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Barrett-Jackson auction raises $9.6 million for charities nationwide


Four Chevrolet Camaros from Hollywood blockbuster movie franchise “Transformers,” sold as one lot on Saturday.

(January 21, 2019) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson was the epicenter for raising much-needed funds and awareness on behalf of deserving charities nationwide at its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, this month at WestWorld of Scottsdale. During the weeklong premier automotive lifestyle event, Barrett-Jackson raised $9.6 million, which includes donations made on the block beyond the hammer prices, and is the largest amount raised at one auction in the company’s 48-year history.

2019 Fiat 500 Abarth

GOLDSBORO, N.C. — There was an outcry from some driving enthusiasts when Fiat decided to outfit the performance-oriented 500 Abarth with a six-speed automatic transmission for the 2015 model year. The Abarth, according to these enthusiasts, properly started life in 2012 with a five-speed manual transmission. The problem for Fiat — most people favor automatics these days and Fiat needed to listen to the masses for increased sales.

2019 Toyota RAV4

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. — Toyota has taken its best-selling compact RAV4 crossover up a notch — perhaps two notches depending on your definition of a notch — with its all-new fifth generation. After experiencing several varieties of the stylish new RAV on Pacific coast highways and mountain roads, we think Toyota has done enough to keep its prized vehicle at the head of the class.

2019 Mercedes E450 Wagon

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The only thing that would prevent me from buying the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Wagon is its $65,195 price tag. Or, in the case of the press loaner E450 Mercedes recently left in my driveway, $88,535. It's simply out of my budget. I do find wagons irresistibly appealing. Furthermore, I find wagons with some serious gusto beneath their hoods even more appealing. Dear Dodge: Please bring back the Magnum SRT Wagon.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Lexus UX — Luxury in a small package

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Small is now big in the ever-growing crossover game and that's just fine with us. We have always been drawn to small, maneuverable vehicles so it’s not surprising we are attracted to Lexus' new sub-compact entry into the luxury crossover segment — the UX. UX standing for "urban crossover."

Here's the Thing

Cadillac jumps into compact luxury crossover pool with 2019 XT4

By Paul Borden

(January 21, 2019) MIAMI — Cadillac enters the fast growing compact luxury SUV segment with the 2019 XT4, its third SUV/Crossover model, joining the midsize XT5 and behemoth Escalade. A fourth, the XT6, will be added for 2020.

Pulling back the curtain on auto body repair process

(January 21, 2019)  BUELLTON, Calif. — A new infographic breaks down why it often takes so long for body shops to complete a job. The team at Jim Vreeland Ford Parts created this chart to offer a behind-the-curtain peek at the players involved, the process, the potential bottlenecks, and some insights into improving the wait time from the damage incident to the complete repair.

AMG GLS63 4Matic — Too much of a good thing is sensational

By Jim Prueter

(January 21, 2019) As it is, midwinters are pretty easy in Arizona, with balmy temperatures and roads free of snow, ice and salt. Making it even sweeter is spending a week test driving the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 flagship SUV, with a massive masterpiece of a handcrafted 5.5-liter bi-turbo direct-injection engine producing 577 horsepower and 561 lb-ft torque of V-8 performance under the hood.

Inside the Industry

Volkswagen sets sights on electric record at Nürburgring- Nordschleife

(January 20, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen is driving electromobility forward at high speed, both in production vehicles and on the racetrack. Following the record-breaking run at the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb last summer, the ID. R — Volkswagen’s fully-electric sports car — has now set its sights on another record this summer — the lap record for electric cars on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, which is regarded as the toughest racetrack in the world.

Ford recalls 2,700 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles for adaptive steering issue

(January 18, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford is issuing a safety recall for certain 2019 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles equipped with lane-centering assist and adaptive front steering because these vehicles may not adequately detect if a driver has his or her hands off the steering wheel. If this occurs, the hands on/off detection system may not alert the driver to place his or her hands back on the steering wheel, which could increase the risk of a crash.

World's largest vintage motorcycle auction returns to Las Vegas

(January 18, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum’s January Las Vegas-based, vintage and antique motorcycle auction will return to South Point Arena and Equestrian Center’s Priefert Pavilion Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Saturday, Jan. 26, with an estimated 1,750 motorcycles expected to cross the auction block.
The annual event is recognized as the largest global familial-like gathering of consignors, buyers and spectators that share a passion for the history, beauty and camaraderie invoked and inspired by vintage and antique motorcycles.