Porsche has opened its second “Experience Center” in the U.S., a $60-million facility in Carson, California. It features a driver development track with eight educational modules totaling 4.1 miles, a changing race car exhibit, and a fine-dining restaurant. Guests and corporate groups visiting the new facility can hone their driving skills on courses built to demonstrate the power, responsiveness and safety of Porsches. And FYI, if California were a country, it would be the fifth largest market, accounting for 23 percent of Porsche vehicles sold in the United States. Of the 51,756 Porsche vehicles PCNA delivered to customers in the U.S. last year, 12,016 were sold in California.
This holiday season, Americans are expected to log 36.8 billion miles on the road visiting family and friends – a 46 percent increase compared to 2015 – the results of an online survey commissioned by Bridgestone Americas and conducted by Harris Poll. Yet the survey also showed that we plan to spend a combined average of $48.9 billion on travel (e.g., airfare, hotel, meals, and gas) during the holiday season, about $3 billion less than last year. Officials said we are keeping costs down by driving more this holiday. Being in the tire biz, Bridgestone reminded vehicle owners to get their snow tires installed as a big winter storm howls through upper New York State and Vermont as I type this. Portions of the Green Mountains could receive up to 24 inches of the white stuff according to the National Weather Service. A Vermont ski lodge with a roaring fire, fine restaurant and good bar would be an ideal place to watch the snowfall.
Toyota has unveiled the production version of the C-HR, or “Coupe High Rider” that will arrive in showrooms next spring. Under the hood will be a 2.0-liter four rated at 144 horsepower with 140 lb-ft of torque with front wheel drive and a CVT. The compact crossover, at least at launch, will not be offered with all-wheel drive. Rivals will include the recently announced Ford EcoSport, Honda HR-V, and the Mazda CX-3. Pricing will be announced at a later date.