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: Nissan EVs & Corolla Hatchback
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Nissan is sharing their vision for the future.&nbsp; The company plans to sell a million electrified vehicles a year by 2022.&nbsp; That includes either pure electric models or those with e-POWER powertrains.&nbsp; As part of the plan they anticipate developing eight new pure electric vehicles.&nbsp; The Nissan IMx Concept will serve as the inspiration for a global crossover electric vehicle.&nbsp; Nissan also plans for 20 models in 20 markets to be equipped with autonomous driving technology.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="569" src="/images/Nissan_IMx_KURO_Concept.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">We&rsquo;re just a few days away from press days at the New York International Auto Show.&nbsp; The all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback will make its debut in the Big Apple.&nbsp; Underneath is the new TNGA Platform with Sport-Tuned Suspension.&nbsp; Power comes from the new TNGA 2.0-liter Four-Cylinder. No word on horsepower or torque yet. It&rsquo;s matched with either a Dynamic-Shift CVT or a six-speed manual transmission.&nbsp; Sales begin this summer.</h4> <p><img height="603" src="/images/2019_Toyota_Corolla_Hatchback.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • This Just In: Power &amp; Luxury
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Cadillac is adding a big dose of performance to luxury.&nbsp; The company has announced the CT6 V-Sport.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s the first time they&rsquo;ve added V-Performance to the top-of-range sedan.&nbsp; The performance comes from the all-new 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8&hellip; that pumps out 550 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque.&nbsp; As we&rsquo;ve seen with other car makers, Cadillac has mounted the turbochargers at the top of the engine in the valley between the heads in an effort to eliminate turbo lag.&nbsp; The new engine works with a 10-speed automatic transmission.</h4> <p><img height="467" src="/images/2019_Cadillac_CT6_Turbo.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></p>
  • Road Tests: 2018 Lambroghini Huracan Performante
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 5.2 liter</p> <p><span>Horspower:</span> 630</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 443 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 2.9 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 10.7 seconds @ 132 mph</p> <p>Ever since Lamborghini launched a whole new era with the Huracan, they&rsquo;ve been hitting us virtually non-stop with new versions of it. The latest is the Performante, and if you&rsquo;re a track day enthusiast, and can afford the price of admission, it&rsquo;s just what you&rsquo;ve been waiting for!</p> <p>You know you&rsquo;ve been in this business a while when you hear &ldquo;why are we testing another Lamborghini Huracan?&rdquo; come out of your mouth. But we are, and it&rsquo;s a special one, the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Performante takes the Huracan&rsquo;s timeless design and adds some active aerodynamics, additional carbon fiber for weight reduction, a bit more power, unique suspension tuning, exclusive all-wheel-drive calibration, reprogrammed stability control, and a new tire-and-wheel package.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not to mention, tweaked front styling, as well as a huge wing and high-mounted exhaust tips added to the rear, and of course &ldquo;tricolore&rdquo; striping down the sides.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="244" src="/images/road_tests/2018_lamborghini_huracan_performante_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />There was a time when not all Lamborghinis lived up to their hype, but we haven&rsquo;t found that to be the case with the Huracan. And there&rsquo;s nothing along those lines here either, as the Performante was designed with one thing in mind only, lowering lap times.&nbsp;</p> <p>Weight has been shaved by 88-lbs. with forged composites used for both structural components as well as the rear hatch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Power has been added, with the 5.2-liter V10 now cranking out 630&ndash;horsepower, while whipping up 443 lb-ft. of torque. The additional power comes courtesy of new titanium internals, as well as a reconfigured exhaust manifold. It looks gorgeous, pulsating below the rear hatch; though not everyone here was enamored by the classically-inspired bronze intake manifold.&nbsp;</p> <p>Downforce has been improved upon, but the aero treatments here are more than just the bigger rear wing. Active elements include multipurpose rear vent flaps that can either channel air into the engine bay for additional cooling, or directly to that rear wing for tire-shredding grip.&nbsp;</p> <p>It all works together to make this Huracan hellaciously faster, in fact it was a record holder on the Nurburgring for a brief time. But it seems like we get a press release just about every other day of that happening, so it didn&rsquo;t last for long.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="151" src="/images/road_tests/2018_lamborghini_huracan_performante_4.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Here at Savannah, Georgia&rsquo;s Roebling Road Raceway, it still feels more at home in high speed corners than super tight ones, but there&rsquo;s an enormous amount of grip available regardless of the radius you&rsquo;re navigating.