Its been a busy week here at Automotive.com, and there’s a good chance you missed some of it. So to help out, we’ve compiled our top five stories, one from each day, to help you stay on top of what’s going on in the automotive world.
Monday, January 23
The latest Buick Enclave and its platform sibling, the GMC Acadia were caught snooping around in camo earlier this week. While little detail is known about them, photographers at the scene noted that the Buick appears to be receiving a larger “waterfall” grille. The Enclave appears to continue its use of curvy sheet metal while the Acadia will keep its boxy profile. The rear-end on each appears to also have received a “face-lift” of sorts as the taillights have been stretched out and the license plate holder has slid down from the liftgate down to the rear bumper. While it’s all guess to what could be under the hood rumors are pointing to anything from the existing V-6 to a turbocharged four-cylinder. Read on here for the full story.
Tuesday, January 24
Winter is a time when many go off to warmer places, but others embrace it and go play in the snow. If you fit into the latter category then we compiled a list of the top five vehicles we thought were best suited for a weekend getaway to a favorite mountain. (We know, a top five list within a top five list, very meta.) We evaluated five vehicles on their capability of handling the snow while still being able to fit you and all your family or friends and ski equipment. All vehicles had to have four- or all-wheel drive and the more space the better in this lists’ case. We won’t spoil it and tell you the winner here but we will if you read on here.
Wednesday, January 25
It’s no surprise that the Chevrolet Volt has come under intense scrutiny since one caught on fire after being crash tested by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. On Wednesday, General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson went before a U.S. House Subcomittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Spending to forcefully defend his company’s pride and joy. While an investigation by the NHTSA was recently closed, the subcommittee still needed answers. Akerson came back with the multiple awards the Volt has earned over its short lifetime and even went as far as to call the hybrid a “political punching bag.” Want to know what else happened? Read on here.
Thursday, January 26
Ever feel like your vehicle just isn’t getting the EPA rated fuel mileage it’s suppose to? Well most of the time being a few mpg off the actual rating can be attributed to driving conditions or the driver, but when your vehicle is rated at 50 mpg and you’re only getting 29, more likely than not you have a problem. This was the case for Heather Peters and her 2006 Honda Civic hybrid, but rather than take a settlement in a class action lawsuit, she took her case directly to the automaker in small claims court. Strangely, it’s as though Honda didn’t taking the case seriously, ignoring subpoenas and improperly submitting testimonials from happy customers, causing them to be dismissed. Peters, a former lawyer herself, is hopeful for a favorable outcome as she waits for the court’s decision. Stay tuned to Automotive.com’s exclusive coverage of the story which you can read here and here.
Friday, January 27
What better way than to wind down a long week, with a video showing off Lexus’ latest supercar. Lined with details inspired by a tree leaf and a military fighter jet, the Lexus LF-LC makes automotive media, enthusiasts, and consumers alike drool. The two minute and sixteen second video shows off an interior that matches the head-turning exterior of the LF-LC. Could this be the next Supra? There’s not much else to say about it, you just need to watch the video. You can do so here.
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