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Ford moving autonomous and electric vehicle teams to historic building

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(December 15, 2017) DETROIT— Ford has revealed plans to move its key autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle business and strategy teams to the city where the company got its start. Ford is moving the teams to a historic building known as The Factory — a recently refurbished industrial complex with a rich 110-year history — in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.

2018 Infiniti Q50



PHOENIX — The Q50 Infiniti’s best-selling sedan gets a mid-cycle refresh for 2018. That means, rather than a complete redo, there’s tweaking to the front and rear fascia, modest changes to the interior as well as innovative technologies designed to support the driving experience. One would have to park the outgoing 2017 Q50 next to the refreshed 2018 to discern the difference, visually. Up front, there are new lower air intakes, a modestly reshaped front bumper, and a grille that’s a bit more dimensional.

2018 Mercedes E400 Coupe



INDIANAPOLIS — There’s nothing wrong with owning a Mercedes E-Class sedan.  They’re very respectable, undeniably responsible luxury cars for the respectable and undeniably responsible.   But, chop off two doors, lower the roofline and suddenly you’re wearing a red dress.  Going back to the 1970s, E-Class coupes have been some of the most desirable and timeless cars to dance out of Germany.  The 2018 E400 is especially ravishing.

2018 Lexus LS 500



SAN FRANCISCO — Luxury carmakers always have one flagship vehicle. Most often it is their biggest sedan, the one they want as their lead vehicle, one that radiates the essence of excellence, along with all the substance and presence of a dreadnought-class luxury sedan. For Lexus, that vehicle is the LS sedan, originally launched 28 years ago to compete with cars like the Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 sedans.

Vehicle of the Week

2018 Subaru Crosstrek — Solid advancement



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

When the Crosstrek was introduced as a 2013 model we wondered if there was room in the Subaru lineup for another crossover practically the same size as the award-winning Forester, which had been on the market since 1998. We asked, how could Subaru support two nearly identically sized compact crossovers?

Here's the Thing

Kelley Blue Book names best family cars of 2018

(December 15, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — After extensive testing and evaluation, with emphasis on safety ratings, overall value, versatility, amenities, comfort, drivability and technology, Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com expert editors name their recommendations for the Best Family Cars of 2018.

"The biggest news this year might be the mass proliferation of safety, assist and entertainment technologies across these mainstream people-movers," said Jason Allan, managing editor for Kelley Blue Book.

AAA: Record-breaking 107 million Americans to travel for holidays

(December 14, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. —  ‘Tis the season to traditionally spend with family and friends and this year Americans are traveling in record numbers. AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 1.

Aggressive driving habits costing drivers up to $477 a year

(December 14, 2017) BOSTON — Being fiscally responsible and filling up at the most competitively priced gas station is a no-brainer, but when it comes to truly saving money on fuel, it starts the moment the key hits the ignition. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, aggressive driving like speeding, rapid acceleration and braking is the quickest way to waste gas and can lower gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.

Inside the Industry

BMW announces construction of new proving ground in Czech Republic

(December 15, 2017) Representatives of the BMW Group, the Czech government and the Karlovary Vary region announced construction of a new proving ground in Prague. The roughly 1,235-acre property will be developed in Sokolov in the Karlovary Vary region, close to the German border town of Waldsassen and about two-and-a-half hours’ drive from the BMW Group’s main development site, the Research and Development Centre in Munich.

Polestar announces initial launch markets for Polestar 1

(December 14, 2017) Polestar, the new electric performance brand of Volvo Cars, has announced the initial launch markets for its first car, the Polestar 1. This follows Polestar’s successful brand launch in October that’s seen customers line up for the new Polestar 1 subscription, and expressions of interest in the Polestar 1 already outnumber early production slots, instantly affirming the car with performance and electric car aficionados alike.

Mercedes G-Class interior reinterpreted for today

(December 13, 2017) The G-Class is an off-road legend and the ultimate benchmark for so many fans of cross-country driving. Since 1979 more than 300,000 examples of it have allowed their owners to experience adventures that would have been unachievable with any other vehicle.

Outwardly, the "G" has changed very little. But in fact this very special off-roader has constantly reinvented itself. With its completely updated interior and numerous new features, the G-Class has now undergone the most significant transformation of its almost 40-year career, in technical as well as stylistic terms — while still managing to stay true to itself.

Abandoned Car of the Week

The Corvette in the late '70s



Government-mandated 5 mph crash bumpers were added to the Chevrolet Corvette in the mid-70s. This circa 1975-79 Vette, in need of a new windshield and a thorough restoration, sports those front bumpers. The Corvette was found off U.S. 301 in eastern North Carolina. The 1979 Corvette topped 50,000 units sold for the first time in its history.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)