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This Just In: Stylish Performance

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:08am
Luxury and power come together in the new 2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive Sedan.  Power is generated by a 4.4-liiter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.  Gear changes are handled by the latest generation 8-Speed ZF Sport Automatic Transmission with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC. They reworked the transmission software adapting it specifically to the performance capabilities of the new engine.  The improvements mean 0-to-60 rushes by in just 3.5 seconds… that’s a–tenth of a second faster than before.  Maximum speed is now up to 205 mph. All this power comes with comfort.  The two-axle air suspension system with auto-levelling function adjusts ride height by as much as 1.4 inches depending on how fast you’re going.  The 2020 ALPINA B7 xDrive goes on sale in the fall starting at $141,700.

 

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This Just In: Next From Mazda

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 2:21pm
With Chicago press days behind us, we’re looking ahead to the Geneva International Motor Show.  That’s where Mazda will be showing a new SUV.  This is the only glimpse we have of it so far.  From what we can tell it features a more mature Kodo design language and Mazda’s new-generation Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture.  For now, this teaser photo is all we have to go on.  It will be one of the vehicles we’ll be watching during the Geneva International Motor Show in March.

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Episodes: Episode 3823

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:10am

Debut 2.08.2019

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Drivers' Choice Awards: Cars

Drivers' Choice Awards: Trucks

FYI: CES 2019

Goss' Garage: Keep your Engine Clean

Motor News: Revolutionary Tech | New Auto Partners

Drivers' Choice Awards: Best of the Year

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Podcasts: 2019 Drivers’ Choice Awards

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 8:00am

Podcast #198

In Podcast 198, John Davis and the MW crew discuss the recent winners of the MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards.

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Press Releases: MotorWeek Names Jaguar I-PACE Drivers’ Choice “Best of the Year”

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 4:00pm

MotorWeek Names Jaguar I-PACE Drivers’ Choice “Best of the Year”

MotorWeek’s 2019 “Best of the Year” Unveiled: Jaguar I-PACE

TV series' annual Drivers' Choice Award winners announced at Chicago Auto Show

 

CHICAGO – Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, the I-PACE, is MotorWeek’s 2019 Drivers’ Choice Award winner for “Best of the Year,” announced today at the Chicago Auto Show, the nation’s largest consumer automotive showcase. Over an unprecedented 38 years of bringing weekly automotive news to consumers, MotorWeek has evaluated thousands of distinctive cars, but only a handful deserving of their “best of” moniker. This year’s winner brings every bit of nuanced luxury into the future all while making it the car for right now.

The Jaguar I-PACE luxury utility keeps the family-resemblance and driving character strong in this eco-friendly iteration of its brand. With all-wheel drive, a familiar Jaguar grille, and an open interior that luxuriously manages both occupants and their gear, along with a generous 234 mile plug-in range, the I-PACE is the new benchmark for five-passenger utilities.

“Jaguar has managed to engineer an electric vehicle (EV) whose creature comfort quotient is high but with all the advantages and technology we’ve come to expect from the new age of electrified models,” says MotorWeek creator and host John Davis. “The I-PACE totally delivers as an EV, besting our expectations with outstanding style, range, roominess, as well as performance handling, acceleration, and braking. As a total package, the I-PACE not only is a standout luxury utility, it is a clear winner among all new passenger vehicles.”

“We are honored to have the Jaguar I-PACE named 2019 Drivers’ Choice Award for ‘Best of the Year’ by MotorWeek,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “The Jaguar I-PACE has been a game changer for the brand. Being recognized as the ‘Best Luxury Utility’ vehicle and win ‘Best of the Year’ is a testament to the pioneering spirit and dedication of the design and engineering teams at Jaguar.”

 

Luxury buyers who sample the I-PACE will be impressed, while driver and passengers will bask in the shelter of serenity that electric vehicles provide. With an absence of engine noise, there is still an exciting element of surprise with so much effortless power and road prowess on tap.  MotorWeek testing proved that point with a 0 to 60 mile per hour sprint of just over 4.2 seconds. With ‘oomph’ married to great balance and maneuverability, drivers know they are in the cabin of a Jaguar.

Jaguar has inaugurated its latest dual-screen infotainment system in the I-PACE that features a pair of instrument panel touchscreens called InControl Touch Pro Duo. While the I-PACE doesn’t ‘scream’ new technology from its ultra-plush interior, the Jaguar’s ergonomic control center is intuitive and easily within reach.

“These are only some of the reasons the I-PACE won our staff’s vote in the ‘Best Luxury Utility,’ category,” says Davis, “which then put it in the running for our ‘Best of the Year’ honor.

