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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: Pacifica Plans & Memorable Mustang
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">A Chrysler Pacifica crossover is coming.&nbsp; Motor Trend is reporting production could begin in 18 months.&nbsp; They quote FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne as saying, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re still playing with that thing. It&rsquo;s there. We have the car designed and we&rsquo;re ready to go.&rdquo;&nbsp; They say the Pacifica crossover will be built in Windsor, Ontario.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="569" src="/images/2018_Chrysler_Pacifica.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">The first 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt will benefit an organization with close ties to the actor who made the car famous.&nbsp; The first new Mustang Bullitt off the factory line will go up auction.&nbsp; Proceeds will benefit Boys Republic, a school and treatment community for troubled youngsters.&nbsp; Steve McQueen graduated from Boys Republic in 1946.&nbsp; He went on to star in the 1968 movie Bullitt beginning the legend surrounding the car.&nbsp; Ford unveiled the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that packs at least 475 horsepower his week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.&nbsp; If you don&rsquo;t have the winning bid, they&rsquo;re expected to be in dealers this summer.</h4> <p><img height="569" src="/images/2019-Mustang-Bullitt-2.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • Episodes: Episode 3720
    <p>Debut 1.19.2018</p> <p class="quick_listing">Description</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 Jeep Wrangler</p> <p>Goss' Garage: Crutchfield Stereo Upgrade</p> <p>Over the Edge: Monster Truck Driving School</p> <p>Quick Spin: 2018 Porsche Macan Turbo</p> <p>Quick Spin: 2018 GMC Canyon Denali</p> <p>Road Test: 2017 Honda Civic Type R</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 -->
  • Podcasts: 2018 North American International Auto Show
    <p><a href="http://www.motorweek.org/podcasts/Motorweek_Podcast__173.mp3">Podcast #173</a></p><p>In <em>MotorWeek</em> Podcast 173, John Davis and the gang recap the 2018 North American International Auto Show. Plus, the panel talks about the future of the auto show in an online world, and they answer a viewer about warming up your car in the winter time.</p>
  • This Just In: Mazda Mileage &amp; Silverado Diesel
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Mazda can &ldquo;zoom-zoom&rdquo; while sipping gas.&nbsp; The company tops the EPA&rsquo;s annual list for Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy for the 2016 model year.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the fifth year in a row Mazda has earned the ranking.&nbsp; Mazda&rsquo;s overall average fuel economy was 29.6 miles per gallon.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s 0.4 mpg better than the previous year.&nbsp; The company credits their SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="553" src="/images/2014-Mazda6-Sport-31-1.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">GM&rsquo;s new diesel engine will be built in Flint, Michigan.&nbsp; The Duramax 3.0 liter inline-six turbo-diesel will be one of the engine choices for the 2019 Silverado.&nbsp; It will be paired with a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.&nbsp;&nbsp;</h4> <p><img height="574" src="/images/2019-Chevrolet-Silverado-004.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • Road Tests: 2018 Jeep Wrangler
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 3.6 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 285</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 260 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>EPA:</span> 17 mpg city / 23 mpg highway</p> <p><span>Energy Impact:</span> 16.5 barrels of oil/yr (for automatic)</p> <p><span>CO2 Emissions:</span> 7.3 tons/yr (for automatic)</p> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to find a more loyal fan base in the car world these days, than devotees of the Jeep Wrangler. It&rsquo;s impossible to drive one anywhere without getting waves from the brotherhood. So, no surprise, we&rsquo;ve been hearing rumors, and seeing renderings and spy shots of an all-new JL generation for years. Well, finally, it&rsquo;s time for the real deal.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>All-new Jeep Wranglers are indeed a rare thing, happening only every 10-years or so since it debuted for 1987. But, 2018 sees a host of changes like never before, starting with the powertrains.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>New options include a 2.0-liter turbo I4 rated at 270-horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even more intriguing is a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 with 260&ndash;horsepower and a whopping 442 lb-ft. of torque, but we&rsquo;ll have to wait a bit longer for that one, and even longer still for the announced plug-in hybrid.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>On the other hand, the tried and true base 3.6-liter Pentastar gas V6 carries over mostly unchanged, save for gaining automatic stop/start. Horsepower and torque remain at 285 and 260.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="259" src="/images/road_tests/2018_jeep_wrangler_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Standard transmission is now a 6-speed manual, with the optional automatic an 8-speed. Unfortunately, as of right now, you can only get the manual with the 3.6 V6.</p> <p>FCA is smart enough not to monkey around with the exterior too much, having learned a valuable lesson from the relaunched Cherokee. All of the hallmarks are here, including round headlights, square, tacked-on tail lights, fold down windshield, and of course a 7-slot grille.