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Corsa mode makes all of the appropriate adjustments, keeping it a simple operation to prep for track work.</p> <p>Steering is very direct, with an almost manual effort feel; and that powerful engine is full of naturally-aspirated goodness that makes you never want to drive a turbo again.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lambo&rsquo;s stability control will still intervene if it senses you&rsquo;ve gotten too out of shape, but it does so almost behind the scenes, not taking total control of things.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing quite like going full throttle in an Italian exotic, and the Performante does not disappoint. No active aero needed here. Just push the pedal to the floor and this Lambo streaks to 60 in 2.9-seconds.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="137" src="/images/road_tests/2018_lamborghini_huracan_performante_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />The symphonic wail that pours out of the exhaust is about as epic as it gets. While you&rsquo;re enjoying that, your grip naturally tightens on the wheel, the scenery through the windshield blurs, the 7-speed DCT cracks off lightning quick shifts, and in 10.7-seconds you&rsquo;re at the end of the &frac14;-mile travelling 132 miles-per-hour, feeling like you&rsquo;ve just went through some crazy time warp. And just like a kid in an amusement park, you can&rsquo;t wait to line up and do it all over again.</p> <p>This particular piece of Italian performance art will set you back $279,185, &ldquo;only&rdquo; about $36,000 more than a base all-wheel-drive Huracan.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Legendary performance?&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp; Aspirational design? Of course. It looks like it checks all of the traditional Lambo boxes. But this 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante is more than just poster material. It&rsquo;s the convergence of all that Lamborghini does best, into their most capable V10 production car to date. The only performance envy here, is coming from other supercar makers looking up at the Performante.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Road Tests: 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and TourX
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 2.0 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 250</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 260 lb.-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 6.4 seconds</p> <p>The Buick Regal has been a mid-size sedan and coupe flag bearer for the brand since the early 70s. But, those traditional body styles have fallen out of favor. So, Buick is redefining their brand for a new generation of buyers by trying something totally different with a new generation of Regal. Say goodbye to the two and four-doors, and hello to the 5-door regal Sportback and TourX.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>In a fairly short amount of time, General Motors has transformed Buick into truly a brand apart from the rest of their fold. It started with the subcompact Enclave crossover and continued through the Chinese-built Envision midsize crossover. And now they&rsquo;re doing the most European of all things, unleashing an all-new 2018 Regal 5-door hatchback&hellip;the Sportback&hellip;along with a TourX station wagon.</p> <p>The Buick Regal Sportback looks right at home among other sleek European hatchbacks like the Audi A7. It&rsquo;s coupish roofline almost completely hides the fact it wears a rear liftback rather than a traditional trunk lid.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="154" src="/images/2018_buick_regal_tourX_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />The Regal Tour-X, on the other hand, is clearly a station wagon, albeit one with plenty of smooth European flavor. But, it is big, so its one built more for the American landscape than Old-World cities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Tourx is actually 6.7-inches longer than a Subaru Outback, its most logical competitor, on a 111.4-inch wheelbase. Though Buick&rsquo;s attainable luxury theme certainly brings Volvo and other European brands into the equation as well. And with new wagons coming from Jaguar and others, might we be seeing a wagon renaissance?&nbsp;</p> <p>Good call on GM&rsquo;s part to make it a pseudo-SUV; by putting X in the name, giving it a luxo-rugged styling theme opposed to the wedge forms so common today, and equipping it with all-wheel-drive as standard equipment.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="124" src="/images/2018_buick_regal_sportback_3.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />AWD is also available on the Sportback, although front-drive is standard. Both chassis mates share the same engine, a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo I4. All-wheel-drive cars get an 8-speed automatic transmission that allows for 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-driver&rsquo;s get an additional gear with a 9-speed, but less torque; 260 lb.-ft.</p> <p>Our track time came from behind the wheel of a front-drive Regal Sportback. No lag off the line, as the 2.0-liter seems eager to deliver all of its torque right away. We hit 60 in a fine 6.4-seconds.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Steering is easy and fairly linear, enabling nice quick turn-ins; while the chassis provides seriously good grip. Weight transfer is noticeable, but not upsetting. It&rsquo;s not quite sport sedan territory, but pretty darn close for this sedate brand.