June 2017

Subaru debuts limited edition WRX STI and BRZ models

(June 9, 2017) CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru of America has announced two new performance models — the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA and 2018 Subaru BRZ tS. Both are performance focused derivatives engineered by Subaru Tecnica International, Inc. specifically for driving enthusiasts. Each vehicle is limited to 500 units and vehicles will arrive at Subaru retailers in early 2018.

Bogie....nine o'clock!!!


By Al Vinikour

How many times have you been driving on a freeway and you’re coming up to a construction zone where one or more lanes are being temporarily shut down. You’re paying your dues, sticking to the lane you’re supposed to be in, when all of a sudden you’re “strafed” at your nine o’clock position, not by a Messerschmitt or a MiG…but by a bandit in a Lexus!

Harold says new Jeep Compass 'beyond cool'


(June 8, 2017) Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter says the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk is "beyond cool." Jeep has revised the previously unloved Compass with a new, more-Jeep-like vehicle that in Trailhawk form can accomplish all the off-road chores that are usually assigned to the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee.

Best start ever for Ford Escape, Lincoln MKC sales boosts Louisville plant

(June 8, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC sales are off to their best start in company history during the first five months of the year, prompting the company to shorten the traditional two-week summer shutdown at Louisville Assembly Plant to build more than 8,500 additional vehicles there.

Honda targeting introduction of Level 4 automated driving by 2025

(June 8, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda today announced that it is targeting the year 2025 for the introduction of vehicles with highly-automated driving capability in most driving situations (SAE Level 4). This new goal builds upon earlier-announced plans for Honda and Acura vehicles to have highly-automated freeway driving capability (SAE Level 3) by 2020. These are critical steps in Honda's commitment to contribute to a collision-free society.

Mecum vintage motorcycle auction brings in $4.4 million in Las Vegas

(June 8, 2017) LAS VEGAS — Mecum’s first foray into Nevada for a spring season vintage motorcycle auction in Las Vegas was a pronounced success with 339 motorcycles hammering sold June 2-3 for an 80-percent sell-through rate and $4.4 million in overall sales.

Highlighted by the $95,000 sale of a gorgeously restored 1950 Vincent Black Shadow, top sales at the auction were strong and showed off the great variety of marques available.

First Honda Civic Type R to be auctioned ahead of arrival at dealerships

(June 8, 2017) The very first 2017 Honda Civic Type R in the world, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 01, is being auctioned online with all proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Civic Type R is the fastest, most powerful Honda of all time produced for the U.S. and the first Honda Civic Type R to be sold in America.

Junk truck

The second-generation Chevrolet C/K pickup was built from 1967-1972. The 1971 model was given several styling updates including a new "egg crate" grille design. This 1971 C/K found in North Carolina appears to be a receptacle for junk. One of the '71 updates was the inclusion for the first time of an AM/FM radio.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Dodge Durango R/T a very attractive SUV package

By Peter Hubbard


(June 7, 2017) Remember when all SUVs were big brawny beasts — truly providing both SPORT and UTILITY?  

If not, just jump into the old “Way-Back Time Machine” with me and venture back to the 80’s, and you’ll quickly encounter a whole slew of big old rear-drive SUVs (most even with 4x4 talent) like the Chevy K-5 Blazer, full-size Ford Bronco, the Dodge Ramcharger and Jeep Grand Wagonner.