December 2018

80th anniversary Continental arrives with iconic center-opening doors

(December 19, 2018) NEW YORK — “Notice the doors,” the vintage advertisement for the Lincoln Continental began. “And notice how they open. From the center, to make everyone’s entrances graceful.” With that, an enduring automotive design legend was born — the coach doors — or center-opening doors, which conveyed elegance and a touch of Hollywood glamour.

Subaru celebrates winter adventure with return of Winterfest

(December 19, 2018) Subaru of America has announced the return of Subaru WinterFest, the automaker’s multi-city mountain destination and lifestyle tour offering one-of-a-kind experiences for winter warriors across the country. Featuring weekend takeovers at nine of the nation’s top winter resorts, the 2019 Subaru WinterFest tour combines music, adventure, food and beverage, pets and the environment to create a unique experience that speaks to the passion points of outdoor enthusiasts and Subaru owners alike.

Morgan to end use of V-8 engine; to launch new 'wide body' sports car

(December 18, 2018) MALVERN, England — This year marks the 50th — and final year — of Morgan using a V8 engine. The Plus 8 and Aero 8 are unquestionably iconic models within the Morgan range and Morgan’s latest video celebrates their significance and the engine that powers them.

GMC Sierra AT4 powers up with Off-Road Performance Package

(December 18, 2018) DETROIT — Defining the premium off-road segment, the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 is now available with the all-new Off-Road Performance Package. The Off-Road Performance Package adds factory-installed performance upgrades that bring additional power and purpose to the Sierra AT4.

“The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 debuted all-new, purposeful technologies for the premium truck segment and the new Off-Road Performance Package takes it a step farther,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “It offers optimized performance, both on- and off-road.”

Atlanta Concours relocates to new downtown location

(December 17, 2018) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance will blaze a new trail in 2019 as it relocates to Tyler Perry Studios in downtown Atlanta — growing its significant weekend of events to include the first annual Caffeine and Octane Invitational and highlighting Bentley as the featured marque in honor of the brand’s 100th anniversary.

Mercedes-Benz to show new CLA coupe for first time at CES in Las Vegas

(December 17, 2018) The new Mercedes-Benz CLA will be showcased to the global public for the very first time at Daimler's trade fair exhibition at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 9.

The new CLA will feature its evolved MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system, a technological innovation that premièred at CES in 2018. New functions have already been added a mere 12 months later.

Barnett-Jackson hauling in loads of collector trucks and SUVs for auction

(December 16, 2018) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Some of the world’s most desirable collectible trucks, SUVs and off-road vehicles will muscle their way across the block during Barrett-Jackson’s 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction Jan. 12-20, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Joining the procession of truck-based collector vehicles headed to Scottsdale are makes from the 1930s to the latest models rolling off the production lines.

258-mile range Hyundai Kona electric comes in under $30,000

(December 15, 2018) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has announced the starting price for its long-awaited 2019 Kona Electric convention-breaking electric crossover. The Kona Electric starting price is $36,450, for an effective net price of $28,950 ($29,995 including delivery), with the electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500 factored in.