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Car Review: 2018 Toyota C-HR Road Test and Review By Steve Purdy

Car Review: 2018 Toyota C-HR Road Test and Review By Steve Purdy

Think of the C-HR occupying the same space as the cute-ute Kia Soul, the more conventional Mazda CX3 or the new Nissan Rogue Sport. C-HR is certainly the most style-conscious of them all. With deep sculpted lines and angles going in multiple directions, deep cheek vents flowing into the lower front fascia, exaggerated ... Continue reading

Car Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Preview - Next Gen Of America's Favorite Sedan By Steve Purdy

Car Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Preview - Next Gen Of America's Favorite Sedan By Steve Purdy

Toyota hosted a gaggle of journalists in Oregon this week to get the story first hand from executives and engineers, have a look at, and a first drive in, the newest iteration of the ubiquitous Camry. ... Continue reading

2017 Nissan Pathfinder, Specs, Prices Press Kit; TACH Michigan Bureau Editors Look and Tell +VIDEO

2017 Nissan Pathfinder, Specs, Prices Press Kit; TACH Michigan Bureau Editors Look and Tell +VIDEO

Nissan product teams this week simultaneously gave groups of media folks in Texas, New York, Detroit and Europe previews of the 2017 Pathfinder. Your Auto Channel, Michigan Bureau team of Steve and Thom traveled to a lovely meeting venue on the Detroit River to have a first look at this mid-cycle refresh of the full-si ... Continue reading

2017 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport Review By Steve Purdy

2017 Lexus GS 350 F-Sport Review By Steve Purdy

Well, it is the 311-horsepower version of Lexus’ mid-size, rear-wheel drive (all-wheel drive optional) GS 350 sedan in its F-Sport version. This 5-passenger luxury people hauler comes in two-liter turbo, 3.5-liter V6 and hybrid versions each with an F-Sport iteration. The two-liter turbo version without F-Sport start ... Continue reading

2017 BMW 230i xDrive Coupe Review By Steve Purdy

2017 BMW 230i xDrive Coupe Review By Steve Purdy

..."it’s a bit pricey but the leading-edge performance and sophistication along with the legendary BMW quality and pedigree go a long way to making that cost worth paying" ... Continue reading

Car Review: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Review By Steve Purdy

Car Review: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Review By Steve Purdy

2017 CADILLAC CT6 Review by Steve Purdy The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau Who would have thought we would be driving a large Cadillac - referred to as the brand’s “flagship sedan” - powered by a four-cylinder engine. Amazing! What’s even more amazing is that it performs and feels smooth and powerful enough to do ... Continue reading

LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO RACE AT ROAD AMERICA

LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO RACE AT ROAD AMERICA

The smell of spent racing fuel and the sound of racing engines at full scream greeted us as we crested the knoll inside the historic Road America racetrack where we had an overview of the pits and the surrounding glacial hills of Central Wisconsin. How nostalgic. ... Continue reading

2017 VOLVO S90 Review By Steve Purdy

2017 VOLVO S90 Review By Steve Purdy

First out of the box for the new Volvo was the XC90 crossover that won just about every design award in the business. And, we agree, it is a masterpiece of mid-size crossover competence and aesthetics. ... Continue reading

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD Review By Steve Purdy

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD Review By Steve Purdy

2017 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER HYBRID LIMITED AWD Review by Steve Purdy ... Continue reading

A SHUNPIKER’S JOURNAL RADIO PROGRAM - NEW PROGRAM

A SHUNPIKER’S JOURNAL RADIO PROGRAM - NEW PROGRAM

The next installment of A Shunpiker’s Journal begins streaming Wednesday, August 8th and will run for 3 to 4 weeks. Listen to the program live-streamed at www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com every Wednesday at 1 PM and 7 PM and every Thursday at 1 AM and 7 AM. Or go to the Website, click on “Shows and Hosts,” and fin ... Continue reading

2017 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD - Road Trip To Nashville Review By Steve Purdy

2017 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD - Road Trip To Nashville Review By Steve Purdy

2017 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD - Road Trip To Nashville Review By Steve Purdy ... Continue reading

2018 KIA NIRO Review By Steve Purdy

2018 KIA NIRO Review By Steve Purdy

The new 2018 Kia Niro has much to admire and should be on your shopping list. 2018 KIA NIRO The Newest Little Hybrid Review by Steve Purdy The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau Looking for a really small, efficient crossover? Well, here’s a brand new one just out of the box – the 2017 Kia Niro, a hybrid subcompact, fron ... Continue reading

CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH-MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS – DAY FOUR WRAP-UP

CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH-MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS – DAY FOUR WRAP-UP

Well, just this. The auto business has always been, and will always be, cyclical. We’ve now been in the longest period of sustained growth in the industry’s history and it is just now leveling off. Does that mean we’re headed for a downswing? Probably. But so far it looks like it may be a gentle one. ... Continue reading

CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH-MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS – DAY THREE

CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH-MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS – DAY THREE

By Steve Purdy The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau Conspicuous by his absence at the conference this year was Michigan’s governor. The tradition of the governor offering a key-note address to this large gathering of auto industry folks at MBS goes way back and had been seen as an opportunity for a bit of cheer leading, ... Continue reading

CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS – DAY TWO

CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS – DAY TWO

A big topic of conversation continues to be around autonomous and self-driving vehicles, some of which we reported on yesterday with the Continental Automotive- and Magna-supported drive from Detroit to Canada to Traverse City making for the first international drive of automated cars. While most experts think level 4 ... Continue reading

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