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Are Big American Sedans Finally Making Their Swan Song?

It’s happened before. Venerable nameplates such as Sedan de Ville, Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler Imperial, and Lincoln Continental once ruled American roads. They were repeatedly downsized starting in the 1970s and most eventually became extinct. Now, amidst tanking sales, it appears the current crop of large American sedans might face such an ignoble end as well.
More than ever before, Americans are buying “trucks,” a category that includes crossovers, SUVs, …

Hilton to Upgrade its Garden Inn Brand

Hilton to Upgrade its Garden Inn Brand

Hilton Hotels and Resorts announced that it is introducing new enhancements to its Garden Inn brand of mid-priced hotels.
As part of the brand redesign, Hilton is debuting six new customizable hotel prototypes. Features will include pod-style check-in areas and more natural light, as well as new multi-functional features of the properties’ meeting spaces.
The hotelier says the brand will focus on “the importance of delivering simple things at a higher standard.”
Garden …

Crowne Plaza Pueblo Opens in Mexico

Crowne Plaza Pueblo Opens in Mexico

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of a new Crowne Plaza hotel in Pueblo, Mexico.
The Crowne Plaza Pueblo has 155 guestrooms, 21 of which are suites, each with a 50” TV and in-room coffee machine. The property’s suites offer full kitchens.
Guests can use the hotel’s heated indoor pool, and the property also offers a fitness center. A business center is located on the premises, and the hotel has three boardrooms …

JetBlue Sees Q2 Profit Soar Thanks to Higher Fares

JetBlue Sees Q2 Profit Soar Thanks to Higher Fares

JetBlue Airways announced financial results for the first quarter of 2017.
The New York-based airline reported first quarter revenue of $1.8 billion, a hefty 12.1% increase from $1.6 billion in Q2 2016.
Net income for the quarter was $211 million, a rise of 16.7% from $181 million in 2016.
“Our second quarter unit revenue exceeded our initial guidance as a result of our targeted revenue initiatives and a solid demand environment,” said the …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport

If you scratch your head when someone mentions the Infiniti QX30, you aren’t alone: based on the Q30, the QX30 was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2015. It made its U.S. debut the same year at the New York International Auto Show.
Nissan’s third SUV also bears an unusual pedigree: it’s built at a Nissan factory in England using the Mercedes-Benz CLA/GLA platform, engine, and transmission. The platform …

Hawaiian Airlines to Add 3 New West Coast A321neo Routes in 2018

Hawaiian Airlines to Add 3 New West Coast A321neo Routes in 2018

Hawaiian Airlines announced plans for three new routes from the West Coast to Hawaii that will start early next year.
The airline will add service from Portland, Oregon to Maui; from Oakland, California to Kaua’i, and from Los Angeles to Kona. Oakland-Kaua’i is currently a seasonal route served by a wide-body aircraft. The airline plans to operate all three new routes with its new single-aisle Airbus A321neo aircraft.
While Hawaiian will launch …

New Law in Washington State Penalizes Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devices

New Law in Washington State Penalizes Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devices

A new distracted-driving law went into effect in Washington State on Sunday that goes well beyond what the state’s current law covers.
In addition to making it illegal to hold a mobile phone to one’s ear while driving or to send text messages by typing them on the device, the new law forbids any handheld use of an electronic device including composing any sort of message or entering any data. Even …