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As the Emmy® Award-winning host, executive producer and creator of MotorWeek, television's longest running automotive series, John Davis is seen by millions of viewers on PBS, SPEED and V-me Spanish-language network. One of the most trusted and recognized automotive journalists in the nation, Davis has been featured on CNN, Weekend Today, Live with Regis and Kelly, PARADE magazine and The Baltimore Sun, as well as local media throughout the country. He has also written regularly on automotive industry topics for The Washington Post. As MotorWeek's host and executive producer since the series debuted in 1981, Davis oversees all editorial content, and has put every new car and truck model manufactured in the last 30 years through extensive road tests to judge their practicality for buyers. He recognizes that as the second biggest purchase Americans make, car buyers must be well-informed before they enter a dealer showroom. That's why MotorWeek's focus is on helping consumers make smart choices based on their lifestyles and finances, as well as safety considerations and the vehicle's impact on the environment. As one of the first mainstream media outlets to provide regular coverage of alternative fuels and "green" vehicle technology, Davis and MotorWeek have worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote public awareness about the impact renewable fuels can have on petroleum dependence and the environment. He has been a speaker at DOE's "Clean Cities" conferences and makes presentations to industry leaders and federal officials. Davis has also been involved in raising public awareness about other important automotive-related issues. In 2004 and 2005, he served as a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Transportation's program promoting annual automotive emissions inspections. In 2002, Davis was spokesperson for the "Smooth Operator" initiative to combat aggressive driving in the Washington Metro region. Davis is one of the founders of the North American Car & Truck of The Year Awards, the only independent journalistic automotive award in North America. He served on its executive board from 1994 to 2008. He is also one of the organizers and an original member of the Washington Automotive Press Association. Davis is a former president of the International Motor Press Association, the oldest and most prestigious organization of automotive journalists in North America. Davis has received some of the highest awards in automotive journalism and television, including two Emmy® Awards. In 2007, he won an Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) National Capital Chesapeake Bay Region, and in 1998 from the NATAS Chicago-Midwest Chapter. Davis also received an International Automotive Media Award in 2005 from the International Society for Vehicle Preservation. He was honored with International Wheel Awards in 2004 and 2003, and two Golden Wheel Awards in 1999, including the grand award, from the Detroit Press Foundation which recognizes the best in automotive journalism. A 1970 mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate of North Carolina State University, Davis also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina. He was the 1969-1970 recipient of the W.D. Cartwright Memorial Engineering Scholarship and a member of the Pi Tau Sigma honorary scholastic fraternity. Prior to joining Maryland Public Television, Davis worked for the Wall Street brokerage firm of Kidder, Peabody and Company as a transportation analyst. He has owned a variety of high performance cars, including a vintage Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and deTomaso Pantera.

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  • This Just In: KONA Peek, Mini Remake, & Cool Corvette
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">We&rsquo;re getting a glimpse at Hyundai&rsquo;s new subcompact SUV.&nbsp; The KONA features the company&rsquo;s new design elements like&nbsp;cascading grille and LED Daytime Running Lights that are on top of the new twin LED headlights.&nbsp; The company will officially unveil the KONA this summer.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="/images/20170428075836.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">A new twist on the original Mini. The public will soon get an up close view of&nbsp;David Brown Automotive&rsquo;s Mini Remastered model.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s based on the classic design of the original Mini while blending in modern technology.&nbsp; For example, this remastered Mini has 50% more horsepower.&nbsp; You can see it at The Confused.com London Motor Show from May 4<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;- 7<sup>th</sup>, 2017.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="/images/blue-mini-remastered-1024x576.jpg" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Here&rsquo;s something that&rsquo;s hard to pass up. An original and unrestored 1967 Corvette is going on the auction block.&nbsp; Here are some of the specs: Corvettes big block V-8 engine with factory rated horsepower rated at 435 and an M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission.&nbsp; Mecum Auctions says it only has 8,533 original miles.&nbsp; Bidding takes place on Saturday, May 20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.</h4> <h4><img src="/images/1967_Chervrolet_Corvette_Coupe.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /><img src="/images/1967_Chervrolet_Corvette_Coupe-2.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></h4>
