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Season 35 of television’s longest-running automotive series, MotorWeek, premieres on public television stations across the country on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
Episodes of the 2015-2016 season will explore what MotorWeek producers call the 21st century revolution of the car that includes such developments as self-driving technologies and the use of electric, natural gas, and even hydrogen to power automobiles.
MotorWeek creator, host, and senior executive producer John Davis cites the enormous change in the average family car over the decades since the program premiered on October 15, 1981. “Every part of the automobile has undergone transformation,” he notes, “with the biggest changes in powertrain and control design since the automobile was first invented.”
Season 35 of MotorWeek will draw parallels from the past with on air transformations dating back to the 80’s. The series will also pause from time to time to look back at how far the “family car” has come over our generation plus on the air, through both a special anniversary episode, and through weekly MotorWeek Flashback vignettes. This season MotorWeek will look over the vehicles that were cutting edge back in the 80’s and comparing those to vehicles that are cutting edge today.
John Davis will again lead a team of on-air reporters for MotorWeek’s 35th season in rigorously testing and evaluating new vehicles and assessing cars’ performance, practicality, efficiency, and safety. More than 150 cars are examined annually for the benefit of viewers. During the upcoming season, rare exotics such as the Mercedes-AMG GT-S and Bentley Mulsanne Speed will be featured as well as more practical types of transportation that families depend upon such as new generations of the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima and the first-of-its-kind Tesla Model X crossover.
MotorWeek’s feature line-up will continue with the return of popular segments like Goss’ Garage with MotorWeek’s resident Master Technician Pat Goss offering do-it-yourself car care advice; Yolanda Vazquez also keeps viewers in the know with consumer news and trends in Motor News; Over the Edge Reporter Zach Maskell turns up the fun with a look at the auto world in overdrive; while Brian Robinson takes a very hands-on look of the two-wheel experience reviewing the newest motorcycles and scooters in Two Wheelin’. MotorWeek will also accelerate its coverage of the use of alternative fuels and advances in green power technologies as we race toward a cleaner driving future.
Produced and distributed by Maryland Public Television, MotorWeek airs on 92% of PBS stations nationwide and can also be seen on the V-me Spanish-language network. Winner of dozens of prestigious automotive journalism awards, MotorWeek is also seen on the Velocity channel. Program excerpts are available to viewers on the program’s website, motorweek.org, and on its YouTube Channel, youtube.com/Motorweek.
MotorWeek is nationally sponsored by RockAuto.com, and the TireRack.com.
MotorWeek, television’s original automotive magazine, names the Ford Mustang as its “Best of the Year” pick from among all 2015 Drivers’ Choice Award winners. The 2015 Ford Mustang, the 6th generation of America’s original pony car, stood out amongst stiff competition for its eye catching retro-inspired exterior design, modern drivetrains, honest quality and overall progression.
“The all-new Mustang is a watershed design,” says MotorWeek host John Davis. “This car takes Ford’s most iconic performance nameplate to a new level of sophistication and prowess that blasts past domestic rivals and now challenges the best sports cars from around the world.”
As one of the auto industry’s most coveted honors, The Drivers’ Choice Awards are announced, fittingly, at the largest consumer auto show in North America, the annual Chicago Auto Show.
“Ford is honored that MotorWeek has selected the all-new Mustang for this award,” said Steve Ling, Ford North American Car Marketing Manager. "Our goal was to build the best Mustang ever and we're proud that this award-winning vehicle has been so well received by our customers."
Recognized as the best overall among winners in 12 lifestyle categories, the Ford Mustang also won as “Best Sport Coupe.” All Drivers’ Choice winners are featured on Motorweek.org, as well as on a special episode (#3424) of MotorWeek airing on public television stations beginning February 13, 2015, and on cable’s Velocity beginning February 24, 2015. MotorWeek and the 2015 Drivers’ Choice Awards are nationally sponsored by RockAuto, Tire Rack, and DieHard.
The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards are consumer focused and represent the best automotive picks within a large range of lifestyles. MotorWeek’s editorial staff evaluates more than 150 cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles per year, and winners are chosen based on driving dynamics, performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and dollar value.
2015 Drivers’ Choice Winners:
Best Small Car Volkswagen Golf/GTI
Best Family Sedan Subaru Legacy
Best Convertible BMW 4 Series Convertible
Best Luxury Sedan Cadillac CTS
Best Sport Sedan Dodge Charger
Best Sport Coupe Ford Mustang
Best Performance Car Alfa Romeo 4C
Best Small Utility Nissan Murano
Best Large Utility Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
Best Pickup Truck Ford F-150
Best Eco-Friendly Kia Soul EV
Beast Dream Machine Audi RS7
MotorWeek is one of the nation’s leading sources for the latest car and truck reviews, do-it-yourself car care tips and auto industry news. Produced by Maryland Public Television, the award-winning series is now in its 34th season. MotorWeek currently airs on PBS, Velocity, and V-me Spanish-language network. Full episodes can also be viewed on pbs.org.
