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Range Rover Sport SVR validated with 0-100 kph runs in all conditions

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(January 24, 2017) MAHWAH, N.J. — In a unique testing exercise, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) put the Range Rover Sport SVR through its paces completing a series of 0-100kph (0-62 mph)  sprints on a variety of surfaces including asphalt, grass, snow and sand.

2017 Genesis G90



INDIANAPOLIS — I remember when Hyundai occupied a little erector set of a display in the basement of Cobo Hall during Detroit’s North American International Auto Show.  Clearly, the Korean automaker has traveled great distances in the past couple of decades; it’s now one of the most respected global players.  It’s also come a long way since it launched the Genesis sedan in 2008 with a sub-$35,000 sticker.  Now a separate brand, Genesis goes after an elite class of luxury buyers with the G90.

2017 Infiniti Q50



PHOENIX — The Q50 is a compact entry-level luxury sedan and Infiniti’s best-selling vehicle. Introduced for the 2013 model year, it replaced the popular Infiniti G37 sedan. We weren’t fond of the new Q50 when it was introduced, and felt Infiniti took a step backward from both the G37 it replaced and competitors in the segment like Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE and Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt



HOUSTON — When Chevrolet introduced the 2017 Bolt EV…totally electric or battery electric vehicle…it fulfilled their promise to offer a long-range, affordable electric vehicle for the masses.  This plug-in electric car represents a big step forward in EV design offering
more than 200 miles of range on a full charge.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Lexus CT 200h — Luxury hybrid hatchback



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

After six years the Lexus CT 200h purpose-built hybrid has less than 90,000 sales to its credit. But the niche vehicle soldiers on for a seventh year with a 2017 version offering luxury buyers a good looking compact hatchback rated at 42 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. Buyers find that the CT 200h's combination of attractive styling that has worn well over the years and upscale amenities is appealing, while its hatchback body style can accommodate a wide variety of cargo.

Here's the Thing

Think an auto care career is only vehicle repair? Think again

(January 24, 2017) BETHESDA, Md. — When people think of the auto care industry, vehicle repair often comes to mind. The truth is that this dynamic industry is comprised of over 500,000 businesses, including manufacturers, distributors, parts stores and repair shops, and employs over 4.5 million people in a wide variety of roles.

New Nissan Rogue leads Kelley Blue Book's 10 best car deals for January

(January 24, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — For car shoppers who are looking for a terrific new-car deal as dealerships continue to push out new model-year vehicles, the experts from Kelley Blue Book have assembled their list of the 10 best lease, financing and cash back deals for new vehicles available in January from a mix of automakers.

"The holidays may be over, but if you're looking to buy or lease a new vehicle, this month's list presents a wide variety of appealing deals," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.

Scotiabank predicts record global auto sales in 2017

(January 19, 2017) TORONTO — Global car sales accelerated sharply in the final months of 2016, with sales supported by stronger global economic growth. Gains are expected to continue, albeit more slowly over the coming year with purchases increasing to an eighth consecutive annual record, predicts Scotiabank of Canada.

Increased replacement demand in the U.S. will be complemented by a renewed sales upturn in most emerging markets; however, China is the exception, with an expected slowdown.

Inside the Industry

New Kia Niro hybrid crossover to start at $23,785

(January 24, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — Kia today announced pricing for the all-new 2017 Niro crossover hybrid.  When the Niro arrives in dealerships late this winter it will be offered in five trim levels — FE, LX, EX, Touring and a limited-production, Launch Edition. The Niro will start at $23,785 including destination charge, and the top-of-the-line Touring with its many luxury, infotainment and convenience features is $30,545.

Barrett-Jackson breaks 40 vehicle sales records at Scottsdale auction

(January 24, 2017) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson kicked off its 46th year by breaking more than 40 vehicle auction sales records (as verified by Hagerty Data) during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, held Jan. 14-22 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. During the automotive lifestyle event, 1,719 vehicles were consigned, the most at one auction in the company’s history, with vehicle sales totaling approximately $100 million at a 99.5-percent sell-through rate.

Lexus to take center stage in Super Bowl spot

(January 23, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Two new flagship vehicles will join the Lexus lineup this year, each uniquely confirming Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance. The first-ever Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h performance coupes and the completely redesigned Lexus LS 500 luxury sedan take their place at the pinnacle of Lexus' extensive product lineup.

To celebrate the next chapter in Lexus' history, the company today unveiled a 60-second extended version of its Super Bowl spot featuring the LC, as well as a few surprises.

Abandoned Car of the Week

An old Utah Dodge pickup



Like its competitors, Dodge came out with an all-new pickup truck design for the 1948 model year, which remained basically unchanged through 1953. This example of a Dodge pickup from the 1948-1950 model years — based on the grille design — was found in Utah. 
(Photo by Jim Prueter)