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Pickup drivers like to personalize 2018 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Denali
their trucks, and owners get a head-start VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS
with some new frontal styling for 2018. • Canyon is offered in SL, Canyon, SLE, All
The SR and SR5 grades wear an updated Terrain, SLT and Denali models
gray honeycomb-style grille and halogen • Cab and bed configuration choices include
headlights with LED daytime running lights; an extended cab model with a 6’ 2” bed, a
the SR5 gets halogen fog lights, too. Limited crew cab with a 5’ 2” bed and a crew cab
goes bold with an updated billet-style grille with a 6’ 2” bed. With the tailgate down,
featuring chrome surround, and all lights are the 6’ 2” bed allows hauling of 8-foot-long
LED. Inside, a new matte-finish wood-styled items
trim adds a touch of elegance. • Canyon Denali features a unique chrome
The Platinum grade goes for elegance grille and specific 20-inch aluminum
with an updated black honeycomb grille wheels; unique heated and ventilated front
and body-color surround. All lights on the leather-appointed seats and additional
Platinum are LED as well. The 1794 Edition special trim and content
wears the billet-style grille and is updated • The off-road-inspired All Terrain package the 2.8L Duramax enhances vehicle • Heated front seats are standard on All
with LED lights. is available on SLE. Content includes control and reduces brake wear on steep Terrain, SLT and Denali
Z71 suspension, automatic locking rear grades • Heated steering wheel is standard on
Two V8 Choices differential, standard transfer case skid • Available G80 automatic locking rear axle Denali
The Tundra continues with a choice plate and more • Standard power driver’s seat • Four standard USB ports on SLE, All
2018 Toyota Tundra Limited Double Cab capacity of up to 10,200 pounds. But, one of two available i-Force V8 engines. The • All Terrain X package is available on All • Standard CornerStep rear bumper design Terrain, SLT and Denali, including one
Toyota’s Texas-assembled Tundra full- of most significant changes for Tundra in standard 4.6-liter i-Force V8 produces 310 Terrain and includes Goodyear Wrangler • Available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate that on the dashboard, one inside the center
size pickup keeps on truckin’ for 2018 with 2018 is the addition of Toyota Safety Sense-P horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb.-ft. of D u r a Tr a c P 2 5 5 / 6 5 R 1 7 a l l - t e r r a i n uses an internal torsion bar to make raising console and two on the rear of the center
a fresh new look up front and a new TRD (TSS-P), which includes the Pre-Collision peak torque at 3,400 rpm. The popular 5.7- tires, 3-inch round step bars, spray-on the tailgate easier with one hand, and a console
Sport package. The advanced Toyota Safety System with Pedestrian Detection function, liter creates 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm bedliner, all-weather floor liners, off-road damper for more-controlled lowering • Standard 7-inch Color Touch radio system,
Sense-P (TSS-P) system is now standard on Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise and 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. suspension and Hill Descent Control • Standard locking tailgate with 8-inch Color Touch radio available;
all Tundra grades. Reflecting ongoing trends Control, and Automatic High Beams. TSS-P Both i-Force V8s utilize an aluminum • Nightfall Edition is available on SLE, • Standard two-tier loading that allows a 8-inch system with navigation is standard
in the segment, the Regular Cab models have uses millimeter-wave radar and a monocular cylinder block, double overhead-cam with content including body-color grille platform to effectively split the bed into on Denali and available on All Terrain and
been discontinued, leaving an all-four-door camera sensor designed to help detect a heads with four valves per cylinder, Dual and bumpers, spray-on bedliner, blacked- upper and lower sections, making it easier SLT
lineup with the Double Cab and extra-roomy preceding pedestrian or a preceding vehicle Independent Variable Valve Timing with out trim, 18-inch multi-spoke aluminum to haul, store and conceal items such as • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
CrewMax models. in the surrounding area. Once a pedestrian or intelligence (VVT-i), and an Acoustic wheels and more tools capability offered on all Color Touch radio
Assembled exclusively in San Antonio, vehicle are detected in front of the vehicle, Control Induction System for a broad torque • Spray-on bedliner is standard on Denali • Thirteen standard tie-down locations systems
Texas, the Toyota Tundra lives up to the TSS-P can automatically apply braking if curve. All Tundra models are equipped with and available on other models throughout the bed for use with available, • Available 4G Wi-Fi hotspot (includes
state’s “bigness” by offering a plethora necessary to help mitigate or avoid collisions a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic • Capless fuel fill (gas-engine models) movable cargo tie-down rings three-month/3GB data trial)
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2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 becomes
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efficiency and convenience with features
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Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has
been reduced by 225 pounds. As the truck’s
backbone, the frame uses advanced materials
and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds
while increasing stiffness and durability
for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and
2,300 pounds of payload.
An all-new eTorque system delivers
improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8
As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect
4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads
the pickup world with technology featuring creates a highly efficient energy absorbing wheelbase on Crew Cab long beds – both
split-screen capability, 360-degree camera structure for all impact modes, including four inches longer than their predecessors.
views and exclusive content from SiriusXM front-offset with frame integration forward The Quad Cab long bed has a wheelbase of
with 360L. of front tire. Also, frame-mounted high- 140.5 inches. Ram’s newest pickup offers a
Active safety and security systems join the strength steel tire blockers are placed behind turning radius of just 46.2 feet, curb to curb.
technology onslaught with adaptive cruise the front tires to force wheels outward in the New independent front suspension
control, forward collision warning, Blind- event of impact. Additionally, side rails are components combine lightweight composite
spot Monitoring and ready alert braking. taller and fully boxed. To further improve upper control arms, aluminum lower control
NVH, new electronically controlled side- arms and retuned geometry for improved
Engineering frame-mounted active tuned-mass modules responsiveness and handling. The front
The new Ram 1500 uses the longest, (ATMM) work in harmony with an interior stabilizer bar is relocated behind the front
lightest and most efficient frame in the half- active noise cancellation (ANC) system tires, further improving roll stiffness by 20
ton truck segment. The chassis has reduced on 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 equipped models to percent. A new front coil-over shock design
weight by 120 pounds – 100 pounds from the reduce ambient sounds down to a low 67.1 is standard equipment on all Ram 1500s
frame alone delivering a maximum payload db – the quietest Ram 1500 ever. Rear cross regardless of configuration.
of 2,300 pounds and maximum trailer tow members are double sheer welded to the The third generation, exclusive rear five-
capacity of 12,750 pounds. The strongest inside and outside of the frame for improved link coil suspension design provides better
Ram 1500 frame ever produced includes durability and roll stiffness. articulation over obstacles than a leaf spring
the same impact countermeasures across all Helping to create the most spacious cab system, and the new progressive coil springs
configurations and is made from 98 percent in the segment, three new, longer frame are more than up to the task of handling