&nbsp;</p> <p>Brakes are Euro-strong without being grabby; with a short 104-foot average stopping distance from 60.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="155" src="/images/2018_buick_regal_sportback_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Ride quality has a hint of European solidity to it, but not enough to stray too far from what we&rsquo;re accustomed to in a Buick; and it certainly remains as quiet inside as all other current models from the brand.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both cars offer a wealth of space inside, for all 5-occupants. Front seats a very comfortable; once you nestle in that is, as even the bottom cushions have significant bolstering.</p> <p>Manual dash controls are minimal, but well placed; and the infotainment screen is very well integrated.&nbsp;</p> <p>Things get particularly roomy in the Tourx&rsquo;s deep, wide cargo area with cargo rails. 32.7 cubic-ft. seats up, expanding to 73.5 seats down. For comparison, that&rsquo;s just shy of a Honda CR-V.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="158" src="/images/2018_buick_regal_tourX_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />The Sportback has only a little less, with 31.5 cubic-ft. of space beneath its easy-opening hatch. Folding seatbacks are either 60/40 or 40/20/40 depending on trim; folded, they expand the space to 60.7 cubic-ft.</p> <p>Pricing for Regal Sportback starts at $25,915; getting all-wheel-drive requires stepping up to Preferred II trim totaling $32,695. With AWD standard, the TourX starts at $29,995.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing traditional Buick about the 2018 Regal Sportback and TourX. And, there is a lot to like about both of these Opel-based rides. The Sportback offers near-luxury sedan comfort with added 5-door practicality. While the TourX delivers SUV versatility and capability, in an easy to drive well-appointed package. It&rsquo;s a unique approach for an American brand, but one we&rsquo;ve all of a sudden come to expect from the new Buick.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Goss’ Garage: Grease/Lube/Oil
    <p>If you have ever wondered why there is so many different types of greases and lubricants for automobiles, well you might be surprised to see they&rsquo;re not universal.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="170" src="/images/goss_garage/3729_goss_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" /><span class="img_left">Now if we look at greases in particular, grease is primarily a vehicle to hold oil and it releases that oil to lubricate the part that it&rsquo;s on based on temperature or pressure or a combination of both. So what you have are high pressure greases and so on that are used on wheel bearings and things like that or low pressure greases that are used on other parts in the car. So the big thing here is to make sure that you use the grease that is appropriate for the job that you have in mind. Now that also applies to other things. Like here we have a difference between lubricants and penetrating lubricants and penetrating oil. This penetrating oil could be used to free up this jack that&rsquo;s badly rusted. Oil by itself might not do that because it doesn&rsquo;t have the penetrating qualities.</span></p> <p>Now in some cases you&rsquo;ll find greases such as we have here. These are universal and they can be used for a lot of different things but rarely anything that is high pressure like a bearing or something like that. Then of course here we have silicone. Silicone is what we use on the weather stripping on cars or anything that is made of rubber because rubber doesn&rsquo;t like petroleum products. Petroleum products can cause rubber to swell up and become real slimy and just disintegrate. So we always use the silicone on things that are rubber.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="177" src="/images/goss_garage/3729_goss_1.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Last but not least, here is one of our favorites here in the shop. This is white lithium grease. This is a light duty grease. We use it on hood hinges, door hinges, door latches, all sorts of things. So the key to all of this is to figure out what you&rsquo;re going to lubricate, what lubricant works best for that application and you do it correctly, you&rsquo;ll have something that is protected and wears a lot longer. And if you have a question or a comment, drop me a line right here at <em>MotorWeek</em>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Motor News: 2018 Geneva International Motor Show
    <p>The Geneva International Motor Show is known for its cool concepts and premium priced cars. And, this year both made for a lot of &ldquo;electricity.&rdquo;</p> <p>The production version of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE made its show debut. This Tesla-fighting SUV arrives here later this year.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="177" src="/images/motor_news/3729_motornews_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Bentley&rsquo;s first step towards electrification is the Bentayga plug-in hybrid.</p> <p>Volkswagen&rsquo;s I.D. VIZZION electric sedan concept is also fully autonomous.</p> <p>Audi&rsquo;s camouflaged all-electric e-tron prototype SUV could launch in Europe this year. They also showed their new A6 midsize sedan.</p> <p>Hyundai brought the new Kona Electric, and hinted at future designs with the &lsquo;Le Fil Rouge&rsquo; concept.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="174" src="/images/motor_news/3729_motornews_4.