Matt Myftiu

Matt Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

Audi of America has won four Vincentric “Best Value in America” awards, including an overall brand award in the Luxury Car Brand category. This is the second time Audi has received this honor. Vincentric also awarded Audi three model-specific “Best Value in America Awards.” The 2019 Audi A7 was named winner in the Premium Luxury Large Sedan segment for the third time, while the Audi A6 was named winner in the Premium Luxury Mid-Size Sedan segment, and the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet received the award in the Luxury Convertible segment.  

In its 15th year, the Vincentric “Best Value in America Awards” determine value by measuring cost-of-ownership using eight different cost factors: depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs. Using a statistical model, Vincentric identified the Best Value in America winners by measuring which vehicles had lower than expected ownership costs given their market segment and price. More than 3,000 vehicle configurations were evaluated in all 50 states plus D.C. using a range of annual mileage intervals and insurance profiles.

For the 56th time, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take to the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway as it kicks off the 2019 stock car racing season with the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. Defending race winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) will be back to go for his second consecutive victory, and he'll be faced with steep competition throughout the field. 
 
Self returns to Daytona brimming with confidence. Not only will he be chasing his second straight Daytona win, he'll be pursuing the ARCA Racing Series national championship for the first time. 
 
"As we focus on a championship for the first time, it's really important that we get things right and are as prepared as possible for Daytona," he said. "If we can go in and win again, obviously that's the best scenario for many reasons but ultimately this year is about the championship so coming out of Daytona clean with a solid finish is important on its own."
 
With the kickoff of the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season right around the corner, everyone is excited to make the trip to Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. It is the first opportunity to see the 2019 drivers and teams on track, and it's also an opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with the drivers, teams, and cars in the ARCA garage area on race day.
 
The ARCA Racing Series will open its garage area to fans who have purchased a Fan Zone ticket. Those fans  will have 90 minutes to walk through the garage, get autographs and selfies with the drivers, and get to see the racecars up close just before they are rolled to the grid for the start of the 56th annual Lucas Oil 200. Most, if not all, of the drivers entered will be at the back of their team transporters to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
 

The only thing constant about the Cadillac vehicle lineup lately is change. Beyond the news that its flagship CT6 is going away after this year, the brand’s crossover lineup is getting a major revamp.


Brand new for 2019 was the XT4, Cadillac’s entry in the hot category of compact crossovers. Then the three-row crossover XT6 (a 2020 model) was just unveiled at NAIAS in January.

Right in the middle is the OG of the crossover lineup, the XT5 (known in its former life as the SRX), a midsize luxury crossover competing against heavy hitters like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus RX.

I recently spent some time in a 2019 XT5 and I’m back with a full report on how it measures up to the competition.

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