Thursday, December 7, 2017

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety Releases 2018 Vehicle Ratings

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) just released its annual

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport: The Most Powerful Midsize Car In The Segment

Highlight: In the V6 Sport, Ford has developed an advanced computer shock absorber system, which tries to balance out the driving experience one feels when driving down a street riddled with potholes.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $40,995 (Base Model: $23,485)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; an electronic brake distribution system; electric parking brakes; a hillstart assist system; a rearview camera; a perimeter alarm system; Daytime Running Lights; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Base (S) Standard Features: 16-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter; a front wheel drive system; 2.5-liter engine with an automatic transmission; single exhaust tip; a manually operated a/c system; first row carpet mats; cloth seats; manually operated seats; a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; Ford’s SYNC system; a keyless entry system; and a keyless ignition starter system

Monday, December 4, 2017

2017 Lexus RC 350: The Brand's Luxury Coupe

Highlight: The two-door coupe is available with a 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder or an 8-cylinder engine.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $53,985 (Base model: $41,150)

Seating Capacity: 4 (2 small kids in the rear)

Standard Safety Features: ABS; Daytime Running Lights; a vehicle stability control system; traction control system; and heated outside rearview mirrors  

Standard Equipment (Base 4-Cylinder Model): 18-inch wheels; rear wheel drive; an electronic fuel injection system an 8-speed automatic transmission; a push button keyless ignition system; an automatic rearview mirror; a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; dual chrome exhaust system; and power front seats

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Luxury Car Owners In Atlanta --- Nielsen Market Research Paid Survey

Who: Luxury Car Owners In Atlanta

Age: 35 to 54

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017 Chevy Tahoe LT Midnight Edition 4WD

Highlight: The optional rear entertainment system includes a new video voiceover feature to benefit the visually and hearing impaired.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $62,700 (base LS $48,510)

Seating Capacity: 7 to 9

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; Daytime running lights; a teen monitoring safety system; a rear camera; a rear park assist system with audible warning; a fullsize spare tire; a hill start assist system; a trailer sway control system; and OnStar safety system

Friday, December 1, 2017

December's Guests And Conversations

Friday, December 1 & December 8

Topic: Hyundai's First Black Designer Opens Up About His New Career Climbing Role At Icona Design (A Two Part Show)

Guest: Up until his recent departure from Hyundai, Andre Hudson proudly carried the weight of being known as their first Black car designer. And the impact he had on the automaker went well beyond his ethnicity. While at Hyundai, he played a key role in designing stylish vehicles for the automaker that led them for the first time to sell over 500,000 vehicles annually in the U. S., as a result of the breakout design of the 2011 Sonata he created. During its peak, the Sonata Hudson designed accounted for approximately 40 percent of the Korean automaker's annual U.S. sales. Hudson was also lead designer for the brand's new luxury flagship, the Genesis G90. The G90 competes against the Lexus LS and the BMW 7-Series.

Ironically, just on the heels of Hyundai launching its luxury brand, Hudson was eyeing some other opportunities. On “Auto Trends with,” Hudson lets down his guard. In a very candid and personal two part-conversation, the easy going designer talks about his mixed race, family and culture, as well as his new dream role at Icona Design, where he serves as Chief Designer. In this role, he oversees the design studio for the Italian company only American-based office. 

Hudson now becomes one of eight Black designers in the world to break through

Thursday, November 30, 2017

LA Auto Show Debuts: Kia Sorento, Subaru Accent And Lexus RX-L

The 2019 Kia Sorento, which is a three-row crossover, sports a new premium looking grille.

After the Tribeca a few years ago, Subaru returns to the segment with the all-new Accent, a three-row crossover.  

The 2018 Lexus RX L is the newest addition to the brand's popular crossover. It now seats three rows. The second row contains captain chairs, while the third row is a bench seat.  

LA Auto Show Debuts: Mercedes-Benz CLS, Infiniti QX50 And Corvette ZR1

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS, which now seats five, goes on sale in the fall of 2018. 

Infiniti's all-new 2019 QX50 will offer a ProPilot assist system, pushing the vehicle closer to being a semi self driving vehicle.

Chevy builds the fastest mass produced Corvette. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 pumps out 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LA Auto Show Debuts: Jeep Wrangler, Lincoln Nautilus & Nissan Kicks

While the 2018 Jeep Wrangler stayed true to its original design, it has been reworked inside and out. From new fuel efficient engines to a powertop to the addition of more than 75 new advanced safety driving features, the folks at Jeep have finally made this a 21st century vehicle.

Lincoln drops the name MKX, replacing it with the name, Nautilus. The 2019 midsize crossover  wears the new face of Lincoln, giving it a more upscale look.

Nissan adds another new crossover to the market, the 2018 Kicks.