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This Just In: Chevrolet Focuses on Trailering in New Silverado

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:39am
If your weekends involve pulling a trailer behind your truck, you know it’s not always easy to maneuver. Chevrolet listened and is offering four levels of towing features on the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500. The myChevrolet trailering phone app is standard on all light-duty Silverado models. This technology allows one person to do what is usually a two person job of making sure the trailer is connected and check the lights. Another feature allows the driver to align the truck and trailer hitch… without the truck rolling when put in park. There’s also a more advance camera system for a better view out the back. Chevrolet says sixty percent of the people they asked said towing is a key consideration when buying a truck. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado goes on sale in the fall and we'll be getting our first drive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming next week.

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Car of the Month: 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 9:57am
It’s hard to classify the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo. It’s certainly not your typical sedan or hatchback. Now, don’t confuse it with the 6 Series Gran Coupe either. But, if one remembers the 5 Series GT from 2010, then think of this 640i GT as its replacement. It is also the closest thing to a 5 series station wagon that we’re likely to get here in America.       Like its 5 Series predecessor, there’s an enormous amount of room inside, thanks to a 120.9-inch wheelbase that’s almost 4-inches longer than a 5 Series sedan. You’ll enjoy all of that roominess no matter which seat you find yourself in. Those seated up front will experience the typical BMW sporty feel. Meanwhile those in back, will get full-size sedan amounts of legroom and headroom. Even though the swoopy roof will cut into cargo height, cargo capacity is directly in between BMW’s X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles, and more than the bulbous looking X6.   The 640i GT is still a far cry from beautiful, but the design appears much more cohesive than the 5 Series GT. The rear remains tall, but in profile it now looks more like a traditional 5-door hatchback, and less like a truncated wagon.  The aggressive nose, and lots of taut body lines, are all BMW hallmarks, and the brand continues to have some of the coolest headlights out there.  The interior design is similar to the 5 Series and just about every other BMW for that matter. There are high quality materials, large dash-top mounted infotainment screen, iDrive controller, electronic shifter, shift paddles on the wheel, rudimentary manual controls, and great looking wood trim. Of course, available niceties include a head-up display, soft close doors, 3D surround view, heated seats and steering wheel, panoramic moonroof, and even remote control parking.   Much like the 5 Series, this 640i GT has the perfect balance of luxury and sportiness. Want to relax and cruise on the highway? It does that with true tranquility and silkiness. Want to whip it around your favorite back road? No problems there either. This car stays very flat and responds immediately to every input. But, with over 4000 lbs. of heft, as the highway turns into sweepers, you will wish for more feedback from the steering. Yet, grip remained fantastic regardless of the venue.   Power pours on strong, with a healthy bellow from the exhaust. Making all of this happen, is BMW’s 3.0-liter inline-6 turbo engine rated at 335-horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard.   For all of our detailed impressions of the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Tusismo, be sure to catch MotorWeek episode #3750 that begins airing August 17, 2018. 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 Velocity cable network.  If you were looking for a very luxurious ride with plenty of comfort and performance, there were already plenty of BMWs to choose from. Now you can add one more to the list, the 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo. It is the best of BMW sedans, SUVs, and hatchbacks, all rolled into one. 
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This Just In: Texas Tuner Hennessey Hits 10K Milestone

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:09am

 

Well, it’s official, one of the kings of speed, Hennessey Performance, has built its 10,000th vehicle, a Heritage Edition Ford Mustang. Like virtually all Hennessey cars, the secret sauce is mostly under the hood. In this case, the Mustang’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 cranks out 808 horsepower, or 75% more than the standard Mustang GT on which it's based. Hennessey says 0-60 mph is 3.3 seconds with a top speed of over 200 mph, and given their blazing track record, we have no reason to doubt them!
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This Just In: Buick Regal Adds Avenir Trim

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 3:06pm
Another Buick is getting the Avenir treatment. The 2019 Regal will be the fourth Buick globally to receive the exclusive trim in less than a year. Buick says the Avenir trim is proving successful in other models, making up 20 percent of total Enclave sales in the United States, and selling 70 percent faster than other trim levels for the new LaCrosse. Buick’s first cloud-connected infotainment system also debuts on the Regal Avenir. The 2019 Buick Regal Avenir arrives at dealers this fall.
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Motor News: Detroit Auto Show Date Change

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:12pm

The auto industry will be trading winter coats for sunscreen at future editions of the North American International Auto Show.  