high-strength steel. Exclusive front splayed lengths are offered: a 144.5-inch wheelbase a payload of 2,300 pounds and towing
frame rail technology (patent pending) on Crew Cab short beds and a 153.5-inch capability of 12,750 pounds. SG
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comes with the People First Warranty, a and exterior updates that further enhance the
six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs driving experience in the brand’s celebrated
first) bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle three-row CUV.
Limited Warranty, which includes powertrain The 2018 Outlander introduces a new
coverage for engines, transmissions and 7-inch touchscreen display audio unit with
optional 4Motion® all-wheel-drive systems Bluetooth® wireless technology phone/
and can be transferred to subsequent owners audio standard on the base ES trim, as well
throughout the remainder of its duration. as silver interior stitching. The SEL trim
receives standard Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and
2018 Toyota RAV4 Lane Change Assist (LCA), as well as a
The outdoor adventure bucket list just power remote tailgate. LED headlights and
got longer thanks to the much-anticipated fog lights, multi-view camera and a heated
showroom arrival of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 steering wheel are now included in the SE
Adventure grade that adds exclusive exterior Premium Package. Additionally, the GT trim
styling features with grade-specific interior receives standard multi-view camera system
touches to the RAV4. and a heated steering wheel. The Touring
First revealed at the 2017 Chicago Auto Package, available on the SEL and GT trims,
Show, the 2018 RAV4 Adventure slots in puts an emphasis on safety and includes
between the XLE and SE gas grades. On Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Lane
the outside, large over-fender flares and Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise
18-inch five-spoke black alloy wheels with Control (ACC) and Automatic High Beam
2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL w/4Motion Safety Administration. Edmunds rated the 235/55R18 tires are ready to play in the dirt. (AHB). The SEL’s Touring Package also region in each of the past three years (2015- The Outlander PHEV has become
Volkswagen of America, Inc. is proud to mechanics of each of those vehicles, and The RAV4 Adventure grade also includes includes contents from the SEL Premium 2017)*. Now taking on the U.S. market, the Mitsubishi Motors’ technology flagship,
announce that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Parents installed car seats and looked for unique gray lower valance panels and rocker Package: LED lighting, heated steering Outlander PHEV will expand its horizons with its plug-in hybrid electric architecture
has been named Best Three-Row SUV in the family-friendly features in 20 finalists. panel guards, black headlight bezels, black wheel and the multi-view camera system. by filling consumer demand for PHEV proving to be the core element of the
10 Best Family Cars for 2018 list by Parents T h e 2018 Volks w a ge n A tla s w a s fog lamp surround, roof rails, and exclusive “The Outlander remains a leader in technology in a highly capable crossover. company’s product strategy.
magazine and Edmunds. introduced in Spring 2017 as the brand’s Adventure badging. Drivers and passengers reliability and continues to show strong “The Outlander PHEV has been a game- The Outlander PHEV is in the tradition
Editors at Parents magazine praised first three-row SUV. Designed specifically can enjoy the RAV4 Adventure while riding sales momentum,” said Don Swearingen, changer for the brand since its launch in of other engineering breakthroughs from
the Atlas for third-row legroom, the six- for the American family, the 2018 Atlas a bit higher – overall height increases by 10 executive vice president and chief operating the European market, and we’re extremely Mitsubishi Motors, such as four-wheel drive
year or 72,000 mile warranty and ease of is available with two engine options—a mm, and ground clearance rises to 6.5 in., up officer, MMNA. “We’re excited to see proud of the industry strides it’s made ever (4WD) in 1936, electric powertrains in 1966
maneuverability. “We rated the steering 5 out 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and from 6.1 in. the Outlander continue to resonate with since,” said Don Swearingen, executive and SUVs in 1982. The Outlander PHEV
of 5,” said Dan Edmunds, head of vehicle a 3.6-liter V6—and in five trim levels: Exclusive interior features include consumers in the competitive CUV segment vice president and chief operating officer, is a mid-size CUV that offers an attractive
testing at Edmunds (but no relation). “It S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL, and SEL carbon-fiber-like trim panels, leather- and know the 2018 model year will build on MMNA. “As the latest addition to our combination of low environmental impact,
drives a lot smaller than it is.” Premium. Atlas also offers 4Motion® all- wrapped shift knob, “RAV4 Adventure” its strong, value driven reputation.” U.S. lineup, we’re excited to welcome the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), active
To compile the annual list, Parents and wheel drive on a variety of trims and is logoed door sill protectors, and all- The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is Outlander PHEV to the Outlander family and safety, excellent reliability and low running
Edmunds first looked at safety ratings, assembled in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art weather floor and cargo mats with “RAV4 currently in dealerships with a starting MSRP offer our customers the best of both worlds costs. Outlander PHEV also comes standard
narrowing contenders to the 109 that were a plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Manufacturer’s Adventure” badging. New and exclusive for of $23,795 and is available in a new exterior – EV efficiency and SUV capabilities. The with DC Fast Charging capability, the only
Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Suggested Retail Prices start at $30,750. the RAV4 Adventure grade is a 120V/100W color, Alloy Silver. new CUV model arrives at a time when Plug-in Hybrid in the market featuring it.***
Highway Safety or received a 5/5 star overall Atlas, along with the rest of the 2018 power outlet in the cargo area which can Mitsubishi continues to ride its recent sales Using this system at commercial charging
rating from the National Highway Traffic & Volkswagen family (excluding e-Golf), serve as a convenient portable charging momentum as the fastest growing non- facilities, the vehicle will charge up to 80
station. 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT luxury brand in the U.S. in 2017.”** percent capacity in as little as 25 minutes.
The active lifestyle-inspired RAV4 S-AWC
Adventure grade will be available in front- Acclaimed as the world’s best-selling
wheel drive (FWD) with an Automatic plug-in hybrid crossover, the Mitsubishi
Limited Slip Differential, or in Dynamic Outlander PHEV has now reached a
Torque Control All-Wheel-Drive (AWD). milestone of 100,000 units sold in Europe.
Both versions feature a standard Tow Prep The announcement comes as the Outlander
Package that includes an upgraded radiator PHEV is rolling out to dealers in the U.S.
and supplemental engine oil and transmission market, where the vehicle is set to build
fluid coolers. When properly equipped with upon Mitsubishi Motors North America,
the available tow hitch receiver and wiring Inc. (MMNA)’s continued and proven sales
harness, the Adventure grade can tow 2,900 momentum.
lbs. with FWD models and 3,500 lbs. with Despite an ever-growing number of
Dynamic Control AWD models. competitors, the Outlander PHEV has
stayed ahead of the pack as the only PHEV
crossover in its class and found a niche truly
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC its own thanks to constant evolution of the
Mitsubishi Motors North America, model. When it made its debut, initially
Inc. (MMNA) recently released details in the Netherlands and Scandinavia, the
surrounding the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. Outlander PHEV brought a new dimension
The 2018 Outlander is now a 50-state to the European SUV segment. It was the
Emission vehicle and boasts new interior best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the

