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1965 Aston Martin DB5 'Bond Car' sells for $6.3 million at auction


(August 17, 2019) MONTEREY, Calif. — The ‘Evening with Aston Martin’ sale in Monterey, curated by auction house RM Sotheby’s as part of its annual Monterey sale, has seen exceptional examples of some of the brand’s most desirable sports cars change hands for millions of dollars.

2019 Kia Niro EV

PHOENIX — The Kia Niro is an attractive, compact five-door hatchback that seats five-passengers. It’s surprisingly roomy, comfortable and easy to drive. For the record, Kia calls the Niro a compact crossover utility vehicle. Having been on sale nationally for a few years as a traditional gasoline and plug-in hybrid, what is new for the Niro lineup is the pure, 100 percent, all-electric model that, right now, is offered for sale in only 12 states.

2020 Subaru Outback

SAN FRANCISCO — Subaru could have radically changed the Outback for 2020.  The design team explored options from super sleek wagons to upright crossovers that would make the proverbial outhouse look aerodynamic.  Yet, when they discussed what current and potential owners wanted, it was obvious the shape should look like, well, an Outback.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — For 2020, Hyundai has just introduced its all-new three-row mid-size SUV. The Palisade is basically the mechanical sibling to the impressive Kia Telluride, introduced earlier this year, and placing at the top of our SUV ratings. In addition to the Telluride, the new Hyundai flagship Palisade competes with class rivals such as Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Nissan Pathfinder.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Ford Ranger — Back in the game

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Probably one of Ford's most debatable decisions of the 21st Century was to ax the aging Ford Ranger in 2011 — for many years a compact/mid-sized pickup truck leader — instead of building an all-new version. It left General Motors a clear playing field when it introduced all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sizers that were far advanced from previous models.

Here's the Thing

Chevy brings back a different kind of Blazer

By Jim Prueter

(August 16, 2019) For 2019, Chevrolet has brought back the Blazer nameplate, affixing it to an all-new, two-row, five-passenger crossover utility vehicle targeting Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It shares a platform with the three-row GMC Acadia and the compact Cadillac XT5. The Blazer slots between the smaller Equinox and the larger three-row Traverse.

GasBuddy study reveals Americans prefer debit to credit cards at pump

(August 16, 2019) BOSTON — Fuel purchases in the United States are among the biggest opportunities for banks and credit card companies to win the battle for the consumer’s wallet, with Americans collectively spending close to $1 billion on gasoline per day. And yet, despite 81% of Americans having at least one credit card, more than half of Americans use debit cards instead as their primary method at the pumps, according to GasBuddy’s Fuel Payments study issued today.

Ram, Navigator named top vehicles in AutoPacific satisfaction awards

(August 14, 2019) NORTH TUSTIN, Calif. — AutoPacific has announced the 2019 Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) winners. The Ram 1500 was the top vehicle among popular brands and the Lincoln Navigator was named top luxury vehicle. For the third straight year, Nissan claimed the most wins with six.

Inside the Industry

2020 mid-engine Corvette Stingray will have starting price of $59,995

(August 16, 2019) DETROIT — With its new mid-engine configuration and sleek, modern design, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray offers unprecedented performance at a starting price of $59,995 including the destination charge of $1,095.

“Most people thought when we moved the Corvette to mid-engine it would no longer be attainable, but we knew we couldn’t mess with a winning formula and the 2020 Stingray proves it,” said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet U.S. vice president.

Ford donates 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 to battle diabetes

(August 16, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is donating a custom 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 adorned in one-of-a-kind Venom paint that will be raffled to benefit JDRF and its battle against Type 1 diabetes. The JDRF Mustang Shelby GT500 comes in a one-of-one Venom metallic clearcoat — a stealthy charcoal color — with black painted over-the-top racing stripes.

It has the Carbon Fiber Track Package, including exposed carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, rear seat-delete, Recaro leather-trimmed seats and Mustang GT4 track wing.

Infiniti gives a name to upcoming sport utility coupe — QX55

(August 16, 2019) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Infiniti today announced that a new luxury sport utility coupe will soon join its line of luxury vehicles. The new addition will carry the name QX55.

The company also released an image of the brushstroke of the InfinitI QX55 showing a roofline inspired by its iconic first-generation FX performance crossover. 

Abandoned Car of the Week

1953 Dodge stake bed truck

This 1953 "Job Rated" Dodge stakebed truck was discovered rusting away in a Texas field of cars. Dodge used the "Job Rated" designation through the mid-50s aimed at getting the customer the truck that fit the job. A stakebed truck has stake pockets allowing wooden or metal rail-sides to be inserted.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)