Top Story

2022 Kia Carnival is the MPV for your family's VIPs


By Casey Williams

(June 24, 2021) One of my favorite cars is the Moderne-style 1936 Stout Scarab  — a rear-engine aluminum forerunner to the mini-van that was aimed at Hollywood’s elite as a more fashion-forward limousine.  Drivers worked in an airplane-inspired cockpit while passengers lounged in the rear.  Kia harbors the Scarab’s spirit to create a glamorous and obscenely comfortable multi-purpose vehicle for all you carry.  Just don’t call the 2022 Carnival a minivan.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45

PHOENIX — There’s a certain metronomic cadence relative to some of Mercedes’ new product introductions that’s reassuringly Germanic. Having previously driven the staggeringly powerful Mercedes-AMG A 45 sedan, I knew it was only a matter of time before the wizards of Affalterbach performance got their hands on Mercedes’s baby GLA SUV (built on the same platform) by fitting it with the hand-built searingly powerful and ridiculously quick 382-horsepower 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

MIAMI — Ford put the Bronco on what would become a 25-year production hiatus after the 1996 model year even though just two years earlier it had been the most widely viewed SUV in the country. That was, of course, on June 17, 1994, when television cameras focused on Los Angeles freeways as A.J. Cowlings led LAPD and California Highway Patrol  officers on a slow-speed chase with his former Buffalo Bills teammate, O.J. Simpson, in the back holding a pistol and allegedly threatening suicide rather than face murder charges over the stabbing death of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Brown.

2021 Ford F-250 Tremor

INDIANAPOLIS — Is it a luxury car or an all-capable pickup?  Well, in the case of the 2021 Ford F-250 Platinum Tremor, the answer is “both.”  Interior accommodations rival a Lincoln Navigator while its heavy duty engineering and off-road fortifications make it the ultimate pickup too.  It can take your family to church, then out to the wilderness to pray.  Just don’t ask it to squeeze into small spaces.  That’s not one of its luxuries.

Vehicle of the Week

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E — Electric-car perfection photo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 20, 2021) Even though many people have defended Ford's use of the iconic Mustang name, you can argue with us the whole live-long day and we won't be convinced that the new Ford Mustang Mach-E is really a two-door Mustang pony car. What the Mustang Mach-E is we discovered is a well-done, lightning-fast electric crossover — sans the rumbling Mustang V-8 engine — that has some familiar Mustang styling cues highlighted by the galloping Mustang logo and the tri-bar taillamps.

Here's the Thing

2022 Hyundai Tucson now a serious player in compact SUV segment

By Paul Borden

(June 23, 2021) Move over Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and other popular compact crossovers. Another player has upgraded its game with Hyundai giving its best-selling vehicle, the Tucson SUV, a major refreshing for 2022 following the “Sensuous Sportiness” concepts espoused by the company’s Global Design Center in South Korea.

New-vehicle prices rise more than $2,000 from last year

(June 22, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — The estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $41,263 in May 2021, according to the analysts at Kelley Blue Book. New-vehicle prices increased $2,125 (up 5.4%) from May 2020, while increasing $493 (up 1.2%) from April 2021.

Gasoline stocks increase helping to minimize pump price fluctuation

(June 22, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Increasing gasoline stock levels have helped to keep gas prices mostly stable across the country. On the week, 40 state gas price averages held steady or saw fluctuation of only one to two cents. This helped the national average decrease by a penny since last Monday, down to $3.07 according to AAA.

Inside the Industry

Aston Martin celebrates a century of A3 by building tribute sports car

(June 24, 2021) GAYDON, UK — Aston Martin is celebrating the centenary of its oldest surviving car – ‘A3’ – by building a modern day tribute based on one of its most dynamic and exhilarating series production sports cars, the new Vantage Roadster.  It is 100 years since chassis No.3, now commonly known as ‘A3,’ rolled gracefully out of the marque’s then production facility at Abingdon Road in Kensington, London.

Kia America announces 2022 Soul starting at $20,365

(June 24, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — With sales of Kia’s iconic Soul up nearly 20 percent year-on-year, the 2022 model arrives largely as a carryover with minor visual enhancements, the most apparent being the bold new Kia badge on the hood, liftgate and wheel center caps. The 2022 Soul's starting price including destination charge is $20,365. The Soul tops out at $28,965 for the 1.6-liter turbo model.

Volvo Cars opens car university campus in South Carolina

(June 24, 2021) RIDGEVILLE, S.C. — A grand opening celebration was held Wednesday for the new Volvo Car University and Volvo Car South Carolina Technical Center buildings at the company’s Ridgeville, S.C., campus. Volvo Car Group executives Håkan Samuelsson, Javier Varela, Anders Gustafsson and David Stenström were joined by Governor Henry McMaster and Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt to officially open the facilities.

Abandoned Car of the Week

GMC ready for work

This late 1940s GMC work truck was found in retirement in Nevada. GMC was a near clone of the Chevrolet truck after World War II and enjoyed solid sales with 92,677 trucks sold in 1948, the first full year after its first major design after the war.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)