I may have driven from Crested Butte, Colo., back to Portland in a Kia Stinger, but that's not how I got to the snow-encrusted mountain town wedged deep in the middle of the Rockies. Nope, I got there the "quick" way via Dog Friendly Airlines, a two-hour stop in San Francisco, a landing at Montrose airport and a two-hour drive in the 2019 Kia Sorento. That, plus a brief jaunt around Crested Butte would be the extent of my seat time in the revised-for-2019 family crossover, but it was enough to shine a light on what's changed (not a lot) and remind that this is still a worthwhile alternative to a pair of midsize SUV segments. Ah, they actually changed it? Sure did! It takes looking quite closely at side-by-side photos, but lo-and-behold, there were subtle styling changes made for the 2019 Sorento. The headlight clusters were rearranged so that the LED turn signal strip is now below the headlight elements rather than above them. Below, there are still four LED running lights (still found … [Read more...] about 2019 Kia Sorento SX-L V6 Quick Spin: A handsome refresh
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Electrification is a popular buzz word among automakers these days, which isn’t much of a surprise considering regulators are pushing for more demanding emission standards. Look around and you’ll find a selection of cars featuring an electric motor and battery integrated into their powertrains. Of the variety of systems (mild hybrid, range extender hybrid, etc.), the plug-in hybrid has proven to be a logical compromise for most companies. Volvo has its Twin Engine-equipped models, BMW has its range of iPerformance cars and Mercedes-Benz sells its C-Class and E-Class with the ‘e’ suffix at the end. Another carmaker that is embracing the technology is MINI – the F60 MINI Cooper S E Countryman All4 representing the tip of its electrification spear. A first for the British premium brand, the plug-in hybrid Countryman serves not only to showcase the technology that powers it, but also as a statement that an electrified MINI isn’t compromised in its … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: F60 MINI Cooper S E Countryman All4 PHEV
January 19, 2018 by Media press release Leave a Comment Seven vehicle manufacturers moved closer today to winning the ultimate accolades of 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. Their wins in 14 different categories were announced during media day of the Montreal International Auto Show / Salon de l’Auto. The big winners were Mazda and Jaguar Land Rover, with three wins each. Honda/Acura, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won two categories each. Category winners were chosen by nearly 100 voting members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, who assessed the vehicles throughout the year by driving them and testing them in a variety of conditions. They were scored anonymously on many different factors, including performance, features, technology, design, fuel consumption and value for money, and the highest scorers in each category were declared the winners. “Our voting policy was changed this year to make it more … [Read more...] about AJAC announces category winners for 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year
By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. So, here we are in the Motor City, still one of the most vibrant technical centers in the United States and the world – much to Silicon Valley’s chagrin – and the unquestioned capital of the U.S. auto industry. A region that is seeing an infusion of new technical investment unprecedented in its history from companies around the world. A region anchored by Detroit, the city that is undergoing a much-touted renaissance – albeit a selectively intermittent one – that aims to transform a town long written off as “a wasteland of unfortunates” by the coastal elite into an urban center of vibrancy and elusive hipness. How could this momentum be derailed? How could this calculated rejuvenation fail? What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, reality has a way of rearing its ugly head around here in sobering ways. The renaissance of this city is intermittent, at best; it’s a top-down fraud emphasizing the … [Read more...] about ON THE EVE OF THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW, THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW FADES TO BLACK.
Mercedes-Benz is continuing its slow trickle of the refreshed C-Class range with the most powerful of the lot, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63, which comes in sedan, coupe, cabriolet and estate body styles. First things first, the M177 4.0 litre biturbo V8 continues to be of service here, churning 503 hp (510 PS) and 700 Nm in S guise, while it is 469 hp (476 PS) and 650 Nm for non-S models. However, a new AMG Speedshift MCT 9G nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous seven-speed unit, with drive going to the rear wheels. In terms of 0-100 km/h times, the more powerful models are obviously superior to the non-S cars, with the coupe being quickest of the bunch, taking just 3.9 seconds complete the feat. For the truly analytical, note that no more than three tenths of a second (0.3 seconds) separates the century sprint times between all C 63 models. All non-S models will hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h, while the sedan and coupe S models are capable of doing … [Read more...] about Mercedes-AMG C63 facelift debuts with new 9G auto