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CarProUSA Names 11 Best Texas Auto Roundup Interiors
   Published April 23, 2019
When you’re getting in and out of different vehicles a lot, as comes with being an automotive journalist, it can take a lot to wow you. But the following vehicles at this year’s 2019 Texas Auto Roundup did just that from the moment we stepped inside their stylish, comfortable and impressive confines.

Here is our list of the top 11 interiors out of 29 vehicles judged by members of the Texas Auto Writers Association. (For a list of overall winning vehicles by category click here.)

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Allergy Sufferers Remember To Change Your Cabin Air Filter
   Published April 22, 2019
The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding in a car unpleasant, particularly if you have allergies or other respiratory problems.

When To Replace Your Air FilterRecommendations on when it should be replaced vary by manufacturer — some say every 12,000 or 15,000 miles, others longer — and how  Read More
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Meguiars Essentials Pack Contest Winners Announced
   Published April 17, 2019
Many thanks to all who played our recent Facebook contest to win a nice pack of Meguiar’s car care products. Two weeks ago we had people guessing the final price of a classic 1970 Mustang at Mecum Auctions. Last week, we had you guessing at the gavel price of a Buick Grand National at Barrett-Jackson.  Read More
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New 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Performance Package Beefs Up Base Model
   Published April 17, 2019
Entry-level Mustang buyers looking for more performance are now in luck. Ford is introducing a new 2.3L EcoBoost High Performance Package for the base engine model.

2020 Mustang EcoBoost High Performance PackageBasically, if you check the box, the High Performance Package gets you a Ford Performance-tuned version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline engine borrowed from the Ford Focus RS. It’s good for a projected 330-horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, numbers that Ford says make it the most  Read More
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Top 25 Top-Selling Vehicles Year-To-Date
   Published April 17, 2019
With all the automakers reporting sales after the end of March, I can now accurately give you the 25 top-selling models in America across the board.

With the auto industry down 3% so far this year, there are not a lot of these vehicles that are up from Q1 2018, but as I’ve been telling you on the air, watch out for Ram Trucks. They are up 15% from a year ago, and for the first time in recent memory, Ram is outselling Silverado.

Here are your sales numbers, year-to-date, so far in  Read More
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17th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Recap
   Published April 17, 2019
Barrett-Jackson was once again the hub of the collector car hobby during the 17th Annual Palm Beach Auction, April 11-13, 2019. In a press release, Barrett-Jackson reports that in total, 632 vehicles sold for over $30.18 million with a 98.9 percent sell-through-rate, while 258 pieces of automobilia brought in nearly $500,000, and $550,000 was raised through the sale of three charity vehicles, bringing the total auction sales to more than $31.2 million.

This marks the company’s largest 3-day  Read More
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Top-Selling 20 SUVs Year-To-Date
   Published April 17, 2019
America continued its love affair with SUVs in the first quarter of 2019. Overall, SUV sales are up 26,000 units in the first three months of 2019, which is significant considering the red-hot SUV sales of 2018.

Your leader so far is Nissan Rogue, even though sales of it versus a year ago are down almost 20%. Chevy Equinox is not far behind, neither is the Honda CR-V and both of those are seeing sales increases this year. Bottom line, Rogue needs to be very careful if it plans to hold that  Read More
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2019 Chrysler Pacifica Wins Good Housekeeping Award
   Published April 17, 2019
The Chrysler Pacifica is winning awards left and right this month. It was just named Family Car of Texas by journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association, and also recently took home honors from Good Housekeeping.

The magazine, in partnership with Car and Driver, named the Chrysler Pacifica a 2019 Best New Car award winner in the Minivan category. Last year, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid took home the 2018 Best New Car in the Hybrid category.

"It's the ultimate family vehicle  Read More
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2020 Nissan Versa Debuts With New Looks, Upgraded Tech
   Published April 17, 2019
An all-new 2020 Nissan Versa is on the way. The automaker unveiled the third-generation subcompact sedan this week in front of concert-goers at a musical festival in Florida. The car made its debut in the middle of a pop-up performance from popular country music star Kane Brown at Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival.

RedesignThe Versa is the third of four Nissa vehicles to get a redesign in the past seven months. Nissan says the 2020 Versa has been redesigned inside and out and is packed  Read More
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Could VW Bring This Compact Pickup To The U.S.?
   Published April 17, 2019
Volkswagen is at this week’s New York International Auto Show, where Wednesday it showed off its Tarok pickup concept for the first time here in the US. VW first showed off the unibody pickup at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show last year and it is expected to enter production for the South American market in the near future.   Read More
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Dodge Introduces 2019 Challenger Scat Pack 1320
   Published April 17, 2019
The drag-oriented, street-legal 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is now National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) approved. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 was recently given the green light to be modified for competition in NHRA Stock and Super Stock Sportsman class competition for the 2019 season.

