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Kia EV3 delivers elevated electric experience in smaller package


New EV introduced in Korea
designed to bring affordability

(May 24, 2024) There has been a dearth of small, affordable electric vehicles in the U.S. and the upcoming Kia EV3 should enhance EV accessibility in North America. With its combination of bold design, innovative technology, and groundbreaking features, the EV3 sets new standards never before seen in the compact EV SUV sector.

2024 Subaru’s BRZ tS

HERNDON, Va. — To paraphrase singer Deniece Williams (briefly) and the Footloose soundtrack, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS! Regardless of the auto industry’s recent efforts at gender diversity (and there are many), a tightly drawn 2+2 with a horizontally opposed four and manual trans could only have been executed by a small, brief outpouring of testosterone.

2025 Subaru Forester

MISSOULA, MT. — Have you ever been to Montana?  As I found for my first visit recently, it’s a big place — the kind of wide open, horizon-to-horizon, nestling mountains, and wide-open Interstates kind of place where you just want to drive, drive, and drive.  Turns out, it was the perfect place to meet the redesigned 2025 Subaru Forester.

2024 Land Rover Defender 110

PHOENIX — It's been four years since Land Rover brought the all-new Defender to the US shores in the spring of 2020 and its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Now four years into its current life cycle the rugged leading man handsome styling has held up more than well with its reinterpretation of the  original Defender dating all the way back to when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from which Land Rover originates.

Vehicle of the Week

2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro — A hybrid powered off-road brute

By Jim Prueter

(May 19, 2024) When Toyota finally came up with an all new Tundra full-size pickup for the 2022 model year after a long 14 years since the last model debuted, we knew an all-new Sequoia that pairs with the Tundra truck couldn't be far behind. The aging and long-neglected Sequoia barely hung in there for 2022 and 2023 saw the debut of an all-new Sequoia grabbing the best of the Tacoma pickup's style, brawn, platform and capable architecture.

Here's the Thing

Average age of vehicles in U.S. rises for seventh-straight year

(May 24, 2024) The average age of vehicles in the U.S. rose for the seventh-straight year, S&P Global Mobility said in a report released this week. The vehicle age rose to a record 12.6 years as of Jan. 1, 2024, a two-month increase from Jan.1, 2023, according to the report. Total vehicles in use increased to 286 million, up 2 million from the year earlier.

Pump prices hit the rest stop ahead of long holiday weekend

(May 24, 2024) The national average for a gallon of gasoline wobbled slightly since last Thursday before settling one cent higher at $3.61. The lack of pump price movement is typical in the days leading up to Memorial Day.  However, with AAA forecasting a record 38.4 million drivers hitting the road for the long weekend, the price needle could point a bit higher, at least temporarily. 

New vehicle discounting returns this Memorial Day weekend holiday

Surplus of outgoing model year
vehicles is driving discounts

(May 23, 2024) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Good news for car shoppers seeking a reprieve from scorching new vehicle costs this summer: Outgoing model year (2023MY) inventory available on dealer lots across the country means that discounts should be easier to find this Memorial Day weekend.

Inside the Industry

AC Cobra GT Roadster hits the road for customers

All new sports car from Britain’s
oldest active vehicle manufacturer

(May 24, 2024) AC Cars, Britain’s oldest active vehicle manufacturer, has started the first dynamic demonstrations and experience drives with the stunning new AC Cobra GT Roadster, showing the sensational sports car to customers as well as VIP guests. A key step in the production of the new AC Cobra GT Roadster, running from the company’s HQ and R&D centre at the historic Donington Park in the UK, the experience events provide a unique opportunity to see, hear and feel the sensational sports car.

Lamborghini recalls $200,000 SUVs to fix hoods that may fly open

(May 23, 2024) Supercar maker Lamborghini is recalling 2,133 of its high-priced Urus sport utility vehicles in the U.S. over risk that their hoods might fly open when driven at high speeds. The Volkswagen AG-owned manufacturer estimates that just 2 percent of the Urus SUVs it’s recalling have a defect in which small gaps might form between the hood and front bumper when the vehicles exceed 94 miles per hour.

Next Lamborghini HPEV super sports car to get hybrid twin-turbo V8

(May 23, 2024) The Lamborghini 634 — the code name for the successor to the Huracán that will join the High Performance Electrified Vehicle (HPEV) line-up — will be equipped with a twin-turbo V8 engine, combined with a hybrid system incorporating three electric motors and the eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox that recently debuted on the Lamborghini Revuelto, optimized for the new model with a max output of over 900 CV (887 horsepower).

Abandoned Car of the Week

The remains of a Plymouth

This used up 1963 Plymouth Savoy wagon was found locked behind a fence in northern Florida. The '63 Savoy 5-door was outfitted with a 145-horsepower, 6-cylinder engine making 215 pound-feet of torque mated to a 3-speed automatic. Published 0-to-60 time was 13.9 seconds with a 99 mph top speed. The full-sized wagon measured 210 inches in length with a curb weight of 3,538 pounds. Combined city/highway fuel economy was measured at about 15 mpg.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)