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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  • Goss’ Garage: Measure Up
    <p>No matter whether you have one big car or two Minis, if you&rsquo;re going to do on it yourself, chances are you&rsquo;re going to have to have something to measure parts and so on with. Well the old tried and true is a micrometer such as we see here just make sure you use your standard to keep it perfectly calibrated.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="190" src="/images/goss_garage/3733_goss_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />But in today&rsquo;s world, well it&rsquo;s digital let&rsquo;s face it. And here we have the most common tool that you&rsquo;re gonna find around the repair shop. And that is a digital micrometer caliper whatever you wanna call it. And this can measure inside, outside, and depth. See here we can measure the inside of something here we measure the outside over here we measure the depth. In other words if we wanted to see the inside diameter of this lifter bore here we would simply put it in here, take the reading and there we have it.</p> <p>Alright now brake rotors big problems on cars. How do we measure them? We use one of these dial indicators, it has a flexible arm that we clamp to the chassis of the vehicle then we align this to the rotor and spin the rotor and watch what happens. A lot of them are two thousandths of an inch or less that is allowed to keep the brake from pulsating.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="188" src="/images/goss_garage/3733_goss_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Alright now other things you may wanna know the inside diameter of a pipe or something like that, here we can check the inside diameter of this cylinder by putting this tool down in here. Now what we&rsquo;re actually doing is when we put the tool in here we put it in compressed then we turn this, these come out against the sides then we lock it down again and then use one of these other tools to measure the distance from end to end. Not good enough for machine shop work but good enough to get to in the ballpark.</p> <p>Another thing that we see lots of times is you have to torque various bolts, intake manifolds, heads, things like that. So you wanna make sure that there&rsquo;s nothing down in the hole that is going to prevent the bolt from tightening properly or torqueing properly. So, this depth indicator because it&rsquo;s really gentle, we can put this down in there, and we can measure the depth and compare it through all of the holes to make sure there&rsquo;s no debris, old gasket or something like that down in there because that will ruin your day.</p> <p>And if you have question or a comment, drop me a line right here at <em>MotorWeek</em>.</p>
  • Over The Edge: Art House
    <p>For those who find it impossible to follow a crowd, mediocrity is a killer. A cookie cutter life-style just isn&rsquo;t for them, or for the cars they drive. So, let&rsquo;s see how one artist keeps his creative juices moving, as we go over the edge &ndash; and drive mobile art - with Zach Maskell.</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: &ldquo;So there you are just cruising along and you come across something interesting. Instead of just cruising by and taking a picture, why don&rsquo;t you stop, and take a look.&rdquo;</p> <p>This feast for the eyes sits in Hyattsville, just minutes away from University of Maryland&rsquo;s College Park. &nbsp;We&rsquo;re bending, mending, and building inside the world of retired art conservator Clarke Bedford.</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo;I started making assemblage sculpture and whatever many years ago. I&rsquo;ve always made it. It&rsquo;s my favorite. Found object things is traditional Cubist art form. It&rsquo;s 100 years old. In terms of doing an environment, the house, the cars and all that it started maybe 20 years ago.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="170" src="/images/over_the_edge/3733_ote_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />ZACH MASKELL</strong>: DEMISE&hellip; a 1984 Volvo 240 wagon&hellip; known as an industrial revolution machine or steampunk.</p> <p>DEBOCLE&hellip; a 1946 Chevy school bus&hellip; imagine pulling up to late for class in this bad boy.&nbsp;</p> <p>And the Flagship of Bedford&rsquo;s 6 car fleet&hellip; an &rsquo;88 Ford Econoline&hellip; VANADU. Many of the objects sprayed with carburetor cleaner to give it a weathered look.</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t have anything falling off. Even a little thing so they&rsquo;re bolted to the body. Or bolted to something that&rsquo;s bolted to the body.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="175" src="/images/over_the_edge/3733_ote_5.