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Another record breaker for Mecum — Harrisburg at $40 million

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GMG GT Black Series

(August 8, 2022) Mecum Auctions has spent the vast majority of 2022 breaking and setting new auction records with unprecedented success beginning with the highest grossing collector car auction ever held in Kissimmee, Fla., this past January. The company’s most recent auction in Harrisburg, Pa., held July 27-30, followed the year’s record-setting trend with a total of $40 million in overall sales for a nearly 30% increase over the 2019 Harrisburg record of $31 million.

2023 Kia Sportage



MIAMI — After “earning” a reputation as a producer of cheap economy cars of say questionable quality after its arrival in the U.S in the early 1990s, Kia has established itself in the 21st Century as the manufacturer of top quality products New vehicles such as the Telluride full-size SUV, playful Soul, and performance-driven  Stinger sedan are responsible for some of that growth.

2023 Honda HR-V



PHOENIX — The smallest of Honda’s utility vehicle offerings, the HR-V subcompact crossover, has been given a complete redo as its second-generation is launched for 2023. The outgoing first generation was popular finding homes for more than 700,000 units in the U.S. during its 2016 debut to 2022 run.

2023 Nissan Z



INDIANAPOLIS — Too many automakers have tried to update classic designs with a retro flair to put an amber light on their boring product line.  That’s not the case with the 2023 Nissan Z.  While design references the original 1970 Z, and the chassis dates to the last Z, absolutely nothing about the driving experience or technology within seems outdated.  It’s as if a little bit of Greg Brady blended with George Jetson and this is what we got.

Vehicle of the Week

2023 Genesis GV60 — Electric driving done right



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 7, 2022) It's possible to purchase breathtaking performance by opting for the AWD Performance edition of the 2023 Genesis GV60 all-electric compact crossover. That will bring you 429 horsepower in a 4,800-pound car. Not enough? You say you want more? Well, OK, suit yourself. Hit the "overboost" button and for 10 seconds of insanity the GV60 will throw you back in your seat giving you 483 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque.

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New survey finds Americans are driving less as gas prices remain high



(August 8, 2022) In March, AAA released gas survey data examining the pump prices Americans would view as too expensive. At that time, over half (59%) said they would change their driving habits or lifestyle if the cost of gas rose to $4 per gallon. If gas were to reach $5, which it did in June, three-quarters said they would need to adjust their lifestyle to offset the spike at the pump. At that time, among Americans who said they would make changes in response to higher gas prices, a majority (80%) said they would opt to drive less. The new AAA survey reaffirms these driving habit changes.

New screen, extra features come with Infiniti's QX80 flagship SUV



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 3, 2022) MIAMI — As the biggest vehicle in the company’s fleet, the 2022 Infiniti QX80 serves as Infiniti’s flagship SUV and has done so since debuting as the QX56 in 2004. The name change came for 2014 when Infiniti abandoned the practice of using the numbers in its alpha-numeric nomenclature to designate engine size. The QX56, for example, came with a 5.6-liter V8 engine. The new system instead reflected the vehicle’s place in Infiniti’s portfolio. The higher number, the higher the vehicle’s place in the hierarchy.

Pump prices fall again, but will the trend stall?



(August 2, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas fell to $4.21, down 14 cents since last week. But a slight uptick in gas demand as more people fuel up could end the steady drop in daily pump prices.

Inside the Industry

Maserati launches new 10-year warranty program



(August 8, 2022) Flexibility, innovation, and personalization: these are the fundamental factors that guide the Maserati Personal Service Lab in the development of new services dedicated to its customers. Maserati has introduced a new Extra10 Warranty Program, to extend the coverage of powertrain components — engine, gearbox, transmission — until the car turns 10 years old. Offered in addition to the existing program to extend the warranty to four or five years (known as “Extended Warranty”), the service is available worldwide, for all customers who own any Maserati model.

Jaguar Land Rover prepares for electrified future with new testing facility



(August 8, 2022)  Jaguar Land Rover has taken another step towards a new era of electrification and connectivity by opening a facility to test the next generation of vehicles for electrical and radio interference.  The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory at the Gaydon facility in the UK, will ensure future vehicles meet current and future legislation and quality standards for connectivity and electronics. The new Range Rover Sport, which launched in May, was the first vehicle to undergo a bespoke testing program at the in-house facility.

Toyota offers buybacks of electric bZ4X vehicles after recall



(August 6, 2022) Toyota has offered a series of make-goods to hundreds of owners of the new 2023 bZ4X — including an offer to buy back the electric compact crossover — as recompense for asking them to stop driving the recalled vehicle because of concerns that the wheels could fall off. An estimated 260 of the vehicles were in the United States, and a remedy has not yet been determined to allow the vehicles to again be safely driven, Toyota said.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Vandura in winter



This camper built on the GMC/Chevrolet Vandura platform was abandoned at some point in Duplin County, N.C., and sits forlorn on the side of the road. The Vandura was sold over three generations (1964-1996). This third-generation model has the engine up front.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)