Sunday, April 7, 2024

2024 Hyundai Kona N Line AWD: New Stylish Design, More Tech And Roomier


Highlights:  An all-electric model is also available. An unlike most shared gasoline and electric vehicle platforms. The Kona was designed with the electric vehicle being primary and other existing powertrains being secondary.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $34,790 (Base SE Model: $25,625)

Seating Capacity: 5

Friday, April 5, 2024

2024 Mazda CX-50 2.5 Premium Plus AWD: The Brand’s Other Compact Crossover

Highlight: The stylish CX-50 is only available in an all-wheel drive configuration.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $37,500 (Base Model): $31,675

Seating Capacity: 5 (depending upon size)

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; AWD; hill decent control; hill launch accent; off-road traction assist; tailer stability control; rearview camera; rear cross traffic alert; lane keep assist system; a lane departure warning system; an electronic blind spot monitor; hill launch assist; an automatic brake hold feature; automatic high beams; a radar activated stop and go cruise control system and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (2.5 S AWD): 17-inch wheels; a dual zone automatic climate control system; a leather wrapped shifter; a 10-inch infotainment screen; a keyless entry system; a push button keyless entry system; a rear roof spoiler; dual exhaust outlets

Thursday, April 4, 2024

SiriusXM's 'Auto Trends' Talks To A Multicultural Auto Sales Analyst About The 'Future Majority' (Two Shows)


Marc Bland, S & P Global Mobility's chief diversity officer, joins Auto Trends with to talk about the car-buying trends of the 'future majority.'

In a two-part conversation, Bland, who is also known as a multicultural sales auto analyst, joins us to discuss the new vehicle buying habits of women and ethnic minorities. We'll explore 2023 CYTD new vehicle sales by gender and ethnicity, while examining hybrids, gasoline vehicles and electric cars. 

Sunday, March 31, 2024

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Platinum AWD: Longer, Wider And Roomier

Highlight: The Grand Highlander offers three powertrains.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $55,298 (Base Model – XLE): $44,715

Seating Capacity: 7 or 8, depending upon trim

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; traction control; a stability control system; a blind spot monitor; a pre-collision safety system; a lane departure warning system; a radar activated cruise control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Friday, March 29, 2024

A New Safety Startup With High Profile Executives Talk To 'Auto Trends'

Andrew Coetzee, an ESS chief safety advocate, is standing in front of a vehicle using his organization's technology. (photo credit: JC)

Andrew Coetzee, who serves as the chief safety advocate of the Houston-based Emergency Safety Solution, talks to Auto Trends with Coetzee, a retired Toyota executive, discusses why the new startup was formed and how they plan to save lives by preventing crashes involving disabled and stopped vehicles.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

New York Int'l Auto Show Preview: Genesis Goes Performance

Genesis X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo Concept

The Genesis Magma Concepts

Genesis Motors GV60 Magma Concept

New York Int'l Auto Show Preview: Hyundai Santa Cruz, Hyundai Tuscon And Kia K4


Hyundai Tuscon sharpens its exterior and interior styling with its mid-cycle update.

The 2025 Hyundai Tuscon will be available as a hybrid and a plug-in.

Kia makes a name change, dropping the Forte and replacing it with the K4.

Friday, March 22, 2024

'Auto Trends' Talks To Photographer Kristin Bedford About Her Book 'Cruise Night'


Throughout this radio season, Auto Trends with has aired several shows focusing on the lowrider Mexican-American community. The subject matter has ranged from discriminatory cruising practices to a pioneering school system teaching a lowrider electric vehicle conversion course.

This weekend we wrap up the final leg of our lowrider discussion, talking to photographer Kristian Bedford. The author joins Auto Trends with to discuss the second edition of her book Cruise Night. Bedford's photographic book documents the Los Angeles area lowrider community. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Semi-Automated Driving Aids Receive Dismal Results From National Safety Group (Video)

As more automakers add co-driving assist features to today's highly automated vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found in their first partial study the industry has a long road ahead to perfect these systems and reduce accidents. 

To learn more about the study and its results, click here

2024 Hyundai Kona N Line AWD: New Stylish Design, More Tech And Roomier

  Highlights:   An all-electric model is also available. An unlike most shared gasoline and electric vehicle platforms. The Kona was designe...