Watch MotorWeek’s Jaguar I-PACE roadtest (Episode #3810)

All Drivers’ Choice Award winners are featured on Motorweek.org, and will appear on a special episode of MotorWeek (#3823) airing on public television stations beginning February 9, and on cable’s MotorTrend Network beginning February 19.  MotorWeek and the 2019 Drivers’ Choice Awards are nationally sponsored by The Tire Rack®, WeatherTech, RockAuto, and State Farm.  Additional support for the 2019 Drivers' Choice Awards has been provided by Rain-X.

One of the auto industry’s most coveted honors, MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards were announced at the largest consumer-driven auto show in North America, the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. In selecting the annual Drivers’ Choice Awards, the MotorWeek’s editorial staff evaluates more than 150 cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles every year. Winners are chosen based on driving performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency, and value for the dollar.

2019 Drivers’ Choice Award Winners:

Best Small Car                                   Kia Forte

Best Family Sedan                            Nissan Altima

Best Convertible                                Mazda MX-5 Miata*

Best Luxury Sedan                            Genesis G70

Best Sport Sedan                              Volvo S60

Best Sport Coupe                              Hyundai Veloster N

Best Performance Car                       Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Best Small Utility                               Toyota RAV4

Best Midsize Utility                            Ford Edge

Best Large Utility                               Volkswagen Atlas*

Best Luxury Utility                             Jaguar I-PACE

Best Pickup Truck                             Ram 1500

Best Eco-Friendly                              Honda Clarity

Best Dream Machine                         Bentley Continental GT

                                                           Ferrari 812 Superfast

                                                           Porsche Panamera

MotorWeek is television’s longest-running and most-respected automotive series. Debuting in 1981, MotorWeek launched a new television genre by becoming the first weekly series to offer consumer-oriented car and truck reviews, do-it-yourself car care tips, and the latest auto industry news. Produced by Maryland Public Television, the award-winning series is now in its 38th season. The winner of numerous automotive journalism awards, MotorWeek is a reliable source of automotive news on television and on the web.

Distributed nationwide and overseas by Maryland Public Television, MotorWeek airs on 92 percent of PBS broadcast stations and can also be seen on cable’s MotorTrend Network.  Program excerpts are available to viewers on the program’s website motorweek.org, and on its YouTube Channel, youtube.com/Motorweek.  Fans can like MotorWeek on Facebook and also follow the series on Instagram and Twitter.

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This Just In: Chicago Auto Show

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 9:52am
MotorWeek is on the floor of the Chicago Auto Show.  The spotlight shined bright and early on the refreshed 2020 Kia Sportage.  The Euro inspired design includes new bumpers, headlights and tail lights.  Designers were also at work inside adding their touch to the steering wheel.  An 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, and a smartphone wireless charging tray is available.

Toyota rolled into the Windy City with the 2020 Tacoma.  The third-generation of this midsize pickup sports a new grille and wheel designs. The look may be inspired by desert race trucks, but Toyota is adding comfort inside with a new 10-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa are part of the new multimedia system.

That technology is also along for the ride when the road gets rough in the  2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro.  The chassis of this full size SUV is equipped with a TRD-tuned Fox shock absorber suspension.  Multi-Mode 4WD is standard.  On or off the pavement, this body-on-frame hauler keeps the family comfortable with a four-wheel independent suspension.

Subaru came to Chicago with the all-new 2020 Legacy.  Their all-weather family sedan has been comfortable and reliable for 30-years.  The all-new seventh-generation builds on that legacy.  Underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform, there are more options for enthusiastic drivers.  A turbocharged engine returns to the Legacy in new XT models.  260-horsepower comes out of the 2.4-liter direct-injection Subaru Boxer engine.  Tamer models get an enhanced 182-horsepower 2.5-liter direct-injection Boxer engine.  Drivers have a new 11.6-inch tablet-style high-definition multimedia infotainment system at their fingertips.  Subaru is also raising the bar on safety with the DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.

A year after the Volkswagen Jetta went through an overhaul, they’re raising the fun factor with the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.  That’s not a typo.  This Jetta combines features you’d see in the GTI and Golf R.  Naturally it has a stronger engine than the base model.  This performance sedan is propelled by a 2.0-liter TSI engine that puts out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.  If you’re counting that’s 18 more horsepower and 41 more lb-ft of torque than the previous GLI.  The MQB architecture rides on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.  Combine that with the VAQ limited-slip differential, Golf R brakes, and multi-link independent rear suspension, and suddenly the daily commute isn’t so boring.

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Motor News: Revolutionary Tech

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 7:00am

YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: Porsche engineers have a bit of a dilemma on their hands. As they develop a sports car that dominates the track and successfully handles rainy weather.