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />ZACH MASKELL</strong>: Springs, Lamp posts, and the occasional skull. Made up of things otherwise not valuable, the end result is meant to have sustenance&hellip; that&rsquo;s what assemblage is all about.</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo;Most of the time people are really happy to see it.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: Checking my medical records&hellip; yes I&rsquo;m up to date on my tetanus shot.</p> <p>His cape cod style home, also known as Vanadu Art House is decked out mainly in recycled metals. He finds rusty bits from the street, visits junk yards, thrift shops and antique stores all across the east coast.</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo;Everything you make, everything you put somewhere, you&rsquo;ve chosen. And it&rsquo;s eccentric and it&rsquo;s extreme but when I walk into it &ndash; it&rsquo;s kind of enveloping and I like that.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo; I like to be in a place that I find comfortable.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="186" src="/images/over_the_edge/3733_ote_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />ZACH MASKELL</strong>: Step inside and feel Clarke&rsquo;s passion for objects from the late 18 and early 1900&rsquo;s. A period in art he&rsquo;s fond of&hellip; late Victorian and the start of modernism.</p> <p><strong>WILLIAM SCHENCK</strong>: &ldquo;My wife and I both love it. It was actually a big selling point for our house. Sort of a lack of that sort of expression in the area.</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: Clarke says our culture dictates that every one of our cars look identical. These mobile art galleries separate that&hellip; and suggests that not conforming is okay.</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think of myself as a car person, my father certainly wasn&rsquo;t.</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: While admittedly not a mechanic either, he confessed his respect for rat rods and their a-typical expression. Off for a spin we go.</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo;You can already see the people wondering what&rsquo;s coming down the road.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="207" src="/images/over_the_edge/3733_ote_1.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />ZACH MASKELL</strong>: A 1995 Caprice Wagon&hellip; and his daily driver.</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: &ldquo;It feels really nice. It&rsquo;s got that classic &lsquo;drives like a boat on air feel.&rsquo; Very Nice.</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo;That&rsquo;s good, that&rsquo;s pretty much what it is. It does have these cylinders in the rear springs, to lift of the back because of all the extra stuff on it.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: And good thing too. It felt heavy&hellip; Heavy metal.</p> <p><strong>CLARKE BEDFORD</strong>: &ldquo;A lot of time you&rsquo;ll get people who say &lsquo;oh you really made my day.&rsquo; And I sort of think &lsquo;Oh gee. That&rsquo;s great, but it&rsquo;s sort of too bad also. Because your day shouldn&rsquo;t be quite that limited.</p>
  • Comparison Tests: 2018 Full Size SUV Challenge
    <div class="video_player"> <object width="638" height="387"><param name="movie" value=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0&amp;hd=1&amp;autoplay=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src=";hl=en_US&amp;rel=0&amp;hd=1&amp;autoplay=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="638" height="387"></embed></object> </div><!-- .video_player --> <p class="review_title">The Contenders:</p> <p class="contender_title">2018 Chevrolet Tahoe</p> <p class="contender_title">2018 Ford Expedition</p> <p class="contender_title">2018 Nissan Armada</p> <p class="contender_title">2018 Toyota Sequoia</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s the economy, low gas prices, or just the cyclical nature of the automotive world, full-size, body-on-frame SUVs are back envogue. Plus, they are now being completely modernized for even bigger success in the future. So, along with our colleagues at we&rsquo;ve put the latest big utes to the test, to see which one stands out.</p> <p>Big family-size rigs have a purpose of course, and it&rsquo;s not just towering over people on your daily commute. When it comes to hauling and towing maximum amounts of people, gear, or toys; they really are the most comfortable choice.&nbsp;</p> <p>This landscape of big truck SUVs, where 3rd rows are standard and V8-style power are the norm, is represented here by&hellip;</p> <p>&hellip;the Chevrolet Tahoe; segment volume leader and last revised for 2015&hellip;</p> <p>&hellip;an all-new Ford Expedition, the only competitor here not actually sporting a V8&hellip;</p> <p>&hellip;the Nissan Armada, relaunched for 20-17, and now based on Nissan&rsquo;s global Patrol SUV, not the Titan pickup as before&hellip;</p> <p>&hellip;and finally, our oldest competitor here, the Toyota Sequoia, last redesigned for 2008.