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Kia releases exterior pictures of the all-new 2017 Cadenza


(November 25, 2015) Kia has unveiled an exterior views of its redesigned 2017 Cadenza sedan, which will go on sale worldwide next year. The new Cadenza, called the K7 in Korean, has a sharper, more angular look than the outgoing version.

2016 Lexus RX

RALEIGH, N.C. — For almost two decades, the Lexus RX has been the benchmark for luxury midsized crossovers and SUVs. The yard marks are wide, but you’re going to shell out anywhere between $45,000 and $70,000 to purchase one. The competitive set includes the cream of the crop: Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and a few others. Price notwithstanding, this segment is growing so fast, it seems that within five years, Americans will be issued one with their learning permits.

2016 Honda Civic

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Honda was accused of cutting corners with its all-new ninth-generation Civic for model year 2012. It seemed the Japanese car company was content to live on its reputation of building solid, affordable and reliable entry-level transportation. We had no qualms with the '12 Civic, admitting that it wasn't the leap forward we had expected. That's not a problem this time around. There's no question Honda has raised the bar with the 10th generation Civic.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

SEATTLE, Wash. — Now ladies and gentleman please closely observe our final — and best — magic trick of the afternoon. Our driver is about to drive the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma into this huge pile of loose sand where he will bury the truck up to its axles. Then we will hook a tow rope to the rear and pull the buried truck out of the mess it has created. Actually, ladies and gentlemen, no such assistance will be needed.

Vehicle of the Week

2016 Chevrolet Corvette convertible — The epitome of open air driving

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were impressed with the new-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray during our time behind the wheel last year. We simply couldn't remember a vehicle that delivered so many things so well. Our opinion didn't change after a fun-filled week in a 2016 Corvette convertible. The bottom line — you don't have to sacrifice one iota of performance and handling with the droptop.

Here's the Thing

Study finds Chicago has worst traffic bottleneck; L.A. owns 6 of top 10

(November 25, 2015) WASHINGTON — A new study released today by the American Highway Users Alliance identifies America's 50 worst bottlenecks and finds that the very worst bottleneck, as measured by hours of delay, is in Chicago.  Los Angeles owns the next six of the top 10.

Speaking at the American Highway Users Alliance press conference, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, "This report furthers the unassailable truth that America is stuck in traffic. The good news is that this problem is solvable, and Congress can be part of the solution.

AAA says drivers to pay lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008

(November 24, 2015) WASHINGTON — Approximately 42 million Americans are expected to take a road trip this Thanksgiving, and drivers should pay the lowest pump prices for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2008. Retail averages have fallen for 17 consecutive days for a total savings of 15 cents per gallon, and the national average remains poised to fall below the $2 per gallon benchmark by the Christmas holiday, AAA reports.

Black Friday to set pace for potentially record-breaking November sales

(November 24, 2015) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Car shopping destination has issued its November 2015 new car sales forecast, which projects that 1,331,415 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in November for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 18.3 million.

Both the volume and SAAR are threatening to be the biggest on record for the month of November, eclipsing the 1,324,542 new cars sold in November 2001 for a SAAR of 17.7 million. The projected sales will be an 8.3 percent decrease from October 2015, but a 2.5 percent increase from November 2014.

Inside the Industry

Volvo pilots in-car delivery service in Sweden

(November 25, 2015) With just a couple days to go before Black Friday and Cyber Monday — the busiest shopping days of the Holiday season — Sweden’s Volvo Cars has unveiled a brand new way to take some of the hassle out holiday shopping.

The premium car maker has launched the world’s first commercially available in-car delivery service in Volvo's hometown, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but estimates show 2015 trending higher

(November 25, 2015) WASHINGTON — The nation saw a slight decline in traffic deaths during 2014. However, an increase in estimated fatalities during the first six months of this year reveals a need to reinvigorate the fight against deadly behavior on America's roads, the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Tuesday.

NHTSA’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) figures for 2014 show 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, a 0.1-percent decrease from the previous year.

Making your Toyota run cleaner before you even start it

(November 24, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota Transport, the automaker’s in-house vehicle transportation trucking company, now has its first car hauler that runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The Long Beach, Calif.., based truck/trailer does what any other car hauler can do, except it does it while emitting 85 percent less overall particulate matter and 10 percent less carbon dioxide.

The CNG truck was commissioned by Toyota and designed and built in a joint collaboration with Peterbilt and Cottrell, Inc., the truck and trailer manufacturers.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Beetle among the weeds

This 1970s era Volkswagen Beetle was discovered living with an attractive growth of weeds in eastern North Carolina. The Beetle was enormously popular in the U.S. through more than three decades reaching 15 million sales in 1972 setting an all-time sales record surpassing the previous record holder, the Ford Model T.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)