  • Episodes: Episode 3634
    <p>Debut 4.28.2017</p> <p class="quick_listing">Description</p> <p>Road Test: 2017 New York International Auto Show<br />Road Test: 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S <br />FYI: Michelle Christensen &ndash; Acura Designer<br />Goss Garage: Basic Electric<br />Quick Spin: 2018 Toyota C-Hr<br />Quick Spin: 2017 Mini Clubman All 4<br />Quick Spin: Volvo V90 Cross Country<br />Clean Cities: Lexington, KY Electric Buses</p> <a href="https://mpt-shop.myshopify.com/collections/motorweek" target="_blank" class="dvd_purchase"></a> <div class="shadow_holder"> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> <div class="shadow_right_small"><!-- --></div><!-- .shadow_right_small --> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> </div><!-- .shadow_holder --> <div class="shadow_holder"> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> <div class="shadow_right_small"><!-- --></div><!-- .shadow_right_small --> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> </div><!-- .shadow_holder -->
  • This Just In: Flying Ubers &amp; Autonomous Fleets
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Hailing an Uber could have you by-passing traffic altogether.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/uber-flyingcars-idUSL4N1HX4QU">Reuters</a> is reporting&nbsp;Uber Technologies Inc. plans to offer flying taxi services in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai in about three years. They say the company is teaming up with other companies to make the flying taxis as well as where they&rsquo;ll take-off and land.&nbsp; Passenger flights are expected to be conducted at World Expo 2020 in Dubai.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Back on the ground, commercial fleets could benefit most from autonomous driving.&nbsp;&nbsp;A new report from Navigant Research says automated systems can reduce accidents, fleet fuel consumption and operating costs.&nbsp; The report expects fully automated vehicles in commercial fleets within the next decade.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4>
  • Road Tests: 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 6.5 liter </p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 730</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 509 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 2.9 seconds</p> <p>While we&rsquo;ve been spending a lot of time in Lamborghini Huracans lately, we all know it&rsquo;s the Aventador and its V12 engine is much higher in the brand&rsquo;s pecking order. Though that gap between the two is not quite as wide as Lamborghini would like it, thus a highly-revised Aventador comes our way&hellip;and with it a brand new 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S.</p> <p>The Lamborghini Aventador has always been much more than just your standard rich guy garage trophy, with serious on-track credentials that most owners barely ever get more than a whiff of. Well, for those few who actually do seek to get the most out of their Aventadors, they&rsquo;ll love the new 2017 Aventador S.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>That affection starts with additional power for the naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine. A boost of 40-horsepower puts it at 730, only 10 less than the still lighter Superveloce, with 509 lb-ft. of torque. Thanks to valve-timing and intake adjustments, it revs higher while also delivering peak torque sooner. No complaints about that!</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="185" src="/images/road_tests/2017_lamborghini_aventador_S_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />But, the big heart throb is new four-wheel-steering; which of course comes with an acronym, LRS for Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steer. Combined with the front steerers, and you have LDS, or Lamborghini Dynamic Steering.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can feel it in action right away, as it has an almost unnatural feel at first; but once you learn to trust it and put it to good use, there&rsquo;s no doubt it makes you faster on the track.</p> <p>Laps around Spain&rsquo;s Circuit Ricardo Tormo revealed that not all of the all-wheel-drive understeer has been eliminated, but you can feel bags and bags of torque going to the rears on corner exit, and plenty of grip to deal with it; aided by improved stability control.&nbsp;</p> <p>Turning can still feel heavy and the overall experience remains intimidating, depending how much experience you have throwing half a million dollars around a corner.