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

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  • Goss’ Garage: Track Prep Your Car
    <p>Lots of folks like to take their daily driver and experience a track day now and again. Well here to give us some pointers on what you should be doing to prep it, we have Rick Robinson from American High Performance in Lorton, Virginia. Rick, welcome back to Goss&rsquo; Garage.</p> <p><strong>Rick</strong>: Thank you, Pat.</p> <p><strong>PAT GOSS</strong>: Alright, what are some of the things that we should do if we want to experience a track?</p> <p><strong>RICK ROBINSON</strong>: Well, the first to think about is safety. You don&rsquo;t want all the kid&rsquo;s toys floating around in the back seat while you&rsquo;re out there on the track. If we have what we call an off track excursion, they become missiles flying around in the cockpit.</p> <p><strong>PAT GOSS</strong>: Good point.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="170" src="/images/goss_garage/3630_goss_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />RICK ROBINSON</strong>: You want a fire extinguisher in there in case that you happen to have a fire. So think about safety, and then the primary thing in road racing is suspension and brakes. Power is nice to have, suspension and brakes is what&rsquo;s gonna really win the race for you and allow you to get through those turns as fast as possible. The stock suspension that most cars come with, this is an example of what was in this car. It&rsquo;s a coil-over style of suspension, but it&rsquo;s fixed geometry. And it&rsquo;s optimized for driving around on the road, not for a track. An adjustable coil-over suspension like we put in this car allows you to adjust, not only the spring rate by compressing the spring a little further, but also raise and lower the car. Center of gravity is important to handling on the track. Get it a low as you can. But then the coil-over allows you to raise it back up for driving around on the street.</p> <p><strong>PAT GOSS</strong>: Okay, what about sway bars?</p> <p><strong>RICK ROBINSON</strong>: Sway bars help stiffen the roll rate in a car. You&rsquo;ve seen cars, older cars as they go through a turn, they&rsquo;re leaning way over. That&rsquo;s not advantageous to grip on the tires. You wanna keep that weight distributed on all four tires as much as we can. And a big heavy roll bar like that is going to help keep the car level.</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="173" src="/images/goss_garage/3630_goss_3.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />PAT GOSS</strong>: Now here we have a tower brace on this Mustang GT350. Beneficial?</p> <p><strong>RICK ROBINSON</strong>: Absolutely. Stiffness in the body of a car is important, as well. If the body&rsquo;s twisting, it&rsquo;s changing the geometry of the suspension. So we wanna stop that as much as we can. This ties the two strut towers together and helps stiffen the front end up a lot.</p> <p><strong>PAT GOSS</strong>: Alright, now much of this does not apply to drag racing. That&rsquo;s a whole different&hellip;</p> <p><strong>RICK ROBINSON</strong>: Whole different animal. People like to come ask us if I can set up a car for both. And the answer is no. A drag race car is all about traction on the rear tires. So I need weight transfer to the rear. So a very low shock rate on the back to get it to squat. A very low extension rate on the front so I can get the front end to rise and get the weight back to the back. Weight distribution in a car is also different for drag racing again trying to get weight to the rear not optimally distributed through the car.</p> <p><strong>PAT GOSS</strong>: Rick Thank you, and if you have a question of a comment how about dropping me a line right here at <em>MotorWeek</em>.</p>
  • FYI: Car Vending Machine
    <p><img class="img_left" height="168" src="/images/fyi/3630_fyi_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />The idea of internet based, &ldquo;no-dealership&rdquo; new car buying has been around for quite a while, although often state laws make it less than a reality. Still, most new car dealers will negotiate prices on the web. But, when it comes to buying used cars, the laws are a lot looser. And, one company has taken the unusual step of dispensing cars from what looks like a giant vending machine. So our FYI reporter Lauren Morrison had some spare change in her pocket, and headed off to Nashville, Tennessee to see how it really works.</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: Sure, chips are nice&hellip;But something much better, and much bigger, comes out of this vending machine.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>JONATHAN GREER:</strong> &ldquo;I think that what car buying has never been before, it is now is an experience.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: Online used car dealer Carvana has been around since 2013....but with this glass tower automated dispenser in Nashville, Tennessee &hellip;and several others like it across the country&hellip;.they&rsquo;re changing the car buying game one coin at a time.</p> <p><strong>JONATHAN GREER</strong>: &ldquo;I think that customers are really drawn to that and are really looking for an experience that&rsquo;s really fun, easy, and fast.