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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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  • This Just In: Honda Begins 2019 Insight Production in Ohio
    <p>Mass production of the all-new 2019 Honda Insight hybrid begins this week in Greensburg, Indiana with three plants in Ohio providing the powertrain components. Honda invested $61.5 million in upgrades to the four plants, including a new 19,200 sf building expansion at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) for assembly of the vehicle&rsquo;s front-end module.&nbsp; HMIN will build all Insight models for the North American market, alongside Civic and CR-V models on the same line.</p>
  • This Just In: RU Surius?&nbsp; Subaru Announces PHEV Crosstrek
    <p>The Crosstrek Hybrid is returning to Subaru showrooms after a 2-year absence, and will become the company&rsquo;s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).&nbsp; The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid uniquely integrates the Toyota Hybrid System (THS), one of most proven alternative drivetrains in modern automotive history (Subaru + Prius = Surius?), with Subaru&rsquo;s four-cylinder direct-injection BOXER engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and an all-new transmission. &nbsp;Look for the new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid at Subaru retailers near the end of this year.</p>
  • This Just In: Cool VW Concepts
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">There&rsquo;s driving, and then there&rsquo;s making a statement.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s what Volkswagen is doing with its enthusiast show concept fleet for 2018. Five VW models received special attention to reflect diverse design tastes.&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">2018 Golf R Abstract concept&hellip; with camouflage print wrap influenced by urban street art</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="569" src="/images/2018_Golf_R_Abstract_concept-Large-8333.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">2019 Jetta R-Line SoCal concept&hellip; inspired by the Mk2 Jetta</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="638" src="/images/2019_Jetta_R-Line_SoCal_concept-Large-8301.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">2018 Tiguan R-Line Aero concept&hellip; with camouflage treatment</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="569" src="/images/2018_Tiguan_R-Line_Aero_concept-Large-8290.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">2019 Arteon R-Line Highlight concept&hellip; sleek coupe-like design in fluorescent yellow</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="569" src="/images/2019_Arteon_R-Line_Highlight_concept-Large-8307.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">2018 Atlas Tanner Foust SEMA concept&hellip; with an emphasis on off the pavement adventure</h4> <p><img height="569" src="/images/2018_Atlas_Tanner_Foust_SEMA_concept-Large-8337.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • Episodes: Episode 3737
    <p>Debut 5.18.2018</p> <p class="quick_listing">Description</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 Buick Enclave</p> <p>Goss' Garage: Meals on Wheels</p> <p>Tire Tracks: Datsun 240Z</p> <p>Quick Spin: 2018 BMW M5 | i3s</p> <p>Quick Spin: 2018 Honda Fit</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 Ford F-150</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: Chevrolet Serious About Pickup MPG Crown
    <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'Courier New'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 14.0px 'Courier New'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <h4 style="text-align: left;"></h4> <h4 style="text-align: left;"><img height="3800" src="/images/goss_garage/2019-Chevrolet-Silverado.jpg" width="5700" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: left;">Washington may be doubting how much consumers really care about fuel economy, but not General Motors. They&rsquo;re ramping up their quest for the best overall MPG ratings for full-size pickups by greatly expanding the engines available for the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado light-duty, including a new turbocharged I4 that can cruise on only two cylinders.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: left;">Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and automatic stop/start, the new 2.7-liter I4 will be rated at 310-hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. It will do MPG battle with the V6 EcoBoost in the aluminum-bodied <a href="/reviews/road_tests/2018-ford-f-150/" style="font-size: 1em;">Ford F-150</a><span style="font-size: 1em;">, and the redesigned </span><a href="/reviews/road_tests/2019-ram-1500/" style="font-size: 1em;">Ram 1500</a><span style="font-size: 1em;"> with its mild hybrid V6.</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></h4> <h4 style="text-align: left;">Thanks to its Active Fuel Management, the new Chevy 2.7T pickup will be able to run on only two cylinders. That is a first for any pickup, and should boost the Silverado&rsquo;s real world fuel economy significantly over the formerly smallest engine, a 4.3-liter V6. The also redesigned GMC Sierra will get the I4 turbo as well.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: left;">Other engines available for Silverado 1500 include the already announced Duramax 3.0-liter I6 turbo-diesel, updated versions of the 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8, and 6.2-liter V8. The new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will go on sale late in the fall.<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></h4> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><br /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" src="http://players.brightcove.net/1050888044001/ByziG8mfx_default/index.html?videoId=5786377297001"></iframe></p>
  • This Just In: FUTURE JEEPS: DRIVE FOR DESIGN