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“2018 represents an exciting next traditional rearview mirror system or the new
chapter for Mitsubishi Motors, and the all- Intelligent Rear View Mirror.
new Eclipse Cross is a large part of that The new Armada Platinum Reserve
story,” said Don Swearingen, executive takes the fully equipped Armada Platinum
vice president and chief operating officer, grade to the next level with a Dark Chrome
MMNA. “The Eclipse Cross builds on the exterior trim (front grille, door handles and
strong Mitsubishi heritage of automotive outside mirrors) and 20-inch Dark Chrome
performance, technology and fun-to-drive wheels. Custom interior treatment includes
dynamics revived in a CUV. We’re excited to two-tone leather-appointed seats with unique
add the Eclipse Cross to our established CUV stitching, Black Quartz and premium wood
lineup and know it will continue to fuel the tone interior trim and embossed “Platinum
brands current sales momentum.” Reserve” emblem on the console lid.
This initial delivery represents 1Comparison based on 2018 Nissan
Mitsubishi’s second all-new vehicle to arrive Armada vs. latest in-market Ward’s Large
to the United States for the 2018 model- Sport Utility segment from manufacturer’s
year. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV websites. 8,500 lbs. maximum towing
arrived in dealerships in December and is capacity for all 2018 Armada 4WD and 2WD
currently on sale across the country. models when properly equipped. Towing
The Eclipse Cross will join the Outlander capability varies by configuration. See Nissan
PHEV, Outlander Sport and Outlander to Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for
form a formidable CUV lineup for Mitsubishi additional information.
Motors. The Eclipse Cross contains many
Developed from a fully electric 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE 1.5T all-new available features including a 1.5- • Revised SL Platinum Package with 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T SEL
vehicle, the Outlander PHEV has a S-AWC liter direct-injection turbo-engine, dual- 2018 Nissan Rogue ProPILOT Assist (Intelligent Cruise Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased
unique architecture consisting of a front The new Eclipse Cross puts the compact pane power sliding panoramic roof, 7-inch For the 2018 model year, Rogue is on Control with full speed range and hold, to announce that the 2018 Tiguan leads the
electric motor and a rear electric motor. CUV segment on notice with a vibrant and smartphone link thin display audio with the move again – led by the addition of steering assist) and electronic parking compact segment in J.D. Power’s 2018 U.S.
This translates into benefits for drivers that defiant design that also boasts an available touchpad controller, Head-Up Display available ProPILOT Assist1technology, brake (replaces foot release parking brake) Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study(SM).
include the larger cargo capacity of a CUV, panoramic sunroof, a direct-injection (HUD), heated rear seats and the launch which provides assisted steering, braking • Two new exterior colors: Scarlet Ember The study, now in its third year, measures
a simpler layout and smooth operation, turbo engine and Mitsubishi’s available of MITSUBISHI CONNECT, brand’s new and accelerating during single-lane highway and Midnight Pine owners’ experiences, usage and interaction
and the ability to cover long distances proprietary Super All-Wheel Control connected vehicle services program. driving. ProPILOT Assist is the foundation with 38 driver-centric vehicle technologies at
with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 system. With a low starting MSRP, the for the autonomous vehicles of the future, The 2018 Rogue is offered in three well- 90 days of ownership.
emissions. Eclipse Cross brings advanced technology helping drivers stay centered in the lane, equipped grade levels, S, SV and SL. All “We are thrilled that the 2018 Tiguan
*Source: JATO Dynamics Global PHEV to a whole new class of consumers. The 2018 Nissan Armada navigate stop-and-go traffic, maintain a set models are equipped with a responsive scored so well in the J.D. Power study,” said
sales (Sep 2017) Eclipse Cross contains many available all- Since the introduction of the all-new, vehicle speed and maintain a set distance to 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 170 Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President
**Source: Wards Auto December 2017 new features including a 1.5-liter direct second-generation design for the 2017 model the vehicle ahead. And, it is all done with horsepower and 175 lb-ft or torque. The of Sales, Marketing, and After Sales for
U.S. Light Vehicle Industry Sales Report -injection turbo-engine, dual-pane, power- year, Armada has set sales records month a simple two-button operation. ProPILOT engine is matched with an advanced Xtronic Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Every aspect
***Source: JATO Dynamics Limited Car sliding panoramic roof, 7-inch smartphone after month. As the flagship of Nissan’s Assist is available on the 2018 Rogue SL transmission with standard Sport Mode and of the Tiguan was designed to cater to the
Specifications USA Database (Nov 2017) link thin display audio with touchpad expanding lineup of SUVs and crossovers, grade as part of the Platinum Package. Eco switches. needs of American buyers—from connecting
controller, Head-Up Display (HUD), the full-size family-adventure Armada Among the numerous other enhancements 1ProPILOT Assist: It is the driver’s your smartphone to available driver assist
heated rear seats and the global launch of features 8-passenger seating, a 5.6-liter to the 2018 Rogue are: responsibility to remain alert with hands on technologies—and this study validates the
MITSUBISHI CONNECT. Endurance® V8 with best-in-class1 standard • NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay™ steering wheel, keeping a look out for other model as a serious competitor in the compact
maximum 390 horsepower and standard and Android Auto™ and one additional vehicles and pedestrians at all times. segment.”
maximum towing capacity of 8,500 pounds USB port (inside front center console box)
for both 4WD and 2WD models (when added to all grades
properly equipped) 1. • Standard Motion-Activated Liftgate added
For the 2018 model year, Armada adds to SV grade (in addition to SL grade)
standard NissanConnectSM Services • SL grade adds standard Intelligent Cruise
powered by SiriusXM®, an 8-inch multi- Control (ICC), Lane Departure Warning
touch control display, HD Radio, SiriusXM® (LDW), Intelligent Lane Intervention (I-LI)
Travel Link with three years of trial access and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
(SiriusXM® subscription required, sold with Pedestrian Detection
separately), Enhanced Voice Recognition, • Revised Midnight Edition Package (SV
Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, and grade) with new black front and rear fascia
additional USB ports for all grade levels. accents, black rear license plate finisher,
And, for the first time on any Nissan black V-motion grille, black emblems
vehicle, Armada Platinum and Platinum • N e w S Va l u e P a c k a g e ( r e p l a c e s
Reserve models include standard Intelligent Appearance Package)
Rear View Mirror (I-RVM), which uses a • SV Sun and Sound Touring Package
high-resolution camera mounted on the rear revised to include Premium Package
of the vehicle to project a clear image onto an content
LCD monitor built into the standard rearview • Revised SV Premium Package with added
mirror. A switch located at the bottom of the Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and
mirror allows the driver to access either the memory driver’s seat and outside mirrors

