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New Rock Creek Edition joins Nissan Pathfinder lineup

(February 5, 2019) CHICAGO — Nissan today unveiled a new 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition, which goes on sale this spring with a package price of $995. The Rock Creek Edition special value package offers unique exterior and interior treatments that emphasize the rugged Pathfinder heritage.

The package pricing reflects a savings of up to $1,315 (versus similar equipment priced separately). The Rock Creek Edition package is offered on Pathfinder SV and SL grades, in both 2-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, and in a choice of seven available exterior colors.

Mazda to introduce new SUV at Geneva Motor Show

(February 5, 2019) IROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda will showcase the world premiere of a new SUV, the second model in its new-generation lineup, at the Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 5-17. Mazda says that as a new addition to the Mazda lineup, the SUV offers refined quality in all the areas that matter to drivers.

More than 14.6 million families in the fold — FCA celebrates the minivan

(February 5, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the minivan as the originator and leading innovator in the segment it created in 1984. New for 2019, the 35th Anniversary edition is available on Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan models, featuring new badging, an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching, and upgraded content, in addition to the already extensive list of standard equipment.

BMW M850i xDrive to get 400-copy special edition

(February 4, 2019)  MUNICH, Germany —The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is able in a unique way to inspire with its dynamic driving characteristics, while at the same time fascinating with luxurious equipment features and a sporty, elegant design. Moreover, maximum exclusiveness is also guaranteed with regard to the individual configuration of the new luxury sports car.

An electrifying future awaits in Audi game day spot

(February 3, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — Audi returns to America’s biggest night in football with a humorous 60-second commercial called “Cashew.” Known for memorable storytelling, Audi highlights the brand’s electrification strategy by offering a glimpse of the fully electric Audi e-tron GT concept car. “Cashew” will air today during the second quarter of the Super Bowl.

Honda's new Passport crossover goes on sale Monday

(February 2, 2019) TORRENCE, Calif. — The all-new 2019 Honda Passport begins arriving at Honda dealerships nationwide on Monday, Feb. 4, filling out Honda's SUV lineup and delivering a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. The entry-level yet well-equipped Passport Sport carries a starting price of $33,035 including a $1,045 destination charge.

Size matters — Choosing right Nissan for transporting new TV for big game

(February 1, 2019) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nachos, chicken wings and a brand new flat-screen TV are on the shopping list this week as folks stock up on party supplies before America’s favorite football game on Sunday. To make sure the television fits in your ride home, Nissan is issuing the ultimate big game guide for TV hunters.

Some 44 million people are planning to host a game day gathering according to National Retail Foundation. The best time besides Black Friday to find deals on a flat-screen TV is right before the Super Bowl.

Toyota builds nearly 2 million vehicles in North America in 2018

(February 1, 2019) PLANO, Texas — In 2018, Toyota built 1,935,230 vehicles at its North American vehicle assembly plants. Since 1986, Toyota’s total vehicle production in North America has reached more than 38 million. Toyota’s philosophy is to build where we sell and buy where we build. Positive economic factors such as low fuel prices, continued stability in the overall economy and strong customer demand for trucks and SUVs were all key drivers for 2018 production.  

Acura marks 15th anniversary of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

(January 31, 2019) TORRENCE, Calif. — Acura is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its industry-leading Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) technology with a new video that illustrates SH-AWD's performance prowess and unique history. Acura's groundbreaking SH-AWD technology has long set the bar for performance-enhancing torque vectoring AWD and is now offered on five of six Acura models in either mechanical (SH-AWD) or electric (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) form.

Additionally, Acura will surpass the one-million mark in global sales of SH-AWD-equipped vehicles later this year.

2019 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration to debut in Chicago

(January 31, 2019) CHICAGO — Lexus is bringing some heat to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show with the first public appearance of the 2019 LC 500 Inspiration Edition. The third vehicle in the Lexus Inspiration Series, this LC 500 is a limited-edition model that features a unique mix of colors and features that build on the coupe’s stunning design.

All 2019 LC 500 Inspiration Series coupes feature vibrant Flare Yellow paint, a rich, metallic shade of yellow that’s eye catching from a distance, yet subtly handsome up close where the deep layers of paint highlight every crease in the sheetmetal.