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Performance-infused Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO to start a $200,645

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(July 17, 2019) Mercedes-Benz USA has announced pricing for the new Mercedes- AMG GT R PRO, an exclusive model from the high-performance AMG GT family. Starting from $200,645 including destination charge, the GT R PRO is limited to 750 units globally and features further-honed driving dynamics, specifically tuned for the racetrack.

2019 BMW 330i



MIAMI — For over four decades, the BMW 3 Series has been considered to be the benchmark in the sport sedan segment as well as serving as the German automaker’s best-selling model. BMW reports that more than 15 million 3 Series models have been sold worldwide since it arrived in the U.S. in 1976 as a replacement for the iconic BMW 2002 sedan.

2019 Ford Raptor



PHOENIX — When Ford first introduced the F-150 SVT Raptor in 2010, it set a new standard for off-roading that few ever thought possible. It was not only a high-performance truck on the road, like the SVT Lightning it replaced, it was a completely improbable and delightfully flippant “Baja-ready-from-the-factory” high-performance off-road truck.

2019 Jeep Cherokee



MALIBU, Calif. — With 9 million sales worldwide and 2 million in the U.S. alone, the compact crossover utility vehicle is “the largest SUV segment in the world,” says Scott Tallon, director of Jeep Brand. Up against segment leader Nissan Rogue and big sellers like Honda CRV, RAV4 and Ford Escape, the Jeep Cherokee makes up just 9.5 to 10 percent market share in the segment.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Lexus RX 350L — Stretched for three rows



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Maybe it was just a stroke of luck or maybe it was a very savvy decision based on the future of the luxury market. Either way, Lexus was the first out of the starting blocks with a smaller unibody sport utility vehicle, which has morphed into the modern crossover.

Here's the Thing

Car Care Council urges periodic spark plug replacement

(July 17, 2019) BETHESDA, Md. — That little engine part called the spark plug performs a huge job in delivering a vehicle's power, performance, dependability and fuel efficiency and, according to the non-profit Car Care Council, should be replaced periodically.

"Spark plugs are one of the hardest working parts of a vehicle. A spark plug can fire 400 times per minute per cylinder or 1,600 times a minute on a four-cylinder engine," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

Auto loan interest rates hit 2019 low in June, according to Edmunds

(July 16, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The average interest rate for a new-vehicle loan dropped for the second month in a row in June, hitting its lowest level so far this year. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 6% in June, compared to 6.1% in May. Edmunds data reveals that more shoppers received interest rates between 2 to 5% in June compared to any other month so far in 2019.

Toyota outlines five ways to make a cleaner world

(July 15, 2019) For Toyota, sustainability is about more than just cars. It’s about embracing emerging technologies that give people more opportunities to move — safely, responsibly and in harmony with the environment. And Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 offers a comprehensive roadmap to achieving these core goals.

Inside the Industry

Goodyear to enhance tire performance by testing components in space

(July 17, 2019) AKRON, Ohio — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is reaching for the stars again to enhance tire performance by testing components in space as part of a project launching this month to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. With an expected launch on July 21, the SpaceX CRS-18 will head to the ISS with a Goodyear experiment onboard.

Toyota launches 'This Is Our Sport' 2020 GR Supra campaign

(July 17, 2019) PLANO, Texas — Performance, capability and style are on full display with the launch of the all-new 2020 Toyota GR Supra campaign, “This Is Our Sport.” In a nod to Toyota’s sports car heritage, the campaign reflects the excitement Supra drivers will feel in an iconic car designed with them in mind — a car that pushes the limits.

2020 Lincoln Navigator arrives with three new monochromatic themes

(July 16, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — A sweeping length of monochromatic color that’s clean, dramatic and designed to turn heads showcases the bold, elegant lines of the Lincoln Navigator and hints at the sanctuary within. Three choices for this signature exterior palette are available for the 2020 model year Navigator full-size SUV.

The trio of Monochromatic Packages — in Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl and Infinite Black — reflect the minimalistic color trend popular in fashion and home décor, where variations of a single hue result in a smooth yet vibrant color scheme that’s easy on the eyes.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Bird at rest



This 1964/65 Ford Thunderbird was found in a yard full of old used-up cars on Route 66. We have for years thought the fourth-generation (1964-1966) the best designed four-place Bird. Its squared-off look moved away from earlier Thunderbirds. 
(Photo by Jim Prueter)