&nbsp;</p> <p>This time we set up camp in Phoenix, Arizona, racking up as many miles as possible in a week&rsquo;s time; in just about every scenario imaginable, including towing through the nearby Superstition Mountains.&nbsp;</p> <p>And if there&rsquo;s one constant with full-size utes, it&rsquo;s that you&rsquo;ve got to pay to play, so no price cap here; which means a fairly wide range of MSRPs, from the 70-g&rsquo;s of the domestics, to the relative bargains of our two Asian competitors. Be sure to head to for complete details on our test.</p> <p>If we&rsquo;re here to pick a winner; that means there&rsquo;s going to be also rans as well, and coming in 4th place is the Toyota Sequoia.&nbsp; It was truly facing an uphill battle against these newer designs; but it wasn&rsquo;t all bad news, it did come with the lowest price here by quite a margin at $59,873, with reliability that&rsquo;s second to none.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BRIAN ROBINSON</strong>: &ldquo;Getting in the Sequoia, it feels like a dinosaur compared to the rest of the vehicles here; the nav. screen is tiny and not well-integrated, there are lots of hard plastics everywhere. But there are also some nice, big control knobs and the ride is quite good&hellip; &hellip;it&rsquo;s just that its older design keeps it well behind the pack here.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>BRIAN NORMILE</strong>: &ldquo;&hellip;if you had told me this was maybe a 2013 or &rsquo;12 I would have believed you, except for the fact that it&rsquo;s the new trim level&hellip; &hellip;it&rsquo;s got some basic safety features, but it&rsquo;s lacking the full list that the others here have, and it&rsquo;s definitely lacking in terms of comfort and convenience features&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="164" src="/images/comparison_tests/3733_2018_chevrolet_tahoe.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />JOHN DAVIS</strong>: 3rd place goes to the Chevrolet Tahoe. A long-time benchmark in the segment, it&rsquo;s still the most truck-like rig of the bunch, sporting the biggest engine here, as well as the highest price tag. Yet it put that monster motor to good use, getting the best fuel economy of the bunch during our towing loop.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BRIAN ROBINSON</strong>: &ldquo;&hellip;the Tahoe has a comfortable interior and a powerful engine that tows trailers like they&rsquo;re barely even there&hellip; &hellip;it&rsquo;s not perfect though, the exterior mirrors are barely adequate in normal use, much less in towing, and the really wide center console gives it a claustrophobic feeling compared to most of the others here&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>MARK WILLIAMS</strong>: &ldquo;&hellip;the Chevy Tahoe RST is kind of the athlete of this group; it&rsquo;s got the biggest V8 engine, which sounds amazing through the dual pipe exhaust, but is also performs really well even when we&rsquo;re towing&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="176" src="/images/comparison_tests/3733_2018_toyota_sequoia.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />JOHN DAVIS</strong>: A bit of a surprise, it&rsquo;s the Nissan Armada that came in 2nd, mostly due to the over the top luxury of its Platinum Reserve interior, at a price well below the domestic entries, at $67,145.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BRIAN ROBINSON</strong>: &ldquo;&hellip;the Armada feels very solid, surprisingly so, yet it still has a good ride; the interior is comfortable; it just can&rsquo;t hang with the domestics when it comes to towing and overall capability&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>AARON BRAGMAN</strong>: &ldquo;&hellip;it has plenty of features, and it really is kind of the luxury version of these vehicles; it is super plush inside, absolutely quiet, and really a pleasure to drive&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>JOHN DAVIS</strong>: It&rsquo;s no secret, domestic brands do full-size trucks right; and the SUVs based on them are quite nice as well. So we&rsquo;re not really shocked that the new <strong>Ford Expedition won</strong>. Based on the long-time best-selling truck in America, the F150, the twin-turbo V6 Expedition did everything we asked of it in true V8 fashion, while packing in more luxury and features than any other entrant here.