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Slow News Night – 2018 Nissan Midnight Models

For Nissan in 2018, black is the new black, just like Henry Ford’s Model T with its fast-drying paint that upped production. This time it’s a marketing move to increase revenues. and foremost to shut out a thriving aftermarket in blackout kits. Continue reading

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Crossover Mania: 3-Row Lexus RX Debuts at Los Angeles

The Lexus RX – the original SUV built from a car platform – debuting in the U.S. at the Chicago Auto Show 20 years ago – will get three rows of seats. Continue reading

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New Record – Most Balloons Suspended by Static Electricity

The smart electric drive is available in the smart fortwo coupe and smart fortwo cabrio, the only electric cabriolet on the Canadian market. MSRPs are Canadian $29,050 and $32,050 for the convertible. Continue reading

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Hyundai Ups Military Incentives for Veterans Day Weekend

Hyundai’s Veteran Employment Transition Program is available in military base career centers and online for veterans to provide free Hyundai-specific technical training, resume and interview coaching, and job openings for Hyundai and its affiliate companies. Continue reading

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Offshore Brand US Auto Sales Rose During a So-So October

Even though Trump hasn’t implemented his promised offshore tax on imports or took on China for its currency manipulation and trade practices, international brands once again controlled the U.S.  auto market during September by selling 748,614 vehicles, commanding 55.3% of … Continue reading

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IMSA Motul Petit Le Mans Fun Facts

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Motul Petit Le Mans, IMSA supplied 20 statistics about drivers, teams and manufacturers that have competed in the famous 10-hour endurance race. Continue reading

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2018 Nissan Frontier Pickup Starts at $19,965

Changes for the 2018 model year include the addition of standard RearView Monitor on all models and updated base grade content – including standard air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, 5.0-inch color display audio and Siri® Eyes Free. Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio World’s Fastest SUV

An Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped Nürburgring in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, fastest time ever posted by a production SUV, according to Alfa. The top-of the line Stelvio has the best-in-the-silly-class  at 505 horsepower, thereby powering it from … Continue reading

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Corvette Wins at Laguna Seca. Just Points Ahead of GT40

Sports car racing is a bit like the ‘restaurant row phenomenon” where multiple offerings in proximity – in this case fender-to-fender or exhaust-to-front bumper kissing at racing speeds – allows all to thrive in a cacophonous street and track democracy where you ‘run what you brung’ machines that are legal on the track. And the street legal versions of these cars have never been so edgy, so close to the pro versions particularly in the GT classes that there is a performance heaven on earth. Continue reading

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IMSA Screws Continental. Michelin Official Tire Starting in 2019

The multi-year agreement calls for Michelin tires to be on every Prototype (P) and GT Daytona (GTD) race car competing in the WeatherTech Championship in addition to its continued participation in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The GTLM class will continue to be open to multiple tire manufacturers. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Prices 2017 e-Golf at $31,315

There’s a catch however – potentially an expensive one: up to 80% charge within an hour requires charging at a limited number of DC fast charging stations. Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging – including DC charging – can permanently decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery. It’s like the old ‘memory effect’ of Ni-Cad batteries. Continue reading

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Mercedes ‘EQ Ready’ App Picks EV or Hybrid for You

A new Mercedes “EQ Ready app” allegedly helps motorists decide whether it makes sense for them personally to switch to an electric car or hybrid. The smartphone app can record real journeys made by the user, analyze his or her everyday driving and compare it with numerous parameters of electric and hybrid vehicles. Continue reading

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Annual CAR MBS Conference Under Way in Changing Industry

It’s summer in northern Michigan, a time when people flock there for fun, relaxations such a swimming, sailing and fine dining amid verdant rolling hills. There is, however, a significant number of people who come each year at the beginning … Continue reading

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Continental, Magna Drive Two Autonomous Cars to CAR Conference

The automated driving vehicles crossed into Windsor, Ontario before going north to Sarnia, Ontario and returning into Michigan. The first cross-border demonstration (hands free publicity stunt?) of its kind, allowed the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to test automated driving technology in a variety of settings. Continue reading

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Ford – 100 Years of Trucks – 1917 Model TT to 2017 Raptor

Ford introduced its first purpose-built truck at the end of July: the 1917 Ford Model TT, arguably changing the character of work itself. Continue reading

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