Season 34 of MotorWeek, television’s longest-running automotive series, celebrates the reinvention of the automobile. Upcoming 2015 and 2016 models will feature the highest level of infotainment, safety, and driver’s aid technology ever on four wheels and MotorWeek will cover all of it in exciting detail. This new technology is transforming how automobiles interact with consumers as well as how they drive, paving the way for the emergence of the autonomous, self-driving car. The new season of MotorWeek premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning Friday, September 5, 2014.
Season 34 of MotorWeek will highlight advanced functions such as Collision Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and other driver aids that are a step towards cars that completely drive themselves. While this approach may be somewhat alarming to automotive enthusiasts, it will be a boon for everyone that loves or needs the everyday freedom that driving an automobile provides. “The autonomous automobile will not only continue America’s love affair with the automobile, but move it to an even higher level of usefulness,” says John Davis, MotorWeek Host and Senior Executive Producer.
One new technology, Collision Mitigation, which uses a radar aided braking system to slow and even stop a vehicle to avoid a collision, will become a special focus of MotorWeek’s continuing commitment to driving safety. In season 34 MotorWeek will inaugurate a new test for cars with automatic braking systems. MotorWeek will add a low speed barrier test, the first all-new test in our Road Test regime in a generation. This new barrier test was created to measure the effectiveness of the various automatic braking systems among different makes and models. MotorWeek Season 34 will reveal how automatic braking systems react in low speed collisions; one of the most common accidents causing billions of dollars in insurance claims for injuries and property damage.
The season premiere of MotorWeek features the newest addition to the BMW family, the exotic 2015 BMW i8 advanced hybrid, the compact 2015 Lincoln MKC utility, the 700-plus horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, along with the all-new 2015 Acura TLX. Other highlights from MotorWeek’s new season include road test reviews of the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, designed and engineered to be the fastest street-legal Camaro ever built; and the new 2015 Lexus NX, the brand’s first compact luxury crossover.
MotorWeek’s line-up of popular segments returns with Master Technician Pat Goss offering do-it-yourself car care advice at Goss’ Garage. Yolanda Vazquez will continue to tackle consumer news and trends in FYI and Motor News. Roving reporter Zach Maskell goes Over the Edge with a quirky and fun look at the auto world in overdrive, while Brian Robinson reviews the newest motorcycles and scooters in Two Wheelin’. MotorWeek also continues its decade-long emphasis on the widening availability and practicality of hybrid and electric vehicles in Green Motoring.
To find out which public television station in your area airs MotorWeek, go to motorweek.org and click on find your station. MotorWeek can also be seen on pbs.org, Discovery’s Velocity channel and the V-me Spanish language television network. You can also find MotorWeek on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes.
MotorWeek is nationally sponsored by Die Hard, RockAuto, and Tire Rack.
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MotorWeek names the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as its “Best of the Year” 2014 Drivers’ Choice Award winner for delivering an exotic performance, for far less than an exotic price. The Drivers’ Choice Awards, among the auto industry’s most coveted honor, announces the awards annually at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray stood out amongst competition for its eye catching exterior design, high tech substances, honest quality and lofty performance.
"With MotorWeek's longstanding reputation for representing the pulse of the consumer and best market choices, Chevrolet is honored and delighted to be the recipient of the Drivers’ Choice, Best of the Year, 2014 with the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray," said Tim Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer, Global Chevrolet. "This is a fabulous award and one that we are exceptionally proud to call our own."
“The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is an amazing effort at an amazingly affordable price, says MotorWeek host John Davis. It looks great from every angle, and is a total high performance package that is truly world class. Nothing is left out - from track-ready features, to impressive driver comfort, to the kind of fuel economy that is the envy of the sports car world.”
Recognized as the best overall among winners in 13 lifestyle categories, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray also won as “Best Sport Performance Car.” All Drivers’ Choice winners are featured on Motorweek.org, as well as on a special episode (#3323) of MotorWeek airing on public television stations beginning February 8, 2014, and on cable’s Velocity beginning February 18, 2014. MotorWeek and the 2014 Driver’s Choice Awards are nationally sponsored by RockAuto, Tire Rack, and DieHard.
The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards are consumer focused and represent the best automotive picks for a large range of lifestyles. MotorWeek’s editorial staff evaluates more than 150 cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles. Winners are chosen based on performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and dollar value.
2013 Drivers’ Choice Winners:
Best Subcompact Car Ford Fiesta ST
Best Compact Car Mazda3
Best Family Sedan Chevrolet Impala
Best Convertable Jaguar F-Type
Best Luxury Sedan Cadillac CTS
Best Sport Sedan Subaru WRX
Best Sports Coupe BMW 4 Series
Best Performance Car Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Best Small Utility Jeep Cherokee
Best Large Utility Hyundai Santa Fe
Best Pickup Truck Ram 1500
Best ECO-Friendly Honda Accord Hybrid
Beast Dream Machine Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
MotorWeek is one of the nation’s leading sources for the latest car and truck reviews, do-it-yourself car care tips and auto industry news. Produced by Maryland Public Television, the award-winning series is now in its 33rd season and currently airs on PBS, Velocity, and V-me Spanish-language network. Full episodes can also be viewed on pbs.org.
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