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Porsche&rsquo;s vision for EVs is the 600-horsepower Mission E Cross Turismo concept. On the other hand, the traditionally powered, non-turbo Porsche 911 GT3 RS rates 520-hp.</p> <p>Mercedes-Benz is adding the four door Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe to the line-up. Along with a more outrageous 585-hp Mercedes-AMG G 63.</p> <p>The lighter and longer BMW X4 bowed in Geneva, along with the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe.</p> <p>557-horses haul this two-door Range Rover SV Coupe.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="177" src="/images/motor_news/3729_motornews_5.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Volvo adds their latest family cues and tech to a new V60 mid-size wagon.</p> <p>Room to roam inspired the Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept.</p> <p>The tiny Lexus UX is the brand&rsquo;s smallest luxury crossover yet.&nbsp;</p> <p>While parent Toyota confirmed the Supra&rsquo;s return with this GR Supra Racing Concept.</p> <p>The track-only McLaren Senna GTR Concept joined the new 800 horsepower McLaren Senna.</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="159" src="/images/motor_news/3729_motornews_3.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />The track focused Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro hypercar made its world debut, along with the Lagonda Vision Concept and the new Aston Martin Vantage.</p> <p>Bugatti made the Chiron Sport lighter and faster.</p> <p>Italian flair came with the Ferrari 488 Pista, while rival Lamborghini dropped the top on the Hurac&aacute;n Performante Spyder.</p> <p>And those are Geneva&rsquo;s automotive highlights for this week&rsquo;s Motor News.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • Over The Edge: Alta Dirt Bikes
    <p>We&rsquo;ve seen some incredible engineering milestones in the last few years&hellip; particularly on the electric side of things. Instantaneous power and longer lasting batteries are making some four-wheel EV newcomers irresistible. But, what about in the &ldquo;two-wheel&rdquo; world? Well, let&rsquo;s &ldquo;shred&rdquo; over the edge with Zach Maskell as he heads west on what just might be &ldquo;the future of fast.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: &ldquo;Wohoo&rdquo;</p> <p>Picture this. No more gasoline, clutch, air filter, oil changes, or top end rebuilds.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve heard a lot about this San Francisco based company, and today we&rsquo;re not only going to throw a leg over this Alta dirtbike, but we&rsquo;re going to check out the inner workings as well.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAURENCE LEA</strong>: &ldquo;It started in a garage in 2007, and it took about 5 years before we got the first working prototype.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="187" src="/images/over_the_edge/3729_ote_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />ZACH MASKELL</strong>: Inside the Brisbane, California factory, they assemble &ndash; you guessed it - all electric motorcycles. They offer a super moto good for 60 miles of asphalt cruising, an EX enduro bike for off-road plus urban assault, and for 2018, this, the new flagship of their arsenal&hellip; and the first track focused electric dirt bike we&rsquo;ve driven yet,&nbsp; the Redshift MX-R.</p> <p><strong>LAURENCE LEA</strong>: &ldquo;This bike is built for the track. It is built to race, it is built to compete. It is built to win.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: They&rsquo;ve already proved their able, zapping into the final four of a Super Cross race full of gas competitors, the 2016 Red Bull Rhythm.</p> <p><strong>DEREK DORRESTEYN</strong>: &ldquo;The 2018 MXR is a substantial improvement over the last year&rsquo;s MX base model. We&rsquo;ve increased power dramatically, from 40 horsepower to 50 horsepower to the rear wheel.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAURENCE LEA</strong>: &ldquo;Twist the throttle, which activates the motor controller here. The motor controller, basically think of it as a set of valves on a traditional bike and what it does, is the more you twist it, the more it distributes the power from the battery.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="160" src="/images/over_the_edge/3729_ote_6.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />ZACH MASKELL</strong>: From the battery, power goes to the motor, which goes down to a gear reduction&hellip; that turns the chain. And waaalaaa the wheel is spinning.</p> <p>We charged up and headed to Diablo MX Ranch&hellip; for a practice session alongside Alta&rsquo;s in house rider.</p> <p><strong>BLAKE NICHOLAS</strong>: &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t think so and I didn&rsquo;t feel like it but looking at the data I am faster on this bike.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: I know there&rsquo;s 147 ft-lb of torque to the counter-shaft available in a split second. I pictured myself twisting the throttle and the bike looping out from under me, sending it to the moon. But I started off slow &ndash; And just like that, a grin was glued to my face.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="165" src="/images/over_the_edge/3729_ote_7.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />LAURENCE LEA</strong>: &ldquo;The smooth control and the preciseness that&rsquo;s delivered from an electric motor can have you in the perfect power band all the time.