May 2017

General Motors sued over diesel cheating

(May 25, 2017) General Motors today has been accused of putting defeat devices in some of its diesel-powered trucks to beat emissions tests, the sixth carmaker linked to diesel cheating scandal since 2015, when Volkswagen AG admitted to installing software to bypass pollution rules.

All-new Honda Odyssey minivan goes on sale today

(May 25, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif.  — The completely redesigned, all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey arrives at Honda dealerships nationwide today with starting price of $30,890 including destination charge. This fifth-generation Odyssey continues its evolution to meet the needs of changing American families, raising the bar for performance, cabin quietness, family-friendly interior space, comfort and connectivity in the minivan segment.

2018 Ford Expedition makes towing, backing up trailers easier than ever

(May 25, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — If you’re launching a boat or towing a large load, the all-new Ford Expedition featuring class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes it easier than ever to perform such tasks with confidence.

More than 50 percent of Expedition customers value towing, and 15 percent tow weekly or monthly. That’s why the all-new Expedition offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist to make backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.

Sales hit $55.6 million at Mecum's 30th Original Spring Classic

(May 25, 2017) INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —  Mecum Auctions made history May 16-20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis as 1,665 classic and collector cars from 37 states crossed the auction block for the company’s 30th anniversary auction. With 1,208 vehicles hammering sold for an excellent 73-percent sell-through rate, the auction was deemed a smashing success and became the highest-grossing Original Spring Classic auction in the event’s 30-year history as overall sales totals reached more than $55.6 million.

2018 GMC Yukon Denali elevates style, refinement

(May 25, 2017) DETROIT — GMC is elevating the 2018 Yukon Denali lineup with styling and trim enhancements, as well as a new, advanced 10-speed automatic transmission. A new, sculpted grille design distinguishes the Yukon Denali, while new Mastique Ash real wood trim adds depth and richness to the interior.

The new Hydra-Matic 10-speed transmission — paired with Yukon Denali’s 6.2L V-8 engine — enhances refinement with world-class shift smoothness and quietness response. 

Dodge Journey pleasantly surprises first-time Journey driver

By Peter Hubbard

(May 24, 2017) In the interest of full disclosure, my week behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD recently was my first time behind the wheel of this Dodge entry in the compact crossover class — ever.  

Sure, it HAS been on the market for eight, going on nine years now, and we should have taken at least a short journey in the Journey. 

Looking good in snow

This circa 1949-53 Studebaker pickup was discovered a few winters ago resting in a field of melting snow. It's in the 2R-Series family of Studebaker pickups. They were Studebaker's first pickups after World War II, a rather stylish truck compared to the more popular competition. Standard issue was a carryover inline six-cylinder engine with a three-speed manual transmission.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Fourth-generation Ford F-Series

Ford introduced its fourth generation F-Series pickup in 1961, a longer and lower version of the third generation with new engine and gearbox choices. This circa 1961-62 pickup was found in restorable condition in Cuba, Mo.
(Photos by Jim Meachen)

Harley-Davidson becomes official motorcycle of SVRA

(May 24, 2017) SOUTHLAKE, Texas — The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Harley-Davidson announced this week that the iconic motorcycle manufacturer is now the Official Motorcycle of the SVRA.  

"I own and ride Harley-Davidsons and I am thrilled to have the SVRA in partnership with such a culturally rich and powerful brand," said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO.

Ford says Mustang now most popular sports car in the world

(May 24, 2017) BRENTWOOD, Essex, UK — The Ford Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the U.S. during the past 50 years, and now thanks to growing popularity in Europe and elsewhere, the iconic pony car is the most popular sports car in the world, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit new vehicle registration data in the sports car segment.