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2019 Honda Fit 'Best Car for Teens under $20,000' US News and World Report

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p> Aug 29, 2018 - TORRANCE, Calif.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>The 2019 Honda Fit won the <em>U.S. News and World Report</em> "Best New Cars for Teens Under $20,000" award. The Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, available on all trims and standard on EX and above, was recognized as adding an important level of peace of mind for parents. Honda Sensing® includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). In addition to Honda Sensing®, the 2019 Fit was lauded for its superior crash test scores, excellent interior space and flexibility, fuel economy and long-term reliability.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><em>U.S. News and World Report</em> picks cars it feels have the best combination of overall quality, reliability, safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies across five differerent price brackets.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

2018 Kia Sportage Top Pick for Teen by US News & World Report

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><strong>IRVINE, Calif., August 31, 2018 </strong>—U.S. News & World Report has awarded the 2018 Kia Sportage Best New SUV for Teens, $25k to $30k.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>“The Sportage should be at the top of your list if you want to buy a safe and dependable SUV for your teenage driver,” says Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor, U.S. News & World Report.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Available Advanced Driver Assistance Features,<sup>1</sup> including Blind Spot Detection System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert were key contributors to the Sportage’s win. U.S. News & World Report was also impressed with Kia’s UVO technology<sup>2</sup>, which can be programmed to record when a teen keeps the Sportage out past an established curfew, exceeds a preset speed limit or strays outside geographic boundaries set by parents.<sup>3</sup></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Safety and reliability ratings were also major factors in earning Sportage the top spot. Sportage holds a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, as well as a 2018 Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety<sup>4</sup>. And, U.S. News & World Report awards the Sportage an excellent predicted reliability rating, scoring 4.5 out of five, among the highest in the compact SUV class.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>“It’s fantastic Sportage is rated best for teen drivers,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “Young and new drivers face many challenges on the road and we’re pleased Sportage offers the right combination of technology, safety ratings and reliability to be rated best in class by U.S. News & World Report.”</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Lexus Reimagines the 2019 RC Luxury Sport Coupe

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><strong>TOKYO (August 30, 2018) – </strong>Lexus is proud to announce a new version of the RC luxury sports coupe, which is scheduled to make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.<br/><br/>Since its introduction in 2014, the RC has played a major role in promoting the Lexus brand’s commitment to delivering an emotional driving experience. Thanks to its aggressive styling and versatile driving character, the RC has become a highly sought-after coupe by enthusiasts who value performance and world-class craftsmanship.<br/><br/>The fresh new styling of the 2019 RC retains all the virtues of the previous model yet further refines the design language first established by the flagship LC coupe. Inside the cabin, everything from the high- quality materials to the design of controls and gauges were reevaluated to maximize driving pleasure.<br/><br/>Enhancements have also been made to the RC’s aerodynamics, tires <g class="gr_ gr_16 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="16" data-gr-id="16">and</g> suspension, as well as improvements to engine response and steering feel, all of which result in a sharper and more refined drive. This provides a high level of driver confidence and a reassuring ride quality, making it an ideal companion whether you’re challenging a twisty mountain road or taking a long-distance journey on the open highway.<br/><br/><strong>New RC Features Sporty, Yet Elegant Design</strong></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Lexus designers sought to maintain the RC’s dynamic coupe proportions, while adding a high level of elegance to the exterior. This was done through the addition of distinctive design elements, such as a new front bumper corner that flows down from the headlamps and a grille mesh pattern that gradually transforms from top to bottom. Optional triple LED headlamps and L-shaped LED clearance lamps also add to the car’s more refined appearance. Air ducts have been added to the corner of the RC’s rear bumpers along with revised rear combination lamps that now house more pronounced L-shaped lenses, a new signature design feature for Lexus coupes.<br/><br/>The new RC F Sport receives the grille mesh pattern that graces all F Sport vehicles, as well as numerous other custom exterior and interior items exclusive to the F Sport, including aggressively-styled 19-in. alloy wheels that were inspired by those on the LS and LC.<br/><br/>A total of 10 different exterior colors will be available for the RC, including a new color, Blue Vortex Metallic, that truly convey the car’s sporty nature.<br/><br/><strong>Updated Interior Details Further Refine the RC Experience</strong></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>In order the enhance the feel of the cabin, a new Dark Gray Streamline treatment has been applied to the heater control panel and audio panel, while enlarged knee pads have been raised to create a heightened sense of space.<br/><br/>New ornamentation, also Dark Gray Streamline, will be made standard on the RC F Sport. In all, the customer can choose from six different types of interior trim. Interior colors include Glazed Caramel and Black with Yellow accents. In all, there are seven exclusive interior color combinations available, including those for the F Sport.<br/><br/><strong>The New RC Adopts “Sharper and More Graceful” Driving Concept</strong></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>The idea of “sharper and more graceful” defines the LC flagship, so Lexus engineers have applied the same concept to the new RC. This included enhancing the car’s aerodynamics and fine-tuning the suspension system and powertrain. Armed with a more stable ride quality and sharper handling characteristics, the new RC is more athletic and responsive than ever.<br/><br/>Enhanced aerodynamics—such as a new fin shape on the side window mold and a duct on the rear bumper that improves air flow, result in improved stability. New 19-in. wheels and tires with increased grip deliver excellent steering response. Stiffer suspension bushings have been incorporated along with new shock absorbers which provide significant damping force from low suspension stroke speeds. Thanks to a significant amount of real-world testing that allowed constant fine-tuning by the chassis engineers, the new RC delivers an extremely supple ride quality and razor-sharp handling characteristics. </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>More details on the 2019 Lexus RC coupe will be revealed in October when the it makes its world debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