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J.D. Power conducts the annual Tech are available with the optional 4Motion® Wrangler is instantly recognizable as a The Command-Trac 4x4 system features BMW X5, and BMW X6. BMW is at home The first ever M Performance model in
Experience Index (TXI) Study to help with Active Control all-wheel-drive system. Jeep, staying true to the original, yet it is a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low- in Spartanburg, SC producing 411,171 BMW the X3 lineup sets new standards with its
provide clarity to auto manufacturers, Available features across the lineup include: better in every way – delivering even more range gear ratio, and next-generation solid X models last year, making it the largest sharper dynamics, high level of exclusivity
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driving assistance; collision protection; Wrangler 4-door models are available in four Wrangler Rubicon models offer improved jobs in the U.S. In 2003, the BMW X3 was X3 M40i also includes a wealth of model-
navigation; and smartphone mirroring. 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4X4 different trim configurations: Sport, Sport S, articulation and total suspension travel versus the car that launched the premium compact specific set-up and equipment features,
The study is based on a survey of The all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler – Sahara and Rubicon. the previous generation with help from an SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment. which both underpin and lend added impact
nearly 20,000 vehicle owners and lessees. the most capable and recognized vehicle electronic sway-bar disconnect. With the Since then, BMW has recorded more than to the exceptional performance credentials
Awards are based solely on responses in the world – builds on its legendary Legendary go-anywhere 4x4 capability: standard six-speed manual transmission, 1.5 million vehicles worldwide and 378,803 of this SAV.
from the 14,800 owners who purchased history with an unmatched combination of Most capable SUV ever without compromise Wrangler Rubicon has an impressive and in the US alone. Today, the all-new BMW The BMW X3 M40i is equipped with
or leased a new 2018 model-year vehicle off-road capability, authentic Jeep design, The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler delivers improved crawl ratio of 84.2:1, and 77.2:1 X3 is set to write the next chapter in this an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic
in the previous 90 days that is an all-new open-air freedom, advanced fuel-efficient legendary off-road capability courtesy of two on Rubicon models equipped with the new success story with a more striking, dynamic transmission with Launch Control. This
or redesigned model within the past three powertrains, superior on- and off-road advanced 4x4 systems, and for the first time eight-speed automatic transmission – both design language, powerful yet efficient transmission is a perfect match for the
years. The study was fielded from February dynamics, and a host of innovative safety in Wrangler’s history, a two-speed transfer of which makes scaling any obstacle on the drive systems with a luxurious appeal. Like engine’s dynamic characteristics and can be
through July 2018. and advanced technology features. case with full-time four-wheel drive and a trail easy. all members of the successful X family, it operated using shift paddles on the steering
Starting at $24,595, the 2018 Tiguan is “Jeep has always represented the 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio that is available blends standout-driving qualities on any wheel. In addition, its xDrive all-wheel-
available in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, ultimate in capability and open-air freedom, on Sahara models. This new Selec-Trac full- terrain with unrestricted everyday usability. drive system has a far more pronounced
and SEL Premium. Redesigned for the 2018 and our all-new 2018 Wrangler protects time two-speed transfer case is intuitive and 2018 BMW X3 M40i rear bias than on the other model versions.
model year, Tiguan features an updated 2.0- that important legacy and takes it into allows the driver to set it and forget it, while The all-new 2018 BMW X3 was unveiled The all-new BMW X3 M40i. First M The Performance Control feature integrated
liter TSI® engine with standard eight-speed the future,” said Mike Manley, Head of constantly sending power to the front and today at BMW Plant Spartanburg, SC, where Performance model in the X3 model line- into the DSC system and acting on the
automatic transmission. All four trim levels Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The all-new rear wheels. it will be produced alongside the BMW X4, up with best in segment acceleration. rear wheels has been reconfigured to

