Year of the Truck

AUTO SHOW—It’s all about the money margins. The kind of margins when you build close to 900,000 versions of a single model and begin to watch the profits roll in as average transaction prices per unit head north of $45,000. That’s the truck end of the story and well, if you are selling cars you’re pretty much sucking air hoping that the popularity of sedans and hatchbacks will be reignited. And that’s how we get to luxury crossovers. Every automaker needs a truck or an SUV in their line up. Welcome to the 2018 North American International Auto Show. It’s the year of the trucks. Story by Chris Merlo; pictures by Mark Dapoz.

2017.5 Mazda6 Grand Touring

AUTO REVIEW – At the LA Auto Show, Mazda unveiled the 2018 model year facelift that incorporates a larger grille a la the CX-5 and CX-9, LED daytime running lights, and new taillights.  I’ll double-down and say that to me with the latest refresh the Mazda6 still looks better than many newer near-luxury or luxury mid-size sedans that it’s not in direct competition with. Our specific loaner was a 2017.5 model year – itself no slouch in the looks department. BONUS!: Video preview of the new 2018 Mazda6, courtesy of RightTrack Motoring and LACar.

Chevrolet rolls out the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado line-up

AUTO SHOW—Last December, Chevrolet whetted the appetites of truck enthusiasts with a teaser reveal of the all-new Silverado 1500 full-size pickup at the Texas Motor Speedway outside Fort Worth, Texas. On the eve of the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the full lineup at Detroit’s Eastern Market. Celebrating 100 years of Chevy trucks, the next-gen Silverado offers a trim level for all walks of life and applications. Chris Merlo reports.

The curious listener’s guide to the Bose Panaray System in the Cadillac CT6

AUTO REVIEW—LACar’s resident audiophiles review the latest and greatest factory sound package from the company started by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, the Bose Panaray Audio System in the Cadillac CT6. With 34 speakers, it’s the mother of Bose car audio—and it comes standard in the top-of-the-line Platinum AWD edition of the Cadillac CT6. Gary Summers, Robert M. Shoji and Roy Nakano report. Photographs by Harvey Schwartz.

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