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong><img class="img_left" height="172" src="/images/road_tests/2018_ford_expedition_1.jpg" width="300" />AARON BRAGMAN</strong>: &ldquo;Ford&rsquo;s new Expedition is the first big new update to a really popular product in a long, long time; and they really did knock this one out of the park. It&rsquo;s better in every single conceivable way; it&rsquo;s more comfortable, it&rsquo;s more fuel efficient, it&rsquo;s more stylish, it operates really well in terms of its cargo flexibility inside, it drives really well, super quiet, and then you get some of that turbo spool-up from the turbo V6.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>BRIAN ROBINSON</strong>: &ldquo;&hellip;as the newest design here, the Expedition has a lot going for it, including a gorgeous interior, smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, great tech interface, and just way more features than any of the other vehicles here&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>JOHN DAVIS</strong>: So, a domestic brand&rsquo;s effort was the standout here, but it&rsquo;s clear that others are catching up. And wherever your allegiances lie, there are plenty of good options for your full-size SUV wants and needs.&nbsp;</p>
  • Road Tests: 2018 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 1.5 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 221</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 284 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 6.8 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 15.4 seconds @ 86 mph</p> <p><span>EPA:</span> 65 MPGe</p> <p><span>Energy Impact:</span> 8.2 barrels of oil/yr</p> <p><span>CO2 Emissions:</span> 3.7 tons/yr</p> <p>Usually when we talk about MINI Coopers, you hear things like fun, cute, and suprisingly roomy; but there&rsquo;s a new MINI that&rsquo;s a little different. Pay attention and you might hear things like killowatt-hours, EV range, and charge times. It&rsquo;s the new MINI E Countryman. So let&rsquo;s take a spin in this electrifying new MINI.&nbsp;</p> <p>This 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is not the first time we&rsquo;ve plugged into a Mini of course, having spent time with the 3-door Mini E back in 2010. That full-EV had limited lease-only availability and was only around for a few years.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 5-door Countryman crossover utility is a much bigger Mini of course, and Mini has much bigger plans for their Plug-In hybrid version of it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite having Cooper S in the name, there&rsquo;s no 2.0-liter beneath this bullnose bonnet; rather, the base Cooper&rsquo;s 1.5-liter 3-cylinder turbo.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="207" src="/images/road_tests/2018_MINI_cooper_S_E_countryman_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />But the E in the name, refers to the fact that it&rsquo;s assisted by a 65kW electric motor. Combined output is 221-horsepower&hellip;32 more than a gas-only &ldquo;S&rdquo;&hellip; with 284 lb.-ft. of torque.&nbsp;</p> <p>The trick here, is that the electric motor and a 7.6-kWh battery pack are mounted in the back, and provide power to the rear wheels only; think of it as a BMW i8 in reverse.&nbsp;</p> <p>A 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is standard; modified to deal with the unique powertrain setup.</p> <p>Still, you&rsquo;ll get just 12-miles of pure EV-only driving. And, since its hardware takes up some fuel tank space, overall range is only around 270-miles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Charging takes just over 3-hours with 240-volts, while drive modes allow for full-gas or full-EV driving, as well as blending of the two.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="145" src="/images/road_tests/2018_MINI_cooper_S_E_countryman_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />The Government&rsquo;s Combined Fuel Economy Rating is 65-MPGe; but with only 12-miles of battery, our average came to 32.2 miles-per-gallon on Premium; that&rsquo;s only about a 15% increase over our average with a regular Cooper S Countryman. Still, it gets a very good Energy Impact Score, burning 8.2-barrels of oil yearly while emitting 3.7-tons of CO2.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eco-minded or not, you expect a certain driving experience in all Minis. And while the brands inherent sense of balance remains, there is much more weight transfer happening through the cones; amplified by very quick, almost effortless steering.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was hard to tell how much, if any, help the rear wheels were with power delivery; but this plug-in just doesn&rsquo;t seem to want to hug the cones like we&rsquo;re used to in a Mini.&nbsp;</p> <p>The added electrical punch off the line may not have been as aggressive as we were hoping either; but there&rsquo;s decent grunt at takeoff, and we got to 60 in 6.8-seconds, 3/10ths quicker than we did in the Cooper S Countryman.&nbsp; The &frac14;-mile was completed in 15.4-seconds at 86 miles-per-hour.