Hyundai rocks SEMA and Valley of the Fire

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

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Ken Block unveiling his 90’s WRC Ford Escort Cossie in its Gymkhana TEN livery at the Pennzoil display

Another wonderful week in the world of automobiles. I drove the 2018 Hyundai Accent in Las Vegas, NV. I can’t give you my driving impressions, and the pricing hasn’t been announced, so I will leave you with just a picture of the 2018 Hyundai Accent in the Valley of the Fire.

While I was in Las Vegas, I spent half a day at SEMA. It’s supposed to be an aftermarket supplier event, but I think of it as pimped my ride on steroids. Every car celebrity was there, including Ken Block unveiling his 90’s WRC Ford Escort Cossie in its Gymkhana TEN livery at the Pennzoil display.

Hyundai showed off three new vehicles at 2017 SEMA show.

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Aaron Vaccar’s Tucson Sport Concept with Katzkin Ice Grey Leather, Fog Suedezkin, Blue Stitching. The nod went to Vaccar because he brought his Pops, Carl with him

The (1) “All-Show,” “All-Go” Blood Type Racing (BTR) Elantra Sport, (2) HyperEconiq Ioniq, courtesy of Bisimoto, and the (3) Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept. It was a toss-up which picture to post for you today, of the three Hyundais. It was between Nigerian-born tuner Bisi Ezerioha’s Ioniq that got a combined fuel economy well over 80 mpg or Aaron Vaccar’s Tucson Sport Concept with Katzkin Ice Grey Leather, Fog Suedezkin, Blue Stitching. The nod went to Vaccar because he brought his Pops, Carl with him. I’m a sucker for parents being involved with whatever their kids are doing, no matter what age.

Stretch, and I drove the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 with 4Matic Coupe this week. Beautiful outside, luxurious inside. There is a lovely pinstriping across the width of the dash, starting from the driver’s door all the way to the passenger’s door. The design creates a feeling of feng shui that should be copied by other designers; it’s that good. The 2-door starts at $61,400, the car I test drove was optioned up to $86,685. The EPA fuel estimate is 20 city/ 26 highway/ 22 combined.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic

About the Author:

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 member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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