TodayApril 15, 2022

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Happy Thanksgiving

Good Morning Warren and friends,

It is hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving. Just a reminder, we won’t have a chat next week.

Finally, Kia announced the pricing for the 2018 Stinger.

2018 Kia Stinger starts at $31,9002
2018 Kia Stinger Premium starts at $37,1002
2018 Kia Stinger GT starts at $38,3502
2018 Kia Stinger GT1 starts at $43,2502
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 starts at $49,2002
2018 Kia Stinger All-wheel drive: $2,200
Destination: $900

Last week I went down to Mountain View, California, AKA Silicon Valley. BMW has a technology office there, and we got a look at BMW’s autonomous driving project. Hint: Level 5 will only be in fleet projects by 2021.

Friday night Stretch and I went to a charity event benefitting the California Automobile Museum. Many of you have children. I didn’t realize that the most expensive part of the field trip was busing the children back and forth – to the tune of $500 a bus!

Scott Pruett was the honored guest at the California Auto Museum gala, sponsored by Lexus of Sacramento. You can listen to his speech here.

Stretch, and I drove the 2017 BMW i3 plug-in hybrid range extender this week. The MSRP starting price is $47,450, the car I tested was $54,295. EPA fuel estimate is 97 miles driving range on electricity and 35 mpg on gasoline. The PHEV is allowed the $7,500 credit but check with your accountant first in case the tax credits change.

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Scott Pruett at California Automobile Museum

Scott Pruett at California Automobile Museum

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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