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produce agility and traction for which M Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system — VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS
Performance models are known for. Moving with available Apple CarPlay and Android • Offered in LS, LT and Premier models
into the cabin, Sport seats and “M40i” Auto compatibility. The Trax reinforces • Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine provides
logos adorning, for instance, the front Chevrolet’s commitment to offering the small-displacement engine efficiency with
door sills and instrument panel, provide latest technology at an entry level in the the power of a larger engine on demand
visual emphasis of the car’s performance fastest-growing segment in the industry. • LED signature lighting on LT and Premier
capabilities. models
Among these features are the standard FAST FACT • Electric power steering
– and strikingly dynamic – M Performance- With 10 standard air bags, Trax has more • Available all-wheel-drive
specific exterior design cues, which airbags than any of its competitors • Standard OnStar 4G LTE connectivity
include the M Aerodynamic kit with design with Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-
elements finished in Cerium Grey Metallic. BASE PRICE month/3GB data trial)
The flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system $21,945 (incl. DFC) • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
with Black Chrome tailpipe embellishers, M compatibility with Chevrolet MyLink
Sport brakes, M Sport suspension with M EPA VEHICLE CLASS 7-inch-diagonal color touch radio
Performance specific tuning, Variable sport Crossover Utility Vehicle • Bose premium seven-speaker sound
steering and standard 19-inch or optional system with subwoofer is standard on
20-inch and 21-inch cast light-alloy wheels NEW FOR 2018 Premier and available on LT
provide a distinctive sporting character. The • Redline Edition with the following • Eight seating/cargo configurations
X3 M40i can be equipped with the available content: 18-inch black wheels with red • 0/40-split fold-flat rear seat and fold-down
Adaptive M Sport suspension, which covers accent stripe, black mirror caps, black passenger seatback capable of storing and
an even wider spread of ride comfort grille with black surround, front and rear transporting items up to eight feet long
featuring the sportiest set-up suspension black bowtie emblems, black beltline • Up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space and
available. trim, black Trax badge with red outline 11 unique storage areas for SUV utility
and Jet Black deluxe cloth/leatherette convenience
seating • Standard remote keyless entry and
2018 Chevrolet Trax - Premier • Sunroof, Forward Collision Alert and available remote start
The Chevrolet Trax packages premium Lane Departure Warning standard on • Keyless Open and Start is standard on
features at an exceptional price. The 2018 Premier models Premier and available on LT
Trax boasts an athletic, contemporary • Exterior colors: Storm Blue Metallic, • 18-inch wheels are standard on Premier
design inside and out with remarkable Sandy Ridge Metallic and Cajun Red
cargo versatility, while offering a host Tintcoat
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2018 Toyota Corolla For 2018, all grades gain driver and the Corolla’s 41.4 inches of rear seat marketing approach between Toyota’s Scion debuted its stunning C-HR Concept. anywhere. Like its uncanny looks, the
Corolla, the best-selling Toyota nameplate front passenger illuminated visor vanity legroom, which puts it in league with some agencies of record, including Saatchi & That well-received design study set the stage C-HR’s comprehensive and cohesive
of all time, enters its 52nd year with minor mirrors. The XLE and SE grades feature much larger sedans. The LE, the most Saatchi, Conill, Burrell Communications and for the Toyota C-HR, which, nearly to the blend of comfort, control, consistency, and
upgrades following last model year in a leather-trimmed 3-spoke steering wheel popular Corolla grade, offers quality fabric interTrend Communications. tee, carries on the concept’s avant-garde responsiveness that was cultivated on the
which it received sportier exterior styling with controls for audio, Multi-Information upholstery in a choice of Almond, Ash/Dark “The launch of the next-generation physique; modern, comfortable cabin; and famed Nürburgring is as impressive as it is
and Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P). All Display, Bluetooth hands-free phone, and Gray or Black/Brown color schemes. The Camry is incredibly important for Toyota, bold, outgoing character. unique.
Corolla models come standard with TSS- voice command. sporty SE shows off Corolla’s fun side with and we wanted to create a campaign that The C-HR will be available in two
P, a system that bundles the Pre-Collision Part of the Corolla’s ongoing success can bold Softex-trimmed sport seats with Vivid matched its excellence and the excitement grades at launch, XLE and XLE Premium, Compact Punch
System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ be attributed to its wide appeal. The model Blue, Orange Zest, and Black premium of the new design. ‘Sensations’ perfectly each equipped with a long list of standard The C-HR’s engine, a punchy 2.0-liter
PD); Lane Departure Alert with Steering line covers the gamut of tastes and needs fabric inserts. conveys what people will feel driving the premium features that includes 18-inch alloy four-cylinder producing 144 horsepower
Assist (LDA w/SA); Dynamic Radar Cruise with the L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, and XSE new Camry,” said Ed Laukes, group vice wheels, dual-zone climate control, supportive and 140 pound-feet of torque, sends all
Control (DRCC); and Automatic High grades. There’s a sporty, sophisticated look president, marketing, Toyota. “Once again, bucket seating, 7-inch audio display, and power to the front wheels via continuously
Beams (AHB). Having standard TSS-P puts to all thanks to Bi-LED headlamps on the 2018 Toyota Camry our Total Toyota agency partners at Saatchi Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P). variable transmission (CVT). The engine
Toyota four years ahead of the model-year L, LE, and LE Eco grades, and Multi-LED The all-new Toyota Camry is here with a & Saatchi, Conill, Burrell and interTrend But, the C-HR doesn’t only look great employs many of Toyota’s latest generation
2022 industry target for standard automatic headlamps come standard on SE, XSE, and striking new look and a hot new marketing elevated our expectations and delivered an – it’s got the sportiness to impress thanks of technologies, including Variable Valve
braking supported by the National Highway XLE grades. The sporty SE and exciting campaign that’s set to tap into drivers’ outstanding integrated campaign resonating to Deputy Chief Engineer, Hiro Koba, Timing (VVT) and Valvematic, both of
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) XSE roll on standard 17-inch alloy wheels. emotions and the sensations they will feel with what Toyota envisions and what our who is a diehard racer at heart. He and which have received extensive optimization
and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Comfort is another reason the Corolla when driving the vehicle. While purchasing owners will experience while driving the his team made it their mission to ensure to enhance fuel economy and smooth
(IIHS). remains so popular. Consider, for example, a Camry continues to be a smart and rational car.” the C-HR exhilarates its driver anytime, operation. Valvematic offers a broader range
choice, the 2018 Camry now delivers the The eighth-generation Camry has gone
magic and excitement drivers crave. These through a total evolution, from a proven,
emotions are highlighted in the “Sensations” dependable and safe car to one that also
campaign, which compels drivers to love possesses a more exciting and emotional
the new Camry for all the “wrong” reasons. character, thanks to its newfound sporty
The campaign will cover multiple media performance and eye-catching style.
channels, including broadcast, cinema,
social, print, digital and out-of-home
placements. 2018 Toyota C-HR
Rather than telling customers how An exciting next chapter in Toyota’s
it feels to drive the all-new Camry, this storied North American product history has
campaign shows them through impactful been revealed under the lights of the Los
and evocative imagery that clearly conveys Angeles Convention Center. Stylish, athletic,
a specific feeling generated by some aspect and tech-filled, the all-new 2018 Toyota
of the Camry’s styling, safety, technology C-HR – or, Coupe High-Rider – represents
and performance. The goal of the campaign a leap forward in design, manufacturing,
is to introduce people to an inspiring, more and engineering for Toyota. When it arrives
emotional, more exciting driving experience at dealerships next spring, the C-HR will
that will make every driver feel special. serve as a solid springboard of excitement,
The fully-integrated campaign was adventure, and pride for its fashion-forward,
developed under Total Toyota (T2), the trendsetting owners.
total market model that creates a cohesive Last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show,