Beginning in 2020, the show will be held in June instead of January. Detroit’s Cobo Center will remain the hub, but a warmer month allows for events to also be held at outdoor locations throughout the city. That creates more options beyond the typical auto show reveals. There are several reasons behind the decision, including some automakers pulling out of the January show, and trends in the industry overall. The 2019 North American International Auto Show is still slated for January.

Porsche’s pursuit of improving performance… is making its way to their compact SUV…

The 2019 Porsche Macan was unveiled in Shanghai, but before that… MotorWeek got a close up look at the vehicle designed for the Chinese market. This mid-cycle refresh, features sportier front and rear fascias.

Changes to the V6 engine include more horsepower, moving the fuel injectors next to the spark plugs for a better fuel-air mixture… and placing the turbochargers inside the V to improve performance.

Project managers told MotorWeek about their goals…

Antoon Janssen: “So yes, we increased the power output of the engine, but I have to mention that one of the main items is also the efficiency and the reduction of emissions.”

Sebastian Staiger: “We developed a new chassis especially the air suspension. The air suspension comes with more dynamics and more comfort.”

YOLANDA VAZQUEZ: A Panamera influence is clear in the new touch screen technology. An optional sport steering wheel is from the 911.

We haven’t heard official specifications on a U.S. model of the new Macan, but we expect the Chinese model to be a good indication of what Americans might see.

And that does it for this week’s Motor News.

 

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Road Tests: 2018 McLaren 570 S Spider

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 3:37pm

Vital Statistics

Engine: 3.8 liter

Horspower: 562

Torque: 443 lb-ft.

0-60 mph: 3.1 seconds

EPA: 16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

McLaren has been growing their portfolio for a few years now; and apparently you can’t be a full-line dealer in exotics, if you don’t offer a convertible, or spider in supercar parlance. So, now they’ve added the open air experience to their sports series with the 570S Spider.  

Don’t for a minute think that the 2018 McLaren 570S Spider is just a spur-of-the moment chopped roof version of what was already available. Rather, it is a carefully calculated, integral part of the plan that’s been in place since development for the 570 began. Following the original Sports Series Coupe and GT.    

And, this Spider’s open-air experience is truly fantastic; as we all know, wind in your hair heightens the sense of speed, and gets more of your senses involved in the supercar experience. 

Things about the minimalist cabin are very familiar, including the central touchscreen that’s full of info. Granted it’s rather small by latest standards, but works quite well. 

Mirroring the GT more than the Coupe, means there’s additional storage space, including where the roof panel stores. Now, if you’re familiar with the 650S or 675LT Spiders, the top’s operation is quite similar. Just hit the button, and watch the tonneau raise as the top neatly folds underneath of it. No flimsy cloth setup with this Spider; there’s a real-deal folding hard top. In addition, there’s a power rear glass panel that can be left up to combat wind buffeting. 

Hardware is mostly all the same as well, with everything being built around McLaren’s carbon-fiber MonoCell II chassis, but the folding top and accompanying mechanisms do add about 100-lbs. However, no additional structural reinforcements were needed.     

The 562-horsepwer and 443 lb-ft. of torque available in the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, is more than capable of compensating for that; aided by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-60 is the same as the Coupe at 3.1-seconds. 

The suspension keeps ride quality borderline plush, and speed sneaks up on you in a real hurry. Only slight adjustments have been made to the adaptive dampers; not necessarily because it was needed, but because they could. 

Like the rest of the McLaren breed, it’s certainly not a car for blending in. It has the presence only true exotics can pull off; from all of the air intakes and vents, to all of the swoops and sways of the sleek body panels. Not to mention when you flip up one of the dihedral doors. 

