March 2017

1938 Ford in the weeds

This 1938 Ford pickup from Peter Hubbard's Junkyard Dog collection was found in a large vintage salvage yard near Tokina, Ill., with dozens of other cars and trucks, mainly from the '50s. The truck could be purchased with two flathead V-8 engine sizes — a 2.2-liter making 60 horsepower and a 3.6-liter rated at 85 horsepower. All trucks were equipped with a 3-speed manual transmission. A radio was a $45 option — plus installation charge.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Second plant to be used for all-new Mazda CX-5 production

(March 15, 2017) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda announced today that, starting in November, it will produce the all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV at Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi prefecture in addition to the Hiroshima Plant where it is currently produced. Mazda says the move will help the automaker respond quickly and flexibly to growing demand for SUVs globally.

Duramax diesel, Allison transmission to power Chevy commercial truck

(March 15, 2017) DETROIT — General Motors, which fields the industry’s most expansive portfolio of diesel-powered passenger cars, crossovers, pickups and vans, confirmed this week that Chevrolet’s highly-anticipated, all-new Class 4/5 commercial truck will be powered by a Duramax engine and Allison transmission — a legendary combination that has powered close to two million trucks.

Chevrolet made the announcement at The Work Truck Show 2017, and confirmed the truck is on track to launch in 2018. It is being jointly developed by Chevrolet and Navistar.

Jaguar I-Pace Concept hits the streets of London

(March 15, 2017) WHITLEY, UK — Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle — the Jaguar I-Pace — onto the streets of London for the first time1.

Driving on the streets of London’s famous Olympic Park, the electric performance SUV concept previews the Jaguar brand’s first electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace, which will be revealed in late 2017 and will be on sale in the second half of 2018.

A thrilling new Discovery

By Jim Prueter

(March 15, 2017) ST. GEORGE, Utah —  The boxy Land Rover LR4 is fresh off a complete redesign and is not only a thoroughly different looking vehicle, but also has a new name: Land Rover Discovery. This fifth-generation model sports a new look inside and out and features a slew of technological advancements. This includes the lightweight monocoque body construction, made of up to 85 percent high-strength aluminum, reducing total vehicle weight by 1,000 pounds or about 20 percent over the outgoing LR4 model.

Fiat launches stylish Fullback Cross in Europe

(March 15, 2017) The Fiat Fullback Cross — a stylish new version of the brand’s pick-up — has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model has been designed to further broaden the appeal of the Fiat Fullback with lifestyle users.  As well as going on sale via the Fiat Professional dealer network, the Fullback range will also be available through the Fiat passenger cars dealer network.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s custom crate loaded for speed

(March 14, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — In collaboration with Dodge, Snap-on Business Solutions delivers what you need to take the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from the street to the drag strip and back again.
As enthusiasts learned from the fourth teaser video “Crate” at, these aren’t just any tools off the shelf. This is a special, limited-production set for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon that offers a street-to-track transformation experience as exclusive as the car itself.

New engine guide reviews history, specs of 21 Toyota engine families

(March 14, 2017) OLATHE, Kan. — Olathe Toyota Parts Center is offering a new Comprehensive Guide to Toyota Engines, detailing all Toyota engine families available from the mid-1980s to today. Offered as a free download, the book details 21 different Toyota engine families, with history, current applications, and detailed specs for each.

The guide was written by the experts at Olathe Toyota Parts Center, one of the leading retailers of OEM Toyota parts in the United States.

Amelia Island auctions reveal new major collector car trends

(March 14, 2017) PHOENIX — As the events at Amelia Island come to an end, three trends have become readily apparent from the collector car auctions. After studying results from the five auctions that ran over three days, post-sale analysis reveals that the impact of younger enthusiasts and investors has begun to impact both vehicle selection for these sales as well as the overall collector car market, driving up values for vehicles that were not historically considered “blue chip investment” cars, Classic reports.