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of continuously variable valve timing (lift in the premium compact segment worldwide also its innovative mobility solutions and supreme dynamics, yet also record average the opportunity to drive through town and concept and the car’s sense of sporting
and phasing) to provide optimal intake valve since it was launched in 2014. The design the revolutionary new form of premium petrol consumption of 2.2 – 2.0 litres per cross-country on electric power only to elegance. A generously-sized, flexible-use
(not on exhaust side) operation relative to of the new BMW i3 and the exclusive first- character, with sustainability as a key 100 kilometres / 128.4 – 141.2 mpg imp create a unique symbiosis of driving pleasure interior, striking looks, ride comfort, and
engine demands. Furthermore, to reduce ever BMW i3s has been altered to enhance defining element. The BMW i brand and CO2 emissions of 50 – 45 grams per and sustainability. The maximum electric a luxurious and spacious feel are amongst
exhaust emissions, the catalyst is warmed the sporty, urban built yet elegant design of has established itself as a pioneer for kilometre (BMW 740Le iPerformance: 51 – range, as per the EU test cycle for plug-in the features that make this vehicle unique.
earlier during the engine’s ignition cycle. the model. Featuring a wider track, wheel forward-thinking mobility by offering 45 g/km). In the new BMW 740Le xDrive hybrid vehicles, is 44 – 48 kilometres / 27 These attributes have been honed for the
The all-new CVT received much attention arch molding and design lines that are vastly such products while also adopting an all- iPerformance (petrol consumption combined: – 30 miles for the BMW 740e iPerformance all-new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and
by engineers and utilizes redesigned pulleys horizontal, the 2018 BMW i3 models have embracing approach that takes into account 2.5 – 2.1 l/100 km [113 – 134.5 mpg and BMW 740Le iPerformance, or 41 – 45 are complemented by stretched proportions,
to enhance acceleration and fuel economy; morphed into a versatile, urban, innovative the complete lifecycle, from raw material imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 56 –49 g/ kilometres / 25 – 28 miles for the BMW dynamic lines and a muscular look.
a new belt structure to reduce cabin noise; efficiency mobility vehicle. For the first production, through the manufacture and km), intelligent all-wheel drive distributes 740Le xDrive iPerformance (figures may
and, a world’s-first coaxial two-port oil time, BMW also offers a more powerful and operation of the vehicles to their later the combined power of the combustion vary depending on the tyre format specified). Dynamically stretched proportions.
pump system that allows for continuous oil sportier version of the BMW i3 - the BMW recycling. engine and electric motor permanently and as 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran
pressure modifications in various driving i3s, which can also be equipped with a Range required between the front and rear wheels. BMW recently announced the all-new Turismo showcases dynamically stretched
conditions. A Preload Differential helps to Extender. Emission free mobility and performance. The plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, which will proportions. In combination with a
distribute torque between the left and right The BMW eDrive technology enables BMW 7 Series allow top-level driving be available at authorized BMW Centers roofline that flows deep into the rear end,
wheels during low-speed operation to make Electric Driving: A new era of mobility. drivers to enjoy emission-free mobility pleasure, long-distance comfort and luxury this fall offered exclusively as a BMW 640i the proportions ensure an elegantly sporty
for easier, composed driving. The BMW i3 leads the way to a new era with instantaneous power delivery, efficient to be experienced in combination with all- xDrive model. Its distinct coupe-inspired appearance. Thanks to optimization of
Of course, drivers and passengers will of mobility. It is recognized worldwide as use of energy and an optimized range for electric, locally emission-free mobility as aerodynamic design excites from every angle the cabin’s packaging, the interior offers
appreciate the powertrain’s fuel efficiency, a symbol of technology, sustainability and everyday practicality that even extends well. The BMW iPerformance Automobiles and combines the long-distance comfort of ample rear headroom (38.5 inches). Among
impressive smoothness, and quiet operation, intelligent connectivity in the urban traffic beyond the demands of purely urban travel. represent the most rigorous implementation a luxury sedan with the aesthetic appeal of the other characteristic features of the all-
but they’ll love Sport mode and the environment, which is why it has become The BMW i3 and the more powerful BMW yet of Efficient Dynamics in vehicles from a coupe. The intelligent lightweight chassis new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo are its
simulated 7-speed Sequential Shiftmatic. the best-selling electric car worldwide in the i3s draw their energy from the lithium-ion the BMW brand. Both BMW eDrive and construction paired to the standard 8-speed long trunk, the set-back positioning of
Engaging the Sport mode via the MID premium compact segment. The recipe for high-voltage battery developed by the BMW the body structure with Carbon Core are Steptronic Sport automatic transmission the cabin, wheelbase of 120.9 inches,
increases the responsiveness of the throttle, success of the BMW i3 has been enhanced Group with a cell capacity of 94-ampere rooted in know-how from BMW i. When with paddle shifters, improved aerodynamics doors with frameless windows, and a slim
quickens the CVT’s automatic artificial thanks to refreshing styling accents, cutting- hours (Ah). it comes to charging the high-voltage featuring BMW Active Kidney Grille, Air window graphic that leads into a more
“step-up” shifts, and maintains high engine edge equipment features and new digital battery, customers benefit from innovative Curtains, Air Breathers and active rear vertical interpretation of the signature BMW
speed to enhance acceleration. The EPS’ services, but also to the addition of a new products and services originally developed spoiler, a double wishbone front suspension, “Hofmeister kink”.
feedback is weightier for a more confidence- model variant – the first ever BMW i3s. 2018 BMW 740e for BMW i. The BMW 740e iPerformance, standard rear air suspension, and the award
inspiring feel. Pushing the gearshift over to Keeping with tradition, the 2018 BMW i3 The BMW eDrive drive system BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le winning 6-cylinder engine featuring BMW The front end: distinctive, eye-catching and
the left while in Drive engages Sequential models will also be available with a Range technology developed for BMW i cars has xDrive iPerformance can also be specified as TwinPower Turbo technology create a sporty powerful.
Shiftmatic, and lets drivers shift simulated Extender. By offering premium-quality, all- arrived in the new BMW 7 Series model an option with anti-dazzle BMW Laserlight, and dynamic experience. The all-new 2018 The large BMW kidney grille underlines
gears at their convenience. electric driving experience, meaning zero range in the shape of three plug-in hybrid which celebrated its world premiere in the BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo will be the muscular presence of the front end. The
emissions and performance, in combination luxury sedans. The trio source their power BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. available at showrooms in the fall starting at headlight housings extend all the way to
with the latest available connected from the myriad talents of a latest-generation Intelligent energy management optimises $69,700 plus $995 Destination and Handling. the kidneys, creating a continuous band that
2018 BMW i3s technology, both model variants represent the four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW the interplay of the combustion engine and accentuates the car’s width.
BMW is pleased to announce the latest future of urban mobility. TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric electric motor. The electric boost function Vehicle concept and design. Unparalleled The standard Icon Adaptive Full LED
BMW i3 including the first ever BMW The BMW i3 has been the top-selling motor. Together, they deliver a system output provides a noticeable increase in dynamic progressive appeal and practicality. Headlights feature hexagonal LED tubes for
i3s, as part of the BMW i portfolio which premium electric car in its class since of 240 kW/326 hp. The new BMW 740e vigour – expressed most prominently by The all-new BMW 6 Series Gran the daytime running lights that extend to
entails the most awarded models in the 2014 worldwide. It is not just the visionary iPerformance with standard wheelbase and the powertrain’s instantaneous responses Turismo design embodies a rigorous meet the kidney grille, reinforcing the broad
automotive history. The BMW i3 is the electric vehicles and inspirational design the new BMW 740Le iPerformance with – and combines with enhanced efficiency process of development which has elevated and dynamic presence of the front end.
bestselling compact battery-electric vehicle that help to make BMW i so popular, but long wheelbase capture the imagination with courtesy of the electric assist function and both the functional strengths of this