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>New elements are mostly limited to a lower beltline for better visibility, body-colored sport bars, easier to use rear door handles, and LED lighting&hellip;including for the headlights on Sahara and Rubicon models. Headlights now creep into the grille ala CJs of old.&nbsp;</p> <p>And while many questioned the adding of rear doors into the mix for 2007, it didn&rsquo;t take long for the 4-door Wrangler to outsell the traditional 2-door.&nbsp;</p> <p>So it goes without saying both are back, with a choice of tops that includes an improved version of the traditional soft top, two different hard tops, and a new Sky One-Touch power top.&nbsp;</p> <p>The standard soft top is much easier to use, with sliding retainers for the rear windows and additional structure within&rsquo; the fabric.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="154" src="/images/road_tests/2018_jeep_wrangler_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Those more into the hardware side of things, will find both Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4-wheel-drive systems, Dana axles, a 2-speed transfer case, front and rear lockers, winch-ready bumpers with removable end-caps, and 33-inch tires, all available.&nbsp;</p> <p>We spent most of our time in a 4-door Sahara hardtop with the Pentastar and automatic.&nbsp;</p> <p>The V6 remains plenty powerful; and while it has been refined a little over the years, there&rsquo;s still a rough edge to it that&rsquo;s very befitting of the Jeep&rsquo;s nature. Unlike in the rest of the FCA lineup, the 8-speed automatic seemed well sorted out here; with less hunting around.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you may have expected, or at least hoped, things have gotten a little quieter in the cabin, and the ride smoothed a bit. More impressive was Jeep tightening up the turning radius. Should do wonders on the trail, or more likely just well-paved parking lots.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tackling some rocky desert terrain near Tucson, Arizona, we of course opted for a Rubicon. But under the watchful eyes of FCA, we didn&rsquo;t get a chance to find anything close to the limits of its off-road abilities.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="162" src="/images/road_tests/2018_jeep_wrangler_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />We did spend a little time with the turbo Wrangler, as well. Low end torque was quite impressive, but things certainly felt a little weaker on the high end.&nbsp;</p> <p>Inside is where maybe we were less thrilled with the new design. No doubt, it&rsquo;s much cleaner and the look more upscale; but you have to get past Jeep&rsquo;s recent thirst for including plenty of gimmicks throughout. We do give Jeep props for keeping the majority of the controls unique.&nbsp;</p> <p>Materials and switchgear are very rugged feeling, and most seem ready to stand the test of time; with some of the exposed fastener look still in place. Seat comfort remains just okay, but rear seat space is quite good. 3-different sized U-Connect screens are available.&nbsp;</p> <p>Government Fuel Economy Ratings are only official for the 3.6-liter and are 17-City, 23-Highway, and 19-Combined for the manual; 18-City, 23-Highway, and 20-Combined with the automatic&hellip;which has the better Energy Impact Score of 16.5-barrels of yearly oil consumption with C02 emissions of 7.3-tons.</p> <p>2-door Wrangler base pricing ranges from $28,190 for Sport trim, to Rubicons at $38,190. A 4-door Wrangler Sport starts at $31,690, with the Rubicon starting at $41,690</p> <p>We&rsquo;re sure that CJ and TJ snobs will find something to hate in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, but we sure couldn&rsquo;t. It&rsquo;s all of the Wrangler we&rsquo;ve always loved and more, with modern powertrains that should easily power it into the future. And what&rsquo;s not to love about that?</p>
  • This Just In: Fuel Rules &amp; McLaren Technology
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">With the excitement of press days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in the rear view mirror, a big debate is now looming down the road.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-16/trump-fuel-economy-target-set-for-march-release-nhtsa-head-says">Bloomberg</a> is reporting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration&rsquo;s proposal on how many miles to the gallon we get could come by the end of March.&nbsp; Last year, the Department of Transportation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decided to take another look at fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks finalized during the Obama administration.&nbsp; Bloomberg quotes NHTSA Acting Administrator Heidi King as saying the proposed rule will be released on March 30, 2018.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="478" src="/images/traffic1.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">McLaren is moving forward with carbon fiber.&nbsp; The company has inaugurated a new Composites Technology Center.&nbsp; To mark the occasion, a McLaren Senna did doughnuts on the new center&rsquo;s floor.&nbsp; McLaren has been using carbon fiber since 1981.&nbsp; The new center will create lightweight carbon fiber Monocage structures for McLaren cars.</h4> <p><img height="569" src="/images/McLaren_Composites_Tech_Center.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • This Just In: More From Detroit
