July 2021

MINI USA confirms Mini Takes the States 2022 will take place from July 9-17

(August 1, 2021) MINI USA has announced the return of Mini Takes the States in 2022 (MTTS), which is scheduled to take place from July 9-17 of next year.  This news was announced to the Mini fan community during the virtual meet-up that concluded the Mini Together event, celebrating the National Day of Motoring. The much-anticipated road rally for Mini owners was postponed in 2020 and 2021 out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of the Mini community.

Barrett-Jackson expanding, acquires ClassicCars.com, Collector Car Network

(July 31, 2021) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson Holdings, the parent company of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has announced the acquisition of the Phoenix-based Collector Car Network Inc., including its well-known properties ClassicCars.com, AutoHunter, The ClassicCars.com Journal and the Future Collector Car Show. The acquisition furthers Barrett-Jackson’s mission to grow the collector car market through strategic alignment of best-in-class brands and world-class customer service.

2022 Lexus UX 200 / UX 250H get new colors and some refreshening

(July 31, 2021) PLANO, Texas — The subcompact Lexus UX crossover brings the style for 2022 with new color combinations — inside and out. Guests can express themselves with the addition of exterior colors like Grecian Water and Cloudburst Gray and extend the paint all the way to the wheel well with color-keyed over-fenders included on all packages. Inside, Grecian Water can be paired with Black, Birch and Birch with Lapis interior options. Across the lineup, UX brings unique color combinations to reflect each driver’s taste.

Chevrolet COPO Camaro brings back the big block for 2022

(July 31, 2021) DETROIT — The COPO Camaro returns to the drag strip for 2022 with a newly available 572-cubic-inch engine. The Big Block V-8 channels the spirit of the original 1969 COPO Camaro, a purpose-built drag racer created by dealers using the Central Office Production Order system to equip cars with Chevrolet’s largest V-8.

Hey pet hater, your dog is not an airbag


By Al Vinikour  

How many times have you been driving down the street and saw a vehicle coming toward you that looked like it was being driven by a dog? No, you’re not high on Red Bull, my friend. You’re looking at an overt abuser of his pet and a danger to every other vehicle on the highway.

Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean — A glimpse into Bentley’s future

(July 30, 2021) CREWE, England — Bentley has announced details of a new limited edition to celebrate the introduction of its latest model, the Flying Spur Hybrid. Taking inspiration from the EXP 100 GT concept car that defines Bentley’s view of luxury mobility in 2035, the Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition is the first step on a journey to introduce new sustainable materials as part of its Beyond100 strategy.

1966 Thunderbird in retirement

This 1966 Ford Thunderbird was found in retirement in Utah. The 1966 model carried a base price of $4,393 with an inline six-cylinder engine making 275 horsepower mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Carrying a significant 4,400 pounds, it took 11 seconds to go from 0-to-60. If that wasn't enough performance, Ford sold the T-Bird with several sizes of V-8 engines.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Mitsubishi launches the new Outlander PHEV with long EV range

(July 29, 2021) FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will launch a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model of the all-new Outlander, a crossover SUV, fully evolved with a new-generation PHEV system. The vehicle will roll out in Japan in the second half of this fiscal year, and in the U.S. in the second half of calendar-year 2022.