Crossovers and SUVs of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

Crossovers and SUVs remain the dominant vehicle type in the market. This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show is no different because nearly every automaker had some form of crossover or SUV making its world debut or first North American appearance. From small subcompact crossover to larger and off-road-capable rigs, there’s a utility vehicle for all needs, wants and desires at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.


World Debuts

2018 Lexus RX L

Finally, Lexus has brought a family-friendly RX with three rows, giving it ammunition against rivals such as the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, Volvo XC90, and Audi Q7. Compared to the two-row RX, the RX L is 4.3 inches longer and can seat up to seven passengers—just make sure they’re not claustrophobic. A 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 is standard on the RX 350L, and a 308-hp hybrid system is also available on the RX 450hL.













2019 Lincoln MKC

Now that it has ditched the old split-wing grille, the 2019 Lincoln MKC’s looks are more in line with the flagship Continental and Navigator. The 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter turbo-four engines remain, but you can now opt for the Black Label model, which features three unique themes that give the interior a chic all-American feel. Sync3 now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which should help improve the already good user interface.









2019 Subaru Ascent

With the arrival of the 2019 Ascent, Subaru has filled a big gap in its lineup, offering three rows of seating and plenty of utility, thanks to the crossover’s boxy exterior that looks like the child of a Forester and an Outback. There’s seating for up to eight passengers, and thankfully the third row doesn’t feel too cramped and should be habitable for short drives.













2018 Lexus LX 570 Two-Row

Not many body-on-frame luxury SUVs are left, and the 2018 Lexus LX 570 is one of them. This time, in addition to your three-row variant, you can opt for a two-row, five-seat model that’s equipped to the brim and comes with extra cargo space for your off-road excursions. In total, the two-row LX 570 has 50.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row—the three-row model has 44.7 cubic feet.













2019 Infiniti QX50

Now in its second generation, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 moves from a rear-drive platform to a front-drive one and features the latest iteration of Infiniti’s design language. The biggest news is under the hood because the 2019 QX50 is powered by a new 2.0-liter turbo-four with a variable compression ratio—the first engine to do so to improve performance and fuel economy. As for styling, it’s an attention grabber, thanks to its curvaceous lines and aggressive front fascia that helps it turn heads.

















2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

The newest generation of the Jeep Wrangler continues with an evolutionary exterior design that stays true to its heritage. Regardless of whether you get the two-door or the four-door Unlimited, the Wrangler gives off a vibe that’s totally American and truly a Jeep. Now with the latest version of FCA’s UConnect infotainment system, the Wrangler is well-connected, and its interior continues with Jeep’s knack for fun Easter eggs and funky design cues. There’s also a new 2.0-liter turbo-four and an eight-speed automatic for those who want some fuel efficiency to go with their off-road capability.

















2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

Need your Volkswagen Tiguan to look sporty and aggressive? The R-Line trim has you covered. Featuring a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels, depending on the trim level, more aggressive front and rear bumpers in gloss black, large front air intakes, and body-colored wheel arches and side skirts, the Tiguan R-Line gives your compact German crossover a bit more visual aggression.









2019 Lincoln Nautilus

Along with its new front fascia, the crossover formerly called the MKX is now the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. Although the Nautilus is clearly a refresh of the MKX, Lincoln’s new corporate face gives it more presence and a classier appearance. The interior, on the other hand, features a minimalist appearance and can be customized via Lincoln’s Black Label program to get cool interior schemes such as two-tone red and black or white and black leather upholsteries, giving the cabin a sense of style and flair.













Toyota FT-AC Concept

Toyota’s FT-AC Concept gives us a glimpse of what the next-generation Toyota RAV4 will look like once it moves to the TNGA architecture. Its aggressively rugged looks give it presence, and its roof racks and the bikes on a rack behind the car scream that this is a crossover for people with active lifestyles. Powering the FT-AC Concept is a gasoline engine of undisclosed size and all-wheel drive. Toyota says a hybrid powertrain is also compatible with the FT-AC, further hinting that the next-generation RAV4 will retain its hybrid powertrain.









North American Debuts

2018 Hyundai Kona

Sporting a polarizing exterior design that will definitely create differing opinions, the 2018 Hyundai Kona brings a fresh and funky look. After its world debut this summer in Korea, the Kona arrives in North America sporting two familiar engine choices, a 2.0-liter I-4 and turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4. It rides on a new platform and will be available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Expect the 2018 Kona to arrive in showrooms early next year in a variety of funky colors that help make it pop even more.