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>ZACH MASKELL</strong>: It&rsquo;s got 4 preprogrammed maps, which you can adjust on the fly with the touch of your finger. It changes traction, engine braking, and power delivery for the single speed transmission. Think of MAP 1 as a good technical back woods choice, and MAP 4 for a max power track attack. Brembo brakes, Warp 9 wheels, WP suspension and Dunlop tires from the factory. While this does weigh about 30 pounds more than a traditional bike&hellip; it doesn&rsquo;t ride much different.</p> <p><strong>LAURENCE LEA</strong>: &ldquo;The bike is IP67 certified. Which means basically, it can be submerged up to a meter of water up to a half hour.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="180" src="/images/over_the_edge/3729_ote_4.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />ZACH MASKELL</strong>: At full open throttle, a pro rider would get about 30 minutes battery time. My bike, had a quarter of battery life left&hellip; when my tank was on empty and I had to call it a day.</p> <p>THE MXR costs $11,995, and the $799 fast charger has you back to full juice &ndash; in 1 and a half hours.</p> <p>Those gas bikes also cost around $9,000. But considering the frequent maintenance, and performance upgrades most riders opt for, this electric bike&rsquo;s pricing isn&rsquo;t that far off.</p> <p>And like other electric motorcycles we&rsquo;ve driven, no more noise complaints from the neighbors.</p> <p>Seeing that it took all of a couple laps to get comfortable on this alien object &ndash; I&rsquo;m now a believer this way of using electrons could very well be the &ldquo;future of fast.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • This Just In: Ford&#8217;s Future
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Ford is giving us a little clearer view of where the road is taking them.&nbsp; They&rsquo;ve released photos of two all-new off-road models: the new Bronco and a yet-to-be-named off-road small utility. The Bronco is under a drape, but we can see there will be a 2-door version like the original.&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="284" src="/images/2020_Ford_Bronco_Preview.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">The smaller unnamed model is targeted at people who like to spend time outdoors.&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img height="527" src="/images/Ford_Small_Off-Road.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">These are just some of the latest changes we&rsquo;ve seen recently to the Ford SUV line-up.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve already seen the subcompact EcoSport and full-size Expedition.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re waiting to see entirely new versions of the Escape and Explorer next year.&nbsp; Ford plans on replacing more than 75 percent of their current portfolio and adding four new trucks and SUVs.&nbsp; Part of their strategy is to have eight SUVs in their North American lineup by 2020.</h4> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p>
  • This Just In: VW Announces Five-Passenger Atlas to Debut in NYC
    <p><img height="3500" src="/images/Atlas_five-passenger_SUV_-Large-8039_1.jpg" width="5000" /></p> <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 17.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">Volkswagen will unveil a five-passenger SUV concept based on the <a href="/reviews/road_tests/2018-volkswagen-atlas">Atlas</a> next week at the New York International Auto Show.</span></h4> <h4 class="p2">The two-row crossover will ride on the proven MQB architecture and be a smaller variant of the seven-passenger Atlas that won our <a href="/auto_news/this_just_in/motorweek-drivers-choice-awards" style="font-size: 1em;">2018 Drivers&rsquo; Choice Award</a><span style="font-size: 1em;"> for &ldquo;Best Large Utility.&rdquo; While the model&rsquo;s official name has yet to be released, our guess is that it will be called the Atlas Sport.</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></h4> <h4 class="p2">Additionally, the German automaker plans to manufacture the SUV at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN. Volkswagen says it will invest about $340 million in the plant on top of the $900 million it has already spent to accommodate Atlas production. The facility also produces the Passat mid-size sedan.</h4> <h4 class="p2">We&rsquo;ll have more information on this and all the major unveilings next week in New York City.</h4> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • This Just In: Self-Driving Uber Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Collision
    <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 13.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 16.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <p class="p1"><img height="3280" src="/images/Uber_autonomous_car.jpg" width="4928" /></p> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">Uber has temporarily halted self-driving testing after a pedestrian was struck and killed by one of the ridesharing company&rsquo;s autonomous vehicles in Tempe, AZ late Sunday night.</span></h4> <h4 class="p2">According to a Tempe police spokesman, the woman was crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk when she was struck. The Uber vehicle was in self-driving mode with a human safety driver at the wheel, which is standard practice.</h4> <h4 class="p3">Uber has addressed the incident and tweeted a response saying, &ldquo;Our hearts go out to the victim&rsquo;s family. We&rsquo;re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate the accident.&rdquo;</h4> <h4 class="p3">This is the first reported fatality involving a self-driving car.</h4> <h3></h3>


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