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Toyota to introduce new Sienna minivan, Yaris in New York

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(March 23, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif.  — Large and small.  Swagger and sportiness.  That is what Toyota will be rolling into their display at the 2017 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) next month with the debut of two freshened models, the 2018 Sienna van and subcompact Yaris hatchback. 

2017 Lincoln Continental



INDIANAPOLIS — The Lincoln Continental is not just any car — it’s Edsel Ford’s car.  It’s also President Kennedy’s, Elvis Presley’s, James Brown’s, Frank Lloyd Wright’s, and if Lincoln’s ads are to be believed, Matthew McConaughey’s car.  It’s appeared in movies as diverse as Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, American Hustle, The Jazz Singer, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Avengers, and The Normal Heart.  It’s not a car; it’s an icon indivisible from the automaker that builds it.

2017 Land Rover Discovery



ST. GEORGE, Utah —  The boxy Land Rover LR4 is fresh off a complete redesign and is not only a thoroughly different looking vehicle, but also has a new name: Land Rover Discovery. This fifth-generation model sports a new look inside and out and features a slew of technological advancements. This includes the lightweight monocoque body construction, made of up to 85 percent high-strength aluminum, reducing total vehicle weight by 1,000 pounds or about 20 percent over the outgoing LR4 model.

2017 Subaru Legacy



LOS ANGELES — Subaru doesn't need any help selling cars and crossovers from the likes of automotive sites like MotorwayAmerica, the Japanese company has got the formula down to a science enjoying increasing sales month after month for years. To understand this phenomenon better, spend some time behind the wheel of the 2017 Legacy mid-sized sedan.

Vehicle of the Week

2017 Lexus ES 350 — Epitome of family luxury



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Lexus ES sedan has been the luxury go-to car for nearly three decades. It's a prime example of Lexus solitude. It exudes performance and comfort in luxury surroundings. It features an attractive modern design, a spacious cabin, a long list of standard and available equipment, and a positive history of quality.

Here's the Thing

What consumers look for in choosing new tires

(March 23, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As National Car Care month approaches, April is a popular time for Americans to focus on vehicle maintenance and replace worn out tires. Choosing the right tires for your vehicle can be strenuous and difficult, but making an informed decision promotes safety, performance and fuel economy.

According to the Hankook Tire Gauge Index, there are several factors that influence a driver's choice of tires as 38% of Americans purchase the same tires that were already on the vehicle, while the remaining 62% of Americans are evenly split on choosing the best price (31%) and the dealer recommended product (31%).

Despite quality issues Tesla owners love their cars, J.D. Power finds

(March 22, 2017) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Problems associated with Tesla Model S and Model X have little influence on the overt affection owners have for these cars and the brand, according to a J.D. Power report released today titled "Tesla: Beyond the Hype."

Texas-based designer Kim Lewis runs business with 'Pearl,' a 1977 Ford F-150

(March 22, 2017) AUSTIN, Texas — Texas-based designer Kim Lewis, no stranger to the spotlight, has come to appreciate the value of iconic design. As a production designer on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Lewis helped design and renovate more than 120 homes across America over the course of six years.

Inside the Industry

Ram Truck launches new color for Laramie Longhorn edition

(March 23, 2017) DALLAS — Ram Truck has unveiled a new exterior color shade for its luxurious and capable Laramie Longhorn line of pickup trucks. RV Match Walnut Brown will serve as the model’s new two-tone contrast color, replacing White Gold.
 
“The Ram Laramie Longhorn has deservedly become the world’s benchmark for upscale, capable pickup trucks,” said Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global.

Mini celebrates 15 years in the U.S.

(March 23, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKES, N.J.  — It was 15 years ago March 22 that a feisty, little-known car company came ashore in the United States and captured the hearts of Americans from coast-to-coast. Since 2002, Mini USA has sold and delivered more than 725,000 Minis to delighted customers across the country.

Coveted rare Chevrolets to cross block at Barrett-Jackson Auction

(March 23, 2017) PALM BEACH, Fla. —  Barrett-Jackson will bring a docket full of coveted, rare Chevrolets to its 15th Annual Palm Beach Auction on April 6-8 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Among Barrett-Jackson’s docket of featured Chevrolets is a ’67 Corvette 427/400 horsepower convertible that is one of 16 painted in Greenwood Green over black vinyl interior.

Abandoned Car of the Week

1938 Ford in the weeds



This 1938 Ford pickup from Peter Hubbard's Junkyard Dog collection was found in a large vintage salvage yard near Tokina, Ill., with dozens of other cars and trucks, mainly from the '50s. The truck could be purchased with two flathead V-8 engine sizes — a 2.2-liter making 60 horsepower and a 3.6-liter rated at 85 horsepower. All trucks were equipped with a 3-speed manual transmission. A radio was a $45 option — plus installation charge.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)