    <h4 align="left" style="text-align: center;">FCA has honored three high school students from buffalo, new york and miami, florida as winners of the 2018 drive for design contest for their rendered visions of a future Jeep Wrangler.&nbsp; the contest was created six years ago to raise awareness among budding artists about the various career paths available in automotive design.&nbsp; prizes included computer equipment, a 2-week auto design course, an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the fca us product design studios and the chance to work one on one with professional automotive designers.&nbsp; Congratulations to:</h4> <ul style="text-align: center;"> <li> <h4>First place &ndash; Eduard Cret, Design and Architecture Senior High (Miami, Florida)</h4> </li> <li> <h4><img height="552" src="/images/EduardCret.jpg" width="853" /></h4> </li> <li> <h4>Second place &ndash; Emily Bryson, Design and Architecture Senior High (Miami, Florida)</h4> </li> <li> <h4><img height="552" src="/images/Emily_Bryson.jpg" width="853" /></h4> </li> <li> <h4>Third place &ndash; Jinho So, Canisius High School (Buffalo, New York)</h4> </li> </ul> <p><img height="552" src="/images/Jinho_So.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • Road Tests: 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 3.6 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 310</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 266 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 7.2 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 15.6 seconds @ 91 mph</p> <p><span>EPA:</span> 15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway</p> <p><span>Energy Impact:</span> 16.5 barrels of oil/yr</p> <p><span>CO2 Emissions:</span> 7.4 tons/yr</p> <p>Not only is there an all-new Buick Enclave three-row crossover on the streets, but there&rsquo;s a new luxury sub-brand from Buick as well, called Avenir. So, consider this a two-fer as we see what happens when the two come together in the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir.</p> <p>The 2018 Buick Enclave is the 3<sup>rd</sup> vehicle to arrive based on GM&rsquo;s latest full-size C1 chassis; following the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.</p> <p>And with it, comes Buick&rsquo;s new up-level sub-brand Avenir. First used on a 2015 concept flagship sedan, Avenir adds to this 3-row utility high quality interior materials that look and feel worthy of the name. The leather-covered front seats are especially nice, some of the most comfortable we&rsquo;ve seen from G.M.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Most things inside the cabin, including Buick&rsquo;s latest infotainment system, work really well; the exception being the clumsy shifter, similar to the one found in the Cadillac XT5.&nbsp; We wish Cadillac would have kept that one for themselves.</p> <p>Though not too many complaints were lodged about the operation of the new 9-speed automatic transmission that it controls. We found it both smooth and decisive.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="201" src="/images/road_tests/2018_buick_enclave_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="255" />Unlike at GMC and Chevrolet, there&rsquo;s no choice when it comes to the engine; only a revised 3.6-liter V6. Horsepower is now 310, with 266 lb-ft. of torque. Auto stop/start is included, and fortunately it&rsquo;s very smooth in operation, as it can&rsquo;t be switched off.</p> <p>You can stick with front-wheel-drive or add one of two all-wheel-drive systems.</p> <p>The basic full-time arrangement is available with Essence trim; while Premium and Avenir models get Buick&rsquo;s Intelligent all-wheel-drive system with active twin-clutch rear differential.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to weight loss of about 300-lbs., more power coming from the engine, and three additional gears in the transmission; the new Enclave feels much quicker than ever before. And indeed we did get to 60 a full two seconds sooner than we did in the original, at 7.2-seconds.&nbsp;</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t feel exceptionally powerful, but that&rsquo;s probably due the good all-wheel-drive grip at launch, and its overall smoothness as we moved down the track. The Enclave completed the &frac14;-mile in 15.6-seconds at 91 miles-per-hour.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="185" src="/images/road_tests/2018_buick_enclave_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />We quickly forgot how big the Enclave is, after a few runs through our cone course. It turns in very quickly and weight transfer is held well in check. The top tier all-wheel-drive system, with its rear torque vectoring, definitely helps it rotate into turns, as well as keep understeer minimal.&nbsp;</p> <p>We were impressed even more when it came to our braking test. The Enclave came to a halt from 60 in just 103-feet. Stops were consistently straight, smooth, and confidence inspiring.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>But the Enclave is clearly not a track animal; and in its natural environment, ride and handling quality truly is exceptional. Between Buick&rsquo;s Quiet Tuning keeping interior noise levels library quiet, and the well sorted out suspension, there&rsquo;s great comfort behind the wheel; making it an outstanding interstate cruiser.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new chassis allows for a longer wheelbase, giving the Enclave more presence; while a steeper rake to the windshield provides a sleeker profile.</p> <p>Avenir adds a unique mesh grille, nickel-finish trim, and 20-inch wheels to a package that looks much tidier than before, despite growing by over 2.0-inches in length from last year.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="154" src="/images/road_tests/2018_buick_enclave_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />That carries over inside where you&rsquo;ll find more space and a noticeably roomier feel throughout the cabin. Captain&rsquo;s chairs only for the 2<sup>nd</sup> row, with a rear bench for three, standard.