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Day two of press days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit turned the spotlight on the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.&nbsp; The mid-size SUV gets an all-new front fascia, hood, LED headlamps.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s also a new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine producing 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.&nbsp; The 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 and 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engines are also available.&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="547" src="/images/2019_Jeep_Cherokee.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Lamborghini is also in Detroit unveiling the new Urus.&nbsp; The Super Sport Utility Vehicle made its world premiere in Italy last month.&nbsp; This is the first view for a North American audience.&nbsp; This SUV is staying true to its super car DNA with a 650 hp 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine, 0-62 time of 3.6 seconds, and up to six different driving modes.&nbsp; The new Lamborghini Urus arrives in the Summer of 2018 starting at $200,000.</h4> <p><img height="569" src="/images/Lamborghini_Urus_During_North_American_Debut_in_Detroit.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Volkswagen introduced the 2018 Passat GT.&nbsp; The company says the sedan will have more than 20 sporty interior and exterior enhancements, like a lowered suspension and sport exhaust.&nbsp; The 3.6-liter VR6 engine pumps out 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Passat GT is expected in dealers in the spring.</h4> <p><img height="480" src="/images/2018_Volkswagen_Passat_GT.JPG" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • This Just In: Detroit Debuts
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">MotorWeek is in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show.&nbsp; One of the most anticipated parts of the show is the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the year awards. This year, the Honda Accord won Car of the Year.&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="480" src="/images/accord.JPG" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Truck of the Year goes to the Lincoln Navigator.&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="480" src="/images/Navigator.JPG" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">The Volvo XC60 took home the prize for Utility of the Year.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;"><img height="480" src="/images/XC60.JPG" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Lexus revealed the LF-1 Limitless Concept.&nbsp; They call it their &ldquo;flagship crossover&rdquo;.&nbsp; The company says the design was inspired by liquid metal and the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword.&nbsp; The LF-1 concept could be powered by fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline, or even all-electric.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;"><img height="480" src="/images/Lexus_LF1_Limitless_Concept.jpg" width="853" /></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Ram revealed the new 1500.&nbsp; For the 2019 model year, this tough truck gets a new frame built from 98 percent high-strength steel to improve durability.&nbsp; As for power, Ram gets an eTorque mild hybrid system on second generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engines.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;"><img height="569" src="/images/2019_Ram_1500.jpg" width="853" /></p>
  • Episodes: Episode 3719
    <p>Debut 1.12.2018</p> <p class="quick_listing">Description</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 Kia Stinger</p> <p>Comparison Test: Compact SUVs</p> <p>Goss' Garage: Transmission Oil Coolers</p> <p>FYI: IIHS Headlight Testing</p> <p>Two Wheelin': Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled</p> <p><a href="/reviews/comparison_tests/cars.com-compact-suv-challenge">Comparison Test: Compact SUVs</a></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: Honda Insight, Mercedes Tech &amp; Alabama Plant
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">We&rsquo;ve been anticipating the 2019 Honda Insight for some time now, and here it is.&nbsp; The five passenger sedan is powered by Honda&rsquo;s third generation hybrid system, featuring a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine and an electric motor.&nbsp; The company anticipates the combined fuel rating to be more than 50 mpg. The 2019 Honda Insight launches nationwide later this year.&nbsp; MotorWeek will see it firsthand next week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="569" src="/images/2019_Honda_Insight_Prototype.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Mercedes-Benz plans to add artificial intelligence to the premium driving experience.&nbsp; CES in Las Vegas was the scene for the world premiere of their new cockpit.&nbsp; They call it Mercedes-Benz User Experience.&nbsp; The high-resolution widescreen cockpit can be operated by touchscreen, a touchpad on the center console, and buttons on the steering wheel.&nbsp; The company says the system can learn using artificial intelligence, so it will adapt to the person using it.&nbsp; Drivers in some global markets will get the chance to use the technology on the new A-Class hatchback in the spring. American drivers will get their chance when the 2019 A-Class Sedan launches in late 2018.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="640" src="/images/Mercedes_A-Class_MBUX_at_CES_2018.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Toyota and Mazda have chosen Huntsville, Alabama as the site for their new joint-venture manufacturing plant.&nbsp; Workers at the facility will make the Toyota Corolla and a new Mazda crossover for the North American market.&nbsp; Toyota already produces motors about 14-miles away.&nbsp; The companies expect to create up to 4,000 jobs. The assembly lines could be rolling by 2021.</h4> <p><img height="569" src="/images/Toyota_Mazda_Press_Conference.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>

 

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