Apart from the folding roof, the overall look is not so different from the Coupe; and only true aficionados will notice that the rear spoiler has been extended by ½ an inch to compensate for the new roof shape.  

Much like the GT, the Spider is a McLaren that you don’t need a racetrack to appreciate; it feels much smaller than it is, with a direct steering feel that only a fully hydraulic system can provide. 

But more like the Coupe, the standard carbon ceramic brakes feel more track-worthy than street subtle. You really have to put your foot into them, and there’s not much gray area; they’re either full on or full off. And there are various amounts of turbo lag, depending on which drive mode you’re in and how aggressively your throttle inputs are. All of these elements, you might call character rather than flaws.

We don’t often say options are must-haves, but the available sport exhaust system clearly fits that category. It not only opens things up out the back, but pipes additional noise forward into the cabin. 

The shifter paddles are plasticy in feel; but they work well, and give you full manual control no matter how poor your decision making is. Government Fuel Economy Ratings aren’t final, but we don’t expect them to differ from the Coupe’s 16-City, 23-Highway, and 19-Combined. 

Now, hopefully you haven’t made too many poor decisions when it comes to your finances, as you’ll need $211,300 in reserve to purchase this Spider. That’s about a 20-grand premium, or just a 10% mark-up for 50% more coolness. 

Be it a spider or a convertible, they aren’t for everyone, and of course neither are McLarens. But the appeal of this 2018 McLaren 570S Spider is out of this world. The only way you’ll be out-cooled at your next trip to cars and coffee, is if a P1 rolls up next to you. This Spider is McLaren’s best offering yet, and we bet that it’ll quickly become their best-selling model too.

 

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This Just In: Nissan Makes Rear Door Alert Standard

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 9:46am
This time of year we hear about the dangers of heatstroke in locked cars. Well, there’s technology to prevent that. Nissan says Rear Door Alert will become standard on all their four-door models. If you drive a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder you already have the safety device. Here’s how it works: door sensors detect if the rear door is opened prior to the vehicle being set in motion. If that's the case, along with a message display on the center instrument panel, Rear Door Alert honks the horn to remind drivers to check the back seat after the vehicle is parked and the rear door is not opened. Nissan plans to add the safety feature to eight more models for 2019, including the Rogue and all-new Altima. By model year 2022, Rear Door Alert will be standard on all Nissan four-door trucks, SUVs and sedans.

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This Just In: Audi Looking to Electrify at Pebble Beach

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 10:15am
The future of electric cars continues to become more enticing. Audi will unveil the Audi PB 18 e-tron during the 2018 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance Week. This is an electric-drive supercar concept that’s environmentally friendly, but also offers the performance to attract the attention of driving enthusiasts. In case you’re wondering where they came up the with name, the location and year for the reveal were the inspiration. PB for Pebble Beach… 18 for 2018. Audi says we’ll see it in person August 23, 2018. If you're in Pebble Beach and miss the reveal, it will be on display throughout the week along with other Audi cars.
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Episodes: Episode 3747

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 11:01am

Debut 7.27.2018

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Road Test: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

Comparison Test: Full-Size SUV Challenge

Goss' Garage: Measure Up

Over the Edge: Art House

Long Term Update: 2018 VW Golf Sportwagen | 2018 Mazda6

Quick Spin: 2019 Jaguar I-PACE

Quick Spin: 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel

Comparison Test: Full-Size SUV Challenge

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This Just In: JD Power Names 2018 Jetta “Most Appealing” Compact

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 9:51am
The drivers have spoken. The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta has been awarded the most appealing Compact Car in the J.D. Power 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study. Eighteen vehicles were vying for the top spot. This is a familiar position for the Jetta having been ranked highest in this category now five times. Volkswagen maintained a strong presence in this category with the VW Golf taking the second spot. As for some of Volkswagen’s other models, the new Tiguan ranked second among Compact SUV’s, and the Atlas ranked fourth in the Midsize SUV segment. The J.D. Power study looks at how rewarding new vehicles are to drive and own based on responses from more than 67,000 purchasers and lessees between February and May of 2018 after the first 90 days of ownership. Take a look at all the rankings here.
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Podcasts: 2018 Mazda 6, 2018 Nissan Kicks, Luxury Compact Crossover Comparison

