April 2017

David Brown Automotive to launch Mini Remastered at London Motor Show

(April 18, 2017) LONDON — The eagerly awaited Mini Remastered is to make its public debut in the UK at The Confused.com London Motor Show May 4-7. The second model to be made by British-based coachbuilder David Brown Automotive will take pride of place at The Confused.com London Motor Show alongside the manufacturer’s debut car, the classically-inspired Speedback GT.

Seventh-generation Oldsmobile 98

This seventh-generation Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight was discovered in retirement in South Carolina. The seventh generation of the 98 was built from 1961 through 1964. We think this is a 1964 model. The Oldsmobile 98,
which was built from 1940 through 1996, came in six body styles in 1964 in 2-door, 4-door and convertible configurations. Standard equipment included power steering, power brakes, power windows and power seats. The powertrain was 6.5-liter Rocket V8 mated to a 3-speed automatic. (Photo by Ralph Gable)

Peterson Automotive Museum wins architecture award

(April 17, 2017) LOS ANGELES — Just over a year after its grand re-opening after a $90 million remodel that changed the skyline of Los Angeles’ “Museum Row,” The Petersen Automotive Museum has been honored by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design as one of the most significant building projects in America owing to its radical exterior design by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.

Fourth-Generation Kia Rio sedan and 5-door revealed in New York

(April 17, 2017) NEW YORK — With its eye-catching design and impressive roster of features, the all-new 2018 Rio sedan and 5-door are the latest additions to the Kia Motors America (KMA) model lineup. Penned at Kia’s European and U.S. design studios in collaboration with Kia’s design base in Namyang, Korea, this subcompact duo will bring a combination of impressive fuel efficiency, innovative technology, advanced safety features, everyday convenience and fun-to-drive character to value-conscious consumers when they arrive at Kia retailers later this year.

2017 New York Auto Show: Hey, I actually got paid for some of this stuff

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell
(April 17, 2017) I'm not the kind of guy to turn down a payday, even if it involves attending an auto show...even if that auto show is in New York. Auto shows are simply something one, who earns a living covering the auto industry, must tolerate from time to time. There's just no escaping it.

2017 G80 — The Genesis of Genesis

By Jim Prueter

(April 16, 2017) In case you missed the announcement (you’re not alone), Hyundai has spun off the Hyundai Genesis as its own new luxury brand simply known as Genesis. Think of Hyundai’s approach to the Genesis brand as similar to that of Toyota and Lexus, Nissan and Infiniti, Honda and Acura.

2017 Dodge Durango R/T — Large, functional, capable

By Jim Prueter

(April 16, 2017) The Dodge Durango R/T is a muscular, well-proportioned, seven-passenger, three-row crossover sport utility vehicle. It’s also one of the most unique on the market when considering passenger and cargo capacity, power, capability and driving dynamics.

Crossover comparison: Kia Sportage vs. Hyundai Tucson vs. Honda CR-V

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(April 16, 2017) Demand for small SUVs is very strong, with buyers moving up — and down — into the comfortably sized vehicles. This has driven automakers into a competitive frenzy, and given buyers unprecedented choice. Built off the platform of a brand’s C-segment sedan, these vehicles scratch an itch that has afflicted buyers like a trip through a poison ivy patch, allowing them to own a crossover without throwing thrift out of the widow or sacrificing amenities or style.

Toyota FT-4X Concept is a 'modern 4X4 toolbox'

(April 15, 2017) NEW YORK — It’s only natural. In the busyness of city-based work life there emerges a growing urge to “get away.” For millennial-aged professionals confined to city limits, oftentimes these getaways are unplanned, and are of the casual, less extreme kind. (No time for summiting a mountain — a drive to the scenic point will do!)

Toyota's Mississippi pant to build $10 million visitor center

(April 15, 2017) BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. — Toyota is rolling out the welcome mat at its Blue Springs manufacturing facility. The automaker on Friday announced it will build a nearly $10 million visitor and interactive training center that will offer public tours showcasing how nearly 2,000 Mississippians produce Corolla vehicles. That announcement came during a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for Toyota Mississippi.