2018 Lincoln Navigator Preview

With its 2018 Navigator, Lincoln is looking to take back the large luxury SUV crown—something it held briefly when the first Navigator arrived two decades ago. 

This go-around, the Navigator is all-new, adding power and luxury while reducing its overall weight. It remains based on the Ford Expedition, which has also been rebooted for the 2018 model year, but Lincoln takes luxury seriously. Instead of just draping the interior in leather, the brand wants the entire buying experience to have an upscale feel.

At its core, the Navigator remains truck-based like the Expedition. The two share the same basic side profile, but the Lincoln differs dramatically in its styling. A tall car-esque front fascia imparts a far more dramatic look than the outgoing model with its hefty inset chrome grille that looks like it could have been plucked (and stretched) from the brand’s Continental sedan. At the rear, big tail lamps stretch

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/lincoln_navigator_2018

MIT: Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions will cause 1200 (or more!) premature deaths in Europe

The ongoing Dieselgate crisis has been a major headache for Volkswagen employees, investors, vehicle owners, dealers, and diesel fans for nearly a year and a half. Though the scandal appears to be winding down–at least in the U.S.–a new study suggests that Volkswagen’s troubles could be far from over. 

The study comes from scientists at the revered Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who’ve examined the atmospheric impact of additional nitric oxides (NOx) that Volkswagen diesels have illegally emitted. They project that that excess pollution from the 2.6 million affected vehicles registered in Germany alone will result in 1,200 premature deaths–and perhaps many more, unless Volkswagen acts quickly to fix the affected cars.


To reach that conclusion, the MIT team ran simulations that involved a complex array of data points, including the number of illegally rigged diesels registered in Germany and the distances those cars drive in a given year.

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1109196_mit-volkswagen-dieselgate-emissions-will-cause-1200-or-more-premature-deaths-in-europe

2016 Cadillac ELR Review

With the ELR, Cadillac attempted to redefine the idea of the personal luxury coupe—around plug-in capability, and an all-electric range that’s longer than most Americans’ daily commutes, plus chiseled good looks and one very plush cabin. The only thing missing, arguably, was a price tag set within the realm of sanity. At more than $75k, it was hard to make an argument for the ELR, even if you did your best to ignore the cachet of the Tesla Model S, or could see past the CLA45 AMG that would perform above and beyond and get better mileage on longer highway trips.

The brand may have sent a foul ball spinning into the bleachers, but it’s not yet willing to say that it struck out with the ELR. After sitting out the 2015 model year completely, Cadillac’s extended-range electric coupe (or plug-in hybrid) enters the 2016 model year with $10k price discount,

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/cadillac_elr_2016

Cadillac SRX SUV

more about this model


Best-in-class power; premium fuel not required; comfortable ride.


Poor visibility; limited backseat headroom.

The 2010 Cadillac SRX did not make a great first impression on us. At the time, we felt that the base engine was not powerful enough and the turbo engine could only be had in the highest trim levels. But regardless of what we thought, the second-generation Cadillac SRX went on to be a huge success for the automaker. It has quickly become Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle and also the second best-selling luxury SUV in the market.

To its credit, General Motors listened to the feedback and made a number of improvements, even though strong sales might have persuaded the company otherwise. So now the 2012 Cadillac SRX receives another engine, which takes the place of the other two. It is not only more powerful than its discontinued predecessors but also standard

... read more at: https://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/srx/2012/

Jaguar and Shell make credit card swiping a thing of the past

Jaguar and Shell Oil have teamed up to create a new in-car app that allows drivers to pay for fuel without ever swiping their credit card at a gas station.

Instead, drivers can tap their cars’ infotainment screens to finish the transaction using either PayPal or ApplePay.

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The system launches first on 2018 versions of the XE, XF, and F-Pace in the United Kingdom, but Jaguar says it will expand globally thereafter. Later in 2017, Jaguar will add Android Pay capability to the app as well. 

After the fuel has been paid for, a receipt shows up on the car’s infotainment screen and it sends a copy to the credit card holder’s email address.

Sure, tapping a car’s screen to pay for fuel instead of swiping a card at the gas pump

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1108900_jaguar-and-shell-make-credit-card-swiping-a-thing-of-the-past

Marion County sheriff’s sergeant cleared in officer-involved shooting

A Marion County sheriff’s sergeant who shot toward a man who injured him during a traffic stop earlier this month was justified in firing his weapon, a grand jury found Monday.

