February 2021

Jeep announces the all-new 2021 Grand Cherokee L to start at $38,690

(March 1, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jeep Grand Cherokee L is expanding into the three-row, full-size SUV segment with an all-new architecture, all-new interior, three Jeep 4x4 systems, the most advanced, high-tech safety and security features in its class and segment-leading advanced technologies. The all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L ushers in an unmatched combination of even more legendary 4x4 capability, superior on-road refinement, plus premium styling and craftsmanship all at a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $38,690 including a $1,695 destination charge.

U.S. Postal Service names Oshkosh for new fleet contract

(February 28, 2021) WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service announced this past week that  had it awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh, Wis., based Oshkosh Defense, to manufacture a new generation of U.S.-built postal delivery vehicles that will drive the most dramatic modernization of the USPS fleet in three decades.

Streetwear Collective RTFKT shows sneaker inspired by Lexus IS

(February 27, 2021) PLANO, Texas — What happens when sneakerheads get ahold of a luxury sport sedan? RTFKT creative collective and Lexus teamed up to find out. To celebrate the launch of the 2021 Lexus IS, RTFKT reveals its one-of-one shoe featuring design elements inspired by the IS 350 F Sport Dynamic Handling Package. From its athletic stance and slimmer headlights to its carbon fiber spoiler and bold color schemes, the IS drove the creative team to design RTFKT’s first pair of footwear inspired by and partly constructed from vehicle materials.

Express-down power windows — half the job!


By Al Vinikour  

You don’t need to spend a month at the Natural History Museum to study evolution. Perusing a biography of the automobile industry highlights one of the clearest examples. When the first cars were built they didn’t include windows. There generally was a roof of some sort…and no doubt the occupants had some way to try to block out inclement weather as they bounced down the rutted and sloppy dirt roads of the time. Umbrellas come to mind.

Ringbrothers unveils custom 1968 Mercury Cougar

(February 26, 2021) SPRING GREEN, Wis.  — Ringbrothers, a custom car builder and parts manufacturer, today unveiled its latest creation — a resto-mod 1968 Mercury Cougar. The Cougar makes a healthy 460 horsepower from its Ford Coyote 5.0L V8 engine connected to a 10-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission borrowed from the Ford F-150 Raptor.

New doors open for Jeep Wrangler with new half doors

(February 26, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For passionate Jeep owners who crave even more of the ultimate open-air experience, Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) from Mopar is introducing new half doors for the iconic Jeep Wrangler.

Along Route 66

In 1954, the Windsor DeLuxe was Chrysler's lowest priced car. The grille and instrument panel were new from the 1953 car, which got the one-piece curved windshield for the first time. The '54 was powered by a 119-horsepower inline 6 with either a three-speed manual or Power-Flite automatic transmission. This example was found along Route 66 in Arizona.
(Photo by Ted Biederman).

Ford Explorer King Ranch Edition brings Texas spirit to best-selling SUV

(February 25, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Explorer adds the first-ever King Ranch edition to its stable, giving midsize SUV customers an all-new rugged, premium appearance with the uncompromising quality, craftsmanship and authenticity of the iconic Texas ranch.

Jeep Launch Edition Wrangler Rubicon 392 with 470 hp starts at $74,995

(February 25, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 — packed with 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque from its 6.4-liter V-8, full-time 4x4, functional hood scoop, a dual-mode performance exhaust, and a long list of premium features standard, including a sport steering wheel with shift paddles and leather-covered performance seats — is on-road and off-road ready for a price of $74,995 including destination charge.