2018 Volvo XC40

Aimed directly at the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, the 2018 Volvo XC40 is the Swedish automaker’s entry into the growing premium subcompact crossover segment. It is the first vehicle to ride on Volvo’s CMA platform and will feature a 248-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to an eight-speed automatic in North America. Although it features the same familiar design language as Volvo’s larger crossovers, the XC40 offers more flamboyant color choices and even a contrasting roof that helps give it a more expressive appearance that’s sophisticated yet sporty and youthful.













2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The first new product from Mitsubishi in many years, the Eclipse Cross brings a familiar name back in crossover guise with its slightly polarizing exterior featuring odd angles and a split rear window. Under the hood is a new 1.5-liter turbo-four paired to a CVT, which should put it right on par with the rest of the class. Inside there’s a new infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and a 7.0-inch touchscreen, which should bring it to the modern age.













2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell

In a bid to expand its alternative fuel offerings, Mercedes-Benz has revealed a hydrogen fuel cell variant of its GLC compact luxury crossover. From the outside, there’s not much distinguishing the GLC F-Cell from the standard car save for the blue accents on the grille, wheels, side skirts, and an F-Cell badge on the side. Unlike most hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, the GLC F-Cell is also a plug-in, allowing you to recharge the battery via the rear-mounted charging port.









2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Slotting below the F-Pace, the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is the latest addition to Jaguar’s lineup, and unlike all other Jaguar models, it’s front-drive-based, the first since the long-forgotten X-Type sedan. Power comes from a range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines from Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium family and is paired to a nine-speed automatic. As for the exterior design, the E-Pace sports the same familiar yet sexy looks just in a smaller more compact package, which should help make it more usable in the city, where this car will likely spend most of its time.













2019 Nissan Kicks

It’s finally here. The latest Nissan crossover the Kicks joins the lineup slotting below the Rogue Sport as the brand’s new entry-level crossover. Don’t expect much in terms of performance because the Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 with only 125 hp and 115 lb-ft paired to a CVT.  In the metal, the Kicks looks like a hatch with a slight increase in ride height and body cladding, thanks to its diminutive dimensions, which should make it a great runabout in the city.









Land Rover Discovery SVX

In one corner you have Land Rover’s SVR vehicles, which are essentially high-performance road cars. On the opposite end you have SUVs such as the Discovery SVX show car, a model tuned for crawling rocks. Under the hoof is a 518-hp 5.0 supercharged V-8 coupled to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic, which should offer plenty of power to crawl through anything or go fast in the desert.





2019 Kia Sorento

Updated for 2019, the Kia Sorento gets a minor face-lift and a revised grille to keep it looking fresh. Don’t expect much to change under the hood, save for the possibility of the eight-speed automatic transmission replacing the old six-speed unit in V-6-powered models. The interior gets spiffed up with a new steering wheel, a revised center stack, and new color choices to keep things interesting.









BMW X7 Concept

Making its first appearance on North American soil, the BMW X7 Concept is our first glimpse of BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Audi Q7. In addition to the usual gas engines, expect the X7 to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain when it goes into production. As for its styling, don’t expect much to change when it comes to the exterior because the show car is nearly production ready.













2019 Porsche Cayenne

As with its previous iterations, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne features an evolutionary exterior design that retains its identity as a Porsche. It shares most of its engine lineup with the second-generation Panamera sedan and Sport Turismo wagon, which give it potent power to go with its sports carlike dynamics. Inside, the button-heavy center console and dash has been replaced by a large touchscreen and less buttons, giving it a cleaner appearance.









2018 Infiniti QX80

Although this is just a refresh, the 2018 Infiniti QX80’s updated front fascia with its slim headlight clusters and an imposingly large grille gives it more presence. Most of the interior is similar to the prerefresh model, but it now comes with diamond-quilted upholstery, which gives it a nice injection of upscale flair.




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Auto Showdown: 2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Mazda6

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is teeming with crossovers and SUVs of all sizes and prices, but it is also packing a pair of very important sedans: the 2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Mazda6. True, sedan sales are down across the board, but the midsize sedan is still one of the largest segments in the American market, and the Accord and Mazda6 are perennial Motor Trend favorites even if the Accord is the (much) stronger seller. Let’s take a closer look.