&nbsp;</p> <p>We had a chance to drive the S back-to-back with the previous Aventador, and the S noticeably turns in a lot quicker.</p> <p>We could also easily get a feel for the stiffened suspension, as the magnetic dampers have been recalibrated. All-wheel-drive software has also been altered, and the S adds a new driving mode, appropriately named &ldquo;EGO&rdquo;, which allows you to dial in your own custom setup.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="153" src="/images/road_tests/2017_lamborghini_aventador_S_3.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />The Aventador S sticks with the Independent Shifting Rod transmission, which can feel downright brutal at times, hampering the daily driving experience, but apparently it has been smoothed somewhat. Engineers claim a true dual-clutch would add weight, and that buyers really like the classic race car feel of the current setup.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lamborghini also claims to have taken some mass out of other parts of the car, so that even with four-wheel-steering bits, overall weight remains about the same.&nbsp;</p> <p>And not to worry, it will still deliver you to 60 in under three seconds.</p> <p>Obviously the four-wheel steering helps shorten the turning radius for parking or maneuvering around the pits.</p> <p>But even with all of the updates and oodles of electronics controlling everything, this car still has a raw nature that gearheads will love&hellip;we sure do!&nbsp;</p> <p>Visibility remains atrocious and the ride is stiff even in its softest suspension settings. If you want comfort or refinement, seek out a Huracan and save a few coins.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="150" src="/images/road_tests/2017_lamborghini_aventador_S_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />The Aventador S&rsquo;s look is still mostly the same, but the bodywork does see a mid-cycle massaged.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a new nose designed for increased airflow, and certainly looks more aggressive as well. Likewise, in back, the rear diffuser is redesigned; constructed of carbon fiber should you choose the upgrade.</p> <p>Exhaust fumes spill out of three single outlets in a new triangle arrangement.&nbsp;</p> <p>The active rear wing can deploy in a number of ways depending on speed and drive mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>Altogether, downforce has been improved dramatically; without sacrificing any top speed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Updates inside include a new configurable TFT digital gauge display, and Apple Car Play. Lambo could have gone a little farther here, but since most Aventador&rsquo;s are highly customized, they&rsquo;ll leave that up to you.&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll have to tap into a significant portion of your trust fund if you want to play with an Aventador S, as prices start at $424,845; just 20-grand more than a &ldquo;base&rdquo; Aventador, but still way less than a Superveloce.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lamborghini Aventador is unlike anything else on the road. Just about everyone knows what it is when they see one, and don&rsquo;t easily forget about it when they do. And now with the S, Lambo has taught this old bull some new tricks, making their flagship supercar is more capable, and more captivating, than ever.&nbsp;</p>
  • FYI: Michelle Christensen – Acura Designer
    <p>The original Acura NSX was a first for Honda when it hit the streets a little over 25 years ago. A high-tech exotic sports car with everyday reliability. And now the all-new NSX has a first of its own&hellip;. the first woman to lead a supercar design team. So, we sent our FYI reporter Lauren Morrison to Acura&rsquo;s California&rsquo;s HQ for a chat with the woman behind the NSX&rsquo;s dynamic new look.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="173" src="/images/fyi/3634_fyi_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" /><span class="img_left">LAUREN MORRISION</span></strong>: The new Acura NSX&hellip; is a work of art. Behind the masterpiece? Michelle Christensen&hellip;the project&rsquo;s exterior design leader.</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;You know, every angle and width of this, it&rsquo;s all critical, it&rsquo;s all been like done on purpose.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: The art of auto design wasn&rsquo;t always in her future.</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;I was always in art classes and stuff as a kid and I was always doodling and drawing horses and dresses&hellip;no cars.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: But a chance encounter while at a car show with her dad, had her shifting gears.</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;One day, we were at a car show and he pointed out a designer, a car designer. And I was like what?!?! Wait, wait, wait.