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JR Chocco

Car fanatic journalist living in the PNW covering all things automotive.

2019 Fiat 500X teases its small facelift

2019 Fiat 500X teaser

Fiat is giving the Fiat 500X a facelift for the 2019 model year. Fiat plans to reveal the 2019 Fiat 500X next month, but in the meantime we have this single teaser photo. From what we can see here the 2019 Fiat 500X will get a slightly updated front fascia with new LED headlights and daytime running lights. The grille...

Buick teams up with ExxonMobil to make getting gas easier

Buick Marketplace ExxonMobil

Stopping for gas, especially when you're on a road trip can be quite tedious, but Buick is trying to make it a little easier. Buick has announced an update to its in-vehicle commerce Marketplace system that lets drivers pay for gas at ExxonMobil stations without having to pull out their credit card. To use the Marketplace platform to pay at...

2019 Ford Ranger online configurator powers up, starts at $24k

2019 Ford Ranger

Ford has quietly launched the online configurator for the 2019 Ford Ranger, which reveals that the pricing will start at $24,000, the $1,095 destination fee when it arrives. When the 2019 Ford Ranger goes on sale it will be offered in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. Buyers will be able to choose from regular cab, Super Cab and...

General Motors is close to losing its $7,500 EV tax credit

2019 Chevy Bolt

Tesla recently passed the 200,000 sales mark, which triggers the phase out of the federal tax credits for Tesla buyers. Now General Motors is set to be the second automaker to pass the 200,000 mark as well. According to Edmunds General Motors has sold 186,670 Chevrolet Bolt and Spark EVs, Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids and Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrids so...

Elon Musk says Tesla mini-car is in the works

Tesla Model 3 Deliveries

Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter yesterday that a Tesla mini-car is coming, but what exactly does that mean? We’re working on a new Tesla mini-car that can squeeze in an adult— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2018 Elon Musk responded to a Twitter user who asked if Tesla is going to make a Radio Flyer version of the Model...

Trump’s tariffs could kill the Chinese-built Buick Envision

2019 Buick Envision

The Trump administration's tariff's on foreign made vehicles could not only raise their prices for consumers, but also force some automakers to kill off some of their slower selling models. Although General Motors is one of the "Big 3" not all of its vehicles it sells in the United States are produced here, like the Buick Envision. Instead of...

Volkswagen may build an R-badged electric car

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz Concept

Volkswagen is currently looking at the idea of introducing a high performance R-badged electric car, which would be based on one of its upcoming I.D. models. VW's head of the R division, Jost Capito recently spoke to Autocar where he hinted that an R-badged electric car could be in the future. “If we do an R electric car, then it...

2019 BMW X7 revealed thanks to patent images

2019 BMW X7 patent images

BMW is expected to reveal the 2019 BMW X7 later this year, but a few patent images have leaked online, which gives us an early look at the flagship SUV. European site All The Cars got its hands on a few patent images that reveals that the styling of the 2019 BMW X7 won't differ too far from the X7...

Next-Gen Nissan GT-R will be previewed by a concept

2018 Nissan GT-R

Nissan is currently working on the next-generation Nissan GT-R, but just like it did with the current generation, Nissan will preview the next GT-R first with a concept version. The current Nissan GT-R was previewed by two concept versions before it arrived in 2007. Indian Autos Blog recently asked Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's Senior VP of Global Design if Nissan has...

BMW lowers the Access by BMW subscription prices

2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe

BMW is now making it a little easier for new car shoppers that want to jump on the subscription bandwagon. BMW has announced the introduction of a new cheaper tier that's offered in its "Access by BMW" subscription service. The new Icon tier is priced at $1,099 a month and gives access to vehicles, like the i3, 330i, 330e, X2,...


2018 Buick Regal TourX Review

2018 Buick Regal TourX Review: Who needs an SUV?

Long before the SUV became a thing and minivans filled shopping mall parking lots, the wagon was the vehicle of choice for most families....