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As the Emmy® Award-winning host, executive producer and creator of MotorWeek, television's longest running automotive series, John Davis is seen by millions of viewers on PBS, SPEED and V-me Spanish-language network. One of the most trusted and recognized automotive journalists in the nation, Davis has been featured on CNN, Weekend Today, Live with Regis and Kelly, PARADE magazine and The Baltimore Sun, as well as local media throughout the country. He has also written regularly on automotive industry topics for The Washington Post. As MotorWeek's host and executive producer since the series debuted in 1981, Davis oversees all editorial content, and has put every new car and truck model manufactured in the last 30 years through extensive road tests to judge their practicality for buyers. He recognizes that as the second biggest purchase Americans make, car buyers must be well-informed before they enter a dealer showroom. That's why MotorWeek's focus is on helping consumers make smart choices based on their lifestyles and finances, as well as safety considerations and the vehicle's impact on the environment. As one of the first mainstream media outlets to provide regular coverage of alternative fuels and "green" vehicle technology, Davis and MotorWeek have worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote public awareness about the impact renewable fuels can have on petroleum dependence and the environment. He has been a speaker at DOE's "Clean Cities" conferences and makes presentations to industry leaders and federal officials. Davis has also been involved in raising public awareness about other important automotive-related issues. In 2004 and 2005, he served as a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Transportation's program promoting annual automotive emissions inspections. In 2002, Davis was spokesperson for the "Smooth Operator" initiative to combat aggressive driving in the Washington Metro region. Davis is one of the founders of the North American Car & Truck of The Year Awards, the only independent journalistic automotive award in North America. He served on its executive board from 1994 to 2008. He is also one of the organizers and an original member of the Washington Automotive Press Association. Davis is a former president of the International Motor Press Association, the oldest and most prestigious organization of automotive journalists in North America. Davis has received some of the highest awards in automotive journalism and television, including two Emmy® Awards. In 2007, he won an Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) National Capital Chesapeake Bay Region, and in 1998 from the NATAS Chicago-Midwest Chapter. Davis also received an International Automotive Media Award in 2005 from the International Society for Vehicle Preservation. He was honored with International Wheel Awards in 2004 and 2003, and two Golden Wheel Awards in 1999, including the grand award, from the Detroit Press Foundation which recognizes the best in automotive journalism. A 1970 mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate of North Carolina State University, Davis also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina. He was the 1969-1970 recipient of the W.D. Cartwright Memorial Engineering Scholarship and a member of the Pi Tau Sigma honorary scholastic fraternity. Prior to joining Maryland Public Television, Davis worked for the Wall Street brokerage firm of Kidder, Peabody and Company as a transportation analyst. He has owned a variety of high performance cars, including a vintage Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and deTomaso Pantera.

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  • Road Tests: 2018 Ford Mustang GT
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 5.0 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 460</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 420 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 4.5 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 12.4 seconds @ 115 mph</p> <p><span>EPA:</span> 15 mpg city / 25 mpg Highway</p> <p>When it comes to performance cars and muscle cars, as they say, if you&rsquo;re not moving forward, you&rsquo;re probably falling behind. Ford is definitely moving forward with their Mustang. It gets a host of updates for &rsquo;18, many of them our favorite kind, ones that make it gallop faster!</p> <p>The 6th gen Mustang has only been on the street for 3-years, but Ford felt it was already in need of tweaking. So, how do you make a great pony car greater? Well we&rsquo;ve come to Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, Georgia in this 2018 Ford Mustang GT to find out.</p> <p>Mechanical changes start with more beef from the 5.0-liter. Now pushing 460-ponies out of its slightly enlarged 8-cylinders, and revving higher than ever, to whip up 420 lb-ft. of torque. And there&rsquo;s a new 6-speed manual transmission to handle the extra force, aided by a new twin disc clutch.