March 2018

Out from the shadows — Toyota’s 2019 Corolla Hatchback

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(April 1, 2018) The previous generation of the Toyota Corolla Hatchback was called the Scion iM, then Toyota Corolla iM. It was based on the European market Toyota Auris, which itself was based on the Toyota Avensis platform. For 2019, it gets a full name, Corolla Hatchback, and moves to Toyota’s modular TNGA platform.

Mecum Auctions returns to Houston with 1,000 cars

(March 31, 2018) Mecum Auctions is slated to return to Houston’s NRG Center April 5-7 for Mecum Houston 2018 with an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, Corvettes, classics, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more to cross the auction. Among the most notable consignments are a 1970 Plymouth Superbird with the original A833 4-speed transmission that is one of just 308 produced.

Electrifying escapism — Genesis reveals Essentia concept in N.Y.

(March 31, 2018) NEW YORK — Genesis unveiled its groundbreaking Essentia Concept at the New York International Auto Show this week. The all-electric, high-performance concept elevates and reimagines the “Athletic Elegance” design paradigm, while providing a vision of future Genesis product performance and technology.

2019 Acura MDX A-Spec makes surprise appearance in New York

(March 30, 2018) NEW YORK — The 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec made a surprise debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Launching mid-year at Acura dealerships nationally, the MDX A-Spec will complete the introduction of A-Spec variants to Acura’s core model lineup that includes the ILX A-Spec, TLX A-Spec and the all-new 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, which also made its world debut in New York.

Kia unveils completely redesigned K900 sedan

(March 30, 2018) NEW YORK — Kia Motors has unveiled the completely redesigned Kia K900 sedan at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, establishing a new standard for luxury.  The all-new second-generation model combines a dignified and sophisticated exterior design, a beautifully crafted cabin of premium materials, and performance characteristics that befit a world-class flagship sedan.  Reimagined in every way, the K900 brings with it an array of new systems and safety features, making it the most technologically advanced Kia ever.

Lincoln introduces the Aviator, a three-row hybrid crossover SUV

(March 30, 2018) NEW YORK — Aviator glided into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services.

Kia Forte5 SX offers style, good value, sporty performance

By Peter A. Hubbard

(March 29, 2018) For the past 10 years or so, entry-level car buyers have been flocking to Kia dealerships. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why.  Price, price, price!  Sorry for adapting your slogan, Realtor friends, but that’s the bottom line.  Kia currently offers 7, count them, 7 different models with a starting MSRP under $26,000. The list includes nearly the entire line: Optima, Sportage, Sorrento, Soul, Rio, Niro and Forte. 

A pile of Ford rust

This is one of the most rusted out abandoned vehicles we've ever encountered. The incredibly rust-laden late 1960s Ford truck was spotted near Kahaluu, Hawaii, by Jim Prueter. Prueter said he was told by a "reliable individual" the rust was created by the huge amounts of acid rain caused by the active volcano on the big island. No reason to doubt that analysis — the proof is in the Ford.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

All-new 2019 Subaru Forester debuts at New York auto show

(March 29, 2018) NEW YORK — Subaru of America debuted the all-new 2019 Forester at the New York International Auto Show. The fifth generation of the brand's best-selling SUV introduces the roomiest, most capable and most versatile Forester ever made and also features groundbreaking new safety technology.

The 2019 Forester is built on the Subaru Global Platform to deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection, ride comfort and quietness.

All-new 2019 Nissan Altima makes world debut

(March 29, 2018) NEW YORK — Nissan has revealed the all-new Altima, bringing excitement back to the mid-size sedan segment with expressive styling, an uplifting interior, two new powerplants, the first available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in a Nissan sedan in the U.S. and advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, including ProPILOT Assist. The 2019 Altima goes on sale in the U.S. in the fall, followed by other global markets at later dates.