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 8:00am

Podcast #186

In Podcast 186, Brian Robinson and the MotorWeek crew discuss the new Mazda 6 sedan. Then Garick Zikan talks about his recent drive of the Nissan Kicks and a luxury SUV comparison test. Next, the group talks about the pros and cons of digital license plates, and they help a viewer that's shopping for a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

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This Just In: 2019 Ford F-150 Limited Boasts Luxury and Power

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 1:00pm
Ford has again staked its claim as top truck in the pickup wars with the introduction of the 2019 F-150 Limited. Thanks to the addition of a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, the Limited is now the most powerful light-duty pickup in America, rated at 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. Ford didn’t stop there, however: They’re also proclaiming the F-150 Limited as the most advanced and luxurious F-150 ever, with a full range of driver assist technologies, Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices, standard 360-degree camera system, suede headliner and leather-skinned door panels and dash, massaging seats, and elegant gradated ash swirl wood trim. The 2019 F-150 Limited is expected to hit dealer showrooms, and owner’s yacht clubs, later this year.

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This Just In: Ford Autonomous Vehicles

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 9:12am
Ford has formed a new subsidiary company to focus on the development of self-driving vehicle systems, autonomous vehicle research and advanced engineering. Ford Autonomous Vehicles, LLC will be headquartered at Ford’s new Corktown Campus in downtown Detroit, which includes the recently-purchased Michigan Central Station, the former Detroit Public Schools Book Depository, the site of a former brass factory and other properties that will be transformed into a 1.2 million square foot urban workspace for approximately 2,500 Ford employees. Ford plans to invest $4 Billion in autonomous vehicle technologies through 2023.
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Road Tests: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 7:00am

Vital Statistics

Engine: 6.4 liter

Horsepower: 475

Torque: 470 lb-ft.

0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds

1/4 mile: 13.0 seconds @ 104 mph

EPA: 13 mpg city / 19 mpg highway

Energy Impact: 22.0 barrels of oil/yr

CO2 Emissions: 9.7 tons/yr

While we can all dream of owning a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon or maybe even a Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk, most of us need something a little more practical for the everyday grind. But if we’ve learned one thing from the Dodge boys, practical doesn’t have to mean boring. Let’s see what they’ve now done to the venerable Dodge Durango!

You don’t have to take your 2018 Dodge Durango SRT to a race track, but knowing that you could, and it wouldn’t disappoint, is reason enough for many. Owning one of the baddest SUVs ever created, is another good reason. 

No, this doesn’t have the full-on Hellcat HEMI of its Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk relative, but it does have SRT’s 6.4-liter naturally-aspirated version, here with 475-horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque. And while on paper, that looks far shy of the supercharged Trackhawk’s 707-horsepower insanity, once you nail the Durango’s throttle, you probably won’t notice much of a difference between stop lights, as it feels every bit as fast.  

A healthy seven drive modes, allow you to tailor the experience to whatever you have in mind that day. For us it was, Track mode; which sets the suspension to its stiffest setting, dials back the traction control, and quickens steering, as well as increases shift speed in the 8-speed automatic. 

The lowered suspension doesn’t help the Durango feel any lighter; however, it does help it feel extremely well-planted, and Dodge was wise enough to not eliminate all of the traction control nannies for it can be a handful under stress.  

When not in Track or Sport mode, it mostly feels like what you’d expect an all-wheel-drive big box Charger Hellcat to feel like, if such a thing existed. But also much like your everyday Durango, there’s sufficient comfort; and enough luxury features for passenger pampering, as it remains an amazingly comfortable highway cruiser.

It also feels nimbler on the highway than classic Detroit SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe, and new Ford Expedition; and somehow more European as as well in the way it soaks up bumps with little fuss. 

There is an aggressive exhaust note, but even it backs off the noise, when you back off the throttle; quite civilized indeed. 