</p> <p>For those that are not into selecting their own gears, a 10-speed automatic transmission is now available as well.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="204" src="/images/road_tests/2018_mustangGT_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />But, no thanks, it&rsquo;s the manual for us. Working it and the pedals, will get you a 0-60 run of 4.5&ndash;seconds. A new Drag Mode helps you get the most out of it, especially if you do opt for the 10-speed automatic, which Ford claims is even quicker. Oh well, line-lock is now standard on all &lsquo;stangs not just the GT, if you&rsquo;re more into making smoke than haste.</p> <p>Ripping through the gears is a pure delight. The new trans combined with great pedal placement, makes for quick work of it. And once a &frac14;-mile&rsquo;s worth of Georgia asphalt had passed, we were at 115 miles-per-hour; after 12.4-seconds.</p> <p>The exhaust note pouring out is better than ever, thanks to an optional Active Valve Performance Exhaust system. That&rsquo;s good news to our ears, but if you think your neighbors might complain, you can engage a new quiet start mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>GT Performance Packs are back. Our car had Level One. But, also added the new Level&rsquo;s Two&rsquo;s game-changing MagnaRide shocks. Similar to what&rsquo;s fitted on the Chevy Camaro SS 1LE, this active system takes a multitude of things into consideration, including even ambient temperature, and adjusts accordingly. There&rsquo;s also a new cross-axis joint rear suspension; and just for good measure, four Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S&rsquo;s on 19-inch wheels.</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s those tires, the shocks, or the suspension setup, this 5.0 truly does feel nimbler around a road course; and without a doubt, there is more grip to exploit.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="150" src="/images/road_tests/2018_mustangGT_3.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Transmission gearing has been changed and seems perfect for this track; while the Performance Pack&rsquo;s Brembo brakes were phenomenal, far above what we&rsquo;ve experienced in a basic GT Mustang.&nbsp;</p> <p>This car feels great, fitting right in with just about any track worthy car you can think of. And it could even raise a few rival fans opinions on the Mustang.&nbsp;</p> <p>This GT is precision balanced; much like the 2008 Mustang Bullitt we loved; though here there is enough power to induce some oversteer if you want, and those Michelin&rsquo;s did take a bit of time to get heated up.&nbsp;</p> <p>But for all of its on-track prowess, this GT Level 1 remains a very approachable, easy to live with car, that&rsquo;s a breeze to operate whether cruising around town or on the open highway.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Other newness comes in the way of a 12-inch digital LCD customizable digital dash display.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="148" src="/images/road_tests/2018_mustangGT_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Elsewhere inside, there&rsquo;s more stitching throughout, a new pulsing start button ready to set everything off, and even a first time heated steering wheel. Finally, there&rsquo;s updated SYNC Connect for the height of connectivity.</p> <p>Safety systems are updated as well, with Mustang now getting Automatic Emergency Braking.&nbsp;</p> <p>Government Fuel Economy Ratings for a GT manual are 15-City, 25-Highway, and 18-Combined.&nbsp;</p> <p>Base GT pricing does sneak up a bit, to $35,995; tack on another 4-grand for the Level 1 Performance package, and $1600 more for the Magnaride Shocks. Or, go full bore with Level 2 for $6500.</p> <p>But just a reminder, base &lsquo;stang&rsquo;, using a base EcoBoost I4; the V6 is history; gets a lot of the same improvements and is actually cheaper than last year at $26,485.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As pony cars continue to battle it out, streaking down the front stretch towards a finish line that may never be reached, more technology and more performance are being added continuously.</p> <p>Regardless, the 2018 Ford Mustang will succeed by doing what&rsquo;s important to the Mustang faithful first. Being, unmistakably, a Mustang. It may not be the fastest muscle car out there; but it has no glaring flaws, and is without a doubt the best total package.</p>
  • Road Tests: 2018 Audi SQ5
