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Ghosn is gone — What will happen to the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance?

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(November 23, 2018) The shocking announcement that Carlos Ghosn was arrested and "perp walked" off the corporate plane at Narita Airport outside Tokyo took the industry by surprise, and has led to non-stop speculation concerning the validity and depth of the charges, the identity of the whistleblower, and what will happen to the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance.

Ford EcoSport fails to make its case against excellent competitors

By Jim Prueter

(November 21, 2018) Today, 70 percent of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. are non-sedans; most of those are SUVS. Consumers are flocking to SUVs and pickup trucks, and manufacturers are busy filling that demand with new products of all sizes. To that end, earlier this year Ford began selling its first subcompact crossover utility vehicle in the U.S., EcoSport (pronounced “echo-sport”).

It's the season to be thankful — For cheaper gas prices

(November 20, 2018) Motorists can add cheaper gas prices to their list of ‘things for which to be thankful’ this Thanksgiving holiday. Today’s national gas price average is $2.62, which is seven-cents less than a week ago and the largest one-week decline in pump price this year. In fact, the large drop brings the year-over-year differential in gas prices to only seven cents — that is the lowest yearly change seen July 2017.

Unhappy Honda Days — The Grinch steals Honda holiday campaign

(November 20, 2018) In partnership with Universal Pictures and Illumination's Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, Honda has discovered that their Happy Honda Days event was stolen by the Grinch during Sunday television programming, leaving an empty Honda dealership and spreading unhappiness across the automaker's annual holiday campaign.

The Grinch canceled Honda's annual sales event because it was simply too happy and today, he has taken over the brand's Twitter channel (@Honda), where he shares unhappy and unmerry holiday comments, featuring the hashtag #GrinchTakeover.

The best place to hide holiday gifts? Buick says your vehicle

(November 19, 2018) DETROIT — Nothing ruins a holiday surprise like a compromised hiding spot. In a new survey from Buick, 60 percent of the U.S. parents polled had a holiday surprise ruined because a child or significant other discovered where they’d hid the gift. And many of those parents would consider using their cars to help avoid future gift-giving disappointment.

Honda R&D engineer reflects on the power of mobility

(November 19, 2018) RAYMOND, Ohio — Lara Harrington learned the transformative power of mobility at a young age. Growing up outside of Dayton, Ohio, the chief engineer at Honda R&D Americas learned from her parents how the simple ability to move safely from one point to another could have a profound impact on someone's life.

Honda leads 2019 Edmunds' 'Buyers Most Wanted' awards

(November 19, 2018) SANTA MONICA, Calif — Edmunds, the car shopping experts, today announced the 2019 Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards, its annual list of shoppers' favorite vehicles. The awards recognize the most in-demand vehicles in 17 segments, based on sales, days-to-turn and shopper interest data on Edmunds.

2019 Mercedes Benz S 560 4Matic — Benchmark of automotive excellence

By Jim Prueter

(November 18, 2018) The S-Class sedan, a benchmark of automotive excellence, is not only the flagship of Mercedes-Benz, it arguably makes a strong case for the “best car in the world.”  The S-Class dates back to 1972, with the most recent generation introduced for 2014 with a mid-cycle refreshing completed for 2018.  At first glance, it appeared little was changed.

All-new Ram with eTorque named 'Green Truck of the Year'

(November 17, 2018) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Green Car Journal has selected the Ram 1500 as its 2019 Green Truck of the Year. The announcement was made Friday at the 50th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in San Antonio, Texas.

Ford explains where it is today in building a self-driving business

By Sherif Marakby
CEO, Ford Autonomous Vehicles

(November 16, 2018) When discussing self-driving cars, the question that most often comes up is about when they will take to the streets. While that is important, there’s so much required for wide-scale deployment beyond just having the self-driving vehicle itself.