On The Outside

Midsize sedans didn’t always need to be stylish. They were utilitarian family movers, not fashion statements. Those days are long gone, and automakers have a lot of different ideas about what a midsize sedan ought to look like.

The Accord is, to be charitable, controversial. The swooping roofline is sexy and reminiscent of much more expensive vehicles. The sides are nicely sculpted and feature one strong, gracefully arcing character line up top and one bolder line down below. The rear end is generic sedan but inoffensive. The nose, though, is where people take issue. It’s bold, but we wouldn’t call it pretty. We haven’t been a fan of the big, chrome I-beams Honda has been stapling to the front of its cars lately, and the Accord is no exception. The insect-eye headlights take some getting used to, as well.




The Mazda6 is very familiar, and that’s a good and bad thing. Because this is a midcycle update, we didn’t expect huge changes, but casual car buyers are going to have trouble telling the new one from the old one. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, because the old Mazda6 was a handsome car. The new grille, headlights, and taillights are classy and timely updates that make a pretty car a little prettier but don’t bowl you over.


On The Inside

Midsize sedans didn’t always to need stylish interiors, either. That’s changed, too.

This is where our comparison gets tough. Mazda has been pursuing a more premium aesthetic to help separate itself from the midsize crowd, with better interior design and richer materials. The Mazda6 is the latest effort, and it’s a sleek, modern design with quality leather, real wood and metal, and suede trim.




Honda hasn’t expressly stated a premium push, but the Accord’s interior has very much gone upscale. In our recent comparison tests and Car of the Year judging, it was favorably compared to an Audi by several editors. The materials and design both look and feel premium, and the level of technology offered is off the charts for the class. The all-new Accord is also blessed with a cavernous back seat, something the refreshed Mazda6 can’t match.


Under The Hood

The sleeper family sedan is fairly uncommon these days—any car equipped with a big motor generally comes with plenty of identifying markings. Even still, run of the mill sedans are getting more power than ever.

Take the Mazda6. It lost its V-6 with the new generation a few years ago, and although its naturally aspirated four-cylinder was on-par with competitors, there was no big engine option to keep up with the Jones’. Not anymore. The new Mazda6 gets the CX-9’s turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder good for 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The base naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder carries over with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft and gets a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual. The big engine only gets the automatic.

That gives the Accord an advantage because Honda will sell it to you with a CVT, a six-speed manual, or a 10-speed automatic, and you can have the manual on both engines. Those include a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder good for 192 hp and 192 lb-ft and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder derived from the bonkers Civic Type R that’s good for 252 hp and 273 lb-ft, out-muscling the Mazda in three of four measurements (read our 2018 Accord First Test here).

The Mazda, on the other hand, features cylinder deactivation, allowing it to run on two cylinders under light loads to save fuel. Honda, though, will soon offer a plug-in hybrid model, and Mazda has not announced any kind of hybrid powertrain for the Mazda6.

We know the Honda is good for a 0-60 mph sprint in as little as 5.7 seconds with the 2.0-liter engine and automatic, 6.2 seconds with the 2.0-liter engine and the manual, and 7.6 seconds with the 1.5-liter engine and CVT. We’re also pretty confident the base model Mazda6 and its naturally aspirated engine will need the same 7.9 seconds to hit 60 mph as last year’s car, but we’re curious to see if the turbo 2.5’s torque advantage is enough to clip the spritely Honda.

The Honda Accord is already on sale, but you’ll have to wait until spring to buy a Mazda6.



































































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GMC Launches 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition

If you’re in the market for a large, luxurious SUV, you can do a lot worse than the GMC Yukon Denali. It’s big, comfortable, powerful, and remarkably agile. The question is, though, what do you buy if you like the Yukon Denali but wish it stood out a little more? At the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, GMC revealed the answer: the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.

In case you were wondering, the Ultimate Black Edition is definitely black. Onyx Black is the only color GMC offers with this package. Beyond that, you get 22-inch black wheels with chrome accents, polished exhaust tips, chrome side-view mirrors, and fancy new floor mats. You also get GMC’s Open Road package, which includes a sunroof, back-seat entertainment system, retractable side steps, the Enhanced Security Package, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

“The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level,” said Stu Pierce, one of GMC’s marketing directors. “The Ultimate Black Edition provides our customers seeking the ultimate in performance and refinement with an opportunity to express themselves with a new and unique style.”

