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Speaking to sources at Buick earlier in April, during the reveal of the 2018 Regal Sportback and Regal TourX wagon, we learned that the brand plans to re-up the sporty GS model in the new Regal lineup. Buick isn't saying when we might expect the hotter Regal variant to show up—the Sportback and TourX are due out by the end of 2017—but thanks to some sleuthing by The Truth about Cars (and highlighted by Road & Track), we might have an idea of what to expect from the forthcoming GS. -To preface this news, we should point out that the outgoing Regal GS married a sportified chassis with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The package was good for 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, numbers that barely edge out the 2018 Regal's standard turbo four, with 250 ponies. So what does Buick have planned for the next GS? According to The Truth about Cars, a premature slice of metadata from Buick's Canada-market website (and a posting on the live site that has since been taken down) suggests the GS will get a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a version of the regular Regal's torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.-A V-6 is one way to one-up the turbocharged four-cylinder in the 2018 Regal Sportback, not to mention line up better against Acura's six-cylinder TLX (which also offers torque-vectoring AWD). General Motors has a variety of 3.6-liter V-6s to choose from—a 310-hp version powers the larger Buick LaCrosse, for example—but in other configurations the engine can produce 335 ponies. In any case, a power figure north of 300 is guaranteed—again, Buick has to justify the GS's existence with more output than it sells in ordinary Regals.---2018 Buick Regal Sportback: Bye Bye, Sedan; Hello, Hatchback-Opel Sale Will Not Affect Buick Lineup, GM Execs Say-Buick Regal Sportback: Everything We Know So Far---A peek at global versions of the new Regal bolsters the case that the next GS is going V-6. The Australia-market Holden Commodore, which has switched from a rear-drive platform to the same underpinnings as the 2018 Regal (and the Europe-market Opel Insignia) has essentially the same V-6 powertrain described of the GS. But wait, couldn't Buick turbocharge the V-6? It could—a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 exists within GM—but according to a report in, turbos don't fit in the Commodore's engine bay with the V-6. That means no turbos for either the Commodore or our Regal GS. Too bad, but even with slightly more than 300 horsepower, the new Regal GS (which would come only in Sportback form, not the wagonesque TourX body style) should be plenty entertaining given the new model's weight loss relative to the old version. 

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The 2017 Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior Project coming to the 2017 New York auto show continues the automaker's tradition of tracked crossover concepts.
Based on the redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue, the concept rides on a quartet of Dominator Tracks from American Track Truck, Inc. The tracks, which measure 48 inches long, 30 inches high, and 15 inches wide, replace the standard wheels and tires. Modifications to the suspension and wheel wells were required to fit the tracks.
Other custom touches include a digitized desert tan camouflage body wrap and military-style yellow window glass and headlights. The Dominator Tracks are also finished in a khaki paint. The Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior Project also features black custom window flares, an ARB Gear Basket, LED lights, and a Warn 4K winch.

“This new Rogue Trail Warrior adds a new dimension to family adventures with its snow/sand tracks, gear basket, winch and camo paint,” said Michael Bunce, Nissan's vice president of Product Planning, in a release. “If you want to stand out from the crowd during a day on the slopes or the beach, this is the vehicle to take.”
Power for the Rogue Trail Warrior Project comes from the production model's 170-hp, 175-lb-ft 2.5-liter I-4 mated to the automaker's Xtronic CVT. The Rogue's standard all-wheel-drive system sends power to all four tracks.
Last year, Nissan brought three Winter Warrior crossover concepts to the 2016 Chicago auto show. The concepts included a 2016 Nissan Rogue, 2016 Nissan Murano, and 2016 Nissan Pathfinder all riding on Dominator Tracks.
Source: Nissan

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Dodge's 707-hp Challenger and Charger Hellcat models are loud, instigate bad behavior, and can generate local, rubber-sourced cloud cover with merely a stab of their gas pedals. They're the vehicular equivalents of a Daytona Beach spring-break hookup, the sort of ride that your dad might high-five you (behind Mom's back) for buying. But what if there were a Hellcatted vehicle tame enough, relatively speaking, to bring home and introduce to Mother? READ MORE ›› 

