July 2017

Mecum Denver auction achieves $11.4 million in sales

(July 28, 2017) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions took the collector-car auction action to the Mile High City this past weekend with 591 vehicles on offer at the Denver Convention Center. In just two days, 411 vehicles hammered sold for a 70-percent sell-through rate and an overall sales total of $11.4 million.

Race-winning Acura NSX GT3 offered for sale globally

(July 27, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — The race-winning Acura NSX GT3 race car will be offered for sale around the world ahead of the 2018 racing season, it was announced today by Acura, Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D.  The exposed carbon, race-ready NSX GT3 is offered for sale at a starting price of €465,000 ($544,050).

Ford issues safety recall for nearly 117,000 vehicles over bolt issue

(July 27, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America. The recall involves certain 2014 Ford F-150, E-Series, 2014-15 Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles.

The recall is for approximately 117,000 vehicles to replace improperly tempered seat, seatback, seatbelt and/or seatbelt buckle attaching bolts. In affected vehicles, if a seat, seatback or seatbelt anchor attaching bolt fractures, the structural integrity of the seat or the seatbelt system’s performance may be compromised in a sudden stop or crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Gone in 44 seconds: The new 2018 Jaguar XJR575 debuts at top speed

(July 26, 2017) Jaguar has launched its latest full-size super sedan, the new 2018 XJR575, with a high-speed interview starring Jaguar designer Wayne Burgess being questioned by TV presenter and race driver Amanda Stretton as the performance sedan accelerates to its top speed of 186 mph.

A North Dakota Mercury

Mercury refreshed its pre-war 1941 model — which was all new at the time — with a new grille and other styling tweaks for the first post-war cars built for model years 1946-48. This post-war coupe was discovered behind a barn in Ellendale, North Dakota.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

GM to launch collision certification program in early 2018

(July 26, 2017) CHICAGO — General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales division announced it will launch a comprehensive collision certification program in 2018. The announcement was made this week at NACE automechanika Chicago, the largest U.S. trade show dedicated to high-end technical and management-related training for automotive collision and service repair shops.

2018 Mustang GT can go 0-to-60 in less than four seconds

(July 25, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford claims its most advanced and powerful 2018 Mustang GT is also the fastest ever, achieving 0-to-60-mph in less than four seconds in Drag Strip mode. The car’s 5.0-liter V8 now features dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection technology for increased power and efficiency.

2017 Audi A4 Sedan Quattro — A4 redo is a sweetheart

By Jim Prueter

(July 25, 2017) For 2017, Audi introduces its fifth generation A4 sport sedan. It first appeared in 1995, replacing the aging Audi A80. Unless you park it side-by-side with the outgoing A4, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to discern a difference. Even though they look similar, the A4 is thoroughly redesigned, rides on a completely new platform, and has a slightly larger body.

FCA extends Officer Protection Package to Dodge Charger Pursuit

(July 25, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has enhanced the capabilities of its Officer Protection Package and has extended the program to 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit law enforcement vehicles. The Officer Protection Package is designed to increase an officer’s situational awareness when parked and working inside the Charger Pursuit.
“The Officer Protection Package is the result of our continued focus on officer safety in our Charger Pursuit,” said Jeff Kommor, vice president – U.S. Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business Sales.