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_right" height="181" src="/images/fyi/3630_fyi_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />36LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: No trip to the dealership or pushy sales person&hellip;business begins here on Carvana&rsquo;s website.</p> <p><strong>JONATHAN GREER</strong>: We have over 7500 vehicles on the website and they search like they would on any other website. They can take a 360-degree tour of the interior/exterior. We highlight the top imperfections on the vehicle. We want to make sure the customer has a really good understanding of what imperfections our used cars have.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: The company has found customers in people who have embraced the &ldquo;ditch the dealership&rdquo; mentality&hellip; like Lisa Hogan, who&rsquo;s family recently bought a 2014 Honda Civic using Carvana.</p> <p><strong>LISA HOGAN</strong>: &ldquo;The great thing about it was, we physically bought this car from our house. I was in my pajamas.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: While you can choose to have your car delivered right to your home, if you do that, you miss out on all the vending fun!</p> <p><strong>JONATHAN GREER</strong>: &ldquo;We have people that show up and say, What is this? What is going on here? Tell us a little bit about it. What do you do? And those are fun. We love interacting with those customers and telling them about what we do and it gets them excited.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><img class="img_left" height="168" src="/images/fyi/3630_fyi_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: &ldquo;This 5 story tall vending machine can hold 18 cars and inside, you&rsquo;ll find just about every make and model.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: After buying your car online, it&rsquo;s stored in the vending machine and awaits your arrival. Carvana will even throw in a 200-dollar flight voucher to get you here&hellip;and customers come from far and wide for the experience.</p> <p><strong>JONATHAN GREER</strong>: &ldquo;Seattle, Washington. Somebody flew all the way here from Seattle to get a Toyota Prius.</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: Just like dropping change into a vending machine to snag a snickers&hellip;.</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: &ldquo;This vending machine takes coins too!&rdquo; The clink of the coin starts the vending process.</p> <p><strong><strong><img class="img_right" height="166" src="/images/fyi/3630_fyi_4.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" /></strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: The automated robotic system kicks into gear and retrieves the car from the tower&hellip;sends it down the machine&hellip;and into a bay for a waiting customer.</p> <p>While the Carvana concept is cool, if you&rsquo;re like me, you&rsquo;d never buy a used car without a test drive, and a once over by your car care-giver. Well here, rather than just a trip around the block, you have a full 7 days to check it out. Not happy? Back in the vending machine it goes for a full refund.</p> <p><strong>JONATHAN GREER</strong>: &ldquo;We feel like you can&rsquo;t really know if you want a car with a 10-minute test drive. We want to make sure you can go put your groceries in it, you know, put your car seats in it for your children and see what it&rsquo;s like to live in the car day in and day out.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: The company claims an average savings of 14-hundred dollars compared to Kelly Blue Book prices&hellip;</p> <p><strong>JONATHAN GREER</strong>: &ldquo;Our business model allows us to save money for the customers and we pass that along in the sticker price of the vehicles.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>LAUREN MORRISON</strong>: Any way you spin it, Carvana&rsquo;s vending machine is shaking up the used car business&hellip;.but you can&rsquo;t shake a free car out of it. Trust me&hellip;I tried.</p>
  • Green Motoring: Clean Cities: Texas
    <p><img class="img_left" height="150" src="/images/green_motoring/3630_clean_cities_1.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Our success story this week takes us to Texas&hellip;where everything is bigger&hellip;including the boom for alternative fuels.</p> <p>Freedom CNG opened their first station in 2012, and today has 4 stations across the state.</p> <p>With help from the Houston-Galveston clean cities coalition, the company was able to secure federal funds to help install this compressed natural gas re-fueler right across the street from the Houston distributing company.</p> <p>The beverage wholesaler&rsquo;s CNG fleet includes everything from light duty vans to big rigs, all displacing over 700,000 gallons of diesel per year.</p> <p><strong>KENNETH GARLAND</strong>: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a better fueling experience. They don&rsquo;t smell like diesel. The tractors are quieter. It&rsquo;s been a positive effect on our driver&rsquo;s and recruiting.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>JOHN DAVIS</strong>: With HDC&rsquo;s extensive CNG fleet reducing emissions like nitrogen oxides, it&rsquo;s clearer skies ahead for the lone star state.</p> <p>For more information, please visit the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/">Clean Cities</a> website. You can also view recent segments by <a href="http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/videos/">clicking here</a>.</p>