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the 2<sup>nd</sup> row SmartSlide seat, access to that 3<sup>rd</sup> row is quite good for the large crossover class, and there&rsquo;s adult size room for settling in; though we wouldn&rsquo;t recommend it for extended periods of time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cargo capacity behind the 3<sup>rd</sup> row is up slightly, to 23.6 cubic-ft. Folding those seats expands the space to 58.0 cubic-ft.; maxing out at 97.6 with all seats folded.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you can&rsquo;t fit it inside, you can tow up to 5,000-lbs. of it on a trailer behind you; that&rsquo;s 500-lbs. more than last year.&nbsp;</p> <p>All-wheel-drive Government Fuel Economy Ratings improve pretty significantly as well, going from 15-City, 22-Highway, and 17-Combined to 17-City, 25-Highway, and 20-Combined. Front-wheel-drive is better still, at 18-City, 26-Highway, and 21-Combined. There&rsquo;s also a big improvement for the Energy Impact Score, with 16.5-barrels of annual oil consumption and CO2 emissions of 7.4-tons.&nbsp;</p> <p>Base pricing does sneak up a little over last year to $40,990. Passing through Essence and Premium trims, you&rsquo;ll arrive at the Avenir at $54,410. Adding all-wheel-drive varies with trim level, but plan on at least 2-grand.&nbsp;</p> <p>With all of the leather-clad SUVs out there, you&rsquo;d think the 2018 Buick Enclave might have a hard time of it.&nbsp; But, the 3-row near-luxury crossover segment is actually pretty wide open, with plenty of space for a family hauler that&rsquo;s not too pretentious and doesn&rsquo;t come with a high-buck badge. Attainable luxury is Buick&rsquo;s new theme and you&rsquo;ll find plenty of it in the Enclave Avenir.</p>
  • Goss’ Garage: Meals on Wheels
    <p><img class="img_left" height="183" src="/images/goss_garage/3737_goss_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />There&rsquo;s a problem with cars that has become almost epidemic lately. It&rsquo;s something that most people would never think about. That&rsquo;s rodents that eat the wire harnesses in our cars. It disables the car, does all kinds of damage. We&rsquo;ve seen some where it&rsquo;s actually totaled the car it was that bad.</p> <p>One of the reasons behind this is for several years now &ndash; various manufacturers have been using wire where the insulation in it is made out of a soy based product. So it looks like food to the rodents. What are some of the things you can do to prevent these sorts of problems?</p> <p>Number one is to make sure there are no food sources around the car. What you have in many cases, you may have dog food, you may have grass seed, or any number of different things that are around your garage or some place near the car and these are food sources for the rodents. They come toward the car. Once they get in the general vicinity then they discover this soy based material on the wires and they have a feast.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="173" src="/images/goss_garage/3737_goss_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />We want the food source done away with so you may find that you have to plug various parts of the car to keep them from getting inside. One of the ways to do that is steel wool. But a better way is bronze wool. The steel wool gets wet and it rusts. The bronze wool will not rust. You buy that&nbsp; typically at a marine supply store because it&rsquo;s used on boats.</p> <p>There are various chemicals that you can buy and various devices that you can buy. Not all of these work, not all of them fail, but you have to try to find a solution. Now here&rsquo;s something that&rsquo;s relatively new, and it seems to work. It&rsquo;s going to take a little work on your part. That&rsquo;s tape you can wrap the wire harness with that is impregnated with Capsaicin. The thing that you have to remember here is that when you&rsquo;re working with this stuff you&rsquo;re certainly going to want to wear rubber gloves in order to protect yourself. And after you&rsquo;ve done it, do not wipe your eyes until you&rsquo;ve thoroughly washed your hands.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="170" src="/images/goss_garage/3737_goss_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Another part of that is that if you take your car in for service, make sure you tell the technician that you have this coating on the wire harness. If you don&rsquo;t they may get involved with it and rub their eyes or something and it&rsquo;s not going to be fun for them.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no one fool proof solution for this but if you explore these items you can probably get it under control.</p> <p>If you have a question or a comment, drop me a line. Right here at <em>MotorWeek</em>.</p>
  • Road Tests: 2018 Ford F-150
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 2.7 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 325</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 375 lbs.-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 5.7 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 14.3 seconds @ 99 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> 7.0 tons/yr</p> <p>You&rsquo;d think that after bringing an aluminum body to the full-size pickup ranks just 3 years ago, ford would be done with the F-150 for a while. But the light duty f-series didn&rsquo;t become America&rsquo;s long time number one selling vehicle by staying the same year after year. So, it&rsquo;s no real surprise that ford has unleashed an updated F-150 for 2018.</p> <p>To be fair, as far as updates go, the 2018 Ford F-150 is far from comprehensive; but Ford is out to give you many more choices when you go in to buy one.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having already brought a lot new to the full-size truck segment over the last few years, with a choice of EcoBoost engines and features such as trailer back-up assist&hellip;</p> <p>&hellip;this year, Ford brings a new 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine to replace the 3.5-liter, as well as a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, and an updated 5.0-liter V8; along with wider availability of their 10-speed automatic transmission, and making auto stop/start standard with all engines.