January 2018

2019 Hyundai Veloster will make Hollywood debut in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'

(January 22, 2018) DETROIT — Fans of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man will soon be introduced to the all-new Hyundai Veloster as it will play a significant role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Teaming up with this major franchise is part of a global marketing initiative to launch the newly redesigned sporty coupe while increasing Hyundai’s brand awareness with Marvel fans around the world.

2018 GMC Terrain scores an aerodynamic touchdown

(January 22, 2018) DETROIT — What do a football and an SUV have in common? Both rely on exceptional aerodynamics to perform to their fullest, and the GMC Terrain and Wilson leather NFL game footballs are perfect examples. GMC Terrain engineers clocked more than 300 hours in the wind tunnel to refine every surface of the Terrain, from the front grille to the rear spoiler.

“Reducing the aerodynamic drag of an SUV is always a challenge,” said GMC Aerodynamic Engineer Alicia Bidwell. “Our engineering team paid attention to even the smallest details to deliver the size and cargo space our customers want.”

Charity donations bring in $6.21 million at Barrett-Jackson

(January 22, 2018) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –Former President George W. Bush and Chad McQueen helped Barrett-Jackson speed past the $100 million mark in funds raised for charity as 10 vehicles brought in $6.21 million for non-profit organizations during the 47th annual Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld.

The top fundraisers included the first current-generation Ford GT that has been donated for charity since the car was introduced, bringing in $2.55 million to push the company to nearly $102 million since 1971.

Third row is the charm with all-new Lexus RX 350L

(January 21, 2018) PLANO, Texas — Families will now be able to enjoy more space with their luxury utility vehicle thanks to the new three-row Lexus RX L models. The RX created the luxury crossover segment 20 years ago and has reigned supreme as the most popular luxury utility vehicle on the market. The 2018 RX 350L and RX 450hL models retain their stylish figures, but now offer the choice of six or seven-passenger capability.

Infiniti Q Inspiration concept — Power beyond convention

(January 21, 2018) DETROIT — Previewing a new generation of Infiniti vehicles at the North American International Auto Show last week, the Q Inspiration Concept proposes how an innovative VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior could enrich the experience of drivers in the mid-size sedan segment.

Flint Engine Operations to build new turbo-diesel for 2019 Silverado

(January 20, 2018) FLINT, Mich. — General Motors has announced that Flint Engine Operations will serve as the manufacturing site for the all-new Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel for the 2019 Silverado. In 2015 GM announced a $263 million investment in Flint Engine Operations for a new engine line.

The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, enabling customers to find the combination of performance, efficiency and value that best fits their needs. One of these choices will be the all-new Flint-built 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel.

E400 Cabriolet — Everything a convertible should be and more

By Jim Prueter

(January 19, 2018) It never ceases to amaze me just how many individual Mercedes-Benz models there are on the Bavarian automaker’s palette. Mercedes currently offers over 85 individual models with numerous additional models being introduced on a yearly basis. If there’s a marketing niche — no matter how small — Mercedes feels the obligation to their loyal clientele to fill it. The E Class Cabriolet is such a vehicle.

Lexus carves out flagship luxury crossover — LF-1 Limitless concept

(January 19, 2018) DETROIT — Like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword, the lines of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept have the potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover for Lexus. Lexus established the luxury crossover segment two decades ago with the global debut of the RX 300 at Detroit.  It remains the top-selling luxury crossover despite nearly 50 competitors that have since entered the segment.

1998 Toyota Supra earns 'Best in Show' honors at Classic Car Show

(January 19, 2018) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Amidst a competitive field of 163 domestics, imports and European models, a 1998 Toyota Supra was named “Best in Show” at the 3rd Annual Future Classic Show presented by ClassicCars.com and Gateway Classic Cars.

Kicking off Arizona Collector Car Week, The Future Classic Car Show employs Concours-level judges, offering their expert opinions on meticulously conditioned vehicles in six categories, along with the overall “Best of Show” top honors.  By popular demand, a new award was introduced this year — Best Modification.

Ford adds 365,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall

(January 19, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is expanding a safety recall for certain Takata airbag inflators in North America. The recall involves 365,000 vehicles. Ford has also issued a safety recall for 363 model year 2018 Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators for a rear-door window issue.