  • Road Tests: 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 3.8 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 565</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 467 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 3.0 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 11.2 seconds @ 125 mph</p> <p><span>EPA:</span> 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway</p> <p>Though the Nissan GT-R has been in almost a constant state of improvement since it arrived for 2009, for 2017 it gets its most significant update yet.&nbsp;</p> <p>The GT-R has always been kind of an outlier in this kinder and gentler supercar realm we live in today; exhibiting drivetrain clunks, a hot cabin, and a host of unique sounds and smells as you&rsquo;re going Godzilla on the pavement. Whether you look at them as design flaws or value-added character, says a lot about your love for mechanical things. But now the GT-R is somewhat trying to change with the times.&nbsp;</p> <p>Starting outside, there&rsquo;s a new face, in which Nissan insisted on injecting more of a V-motion theme. Thankfully, it&rsquo;s fairly subdued with the &ldquo;big mouth carp&rdquo; look still mostly intact.</p> <p>Changes are a little more overt in the rear, with the tall chunky real estate getting segmented more drastically with sharper lines, a few more creases, and new air vents nestled next to the exhaust tips.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="219" src="/images/road_tests/2017_nissan_GTR_track_edition_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Body reinforcements and additional sound deadening materials have been added, which of course increases weight. So there&rsquo;s a modest boost in power to compensate. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 now puts out 565-ponies&hellip;up 20&hellip;and 467 lb-ft. of torque&hellip;up 4&hellip;and naturally to all four wheels.&nbsp;</p> <p>Transmission duties are still performed by a 6-speed DCT, but the programming has been changed for smoother operation; great I guess, if you&rsquo;re on your way to the golf course.&nbsp;</p> <p>Further damping the viciousness, are comfier seats, a new leather instrument panel cover, and an updated dash that eliminates a number of the switches found on the center stack; aided by a larger 8-inch touchscreen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Things are still relatively old school in appearance and ability, and the gauges are crude compared to the virtual TFT panels of most current high performance rides.</p> <p>All has worked together to make the new GT-R a little more user friendly, but not dumbed down.&nbsp;</p> <p>Anything over 4,000 RPM still results in a rush of power that must be experienced to be appreciated. We&rsquo;re talking 3.0-second 0-60s and 11.2-second &frac14;-miles at 125 miles-per-hour.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="200" src="/images/road_tests/2017_nissan_GTR_track_edition_4.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Like an extreme roller-coaster, it&rsquo;s a thrill ride that&rsquo;ll have you exhilarated, sometimes frightened, and when it&rsquo;s all over wanting to do it again.&nbsp;</p> <p>One bad move as far as we&rsquo;re concerned, is Nissan moving the shifter paddles from the column to the wheel. Before you always knew where they were.&nbsp;</p> <p>But, all is forgiven once out on the track, where despite the softer image, it still deals out serious hands of performance; shortening straights and sticking to corners with the best of them; blasting out of them like nothing else. And you can still hear plenty of engine audio and turbo spinning here.</p> <p>This year also brings about a new Track Edition GT-R, which is essentially NISMO suspension without the NISMO engine upgrade. So it handles better, and still feels incredibly fast.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here through the 9 high-speed turns of Georgia&rsquo;s Roebling Road Raceway, it takes a lap or two for the tires to fully warm up; but when they do, there is lots of grip for exploiting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thankfully, all in all, this GT-R Track Edition still feels like some kind of Frankenstein stitched together of American muscle car, Asian economy car, and European exotic.</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="152" src="/images/road_tests/2017_nissan_GTR_track_edition_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />But is it still a little clunky and awkward on the street? Yep, but truth be told we wouldn&rsquo;t have it any other way. It&rsquo;s a character thing!</p> <p>Second question, are the changes enough to draw in a lot more converts? Doubtful. More likely they are just what was needed to give current owners a reason to upgrade, and put a few more &ldquo;gently used&rdquo; GT-Rs on Ebay.</p> <p>Government Fuel Economy Ratings are 16-City, 22-Highway, and 18-Combined.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Track Edition slides nicely in between the base Premium and NISMO GT-Rs at about $129,585.</p> <p>The 2017 Nissan GT-R has certainly aged, and perhaps a little more gracefully now than before. But happily, with this new Track Edition it&rsquo;s still the brutish track star that we remember, and still one of the most unique exotic rides out there. And it looks like it will stay that way for years to come.&nbsp;</p>
