February 2017

Nissan adds new King Cab body style to complete Titan lineup

(February 10, 2017) CHICAGO — Nissan today revealed the new 2017 Titan and Titan XD King Cab models, completing the lineup of new full-size pickups. The world debut announcement came during a media event at the Chicago Auto Show.

The new King Cab is marked by its available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and available “rear seat delete” option that is ideal for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space.

FCA provides officer protection technology in Charger Pursuit vehicles

(February 10, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich.  — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles  announced this week that effective immediately, all 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit law enforcement vehicles will provide safety technology that detects movement behind the vehicle through the use of a rear-facing camera and radar.
FCA US has teamed up with InterMotive Inc., of Auburn, Calif., to provide this important Officer Protection Package technology at no cost to U.S. law enforcement agencies that order the 2017 Charger Pursuit – America’s best-selling, high-performance police sedan.

Chrysler partners with BraunAbility to develop wheelchair-accessible Pacifica

(February 10, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler brand and BraunAbility are joining forces to design a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan that gives wheelchair users the quality of the world’s leading automotive mobility manufacturer with the functionality and bold styling of the industry’s most awarded minivan of the year. The new upfitted Chrysler Pacifica made its world debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show this week.

New 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT makes debut in Chicago

(February 10, 2017) CHICAGO — Hyundai has debuted the all-new 2018 Elantra GT at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Lower, wider, and longer, the all-new Elantra GT adds a more aggressive stance and interior volume to its clean European style and driving dynamics. When the new hatchback arrives this summer, shoppers can choose between two models, the efficient, smooth running GT, or the more powerful and fun-to-drive GT Sport.

Harold is impressed with new Buick LaCrosse


(February 9, 2017) The Buick LaCrosse was completely redesigned for the 2017 model year becoming one of the best large sedans sold in the U.S. It's quiet, comfortable and refined. Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter was predictively impressed with the newest car from Buick.

Nissan expands 'Midnight Edition' package to six core models

(February 9, 2017) CHICAGO — Nissan today announced it is expanding its Midnight Edition equipment package, previously available only on the Maxima SR, to five additional models — each among the brand’s best-selling nameplates. Designed to add visual excitement, the new Midnight Editions of Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder share unique content — including black wheels, black spoiler, black mirror caps and available special floor mats — with additional equipment added by model. 

Redline takes Chevrolet design to the next level

(February 9, 2017) CHICAGO — Chevrolet has announced the introduction of the Redline special edition series at the Chicago Auto Show. Available on nine Chevrolet cars, trucks and crossovers, Redline is the broadest cross-portfolio special edition ever offered by the brand.

Redline made its debut in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Inspired by a strong positive reception from customers and the success of special editions across the portfolio, Chevrolet expanded Redline across nine vehicles in the car, truck and crossover segments:

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited — Comfortable and quiet, but boring

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(February 9, 2017) During lunch at a VW all-model drive event a few years ago, one of the VW  engineers remarked on the styling of the then-current Hyundai Elantra. “It’s too much. The basic shape is nice, but the detailing is too heavy handed and over-the-top, unlike the Jetta. This would never fly in Germany, and I think the car will look old and out-of-date very quickly.”

Model A lives beside the highway

The Ford Model A was produced from October 1927 through 1931, replacing the aging Model T, which was sold for18 years. Prices for the Model A ranged from $385 to $1,400. Nearly five million were made in that short span of time. This Model A — in restorable condition — watches life go by on the side of a highway.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)