There’s plenty of room inside for hauling cargo, or a few understanding friends not opposed to whiplash; and perhaps most impressively, it still tows 8,700-lbs.

For hauling of a different sort; dial in your preferred launch RPM, step firmly on the brake, engage launch control, floor the accelerator, then release said brake. If the stars align correctly, you’ll jump off the line, and be at 60 before you know it, or 4.5–seconds in our case. 

Somehow, it manages to handle all of that power going to all four wheels quite easily, staying amazingly smooth for the whole ¼-mile. Shifts are fast and aggressive, accompanied by a nice throaty pop from the exhaust. We cleared the ¼ in 13.0-seconds flat, travelling 104 miles-per-hour. 

Inside, they’ve done a great job of keeping the 3-row, 6-passenger interior current even though the basic architecture has been around since 2011. No complaints about the Uconnect multimedia system as usual, and the steering wheel is chocked full of fingertip controls. 

Amazingly, it really wasn’t that long ago, that we were wondering whether the Durango was going to be around or not. And now, not only are SUVs back, but they’re turning into exciting performance machines like this one.

But, poor Government Fuel Economy Ratings are the nature of this beast; 13-City, 19-Highway, and 15-Combined, which we matched exactly, on Premium fuel. That’s a very poor Energy Impact Score of 22.0-barrels of oil burned yearly with 9.7-tons of CO2 emissions. 

Now, you could spend $31,090 on a base Durango and perfectly enjoy it; or you could say the heck with that, and drop $64,090 on this Durango SRT. You probably won’t regret either choice, but one of them would be a whole lot more fun, and even a much more sensible answer to the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. 

In fact, most of us here, would prefer the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT over Jeep’s Trackhawk. It’s just a better all-around cruiser with more than enough power, as well as plenty of practicality; a true sleeper for sure, and further proof that Dodge just doesn’t do boring.

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This Just In: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Debuts for U.S. Market

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 8:35pm
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled their new 2019 A-Class sedan, which will be the first A-Class sold in the United States. Since 2014, the CLA has been the entry-level option offered by the luxury brand for American buyers. Now that spot will be taken by redesigned A-Class, which uses the latest Mercedes-Benz design language and comes standard with a 2.0L I4 engine. Standard equipment includes a digital instrument cluster, touchscreen multimedia display and panorama roof. The A-Class will also be the first Mercedes vehicle to introduce the next generation headunit known as MBUX or Mercedes-Benz User Experience. The infotainment system has a new interface with “natural speech recognition, touchscreen capabilities and a new Touchpad.” The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is expected to go on sale in America late this year.


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Book Reviews: Tyler Alexander: A Life And Times With McLaren

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:36pm

If you’re a follower of Formula 1 racing or just high performance cars, you may think you know everything there is to know about team McLaren. Chances are, you don’t.

But there’s no better place to get the full story than directly from someone who was there from the beginning. Tyler Alexander.

Released just prior to his death unfortunate passing, this autobiography, “Tyler Alexander: a life and times with McLaren,” gives you the full story how a Massachusetts born lad became an integral part of the British racing team for 46 years.

With a year by year account of both their trials and great victories, including McLaren’s most recent Formula 1 championship with Lewis Hamilton in 2008. It’s one high performance MUST READ that flies by at full speed.

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This Just In: Refreshed Porsche Macan Debuts in Shanghai

