Archive for November, 2016
Socially and culturally, 1986 was a pretty big year. It was the year that the space shuttle Challenger was lost, and the year Pixar Animation Studios was formed. Microsoft stock was first sold to the public in 1986, and The Oprah Winfrey Show made its debut in syndication.
LOS ANGELES—Jeep introduced a redesigned version of its compact Compass SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass slots in between the subcompact Jeep Renegade and the slightly larger (but still compact-class) Jeep Cherokee. The new Compass replaces both the previous Compass and the Patriot (which is being discontinued) in Jeep’s model lineup.
LOS ANGELES—Subaru is currently in the process of developing a new three-row, 7-passenger midsize SUV that is slated to hit the market in early 2018. The company dropped a few hints about what that SUV will look like at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
LOS ANGELES—Mini introduced an all-new second generation of its Countryman subcompact SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2017 Mini Countryman will be offered in the expected Cooper and Cooper S trim levels, and also a new Cooper S E ALL4 model—Mini’s first-ever plug-in hybrid.
LOS ANGELES–Audi unveiled an all-new, second-generation Q5 crossover SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Q5 is the larger of Audi’s compact crossover SUVs (the smaller being the Q3), and it gets sharper edged styling and a host of new safety and technology features for 2018.
LOS ANGELES–Among the more significant reveals at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show was the stylish little 2018 Toyota C-HR. This expressive subcompact crossover made its debut as a concept a year ago wearing a Scion badge, but with the demise of that brand, it re-appeared this year – in production form – sporting a Toyota logo.
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2016 Lexus RC 200t F Sport for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
LOS ANGELES–Chevrolet is taking its midsize pickup truck off the pavement for 2017. Targeted at serious off-road enthusiasts, the Colorado ZR2 model features a number of equipment upgrades designed to improve the pickup’s climbing and rock-crawling ability.
LOS ANGELES—Audi revamps its A5/S5 lineup for 2018 with a redesigned, second-generation coupe model and the addition of a “Sportback” 4-door hatchback body style. The A5 and S5 Sportback share the same basic “5-door coupe” concept as Audi’s A7 fastback, but are executed on a smaller platform.
LOS ANGELES—Seems like everyone is getting into the crossover SUV game these days: Italian automaker (and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles subsidiary) Alfa Romeo is entering the premium midsize SUV fray with an all-new model based on the architecture of its Giulia sedan.