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="173" src="/images/road_tests/2018_MINI_cooper_S_E_countryman_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />As for the utility side of the E Countryman, due to packaging all of the additional hardware, mostly under the rear seats, cargo space only falls a tiny bit, from 17.6 to 17.2 cubic-ft.</p> <p>With this generation of Countryman, the interior has gotten much nicer. To that, the plug-in adds some unique displays and yellow trim; with the 6.5-inch Mini Connected infotainment system standard.&nbsp; The 8.8-inch system with navigation is optional.&nbsp;</p> <p>The yellow trim finds its way outside as well; the only other difference being the fender-mounted charge port.&nbsp;</p> <p>At $37,650, the E Countryman is about 8-grand more than a base all-wheel-drive version. So, in this country at least, unless you plan on plugging in a lot, it&rsquo;s probably not worth the extra money. Off course, it will be more attractive globally, and even here, there are still some tax credits to consider.</p> <p>With crossover sales being what they are these days, it is a bit surprising that there are relatively few plug-in hybrid SUVs out there. So we&rsquo;re glad to see this effort from Mini. Even if the 2018 Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 doesn&rsquo;t usher in a whole new era of fuel-stingy utilities, it&rsquo;s a small step in the right direction, towards a future where we&rsquo;ll fill-up not at a pump, but on the grid.&nbsp;</p>
  • This Just In: Buick EV
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">China is the scene for the global debut of the Buick Enspire. The company says the all-electric concept SUV generates 410 kW and can travel up to 370 miles on a single charge. The Buick Enspire will be on display at Auto China 2018 in Beijing later this month.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;"><img height="394" src="/images/2018-Buick-Enspire-All-Electric-Concept-01.jpg" width="853" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p>
  • This Just In: Racing Mustangs
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">We know the Ford Mustang can go fast.&nbsp; The sports coupe will be racing for the finish line.&nbsp; Ford has announced the Mustang will succeed the Fusion in NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series in 2019.&nbsp; It will be the first time a Mustang will compete in professional stock car racing&rsquo;s top league.&nbsp; Ford started exporting the Mustang to global markets in 2015.&nbsp; Since then, Ford has sold 418,000 Mustangs in 146 countries.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="854"></iframe></p>
  • Episodes: Episode 3732
    <p>Debut 4.13.2018</p> <p class="quick_listing">Description</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 Ford GT</p> <p>Goss' Garage: Modern Tune-Up</p> <p>FYI: Petersen Automotive Museum</p> <p>Motor News: 2018 New York Auto Show</p> <p>Quick Spin: 2018 BMW X2</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 Subaru WRX</p> <a href="" 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 New York Auto Show and the Ford GT
    <p><a href="">Podcast #179</a></p><p>In Podcast 179, John Davis and the <em>MotorWeek</em> crew recap the news from the New York International Auto Show. Then, Dave Scrivener talks about his drive in the amazing Ford GT. Next, we introduce <em>MotorWeek</em>'s new FYI Reporter, Stephanie Hart, who talks about her first two stories. Lastly, the panel answers a viewer question about cleaning windshields.</p>
  • Motor News: 2018 New York International Auto Show
    <p>This time we head to the Big Apple, where we pick the best at the 2018 New York International Auto show. The cold winter hung on outside the Javits Center, but inside, the air was hot with news.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="169" src="/images/motor_news/3732_motornews_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" /><span class="img_left">Some of the hottest headlines coming from Volkswagen and its Atlas Tanoak (Tan-Oak) pickup concept. This mid-sizer shares its chassis with the Chattanooga-made Atlas SUV, but it&rsquo;s longer and sits higher.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>As for SUVs, this near production-ready Atlas Cross Sport concept has the same wheelbase as the 3-row Atlas, but is 7.5 inches shorter. On the car side, VW is giving the Arteon (Art-e-On)the sporty R-Line treatment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Want more sport? Well, Porsche is adding more to the 911 GT3 RS by reducing weight with carbon fiber in a track-ready Weissach (Y-Sock) package.</p> <p>Mercedes-Benz is bringing more power and style to the facelift C-Class with the Mercedes-AMG C 63. Engineers also enhanced the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe and Cabriolet, wringing out 385 hp from its bi-turbo V6.