The 8th generation of the Porsche 911 comes standard with an industry-first “wet mode” feature. Sensors inside the front “wheel well” can detect water on the road. Then it automatically sets up the car to help prevent hydroplaning… adjusting stability and traction controls, braking, and throttle response. But here’s the important part… a warning appears in the gauge cluster that “wet mode” is ready… so it’s still up to the driver to activate it.

Hyundai is taking safety to a whole new level… but in this case… “after” an unexpected stop.

They’re developing a multi-collision airbag system. Airbags are designed to deploy during an initial crash. But if that first impact isn’t strong enough, or in the right direction to trigger the frontal airbags, this system could activate them if there’s another collision… say with a car or tree. Hyundai says their system could calibrate the force needed to inflate the airbags, and also determine how a person’s seating position has changed after the first crash. No word yet on when it will appear in production models.

As we race towards the future, more and more competitors are becoming collaborators.

This time it’s Daimler AG and BMW Group forming a joint mobility company. Their idea is to bundle a variety of services in one network. This includes car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking and finding charging stations. Regulators in Europe and the U.S. have already approved the deal.

This follows Ford and VW’s recent partnership on advanced and commercial vehicles. We expect others to follow. And that’s the latest for this week’s Motor News.

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Goss’ Garage: Keeping Your Engine Clean

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 7:00am

I’ve heard it said that a clean engine like this is a happy engine. Maybe that means a dirty one is a sad engine. I don’t know about that but what I can tell you is that the engines that we see coming into the repair shops, well the ones that are kept clean over the life of the vehicle, they usually have fewer problems.

Well that’s because of several different things, the primary to, the number one, grease and dirt. The grease especially likes to migrate into wire connectors, sensors and so on overtime. And that leads to check engine lights and performance problems. The other thing is is that grease and dirt acts as an insulator and that makes the engine run hotter which can have an affect on the life expectancy of that engine.

Alright, how often do you do it, well about once a year for most people. That means your going to head off to the parts store and buy the chemicals that you need. Now here’s a big caution. Any chemical that you spray under the hood of the car, must not contain silicone. The reason for that is is that silicone is very durable and can actually go through the intake and out through the exhaust and contaminate the oxygen sensors. Read and follow all the label directions on the container and you’ll probably find there’s gonna be some things that are going to need to be covered up to protect them from water. That means you really don’t want plastic wrap you want baggies, something that is a little heavier and rubber bands to hold them in place. That does a good job. 

Now here’s something that you do not do, you do not use steam to clean an engine. Steam is a vapor, and what you see is something very very different. That steam under high pressure can be forced into wire connectors and wire harnesses. It later condenses back into water and leads to corrosion. Never use steam. 

Now, pressure washers, yes you can use them but cut the pressure way back. For the same reasons, we don’t want to force water into sensors and places where water should never be. What you want to do, the ideal is with a garden hose and an adjustable spray nozzle. Now from there, the next thing, you have to make sure you don’t go afoul of local or state laws or anything like that. Which means you may have to have a waterproof tarp under the car to collect dirt, grease and so on…So that you don’t contaminate the environment. Do it right and you just may have fewer problems with your car throughout its life. 

And if you have a question or comment, drop me a line, right here at MotorWeek.      

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FYI: 2019 Consumer Electronic Show

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 7:00am

MotorWeek was recently in Las Vegas for this year’s consumer electronics show. As usual, it was the first outing for cutting edge TVs, cell phones, tablets, and everything high tech. But, in recent years automakers have also been swarming the event to show off autonomous technology, EV powertrains, and their most advanced models. As our Stephanie Hart shows us, CES 2019 was outrageous, overwhelming, and eye popping fun!

STEPHANIE HART: CES it's the go to place to reveal the latest innovations to the global market. Anyone who is anyone is here. From tech powerhouses to innovative start-ups to automakers. So of course we had to be there… Along with 188-thousand of our closest friends.

Car makers continue to expand their presence at CES, with more debuts of both their latest cars and tech.

Nissan had a powerful presence at CES. Debuting the much-anticipated Leaf e + to the world. This time around, it has more range and power. It claims a 226 mile range, up 40-percent from 150. Horsepower gets a boost too… from 147 to now 214… that’s 67 more!

And in a Mercedes-Benz first, the German automaker chose CES for a global debut of its 2020 CLA-Coupe. It’s striking, has a bit more power and is full of tech.

OLA KALLENIUS: The new CLA takes MBUX our connected car operative system to the next level with new features like the energizing coach, like an intuitive gesture control.

STEPHANIE HART: Mercedes also used CES for its U.S. premiere of its first all electric SUV -the EQC.