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 3.0 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 354</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 369 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 5.3 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 13.8 seconds @ 102 mph</p> <p><span>EPA:</span> 19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway</p> <p><span>Energy Impact:</span> 15.7 barrels of oil/yr</p> <p><span>CO2 Emissions:</span> 7.2 tons/ye</p> <p>Much like basic sedans have spawned ever sportier&nbsp; 4-doors over the years, the world of SUVs that we now live in, continues to expand with variations on the theme. Like the Audi SQ5. One ute where performance is as important as practicality.</p> <p>Regular viewers of <em>MotorWeek</em> know that we&rsquo;re big fans of what Audi has been doing lately, even claiming the most recent Q7 as a new benchmark for the luxury 3-row crossover segment. Well, 2018 sees the launch of a 2nd generation of the middle-weight Q5, and it&rsquo;s the high-performance SQ5 variant that we have here.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another item getting attention in the rework in interior space, mostly for rear seat passengers, who gain more leg and shoulder room.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="193" src="/images/road_tests/2018_audi_SQ5_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Sometimes, more room for people means less room for cargo, and that is the case here; at least behind the rear seats where cubic-footage is reduced from 29.1 to 26.8. Still, with that additional space of the 2nd row, max cargo climbs from 57.3 to 60.4.</p> <p>This crossover&rsquo;s design is appreciably more attractive, with added coupe-like language and prominent wheel arches. SQ5s mount aluminum trim and of course a rear spoiler. Don&rsquo;t worry about burning your legs on these twin double-barrel exhaust tips, because they&rsquo;re not real, simply styling elements.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Standard Q5s rely on 2.0-liter I4 turbo power; but turbo-boosted performance here in the SQ5, comes from a 3.0-liter V6 with 354-horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque.&nbsp;</p> <p>But while that 2.0-liter comes with a 7-speed DCT, here you&rsquo;ll get a traditional automatic with 8-gears.&nbsp;</p> <p>The suspension grabs the usual stiffening and straightening; but more importantly, an adaptive air suspension can be added for first time, as part of the S Sport Package.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="171" src="/images/road_tests/2018_audi_SQ5_3.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Spend any time at all behind the wheel of the SQ5, and you quickly get why luxury crossovers are taking over the world. It truly does feel like you&rsquo;re driving an A4 sedan, yet you have all of that additional room for people and their stuff. Along for the ride are coddling seats, a quiet cabin, and of course, a ton of street potential; as well as a great exhaust note that&rsquo;s never too loud.&nbsp;</p> <p>Push a little harder on the track though, and it&rsquo;s indeed A4 you&rsquo;re reminded of, not S4, unfortunately. It&rsquo;s certainly not the most &ldquo;connected&rdquo; feeling we&rsquo;ve ever had with a sporty SUV either, but utterly proficient, with only mild understeer.&nbsp; Firm, stable, and comfortable regardless of speed.&nbsp;</p> <p>The SQ5 bolts off the line like a sprinter out of the blocks, standard quattro all-wheel-drive delivering plenty of grip. We hit 60 in just 5.3-seconds.&nbsp;</p> <p>No turbo-lag or noticeable hits of power, though the trans will give you quite a jolt at full throttle shifts; at least in Sport mode, left in Normal mode, it wants to find high gear and stay there for fuel economy&rsquo;s sake. Full throttle for the full &frac14; resulted in a time of 13.8-seconds at 102 miles-per-hour.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="188" src="/images/road_tests/2018_audi_SQ5_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Now it certainly doesn&rsquo;t feel that fast, perhaps because you&rsquo;re wrapped in luxury bank vault solitude the whole way.</p> <p>You&rsquo;d think that air suspension might give it a floatier ride on the street, but the opposite is true. It feels nailed down and flat in corners, actually a bit harsher than some; but with a solid nature that never gives you the impression you have to tiptoe at all, no matter the road conditions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Government Fuel Economy Ratings are 19-City, 24-Highway, and 21-Combined. So our 22.4 miles-per-gallon average on Premium was not bad at all. The Energy Impact Score is about average at 15.7-barrels of annual oil consumption with C02 emissions of 7.2-tons.&nbsp;</p> <p>A base Q5 will set you back just $42,475.&nbsp; But stepping up to this SQ5, will require 55,275 of your hard earned dollars.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2018 Audi SQ5 arrived just after a refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLC and just before the all-new BMW X3. It&rsquo;s more luxurious than the former; and more athletic than the latter. It seems to be the sum of all that has been great about recent Audi&rsquo;s, engineered into one impressive SUV. No wonder Audi is quickly becoming our go-to German brand, and this SQ5 is certainly worth your consideration too.&nbsp;</p>