</p> <p>Nissan&rsquo;s stunning all-new Altima injects new life into mid-size sedans by borrowing Infiniti&rsquo;s variable compression turbo engine, and offering first-time, all-wheel drive.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="206" src="/images/motor_news/3732_motornews_4.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />On the domestic brand scene, Lincoln&rsquo;s Aviator returns. Looking very Continental, the three-row, rear-wheel-drive-based Aviator will also be their first plug-in hybrid.</p> <p>Rival Cadillac is adding a dose of richness to the compact SUV market with the all-new XT4.&nbsp; All while muscling up their flagship sedan with a twin turbo V8 in the CT6 V-sport.</p> <p>Total practicality is Subaru&rsquo;s all-new Forester SUV. Familiar and friendly, it grows inside while adding tech to spot distracted drivers.</p> <p>It will battle Toyota&rsquo;s all-new RAV4. With a new chassis and look, this top seller is lower and wider.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the leftover Scion iM is being replaced by the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="163" src="/images/motor_news/3732_motornews_5.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />At the other end of the car scale is this wild Essentia EV concept from Hyundai&rsquo;s Genesis brand. The Korean car company also made official the mid-size G70 sedan. It shares its platform with the Kia Stinger.</p> <p>As for Kia, their redone flagship K900 sedan grows a little longer and wider, and adds the Stinger GT&rsquo;s 365 horsepower 3.3-liter twin turbo V6.</p> <p>The Audi RS 5 Sportback took a mighty bow.&nbsp; The five-door coupe roared into New York with a 444 horsepower bi-turbo V6.</p> <p>New SUVs were everywhere at New York.</p> <p>Making scenery pass by quicker is this Jaguar F-PACE SVR. Their fastest and most powerful SUV gets a 550 hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="206" src="/images/motor_news/3732_motornews_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />One of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati goes to the Levante Trofeo. 590 horses charge from the 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8.</p> <p>The Acura RDX gets the most extensive redesign in more than a decade, along with a first time A-Spec sport appearance package.</p> <p>Hyundai&rsquo;s mid-size Santa Fe wears a new front end, and new technology like Rear Seat Occupant Alert. While a more efficient Mazda CX-3 arrived complete with a new face.</p> <p>Well, what can I say? It was another auto show extravaganza in the city that never sleeps! And that&rsquo;s it for this week&rsquo;s motor news.</p>
  • Goss’ Garage: Modern Tune-Up
    <p><img class="img_left" height="172" src="/images/goss_garage/3732_goss_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Old habits die or hard, or so they say. And one thing I would really love to see go away is the term tune-up.</p> <p>See back 40 year ago when this vehicle was new, well tune-ups were a viable repair on a car. They consisted of what we called points, plugs, condensers. Points controlled the ignition system. The condenser was part of that. That was all to produce the high voltage spark for the spark plugs. So we&rsquo;d put new plugs in it, we&rsquo;d put new points in it, we&rsquo;d put a new condenser in it. Then we&rsquo;d adjust the ignition timing, we&rsquo;d adjust the idle speed, and we&rsquo;d adjust the fuel mixture. Alright that was a tune-up. It was pretty much standard there.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="174" src="/images/goss_garage/3732_goss_1.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />But you know what&rsquo;s common on today&rsquo;s cars? We no longer have points. We no longer have condensers or any of those things. Here is the common denominator. A spark plug. That is all that has really carried over. Yes, we do have coils, but the coils, well they mount right on top of the spark plugs like that, and you have no plug wires or anything. Take a peek under the hood here, we don&rsquo;t see a carburetor because it doesn&rsquo;t have a carburetor. Actually, nothing under here is adjustable. As a matter of fact, there aren&rsquo;t any screws to turn or anything at all. It&rsquo;s all controlled by the car&rsquo;s computer using a bunch of sensors.</p> <p>So if we don&rsquo;t have a tune-up, what should we be doing? Well take your car in when it has a problem and describe the problem and ask for a diagnoses of that problem. Then get an estimate on what it&rsquo;s going to cost to fix it, and finally ask if they&rsquo;ll guarantee if they will fix your problem. Don&rsquo;t ask for a tune-up. Ask to have a problem repaired. And if you have a question or a comment, drop me a line right here at <em>MotorWeek</em>.</p>


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