Kelley Blue Book each year surveys thousands of visitors to its web site to track their perception of various brands. This year Subaru took home the Best Overall Brand award, along with the Most Trusted brand and Best Performance Brand. This marks the second year in a row that Suby has done that. It also received more awards than any other automaker.
In the luxury category, Lexus was the big winner for the second straight year, while Honda and Buick shared the Brand Image awards.
The Mazda6 and the MX-5 Miata RF have received Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards.
Ahead of the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen has displayed its 2018 Golf lineup. No major changes in the design, but some equipment has been added.
Golf now features standard LED taillights, LED Daytime Running Lights. New 8-inch infotainment screens on SE and SEL trims across Golf lineup. Volkswagen Digital Cockpit customizable dashboard standard on Golf R and Front Assist and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert become standard on more models.
McLaren has started full production of the super-HOT 720S. It is the first time since the company was formed in 2010 that it has replaced a model family with an all-new generation of cars. The first of 15 new models are confirmed for introduction by the end of 2022.
Lighter, faster and more dynamically capable than the McLaren 650S it replaces, the new 720S is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine that produces 720 horsepower. The result is a 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds and 0-124mph taking 7.8 seconds. The maximum speed of McLaren’s new supercar is 212 mph. Pictured is the 720S, in white, with the older 12C.