December 2017

Track ready Honda Civic Type R is nothing short of spectacular

By Jim Prueter

(December 27, 2017) The Honda Civic is one of the most popular, affordable, reliable and best resale value cars one could hope to purchase. It’s also one of the most staid, sedate and uninspiring vehicles one could drive. Even Honda acknowledged that Civic had grown boring and placid over the years.

Mini enhances personalization options with Mini Yours Customized

(December 27, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Mini today reached a new level of customization with the addition of Mini Yours Customized. The new offering allows Mini customers to design personalized inlays for the side scuttles, trims for the passenger side in the interior, LED door sills and LED door projectors.

Customers looking to take the personalization of their Mini to the next level can select and design the upgrade parts at the new Online Customizer specially developed for the new options.

Black Label package ups the luxury level of Lincoln MKZ

By Paul Borden

(December 26, 2017) After going through a mid-cycle refreshing this year, the Lincoln MKZ will remain basically unchanged for the 2018 model year. which means that unless you are fanatical about having the “latest, newest” of everything, you could get into the entry-level luxury market at some savings by going with the 2017 MKZ.

Hyundai adds plug-in hybrid variant to 2018 Ioniq lineup

(December 24, 2017) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has added the 2018 Plug-in Hybrid model to its popular Ioniq line-up for the 2018 model year, along with new features for Ioniq Hybrid and Electric models. The growing eco-focused Ioniq line-up is the first to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform.

Hyundai’s approach for the Ioniq line delivers an uncompromising design and driving experience coupled with the latest in safety and convenience technologies, making it an appealing choice for a wide range of buyers.

Steve Todhunter Collection to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson in January

(December 24, 2017) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson continues to build an impressive docket with the addition of 21 cars from the Steve Todhunter Collection that will cross the block during its 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 13-21, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The collection features a spectacular combination of exotic and domestic cars.

China's GAC Motor to bring three-vehicle lineup to Detroit show

(December 24, 2017) DETROIT —  GAC Motor, one of China's fast-growing automaker, is returning to the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January for the fourth time with a lineup of new vehicles.

GAC Motor will be debuting its high-end flagship MPV model that represents the highest level of independent research and development (R&D) capabilities, a new signature sedan, and an electric concept car that targets the young generation in the U.S. market.

FCA recalling 1.8 million Ram trucks for shifter issue

(December 23, 2017) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall about 1.8 million Ram trucks in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and some other markets to fix a function that prevents occupants from inadvertently moving the shifter out of the "park" position.

The recall applies to several Ram models from the 2009 to 2017 model years with shifters mounted in the steering column. It does not apply to vehicles with rotary dial or floor-mounted shifters. And it does not apply to 2017 trucks built after Dec. 31, 2016.

Snow on the sheetmetal

A 1958 or '59 Ford Thunderbird sits front and center in this snow-covered salvage yard in Cortez, Col., perhaps enjoying a white Christmas. A 1958 Chevrolet and a couple of Chrysler products are directly behind.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

The Drive Home III will involve seven vintage vehicles covering 2,200 miles

(December 23, 2017) TACOMA, Wash. — America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) and the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) have announced its starting line-up for “The Drive Home III: Driving The Future.” Beginning Jan. 3, the 10-day road vintage car rally will begin the journey from Boca Raton, Fla., to Detroit for the opening of NAIAS.

Hyundai develops 'Intelligent Personal Agent' voice-control technology

(December 22, 2017) SEOUL, South Korea — Hyundai Motor Company took a major step towards equipping future connected vehicles with the voice recognition technology necessary to keep pace with growing, real-time data needs of drivers. Hyundai's "Intelligent Personal Agent," a voice-enabled virtual assistant system, will be deployed in new models set to roll out as early as 2019.