Considering that it’s essentially new wheels, a few chrome bits, and a set of floormats, that’s a bit of a stretch. But we have to admit the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition looks pretty cool. Unfortunately, GMC hasn’t revealed pricing yet, but based on what’s included and the price of a regular Yukon Denali, expect the rear-wheel-drive version to cost a little more than $70,000.

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Star Wars-Inspired Nissan Titan AT-M6 Walker Assaults L.A. Show

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Nissan hitched its wagon to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise last year for the Rogue One episode based on the obvious tie-in with the Rogue. It continues for this year’s impending Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi installment. The tenuous link the company is making now is the fact that the movie involves choosing between the light and dark sides of The Force. Nissan is using that reference from the movie and showing the choice automakers have between making virtuous technologies such as electrification and autonomy available for the many (light side) or the wealthy few (dark side). Spoiler alert: Nissan is opting for the former. At this year’s show, Nissan brought six new Last Jedi-themed cars and trucks and the Rogue One Rogue.

The cars have all been built by Vehicle Effects of Sun Valley, California, the company responsible for the vehicles in the Fast and Furious franchise, the most recent Batmobiles, and the Marvel franchise vehicles, among others. Of the Nissan Star Wars franchise vehicles the company has made, the largest and most elaborate is this Nissan Titan, which is inspired by the giant AT-M6 Walker bots the First Order uses to terrorize General Leia Organa’s Resistance.

We spoke with Eric Shimp of Vehicle Effects who explained that most of what we see on the Titan AT-M6 is aluminum, with some of the repeating shapes (such as the battery boxes in back) having been popped out of a mold for consistency. The intricate circuit panels on the sides are 3-D-printed parts, and the entire thing is then painted. There is no wrap on any of the main Star Wars cars (there were two wrapped vehicles in the Convention Center entry atrium).

Lucasfilm sent Vehicle Effects gigantic computer files with vastly too much surface information to incorporate on a pickup-sized Walker, but rest assured that those items that were scalable to this vehicle are incredibly accurate. The big challenge with this vehicle was to prevent the added gear from looking like a camper insert. We think they succeeded on that front.

The finished vehicle reportedly weighs about 6,500 pounds. It is powered by the stock gas V-8, and the interior remains stock, except the back seat area is filled with sound equipment to generate the booming effects of a stomping AT-M6 Walker. Vehicle Effects isn’t saying how much it cost to build but admits this one has the most labor hours in it—though the X-wing fighter Rogue involved considerable machining.

Nissan’s Star Wars fleet will be making the rounds of smaller auto shows through the first quarter of 2018, by which time the movie will probably have run its course in even the second-run theaters.

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Star Wars-Inspired Nissan Titan AT-M6 Walker Assaults L.A. Show

Nissan hitched its wagon to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise last year for the Rogue One episode based on the obvious tie-in with the Rogue. It continues for this year’s impending Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi installment. The tenuous link the company is making now is the fact that the movie involves choosing between the light and dark sides of The Force. Nissan is using that reference from the movie and showing the choice automakers have between making virtuous technologies such as electrification and autonomy available for the many (light side) or the wealthy few (dark side). Spoiler alert: Nissan is opting for the former. At this year’s show, Nissan brought six new Last Jedi-themed cars and trucks and the Rogue One Rogue.

The cars have all been built by Vehicle Effects of Sun Valley, California, the company responsible for the vehicles in the Fast and Furious franchise, the most recent Batmobiles, and the Marvel franchise vehicles, among others. Of the Nissan Star Wars franchise vehicles the company has made, the largest and most elaborate is this Nissan Titan, which is inspired by the giant AT-M6 Walker bots the First Order uses to terrorize General Leia Organa’s Resistance.

We spoke with Eric Shimp of Vehicle Effects who explained that most of what we see on the Titan AT-M6 is aluminum, with some of the repeating shapes (such as the battery boxes in back) having been popped out of a mold for consistency. The intricate circuit panels on the sides are 3-D-printed parts, and the entire thing is then painted. There is no wrap on any of the main Star Wars cars (there were two wrapped vehicles in the Convention Center entry atrium).

