Motorweek's 33rd Season Kicks Off
The Auto Industry's New, Uncompromisng Approach To Vehicle Design Is Center Stage During Motorweek's 33rd Season
New up-beat pacing, international carriage on VOA, new Over the Edge reporter and a deep dive on coverage of unprecedented fuel efficiency trends are new season highlights
OWINGS MILLS, MD--Sept. 4, 2013: Season 33 of MotorWeek, television's original and longest-running automotive series, showcases a season-long theme of uncompromising design that includes both fuel economy and power as priorities. 2014 is the year of total performance: Fast, fuel-efficient vehicles without sacrifice on either end of the spectrum. The new season of MotorWeek premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning Saturday, September 7, 2013 and takes a look at what consumers can expect as the new energetic yet efficient models are rolled out.
"2014 is the year of total performance," says John Davis, MotorWeek host and senior executive producer. "Consumers are not going to settle for new cars that get the same gas mileage as in the past. Meaningful improvements in fuel efficiency – at least 20 percent better – is what is expected and now manufacturers must deliver that without a loss in performance."
MotorWeek's 33rd season will be defined by vehicles that provide speed, handling, agility, braking, ride, comforts and sophistication along with unparalleled strides in fuel economy. The season premiere launches into the rarefied air of a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, one of the most powerful yet fuel conscious exotic cars ever built, which will share screen time with the Mitsubishi Outlander crossover that hopes to bring the brand back into prominence in the U.S. In episodes that follow, the MotorWeek team will explore the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the all-new Mercedes S Class, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, revamped Toyota Tundra and KIA Cadenza to name a few.
"More aerodynamic designs, lightweight materials such as aircraft grade aluminum along with the predominance of four-cylinder versus V6 engines in family cars, are all contributing to the wave of fuel efficiency without sacrifice on drivability, comfort or safety," says Davis. "The best part: these vehicles run up and down the price scale, from mainstream to the super luxurious."
Of course, MotorWeek staples include the return of master technician Pat Goss with DIY car care advice. Yolanda Vazquez delves into consumer news and trends in FYI and MotorNews while Brian Robinson reviews the newest motorcycles and scooters in Two Wheelin'. In his debut season, MotorWeek welcomes new Over the Edge reporter, Zach Maskel, for a quirky and fun look at the auto world in overdrive.
International audiences will now get to enjoy even more MotorWeek with the addition of the series to the Voice of America (VOA) schedule. VOA will run the series for two years through June of 2015. VOA provides a wide range of programming for broadcast on radio, TV and the Internet outside of the U.S., in 43 languages. VOA produces about 1,500 hours of news and feature programming each week for an estimated global audience of 123 million people
MotorWeek has been carried on Armed Forces TV from its first season and on various international outlets throughout its 33 years.
"We are thrilled to be part of VOA's roster of programming," says Steven Schupak, Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer at Maryland Public Television. "Much of what is going on in the U.S. as a leader in the automotive business, is of interest around the world, including our safety and environmental regulations where other countries are confronting similar challenges."
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