May 2017

Toyota Land Cruiser claims 'world's fastest SUV' title at 230 mph

(May 6, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Land Cruiser, Toyota’s iconic go-anywhere four-wheel-drive sport-utility vehicle, has earned myriad accolades and records over the 60-plus years it’s been in production. And now, among them: the title of “World’s Fastest SUV” thanks to a record speed of over 230 mph, attained by the custom 2,000-horsepower Land Speed Cruiser.

2017 Mazda3 — Mazda’s excellent compact hatchback

By Jim Prueter

(May 5, 2017) For 2017, the Mazda3 gets an update and a mild facelift. It has been repackaged with more refinement, additional content and a stronger value proposition against its competitors, especially the newly redesigned Honda Civic, which has been winning acclaim and awards. We tested the five-door hatchback but Mazda3 is also available as a four-door sedan.

Harold likes the 2017 Chrysler 300 S AWD


(May 5, 2017) The Automotive Reporter's Harold Gunn talks about the attributes of the 2017 Chrysler 300 S AWD. Harold likes the 19-inch wheels that come on the S trim AWD as well as the sport-tuned suspension and the 10-speaker Beats Audi sound system.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 sets a new best 911 lap time

(May 5, 2017) ATLANTA — The new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 has celebrated its debut on the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes, 12.7 seconds on the legendary Nordschleife. The track-bred 911 bested the time set by the previous model by 12.3 seconds.

Porsche recalling 51,497 Macan crossovers on fuel pump concern

(May 5, 2017) Porsche Cars North America, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall on 51,497 Macan, Macan S, Macan GTS, and Macan Turbo models in the U.S. manufactured between March 4, 2014, and April 14, 2017.

Porsche determined that fine hairline cracks could appear, after an extended period of use, on the filter flange of the fuel pump on the affected vehicles.

Cadillac global sales rise 40.9 percent in April

(May 5, 2017) NEW YORK — Substantial gains in both the U.S. and China drove Cadillac global sales to 28,163 units in April, an increase of 40.9 percent over the same period in 2016. April marked the 11th consecutive month of double-digit growth for Cadillac, and continued execution of the brand’s globalization strategy.

Toyota celebrates 40 years of research, development in Michigan

(May 5, 2017) YORK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its North American research and development operations alongside an important milestone this week, as the company officially opened its expanded Toyota Motor North American Research & Development (TMNA R&D) Purchasing and Prototype Development centers in York Township.

BMW X4 M40i offers impressive performance, but little in functionality

By Paul Borden

(May 5, 2017) Chances are if you look for info on BMW’s X4 you’re going to find it listed with SUVs or m
aybe crossovers. For example, U.S. News & World Report in its compilation of reviews includes it in luxury compact SUVs along with its sibling the X3.