Lucasfilm sent Vehicle Effects gigantic computer files with vastly too much surface information to incorporate on a pickup-sized Walker, but rest assured that those items that were scalable to this vehicle are incredibly accurate. The big challenge with this vehicle was to prevent the added gear from looking like a camper insert. We think they succeeded on that front.




The finished vehicle reportedly weighs about 6,500 pounds. It is powered by the stock gas V-8, and the interior remains stock, except the back seat area is filled with sound equipment to generate the booming effects of a stomping AT-M6 Walker. Vehicle Effects isn’t saying how much it cost to build but admits this one has the most labor hours in it—though the X-wing fighter Rogue involved considerable machining.

Nissan’s Star Wars fleet will be making the rounds of smaller auto shows through the first quarter of 2018, by which time the movie will probably have run its course in even the second-run theaters.

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Star Wars-Inspired Nissan Titan AT-M6 Walker Assaults L.A. Show

Nissan hitched its wagon to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise last year for the Rogue One episode based on the obvious tie-in with the Rogue. It continues for this year’s impending Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi installment. The tenuous link the company is making now is the fact that the movie involves choosing between the light and dark sides of The Force. Nissan is using that reference from the movie and showing the choice automakers have between making virtuous technologies such as electrification and autonomy available for the many (light side) or the wealthy few (dark side). Spoiler alert: Nissan is opting for the former. At this year’s show, Nissan brought six new Last Jedi-themed cars and trucks and the Rogue One Rogue.

The cars have all been built by Vehicle Effects of Sun Valley, California, the company responsible for the vehicles in the Fast and Furious franchise, the most recent Batmobiles, and the Marvel franchise vehicles, among others. Of the Nissan Star Wars franchise vehicles the company has made, the largest and most elaborate is this Nissan Titan, which is inspired by the giant AT-M6 Walker bots the First Order uses to terrorize General Leia Organa’s Resistance.

We spoke with Eric Shimp of Vehicle Effects who explained that most of what we see on the Titan AT-M6 is aluminum, with some of the repeating shapes (such as the battery boxes in back) having been popped out of a mold for consistency. The intricate circuit panels on the sides are 3-D-printed parts, and the entire thing is then painted. There is no wrap on any of the main Star Wars cars (there were two wrapped vehicles in the Convention Center entry atrium).

Lucasfilm sent Vehicle Effects gigantic computer files with vastly too much surface information to incorporate on a pickup-sized Walker, but rest assured that those items that were scalable to this vehicle are incredibly accurate. The big challenge with this vehicle was to prevent the added gear from looking like a camper insert. We think they succeeded on that front.




The finished vehicle reportedly weighs about 6,500 pounds. It is powered by the stock gas V-8, and the interior remains stock, except the back seat area is filled with sound equipment to generate the booming effects of a stomping AT-M6 Walker. Vehicle Effects isn’t saying how much it cost to build but admits this one has the most labor hours in it—though the X-wing fighter Rogue involved considerable machining.

Nissan’s Star Wars fleet will be making the rounds of smaller auto shows through the first quarter of 2018, by which time the movie will probably have run its course in even the second-run theaters.

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Adventure Motorcyclist Travel Book: Journey to the End of the World

If you’ve been reading MO for more than a couple of years, you’ll fondly remember our former coworker Alfonse Palaima. Fonzie left us to pursue a freelance career, and his latest publishing project is this lushly illustrated book that chronicles an 11,000-mile journey along the vertical length of South America from Colombia to Argentina, culminating by crossing the Straits of Magellan onto the southernmost tip of the continent, Tierra del Fuego.

Dubbed Expedition65 and organized by RawHyde Adventures’ Jim Hyde, the trip follows along 65 degrees of latitude over epic terrain, including the magnificent Andes mountains, the world’s largest salt flats (Salar de Uyuni), and South Yungas Road, colloquially known as the Bolivian Death Road, north of La Paz, the world’s highest capital city.

Penned by Colin Evans and assisted by Palaima, Journey to the End of the World features riveting and colorful images captured by Fonz. It’s available for $39 from Octane Press.