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Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 1.2 million more cars in the United States for engine failures after customers reported additional failures since the original 2015 recall, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).-Included are the 2013–2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, 2011–2013 Kia Sportage, 2011–2014 Optima, and 2012–2014 Sorento. During machining of the engine crankshaft and crankpins, metal shavings may have been left within the crankshaft oil passages, and the crankpins themselves may be too rough on the edges. As a result, oil may be blocked and cause the connecting rod bearings to wear, which would then cause them to fail and seize the whole engine. That, of course, would cause the car to stall during driving.--In September 2015, Hyundai recalled 470,000 Sonata sedans from 2011 and 2012 for this exact problem and extended the powertrain warranty from the original-owner 10-year/100,000-mile contract to 120,000 miles, which would cover all subsequent owners. The engines affected are the turbocharged 2.0-liter and naturally aspirated 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) four-cylinders that made their debut in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima and Sportage.-In January, Hyundai settled a class-action lawsuit for 2011–2014 Sonata owners after out-of-warranty owners were hit with thousands of dollars in repair bills; dealers allegedly were not honoring warranty service due to what they considered improper owner maintenance, according to owner forums as well as Girard Gibbs, the law firm in charge of the suit. In January 2016, shortly after the original Hyundai recall, Kia began investigating on its own and subsequently found problems across its vehicle range. It also offered extended powertrain warranties to Sorento, Optima, and Sportage owners after receiving elevated warranty claims on these engines. Kia also said it had to tell dealers not to refuse warranty work just because a customer couldn't provide service records of oil changes.--Hyundai Recalling 569,500 Sonatas and Accents over Separate Defects -Hyundai Recalls 305,000 Sonatas for Brake-Pedal Defects -Hyundai Recalls 173,000 Sonatas for Power-Steering Failure--Owners who may have serious engine problems, as indicated by a knocking sound, an oil-pressure warning light, a check-engine light, or all three, may be eligible for a new engine. Dealers will inspect all cars, although the replacement process, if needed, involves stripping certain parts off the defective engine (such as the fuel injection pump, injectors, and rail) and installing them on the replacement engine. Dealers will also replace all oil dipsticks with bright orange, instead of dark yellow, pull tabs. The recall will start in late May. No accidents or injuries have been reported, Hyundai and Kia said. 

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It is fitting that the all-new Volkswagen Atlas takes its name from the Greek god tasked with keeping the sky from falling on mortals. Coming off the hugely publicized diesel-emissions scandal, VW needs an emotional win. Despite the media and consumer kerfuffle, sales for the people's brand are actually up so far in 2017, but that is mostly due to the arrival of the Golf Alltrack, a boomlet that eventually could fizzle. Hence the need for the Atlas to prop up the brand. READ MORE ›› 

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Aston Martin has announced that it will begin producing the DBX crossover in 2019 at its newly acquired St Athan facility in Wales, United Kingdom.
The automaker originally announced the selection of the plant as its next production facility a little over a year ago. Phase one of the acquisition started in late 2016 when Aston Martin added a reception area, administration and management offices, and a restaurant for its employees.

The second phase started this year with the Ministry of Defence handing over the facility to Aston Martin during a ceremony. Formerly aircraft hangars, the space will be redesigned to accommodate vehicle manufacturing. Aston Martin's investment in St Athan is part of a larger expansion plan and is expected to create 1,000 new jobs between its two main plants by 2020. Also, the effort is expected to create 3,000 new jobs across the supply chain and local businesses in Wales. The automaker also stated that it attracted over 3,000 applications at a recruitment event for its St Athan plant and that the first technicians it hired are currently training at its Gaydon plant and building the recently released DB11 sports car.
A number of politicians were in attendance at the handover ceremony including Wales Secretary of State Alun Cairns who declared that Aston Martin's investment in Wales is a sign that Britain is still “a great place to invest and do business” despite the country's recent decision to exit the European Union. Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, also stated that “Aston Martin's positive influence on the local community and the economy of Wales is already being felt. More than 40 Welsh workers are now employed at Aston Martin Gaydon preparing for the start of production at St Athan, and many more job opportunities will follow before 2020.”
Source: Aston Martin

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On this day in 1963...
At the age of 23, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament. ⛳ Read more about it here -

On This Day: Jack Nicklaus becomes youngest Masters winner

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Need a fast SUV that can run errands up and down a snow-covered road? If you're late and in a hurry to soccer practice or a PTA meeting in the middle of winter, the below Head 2 Head episode will tell you exactly what premium SUV is right for the job.
Hosts Jonny Lieberman and Jason Cammisa pit two V-6, all-wheel-drive, five-passenger, four-door, high-horsepower SUVs against each other in cold and snowy conditions to see which one is the superior grocery getter. The Jaguar F-Pace S AWD sports a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that churns out 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque while the Porsche Macan GTS comes equipped with a 360-hp, 369-lb-ft 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6.

At a winter proving ground in Colorado, the Macan wins the frozen drag race, but do owners of these SUVs really care? The hosts didn't think so, so they decided to race to the end of a snow track, pick up 15 boxes of Wheaties cereal then race back to the finish. With its superior traction, the Macan GTS wins again. But it takes more than that for an SUV to win Head 2 Head.
When the Macan first came out, it was so good that Jaguar delayed the release of the F-Pace and went back to the drawing board because it had to beat the Porsche. So did the extra development time pay off? Once the hosts take the two SUVs on some back roads in rural Utah, they realize how the slower but better-looking F-Pace proves to be more of a riot than the Macan on twisty roads. Will the fun-to-drive, sexy Jaguar take the crown from the SUV that put the “sport” in sport utility? Click the video below to find out!
Also, see how the F-Pace S and Macan GTS stack up against another European rival, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43, in a three-way comparison.

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