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Rubicon is the magic word when it comes to Wrangler's off-road capability


By Paul Borden

(March 24, 2019) MIAMI — The Jeep Wrangler may not be the only vehicle with off-roading capability — even luxury manufacturers play in this pool  — but it's hard to argue with Jeep’s claim that its Wrangler is “the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world” when it comes to off-pavement adventures.

2019 Mercedes CLS450 Coupe

PHOENIX — For 2019, Mercedes has launched its third-generation CLS 450, which originally debuted in 2004. Often confused as a stable mate in the C-Class category, slotting below the S- and E-class, the CLS actually occupies a class of its own between the S- and E-class sedans. The new CLS actually rides on the E-Class platform but uses the S-Class’ engines and electronics.

2019 Audi SQ5

MIAMI — Three things you can count on in a German luxury car. The latest in technology will be available and it will be fussy, and sometimes frustrating to operate. The cabin will live up to the highest standards of luxury while giving you the feel of a high-class English gentleman’s club. It will go like a bat out of hell. The 2019 SQ5 from Audi encompasses all three.

2019 Ford Ranger

SAN DIEGO — Back in 2011, after years of lackluster sales, Ford bumped off its mid-sized Ranger pickup. Dodge/Ram did the same with its Dakota, and then a year later GM pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Those moves effectively ceded the mid-sized truck segment to just two players: Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Chevy Silverado — Big pickup evolution

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Pickup trucks are the best-selling vehicles in America and the cash cow of the Big Three American truck builders, so when blueprinting an all-new truck, it behooves designers and engineers to be very wary of making a gigantic mistake. In this vein, Chevrolet took what we consider the safe route in creating the new Silverado — completely upgrading the truck with a new body and frame, 20-percent more cargo space, 14-percent heavier payload capacity, and 5-percent greater towing capacity, yet keeping things truck-guy friendly from the exterior to the interior with one glaring exception.

Here's the Thing

Alfa’s super sedan — Stunning, powerful, mercilessly addicting

By Jim Prueter

(March 23, 2019) The very first things that strike you about the Italian-bred Alfa Romeo Giulia sports sedan are its stunning good looks, the way it sits on the ground, and its overall stage presence. The four-door Giulia comes in six flavors – five powered by the 280-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the Giulia Quadrifoglio tested here, powered by the monstrous 505-horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 191 mph.

Driving coach sees around corners to show when to give brakes a break

(March 22, 2019) BRENTWOOD, Essex, UK — Many drivers know that they can save on fuel by laying off the accelerator pedal. Now, Ford is introducing commercial vehicle-first technology that helps drivers economize further by letting them know when to slow down in good time to avoid hard braking, based on what lies ahead, and even out of sight.

Michelin ranks highest in three segments for original equipment tires

(March 21, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Overall customer satisfaction with original equipment tires affects tire brand loyalty, but also vehicle brand loyalty, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study, released today.

The annual study measures tire owner satisfaction in four key areas (in order of importance): tire wear; tire ride; tire appearance; and tire traction/handling. Rankings are included for four vehicle segments: luxury; passenger car; performance sport; and truck/utility.

Inside the Industry

2019 Fiat 500X models arrive in U.S. from Italy

(March 23, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The first shipments of the new 2019 Fiat 500X have arrived on U.S. soil at the Port of Baltimore in Maryland. Following Baltimore, additional units will arrive at various ports throughout the country.

“Our first batch of ne
w Italian-designed, fun-to-drive 2019 Fiat 500X small crossovers are just starting to arrive,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands — Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat — North America.

GM to invest $300 million, add 400 jobs, at Michigan plant for new EV

(March 23, 2019) ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. — General Motors is investing $300 million in its Orion Township assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that will bring 400 new jobs to the Orion plant. Friday's announcement is part of GM’s new commitment to invest a total of $1.8 billion in its United States manufacturing operations, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.

Hyundai celebrates launch of Tucson N in Europe with unique art project

(March 22, 2019) HIGH WYCOMBE, UK — Hyundai Motor is offering customers a growing range of attractive N choices. With the launch of the New Tucson N Line, they’ll be able to drive the brand’s first SUV with the sporty N look and feel. To mark the occasion, Hyundai enlisted German artist Andreas Preis to create the ‘Drive A Statement’ Project Tucson, a unique illustration on a New Tucson N Line.

Abandoned Car of the Week

The remains of a pre-war Buick

There's not much left of the front end of this 1940 era car, but we think it's a Buick. Buick was the fourth best-selling car in the country in 1940 with 278,748 units sold. This cannibalized car was found in an Arizona salvage yard.
(Photo by Becky Antioco)