Begin Press Release

Journey to the End of the World is Out Now on Octane Press

AUSTIN, Texas – May 12, 2017 – In the fall of 2016, 15 seasoned adventure motorcyclists set off on an uncharted route to the edge of South America. The idea behind Expedition65, as cooked up by RawHyde head honcho Jim Hyde, was to travel across 65 degrees of latitude along the Andes mountains, from Cartagena, Colombia to Ushuaia, Argentina. Enlisting a veteran group of teammates, a fleet of BMW R 1200 GS  motorcycles, and a support vehicle, Hyde, Alfonse Palaima and Colin Evans planned out a gorgeous, grueling and occasionally life-threatening, 11,000 mile route that would take them to some of the planet’s most epic and storied roads, sites and cultures, and, finally, to “the end of the world.“  The big, beautiful, full-color account of the epic ride, Journey to the End of the World, is now available from Octane Press.

Penned by experienced adventure rider Colin Evans and chronicled by long-time professional photographer Alfonse Palaima, Journey to the End of the World packages the insightful and often hilarious prose of Evans, with stunning images captured by Palaima, in some of the most intense —and beautiful—riding conditions imaginable. Along the way, the E65 group encounters many of South America’s most iconic locations, from the World’s Most Dangerous Road to the legendary Salar de Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flat), on single- and double-track trails winding across the soaring peaks of the Andes as well as the muddy paths of the Amazon basin. The duo also record countless death-defying moments, howling winds, a few fistfights,  major “pucker-factor” moments, mechanical breakdowns, and finally, the crossing over the Straits of Magellan onto Tierra del Fuego.

The stories in Journey to the End of the World  touch on insanely dangerous rides to laugh-out-loud absurdities, with rest stops that include high-class to low-brow and everything in between. This riveting account reveals South America’s highest mountain passes as well as its most intensely spiritual landscapes, all experienced from the saddle of an adventure motorcycle.

If you prefer to see it motion pictures, check out GlobeRiders and Touratech/BDR filmmaker Sterling Noren’s 4-part documentary dubbed “Expedition 65” at NorenFilms.com.

[Movie trailer here: https://youtu.be/QYkC7g5NzAs ]

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Adventure Motorcyclist Travel Book: Journey to the End of the World

If you’ve been reading MO for more than a couple of years, you’ll fondly remember our former coworker Alfonse Palaima. Fonzie left us to pursue a freelance career, and his latest publishing project is this lushly illustrated book that chronicles an 11,000-mile journey along the vertical length of South America from Colombia to Argentina, culminating by crossing the Straits of Magellan onto the southernmost tip of the continent, Tierra del Fuego.

Dubbed Expedition65 and organized by RawHyde Adventures’ Jim Hyde, the trip follows along 65 degrees of latitude over epic terrain, including the magnificent Andes mountains, the world’s largest salt flats (Salar de Uyuni), and South Yungas Road, colloquially known as the Bolivian Death Road, north of La Paz, the world’s highest capital city.

Penned by Colin Evans and assisted by Palaima, Journey to the End of the World features riveting and colorful images captured by Fonz. It’s available for $39 from Octane Press.

Begin Press Release

Journey to the End of the World is Out Now on Octane Press

AUSTIN, Texas – May 12, 2017 – In the fall of 2016, 15 seasoned adventure motorcyclists set off on an uncharted route to the edge of South America. The idea behind Expedition65, as cooked up by RawHyde head honcho Jim Hyde, was to travel across 65 degrees of latitude along the Andes mountains, from Cartagena, Colombia to Ushuaia, Argentina. Enlisting a veteran group of teammates, a fleet of BMW R 1200 GS  motorcycles, and a support vehicle, Hyde, Alfonse Palaima and Colin Evans planned out a gorgeous, grueling and occasionally life-threatening, 11,000 mile route that would take them to some of the planet’s most epic and storied roads, sites and cultures, and, finally, to “the end of the world.“  The big, beautiful, full-color account of the epic ride, Journey to the End of the World, is now available from Octane Press.

Penned by experienced adventure rider Colin Evans and chronicled by long-time professional photographer Alfonse Palaima, Journey to the End of the World packages the insightful and often hilarious prose of Evans, with stunning images captured by Palaima, in some of the most intense —and beautiful—riding conditions imaginable. Along the way, the E65 group encounters many of South America’s most iconic locations, from the World’s Most Dangerous Road to the legendary Salar de Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flat), on single- and double-track trails winding across the soaring peaks of the Andes as well as the muddy paths of the Amazon basin. The duo also record countless death-defying moments, howling winds, a few fistfights,  major “pucker-factor” moments, mechanical breakdowns, and finally, the crossing over the Straits of Magellan onto Tierra del Fuego.