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radiator grille with a large Mercedes star economy—EPA estimated fuel economy is
as its centerpiece. Each of the radiator 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. More
grille designs lends the E- Class a distinct than 20 interior and exterior enhancements
character, offering a unique degree of separate it from the rest of the Passat lineup,
diversity that makes each model stand out. including standard LED headlights and
At the rear end, broad shoulders above taillights, R-line® bumpers, a red accent line
the rear wheel arches lend the E-Class through the honeycomb grille and red brake
its unmistakably muscular character. The calipers, reminiscent of the GTI, 19-inch
taillamps provide additional levels of detail aluminum alloy-wheels and black acents
with an appearance designers refer to as the inside and out. Starting MSRP for the Passat
“stardust effect.” Making its debut on the GT is $29,145.
E-Class, this available “stardust effect” is
created by innovative reflector technology
with a specially configured surface structure 2018 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SE
for the tail lights. The Volkswagen Passat is a midsize sedan
that is designed for the American lifestyle
First stage of AMG Performance for the and built in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-
E-Class: E43 Sedan art factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It
The AMG E43 Sedan delivers the brand’s features a winning combination of interior
hallmark Driving Performance with discrete and exterior design, advanced technology,
technology combined with a distinctive available driver assistance features, and a
design and everyday practicality. New powerful and highly efficient base engine.
hallmark Mercedes-Benz sedan proportions. turbochargers and software applications Redesigned in 2016 with fresh sheetmetal, of their surroundings, chassis systems that engaging driving experience through
2018 Mercedes AMG E43 Sedan The elongated hood coupled with a coupe- bump power output of the AMG- enhanced a revised interior and new connectivity and make the most of control in all conditions, the use of Active Rear Steer, Magnetic
For 2018, the world’s most intelligent esque roof flowing into a sensual, broad- 3.0L V6 biturbo engine to 396 hp. The available driver assistance systems, the and powertrains that reward with stirring Ride Control, all-wheel drive and three
sedan offers additional elements of luxury: shouldered tail end creates an exciting standard AMG Performance 4MATIC® four- Passat sees only relatively minor changes power on demand selectable drive modes – every wheel
two new wood trims with matching center silhouette. The powerfully extended vehicle wheel drive system in the E43 combines as of late. However, the trim structure has • Offered in CT6, Luxury, Premium Luxury steers, turns and is dampened
consoles, soft-close doors, illuminated door body is characterized by short overhangs, a optimal traction with high agility thanks to been repositioned, with driver assistance, and Platinum trims • Auto Vehicle Hold prevents forward/
sills with Mercedes-Benz lettering and long wheelbase, large wheels and taut, well- rear-biased torque distribution with a front- connectivity, and convenience features being • Three power-dense drivetrains: a 2.0L I-4 rearward vehicle creep when the driver’s
Active Multicontour Seats with a massage defined flanks displaying a fresh, stylish and to-rear ratio of 31:69 percent. The AMG- moved into lower trim lines, thus offering a Turbo, 3.6L V-6 and a 3.0L Twin Turbo foot is off the brake, reducing fatigue
function. The rear seat receives available dynamic interpretation of the feature line, all Enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic great value story. that offers an estimated 404 hp and 400 during heavy stop-and-go traffic and
Rear Seat Entertainment, Comfort Adapter of which allows the E-Class to deliver the transmission with shorter shift times, AMG The R-Line model takes a step up with lb-ft of torque improving vehicle control on steep grades
and 3-zone climate control. perfect take on the Mercedes- Benz design Sport Suspension based on AIR BODY features that include: Composition Media • Rear-wheel drive (2.0L Turbo) or all- • Standard Indirect Fire light-emitting diode
philosophy of “Sensual Purity.” CONTROL air suspension and direct touchscreen radio with USB connectivity, wheel drive (3.6L and 3.0L Twin Turbo); front lighting system offers more efficient
Powerful, coupe-esque design A muscular front end underlines the status steering ratio also deliver driving pleasure in voice control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio® available Active Chassis Package illumination and a distinctive appearance
The E-Class Sedan is sophisticated, to which the business-class sedan aspires, its purest form. The dynamic exterior design 3-month trial, and Volkswagen Car-Net® including Magnetic Ride Control, 20-inch • Large, 10.2-inch-diagonal Cadillac CUE
confidently stylish and sporty. Compared boasting a different look for each design and sporty interior underscore the kinship App-Connect technology; Forward Collision wheels and active rear steering (ARS) interface screen with 1280 x 720 HD
with its predecessor, its wheelbase has grown and equipment line. The Luxury version with the AMG family. Warning and Autonomous Emergency • One of the industry’s most advanced resolution and console mounted touchpad
by 2.6 inches (115.7 inches vs. 113.1 inches) features the classic Mercedes-Benz radiator Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor body structures – an aluminum-intensive • Platinum-exclusive rear seats offers
and its overall length by 1.7 inches (193.8 grille with the star on the hood, while the with Rear Traffic Alert; a power driver architecture incorporates 11 materials approximately 3.3 inches of adjustable
inches vs. 192.1 inches). Its design features Sport models are identifiable by the sport 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT seat; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; and • Active Chassis system delivers an seat travel, lumbar adjustment, tilting
Volkswagen of America, Inc., is pleased to heatable front seats. An available Lighting
announce that the 2018 Passat GT has been Package adds LED headlamps with LED
named as one of the CarGurus’® Top Cars DRLs and LED taillights.
For Your Commute. The list accompanies the The SE adds KESSY® keyless access
website’s Commuting Sentiment Survey and with push-button start and Blind Spot
offers vehicle recommendations for different Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, as well as
types of commutes around the country. an available Lighting Package that takes the
CarGurus recognized the 2018 R-Line lighting package features and adds
Volkswagen Passat GT as a great choice for foglights. The SE with Technology model,
a blend of high fuel economy along with available with either the 1.8T or VR6 engine,
the power to tackle frequent steep roads, as adds remote start, Park Distance Control
you might find in cities like Portland, San (Park Pilot), 18-inch aluminum-alloy
Diego, and Nashville. “With 280 horsepower, wheels, and LED headlamps and taillights.
its powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine has enough Pricing for the 2017 Volkswagen Passat with
power to keep commuters going on their standard 6-speed automatic transmission
daily drive,” says Matt Smith, Senior Editor starts at $22,440 (plus $820 destination).
at CarGurus.
The 2018 Passat GT features
Volkswagen’s 3.6-liter VR6® engine, which 2018 CR6 Platinum
produces 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft • Cadillac CT6 takes drivers to a higher
of torque, paired with a six-speed DSG® threshold of involvement, with
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cushions, massage feature, heating/cooling estimated 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of feature. Around the rear, a revised slim-
features and media controls torque mated to a six-speed manual or type high mount brake light and lower rear
• Rear Seat Package for Luxury and seven-speed DCT with paddle shifters bumper area with a new chrome accent
Premium Luxury models features two • Available HID headlights with differentiate the latest model.
10-inch retractable screens, with Blu-Ray dynamic bending light, door handle Inside the richly appointed and spacious
playback and HDMI and USB connectivity approach lights, LED DRL’s and Genesis G80 interior, the design aesthetic,
• OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot and taillights convenience features and functionality have
wireless phone charging • Standard 2.0L Atkinson cycle four- been improved. The front tray console,
• Quadzone climate system, which employs cylinder with an estimated 147 hp and analog clock and rear view mirror designs
a secondary full-HVAC system that allows 132 lb. ft. of torque (SE, SEL, Value have all been upgraded, while the front and
passengers to personalize temperature and and Limited trims) rear door premium audio speaker grille
airflow for each seating position • Available eight-inch Multimedia now features an upscale stainless aluminum
• Cadillac-exclusive Bose® Panaray® audio Navigation System and seven-inch finish. The driver’s gauge cluster now sports
system features 34 speakers for realistic Display Audio System with Android a new analog fuel meter instead of the
sound reproduction Auto and Apple CarPlay and Blue Link previous digital design. Android Auto® and
• Spacious interior with a generous 40.4 • Available Infinity premium audio Apple CarPlay® are now standard on all
inches of rear-seat legroom and segment- with eight speakers including center G80 models, while a second USB charging
best interior storage including a 2.2-liter channel & subwoofer with segment 1st port has been added to the front seat console
center console storage area Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology storage along with available Qi wireless
• Available segment 1st hands-free smart charging for added convenience. Additional
trunk release and dual USB enhancements have been included with the
2018 Hyundai Elantra • Available heated front & rear seats Lexicon® Premium audio system including
Elantra now has six different trims to fit and segment 1st Integrated Memory Quantum Logic® Surround and Clari-Fi™
every shopper’s personality and pocket book System (IMS) for driver ’s seat, music restoration technology, for an even
• SE, SEL and Value – well-equipped with outside mirrors and instrument panel better in-vehicle audio experience.
popular options at attractive price points illumination All Genesis G80 models come equipped
• Eco – EPA estimated 35 miles per gallon • America’s Best Warranty with a plethora of advanced safety
combined fuel economy rating using a technologies for superior passenger and
1.4L turbo GDI four-cylinder engine and vehicle protection. The 2018 Genesis G80
seven-speed DCT 2018 Genesis G80 further ups the ante for vehicle safety with
• Limited – surrounds drivers with leather, For 2018, the Genesis G80’s bold design the addition of Pedestrian Detection to the
advanced technology and class-leading is tastefully enhanced with an updated Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
safety features grille and lower bumper fascia along with system as well as Driver Attention Alert
• Sport – striking design upgrades available LED headlights featuring Dynamic as new no-cost standard safety features.
and exciting driving dynamics via an Bending Light for enhanced visibility. Additionally, an available 360 degree multi-
independent rear suspension Complementing the sleek and distinctive view camera system with four exterior
• Powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged exterior, the 2018 G80 features a striking cameras provides a clear view of outside
four-cylinder engine delivering an new 18-inch alloy wheel design as a standard surroundings. SG
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The broadest range of performance parts for the widest range of
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shoulder guides and accelerates the flow of