It has range of about 280 miles between charges. It is the first model under the German automaker’s new product and technology brand EQ. Despite big changes in how cars will be powered, or if we’ll even drive them ourselves, clearly automakers think their future is bright.  So bright, I gotta wear shades or in this case virtual reality goggles.

STEPHANIE HART: Alright I’m here in the driver’s seat and these are pretty cool gloves they’re sensors.

STEPHANIE HART: This is Nissan's invisible to visible technology demo. It merges the real world with the data world. This feels so real you have no idea. Essentially giving drivers, like me,  loads of information. So you’re driving down the road and let’s say it’s rainy outside this is actually going to give you a clear picture of what is in front of you as opposed to you having to see through the rain and have those challenges. Yeah this is awesome… it is awesome… yeah it’s cool. But I felt a little whoosy after that trip through the virtual world. To help bring me back to earth – coffee. My caffeine buzz courtesy of this Nissan leaf… powering pretty much everything you see here. My portrait was even put on my drink. Cool yet startling, but isn’t that what CES is all about! Movie buffs and tech geeks alike got their fix over here at this Audi demo. I took the driver’s seat to see for myself what all the hype was about.

As I soon found out, the car bounces up and down on its suspension to the best parts of the movie. Throw in special effects - and you have an experience like no other. The only thing missing? The popcorn.

STEFAN GRILLNEDER: This is what we have brought to CES and we are showing what is possible.

STEPHANIE HART: Perhaps your only limitation your mind. This KIA demo analyses bio-signals like facial expressions. The car then tries to change your mood. In my case, the car sensed I was over excited so surrounded me with an ocean scene to relax me. From traditional car reveals... To flying cars... Yes you heard it right. Bell Helicopter unveiled its prototype at CES. It doesn't fly -well not yet -that is. Skeptical? So are we. 

CES 2019 was everything we expected and more - daring us to think outside the box - get out of our comfort zone - and blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

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This Just In: Heavy Duty Hauling

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:09am
Chevrolet has been building trucks for more than 100 years. The latest in that long heritage is the all-new 2020 Silverado HD.  MotorWeek was at the debut at the Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Michigan where they’ll be built. The Silverado 2500 & 3500 HD models are longer, wider and taller than the predecessor. These heavy duty trucks grow by more than just size.  The standard powertrain is a new 6.6-liter V-8 gas engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower increases 11 percent to 401… torque is up by 22 percent to 464 lb-ft. Those numbers naturally grow with the Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V-8 producing 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. It works with an all-new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. There’s no waiting for all that torque, Chevy says its available in first gear. One more number that matters: maximum towing capability.  That increases too, by as much as 52-percent to 35,500 pounds. While it has the muscle to move a lot, there’s also technology to help. This Silverado HD has new towing technology, including 15 camera views available… so you clearly see what’s going on behind you. The design takes a leap forward. It says heavy duty before it even goes to work. The job gets done in five trim levels from the Work Truck all the way up to the High Country. If you’re looking at one of these heavy duty trucks for a big project you’ll have to wait a few months. The all-new 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale this summer. We’ll know more about the price closer to when they go on sale.
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This Just In: Ford Heads to Chicago Auto Show with New Super Duty Pickup

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:50am
Ford has announced the details of it's new 2020 F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup that will be on public display at this week's Chicago Auto Show. Ford says the 2020 F-Series Super Duty will offer its highest-ever conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings. It will also be the most powerful Super Duty HD pickup yet with two new engine offerings including all-new advanced 7.3-liter gasoline V8, and upgraded third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8. The Super Duty also sports an all-new heavy-duty 10-speed TorqShift® automatic transmission.The new F-Series Super Duty now offers class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and its Trailer Reverse Guidance is now compatible with fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers. In addition it will come standard FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE modem, and be available with wireless charging to keep you connected. Also available are smart driver-assist features such as automatic emergency braking are standard on XLT series and higher trim levels.

 

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This Just In: Chicago Bound

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:01am
MotorWeek is heading to the Chicago Auto Show. We already have our eye on several debuts. Toyota is thinking big with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma. They’re also expected to add a dose of luxury to capability with the limited edition 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition. Naturally there’s exclusive trim inside and out to go along with the 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, 8-speed transmission, and 4-wheel drive. These are just some of what we expect to see in the windy city later this week.