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2005, Michelle landed her first job right here at Acura&hellip;where one of her early projects included working on the then pretty radical ZDX crossover.</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;I learned so much from that project right out of the gate.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="177" src="/images/fyi/3634_fyi_4.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: but it was in 2012, at the Detroit Auto Show&hellip;</p> <p><strong>JOHN DAVIS</strong>: &ldquo;Detroit was a rebirth for Acura&rsquo;s luxury brand&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: &hellip;when supercar stardom came calling.</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;So, that&rsquo;s when my boss at the time approached and was like would you want to do this? And what, I mean, you can&rsquo;t say no! It&rsquo;s like dream car! Yeah, of course.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: &ldquo;Once she joined the team, Michelle hit the ground running and has seen the NSX go from design to road ready.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;So this area right here is my favorite area of the whole car. And this right here is feeding the intercoolers, so air comes from the front and stays along the body side and gets shoved in here.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="165" src="/images/fyi/3634_fyi_5.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: &ldquo;Form follows functionality in any supercar, and you can definitely see that rings true in the NSX.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s usually like you&rsquo;re playing tennis. It&rsquo;s back and forth between design, engineering, design, engineering.&nbsp; We wanted to use the styling to enhance all the performance, the cooling, the aerodynamics, because it is such a high performance car, all those things are crucial, so we wanted the styling and design to enhance all that.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: pulling from the original NSX&hellip;</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;In theory, the soul of it we wanted to relate to the original.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: The new design proves it&rsquo;s at the forefront too&hellip;not just with its exotic exterior, but with Michelle. She is the first woman to lead the design team of such a limited production, exotic car... something she didn&rsquo;t know until &ldquo;after&rdquo; production.</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;So I didn&rsquo;t even know about the female designing a super car thing until afterward, but that would have, yeah, I was pretty motivated but I think that would have given it a little extra push. It&rsquo;s kinda cool to hear that.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="178" src="/images/fyi/3634_fyi_3.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: Just like I&rsquo;m still in awe that this is my job here at <em>Motorweek</em>, Michelle says getting young women to see that her job is an option for their careers, is where the interest starts.</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;I was lucky enough to have happened upon it at a car show, but how many little girls are walking around at a car show, you know. I think it&rsquo;s just a matter of exposing it to more people.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: But the glass ceiling is starting to crack.</p> <p><strong>MICHELLE CHRISTENSEN</strong>: &ldquo;I am seeing more women get up into more leadership roles, like Mary Barra with GM, I&rsquo;m seeing more women going into higher ranks like that. Which I wasn't seeing necessarily when I first started, that&rsquo;s also motivating. It&rsquo;s good to see.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISION</strong>: So fellas, expect to see more women behind the wheel; driving the future of what we all drive.</p>
  • Green Motoring: Clean Cities: Lexington, KY Electric Buses
    <p><img class="img_left" height="179" src="/images/green_motoring/3634_clean_cities_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Our success story this week takes us to Lexington, Kentucky&hellip;where all-electric buses have just hit the streets. Lextran, the city&rsquo;s transportation authority, brought in CNG buses in 2016&hellip;and is continuing to diversify their fleet, adding 5 all-electric buses this past January. It was an easy environmental decision to make, as the buses produce zero tailpipe emissions.</p> <p><strong>CARRIE BUTLER</strong>: &ldquo;And when I first looked at the data to compare diesel, CNG, and our electric Proterra buses, I went back and said is this right? It&rsquo;s zero for all of the emissions we track here in Kentucky.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>JOHN DAVIS</strong>: To power up, the buses only need to make a swift stop at an overhead quick charge station, and they&rsquo;re ready to go in less than 10 minutes. With help from partners like the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, it looks like things will only be getting greener in the bluegrass state.</p> <p>For more information, please visit the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/">Clean Cities</a> website. You can also view recent segments by <a href="http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/videos/">clicking here</a>.</p>
