March 2017

Austin, Toyota C-HR, Garrison Brothers, Angel Envy Rye and bubble wrap

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(March 24, 2017) I'm not the kind of guy who heads off to overnight destinations unprepared. I've been a road warrior for more than 30 years, and have racked up nearly 2 million miles on Delta alone. There are times when I only keep up with the day's date to meet the demands of my next plane ticket. When on the road, expect a pregnant pause if you ask me to name the day of the week. And, I don't travel nearly as much as some of my peers, and certainly not as much as I once did.

Ram Truck launches new color for Laramie Longhorn edition

(March 23, 2017) DALLAS — Ram Truck has unveiled a new exterior color shade for its luxurious and capable Laramie Longhorn line of pickup trucks. RV Match Walnut Brown will serve as the model’s new two-tone contrast color, replacing White Gold.
“The Ram Laramie Longhorn has deservedly become the world’s benchmark for upscale, capable pickup trucks,” said Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global.

Mini celebrates 15 years in the U.S.

(March 23, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKES, N.J.  — It was 15 years ago March 22 that a feisty, little-known car company came ashore in the United States and captured the hearts of Americans from coast-to-coast. Since 2002, Mini USA has sold and delivered more than 725,000 Minis to delighted customers across the country.

Coveted rare Chevrolets to cross block at Barrett-Jackson Auction

(March 23, 2017) PALM BEACH, Fla. —  Barrett-Jackson will bring a docket full of coveted, rare Chevrolets to its 15th Annual Palm Beach Auction on April 6-8 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Among Barrett-Jackson’s docket of featured Chevrolets is a ’67 Corvette 427/400 horsepower convertible that is one of 16 painted in Greenwood Green over black vinyl interior.

Ford offers Edge buyers a new sport appearance package

(March 23, 2017) DALLAS — Ford has introduced the 2018 Edge SEL Sport Appearance Package at the Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show giving customers a stylish new way to personalize their Edge.

This new addition to the SEL series offers a sportier look inside and out, and boasts features like a cloth interior and high-tech capabilities. It offers more choice in the Edge lineup, which includes SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport series.

Toyota to introduce new Sienna minivan, Yaris in New York

(March 23, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif.  — Large and small.  Swagger and sportiness.  That is what Toyota will be rolling into their display at the 2017 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) next month with the debut of two freshened models, the 2018 Sienna van and subcompact Yaris hatchback. 

BMW says it will add 40 new or revised models in next two years

(March 22, 2017) MUNICH, Germany — After reporting best-ever revenues and earnings figures for the seventh year in succession, the BMW Group intends to continue its course of sustainable and profitable growth, while also expanding its role as innovation leader. The company’s core business will be strengthened by the targeted addition of 40 new and revised models and continued work on the strategic areas of electric mobility and automated driving.

Abandoned Ranchero on Route 66

This circa 1977-79 Ford Ranchero has been abandoned in an abandoned small town on old Route 66 in Arizona. The Ranchero rests near one of the abandoned buildings. Several "ghost towns" can be found along Route 66 created after the interstate highway system made the old highway obsolete. Ford built the Ranchero from 1957 through 1979 based on a variety of vehicles. The seventh and last generation (1977-79) was based on the Ford LTD II car line.
(Photo by Ted Biderman)