 

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Episodes: Episode 3822

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 3:38pm

Debut 2.01.2019

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NAIAS 2019

Over the Edge: Porsche Rennsport Reunion

Goss' Garage: Dum-Dum DIY Jobs

Quick Spin: 2020 BMW 3 Series

Quick Spin: 2019 Lamborghini Urus

Road Test: 2019 Audi RS3

2019 North American International Auto Show Recap

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Car of the Month: 2019 Toyota RAV4

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 8:00am
It’s hard to believe the Toyota Rav4 has been on the road for well over 20-years. During that time, the economy has been way up, and of course way down; and that was well before everyone had a smartphone in their hands. Well, the first thing you’ll notice about the 2019 RAV4 is that Toyota dialed up a seriously rugged new design for this new generation, including plenty of cues from the 4Runner. Hiking boots and cargo pants aren’t required to drive it, but they certainly wouldn’t be out of place; even if your adventures are limited to car pool lanes and suburban cul de sacs.       The front end is bigger and bolder, with a grille patterned after Toyota pickups; while the sides are defined by chunky fenders and clearly defined shoulders. Wheelbase is up about an inch. The rear view is manly as well, featuring a big bumper with lots of simulated skid plate cladding.     The macho makeover doesn’t transfer over to the driving experience, however. We headed to California for our first drive opportunity. While the seating position is high, with a generous amount of hood to look over, giving it a big truck feel; steering is very light, and handling is as predictable as a Camry.   There is plenty of engine noise under spirited acceleration; but once up to highway speed, things quiet down very nicely. We found the standard 8-speed automatic transmission shifts pretty quickly, in both front and all-wheel drive configurations. The driveline connects to the Camry’s 2.5-liter I4 engine rated at the same 203-horsepower. The government rates Combined fuel economy at 28-30 MPG depending on model. In addition, a Hybrid version will also be available later in the model year.  The returning Adventure model, as well as Limited trim, can be ordered with a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive system with Rear Driveline Disconnect. All other trims get a more basic system as an option, though it does include Multi-Terrain Select. Ground clearance is as high as 8.6-inches, half an inch more than before.   The RAV4’s interior design is clean, burly, and truck-like too, with a dash that is more horizontal than before, as well as physically lower to improve visibility. The center stack houses plenty of large controls, while above sits a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen. Entune 3.0 Audio Plus adds another inch to the screen size.  Rear seat passengers will get a better experience than before, with easier access and comfier seats; as well as more space due to the wheelbase stretch and reshaped door panels.   The cargo floor is longer, but cargo volume is actually down a little in capacity from last year.  Safety systems get an update. Toyota’s Safety Sense is now known as TSS 2.0, and it has Smart Stop Technology standard.   For our complete road test of the 2019 Toyota RAV4, be sure to catch MotorWeek episode #3824 that begins airing February 15, 2019. For a listing of the public television stations that broadcast MotorWeek, go to motorweek.org and click the “About The Show” tab at the top. MotorWeek is also seen Tuesday evenings on the MotorTrend cable network. Making a choice right now for a compact crossover is about the hardest of any segment, with literally dozens of great options. But, for over 20-years, the Toyota Rav4 has remained a leader of the pack. With this vastly improved 2019 version, it’s a safe bet that won’t change.  
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This Just In: The Dune Buggy Is Back Electrified!

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 9:15am

 

Volkswagen is bringing a legend back to life! At the beginning of March, the Wolfsburg-based company will reveal the first fully electric version of a new dune buggy. Taking its cues from popular American dune buggies, the concept vehicle is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), demonstrating how multifaceted the new platform is. “A buggy is more than a car. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create,” states Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen. The concept of the fully electric buggy is based on the vehicles that were created in the 1960s in California. Back then, the Beetle chassis served as the basis for these buggies; now, the MEB is proving to be just as flexible. True to the original vehicles, this reinterpretation of a dune buggy has no fixed roof or conventional doors, while the large wheels and off-road tires and open side sills dominate the overall look.The new MEB concept vehicle shows that this fully electric platform can be used for more than just large-scale series production models. Like the Beetle chassis of yesteryear, the MEB has the potential to facilitate the development of low-volume niche vehicles.The history of recreational vehicles and Volkswagen technology is a long one. From the Beetle convertible and special bodies produced by companies such as Hebmüller and Rometsch to dune buggies like the Meyers Manx, the Beetle chassis allowed for creative custom solutions for decades. Globally, around 250,000 individual vehicles were built as one-offs or at low volumes through to the 1980s. The new EV Buggy will be officially unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
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Road Tests: 2019 Audi RS3

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 7:00am

Vital Statistics

Engine: 2.5 liters

Horsepower: 394

Torque: 354 lb-ft.

0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds

1/4 mile: 12.2 seconds @ 114 mph

EPA: 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

Americans have never had more choices when it comes to buying a new vehicle; from performance cars, to SUVs, and even performance SUVs. But, there was still some forbidden fruit out there in the form of the Audi RS3, which hasn’t been widely available here in the U.S.  that is…until now…

It’s true that Audi started making the RS 3 available to Americans on a limited basis in late 2017. But, for 20-19, your chances of getting a hold of this rare treat become much better.