Juan Francisco Martinez 

Sgt. Jason Hickam fired toward Juan Francisco Martinez on April 7 near Woodburn, authorities said. Martinez wasn’t injured, according to the county district attorney’s office, and he was arrested later that day. 

Prosecutors announced details of the traffic stop Monday, saying Hickam and another sergeant told Martinez during the stop that his Cadillac Escalade would have to be towed because he didn’t have insurance. They said Martinez then started the engine and began driving away while Hickam’s arm was caught inside the SUV.

Hickam fired once toward the SUV before being “thrown to the ground,” prosecutors said. He was treated and released from a hospital. The other sergeant, Kevin Roberts, wasn’t injured.

The grand jury also indicted Martinez, 35, on

... read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/04/marion_county_sheriffs_sergean.html

Cadillac ELR Coupe

As with the Volt, a fully charged battery propels the car on electricity alone for about 30-55 miles depending on driving style and conditions. Once that all-electric range has been depleted, the ELR essentially turns into a variation of a regular hybrid. A four-cylinder gasoline engine works in concert with a reserve of battery electricity to power the twin electric drive motors. On rare occasions, the engine can directly power the wheels.

Like other Cadillacs, the ELR features an attractive cabin decorated in rich materials and dominated by the frustrating but sharp-looking CUE electronics interface. The cabin technically seats four people (as a Volt does), but the cramped rear seats are largely vestigial. Trunk space is also compromised. On the upside, the ELR looks like it just materialized out of the fanciful mind of a car designer, as its

... read more at: https://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/elr/2014/

Public safety log for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017


7:55 a.m. – The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call about the theft of a vehicle from Bensel Road, Hermiston.

9:13 a.m. – A resident outside Hermiston reported the male he gave a ride to the previous night came to his home, threatened him and left.

11:58 p.m. – Staff at First Assembly Of God Church, 1911 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton, reported the theft of plates.

12:31 p.m. – Stanfield police received a report of two vicious dogs at Mamie Street and Teale Court.

1:30 p.m. – A resident on Sky View Drive, Boardman, reported she has a protection order against a female who showed up at the residence.

2:14 p.m. – A Pendleton caller on Northwest 23rd Street reported an explosion or boom but saw nothing in the area.

3:50 p.m. – An Adams resident on Oro Street reported dogs

... read more at: http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/public-safety-logs/20170203/public-safety-log-for-saturday-feb-4-2017

Vintage Ad Break: Cadillac Reinforces Its Luxury Leadership For 1974

Cadillac and the entire automotive industry were in a very different place during the 1970s. The luxury automotive brand was riding high on superb residual values, customer loyalty and was still dancing with its elegant designs found in the 1960s heyday.

For 1974, Cadillac aimed to reinforce its self-proclaimed “luxury leadership” with extra luxurious models like the 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman. The Talisman offered more luxurious interior appointments and all-new instrument panel design. It also offered only four seats to ensure each passenger was pampered appropriately.

1974 also ushered in a new “high energy ignition system” became available for a more efficient experience behind the wheel of the Fleetwood Talisman.

If you were so fortunate enough to afford the Talisman, it would set you back an additional $1,800 over the standard Fleetwood. That’s nearly $9,000 in 2016 dollars and cents.

Do you have any fond stories of Cadillac from yesteryear? Talk to us in

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/12/vintage-ad-break-cadillac-reinforces-its-luxury-leadership-for-1974/

Don Draper’s 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville Fetches A Fair Sum At Auction

Recently, we told you many of the essential props to AMC’s hit drama “Mad Men” would be hitting the auction block, including the 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville driven by main character Don Draper.

And, no surprise here, the car has official sold during the Screenbid auction for a cool $48,980. That number includes the $39,500 price of the 1965 Cadillac, and a 24 percent (!) commission for Screenbid. A high price tag, as Road Track reports Hagerty normally values Coupe de Villes of its stature around a mere $13,000.

The 1965 Coupe de Ville found plenty of screen time, as the show wrapped up its seven-season run. The vehicles found in the series played an essential part in portraying 1960s America on Madison Avenue, making the already pristine 1965 Cadillac quite noteworthy.

Other small pieces found their way to auction, too, such as ashtrays, pieces of furniture, clothing

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2015/08/don-drapers-1965-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-fetches-a-fair-sum-at-auction/