water from the longitudinal grooves into
the transverse grooves. The hydroplaning
prevention properties are retained, even as
the tire wears.

Comfortable and quiet driving

The Nokian WR G4 Silent Sidewall
Technology includes a tailored special
rubber compound between the sidewall
and tread which actively filters the sound
and vibration originating from the driving
surface, preventing the passage of sound
waves through the sidewall into the rim and
further into the passenger compartment.
A special clinch rubber compound was
also developed for the Nokian WR G4’s
bead area near the tire which effectively
minimizes interior noise in the vehicle by
damping the vibrations from the tire body.

All-Weather performance: Nokian WR G4

• Retains predictable grip all year round,
both on wet as well as on snowy roads
• Steers as precisely on dry or wet
highways, and rural or city roads
• Unique All-Weather Dual
Performance Compound
ensures excellent wear
resistance and fuel

Nokian Tyres Launches New All-Weather The safety properties of the Nokian WR with functional tread blocks and Blade
Performance Tire: Nokian Wr G4 G4 were fine-tuned at testing facilities Grooves efficiently routes rain, snow and
Combines High-Performance, All-Season around the globe. The unique slush-planning slush away from the contact surface. The
Handling and Reliable Winter Grip testing at Nokian Tyres’ White Hell proving sipes staggered at different angles provide
The versatile new Nokian WR G4, from ground allowed Nokian Tyres to improve the effective longitudinal grip and acceleration
the world’s northernmost tire manufacturer, slush properties of the tire. The exemplary grip on snow and the wide longitudinal
combines high-performance, all-season wet and dry road properties were refined on grooves offer lateral grip. The winter grip is
handling, plus reliable winter grip to make it test tracks in Germany and Spain while the further improved by the block pattern that
a true all-weather tire. Nokian Tyres’ fourth tread wear performance tests were completed is shaped on the inner shoulder side of the
generation all-weather product line builds in the United States. center rib. It is partially equipped with hinges
on the uncompromising performance of its and sipes and the small, heavily siped tread
predecessors with new innovations ensuring Reliable, care-free driving blocks are grooved so that every other sipe
performance in snow storms, slush, heavy The Nokian WR G4 steers as precisely as is attached on the left and every other on the
rain or sun-scorched asphalt. an all-season tire on dry or wet highways or right.
Wi t h a n e w A l l - We a t h e r D u a l in busy traffic. For winter driving, it has the The edges of the longitudinal grooves on
Performance Compound, the Nokian WR G4 Mountain Snow Flake designation, ensuring the Nokian WR G4, also have Snow Claws
features longer lasting tread life and draws predictable grip both in thick snow and slush. which improve longitudinal grip especially
inspiration from nature with its Centipede Additionally, the 3D locking sipes of the on snow. The precise design improves grip
Siping - jagged 3D sipes on the center rib tread blocks improve lateral stiffness. on snow, as well as the driving feel required
that resemble the legs of a centipede - which Maximum snow grip for cornering and lane changes. The tread
grip the surface to maximize biting edges The center area of the Nokian WR G4 blocks are also supported by strong Groove
while maintaining stable handling. is dominated by a sturdy longitudinal rib Lifts, which increase stiffness and improve
The size selection ranges from 14 to 19 consisting of tread blocks. The staggered handling.
inches and speed ratings from H up to V. 3-dimensional Centipede Siping offers
The full-size selection of this new premium maximum contact surface and works with Effective hydroplaning prevention
product will be available to consumers in full effect at different turning angles, The tire comes equipped with new Coanda
early 2018. increasing grip on snow and slush and Technology which combats the risk off
improving control. hydroplaning. The curved, ramp-like design
Tested for safety The inner shoulder’s fan-like rib pattern of the tread blocks on the inner and outer

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Slim-Fold Cook Station™

The Slim-Fold Cook Station™ is designed with our
patent-pending SLIM-FOLD Technology™. The Cook
Station sets up and breaks down in a flash with its hassle-
free one-piece design. It has an aluminum counter top,
a lower rack for storage and four plastic fold-out side
tables. The side tables have many features including
beverage holders, stem glass holders and hooks that
can be used as a garbage bag holder or to hang cooking

The frame is constructed of sturdy, powder-coated
steel and the counter top is made from heat-resistant
aluminum. Whether you’re camping, at a picnic or
enjoying a tailgate, the Slim-Fold Cook Station should be
on the list to bring. Folds flat and includes a carry handle
for transporting it to and from the fun!
• Folds flat for storage
• Easy to open, set up and close
• Four multi-use fold-out side tables – beverage, wine
glass, garbage bag, paper towel and utensil holder
(weight limit per table: 30 lb / 13.6 kg)
• Aluminum counter top (weight limit: 48 lb / 21.8 kg)
• Lower rack for storage/dry goods (weight limit: 35 lb
/ 15.9 kg)
• Powder-coated steel frame
• Open size: 20.9 x 52 x 32.3 in (53 x 132 x 82 cm)
• Folded size: 20.9 x 3.7 x 34.6 in (53 x 9.5 x 88 cm)
• Unit weight: 18.9 lb (8.6 kg)
• Limited lifetime warranty


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Industry News

Volkswagen to use Virtual Test Drives to Make New

Assistance Systems Production-Ready
In the future, Volkswagen intends to make Volkswagen is aiming for two main
new driver-assistance systems production- benefits with virtual validation. First,
ready even faster by using virtual validation. assistance systems can be trained
The assistance systems of the next generation continuously over days and weeks in any
will learn from virtually-generated driving scenario desired; this approach dramatically
situations. The brand expects this approach accelerates the learning speed of the systems
to make development processes faster and concerned. Second, Volkswagen also expects
more efficient than real-world testing. In the to be able to develop a rapidly-growing
long term, it is conceivable that millions of number of systems and networked vehicle
test miles required for validating automated functions to production maturity. To date,
driving could be completed in virtual assistance systems have been tested using
environments. Experts from Volkswagen are a hardware-based approach by connecting
already testing software developed in-house components to test rigs via data interfaces.
to simulate driving in a variety of driving As the number of networked functions
situations. This software will be used for grows, this means more and more hardware-
teaching assistance systems on the I.D. based tests are necessary. Virtual validation
model family. will reduce the volume required, as physical
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test rigs will no longer be essential. experts would be able to build up a virtual would further accelerate the development
High-performance software is essential library of driving situations which could be of production-ready automated driving
for the simulation of complex environments. stored as successful learning examples and functions.
This software — “SimFAS” — is being transferred directly to all new assistance In addition to virtual validation,
co-developed by experts from Group IT and systems. Volkswagen is examining the possibilities
Technical Development. In the long term, Volkswagen is already testing the of digitalization in other areas of product
they want to be able to generate any virtual software, and the first application simulates development. For example, Volkswagen
driving situation which may be required. thousands of individual Parking lots with engineers are working with the “virtual
A new assistance system will be freely definable parameters (architecture, concept car”—a virtual vehicle model that
connected to these virtual scenarios, and lane guidance, traffic, etc.). Parking lots are allows them to fully experience and interact
its sensors will process the virtual ambient regarded as an ideal example of complex with the exterior, interior, instruments, and
data in the same way as actual ambient environments which must be mastered by an multimedia systems, as well as modifying
conditions. The software will also visualize assistance system. This virtual parking lot them. This virtual model means that the
the virtual scenario via a 3-D graphic pilot is already being used for validating the number of costly physical prototypes can be
environment. The engineers will then be able assistance systems that will be featured on reduced.
to observe the behavior of assistance systems the I.D. model family. The digital solutions are being developed
precisely and to optimize the systems as In the long term, it is conceivable that by the Group IT Virtual Engineering
required. millions of test miles required for validating Lab. At the lab, IT specialists launch new
The experts from Volkswagen also want to automated driving could be completed in tools with the Technical Development
link this simulation platform to the Group IT virtual environments. The self-learning department of the Volkswagen brand. At the
cloud in order to benefit from its enormous systems of the vehicle — “artificial SimLAB,Technical Development focuses
computing capacity. Hundreds of driving intelligence” — would process this data in its expertise on the assessment of new
situations could then be learned by the same the same way as data from physical tests applications and the management of current
assistance system in parallel. In addition, the on proving grounds and public roads. This projects. SG

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