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


The most valuable Dodge Hemi Daytona in history selling 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.

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.

2023 Subaru Solterra

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Subaru knows its people, who are among the most loyal to any automotive brand.  They love their Outbacks, Foresters, Ascents, and WRXs.  They are also among the most environmentally conscious, dog-friendly, off-roading auto owners around.  They take their kids to school and hike on the weekends.  What they haven’t had until now is an electric vehicle of their own.  That changes with the 2023 Solterra that I just sampled in California.

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.

Inside the Industry

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.

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.

Hyundai recalling 281,000 vehicles over exploding seat belt

(May 26, 2022) — Hyundai Motor America is recalling 281,000 vehicles in North America over seat belt pretensioners that could explode and project metal fragments, causing injuries. The recall, which comes after three injury reports, covers some 2019-2022 Accent, 2021-2023 Elantra, and 2021-2022 Elantra hybrid vehicles.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Wagons were the thing

Ford built numerous station wagons in the '60s and '70s. For instance, in 1969 the Blue Oval had the large Country Squire, the mid-sized Fairlane/Torino wagon and a smaller Falcon wagon. This 1969 Torino Squire wagon was found in abandoned condition in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)