  • Road Tests: 2017 Honda CR-V
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 1.5 liter / 2.4 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 190 / 184</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 179 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 7.5 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 16.0 seconds @ 89 mph</p> <p><span>EPA:</span> 27 mpg city / 33 mpg highway</p> <p><span>Energy Impact:</span> 11.4 barrels of oil/yr</p> <p><span>CO2 Emissions:</span> 5.0 tons/yr</p> <p>Honda&rsquo;s brand of practicality is certainly well known, and the compact CR-V crossover has been a core part of that story for 20-years now. Still, like the rest of the things on this earth, the CR-V must evolve if it wants to keep roaming our roads. Let&rsquo;s see how this 5th generation CR-V has changed with the times.&nbsp;</p> <p>While evolution is necessary for survival, it can still be a scary proposition. And that brings us to the 2017 Honda CR-V.&nbsp;</p> <p>Where changes include first time turbo power, though it&rsquo;s a small 1.5-liter with 190-horsepower that we&rsquo;re talking about here. The I4&rsquo;s 179 lb-ft. of torque makes it feel plenty adequate on daily commutes, a bit less so when fully loaded climbing hills.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s still the peppier of the two available engines, the other being a carryover 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated 184&ndash;horsepower I4 that&rsquo;s offered now only in base LX.</p> <p>Both are CVT-equipped, and that means sometimes excessive engine noise that we&rsquo;re still getting used to in a Honda product. No complaints on its performance however, as it&rsquo;s one of the best CVTs out there.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="239" src="/images/road_tests/2017_honda_CRV_2.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />The reving racket is most noticeable, because the rest of the interior experience is an extremely quiet one.&nbsp;</p> <p>Front-wheel-drive remains standard, with all-wheel-drive a $1,300 option.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the road, the new Civic-based chassis delivers a good deal of confidence; as it remains flat under hard cornering, yet still offers a smooth, stable ride.</p> <p>Inside and out, everything looks and feels more substantial than previous CR-Vs; and while visibility was already good, it has improved with slimmer A-pillars.</p> <p>Our example is of course top level Touring trim and everything inside is clean, modern, and upscale in appearance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Typical for Honda, no actual gauges in the cluster; just a digital speed readout and virtual tack. But it passes our eye test, being easy to read at a quick glance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Seat comfort wasn&rsquo;t as great as we&rsquo;d like, and the seat bottoms remain too short; but neither are deal-breakers.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="190" src="/images/road_tests/2017_honda_CRV_3.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />And we can&rsquo;t thank Honda enough for bringing back an honest to goodness radio volume knob, while ditching their awkward center stack dual screen setup.</p> <p>New this year is an available Hands Free Access Power Tailgate. Like others it opens the hatch with a quick sweep of the foot beneath the bumper.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once opened, there&rsquo;s enough room back here to easily incur extra baggage fees at the airport. Volume is 39.2 cubic-ft. in the cargo area, and 75.8 cubic-ft. with the seat backs folded. That&rsquo;s more than Acura&rsquo;s midsize MDX.&nbsp;</p> <p>Safety systems are comprehensive, with much-appreciated blind spot monitoring and Collision Mitigation Braking standard on all but the base LX.&nbsp;</p> <p>Physically larger than last generation, with 1.6-additional inches of wheelbase, the CR-V certainly has more visual presence than before.&nbsp;</p> <p>Highlighting the back end are wing-shaped LED lights and dual exhaust tips.</p> <p>While there is adequate power for the street; for the test track, our all-wheel-drive CR-V felt weak off the line, delivering us to 60 in a mediocre 7.5&ndash;seconds.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="146" src="/images/road_tests/2017_honda_CRV_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Once the turbos, engine RPM, and noise all get cranking; things improve greatly, as we buzzed our way through the &frac14;-mile in 16.0&ndash;seconds at 89 miles-per-hour.</p> <p>Handling is where this latest CR-V&rsquo;s light shines the brightest.&nbsp; It felt almost athletic through the cones; with no top heavy feel, very little understeer, and quick steering.</p> <p>With a 108-foot average stopping distance from 60, braking performance was equally impressive.</p> <p>Government Fuel Economy Ratings are another strong point, 27-City, 33-Highway, and 29-Combined; with our average at the low end at 27.0 miles-per-gallon of Regular grade.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Energy Impact Score is average at 11.4-barrels of yearly oil use, combined with 5.0-tons of CO2 emissions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Typical for the segment, base pricing starts in the mid-20&rsquo;s, at $24,985 for the LX; Touring trim begins at $33,335.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>So, overall, just what do we think of the 2017 Honda CR-V? Well, the fact we picked it as our Drivers&rsquo; Choice Best Small Utility is pretty self-explanatory.</p> <p>So, we&rsquo;re not going out on a limb by forecasting that Honda will sell a lot of the new CR-Vs. Like the Civic, its formula of simple, inexpensive, practical, reliable transportation, that&rsquo;s suitable for both young and old, continues on; only now with more style, more performance, and thus more appeal, to make even more CR-V fans.&nbsp;</p>
