February 2017

The remains of an Arizona truck

Charles Skaggs found what looks like the remains of a circa 1936 Chevrolet work truck near Lee's Ferry, Ariz. Chevrolet advertising opined that it had made three major improvements for 1936: increased power, reduced operating costs to a "record low," and "modernized its truck design and construction in every important part and feature."

Finally — An all-new Ford Expedition for 2018

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(February 14, 2017) In some ways it’s hard to believe that the Ford Expedition has been around for 20 years. Then again, the looks of the vehicle changed so glacially that it’s even more difficult to believe that this is the fourth generation Expedition. Which, if you do the math, suggests a new generation every five years. Well, not quite.

Hagerty adds 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio to 'Hot List'

(February 13, 2017)  AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — With more than 105 years of brand history based around racing performance, Italian style and innovative technologies, Alfa Romeo vehicles have always been one of the most desired among collectors and enthusiasts; and now the classic car experts at Hagerty — the leading insurance provider for classic vehicles — are highlighting the Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet — A new take on luxury off-roading

(February 13, 2017) STUTTGART, Germany — With the new G 650 Landaulet, Mercedes‑Maybach presents a new masterpiece of automotive engineering. After the Mercedes-Maybach S‑Class and the S 650 Cabriolet, the open-top G‑Class is the first off-roader from the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan gets 52-mpg EPA rating

(February 13, 2017) DETROIT — The 2017 Cruze diesel sedan offers up to an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 52  — the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America. Based upon the EPA highway estimate, the Cruze diesel with the six-speed manual transmission has an estimated range of up to 702 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel.

Genesis G90 a true luxury vehicle, but don't call it a 'Hyundai Genesis'

By Paul Borden

(February 12, 2017) —  It wasn’t all that long ago that the idea of vehicle coming out of a Hyundai plant carrying a price tag of over $70,000 was as farfetched as the notion of self-driving and flying cars. Well, today self-driving cars are, if not around the corner, getting closer, Uber has asked a NASA engineer to do research on flying cars, and Hyundai indeed has on the market a sedan that is very worthy of such a lofty price tag.

Ford to invest $1 billion in artificial intelligence company

(February 11, 2017) SAN FRANCISCO —  Ford has announced it is investing $1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company, to develop a virtual driver system for the automaker’s autonomous vehicle coming in 2021 — and for potential license to other companies.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 — Inexpensive but disappointing

By Jim Prueter

(February 10, 2017) When shopping for a new car, the Mitsubishi brand is one that seldom bubbles to the top of consumers’ consideration set. That isn’t a surprise, since the Japanese automaker has little relevancy compared with stalwarts like Toyota, Honda, Nissan and others.

Custom Acura NSX to be auctioned in support of MusiCares Foundation

(February 10, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Acura will extend its long-standing support of musicians and music people as the automaker is set to auction a custom 2017 Acura NSX supercar at the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute honoring Tom Petty. All proceeds from the auction of the Acura NSX will benefit the MusiCares charity, which provides people in the music industry with critical assistance in times of need.