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Peace, love and Volkswagen — Iconic 'light' bus rides again

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(February 17, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — After more than 50 years, the iconic "Light" bus — a Volkswagen Type 2 van made world famous after its appearance at the legendary 1969 Woodstock Art and Music Fair — will ride again, thanks to help from Volkswagen of America and the greater Volkswagen community.

2019 GMC Sierra Denali



PHOENIX — Pickup trucks are better than ever and the hottest selling vehicle segment on the market thanks to America’s growing love affair, an insatiable appetite for them and a strong economy. It also helps that most automakers have dramatically upped their game with new entrants like the return of the Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline mid-sized trucks. Still others like Ram, Chevrolet and GMC are all new for 2019.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt



MIAMI — Though the electric car may be viewed by some as a recent development, its history dates back well over a century when, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the work of innovators in the 1800s led to the first electric vehicle on the road in the U.S. in 1890. By 1900, electric cars were a popular choice among budding automotive enthusiasts, more convenient than steam-powered vehicles and cleaner and easier to drive than the gasoline-powered versions.

2019 Ford Edge ST



INDIANAPOLIS — Ford had a really good idea back in 1989.  It commissioned Yamaha to conjure a high-revving V6 engine for what became the Taurus SHO, a sport sedan that could take the family to church, and afterwards, kick dad and mom into twisty two-lane backroads for a very spirited Sunday drive.
Through generations, the SHO gained a bigger V6, small V8, and finally, a twin-turbo V6 in today’s iteration.  Well, sedans are quickly going out in favor of crossovers.  No worries because Ford is already building a better SHO, the 2019 Ford Edge ST.

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2019 Honda Accord Hybrid — No compromise frugality



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Moving forward in this age of electrification it seems the hybrid — vehicles with both an electric motor and a gas engine — are becoming the preferred method of transportation until all-electric becomes more viable for all driving conditions. The good news is there's a hybrid variant of many crossover SUVs and sedans offering all the attributes of the gas-engine models.

Here's the Thing

Top certified pre-owned deals for February according to Autotrader

(February 17, 2019) ATLANTA  — As the U.S. thaws from the polar vortex, car buyers can use this typically slow time of year for automotive sales to find a good deal on their perfect vehicle match. Certified pre-owned vehicles can help car buyers make the most of every dollar, and dealerships should have a great selection in February thanks to year-end trade-ins and vehicles coming off-lease.

Auto loan interest rates climb to second highest level in 10 years

(February 15, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Tightening credit conditions and rising vehicle prices continued to squeeze consumers in January, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Due in part to an evaporation of zero percent financing deals, the average annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles hit the second highest point in 10 years in January, averaging 6.19 percent.

You pick: Iconic Toyota Land Cruiser or luxurious Lexus LX

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 14, 2019) The iconic Land Cruiser SUV is not only Toyota’s most expensive vehicle — starting at just over $86,000 — it’s also their longest running model, dating back to 1954. The current generation driven here has been in production since 2007, with only minor changes during that time.

Inside the Industry

Bentley launches what it says is world's fastest, most luxurious SUV

(February 15, 2019) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has announced full details of the world’s fastest production SUV. The Bentayga Speed features an enhanced 626 bhp version of the renowned 6.0-liter W12 engine that delivers a top speed of 190 mph and 0–62 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Great Britain, the Bentayga Speed is the most powerful and performance-oriented Bentayga to date.

Subaru launches creative campaign for the 2019 Forester

(February 16, 2019) Subaru of America this week debuted a series of new advertising spots centered around the launch of the all-new 2019 Forester. The new creative campaign gives viewers an intimate look into the lives of three different Forester owners by highlighting how the vehicle’s safety features, including the new Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, versatility and reliability, make the 2019 Forester the safest, longest lasting and most adventurous Forester ever.

Nissan breaks ground for advanced technology training center

(February 15, 2019) DECHERD, Tenn. — Nissan broke ground Thursday on an advanced technology training center in Decherd, Tenn. The new 21,000 square-foot facility — located at the existing Nissan powertrain assembly complex — will have the capacity to train 180 employees simultaneously in the areas of production, maintenance, engineering and management.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Double decker



A 1950 Packard rests on top of a 1949 Frazer in a Casa Grande, Ariz., salvage yard. Unfortunately, neither make was even close to the top of the heap at the turn of the decade. Frazer and Packard had both fallen on hard times. Packard's 1950 sales declined by more than 60 percent to 42,627 from 1949. Frazer managed only 21,000 sales in 1949 and would survive only a few more years.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)