Power is an inline 5-cylinder that traces its roots back more than 40-years; now boasting a true 394-horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque from only 2½-liters of displacement. It crackles to life with an eager bark, that foretells the bite to come.  

Of course the RS 3 has much in common with every other small vehicle based on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, but it emulates most the Audi TT RS. 

Now, hopping into any luxury sports sedan, even one this small, can sometimes be intimidating. But, everything inside the RS 3 is about as user friendly as it gets. Materials are as upscale as you’ll find in any small car, and there are things like the virtual cockpit and ascending multimedia screen that have the ability to wow you and your friends, no matter how many luxury cars they’ve been in. 

Ride quality is very solid; not harsh normally, but big bumps or pot holes can give you quite a jolt. 

Audi seems to have a knack for making high performance cars really easy to drive; and that continues here. Hop in, put the standard 7-speed S-Tronic trans into drive; and you’ll find plenty of immediate power without the car feeling jumpy or hyper. Keep applying the throttle and things go from fast to ridiculously fast in a hurry. 

Launch control is there to help you manage it at the track, and it works fantastically. First gear pulls strong right from the get-go, with Quattro grip pulling you to 60 in just 3.7-seconds. 

Automatic shifts are only moderately hard but very fast; and really, there’s abundant power no matter where the tach needle is pointing. 12.2-seconds was our best ¼-mile time, at 114 miles-per-hour. 

When you call for more power, downshifts are quick and precise; alleviating some of our “no-manual-blues”. 

Quattro all-wheel-drive pays even more dividends in the handling business, continuing to impress us with its ability to apply mega amounts of power in and out of corners without disturbing the chassis in any way. Sure, you can push hard enough to find some understeer; but turn-ins are laser sharp. The result is a fun game of give and take, with an equally-balanced amount of oversteer, that arrives at just the right time to shoot you to the next gate. 

Look-wise, there’s enough here for the RS 3 to stand apart from lesser Audi 3s; but in typical Audi fashion, nothing flashy enough to upset the overall classy design. 

Aluminum trim is the major departure, but our car’s Black Optic package blackens most of that; making the front splitter and wider wheel arches the biggest giveaways.

Government Fuel Economy Ratings are 19-City, 28-Highway, and 22-Combined, with our average beating that at 25.5 miles-per-gallon of Premium. 

Pricing starts at $57,195; with a host of option packages available to boost it substantially from there.  

So, we’re not dealing with any kind of a performance bargain here, but we are talking about a heck of a lot of performance crammed into a tiny package. Combine that with a refined driving experience that’s far superior to cars like the Ford Focus RS or Honda Civic Type R, and you get something truly special. The Audi RS 3 is not for everyone. And that’s exactly why we love it. 

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Goss’ Garage: Dum-Dum DIY Jobs

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 7:00am

Now I know none of you would do these things but we see some pretty crazy stuff coming into the repair shops. One of the more typical ones is where the exhaust system has a leak and the driver goes out and buys duck tape or some other type of tape and wraps it around the leaking part and expects it to stop the leak. Well it may momentarily, but remember exhaust systems are hot these things melt. Sometimes they catch on fire. You’d be lucky if you don’t burn your car to the ground. 

What you could do for a leak is to go to an auto parts store and buy one of these temporary repair kits. They actually work temporarily.

Another thing we see on exhaust systems is the hangers that hold the exhaust system in place… they break. And people try all kinds of things from coated wires to tie wraps to lamp cords and computer cables electrical tape you name it all these things. Well they all have coatings that can catch fire. They all make a horrible stink inside the car when they do catch fire and again you’d be lucky if you don’t burn your car to the ground. What could you do? Well you could use a coat hanger or mechanics wire temporarily to get to a repair shop. 

Alright, one we saw recently was where this guy hit something in the road gauged a great big chunk of rubber out of the side of his tire was just hanging there by a thread he asked us if we could fix it. We told him no he needed a new tire. Well he had apparently seen some commercial that said there was some glue out there that would hold anything including support an elephant for 6 months or some such thing, anyway he goes and buys some of this stuff he comes back he puts it down into this gash in the side of the tire holds this flap of rubber in place until it dried and said ah I fixed it. He put air in the tire, headed off, made it about a block and the tire self-destructed. You don’t glue tires back together folks. It doesn’t work.

Here’s one we see on the internet. It tells you keep a pair of panty hose in the truck of the car. And if your fan belt or as we call them drive belt fails, you can twist the panty hose, you can wrap it around the pulleys and so on, and you have a temporary belt. Well don’t bet on it. Don’t feel secure just because you have a pair of panty hose in the trunk. Well they don’t work. This is bogus 100%.

