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Mercedes-AMG GT 63 PRO 4MATIC+ — Even more agile for the racetrack


(July 15, 2024) Mercedes-AMG presented the latest member of the AMG GT family aimed at car enthusiasts who are looking for exceptional driving dynamics. The agile response to driving commands and the overall performance offer an even sportier driving experience, which is particularly noticeable on the occasional race track. More power, aerodynamic fine tuning with further reduced aerodynamic lift and enhanced cooling contribute to increased driving dynamics and faster times on the circuit.

2024 Nissan Ariya

INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a wide swath of families who want futuristic concept car styling that fits their techy lifestyle, but don’t really need three rows of seats.  They also don’t want to pay Mercedes, BMW, or Cadillac prices to get one.  For them, the 2024 Nissan Ariya electric vehicle is a worthy choice.

2024 Fiat 500e

MIAMI — Ending a 5-year absence, Fiat is reintroducing the electrified version of its iconic 500 mini-wagon to the U.S. market with the 2024 Fiat 500e.With its alluring Italian styling and ability to adapt to tight spaces both on the go and when parking, the 2024 Fiat 500e would seem to be an appealing option for those in the market for a small electric runabout and don’t do a lot of hauling.

2024 Ford F-150 Tremor

INDIANAPOLIS — Last year, I drove the Ford Maverick Tremor and thought it was very cool with its gold accents, black wheels, and enhanced off-road capability.  But, let’s be honest, the Maverick is essentially a compact crossover with a bed that’s better suited to light lawn duty than heavy hauling.  For that, we step up to the 2024 Ford F-150 Tremor that’s just as stylish, but far more capable.

Vehicle of the Week

2025 Mazda CX-70 PHEV — A focus on gas mileage, cargo space

By Jim Meachen

(July 14, 2024) Mazda has retrofitted its new three-row CX-90 crossover with just two rows of seats for people who don't need three and who welcome additional cargo space. This newest creation slots between the CX-50 and the CX-90 — tagged the 2025 CX-70. Mazda's SUV inventory is now solidly stocked with five choices including the brand's most popular vehicle — the CX-5.

Here's the Thing

More Americans are upside down on their car loan

(July 15, 2024) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A growing share of car owners are finding themselves upside down on their car loans as used car values continue to normalize. Edmunds' data from the second quarter of 2024 has some disturbing consumer news.

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Refreshed Sonata may lure
you back to a midsized sedan

By Paul Borden

(July 12, 2024) The hybrid version of Hyundai’s popular Sonata has come a long way since the 2011 model kicked off the seventh-generation of the South Korean company’s midsize sedan. A mid-cycle refreshing gives the 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid a more striking exterior and an interior that flirts with luxury status. The cabin is packed with lots of tech features that operate off a new 12.3-inch center touchscreen and include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Despite a hurricane, gas prices barely budge

(July 12, 2024) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas rose three cents to $3.54 from last week. The slight nudge higher came despite Hurricane Beryl smacking into the coast of Texas, a record number of July 4th car travelers, and oil costs hovering above $80 per barrel.

Inside the Industry

Detroit 3 fall behind international automakers in U.S. vehicle production

(July 15, 2024) International automakers produced more light vehicles in the U.S. than the Detroit 3 for the first time in 2023, according to a report from Autos Drive America and the American International Automobile Dealers Association released July 9. International automakers produced 4.9 million light vehicles in 2023 compared with 4.6 million from the Detroit 3.

Jaguar to cut five traditional models in a bid for profitability

Jaguar F-Pace

(July 15, 2024) Jaguar Land Rover in an attempt to boost its profit margin will cut five of its traditional models with “close to zero profitability” this year, CEO Adrian Mardell told investors last week, according to Automotive News.

New Ford Raptor T1+ ready for Rally Raid terrains — including Dakar

New truck a collaboration between
Ford Performance and M-Sport

(July 13, 2024) GOODWOOD, England — With its sights set on the grueling off-road Dakar Rally, Ford Performance and some of the best minds in off-road racing have designed and engineered the new Ford Raptor T1+ – the pinnace of Raptor design and capability. The truck applies learnings from this year’s Dakar Rally to deliver an advanced suspension, V8 performance, and purpose-built design to help conquer the most unforgiving rally raid terrains.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Studebaker's last pickup

In 1960 Studebaker introduced a more modern-looking low-priced, pickup truck with a new cab derived from the Lark passenger car sheetmetal. The new Champ 5E series featured a simpler, more rugged-looking four-bar grille and a brawnier front bumper. The truck was built through 1964 after which Studebaker truck production ceased. This 1960-64 pickup was found in Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)