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:24pm

Garick Zikan: Ever since it arrived in 2014, the Porsche Macan, has roared on the road like the Indonesian word for tiger it’s named after. Now, the 2019 Porsche Macan is getting an even bigger dose of the family DNA. What you’re seeing is the version created for the Chinese market, but we anticipate some similarities if the changes come to the U.S. The front fascia is designed to appear wider, showing clear signs of the 911 and 918 Spyder.  LED headlights are standard, Porsche’s Dynamic Light System Plus provides even more precise illumination. The rear is wrapped with the 3D LED taillight and 4-point brake lights, fitting in with the rest of the Porsche line-up.   This mid-cycle refresh is much more than cosmetic, and goes to the very heart of this compact SUV. One of the big changes involves moving the fuel injectors. Antoon Janssen: “We positioned the fuel injector directly in the center of the combustion chamber directly beside the spark plug and this allows an even finer adjustment of dosing of the amount of fuel and better fuel air mixture” Garick Zikan: A 3.0-liter V6 powers the Macan S. Engineers moved the single turbo inside the V increasing output to 349 horsepower. The Macan Turbo uses the same engine block but engineers beefed up the cylinder liners to accommodate the force of the 433-horses that will charge out of the 2.9-liter V6.  Two turbos are in the V — one for each cylinder bank. We haven’t heard official specs on a U.S. model, but we anticipate similar results. While Porsches are naturally known for powerful engines, the power train manager explained to us there were also other goals. Antoon Janssen: “So yes, we increased the power output of the engine, but I have to mention one of the main items is also the efficiency and the reduction of emissions.” Garick Zikan: Engineers also refined the chassis, maintaining a clear focus on the experience in the driver’s seat. Sebastian Staiger: "For especially the air suspension, the air suspension brings that range between comfort and dynamics” Garick Zikan: We’ve driven the Macan before, so we know it has Porsche’s legendary performance with plenty of power and plenty of grip.  They’re bringing even more of that sporty heritage here to the cockpit. Another nod to the 911 is the optional GT sports steering wheel. The Sport Response Button is integrated into the wheel, and as we’ve seen on other Porsches, it’s the ticket to 20 seconds of insane power. The dashboard of previous Macans looked like this with a 7-inch touch screen straddled by two air vents. The transformation includes moving the air vents below the now 11-inch HD touch screen. The Panamera influence is clear although it’s a little smaller. Porsche Communication Management becomes more sophisticated, with Voice Pilot and real time traffic updates.  A traffic jam assistant including adaptive cruise control is added to the mix.  The rows of buttons on the rising center console remain. As a sport oriented luxury utility, the Macan has always offered a dynamic driving experience fitting of the Porsche badge; now it shares the latest looks and technology sweeping through the brand. Stay tuned to MotorWeek as more details surface on the 2019 Porsche Macan.
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This Just In: Former FCA Chairman Marchionne Dies at 66

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 10:03am
Sergio Marchionne, the well-respected Chairman/CEO of FCA and Ferrari, has passed away at the age of 66 due to complications arising from a recent surgery. Widely credited with salvaging both Chrysler and FIAT from the brink of collapse, Marchionne was as well-known for his casual black sweater wardrobe as for his brilliant business acumen and tenacious attention to operational details. Marchionne emigrated from Italy to Canada as a youth, and held Philosophy, law, MBA, and accounting degrees from various Canadian Universities. Michael Manley, formerly head of the Ram and Jeep brands, has been appointed to replace Marchionne as Chief Executive Officer of FCA, and was also named Chief Operating Officer of the NAFTA region.
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This Just In: Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept to Make U.S. Debut this Weekend

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 9:59am
Hyundai sees the future as sleek and elegant. The Le Fil Rouge concept will make its North American Debut at the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America in Michigan. We first saw the concept at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. This is what Hyundai calls their new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design theme. It’s actually a reinterpretation of Hyundai’s 1974 Coupe Concept. The exterior includes a new cascading grille and teardrop roofline. The interior features a wrap-around architecture the company says is designed to emphasize depth, spaciousness, and comfort. If you’re fluent in French you realize the literal translation is “the red wire”, but it’s often used to mean “the common thread”… which is the interpretation Hyundai is going for. They say it marks the beginning of the Sensuous Sportiness era that will appear on all future Hyundai vehicles. No word on when we can expect to see it on production models. But the concept will be on display at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan July 27–29.
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This Just In: 2020 Detroit Auto Show Officially Slated for June

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 10:16am

As expected, the North American International Auto Show is changing dates. They have announced the 2020 show will be in June. The Cobo Center will remain the focus, but moving the show to a warmer month allows for events to also be held at a variety of locations throughout Detroit. That would also give auto makers more options to display their latest models beyond the typical auto show reveals. The 2019 show is still slated for January.
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