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Episodes: Episode 3747

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

Debut 7.27.2018


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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This Just In: Dodge Unveils New NHRA Funny Car and Challenger 1320

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:42am
Dodge is no stranger to speed and now they’re putting the power down in the new 2019 Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car. The announcement came yesterday ahead of this weekend’s Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colorado. The Head of Parts and Service at Mopar, Pietro Gorlier says, “The changes made to this new Funny Car body will improve on-track performance and help us carry on the Mopar brand’s long tradition of success at the drag strip.” The 10,000-plus-horsepower drag car based off the 707 horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will initially be piloted by Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver, Matt Hagan. DSR teammates Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. will eventually be taking over during the 2018 season.  In addition to the NHRA car, Dodge unveiled the street-legal 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. For those not mathematically inclined, the “1320” is a reference to the number of feet in a quarter-mile. Powered by the 392 HEMI V8 producing 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft of torque, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 uses a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and a class-exclusive TransBrake, which was featured on the Demon. Power reaches the ground via street-legal 275/40R20 Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec radial tires, which Dodge says will do their part in generating a quarter-mile time of 11.7 seconds at 115 mph with 60 mph flying by in 3.8 seconds. By shaving three tenths of a second off the 0-60 and quarter-mile times of the Challenger R/T Scat Pack, the 1320 is “the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car available.” To clear up any doubt about their intentions, Dodge provides only a driver’s seat in standard configuration to save about 114 pounds. Passenger and rear seats can be optioned individually, costing a hefty $1 per seat. Line Lock, Launch Assist, Launch Control and heavy-duty rear half shafts from the SRT Demon also aid the insanity. The 1320 Package adds $3,995 to the Scat Pack’s $38,995 sticker price while the mandatory automatic transmission costs another $1,595. Again, for you math haters, a 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 will cost about $46,000 after the destination charge. Dealers start taking orders late this year with cars scheduled to hit their lots in the first quarter of 2019. Check out the video here.

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Episodes: Episode 3746

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:36am

Debut 7.20.2018


Road Test: 2018 Mazda6

Goss' Garage: Modern Tune up

FYI: Petersen Automotive Museum

Quick Spin: 2019 Lexus ES

Quick Spin: 2019 Nissan Kicks

Road Test: 2018 Ford GT

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This Just In: Hyundai Announces Amazon Digital Showroom

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:30am
The car industry is changing. That includes how we buy cars. Hyundai has announced a new digital showroom on Amazon.com. In one place customers can learn about the brand in a variety of ways like comparing prices, reading reviews, and booking test drives. The new digital showroom is at amazon.com/hyundai.
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Motor News: Volvo in the U.S.

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 7:00am

Volvo has been selling cars in the U.S. for more than 60-years… and now they make them here…

The Chinese owned Swedish car company recently opened its first U.S. plant near Charleston, South Carolina. It’s taken 3-years and 1-point-1 billion dollars to build the 2-point-3-million square foot facility. This is where they will make the new Volvo S60 premium mid-size sports sedan beginning in the fall. 

They’re also ramping up to assemble the next generation of their flagship SUV the XC90 in 2021. Volvo’s philosophy is “build where you sell”. Automotive News quotes the company’s CEO as saying the US is the biggest market for the XC90.

But this is not just a domestic plant… some of the vehicles built in Charleston will be exported. Volvo says the Charleston plant will be able to produce 150,000 cars a year at full capacity. The company can now build vehicles in the three major sales regions… the U.S., Europe and China. 

More and more companies are joining forces to develop electric vehicles and autonomous technology… Not only to save costs but also to speed up the process.

Honda and General Motors are teaming up to build next generation batteries. They’re working on smaller batteries that produce more energy and can be charged faster. The batteries will be used in all-electric vehicles made by both companies. Meantime, Volkswagen is part of a new alliance focusing on the technological demands of autonomous cars.

Self-driving cars will need to process and quickly analyze a lot of information from a variety of sources… like cameras and sensors. The alliance is working on the next-generation computer network with the power to handle high tech driving demands. The group includes manufacturers, networking companies and technology suppliers. 

So the race is on to build electric cars that can handle the driving… but it looks like competitors will have to become partners to make it happen. And that’s it for this week’s Motor News

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Road Tests: 2018 Mazda6

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 7:00am

Vital Statistics

Engine: 2.5 liter

Horsepower: 227

Torque: 310 lb-ft.

0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds

1/4 mile: 15.4 seconds @ 93 mph

EPA: 23 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

Energy Impact: 12.7 barrels of oil/yr

CO2 Emissions: 5.5 tons/yr

With SUVS of all stripes dominating the family “car” market these days, you might wonder why Mazda would go to the effort of revamping their midsize Mazda6 sedan. Indeed, some brands are actually eliminating sedans from their lineups. Well, that’s because the “6” is very significant vehicle to Mazda. It’s slick, sporty styling was an instant international hit. So, let’s find out if the 2018 mazda6 has anything new to add.

Mazda thinks they have a strategy to keep people buying sedans like the 2018 Mazda6, and it’s not all that different from the tactic they’ve taken with their recent crossovers. Keep all of the handling prowess and zoom-zoom spirit that the Mazda6 is known for; but smooth out the ride, add a splash of comfort, and take the interior to borderline luxury-car territory. 

But that’s not exactly an easy task, considering this 6 is not actually all new; still riding on same chassis that arrived for 2014.  