2019 Honda Insight Named Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Aug 28, 2018 - TORRANCE, Calif.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:list --> <ul><li><em>Insight earns top ratings in all IIHS crashworthiness evaluations</em></li><li><em>Collision Mitigation Braking System™ feature of standard Honda Sensing</em><em>® rated "SUPERIOR" by IIHS</em></li></ul> <!-- /wp:list --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>The all-new 2019 Honda Insight has earned the 2018 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) highest overall safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+. The award is thanks to top ratings of "GOOD" in all crashworthiness tests, a standard "GOOD" rating for the Insight's LED headlights and a "SUPERIOR" rating for the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) feature of the standard Honda Sensing® suite of advanced driver-assitive and active safety technologies.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>"Insight continues to prove that it's much more than just a pretty face with great fuel-efficiency ratings." said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. "With standard Honda Sensing® active safety tech and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, Insight is a hybrid with some serious safety chops."</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>To qualify for the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn "GOOD" ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and an "ACCEPTABLE" or "GOOD" rating in the passenger-side small overlap test. It also needs an available front crash prevention system that earns an "ADVANCED" or "SUPERIOR" rating and available good-rated headlights.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>On sale since June 29, the 2019 Honda Insight offers class-leading power and passenger space, universally appealing styling, and an EPA fuel economy rating of 55 mpg<sup>1</sup> city (LX/EX), while simultaneously bringing a new level of driving sophistication and style to the compact hybrid market. All 2019 Insights are equipped with the Honda Sensing® suite of active safety and driver assistive features as standard equipment.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Insight was engineered to earn top-of-class collision safety ratings, which is proven true by the top rating from IIHS. In addition, Honda expects Insight to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)<sup>2</sup>.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Insight's standard Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helping drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions, is capable of slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Comprising the Honda Sensing® suite are Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Jeep® Introduces New 2018 Wrangler Moab Edition

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>August 28, <g class="gr_ gr_14 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style multiReplace" id="14" data-gr-id="14">2018 ,</g> Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Jeep® brand is introducing the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition. The first limited-edition model based on the all-new Jeep Wrangler, the Wrangler Moab Edition honors the long and storied history the brand shares with the annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah, and the unique role it plays in offering valuable customer insight.<br/><br/><strong>Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition</strong><br/>The Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition is based on the Wrangler Sahara model and features Rubicon hood and steel bumpers with removable end caps, aggressive 32-inch mud-terrain tires, LED headlights and <g class="gr_ gr_12 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="12" data-gr-id="12">tail lights</g>, a Moab decal on the hood and 17-inch Rubicon wheels painted in Low-Gloss Black. The headlight surrounds, grille throats and tow hooks are also painted <g class="gr_ gr_17 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="17" data-gr-id="17">Low-Gloss</g> Black. Wrangler Rubicon rock rails are standard on the Wrangler Moab Edition, but Sahara side steps are available at no additional charge. A body-color <g class="gr_ gr_13 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="13" data-gr-id="13">hard top</g> is standard, but the Dual Top Group or Sky One-Touch power top <g class="gr_ gr_16 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="16" data-gr-id="16">are</g> also available.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Wrangler Moab Edition is available in nine colors: Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Punk’n Metallic, Mojito!, Black, Bright White, Sting Gray, Ocean Blue Metallic and Firecracker Red.<br/><br/>Inside, Wrangler Moab Edition features the Leather Interior Group, which includes leather-trimmed seats and a leather-wrapped dashboard with contrast stitching, and Safety Group, which includes Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection and ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines. Other standard features include Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case, Passive Keyless Entry, Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with navigation, a nine-speaker premium Alpine sound system and all-weather slush mats.<br/><br/>Optional equipment available with the Wrangler Moab Edition includes the Cold Weather Group, which features heated front seats and steering wheel and remote start<strong>, </strong>Trailer Tow and Trail Rail cargo management system.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

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