June 2017

2018 extended length Lincoln Navigator debuts on longest day of year

(June 22, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — June 21 marked the first day of summer, the longest day of the year and the perfect time to debut the extended-length Navigator, Lincoln’s longest, most luxurious and spacious SUV.

This all-new Navigator, nearly a foot longer than the regular model, features increased cargo capacity and is specially designed with a below-floor storage compartment behind the third row. In addition, the second-row door is larger, allowing for easier entry and exit.

Second-annual Mecum Portland event topped by 1968 Yenko Camaro

(June 22, 2017) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions was in Portland this past weekend with an impressive lineup of 461 classic and collector cars. The two-day auction at the Portland Expo Center achieved $7.9 million in overall sales totals topped by a 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro that brought $395,000.

2018 Toyota Camry looks hot — drives even better

By Jim Prueter

(June 22, 2017) To say that the midsized Toyota Camry sedan is a massively popular car would be a gross understatement. After all, it’s been America’s best-selling passenger vehicle for 18 of the past 20 years, and 18 million have been sold around the world since it was first introduced in 1982.

Chevrolet safety technology acts like extra sets of eyes

(June 21, 2017) DETROIT — Today marks the official start of summer and Chevrolet wants to help parents avoid situations where summer moments become tragic incidents. With school out and the weather warming up, more children are spending time outside drawing chalk pictures on the driveway, blowing bubbles into the wind or riding bicycles around the neighborhood.

Ford invests $900 million in Kentucky plant; moving Focus production to China

(June 21, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has announced manufacturing actions centered on improving the company’s operational fitness and building vehicles that excite customers around the world.

Ford is investing $900 million in Kentucky Truck Plant for plant upgrades to build the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which begin arriving in dealerships this fall. Both full-size SUVs will be exported to more than 55 markets globally — including Navigator to China. Ford is a top auto exporter in the U.S.

Volvo's Polestar to become electrified performance brand

(June 21, 2017) Volvo Cars has announced that Polestar, its performance car arm, is to become a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company, marking the latest stage in Volvo’s ongoing transformation.

In order to drive the development of the brand, Volvo Cars also announced today that Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president Design at Volvo, will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer at Polestar. Ingenlath has been the inspiration behind Volvo’s award winning design renaissance in recent years.

Dodge announces dealer allocation plan for 840-horsepower Demon

(June 21 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The limited-production, 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — the fastest quarter-mile production car ever — is due to start arriving in dealerships this fall. Today, Dodge is announcing just how it will allocate these rare beasts to its dealer body.

Kia introduces the Stonic, a small crossover, to European market

(June 20, 2017) Hyundai recently unveiled its new B-segment small crossover vehicle, called the Kona, to go on sale later this year in the U.S. Now it's Hyundai sister company's turn to unveil the Kona's sibling, the Kia Stonic. Kia derived musical inspiration for the name combining the words "Speedy" and "Tonic," referring to the first and last notes in the musical scale.

Kia says the Stonic is an eye-catching and confident compact crossover, and is set to become an important conquest model for Kia in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments.

World debut of all-new 10th generation Honda Accord on July 14

(June 20, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda has released a concept sketch highlighting the aggressive stance and proportion of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord that will make its global debut in Detroit and via YouTube Livestream (honda.us/2018AccordReveal) on July 14 at 11a.m. EDT.

The all-new Accord — the most dramatically styled Accord ever — is the 10th generation the midsize sedan, the number one choice of individual American car buyers cumulatively since 2010. according to Honda.

Mazda bakes sports car DNA into its CX-9 flagship crossover

By Peter A. Hubbard 


(June 19, 2017) When you drive an automaker’s flagship model you expect it to impress. You expect excellent fit and finish on the body, seating that fits like a glove, and an abundance of safety, luxury and convenience features throughout. You also anticipate crisp and accurate steering, a supple suspension, boffo braking, and a good deal of zip when you poke the throttle as you’re passing that semi … and make that urgent “call” down to the engine room requesting more power.