|Created by||John H. Davis|
|Starring||John H. Davis
Yolanda Vazquez, Jessica Choksey, Steven Chupnick
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||31|
|Executive producer(s)||John H. Davis|
|Location(s)||Owings Mills, Maryland|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original channel||Maryland Public Television (PBS)|
|Picture format||4:3 (1981-2008)
|Original run||January 3, 1981– present|
MotorWeek is an American automotive television series. The program premiered in January 3, 1981 and is hosted by respected automotive journalist John H. Davis, who is also the series’ creator and executive producer. MotorWeek is produced by Maryland Public Television and is seen nationwide on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Discovery Network, Velocity, V-me and globally on the American Forces Network.
The half-hour program is presented in a magazine-like format, with reviews, comparisons, news, and features. MotorWeek's original slogan was "Television's automotive magazine", later changed to "Television's original automotive magazine", although the BBC's Top Gear debuted in 1977. The show went into national syndication beginning September 11, 1993, originally syndicated by ITC Entertainment.
Each year, MotorWeek puts more than 150 new cars, trucks, and SUVs to the test, providing consumer-oriented vehicle reviews. Its video Road Test segments focus on performance, technology, practicality and dollar value, and feature MotorWeek’s exclusive energy efficient rating system which compares each vehicle’s fuel economy to the best-rated vehicle in its class.
The MotorWeek team includes master technician Pat Goss who brings viewers practical advice for keeping cars on the road and out of the shop. Reporters Yolanda Vazquez and Steven Chupnick present timely reports on consumer trends, safety issues and the environment, along with innovative, offbeat stories on the automotive world gone extreme.
Since 1983, MotorWeek has presented its Drivers’ Choice Awards which are among the auto industry’s most prestigious honors. The Drivers’ Choice Awards are unique for their consumer focus and represent the definitive list of best automotive picks in the most popular vehicle categories, including the coveted “Best of the Year” award. They are presented annually during the Chicago Auto Show.
- Road Tests: Vehicle review segment.
- Goss' Garage: Automotive maintenance segment by Pat Goss.
- Car Keys: Quick reviews of new vehicles.
- Long Term Test Update: Test results for vehicles previously reviewed by MotorWeek.
- MotorNews: News segment by Yolanda Vazquez
- Over The Edge: Features the automotive industry on overdrive as reported by Steven Chupnick
- Gear: Automotive gadget segment by Steven Chupnick.
- FYI: Consumer segment covered by Yolanda Vazquez.
- Taking the High Road: Automotive looks from the past and present by Craig Singhaus.