February 2020

Hyundai expands partnership with U.S. on hydrogen fuel cell technologies

(February 11, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hyundai Motor Company has announced the expansion of its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its support of the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program. Hyundai’s commitment aims to increase technical collaboration to better understand challenges and to collect and publish independently validated data from demonstrating fuel cell technologies and hydrogen infrastructure under real world operating conditions.

Alfa Romeo 110th anniversary logo revealed

(February 10, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Alfa Romeo brand is debuting a new logo to celebrate its 110th anniversary. Born on June 24, 1910, in Milan, Italy, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish, powerful and exclusive cars in automotive history.

To recognize this 110-year tradition, the new design keeps the classic “Biscione” or heraldic serpent, while the “110” numbers are showcased in a perspective that projects the brand across the past, present and future.

Hyundai's Super Bowl spot 'Smaht Pahk' wins advertising honors

(February 10, 2020) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai’s Boston-themed, star-studded spot, “Smaht Pahk,” was one of the most successful commercials during the Big Game, ranking second overall on USA TODAY’s Ad Meter. In addition, the spot scored 738 on Ace Metrix and was the highest performing commercial overall in the highly-regarded third-party ranking that evaluates advertising effectiveness.

With more than 42 million views on YouTube alone, Hyundai’s ad is currently one of the most watched Big Game commercials on the platform.

Ford performance Explorer ST scores with new customers

(February 10, 2020) DETROIT — The 400-horsepower Ford Explorer ST — proving there is a growing market for performance SUVs — is surpassing sales expectations and attracting new customers trading-in luxury brand vehicles, according to Ford. The Explorer ST is accounting for 21 percent of overall Explorer sales, with nearly 28 percent of non-Ford trade-ins coming from luxury brands.

The only car capable of filming the 2020 GT-R NISMO? Another GT-R

(February 9, 2020) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan developed the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO to be the pinnacle of the iconic nameplate. For maximum performance, the engine was upgraded, its aerodynamics further enhanced, and weight was shed through the meticulous use of exotic materials. But when the time came to document the newest Nissan super sports car in its natural habitat — on the track — there was one problem. How to film it?

Great patina

This late 1940s Chevrolet "Advanced Design" pickup with great patina was found in Texas. It might be a good long-term restoration project.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

Mercedes-Benz shows its first new pop up camper for U.S. market

(February 8, 2020) Mercedes-Benz has announced its first new modern, practical pop up camper van for the U.S. market. Harkening back to the glory days of camper vans, Mercedes-Benz drew inspiration from illustrious models of the past while integrating the latest sophisticated safety, reliability and convenience features to create a new modern pop top van.

Refreshed 2020 Honda Civic Type R makes U.S. debut in Chicago

(February 7, 2020) CHICAGO —  Fresh from its world debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon last month, the 2020 Honda Civic Type R made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show Thursday, appearing for the first time in public in its new Boost Blue exterior color scheme.

The 2020 Civic Type R brings a number of changes and improvements to Type R’s winning formula, with revised styling, improved handling and braking, better engine cooling and the addition of standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies.

Ford GT supercar improved for 2020; horsepower increased

(February 7, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Performance has announced upgrades to the Ford GT supercar for 2020, including increased engine power to 660 horsepower and improved cooling. Much of the 2020 Ford GT’s advancements are a result of Ford’s continuous technological innovation, especially GT’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6.

Mecum Auctions rings in new decade with $130 million in January sales

(February 6, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auctions burst into the new decade with a strong $130 million in overall sales realized in just the first month of 2020. With the hosting of both the world’s largest collector-car auction in Kissimmee, Fla., as well as the world’s largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction in Las Vegas, Mecum achieved an 83% overall sell-through rate as a jaw-dropping 5,259 lots of collector cars, motorcycles, Road Art and collectible guitars hammered sold in just over two weeks of auction action.