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New plug-in hybrid Mercedes S-Class 560e has 25 miles all-electric range

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(September 19, 2017) STUTTGART, Germany — The latest addition to the S-Class family is a new-generation plug-in hybrid. With an on-board 7.2-kW charger that allows for fast charging of the battery, the S560e has an approximate all-electric range of 25 miles. The S560e Sedan debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show and is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2019.

2018 Honda Odyssey



PHOENIX — 
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 Lexus LC 500



KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Almost everything about Lexus’ new flagship coupes screams “irresistible.” Inspired by the 2012 LF-LC concept car, the LC 500 and LC 500h hybrid have presence and savoir-faire that are nearly off the charts. At the recent media introduction of the all-new Lexus LC500 on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Lexus executives made it abundantly clear that their objective is for the words “boring” and Lexus never to be used in the same sentence.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid



LOS ANGELES — Nearly 35 years after Chrysler introduced the original minivan, it again plots revolution. It’s only after a full day of driving the Pacifica Hybrid down California’s Pacific Coast Highway, through the canyons around Malibu and Hollywood, and on open Interstate does the significance of this van develop. It will shake the segment to its core.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid — A job well done



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hybridization seems to be the immediate future of the automotive industry as we await further development of hydrogen fuel cell cars and all-electric vehicles. A hybrid vehicle has both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor endowing it with exceptional mileage — and virtually all automakers now have hybrid variants of some of their vehicles in an effort to meet mandatory mileage standards.

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New TV show puts Dana-equipped Wranglers to the test in Moab

(September 19, 2017) MAUMEE, Ohio — A new History Channel show, "It's How You Get There," will feature two Dana-owned Jeep Wranglers equipped with Dana axles attacking some of the most difficult off-road trails around Moab, Utah.  The show, hosted by Greg White and Julian Taylor, features challenging and unusual modes of transportation on land, sea, and air. 

Season 1/Episode 4 features Dana's Jeep Wranglers and is scheduled to air Sunday, Oct. 1.

Autonomous vehicles driving transformation in real estate design

(September 19, 2017) DALLAS — With autonomous vehicles still years away from being a common sight on the nation's roadways, its potentially massive impact on society is already changing how land-use planners, developers and others are preparing for this technology, which has been compared to the most significant innovation since the invention of the automobile, according to BBG, a leading independent national commercial real-estate valuation, advisory and assessment firm.

VW Tiguan picked top compact SUV by cars.com from seven competitors

(September 18, 2017) CHICAGO — Cars.com has released the results of its Compact SUV Challenge, which ranks seven of the most popular options in the segment. Competitors for the title of "Best Compact SUV of 2017" were the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2017 Ford Escape, 2017 Honda CR-V, 2017 Jeep Compass, 2017 Mazda CX-5, 2017.5 Nissan Rogue and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Inside the Industry

Game of drones —Jaguar XJL stars in unique airborne race

(September 19, 2017) LONDON — Jaguar has staged a unique drone race in London to demonstrate the space and refinement found in its full-size luxury sedan, the long-wheelbase XJL. High-speed drones piloted by professional racers flew through three cars during the race at Alexandra Palace, on a course marked out with 13 gates the same shape as an XJL rear door.

Travelling at speeds of up to 60 mph, the drones navigated their way through the door-shaped gates lit in Phosphor Blue and Red to highlight the interior ambient lighting options found inside the cabin of the Jaguar flagship.

Honda to add 300 new jobs, invest $267 million on new Accord

(September 19, 2017) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Associates at Honda of America Mfg. (HAM) today celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord with an announcement of new investments and jobs to support manufacturing of the 10th generation Accord. Honda invested $267 million and is adding 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new vehicle and to increase production at the Marysville Auto Plant.

Mahindra and Ford explore strategic cooperation to drive growth in India

(September 18, 2017) CHENNAI, India — Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company today agreed to explore a strategic alliance, designed to leverage the benefits of Ford’s global reach and expertise and Mahindra’s scale in India and successful operating model.

The agreement between the two companies will allow each to leverage their mutual strengths during a period of unprecedented transformation in the global automotive industry.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Florida tow truck lives on as advertising sign



This 1939 Chevrolet tow truck was found living in abandoned retirement as an advertising sign for a body shop in Starke, Fla. The 1939 was one of the last model years Chevy trucks and medium-duty vehicles shared an appearance with Chevrolet passenger coupes and sedans. (Photo by Ralph Gable)