  • Motor News: 2017 New York International Auto Show
    <p>Spring time means many things to many people; but for us it means only one thing, it&rsquo;s time for the New York International Auto Show.&nbsp; And while some would rather be outside enjoying the warmer weather and blooming flowers; we&rsquo;re just fine being inside, breathing in the fumes of automotive excitement. So come along for a joy ride in the big apple.</p> <p>Indeed, there was plenty hot new car goings on under the lights at NYC&rsquo;s Javitz Center.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="186" src="/images/motor_news/3634_motornews_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />And none hotter than the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. No secret heading into the show, but we sure were excited to see it in sheet metal.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re kind of into 840-horsepower brutes built for drag strip dominance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Longing for an off-road version of the Dodge Charger Hellcat? Well now there is one...kinda. Jeep cranks up the performance of the Grand Cherokee with this 707-horsepower Trackhawk.</p> <p>Cranking up the posh is the mid-size Range Rover Velar, making its Big Apple debut.</p> <p>After announcing a posher sub-brand Avenir last fall, we finally see proof of that in the all-new Buick Enclave Avenir three-row crossover.</p> <p>We also knew a new Buick Regal was headed our way. The fact that it will only be available as a hatchback and wagon however, we did not know until now.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="177" src="/images/motor_news/3634_motornews_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Volvo brought its new mid-size square back to New York; the XC60 crossover is sure to be a big hit here.</p> <p>Ford put new meaning into the phrase &ldquo;protect and serve&rdquo; with this Police Responder Hybrid Sedan.</p> <p>A bit less &ldquo;arresting&rdquo;, but having a much bigger impact will be this facelift 20-18 Ford Explorer.&nbsp;</p> <p>For ultimate American luxury, look no further the new Lincoln Navigator; it&rsquo;s lighter, more powerful, and quieter than ever.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the new Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica in its sights, Toyota updates their Sienna minivan.</p> <p>Toyota also waved a &ldquo;sportier style&rdquo; magic wand over their subcompact Yaris.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="177" src="/images/motor_news/3634_motornews_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />And they also unveiled yet another reimaging of the legendary FJ, but unlike the FJ Cruiser, this FT-4X was designed more for hip urbanites than rock-crawling trail hounds.&nbsp;</p> <p>From their luxury Lexus division, it is an F Sport version of their flagship LS500 sedan.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dog lovers will surely be conquered by the pet friendly features of this Rogue Dogue concept. Bow Wow indeed!&nbsp;</p> <p>This was also the official unveiling of Nissan&rsquo;s GT-R Track Edition. It looks almost as good sitting here as it did ripping around our track.</p> <p>Nissan&rsquo;s colorful 370Z Heritage Edition showcases changes coming to all 370Zs for &lsquo;18. On Nissan&rsquo;s upscale side this Infiniti QX80 Monograph shows what direction the brand&rsquo;s biggest SUV is headed.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="178" src="/images/motor_news/3634_motornews_4.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Acura breathed some new life into their midsize TLX luxury performance sedan, with a welcomed new look outside, more premium features inside, and a new A-Spec performance version.</p> <p>Honda&rsquo;s Clarity lineup grows to three with the Fuel Cell model being joined by a Plug-In Hybrid, and Honda&rsquo;s first full EV, the Clarity Electric.</p> <p>Honda also debuted the Civic Si Sedan and Coupe, the first Civics to use a new 205 horsepower 1.5-liter 4.</p> <p>Subaru continues to trot out 3-row SUV concepts, but this Ascent looks just about ready for prime time. While, on the wagon side, the Outback gets a little freshening for &lsquo;18.</p> <p>To help bolster sedan sales, the Hyundai Sonata gets a thorough update including new sheet metal and an 8-speed automatic.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hyundai&rsquo;s luxury label Genesis will get an SUV soon, though it won&rsquo;t be powered by a fuel cell like this GV80 Concept.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="192" src="/images/motor_news/3634_motornews_5.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Mercedes-AMG brought the power with some GLC63s, in in both traditional SUV and Coupe forms.