  • Goss’ Garage: Patch It Up
    <p><img class="img_left" height="177" src="/images/goss_garage/3725_goss_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Since the very inception of steel bodies on automobiles, there has been one mortal enemy. And that is rust, especially rust through, structural rust and so on. Like on this classic Jeep we can see that the rocker panel is rusted, the dog leg is rusted. We need to replace these parts and of course for classics and collectibles, these parts are available, like this dogleg which would go in here. Now we wanted to do this car upright. We took it to Treasured Motorcars here in Maryland. And let&rsquo;s see what was involved with that.</p> <p>When Treasured Motorcars got a hold of this, what they did was they gained access to the parts that needed to be replaced. Now to get to the rocker panel the front fender had to come off of it, the doors had to come off because there are seams and everything inside that need to be cut away and re-welded. So that was the first step of this operation.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="174" src="/images/goss_garage/3725_goss_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" /><span class="img_right">The next thing was that they had to cut the old panels off in such a manner that it didn&rsquo;t damage any of the good metal. Patch or repair panels as we see here are available for most collectable cars. Chances are if it was popular back in the day you could get repair panels for it. Now the thing is you might, and I say might be able to do this yourself if you have the talent and if you have the tools, but it&rsquo;s not always as easy as it looks. And we found that out here because we had a lot of rust that was hidden underneath the vehicle and that&rsquo;s when a good body shop comes into play.&nbsp; </span></p> <p>These inner pieces weren&rsquo;t available for this Jeep, so Treasured Motorcars had to fabricate them from scratch. Now this involves cutting, bending, and shaping new metal to match the contours of the original body work. And this takes the proper tools, a large degree of skill, and lots of patience. And that&rsquo;s the one area most do-it-yourselfers fall short. This particular job involved 50 hours of labor just in fabrication. Making these new pieces and making them fit properly is critical. Rusty parts will continue to rust so they must be replaced. And if you allow water, debris and salt to get into newly repaired areas, well the repair isn&rsquo;t going to last and you&rsquo;re wasted your time and money. Do the job right or have it done right and you&rsquo;ll have a quality repair that extends the life of the vehicle and looks great in the process. And if you have a question or a comment, drop me a line right here at <em>MotorWeek</em>.</p>
  • Over The Edge: Porsche Winter Driving
    <p>Our "Over the Edge" guy Zach Maskell is usually happy as a clam, be it behind the wheel of just about anything, or would you believe, when he&rsquo;s skating on ice, thick or thin. Well, it just so happens he recently got a chance to combine his two passions; trading in his hockey stick and skates for a steering wheel and studded tires; and go sliding around in some of Germany&rsquo;s finest as close to a snow bank as he could get.</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: These schools are becoming a sport for manufacturers. One I can&hellip; get behind.</p> <p><strong>LORNE BANKS</strong>: &ldquo;Accelerate. Off gas. Add some steering. Brake. Look there. Straighten the wheel. Go to power. Well done.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: I&rsquo;ve spent a lot of time this winter indoors most likely because it&rsquo;s been abnormally cold, in fact I just found out I have a vitamin D deficiency, so we instinctively flocked to northern Quebec at Porsche&rsquo;s Camp 4. While we will be outside trying to get some sunlight, we&rsquo;ll also be spending the day inside some Porsches.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="163" src="/images/over_the_edge/3725_ote_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />JONATHAN URLIN</strong>: Back about 15 years ago there was a media event to launch the all-wheel- drive system, the C4S, which became a media event called Camp 4 S over in Finland, it was such a great time everyone had such a wonderful experience that they decided to bring it back as a retail program, 15 years later here we are in our fifth venue across the world and in Canada the second largest internationally.</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: We&rsquo;re armed with rear and all-wheel drive 420 horsepower 911&rsquo;s, and some 718 Caymans&hellip; with 1.5 millimeter studded tires with the heated seats on max.