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My NAIAS Highlights

January 9, 2017
First of all, for those wondering, NAIAS stands for “North American International Auto Show.” Believe the hype about what you’ve heard, BIG things have been happening this year at the auto show in Detroit! A couple debuts have stood out in my mind, and I just had to share my favorites with you! Nissan’s Rogue Sport The Nissan Rogue has been Nissan’s #1 selling vehicle in America. SUV’s have been growing fast in popularity among car buyers. So, this was a smart move for them to expound upon their SUV lineup. This new Rogue Sport has a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase and is 12.1 inches shorter in overall length when compared to the Rogue. With the second row folded down, it offers 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space and their innovative “Divide-N-Hide” cargo system. While smaller, it has a standard 141-horsepower! It offers available Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies and Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD). Plus SO many more features to get you amped for the Rogue Sport. Enough about the specs, the smaller size helps to make the vehicle maneuver easier, especially for those in city traffic and hunting for parking spots. It will go on sale nationwide beginning in Spring 2017 with choices of S, SV and SL grade levels and I absolutely cannot WAIT! For those who love the space an SUV offers but aren’t always in need of a ton of cargo capacity, this is the car for you. The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is more than an extension of the popular Rogue, which accelerated past the Nissan Altima sedan in calendar year 2016 to become Nissan’s number one selling model. While sharing the Rogue name, platform and numerous advanced safety and security features, Rogue Sport stands on its own as a stylish, nimble, fun-to-drive and affordable compact SUV. Toyota’s 2018 Camry The Toyota Camry has been America’s best selling sedan for years. But recently, car buyers have been showing increased interest in small SUV’s, so, Toyota took a smart move in unveiling an updated Camry in hopes to maintain its popularity against the competition. While it’s still newly 2017, Toyota took no time in planning for the future. The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry boasts a surprisingly sportier style inside and out. This is the 8th generation of the Camry, so Toyota had to maintain what people know and love while still making it exciting, new, and relevant. It comes with Toyota’s dependable, safe, and durable expectations but has been redesigned to take the Camry in a new direction. To simply state it, the 2018 Camry just looks fun to drive (and that’s a great first impression!) To break down some specs for you: the hood is 1.6 inches lower, dropping the occupants’ seating heights an inch in front and 1.2 inches in the back with resculpted front seats and dash. Thus, making the interior, while practical, more roomy and spacious with a sport-sedan feel, and a much more attractive look. Toyota has moved away from the monotone, classic mid-sized sedan, and put the Camry through an evolution. If that isn’t enough to get you hyped, there’s plenty more details to sell you on what’s to come for the 2018 Camry (and I cannot wait)! 2018_toyota_camry_xse_02_88961eaaee6ed5242af8ea35e3990da6c70f8a63  
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Introducing the All-New Toyota Prius Prime

March 23, 2016
The New York International Auto Show is in full-drive, which means so are the year’s biggest automotive announcements. One of the first new vehicles revealed this morning is the 2017 Prius Prime, which Toyota is dubbing the “best and most technologically advanced hybrid in the world.” Those are some powerful words! Let’s take a look, shall we? Design. The new-generation Prius Prime is 2.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches wider, and about an inch lower than its predecessor. This growth improves cargo room and offers a road-hugging experience. The Prime’s aerodynamic body design cheats wind with every mile, while its high-strength/low-weight structure results in an astoundingly low energy consumption. Automatic grille shutters help reduce drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed. CePDmhxXEAAX2yN Energy-conserving quad LED headlights and LED rear combination lamps leave an unforgettable night time signature. Aiding driver visibility is a full-width aero glass panel over the rear spoiler and a standard backup camera. Last, but not least, the lightweight carbon fiber rear hatch—a Toyota first—makes opening and closing almost effortless. EV or Hybrid? Both. You can plug it in, fill it up, or both. On one 11.3-gallon tank of regular-grade gas and a full electric charge, the 2017 Prius Prime anticipates an estimated total driving range of over 600 miles. The class-leading Prime is expected to offer approximately two times the electric range of the previous model, meeting the daily commuter distance of over half of U.S. drivers. Especially impressive is the ability to drive at speeds up to 84mph without ever leaving EV mode. Wow! CePF5NEUMAEeKex Efficiency. The Prius Prime achieves an estimated 120+ MPGe, perhaps the highest MPGe rating of any Plug-in Hybrid on the market. It also exhibits a significant 26% enhancement over its predecessor, greater battery capacity, and an overall improved hybrid system. And I haven’t even scratched the surface! For even more information about the new Prius Prime’s technology, multimedia, mechanical genius, and built-in features, check out the official press release from Toyota.
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The Evolution of Car Commercials

June 10, 2014
Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 2.30.48 PM Remember when car commercials used to be all about a shiny, fast car taking a picturesque drive in the mountains or by the beach? It seems like nowadays you rarely see those type of car commercials…in fact, some commercials hardly feature a car in them at all! As car buyers have the chance to research everything they need to know about the car online, get reviews from other buyers, and potentially skip over commercials, I think advertisers are realizing they need to keep their commercials entertaining if they are going to keep people watching. And I’m all for it! Here are a few car commercials I have loved from the past year or two. If you’re a music fan like I am, you’ll love this Toyota Corolla commercial from this year. It’s so fun to see how the car, fashion and music have changed together over the decades. And I do think it’s true — the Toyota Corolla is just an old standby that people will always rely on! This commercial for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is just so sweet. It makes me think of my own dad…and that always gets me teary! It also reminds me of the Olympic commercial that was about moms looking out for their kids. The emotional ones always get me! So here’s another one that plays on the emotions…but if you’ve ever had a dog, you just won’t be able to help it! Like I said at the beginning of this post, some car commercials hardly show the car at all, and this is one of those. This 2014 Chevy commercial compares a Chevy to the loyal, best friend your dog is throughout your life. Awww. Now I just have to stay away from “Marley and Me.” 🙂 There are so many other great commercials out there, but these are just a few that popped into my mind. Which car commercials are you loving lately?