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With the end near, Dodge Challenger SRT raises bar with 807 HP


By Paul Borden

(January 29, 2023) With electric cars the wave of the future, it comes as no surprise that the Muscle Car era that hit its peak in the 1960s and early 1970s and was revived in the early 2000s seems to be coming to a close. Dodge last August announced production of its gas-powered Challenger coupes and Charger sedans will cease after the 2023 models and though there has been few other formal announcements, other manufacturers are likely to begin following suit. GM, of course, already has pledged to be all-electric by 2035.

2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X

PHOENIX — Notwithstanding the price of gasoline averaging nearly five dollars a gallon for premium and an avalanche of media hype, manufacturer TV advertisement for electric vehicles and the seemingly unquenchable thirst for SUVs from the car buying public, full-sized pickup trucks sales in the U.S. continue to reign supreme in sales numbers. 

2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

HERNDON, Va. — In the three plus years since last driving Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio a lot has changed in the Alfa Romeo showroom; admittedly, that’s important only if you can find an Alfa Romeo showroom — don’t look for one in smaller locales with other high-end imports. Of note is a recent J.D. Power survey, signaling a significant uptake in customer satisfaction for Alfa Romeo.

2023 Cadillac XT6

MIAMI — Since joining Cadillac’s fleet of XT-designated SUVs for 2020, the XT6 has picked up a couple of extra features in ensuing years as it fights on in the large and very challenging midsize luxury SUV segment. New this year, buyers of the 2023 Cadillac XT6 have the option of adding Cadillac’s Super Cruise system that provides a hands-free driving experience on more than 400,000 miles of compatible roads and highways.

Vehicle of the Week

2023 Cadillac Escalade — There's a lot to recommend in this SUV

By David Boldt

(January 29, 2023) Some 50 years after Don McLean penned American Pie, King Cadillac is looking up while the jester, Elon Musk, is looking down and — I’m guessing here — looking ahead. Of course, Cadillac and its GM siblings are planning to catch Tesla in a way only $illon-dollar multinationals can; Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC and Buick will be introducing a catalog of EVs, beginning in 2023. 

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The Washington Auto Show — Rusting in place

By David Boldt

(January 27, 2023) It’s been eight years since first walking into the Washington, DC Auto Show. Prior to 2015 I hadn’t seen the show, but had always assumed it was, you know, an auto show; no ifs, ands or buts about that. However, the organizers of the show, the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, insist it’s more than an auto show — it’s the Public Policy Show. With that positioning the association believes it to be more than an auto show, while I’d argue it’s notably less.

Ford F-150 Lightning named Edmunds top rated Best of the Best for 2023

(January 27, 2023) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds have announced the Ford F-150 Lightning as the winner of an all-new, and ultimate, award in the Edmunds Top Rated lineup: the Edmunds Top Rated Best of the Best 2023. The award recognizes the standout vehicle among Edmunds Top Rated 2023 winners, with consideration given to the vehicle's impact, innovation and relevance to car shoppers.

Study — Gas engine fueling costs fall below EV charging

(January 26, 2023) The cost to drive an internal combustion engine vehicle 100 miles in the U.S. fell below the cost to charge a comparable electric vehicle for the first time in 18 months, a new report from a Michigan think tank says. An analysis of late-2022 fueling costs by the Anderson Economic Group says mid-priced ICE drivers are paying about $11.29 for 100 miles of driving, an average of 31 cents less than mid-priced EV drivers who charge at home, Automotive News reported.

Inside the Industry

Barrett-Jackson surpasses $150 million raised for charity to date

(January 28, 2023) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson surpassed the $150 million milestone in total dollars raised for charity to date. With 100 percent of the hammer price going directly to charity, the milestone was achieved with the sale of a 2021 Shelby Super Snake Count’s Kustoms Edition that sold for $350,000 on Friday afternoon to benefit Camp Freedom, Inc. during the 2023 Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Kevin Bacon and daughter star in new ads featuring Ioniq 6

(January 28, 2023) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. —As the electric vehicle journey continues to evolve, making the switch can be overwhelming to some consumers, but Hyundai has thought of everything to turn the EV transition into a lifestyle transformation — and they are highlighting that in the national marketing campaign for the all-new all-electric Ioniq 6. The campaign’s theme, “It’s Time to Go Electric,” will come to life in broadcast and social media commercials starring Kevin Bacon and his daughter Sosie Bacon. The first ad will air during professional football’s conference championship games Sunday (Jan. 29).

Mercedes-Benz to use SAE Level 3 automated driving in U.S.

(January 27, 2023) Mercedes-Benz says it is the world's first automotive company to bring SAE Level 3 conditionally automated driving to the U.S., with Nevada being the first state to confirm the compliance of the system with state regulations. This significant milestone sets the ground-breaking Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT system apart as the first and only SAE Level 3 system in a standard-production vehicle authorized for use on U.S. public freeways.

Abandoned Car of the Week

1957 Ford in retirement

The 1957 Ford was one of the company's biggest hits through the years, although it was outshined by the '57 Chevrolet, which has become a classic auction favorite. There were 11 varieties of the Ford including a retractable hardtop convertible and two-door and four-door station wagons. This 1957 four-door sedan was found in a Utah salvage yard. Ford actually outsold Chevy in '57 — 1.67 million to Chevy's 1.5 million.
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