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Volkswagen unveils two 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' inspired ID. Buzz vehicles


(May 28, 2022) HERNDON, Va. — Two special "Obi-Wan Kenobi’ inspired Volkswagen ID. Buzz vehicles are part of this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., this weekend, part of the brand’s ongoing collaboration with the new series, which came to Disney+ on Friday. The show cars, ID. Buzz "Light Side Edition" and the ID. Buzz ‘"Dark Side Edition," embody the Light and Dark side with eye-catching looks designed to delight and thrill Star Wars fans.

2022 Toyota GR86

PHOENIX — If the Toyota GR86 looks somewhat familiar to you it might be because it was formerly known as the Scion FR-S, or the Toyota 86 after Toyota officially discontinued the Scion brand in 2016. Beginning in August of 2017 the 2017 Scion FR-S became a Toyota branded vehicle along with the iA and iM sedans.

2022 Honda Passport TrailSport

PHOENIX — One of the hottest automotive segments today is off-roading Pickup, SUVs and dedicated – rugged 4x4s eagerly ready to tackle the best of “hardcore rock-crawling” challenges. Vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, new Ford Bronco and Raptor pickup, Land Rover Defender and numerous others.
Then there’s Toyota that affixes the TRD and TRD Pro moniker on everything from the capable 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra to Highlander, Sequoia, RAV4 and even Camry.

2022 Mini Cooper Convertible

MIAMI — Just as the word “dated” began to appear in reviews of the iconic Mini in recent years, the 2022 Mini Cooper Convertible arrives refreshed and updated but still with the sassy attitude that has been an integral part of its DNA for just over six decades. While still retaining its distinctive overall outer appearance, the 2022 Mini gets new bumpers front and rear, a revised grille and new wheel designs, and three new colors — Island Blue, Rooftop Grey and Zesty Yellow.

Vehicle of the Week

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander — A dramatic improvement

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 22, 2022) Some might say the designers and engineers at Mitsubishi had no place to go but up when configuring the all-new three-row 2022 Outlander crossover. And after driving the new model, we found they've reached all their goals, turning their flagship vehicle into a competitive entry in the crowded compact/mid-size segment.

Here's the Thing

Edmunds offers tips for car shopping this weekend

(May 27, 2022) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers looking to purchase a vehicle this Memorial Day weekend need to plan ahead and shake up their shopping habits to maximize savings, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds analysts note that a growing number of consumers are being forced into the used car market compared to years past as a result of supply constraints and elevated prices for new vehicles.

Cadillac CT5 Blackwing takes V-Series tradition to new heights

By Paul Borden

(May 27, 2022) One sentence you rarely, if ever, used to come across while reading a Cadillac review: “This is a fun car to drive.” Luxurious? Yes. Comfortable?  That, too. Prestigious? Natch. Even “gold standard of domestic luxury” fit big, precocious Cadillac vehicles of the past like the DeVille,  Fleetwood, and Eldorado. But fun to drive?

Good Lord! Land Rover's Defender 90 V8

By David Boldt

(May 25, 2022) In the years immediately after World War II, Great Britain was doing less than great. Given its loss of human life, the rubble left by German bombers and rockets, and — not incidentally — the psychological havoc wrought by six years of war, getting back to work was as much emotional salvation as putting food on the table.

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Coming to America — The Volvo P1800 Cyan

(May 27, 2022) Following its 2020 launch to rave reviews in Europe, the Volvo P1800 Cyan will make its official North American debut this summer at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 9. Prior to that, Cyan Racing will introduce its exquisite resto-mod to the Los Angeles media and public at a number of special events.

Record-setting $126.5 million auction at Mecum’s 35th Indy event

Most valuable Dodge Hemi Daytona sells for $1,320,000

(May 27, 2022)  Mecum collector car auction company has been crushing its own auction sales records for years, and Indy 2022 continued the noteworthy trend with $126.5 million total overall sales achieved May 13-21—an 18% increase over the past Indy auction record of $107 million achieved at last year’s event.

Hyundai Group to trim Sonata, K5, Stinger in U.S.

(May 26, 2022) Just as people's interest in sedans is on the upswing because of high gas prices according to Kelly Blue Book's Brand Watch shopping considerations for the first quarter, Hyundai Motor Group has announced that it is discontinuing the long-running Hyundai Sonata as well as Kia K5 and the Kia Stinger.

Abandoned Car of the Week

First post-war Ford

In 1946 Ford beat out Chevrolet in marketing a new car immediately following the end of World War II, with the Super Deluxe Tudor sedan. All Ford body styles were carried over from the discontinued 1942 model. The Ford came with a 239 cubic inch V-8 making 100 horsepower. Ford outsold Chevrolet 468.022 to 398,028 in 1946 before Chevy recaptured the "best selling brand" title in 1947. Some of Ford's post-war success came from Ford's ad agency, which coined the phrase, "There's a Ford in your future." This 1946 Super Deluxe was found in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)