Archive for November, 2018
Porsche unveiled the eighth generation of its venerable 911 sports car at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Although certainly familiar, the styling is revised — particularly at the rear, which hosts a wider spoiler and light bar — and save for the front and rear fasciae, the body panels are now made entirely of aluminum. Wider wheel housings cover 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels, and flush-mounted electric door handles extend outward when needed.
Jeep debuted the long-rumored pickup version of its Wrangler SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, bestowing it a name from the company’s storied past.
Rivian, a start-up electric-vehicle manufacturer, showed not one but two concept vehicles at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Both full-size vehicles are built on the same platform — what Rivian refers to as the “skateboard” — one being the R1T crew-cab pickup, the other the R1S 7-passenger SUV. Both are battery-powered fully electric vehicles that come with 4-wheel drive, each wheel being driven by its own electric motor.
Lincoln introduced a new midsize SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Called Aviator, the 3-row crossover boasts a number of new features along with a hybrid version seemingly aimed more at performance than fuel economy.
Honda has the compact SUV class capably covered with its CR-V, and its Pilot SUV is a solid competitor in the three-row midsize SUV category. However, two-row, five-passenger SUVs are also a very popular market segment, and Honda didn’t have a product offering there to compete directly against rivals such as the Ford Edge and the just-redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe. That changes with the introduction of the 2019 Honda Passport, which is being unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Volkswagen is adding to its growing lineup of pure-electric concept vehicles by displaying a new version of its I.D. BUZZ CARGO Concept at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Essentially a light-commercial cargo van version of the I.D. BUZZ concept vehicle that Volkswagen debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last year, the I.D. BUZZ CARGO offers some intriguing ideas on the future of commercial delivery vehicles.
Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid will be making its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Based on the Crosstrek compact crossover that was redesigned last year, the Hybrid (Subaru doesn’t include “Plug-In” in the official name, but it does on the car’s badges) pairs a 2.0-liter flat-four engine with two electric motors. One of the motors is used to start the engine at stops and as a generator to recharge the lithium-ion battery, the other to help power the car and charge the battery under braking. As with the “regular” Crosstrek, the Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it one of the few all-wheel-drive hybrids — and one of the least-expensive AWD plug-in hybrids — on the market.
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2018 Hyundai Accent Limited for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals is widely regarded as the best show of its type in the world. The show celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this month, once again filling the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, with a mind-bending array of vintage and not-so-vintage American muscle cars, race cars, Corvettes, street machines, and auto-oriented collectibles and memorabilia.