January 2023

2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae

A legendary sendoff —
Fare thee well Aventador

By Jim Prueter

(January 22, 2023) For a company with a penchant for naming its cars after legendary fighting bulls, the Lamborghini Aventador is being put out to pasture and fated to die like well more than 99 percent of fighting bulls in the ring. The final model “Ultimae” means “last” translated from Latin. 

Wyoming senator sponsors bill to phase out EVs in his state

Senator says people should
be allowed to make their own
choice — gas or electric

Automotive News

(January 20, 2023) Wyoming State Senator Jim Anderson sponsored a bill last week that, if enacted, would phase out new electric vehicle sales in the state by 2035. However, Anderson told Automotive News on Wednesday, he doesn't intend for it to pass, and he doesn't begrudge anybody buying EVs. The bill comes as a number of other states are moving in the opposite direction, eyeing the end of gasoline-powered vehicle sales in favor of electrics and plug-in hybrids.

Edmunds names its top vehicles of 2023 in six categories

(January 19, 2023) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds today announced the winners of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2023. The awards are determined by a combination of proprietary data and insights from Edmunds' extensive new vehicle testing and rating process, and the winners represent the finest vehicles on sale in 2023.

Gas up an average five cents a gallon

(January 18, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The short days and messy weather of January are combining to keep people off the roads, lowering gasoline demand. But the price of oil rose as fears of a global economic recession eased. The national average for a gallon of gas rose by five cents since last week to $3.32.

Buick learns that bigger is better even when it comes to small SUVs

By Paul Borden

(January 13, 2023) Buick got into the small SUV segment a decade ago when it launched the 2013 Encore. Apparently, it wasn’t all that long when it dawned on designers that perhaps it was “too small” and they decided a slightly larger “small” vehicle was needed.

Acura, Ford, Kia vehicles win North American car, truck and utility of year

(January 12, 2023) PONTIAC, Mich. — The 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) award winners were announced Wednesday during a joint press conference with the Detroit Area Dealers Association (DADA) and Automotive Press Association (APA) at M1 Concourse in Pontiac.  After three rounds of independently verified voting stemming from hundreds of hours of test driving, research and evaluation. 

New-vehicle transaction prices end 2022 at record highs

(January 12, 2023) ATLANTA — The average transaction price (ATP) of a new vehicle in the U.S. hit a record high in December at $49,507, an increase of 1.9% — $927 — from November and up 4.9% — $2,297 — from year-earlier levels. New-vehicle inventory levels are increasing from historic lows earlier in 2022, but prices remain elevated, according to data released today by Kelley Blue Book.

2023 Lexus ES 300h F Sport — Luxurious, eco-friendly sedan

By Jim Prueter

(January 12, 2023) The 2023 Lexus ES is a front-wheel drive mid-size luxury sedan that competes against the likes BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class — tough competition to be sure. Unlike those mentioned, the ES 350 h hybrid F Sport is biased towards economy rather than performance which only designates adaptive damping suspension improvements rather than under-the-hood performance tuning.

Holiday pump price hike stalls this month

(January 10, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The recent surge in gas prices caused by frigid weather and robust holiday road travel may be ending. While the national average price rose daily starting on Christmas Eve, when it was $3.09, the steam may have run out as pump prices flattened and then fell by a penny over the weekend. The national average for a gallon of gas rose seven cents since last week to $3.28.

2023 Dodge Charger Widebody — Say farewell to the iconic Charger

By Jim Prueter

(January 10, 2023) When Dodge first launched the Charger back in 1966 it was a fastback version of the midsize Coronet as a four-seat two-door receiving a tepid reception with sales not what Dodge expected. The second-generation Charger with more aggressive styling with its recessed grille and flying buttress roofline and recessed rear window captured the buying public’s attention with sales nearly 100,000 units. It also greeted the arrival of the now famous Charger Daytona with its massive rear wing and aerodynamic front nose cone and qualifying NASCAR credentials.