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Chrysler Pacifica, Shelby GT350R winners at Texas Auto Roundup

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(May 5, 2016) FORT WORTH, Texas — The all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which takes the place of the long-running Town and Country, was named the Family Car of Texas at the annual Texas Auto Roundup held at the Texas Motor Speedway earlier this week. The hot-performing Mustang Shelby GT350R was named the Car of Texas at the two-day event.

2016 Infiniti Q50



SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Leaving its best-selling model basically untouched for 2015, product planners made some sweeping changes to the Infiniti Q50’s powertrain elements for 2016. Even Q50 owners would be hard pressed to identify which is which when faced with a 2015 and a 2016 parked side by side, but the differences are striking when you goose the accelerator.

2016 BMW M2



INDIANAPOLIS — The BMW M2 is a cute little nightmare. There’s something about it that makes you want to run up to hug it before running for the hills without even stopping to warn your village peeps. There’s both elegantly classic BMW styling and monstrous testosterone splashing from every pore. It sounds like a hot date, but is BMW’s gift to boys and girls who appreciate going fast with flair.

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG G65



MOAB, Utah — It’s a military vehicle in most of the world including the U.S. Marine Corps and in the civilian market it’s hugely popular with the likes of the Russian mafia, professional superballers who can consistently hit 3-point falling away jump shots, cardiothoracic surgeons (for some odd reason) and heavily armed gun toting bad guys in action movies.

Vehicle of the Week

2016 Jaguar XF — A remarkable remake



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

When you start contemplating a mid-sized luxury sedan purchase your first inclination may be to test drive German brands such as the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes E-Class. All are certainly worthy of consideration. But we think — after spending several weeks and hundreds of miles behind the wheel of an all-new 2016 Jaguar XF — that you would be remiss not to also seriously consider the English-built car.

Here's the Thing

Kelly: New-car transaction prices increase nearly 2 percent in April

(May 3, 2016) IRVINE, Calif. — The analysts at Kelley Blue Book kbb.com today report the estimated average transaction price (ATP) for light vehicles in the United States was $33,865 in April.  New-car prices have increased by $620 (up 1.9 percent) from April 2015, while increasing $74 (up 0.2 percent) from last month.

"April 2016 continues to show steady improvement in average transaction prices for nearly all manufacturers, with particularly strong numbers for the Detroit automakers," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Top 5 things many parents may not know about teen driving

(May 3, 2016) ITASCA, Ill. — A National Safety Council poll found 76 percent of parents are unaware that the biggest risk to their teens' safety is the vehicle sitting in the driveway. In observance of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month this May, and at the height of prom and graduation season, the National Safety Council compiled a comprehensive list of things many parents may not — but need — to know about teen driver safety.

Gas prices climb to six-month high

(May 3, 2016) WASHINGTON — Gas prices are at their highest levels in more than six months, and the national average has remained above $2 per gallon for 40 consecutive days. This week's average price of $2. 22 represents an increase of eight cents per gallon on the week, and prices are up 16 cents per gallon on the month, according to weekly statistics compiled by AAA.

Inside the Industry

U.S. orders expansion of Takata airbag recalls

(May 5, 2016) WASHINGTON – U.S. auto safety regulators ordered a vast expansion of the Takata airbag inflator recalls on Wednesday, more than doubling the number of hazardous parts covered by the callbacks in a move that the auto industry will spend the next several years sorting out.

Ford targets quieter vehicles with first mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel

(May 5, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Consumers want quieter vehicles, a leading purchase consideration among those looking for a new car. So Ford has come up with a better way to make its vehicles even quieter.

The world’s first fully mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel is an innovative, patent-pending test system that allows for sources of unwanted wind noise in early production vehicles to be identified faster and solutions developed sooner. In the end, customers drive away in cars designed with a quiet interior that’s so essential to delivering a refined vehicle experience.

Cadillac's global April sales down 18 percent over 2015

(May 5, 2016) Cadillac sold 19,983 new vehicles globally in April, a decrease of 18%, as the brand phases out its top-selling SRX Crossover in advance of shipments of the all-new XT5 successor. 

With the XT5 Cadillac is launching the new crossover into the strongest segment in the luxury marketplace. Deliveries of SRX fell sharply in April as inventory levels dropped in advance of more widespread availability of the all-new XT5.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Mercury Cyclone reaches end of the road



This 1968 Mercury Cyclone has been stripped of all its important parts, some of which have probably been transplanted in other Cyclones of the same age. The Cyclone started life in 1964 as a sporty option for the Mercury Comet. In 1968 the Comet name was dropped, and the Cyclone gained several engine options including the high-performance 427 cubic inch V-8 with four-barrel carburetor generating as much as 425 horsepower used mainly for drag racing, according to How Stuff Works. (Photos by Ralph Gable)