What’s the best thing to do in an emergency? Well the best thing to do in an emergency is to have a fully charged cell phone in the car and call for roadside assistance. And if you have a question or comment, drop me a line, right here at MotorWeek.     

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Over The Edge: Porsche Rennsport Reunion

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 7:00am

Holidays are a special time for sharing stories with those close to you… reliving all those unforgettable memories of the past. But, no matter how big your family, you’ve never seen a “family” gathering as big as the one our Zach Maskell was invited to– where things quickly went “over the edge!”

ZACH MASKELL: Picture this… 80,000 like minded people. 2,500 participating cars… and over 50 legendary drivers. Meeting in once place. There’s no bigger event for this German brand in the entire world. Welcome to Porsche Rennsport Reunion 6 at California’s Laguna Seca Raceway.

KLAUS ZELLMER: It’s not about the amount of people. It’s about the quality. Everything that is about Porsche in regards to racing, and in regards to our racing legends. In regards to all these enthusiasts for the brand.

ZACH MASKELL: Four days of Porsche’s CEO walking the paddock. Former and current engineers, designers, drivers, both recent creations, to vintage.

This is it. From 1948 the original and first Porsche 356. It’s very easy to recognize by the windshield which is split by this one center bar. It is powered by a 1.1 liter flat 4 air cooled engine that was from Volkswagen.

ZACH MASKELL: ThIS event - celebrating 70 years since the first Porsche sports car. The one who’s deSign forever shaped the future for this iconic brand.  This is one of the first 356’s to ever go into production… featuring a race engine for public use. In 1969, the previous owner paid $100.

MIKE COPPERTHITE: When I found him I paid $21,500 for it. Which was pretty high for a rusty vehicle but I had been looking for one and in today’s market, the car up there sold for $1.1 million last year, and this one is estimated by Porsche to be worth 1.4 million dollars.

ZACH MASKELL: Race legend Hurley Haywood personally called him asking to bring it to Rennsport.

MIKE COPPERTHITE: It’s a 528 engine and it has a Hurst Roller crank in it like the 550 Spiders of James Dean, but it’s a pushrod. And then it has the same carburetors that were in the 550 spider.

ZACH MASKELL: The 356’s shelled out around 50 horsepower. This one. 75.

MIKE COPPERTHITE: It was a rocketship. And people ask me today, what does it drive like and I say ‘Kind of like a Porsche while sitting in a Laz-e-boy rocker.

ZACH MASKELL: “The Successor to the 356. For model year 1965, the super iconic 911. This time with a flat 6, 2 liter in the rear. Definitely safe to say that this car had a lot to do with the 30,000 wins in Porsche’s motorsports history.

AUGUST ACHLEITNER: When we develop a new 911, we will never do a revolution in design, it will always be an evolution. This is a main thing that explains the success of the car.

ZACH MASKELL: Whether hearing the roar of air cooled Porsches on a hot track all day. Seeing the infinitely insane 919 Hybrid. Taking in the sights of 13 959’s side by side. Or talking to your favorite drivers. It’s impossible to cover all the ground in just one day.

HURLEY HAYWOOD: There’s not many places you can go in the world where you can get this many fans this close to the cars and drivers that drove them. So to sit here and have conversations with the drivers, and have conversations with the engineers. To see all the latest and greatest technology. The 935, the new 935. It’s just phenomenal.  It’s so much fun to drive these old cars. You kind of forget how much fun they were to drive. Patrick long once said ‘the bigger the steering wheel the more fun it is to drive.”

ZACH MASKELL: This looked crazy online – but it’s hard to find words for this up close and personal…true Porsche experience.

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Motor News: 2019 North American International Auto Show Recap

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 7:00am

The North American International Auto Show is always a special event for us here at Motorweek. But this year’s Detroit festivities are even more noteworthy, as this is the last time the show will be held in usually frigid January. It migrates to a warmer June time frame next year. But, before we get all nostalgic, let's see all of 20-19’s big reveals!

While most European automakers didn’t make the Detroit stop this year. The majority of domestic and import brands arrived at the 2019 North American International Auto Show with an extensive stream of all-new models that we just can’t wait to drive.

As always, the North American Car of the Year awards kicked things off. This year’s NACTOY honors going to the Genesis G70 for Car of the Year…

…the Ram 1500 for Truck of the Year…

…and the Hyundai Kona, including the Kona EV, for Utility of the Year. 

Congratulations to all!

It was the Ford stand that really get our adrenaline pumping. As if descending from performance-car heaven…the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500. 700+ horsepower from a 5.2–liter supercharged V8 mated to a 7-speed DCT; no manual for now! While that may be heresy, with a 0-60 in the low 3s, this Shelby is going to kick some serious butt on the drag strip, along with road course dominance thanks to a magnetic suspension, loads of rubber crammed into the wheel wells, and Brembo brakes.  Carroll Shelby would definitely approve!