  • Podcasts: 2017 Dodge Viper VooDoo II, 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, 2017 Jeep Compass, 2017 Kia Niro
    <p><a href="http://www.motorweek.org/podcasts/Motorweek_Podcast__158.mp3">Podcast #158</a></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ac5045e9-d21d-9fe8-03e9-a5051b5b409b"><span>In Podcast 158, John Davis and the MotorWeek gang get you up to speed on one of the last Doge Vipers ever: the VooDoo II. Then it&rsquo;s a a few laps in the Nissan GT-R Track Edition. And some first impressions on the new Jeep Compass, and Kia Niro.The lightning round focuses on what a &ldquo;utility&rdquo; is anymore . And a viewer question on center consoles. Panelists include Writer/Producer Brian Robinson, Road Test Producer Ben Davis, Assistant Producer Greg Carloss, and Writer Garick Zikan.</span></span></p>
  • This Just In: New Nissan &amp; Uber Resumes Self-Driving
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">Forget about what we told you yesterday, as it looks like Uber&rsquo;s self-driving cars are back on the road.&nbsp; After temporarily suspending its pilot program because of a collision in Tempe, Arizona&nbsp;on Friday, an Uber spokesperson told <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-tech-crash-idUSKBN16Y1WB">Reuters</a> the company finished a &ldquo;brief investigation and cleared its autonomous cars to resume driving&rdquo;.&nbsp; Hmmm, maybe robots really are better drivers than humans after all.&nbsp; So, Uber will continue conducting its self-driving pilot program in Tempe, Arizona, San Francisco, California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Info continues to trickle in from the upcoming 2017 New York International Auto Show, as Nissan plans a North American debut of a limited production GT-R Track Edition.&nbsp;But why wait for that, we&rsquo;ll actually have a full track test of the Track Edition in this weekend&rsquo;s show!&nbsp; Be sure to tune in for that, as well as keep an eye on this space for more New York Auto Show news.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">.<img height="569" src="/images/2017_Nissan_GT_R_Track_Edition_05.jpg" width="853" /></h4> <h4><img height="569" src="/images/2017_Nissan_GT_R_Track_Edition_16.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="853" /></h4>
  • This Just In: Uber Accident, Air Pollution Debate, Toyota Debuts
    <h4 style="text-align: center;">The <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/uber-supends-self-driving-vehicle-program-following-arizona-accident/">PBS News Hour</a> is reporting a self-driven Uber Volvo SUV was involved in a collision in Tempe, Arizona&nbsp;on Friday.&nbsp; According to police, it was uncertain if the person behind the wheel of the Volvo was in control of the vehicle or not when the incident occurred.&nbsp; But the report also states the Volvo was not at fault; rather the driver of the other vehicle failed to yield right-of-way.&nbsp; Regardless, it looks like Uber has put the brakes on its self-driving vehicle program, which began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last year &hellip;at least for now.&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">California, and the 12 states that follow the California Air Resources Board&rsquo;s regulations, are moving ahead with greenhouse gas emission standards adopted in 2012 that affect cars and light trucks sold through 2025.&nbsp; This coming on the heels of the Trump administration&rsquo;s recent announcement that it intends to reconsider the previous standards established by the EPA for 2022-2025 model years.&nbsp; It looks like there&rsquo;s yet another battle brewing in our Nation&rsquo;s Capital.&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img src="/images/header_organization.png" />&nbsp;</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;">Can&rsquo;t wait for the New York International Auto Show? Neither can we.&nbsp; So, here&rsquo;s an early glimpse at a pair of debuts we expect to see from Toyota, an all-new Sienna minivan and Yaris Hatchback.&nbsp; Stay tuned, as of course MotorWeek will be at the show to bring you all the world debuts and hopefully a few wild and crazy concepts as well.</h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img src="/images/2018_Toyota_Yaris_01_12E90E8BEDC710042B70543CFDC7B82C262CF824.jpg" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><img src="/images/2018_Toyota_Sienna_Ltd_01_C1ABFA67F4219FD2390D787C937B1567AB2BB58B.jpg" /></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"></h4>
  • This Just In: Big Rig Safety, Data Deal, More Demon Reveal
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