The best automotive Black Friday deals on Amazon – Autoblog

Looking for an awesome deal? Amazon has some winners for us car lovers this Black Friday.

DieHard Batteries and Chargers – Up to 33% off
If you’re worried about your battery dying, now is a great time to snag a deal.

Philips CrystalVision Ultra Headlight Bulbs – Up to 63% off
Been driving around with a busted headlight? Replace it with these super discounted bulbs.

Power Stop Evolution Brake Kits – Up to 50% off
If you’re a real grease monkey, the deals on these brake kits might be too good to pass up.

All DieHard Wiper Blades – 50% off
Winter is fast approaching. What better time to replace your wiper blades?

DieHard Tires – Save $25
Not everyone will be in the market for new tires, but if you are, you might as well pay $25 less.

Happy deal hunting!

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Cadillac’s Johan de Nysschen clarifies a few points on the brand’s future – Autoblog

Last week, Motor Trend ran coverage on a journo roundtable with Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen. During the roundtable, de Nysschen cited a few reasons for the decline in sedan sales, including gas prices, “young consumers” — read, millennials — less interested in driving dynamics than lifestyle accessories, and the state of U.S. infrastructure. Jalopnik homed in on the last two reasons, and those became the story, including here in our post on the roundtable. So de Nysschen called Jalopnik to add more context.

The original reaction pieces painted de Nysschen’s rationales as an excuse for sporty sedans not selling well, when the issue is Cadillac’s sporty sedans not selling well. His main clarification: “I wasn’t advocating the idea that the world is black and white, that if you’re a young buyer a millennial or a teenager that you don’t enjoy driving.”

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/03/19/cadillac-johan-de-nysschen-clarifies/

Burt Reynolds’ movie re-creations fetch $379,500 in Vegas – Autoblog

The recent death of Hollywood legend and automotive enthusiast Burt Reynolds helped drive up the value of four of his former cars from the 1970s and ’80s, which sold last weekend at Barrett-Jackson‘s Las Vegas auction for a combined $379,500.

Reynolds, who died Sept. 6 at age 82, had offered three Pontiac Trans Ams — two of them re-creations of the cars he drove in “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Hooper” and the third from 1984 used to promote his United States Football League team, the Tampa Bay Bandits. The fourth was a 1978 Chevrolet R30 pickup truck, styled like the one featured in “Cannonball Run.”

The “Bandit” re-creation, a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that Reynolds ordered to be as “movie-correct” as possible but featuring a custom-built 200-4R automatic transmission, sold for $192,500. The car features a freshly built ... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/10/03/burt-reynolds-cars-auction-barrett-jackson/

2019 Audi Q8 is officially Audi’s most expensive SUV – Autoblog

The 2019 Audi Q8 is the German luxury brand’s latest entry into the lucrative luxury SUV market. Pricing was announced today, and you can take home a base Q8 Premium for $68,395, including destination charges. That’s just over $2,000 more than a top-level Q7. Audi will be offering the Q8 in Premium Plus trim at $72,395 and Prestige trim at $77,545 at launch as well.

Calling the Q8 Premium trim “base” is a bit of an oxymoron though. It comes standard with three-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, panoramic sunroof and also, screens galore. You’ll get three giant ones ranging from 8.6 inches for the lower LCD to 12.3 inches for Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. LED headlights, adaptive dampers, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also made the cut on the Premium trim. The Premium Plus gets blind-spot warning, wireless phone charging, rear collision and cross

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/06/2019-audi-q8-suv-pricing/

Stabbing Suspect On The Loose In Metro Area: Sheriff

BEAVERTON, OR — A stabbing suspect is on the loose somewhere in the metro region and Washington County Sheriff’s officials need the community’s help finding him. The suspect may be driving a stolen 2012 Cadillac Escalade, gold in color, with Oregon license plate 266 EZY.

Washington County investigators believe Beaverton resident Julio Aguilar-Garcia, 33, stabbed an acquaintance of his while the pair were in the 3300-block of Southwest Garden View Avenue, in the community of West Slope. Deputies were reportedly dispatched to the stabbing just after 1:15 a.m. Aug. 22.

The stabbing victim, a 33-year-old man, was reportedly taken to hospital with a non-life-threatening stab wound to the lower right side of his torso. It’s unclear what led to the altercation.

Washington County deputies and a Beaverton police K9 unit searched for Aguilar-Garcia but could not find him, officials said.