Ford had one for the family street scene as well…the all-new, three-row, 2020 Explorer SUV. Sharing the Lincoln Aviator’s chassis, it returns to a rear-wheel-drive architecture for better towing, with all-wheel-drive an option. 

Targeting a wide swath of buyers, the all-new Explorer will be available as a Hybrid, as a high-performance 400 horsepower ST, and even as a Police Interceptor Utility.

Crosstown rival General Motors focused on providing families with three row crossover luxury in the new Cadillac XT6. It’s a more car-like option to the still truck framed Escalade. Sharing basics with the GMC Acadia, a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic transmission make up the XT6 powertrain.

The big news at Fiat-Chrysler, was big trucks, with an all-new Ram Heavy Duty. Yes, it does have 1,000 lb-ft. of torque, with its available high output 6.7-liter I6 Cummins Diesel; and double-yes, it will out-power, out-tow…35,000 pounds worth…and out-haul all other pickups. The Ram Power Wagon returns too, here with an updated 6.4-liter HEMI gas V8.

Debuts from imports start with a car…the new Volkswagen Passat.  Most of its Tennessee-built underpinnings and drive gear remain the same, but the sleek new sheet-metal is a major departure, and we like where it’s headed. 

Perhaps even bigger news, was Volkswagen’s announcement of major expansion of the Chattanooga plant for upcoming EV models. With VW’s new Ford technology alliance, we might even see some future Blue Oval EVs made there.

Toyota officially unveiled the worst kept secret in car-dom, the all-new Supra, the first production car developed by Toyota’s GAZOO racing team. There’s still an inline-6 under the hood, only now it comes from Bavaria, as Supra shares a lot of its engineering with the BMW Z4.  That turbocharged mill cranks 335-horsepower, and will shuttle lucky owners to 60 in just over four seconds. 

Toyota sprinkled some of their performance dust on the Lexus RC F as well, with a new Track Edition; boasting 472-horsepower from its 5.0-liter V8 plus speed focused aero tricks and weight removal galore.

Subaru’s STI tuner arm rewarded their most ardent fans with the special edition STI S209, the first S-line performance car sold in America. It sports road-rally style chassis updates, a wide-body design, and a 341-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo boxer engine. 

Yes, the biggest Kia ever, the 3-row Telluride crossover utility is finally a reality. Sharing chassis with the Hyundai Palisade, it’s brawny body has room for 8, with plenty of V6 power to haul them, and their gear, to whatever active lifestyle stuff they get into.

Speaking of cousin Hyundai, they debuted the Elantra GT N Line. It launches a new series that fits between their full N brand performance cars, and everyday models.  Confusion to follow. 

This year’s Detroit show included more eye-popping concepts than usual. After showing a longer range Leaf e+ at CES, this Nissan IMs EV concept may predict a sleek electric sport sedan joining the mix.

Nissan’s Infiniti could be the next brand to unleash a full-EV SUV; and that could be just the beginning. This concept, the QX Inspiration, rides on an all-new platform that will be the basis for a wide range of electrified offerings.

Technically, this Lexus LC Convertible is a concept, but it looks ready for prime time to us.  It also looks like a no-brainer; and would easily be the car to be seen in on the streets in Southern California and South Florida.  

We’re told this crossover concept is a clear sign of what’s coming as GM transitions Cadillac to their lead electric vehicle brand.  Now, we didn’t actually see the vehicle, just these pictures, with no specific details, but Cadillac says stay tuned! 

We’ve seen this diesel-powered Mahindra Roxor Jeep-lookalike for some time now; and as you might imagine, FCA has issues with the design, and has taken the brand to court.  But for now, it’s off-highway use only for this little runabout; making it the perfect mashup of an old CJ and a new Side-by-Side. 

And it wouldn’t be a proper Detroit show without a Chinese car company saying U.S. sales are imminent. This year we have a 5-time return player as GAC Motor was back with its ENTRANZE EV concept, as well as production previews of several models including the GM6 minivan and the GS5 compact SUV. 

And that’s it for the 2019 North American International Auto Show. We’ll be back in summer of 2020 for more from Motown!

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This Just In: Carmaker Super Bowl Ads Already Creating Buzz

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:34am

Super Bowl week means Super Bowl ads, and carmakers are already leaking teasers of their spots.  Toyota will run an advertisement for the 2019 RAV4 HV, featuring female college football player Antoinette “Toni” Harris and narrated by sportscaster Jim Nantz, based on the theme of  “Challenging Perceptions.”


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Jeep, Ram and Dodge are also planning ads, and you can view them here:
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