</p> <p><strong>LORNE BANKS</strong>: &ldquo;The first thing that we check when we get in a car is our distance from our bottom to the pedals.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: When the brake pedal is floored, you want a slight bend in the knee. Then you put your shoulders back against the seat&hellip; and make it so your wrists touch the wheel. This allows hand speed&hellip; once the you&rsquo;re really pushing the car.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="164" src="/images/over_the_edge/3725_ote_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />&ldquo;Porsches traction management works closest with Porsche stability control aka PSM&hellip; I like to call it please save me. Because I can tell you numerous times on a racetrack.. it has done just that. Out here, we are turning that off, that way we get us some oversteer.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LORNE BANKS</strong>: &ldquo;So the beauty about an all-wheel drive, as we&rsquo;re seeing, is as soon as we straighten the wheel, we can add power to straighten the car back out. Rear wheel drive we have to basically sit there with a lot of counter steer and wait.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: Like any school we start simple. So first we practice donuts on the skidpad, and figure out how to stay out of this situation. The dreaded understeer&hellip; when the car plows forward &ndash; and you don&rsquo;t want it to. Then we move on to the slalom. We&rsquo;re instructed to tap the brakes to get traction to the front wheels, then steer the car where we want to go.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="144" src="/images/over_the_edge/3725_ote_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />ZACH MASKELL</strong>: &ldquo;Perhaps the most important thing we learn today. Left foot braking. Even with all wheel drive we come into the turn. Flick. Add some brake that way we get more traction up front. Straighten out. And then we power out.&rdquo;</p> <p>We&rsquo;re waiting for the car to rotate. While it may look hectic outside&hellip; everything inside is timing&hellip; and patience.</p> <p><strong>JONATHAN URLIN</strong>: 3 different levels here at the ice experience, you have camp 4, camp 4 S, and our advanced level program Ice Force.</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: Work your way to Ice force and experience Turbo S&rsquo;s and GT3&rsquo;s on the ice. But first start at Camp 4&hellip; for a little over $4,000 - which gives you the basic two-day course&hellip; delicious meals and a room with a much needed fireplace.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="160" src="/images/over_the_edge/3725_ote_5.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" /></strong>One thing that sets this school apart from others &ndash; was seat time. I was exhausted at the end of the day. While this is an amusement park for the sport car fiend&hellip; coming from someone who&rsquo;s always felt the need to become a better winter driver&hellip; I promise you&rsquo;d leave feeling the same way as well.</p> <p><strong>LORNE BANKS</strong>: That&rsquo;s the whole idea behind the school right. Is to be comfortable driving a car sideways in slippery conditions.</p> <p><strong>VOICE ON RADIO</strong>: Good Job guys. Excellent today.&nbsp;</p>
  • This Just In: Powerful Porsche &amp; Kia Tease
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Porsche is producing the most powerful naturally aspirated series-production 911 ever.&nbsp; The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS produces 520 horsepower, and can do 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. This is the third road-legal GT model unveiled within a year.&nbsp; The world premiere will be at the Geneva Motor Show next month.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="481" src="/images/2018_Porsche_911_gt3_rs.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">We&rsquo;re getting a glimpse of the latest version of Kia&rsquo;s flagship luxury sedan, the K900.&nbsp; Designers in Korea and the U.S. collaborated on the car.&nbsp; The car will be built in Korea.&nbsp; The second generation K900 debut is expected soon, with sales beginning in the spring.</h4> <h4><img height="563" src="/images/Kia_K900.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></h4>
  • This Just In: Geneva Preview &amp; Volvo luxiry
