The Weekly Driver https://theweeklydriver.com Automotive Industry News and New Car Reviews Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:47:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 48979754 2017 Kia Niro: New compact SUV redefines hybrid https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/2017-kia-niro-new-compact-suv-redefines-hybrid/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/2017-kia-niro-new-compact-suv-redefines-hybrid/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:47:03 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28082

The 2017 Kia Niro is new in the South Korean manufacturer’s lineup. It’s a sub-compact hybrid utility vehicle that looks more like a handsome, streamlined wagon. And it performs well enough to earn the loose translation of its name — strength. Unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the Kia Niro uses a 1.6-liter hybrid-electric […]

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The Weekly Driver Newsletter, Volume 1, #1 https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/weekly-driver-newsletter-volume-1-1/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/weekly-driver-newsletter-volume-1-1/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:33:10 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28075

PUBLISHER’S STARTING LINE Since TheWeeklyDriver.com debuted in 2004, the repeated delays and controversy surrounding the three-wheel Elio vehicle has attracted more interest than any other topic. The innovative Tesla has changed the auto industry. Test drives and reviews of a Bentley sedan and SUV were special experiences. Driving a Rolls-Royce for a day in the […]

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The Quail: A Carmel car show with prestige, civility https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/quail-carmel-car-show-prestige-civility/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/quail-carmel-car-show-prestige-civility/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:32:53 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28068

Monterey Auto Week has something for every enthusiast. High-end auctions throughout the Monterey Peninsula attract wealthy silent bidders from far-flung countries. The Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach serves appropriately as a grand finale with its rarities and fanfare. The Concours on the Avenue in Carmel and the Little Car Show in Pacific Grove are free. […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime named Green Car of the Year https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/2017-toyota-prius-prime-named-green-car-year/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/2017-toyota-prius-prime-named-green-car-year/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:36:01 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28059

For the second straight year, Toyota has been awarded World Green Car honors at the New York International Auto Show. The Toyota Prius Prime was named this year’s winner after its sibling, the Toyota Mirai, earned the award last year. The Prius Prime was chosen from an initial entry list of 12 new vehicles from […]

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Chevrolet Colorado top prize in earthquake charity auction https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/chevrolet-colorado-top-prize-earthquake-charity-auction/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/chevrolet-colorado-top-prize-earthquake-charity-auction/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:56:36 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28053

How does a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado filled with earthquake supplies sound? That’s the grand prize among dozens available in the sixth annual California Earthquake Authority-sponsored auction. The California Earthquake Authority and iHeartMedia are collaborating in the auction to raise funds for American Red Cross disaster-preparedness and relief efforts in California. The 2017 Get Prepared, California! […]

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Nissan goes to the dogs with luxury, safety plushness https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/nissan-goes-to-the-dogs-with-luxury-safety-plushness/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/nissan-goes-to-the-dogs-with-luxury-safety-plushness/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:16:07 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28042

Nissan has gone to the dogs, but it’s all good. With the belief that while traveling dogs should be as safe and comfortable as their owners, the new, elaborate “Rogue Dogue” project vehicle prototype debuted at the New York International Auto Show. “For all of the dog lovers at Nissan, the Rogue Dogue is so […]

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2017 Honda CR-V: Top-selling SUV still reigns https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/2017-honda-cr-v-top-selling-suv-still-reigns/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/2017-honda-cr-v-top-selling-suv-still-reigns/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:59:05 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28029

For more than 20 years, the Honda CR-V has ideally defined the Japanese manufacturer’s reputation. It makes vehicles with a rare combination of style, efficiency, practicality and versatility. It was hard to complain about previous Honda CR-V editions. It’s been the country’s best-selling compact SUV for many years. But with the sport utility segment increasingly […]

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Potential engine failure prompts Hyundai, Kia recall https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/potential-engine-failure-prompts-hyundai-kia-recall/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/potential-engine-failure-prompts-hyundai-kia-recall/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:01:12 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28023

Hyundai and Kia, the related and increasingly popular South Korean carmakers, have stalled for the second time in two years with the recall of 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the United States and Canada because of potential engine failure. The issue, according to documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, […]

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60 Minutes calls Lamborghini: ‘Irrational Romance’ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/60-minutes-calls-lamborghini-irrational-romance/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/60-minutes-calls-lamborghini-irrational-romance/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:00:42 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=20804

It isn’t often 60 Minutes reports on the auto industry, but the longstanding program’s segment on Lamborghini was varied and a comprehensive look at the high-end carmaker. The segment celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Italian automaker. Its cars the program reported cost as much as $4 million. The segment included the description of the […]

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BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz: good riddance O’Reilly https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/bmw-hyundai-mercedes-benz-good-riddance-oreilly/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/bmw-hyundai-mercedes-benz-good-riddance-oreilly/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:03:33 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28016

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai and Allstate Insurance Co., major long-time advertisers from the automotive industry, have removed their advertising campaigns from the controversial Fox political show “The O’Reilly Factor.” The abrupt reaction, which also includes several additional advertisers from various industries, has occurred over several days after the New York Times reported Fox and show host […]

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Lotus takes the lead with new cat helmets (April Fools) https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/lotus-takes-lead-new-cat-helmets-april-fools/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/lotus-takes-lead-new-cat-helmets-april-fools/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:28:58 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28009

Every car manufacturer looks for an edge against the competition. Lotus thinks it has found one — cat helmets. The luxury sports car manufacturer has introduced for a brief time (April 1) lightweight, optimized, ergonomically designed and stylish helmets for our four-legged friends. They’re called Pet Lids. According to Lotus, “Pet Lids are the ultimate […]

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For sale: 340 cars, 5 acres in British Columbia for $1 million https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/sale-340-cars-5-acres-british-columbia-1-million/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/03/sale-340-cars-5-acres-british-columbia-1-million/#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:06:40 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28004

After 40 years of collecting vintage cars, Mike Hall has had enough. The rock scaler from British Columbia is selling more than 340 cars is various conditions as well as the property where the relics rest. Hall is the owner of the unique real estate listing. The combination of the five-acre listing includes the cars, […]

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