July 2020

Tesla picks Austin, Texas, site for Cybertruck, semi factory

(July 24, 2020) Tesla has told Travis County in Texas that its planned factory to build the Cybertruck will eventually employ 5,000 full-time workers with an average salary of roughly $47,000 a year. Texas is the big winner in the sweepstakes to land Tesla Inc.'s next Gigafactory, according to the Automotive News.

CEO Elon Musk, speaking on the company's second-quarter earnings call Wednesday, said construction began this past weekend on a 2,000-acre site outside Austin along the Colorado River that sits about five minutes from the Austin airport.

Toyota Sienna can be a game changer for disabled people

(July 24, 2020) The Toyota Sienna is more than a solid minivan choice. It can be life changing. For consumers with disabilities, a Sienna with special wheelchair accessibility modifications helps provide the freedom to move, granting them not only greater independence, but also the access they need to accomplish their goals. This versatile and spacious vehicle has given countless parents with disabled children the peace-of-mind to safely transport their children to school and extracurricular activities.

2021 Lexus NX Hybrid Sport gets Black Line flare

(July 23, 2020) PLANO, Texas — Lexus is giving luxury crossover drivers a new way to style their ride with the special edition 2021 Lexus NX F SPORT Black Line. Complete with exclusive Black Line features inside and out, guests can have the best of both worlds with eco-conscious benefits without compromising on performance, value or styling.

Ford builds road rocket 1,400-horsepower all-electric Mustang Mach E 1400

(July 22, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has introduced the 1,400-horsepower Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric road rocket that shows just how much performance can be harnessed without using a drop of gas. Coming hot on the heels of the 1,400-horsepower all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, this one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electric motors and high downforce is ready for the track, drag strip or gymkhana course — anywhere it can show how electric propulsion promises extreme Mustang performance.

2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible will soon reach dealer showrooms

(July 23, 2020) PLANO, Texas —  After its global debut at the 2019 Los Angeles International Auto Show was met with rave reviews, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible is ready for showtime on Lexus dealer lots across the country this summer. Expanding upon the flagship performance of its coupe counterpart, the LC 500 Convertible broadens the LC family with a stunning, eye-catching design and its own luxurious handling characteristics designed to take top-down driving to the next level.

Mecum exceeds $74 million in return to live auctions in Indianapolis

(July 22, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions held its most successful Indianapolis auction to date as the 33rd annual flagship event climbed to just more than $74 million in overall sales. In all, the 2020 auction was host to 1,800 vehicles and more than 6,000 Road Art lots offered over nine auction days, July 10-18. The sprawling Indy lineup ultimately achieved an overall sell-through rate of 90% as the vehicles alone reached an exceptional 78% sold. Notably, 346 of the vehicles offered were sold to online-only bidders for a total of $10.3 million.

2020 Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition announced

(July 22, 2020)  AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ram Truck has announced a new Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition. The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black model offers a sophisticated, monochromatic appearance package that appeals to a significant segment of luxury truck buyers. Ram Heavy Duty is taking the premium Limited model to new heights with the introduction of the Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black Edition.

Camcon Automotive digital engine technology could cut diesel truck fuel costs

(July 22, 2020) CAMBRIDGE, England — Heavy duty diesel truck fleets could save millions of dollars in fuel costs and commercial vehicle OEMs could meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations, by adopting digital engine technology from Camcon Automotive.

Featuring the company’s Intelligent Valve Technology (iVT) at its heart — which replaces the camshaft with electric actuators for full, precise control over the engine’s breathing— combined with innovative software, Camcon Automotive’s cost-effective concept has the potential to make a step change in powertrain development programs, dramatically reducing fuel consumption and improving control over harmful emissions, without any need for OEMs to invest in electrification.

Willys Jeep station wagon

This 1954 Willys Jeep station wagon was discovered in a Texas field of old, used-up vehicles. Jeep Willys marketed the first all-steel station wagon designed as a passenger vehicle in 1946. It was built in the U.S. through 1964 with more than 300,000 sold. Its successor was the Jeep Wagoneer.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Barrett-Jackson kicks off collector car tours on Oct. 7

(July 21, 2020) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The automotive auction company Barrett-Jackson is launching exclusive Collector Car Road Tours kicking off the 2020 tours with an event that begins Oct. 7 at Summit Racing in McDonough, Ga., and ends on Oct. 13 in Key West, Fla.  Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Road Tours will include weeklong and weekend tours, open to all types of collectible vehicles.