November 2017

Volkswagen Tiguan becomes dog-friendly

(November 24, 2017) CULVER CITY, Calif. — Volkswagen has outfitted an all-new 2018 Tiguan with the latest in doggy-themed accessories, all which were on display at Wags, Wheels and Waffles, a charity event inspired by the need to find permanent homes for rescued pets. The event, presented by Auto Conduct, featured dogs from Southern California animal charities Maeday Rescue and A Purposeful Rescue in addition to a made-to-order waffle station for attendees.  

Mercedes seeks to revolutionize compact segment with A-Class interior

(November 24, 2017) STUTTGART, Germany — Mercedes-Benz proclaims the interior of its new A-Class is a completely new departure, and revolutionizes the compact class from the inside with a new feeling of spaciousness. The unique architecture is particularly marked by the avantgarde design of the dashboard. There is a more generous amount of interior space.

Finding a lane on the white line and between the box dots — death row


By Al Vinikour

In my capacity as a future Nobel laureate in the field of automotive journalism I find myself in California at least once a month to drive new vehicles in a number of real-world environments so I can write articles about them. If I’d only been there once I’d still be just as frightened by a phenomenon I’ve only experienced in the Golden State…motorcycles splitting lanes.

2018 Mazda CX-5 gets some new features at each trim level

(November 23, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — The Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV continues to win the hearts of critics and customers, with its sales off to a record pace since the second generation went on sale this past spring. And for the 2018 model year, the CX-5 is getting cylinder-deactivation technology and safety and refinement updates at all trim levels.

Mazda CX-5’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine has received small updates to reduce internal friction and the amount customers will spend on fuel, but no feature stands out more than its segment-exclusive cylinder-deactivation technology.

Yenko Camaros top Mecum's inaugural Las Vegas collector car auction

(November 23, 2017) LAS VEGAS — Mecum Auctions’ first time holding a collector-car auction in Las Vegas was an undeniable success as 557 vehicles changed hands in just three auction days, Nov. 16-18, and total auction sales soared to $22 million.

Offering collector cars in the City of Lights was long on Mecum’s to-do list, and the warm reception from Las Vegas along with the auction’s subsequent strong sales results verified the veracity of the auction house’s predicted success.

Production of Volvo’s first ever small premium SUV begins in Belgium

(November 23, 2017) A new era starts for the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium today as the first customer-bound XC40 small SUV is set to roll off the production line. The new XC40, for which the company has already received over 13,000 orders, is Volvo Cars’ first ever small premium SUV. The first customers can expect to take delivery of their new XC40 early next year.

All-new Hyundai Accent starts at $15,880

(November 22, 2017) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has announced pricing for its all-new 2018 Accent, starting at $15,880 including destination charge for the SE sedan model. New standard features on the SE trim level include a 5-inch color touchscreen audio system with rearview camera, Bluetooth phone interface, steering wheel mounted audio / cruise controls, spare tire and 15-inch wheels.

The all-new Accent includes all of this with only a small price increase of $250 compared with the 2017 SE model.

Period-correct logos for early Corvettes now available from Lloyd Mats

(November 22, 2017) NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Lloyd Mats, the leader in custom-fit automotive floor mats, has announced the release of 14 C1, C2 and C3 Corvette logos. Perfectly matching the ever-evolving Corvette font and flag logos, the new officially licensed GM logos are model year specific for 1953-1982 Corvettes, and can be applied to all of Lloyd Mats’ popular plush carpet floor models.

When the Corvette emerged on the scene in 1953, it set the standard in two-seater sports car performance.

GMC Sierra All Mountain concept debuts at Vail Mountain

(November 22, 2017) VAIL, Col. — The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept, a one-of-a-kind snow-climbing machine, will debut this week at Vail Mountain. The Sierra All Mountain concept takes GMC’s signature bold design and engineering excellence to new heights, adding tank-like tracks that help it navigate rugged, snow-covered terrain.

Aston Martin introduces a new Vantage with new styling and performance

(November 22, 2017) GAYDON, England — Vantage. An evocative name for a magnificent bloodline of thoroughbred sports cars. For seven decades the heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest models, successive generations have built an enviable reputation for thrilling performance and enduring popularity. Today this formidable sporting dynasty is poised to hit new heights with the introduction of the new Vantage.