Named for the quarter-mile distance (1,320 feet), the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is powered by the 392 HEMI® V-8 engine that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.  Read More
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Lease a Tesla Model 3, But No Purchase Option
   Published April 17, 2019
You can now lease a Tesla Model 3, but there is a catch. You can’t buy it at the end of the lease. That’s because Tesla wants to use the vehicles for its own purposes once the lease is up.

Read all the details in Tesla’s statement posted on its blog late last week, along with some of my thoughts in BOLD:

TESLA BLOG STATEMENT“Model 3 has been the best-selling premium car in the U.S. for the past three quarters, (sorry, until you start reporting actual sales numbers, we’ll never really  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: Acura, Ford, Mazda
   Published April 17, 2019
ACURA
NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V256000

Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Potential Number of Units Affected 322,897

SummaryHonda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2014-2019 Acura MDX and 2017-2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid vehicles. Moisture may enter the tailgate lid lights, possibly causing a loss of the tailgate lid lights and the taillights.

RemedyAcura will notify owners, and dealers will modify the tailgate lid lights and  Read More
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Ford Dealerships Offer Yakima Adventure-Ready Ranger Accessories
   Published April 16, 2019
The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is already on the streets and if Ford has anything to say about it won’t stay on the pavement for long.

Ford is hoping buyers will enjoy the adventure-ready aspect of the midsize pickup by teaming up with Yakima, a company that makes adventure products. The idea is that buyers can customize their pickup with some of Yakima’s highest-selling accessories that are now available through Ford dealerships.

During a recent Ford media event in Dallas, Ford Ranger  Read More
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Federal Regulators to Investigate Hyundai, Kia Vehicle Fires
   Published April 10, 2019
After a number of recalls involving engine fire risks, nearly 3 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles are now officially the focus of investigations by U.S. federal auto regulators.

Feds Launch Kia, Vehicle Fire ProbeMonday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched two preliminary investigations following reports of more than 3,000 non-crash fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The fires, which did not occur in collision situations, are linked to more than 100 injuries and one  Read More
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17th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction Going On Now
   Published April 10, 2019
If you are headed to Barrett-Jackson’s 17th Annual Palm Beach Auction or plan to watch it, here is some useful information to help you navigate the world-famous automotive lifestyle event.
The event runs three days: Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13.Wednesday, April 10, is Preview Day, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for registered bidders and consignors only.More than 600 No Reserve cars and 300 automobilia items will be on display for all to see right from the beginning, with many still  Read More
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Employment Rises At New-Car Dealerships
   Published April 10, 2019
Employment and payroll at U.S. new-car dealerships continued to rise in 2018, according to the latest report released by the National Automobile Dealers Association.

In a press release, NADA reports that in 2018, the nation’s 16,753 franchised new-car dealerships employed 1,136,600 workers, up 0.5% from the previous year, according to NADA Data 2018.

“Direct employment at new-car dealerships once again topped 1.1 million employees at the end of 2018,” said NADA Senior Economist Patrick  Read More
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2019 Corvette Grand Sport To Pace 103rd Indy 500
   Published April 10, 2019
A 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will serve as the Official Pace Car for the 2019 Indianapolis 500, leading 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26 for the 103rd running of the legendary race.

It’s a beauty, too, in Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat with a GM Design Indy 500 decal badge along with full-length racing blade silver dual stripes. (Let’s just hope GM President Mark Ruess isn’t driving it. If you don’t recall the story from last year’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Indy Car race, click  Read More
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55 Percent Of Drivers Admit to Checking Social Media Behind the Wheel, Study Finds
   Published April 10, 2019
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, a time to highlight the very real dangers of driving distracted on our nation’s roads.

The first thing we all tend to think of when we think of distracted driving is texting or talking on a cellphone, but it can also mean looking for a radio station or engaging in various systems of your car’s infotainment system or things like putting on makeup, eating, or talking with other people in the car.

All of the above can distract a driver from his  Read More
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All-New 2020 Ford Escape Lineup Includes Plug-In Hybrid
   Published April 10, 2019
Ford is launching an all-new Escape. The 2020 range is completely revamped and includes not one but two new hybrids, one of them a plug-in.

Highlights
The Escape debuts Ford’s new sliding second-row seats. Ford says they give you best-in-class second-row legroom, plus as much as 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
New drive modes as well as Ford’s Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technology.
Other available features include a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, a first-for-Ford in North  Read More