TodayApril 15, 2022

Magna, Nissan, Mazda, Infiniti WAPO carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

It’s time for the WAPO carchat. Magna International opened their doors to show us some new products. Car companies sell today’s products; when you visit an Auto Supplier, you get a real glimpse into the future of automobiles and the Auto Industry.

Do you tow a trailer? The hardest part of towing is backing up.

Magna just announced that the 2017 Ford Super Duty would have a Trailer Reverse Guidance System. You can see the trailer through the NAV system as well as the trajectory of the trailer as the steering wheel is turned.

I drove two vehicles – well, three – the first was a Nissan Titan. I just happened to park next to a GMC and wondered- which backend do you like better and why? The starting MSRP is $34,780 for a 2017 Nissan Titan and comes in five models; S, SV, Pro-4X, SL, Platinum Reserve. The EPA fuel economy is 15 city/21 highway. I got about 21 mpg.

Mazda CX-9
Mazda CX-9

The second was the Mazda CX-9. I’ve driven the CX-9 before and really liked the vehicle. The MSRP starting price for the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is $31,250, and the EPA fuel economy is 22 city / 28 highway. Plus you can fold the seats down and pack everything a kid could fit in a dormitory room!

It was a short ride, but while I was in Michigan, I got to drive an Autumnal colored Dodge Charger. I dubbed it “Orange is the new Black.”

I am now sitting in my nephew Will’s apartment in Brooklyn. Talk about a place where parking is at a premium!

How was your week?

Let’s chat about cars

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Orange is the new Black - Dodge Charger
Orange is the new Black – Dodge Charger
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.