The stories in Journey to the End of the World  touch on insanely dangerous rides to laugh-out-loud absurdities, with rest stops that include high-class to low-brow and everything in between. This riveting account reveals South America’s highest mountain passes as well as its most intensely spiritual landscapes, all experienced from the saddle of an adventure motorcycle.

If you prefer to see it motion pictures, check out GlobeRiders and Touratech/BDR filmmaker Sterling Noren’s 4-part documentary dubbed “Expedition 65” at NorenFilms.com.

[Movie trailer here: https://youtu.be/QYkC7g5NzAs ]

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Nissan Goes Full Force with ‘Last Jedi’-Inspired Rides

Nissan’s stand at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show included a full-size TIE fighter model along with a Star Wars-themed Nissan Rogue.

For 2017, the automaker stepped it up, rolling out seven “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”-inspired show vehicles.

“We’re back this year collaborating with Lucasfilm and the artists at Industrial Light & Magic to create these amazing concept vehicles across some of our best-selling models,” said Jeremy Tucker, Nissan marketing VP, said in a statement.

“These show vehicles were created for our fans, and will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show and shared across the country in regional auto shows over the next several months.”

Fans of the saga or those susceptible to Jedi mind tricks will love the attention to detail that has been added to these cars and trucks by the crafty geeks at Industrial Light & Magic.

The show cars are not for sale, but are based on characters and vehicles found in the latest installment of the Sci-Fi franchise. Some of them look fast enough to make the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs, too.

There’s a TIE fighter Nissan Maxima and Altima, a Rogue-based X-Wing with a BB-8 droid, a Kylo Ren Maxima and a Captain Phasma Maxima, Rogue Sport A-Wing, and a battle blasted 2018 Titan AT-M6 that’s a must for urban commuters.

If you live in Southern California, chances are you’ve already seen similar customized Empire and Rebellion mods out on the freeway.

You can see these official ones as well as Nissan’s latest rides like its Kicks crossover at the L.A. show through December 10.

















































There’s also Stormtrooper greeters and R2-D2 on hand for both public weekends of the show. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens on December 15.

It looks like Nissan’s marketing force will be with us. Always.

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6 Revelations on the Toyota FT-AC from the 2017 L.A. Auto Show

Interviewing Toyota’s Jack Hollis about the brand’s latest SUV concept

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Toyota has launched a squadron of SUV crossover trial balloons at recent auto shows, with the Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC being the latest. We caught up with Toyota general manager Jack Hollis right after his enthusiastic introduction of the concept to get a few more details on this latest conversation-starter.


More Doable than FT-4X

When pressed about the FT-AC’s prospects for production, Hollis said “I don’t like doing concepts just for concepts’ sake,” and also admitted that this concepts was “more doable” than the New York show concept, FT-4X. We expect elements of the FT-AC’s design to be scaled down and applied to the next RAV4 (as shown it splits the size-difference between the RAV4 and Highlander).


Local Connectivity

Vehicle-to-vehicle and -to-infrastructure communications are all the rage, but the FT-AC wants to extend the usefulness of the connection to its users’ phones and cloud-storage accounts. Its detachable cameras can store and/or stream to the web, whether attached to the car or detached and mounted to bikes or helmets when adventuring. Also, leveraging the onboard Wi-Fi connection, the various lighting elements can be used for flash photography by the cameras, triggered by a cell phone.


Weekday Comfort/Weekend Ruggedness

The design intent for the chassis tuners is to ensure the FT-AC delivers a comfortable, supple ride for weekday commuting to work, with sufficient ground clearance and tractability from the torque-vectoring all-wheel drive to access your favorite base-jumping/kayak-launching/backpacking-trailhead locations.


Floating Fender Flairs

The castellated fender flares actually stand proud of the bodywork by a finger width or so, which would likely complicate cleaning and waxing the body and would doubtless be an aero killer, but when we suggested to Hollis that making them telescopic to cover variable tire sizes his eyes lit up! (Don’t look for anything like this happening, fixed or telescopic.)


Not a CALTY Design

This design sprang from internal competitions involving California CALTY design center and others in Japan. There was even some collaboration with vehicle customizers.


Interior Coming Soon

The show car in LA was a shell with opaque windows, but Hollis promises that an interior is being designed to incorporate as much innovation as the current exterior is demonstrating.

Learn more about the Toyota FT-AC right here.

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