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Ford Focus RS RX and Ken Block star in Gymkhana NINE VR Part One


(October 22, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — For the first time ever, Ken Block’s iconic video series has been presented in virtual reality and 360-degree video. Starting today, enthusiasts and fans can experience Gymkhana NINE VR part one in the FordVR app and on the official Ford Performance YouTube channel.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

OJAI, California — When it comes to pioneering vehicles that get exceptional fuel economy no one would argue that Toyota is the world’s leader with over 25 years of alternative fuel vehicles under its belt. Offered products include gas-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid and even a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in a few select markets.

2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo

LAKE OCONEE, Ga. — An engine doesn’t necessarily make a car, but it can certainly give it swagger.  Take the Nissan Sentra for example.  Earlier this summer, I tested the Sentra and liked it very much.  But, when Nissan mentioned shoving the Juke’s turbocharged engine under the hood, stiffening the suspension, quickening the steering, and sporting out its exterior, I was ready for a drive.  At the recent Rogue and Rogue Hybrid preview in Georgia, I had my chance.

2017 Ford Fusion

LOS ANGELES — I’m not surprised to read that Ford says the mid-size Fusion four-door sedan is its second best selling vehicle — behind only the F-150 truck. What’s more surprising, in an age when it seems everyone wants an SUV, it outsells the Ford Explorer. Every time I see one on the freeway I am struck by how handsome it looks. Car buffs say it captures “Aston Martin” styling.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Jaguar XE — Sports sedan perfection

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Jaguar's last attempt at a small luxury sedan was not a successful one. The forgettable 2002-2008 Jaguar X-Type, built under Ford's ownership on a second-generation European Ford platform, felt more like a gussied up Ford than an entry-level Jaguar. Granted, Ford had improved the brand's reliability by that time, but was sacrificing exclusiveness for increased sales.

Here's the Thing

Nissan: The future of driving is defining the future of transportation

(October 20, 2016) When Nissan's Tetsuya Iijima (pronounced EE-ee-JEE-mah) envisions the future of driving, he's not only thinking about how autonomous driving will impact the "behind-the-wheel" experience but how to help society prepare for it.

A recent report by The Boston Consulting Group found that for those who had concerns about autonomous vehicles are often based on three primary factors: Reliability, cybersecurity, safe interaction.

NICB report: Halloween and vehicle thefts — Is there a link?

(October 19, 2016) DES PLAINES, Ill. — As Halloween approaches, there may be more than ghouls, gremlins and witches canvassing the landscape. How many car thieves will also be prowling the nation's streets this Halloween disguised as trick-or-treaters as they case neighborhoods for their next target?

Paul Borden review: Hyundai Elantra Eco has surprising array of features

By Paul Borden

(October 18, 2016) There was a time — and not all that long ago, by the way — that if you were shopping in the bargain section of the automotive market you had to be prepared to do without many of the creature comforts, and in some instances even safety measures, found on more upscale cars. Even if the those features were available in the price range of the model you were seeking, and they often weren’t, you had to pay extra.

Inside the Industry

Toyota to start sales of fuel cell buses under the Toyota brand

(October 22, 2016) TOYOTA CITY, Japan ―Toyota will begin selling fuel cell buses under the Toyota brand in early 2017. Having already undergone repeated field tests for practical use, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to utilize two of these fuel cell buses on fixed routes.

BMW Films 'The Escape' premieres on Sunday featuring 5 Series sedan

(October 21, 2016) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J .— BMW Films presents “The Escape” exclusively on at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday. From Academy Award-nominated director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9,” “Elysium”), the action-packed short film features original BMW Films star and Oscar-nominated actor Clive Owen (“Closer,” “Children of Men”) who reprises his role as The Driver, Dakota Fanning (“War of the Worlds,” “I am Sam”), Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher,” “Daredevil”) and Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“The Departed,” “Up in the Air”). 

Nissan completes acquisition of 34 percent stake in Mitsubishi Motors

(October 21, 1016) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan has completed its acquisition of a 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) and became its largest shareholder. MMC will also become part of the global Alliance with Nissan and Renault. With the addition of MMC, the Alliance will be in the world’s top three automotive groups by global volumes, with sales of 10 million units in fiscal year 2016.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Retired Michigan Oldsmobile 88

In 1962, the full-sized Oldsmobile 88 was in its fifth generation (1961-1964). The base Dynamic 88 was powered by the 280-horsepower Jetfire Rocket V-8 while the Super 88 received the 394 Skyrocket V-8 making 330-horsepower. Both models were outfitted with a 3-speed Roto Hydra-Matic transmission. This 1962 model was found enjoying retirement in Munger, Mich.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)