Anyone who knows where to find Aguilar-Garcia or the Cadillac he

... read more at: https://patch.com/oregon/beaverton/stabbing-suspect-loose-metro-area-sheriff

Pedestrian Fatality: Police Searching For 2 Other Drivers

BEAVERTON, OR — Police on Monday responded to a fatal car-versus-pedestrian crash on Tualatin Valley Highway, west of downtown Beaverton. The driver involved has reportedly cooperated with the investigation so far, and police do not believe impairment was a factor.

However, police are searching for the drivers of two other vehicles believed to have also hit the pedestrian after the initial collision. The drivers of those vehicles did not stop and instead continued traveling west, police officials said.

At this time, no arrests have been made and no citations have been issued. The pedestrian was identified as 24-year-old Washington County resident Uriel Santiago-Sarabia.

The crash reportedly occurred between Southwest 160th and Southwest 170th avenues just before 3:30 a.m. Oct. 1. According to Beaverton police spokesman Jeremy Shaw, Santiago-Sarabia was heading south across TV Highway when he was struck by a white Cadillac Escalade that was heading west. After the collision,

... read more at: https://patch.com/oregon/beaverton/pedestrian-killed-crossing-tv-highway-early-monday-police

How to end a lease early without paying an early termination fee – Autoblog

This is part of a series breaking down all the terms you need to know if you’re buying a new or used car from a dealership. Check out the rest of the series at our Car Buyer’s Glossary.

So you leased a car and it’s not working out. Maybe your finances have changed. Maybe you hate the car. Maybe you leased it while single and now you’re married, there’s a kid on the way, and a Miata just isn’t going to get the job done.

Whatever the reason, being locked into that three-year lease is suddenly a burden.

Is there a way out?

The most obvious option is terrible. You can terminate your lease early at which point the leasing company will require you to make all remaining payments plus an early termination fee that costs hundreds of dollars. The chances of this being a good move for you,

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/22/lease-early-termination-fee-glossary/

Arcimoto is opening first rental center for its three-wheeled EV – Autoblog

Arcimoto’s three-wheeled Fun Utility Vehicle is a blast to drive, but there’s a catch: Given that the first orders haven’t arrived, there hasn’t been an easily accessible way to take one for a spin. You’ll have an option in a few days, though. The company is opening its first rental location (plus customer experience center) at 543 Blair Boulevard in its hometown of Eugene, Oregon, on Oct. 27. Pricing hasn’t been set yet and will vary by location, but it’s safe to say this will be considerably more affordable than committing $11,900 to buy the FUV outright.

As the name implies, this isn’t a full-fledged electric car in the conventional sense. Its exposed design, two seats and 70-mile range make it more of a recreational machine or errand runner than something you’d want to use for a long daily commute. Rentals make sense in that regard. You can use the

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/10/23/arcimoto-three-wheeled-ev-rental-center/

New Tesla Roadster highlighted on ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’

Jay Leno drives a lot of cool, interesting and exclusive cars. Often enough, he’s behind the wheel of something green — like this car made of hemp, for instance. Most recently, though, he got into a trio of Teslas in order to suss out the company’s past, present and future. Representing those eras, Leno drove the original Tesla Roadster, the Model 3 and, finally, took a ride in the next-gen Roadster, which Elon Musk snuck into the end of his Tesla Semi reveal.

In this episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” he meets up with Tesla design boss Franz von Holzhausen. Together, they talk about technology, performance and the styling of these EVs before hopping into a Model 3 for a drive.

Then, about 3½ minutes into the video, they hop into the new Roadster.

They go over

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/08/28/jay-leno-tesla-roadster-next-generation-video/

Watch the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor’s Trail Control in action – Autoblog

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor, while mostly unchanged, does come with a number of nice new features such as electronically adjustable Fox Racing shocks, Recaro seats and a couple of new colors. It also now comes with a handy off-road feature called Trail Control. Basically, it’s cruise control for off-roading. It lets you set a speed between 1 and 20 mph for driving off road and will maintain that speed. Not only that, but it also can adjust how much power goes to each wheel for optimal traction.

Ford released video footage showing how it all works. One particularly useful feature of the system is that it has a mode for helping get the truck unstuck from deep sand. It’s not quite as dramatic as the suspension bouncing of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, but we’re sure owners won’t mind. Ford also boasts that the system can work in

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/10/2019-ford-f-150-raptor-trail-control-video/