There is a new engine under the hood, or at least you can choose to add a turbo to the standard SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter I4. It boosts horsepower from 187 to 227, and torque from 187 to 310 lb-ft. Premium fuel is not required, but if you decide to go that route, the horsepower rating jumps to 250. 

Getting the turbo requires at least Grand Touring trim, and comes exclusively with the 6-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual is still available, but only in base Sport trim. 

And that’s not even close to what we’re dealing with here. Probably the most significant part of the ‘18’s newness is a pair of added up-level trim options, Reserve and this Signature model. 

Signing on the dotted line here means Deep Chestnut Nappa leather, Ultrasuede trim, and Japanese Sen wood accents. It’s a first-class upgrade to what was already a handsome and orderly driver-oriented cockpit. 

The new trims also get a 7-inch TFT virtual gauge screen to replace the standard 3-pod arrangement. 

Seating position remains low; but the seats themselves have been redesigned, now using higher density foam. And they can be ventilated as well as heated. 

Also helping the long distance comfort cause is a revamped suspension. No simple retune here; all geometry has been revised, bracing has been reinforced, and the floor pan that it’s all bolted to is now thicker.

All of this, Mazda claims, without losing the nimble nature we all look for in a Mazda. In fact, another change is the steering rack is now rigidly mounted to the chassis, sharpening up both steering response and feel. 

A quick trip through our cone course had us confirming that the 6 has lost nothing in the handling department. Remarkable balance, sharp turn-ins, and hydraulic-like feedback through the steering wheel; all indicates that this car is built to be driven spiritedly, and will reward those that do. 

We could certainly feel the added turbo torque off the line, as well. It’s still not blindingly fast, but the 7.2-second trip to 60 is a full second quicker than we achieved back in 2014…as is the ¼-mile, at 15.4-seconds at 93 miles-per-hour. Automatic shifts are quick and clean, with mapping as well executed as the rest of the car. 

Of course, you can’t have all of this newness wrapped in the same old packaging; so there are some changes to the exterior as well, though here not nearly as comprehensive. 

Just an upgrade to the grille that has it falling in line with other recent vehicles from the brand, new wheels, LED headlights, and full LED turn signals. 

Government Fuel Economy Ratings are 23-City, 31-Highway, and 26-Combined; now, stay tuned for our results over the next year, as this Mazda6 will be sticking around for a while as part of our long-term fleet. Its Energy Impact Score is an average one, consuming 12.7-barrels of petroleum annually, while emitting 5.5-tons of CO2.

The base Mazda6 Sport starts reasonably at $22,840. But, the new trim levels ratchet that up significantly; our top-level Signature series starts at $35,640. A pricy family car proposition for sure; yet certainly not outrageous compared to many smaller, less well equipped crossover utes, let alone premium-trimmed direct rivals like Camry and Accord.

So, while the 2018 Mazda6 is not a totally new car, it is a significant shift; a Mazda6 packed full of luxury; yet it remains a true treat to drive. Sure, Mazda would love to sell you a crossover; but they’re not giving up the midsize sedan anytime soon. And we’re sure glad about that! 

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This Just In: Coming To America

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:26am

PSA Group is moving forward with plans to return to the U.S.  The French company has already announced setting up North American headquarters in Atlanta. Peugeot pulled out of the U.S. in 1991.  Automotive News reports Larry Dominique, CEO of PSA Group North America, says he’s looking at points of entry in the U.S. and Canada.  They report he’s narrowed the list down to 15 states and four provinces in Canada.  PSA Group makes Peugeot, Citroen and Opel brands.  They hope American sales will begin by 2026


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This Just In: “MINI Takes the States 2018” Shifts into Gear

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 1:00pm
MINI TAKES THE STATES 2018 (MTTS), a charitable road rally for MINI owners hosted by MINI USA, kicked off this past weekend from two separate locations on opposite sides of the country. Over the ensuing five days, thousands of MINI owners will #DriveForMore to help raise money for charity partner Feeding America. The two rally routes, each with more than 800 participants, started in Orlando, Fla., and Portland, Ore., on Saturday, July 14, and will meet in the middle at Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., on July 20 for a weekend celebration of everything MINI. The bi-annual trek will cover more than 5,000 miles in total, traveling across America on state and county roads, stopping in 15 cities along the way. In 2016, MINI owners completed a 14-day, 4,397 mile adventure raising enough money to provide more than one million meals for families in need through Feeding America. This year’s goal is to raise enough money to provide more than 2 million meals. A portion of each MTTS participant’s registration fee is donated to Feeding America®, and MINI will collect food donations onsite each morning. 
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This Just In: Honda Stays the Course with Updated Pilot

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:50am
With so many new entries into the 3-row, mid-to-large crossover segment in recent years, it’s no wonder that Honda has chosen now to refresh its popular 8-seat Pilot to make sure it stays that way. For 2019 the Pilot’s styling borrows a hint of aggression from the smaller CR-V outside, while upping the technology and luxury content inside. Now standard on all trims is the Honda Sensing safety suite, while a hands-free power liftgate is now available. Most models also include major upgrades to connectivity, and a new Display Audio touchscreen is offered with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also marks the return of a volume knob.  While its more than ample power remains a 3.5-liter V6, the uplevel trim’s 9-speed automatic has been improved for smoother performance. The 2019 Honda Pilot is in dealerships now.
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