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="236" src="/images/road_tests/2018_ford_F150_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />But bigger than all of that is a first-time 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke diesel option that will be arriving soon, with 250-horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. It will also achieve 30 mpgs on the highway, according to Ford; and will pull 11,400-lbs. of trailer.&nbsp;</p> <p>We just got back from sampling the new Power Stroke in Colorado. First impressions? It&rsquo;s a quiet oil burner for sure, both outside the vehicle and inside.&nbsp;</p> <p>With tow mode engaged, it had no problems towing a 3-ton horse trailer. Uphill grades still require a downshift or two from the 10-speed automatic, but we were steadily increasing our speed as we were climbing.&nbsp;</p> <p>It felt even better around town without the trailer, instant torque is always a good thing as far as we&rsquo;re concerned; and this little Power Stroke delivers plenty of it, in a very refined fashion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Regardless of powertrain, all &lsquo;18s get an updated exterior with a new billet-look grille, revised front and rear bumpers, new tailgate, and upgraded lighting; as well as fresh trim and wheel options.&nbsp; All keeping it arguably the toughest looking rig among the big-3.&nbsp;</p> <p>For testing here at home, our Lariat Sport SuperCrew was sporting the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, and it packs a serious performance punch. Horsepower stays the same as last year at 325, but torque takes a healthy leap from 375 lbs.-ft. to 400; with all of it delivered well below 3,000 RPM&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="158" src="/images/road_tests/2018_ford_F150_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />&hellip;and delivering us to 60 in just 5.7-seconds. There&rsquo;s explosive power off the line; so much, that we had much better success launching in four-wheel-drive to get traction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Shifts are quick and tidy, with power delivery staying consistent throughout the 14.3-seconds it took us to complete the &frac14;-mile at 99 miles-per-hour. Those times are just a few tenths off the last SVT Lighting we tested back in 2001. Such numbers were crazy for a pickup truck at that time, now they&rsquo;re just commonplace.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Handling has changed a lot in a little time as well. The clunky disconnected feel you expect in a pickup has been replaced with blazingly fast steering, confidence inspiring grip, and minimal body roll.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Braking performance is excellent as well; just 108-feet is all it took to bring this heavyweight hauler to a stop from 60.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="157" src="/images/road_tests/2018_ford_F150_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Away from the track, the ride has gotten smoother, but not quite to Ram-level of plushness. Here, the F-150 still feels like a truck, just a very comfortable one.&nbsp;</p> <p>Capabilities continue to escalate in the ongoing battle for pickup supremacy. As of right now, the F-150 is tops in towing at 13,200-lbs., thought that&rsquo;s with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 2-wheel-drive.</p> <p>Changes inside for &rsquo;18 are relatively minor, just some new seat and trim materials for most trims including our Lariat.</p> <p>Bigger updates for available safety systems, now including adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go functionality and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.&nbsp;</p> <p>Government Fuel Economy Ratings for the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost are 19-City, 24-Highway, and 21-Combined. That&rsquo;s only slightly worse than average for all vehicles, with an Energy Impact Score of 15.7-barrels of yearly oil use combined with 7.0-tons of CO2 emissions.</p> <p>As for pricing, you can spend as little as $29,100 for a base Regular Cab XL, though most people will spend somewhere in the 40&rsquo;s for their F-150. Our 4X4 SuperCrew Lariat Sport stickered for just over $50,000; and for the really big spenders, King Ranch and Platinum trims are higher still.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the Ford F-150 has maintained its place as the number one selling vehicle in the U.S. for 35 years, 2018 looks to be a year where they&rsquo;ll face their toughest competition ever. All-new trucks from Chevrolet, GMC, and Ram are clearly designed with the express purpose of challenging Ford&rsquo;s supremacy. Not to mention the increasing presence from import branded rigs Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan. It will be an interesting sales year for sure; but ultimately, one that we think will continue to see the Ford F-150 riding high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
  • This Just In: Volvo Charging Away From Diesel
    <h4 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Backing up its intent to electrify all new models after 2019, Volvo has announced that it will not develop any new diesel engines and will phase them out of its lineup worldwide. The new S60 sedan, to be built exclusively in South Carolina for all world markets beginning later this year, will be the first Volvo not to offer a diesel option. Diesel engines accounted for 70% of Volvo sales last year in Europe.&nbsp; Volvo announced at last month&rsquo;s Beijing Auto Show that they expect </strong><strong>full-electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.</strong><strong></strong></h4> <p><img height="641" src="/images/207937_Volvo_Cars_T8_Twin_Engine_Range.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>

 

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