&nbsp;</p> <p>Audi unleashed a trio of performers: a meaner, 400-horsepower Audi TT RS, that same 5-cylinder in a new to America Audi RS 3, and up one size, 444-horsepower, now V6 powered Audi RS 5.</p> <p>Meanwhile, parent Volkswagen updates its entire Golf lineup.</p> <p>Maserati&rsquo;s American expansion includes building this Ghibli Nerissimo black edition just for us.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jaguar continues to broaden their F-Type lineup, now with a 296-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4 option.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="162" src="/images/motor_news/3634_motornews_6.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Jaguar also won big at the World Car Awards Breakfast, taking home two, including the top World Car of the Year honor for the F-Pace. We asked host of NHK&rsquo;s Samurai Wheels, and World Car Chairman Peter Lyon, what made it such a hit with jurors?</p> <p>SOT: PETER LYON &ldquo;well I think overall it&rsquo;s the first crossover the first SUV that Jaguar&rsquo;s built that really impressed the jury.&nbsp; I think also the design.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a really good looking SUV. It&rsquo;s got some wonderful engines and gearboxes in it.&nbsp; Drivers well, it&rsquo;s very plush inside and it looks good in your driveway as well.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>JOHN DAVIS</strong>: It was a whirlwind auto show for sure, so we&rsquo;ll wrap up our coverage of the 2017 New York International Auto Show!</p>
  • Goss’ Garage: Basic Electric
    <p>Today&rsquo;s tires have all kinds of electric gadgets on them.&nbsp; And to make all of that work we need several of these&hellip; wire harnesses they&rsquo;re all over underneath the car hidden where you can&rsquo;t see them. There are hundreds of wires, and one of the big problems is something like we see in this wire connector it is corrosion, and corrosion like that could upset just about every circuit on the car. Now, if you&rsquo;re in to do it yourself what do you need to do?</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="162" src="/images/goss_garage/3634_goss_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" /><span class="img_left">Well, first you have to know there are various chemicals that can be used to treat specific problems, things like battery cleaners to electronics cleaners all sorts of different things. Used the one that&rsquo;s designed for what you&rsquo;re trying to do. And don&rsquo;t forget, that dielectric grease is your friend. Inside of a wire connector it&rsquo;ll keep moisture out and keeping moisture out will help prevent corrosion. Now, if you like to test things yourself, yeah that can be fun, but remember, here we have an old fashioned volt-ohm meter. It cannot be used on a modern car because it flows too much electrical energy through some of these electronic circuits and it could damage the electronics. What you need is a DVOM&hellip; digital volt-ohm meter. They produce a different way of testing so that they don&rsquo;t damage electronic parts. Then over here we have some handy do it yourself stuff. This is a very simple tester, it doesn&rsquo;t give you a lot of information, but it helps give you an idea about your battery and your alternator. And over here we have what&rsquo;s called an amp-probe. This amp-probe goes around a wire harness and it measures current flowing through it.</span></p> <p>Now, the big thing here is to make sure that any tool you use around the electrical parts of a modern car that it is labeled computer safe that includes your test lights. Old fashioned test light, throw it in the trash it can do a lot of damage to a modern electronic circuit. And if you have a question of a comment drop me a line right here at <em>MotorWeek</em>.</p>
  • Episodes: Episode 3634
    <p>Debut 4.26.2017</p> <p class="quick_listing">Description</p> <p>Road Test: 2017 New York International Auto Show<br />Road Test: 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S <br />FYI: Michelle Christensen &ndash; Acura Designer<br />Goss Garage: Basic Electric<br />Quick Spin: 2018 Toyota C-Hr<br />Quick Spin: 2017 Mini Clubman All 4<br />Quick Spin: Volvo V90 Cross Country<br />Clean Cities: Lexington, KY Electric Buses</p> <a href="https://mpt-shop.myshopify.com/collections/motorweek" target="_blank" class="dvd_purchase"></a> <div class="shadow_holder"> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> <div class="shadow_right_small"><!-- --></div><!-- .shadow_right_small --> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> </div><!-- .shadow_holder --> <div class="shadow_holder"> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> <div class="shadow_right_small"><!-- --></div><!-- .shadow_right_small --> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> </div><!-- .shadow_holder -->
  • This Just In: Pacifica Deal, More Minivans, &amp; A Cool Drive
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