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Lexus is giving us a glimpse of what they&rsquo;ll be showing at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.&nbsp; They plan to unveil the new LexusUX crossover.&nbsp; A UX Concept made its world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll have to wait until March 6 to see it in person.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;"><img height="476" src="/images/LexusUX.jpg" width="853" /></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Geneva will also feature the world premiere of Volkswagen&rsquo;s I.D. VIZZION. The concept is the fourth member of the Volkswagen I.D. Family.&nbsp; The idea here is a premium sedan that&rsquo;s fully autonomous&hellip; so no steering wheel or visible controls.&nbsp; Two electric motors will drive all 4 wheels.&nbsp; Volkswagen has said they plan to introduce more than 20 electric vehicle models by 2025.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="566" src="/images/Volkswagen_concept_car_I.D._VIZZION.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Volvo is already taking the new XC40 compact utility to the next level.&nbsp; The company has announced it will soon be available in the Inscription level trim.&nbsp; That adds luxury touches inside and out.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re still waiting to hear from Volvo about when the Inscription level trim will be available and the price.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4> <p><img height="598" src="/images/Volvo_XC40_-_exterior.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • This Just In: New Nissan &amp; Ascent Announcement
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">MotorWeek is looking ahead to the New York International Auto Show.&nbsp; Nissan plans to show the world the all-new Altima.&nbsp; The company says the northeast is the most popular market for the sedan.&nbsp; The Nissan Altima will debut on March 28, 2018.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="423" src="/images/2017_nissan_altima.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">We&rsquo;re learning more about the largest vehicle Subaru has ever built.&nbsp; The company has announced the price for the 2019 Subaru Ascent will start at $31,995. The new three-row SUV will be powered by a turbocharged 260-hp BOXER engine. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and X-Mode will be standard.&nbsp; The 2019 Subaru Ascent arrives at dealers this Summer.</h4> <p><img height="480" src="/images/2019_Subaru_Ascent_Production_version.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • Episodes: Episode 3724
    <p>Debut 2.16.2018</p> <p class="quick_listing">Description</p> <p>Track Test: 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe</p> <p>Goss' Garage: Modern Stereos</p> <p>Two Wheelin': Indian Scout Bobber</p> <p>Motor News: Nissan and VW AI | Alexa Integration | Fisker</p> <p>Long Term Update: Chrysler Pacifica | Mazda CX-9</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 Range Rover Velar</p> <a href="https://mpt-shop.myshopify.com/collections/motorweek" target="_blank" class="dvd_purchase"></a> <div class="shadow_holder"> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> <div class="shadow_right_small"><!-- --></div><!-- .shadow_right_small --> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> </div><!-- .shadow_holder --> <div class="shadow_holder"> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> <div class="shadow_right_small"><!-- --></div><!-- .shadow_right_small --> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> </div><!-- .shadow_holder -->
  • This Just In: Reliability Survey &amp; 2019 BMW X4
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Car buyers want to drive something they can rely on and the latest <a href="http://www.jdpower.com/cars/articles/jd-power-studies/2018-us-vehicle-dependability-study-results">J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study</a> says that requirement is &ldquo;at its best level ever&rdquo;.&nbsp; Among all brands, Lexus ranks highest in overall vehicle dependability in this study.&nbsp; The research found Porsche came in a close second.&nbsp;&nbsp; The study ranked Buick third overall and highest among mass-market brands.&nbsp; Researchers compiled their information from about 37,000 original owners of 2015 model-year vehicles who kept the cars for three years.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="478" src="/images/traffic1.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Here&rsquo;s a look at the second generation 2019 BMW X4.&nbsp; The highlights include wider tracks, a lower center of gravity, and the latest generation suspension.&nbsp; There are two versions to choose from: BMW X4 xDrive30i and BMW X4 M40i.&nbsp; Arriving in July 2018, the price starts at $50,450 for the 30i, and $60,450 for the M40i.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;"><img height="569" src="/images/2019_BMW_X4.jpg" width="853" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p>
  • Podcasts: 2018 Drivers&#8217; Choice Awards
    <p><a href="http://www.motorweek.org/podcasts/Motorweek_Podcast__175.mp3">Podcast #175</a></p><p>In <em>MotorWeek</em> Podcast 175, John Davis and the gang go over the winners of <em>MotorWeek</em>'s 2018 Drivers' Choice Awards. Plus, the group answers a viewer question about lug nuts.</p>

 

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