phillips 66 gas station on Route 66 in Chandler, Okla. The Pierce Arrow was redesigned in 1929 to include headlights molded into the front fenders. It came in four wheelbases with a choice of three straight eight engines with horsepower ratings from 115 to 132. Prices ranged from $2,595 to $6,250, a princely sum during the first years of the Great Depression. (Photo by Jim Meachen)