Top Story

Ford rolls out its Bronco and Bronco Sport SEMA vehicles


Bronco RTR Fun Runner

(October 24, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Built Wild Bronco brand makes its live debut at the annual SEMA Show Nov. 2-5 in Las Vegas, showcasing a diverse lineup of personalized two- and four-door Bronco and Bronco Sport SUVs for everything under the sun, from winter fun to rocky desert trails. Ford will show off four custom Broncos and two Bronco Sport SUVs from some of the leading builders in the off-road industry.

BMW M850i Gran Coupe

PHOENIX — After a 22-year hiatus BMW revived the 8-Series as its new flagship model, sitting high atop BMW’s lineup in terms of design, luxury and status. The Gran Coupe reviewed here is a four-door sedan version of the two-door 8-Series, which is available as a coupe or convertible.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450

MIAMI — If the $141,000 price tag for the AMG E 63 S wagon reviewed on this site back in February was just a bit out of your financial reach, Mercedes-Benz has another wagon (though it doesn’t call it that) that doesn’t go into six figures but is quite stunning in its own right. The 2021 E450 4MATIC All-Terrain model is a real beauty and features all the bells and whistles you expect from the company with a stunning two-tone interior and a new mild hybrid powertrain that provides both power and pretty decent fuel numbers for its class.

2022 Acura MDX

PHOENIX — The Acura MDX is one of the first 2022 models to arrive in showrooms. And just about everything in this fourth-generation three-row crossover is brand new. Acura is Honda’s premium brand, and has been around since 1986. The popular MDX was first introduced for 2001, and Acura says the new model is in an entirely new class. Changes start with the exterior styling, and continue to the all-new ultra-rigid platform with an MDX-first double-wishbone front suspension, new technology, and more space for people and gear.

Vehicle of the Week

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz — A new kind of truck

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 24, 2021) Our initial impression — it's a four-door 1970s Chevrolet El Camino. The idea back in those long-ago days was to take a mid-sized car and slam a bed on the back. It was popular at the time, and the El Camino can bring a lot of cash in restored condition today. In the case of the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, attach a bed to the back of the new Tucson — and abracadabra you have a truck. But, Hyundai says, don't call it a truck even though it has all the makings of a smallish compact pickup with its miniature four-foot-four-inch bed.

Here's the Thing

90 percent of new Buicks sold are SUVs — Encore GX is the newest

By Jim Prueter

(October 21, 2021) Almost 90 percent of U.S. Buick sales come from SUVs, and the newest addition is the Encore GX first introduced for Buick for 2020. The Encore GX is not to be confused as yet another trim level for the subcompact Buick Encore. It’s its own Buick model that’s larger and positioned just below Buick’s compact Envision. It’s essentially a tarted-up version of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, which is also new for the bowtie division of GM, and mechanically shares much of the same DNA including its two available engines, both of which are turbocharged three-cylinder variants.

Honda launches new initiatives to support young driver safety

(October 20, 2021) With nearly one-third of annual traffic fatalities in the U.S. involving drivers under the age of 25, Honda is building on its “Safety For Everyone” approach with several new initiatives targeting young driver safety. The multi-pronged effort includes more than $2 million in safety-related financial support; driver safety education resources; and a targeted social media advertising campaign highlighting young crash survivors, starting during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Sorry folks, but the cost of gasoline is still going up

(October 19, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gasoline rose a nickel over the past week to hit $3.32. The primary driver of this surge remains the cost of crude oil, which is now closing daily above $80 a barrel. In August, the price of crude was in the low $60s per barrel.

Inside the Industry

Air Race pilot Muroya and Lexus announce partnership

(October 23, 2021) Pathfinder Co., represented by air race pilot Yoshihide Muroya, and Lexus have announced that they have signed a team partnership agreement and jointly taken up the challenges of making history by winning the first Air Race World Championship, an air race series starting next year, and of helping to create the future by contributing to the creation of an even-better carbon-neutral society.

Chevrolet Performance unveils 1,004-horsepower crate engine

(October 22, 2021) DETROIT – Chevrolet Performance has introduced the ZZ632/1000 crate engine — the largest and most powerful crate engine in the brand’s history. The naturally aspirated 632-cubic-inch V-8 produces 1,004 horsepower and 876 lb-ft of torque.

For 2022 the 'most luxuriously appointed' GMC Sierra ever

(October 23, 2021) DETROIT — All-new technologies — including trailering-capable Super Cruise — along with new levels of premium craftsmanship and capability make the new 2022 GMC Sierra the most advanced and luxurious Sierra ever. The lineup is led by the new Sierra Denali Ultimate trim, the most advanced and luxuriously appointed Denali model ever and the most advanced and luxurious pickup in its class.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Abandoned in Seligman, Ariz.

A circa 1934 Ford pickup and a 1954 Chevrolet two door is one of the attractions at the Rusty Bolt shop on Route 66 in Seligman, Ariz. It's possible to see numerous old and abandoned cars in the small Arizona town.  The Seligman Commercial Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)