April 2022

Barrett-Jackson to auction KISS frontman Paul Stanley’s Corvette

(May 1, 2022) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  — Barrett-Jackson returns to Las Vegas, June 30-July 2, at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center following two record-shattering auctions in 2022. Highlighting the early consignments for this year’s Las Vegas Auction is the factory customized VIN 001 2022 Chevrolet Corvette convertible owned by legendary KISS frontman and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Paul Stanley.

Automotive specialty-equipment sales surpass pre-pandemic levels

(April 30, 2022) DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — The specialty-equipment industry continues to experience strong growth and demand as the U.S. puts COVID-19 in the rearview mirror. According to the new “State of the Industry–Spring 2022” report from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), 75% of manufacturers, 68% of distributors, and 53% of retailers/installers report that sales are currently above where they were prior to the pandemic, and consumer demand is equally higher for most companies than in 2019.

Volkswagen introduces accessory options for new Golf GTI and R

(April 29, 2022) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has introduced its full line of accessories for the all-new, eighth generation Golf GTI. A perennial favorite of VW enthusiasts, the latest generation GTI benefits from a number of styling options, available now. In continued collaboration with Oettinger Sports Systems GmbH, customized body elements offered for the new GTI include front and rear lip valances and a roof edge spoiler. All components can be painted and installed by Volkswagen dealerships or independent auto body shops.

Return of the ducktail — 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic coming to U.S.

(April 29, 2022) ATLANTA — The 911 Sport Classic is back, and this time it is coming to the U.S. market. Featuring the distinctive and purpose-driven ducktail spoiler that pays tribute to the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the early 1970s, production of the new iteration is limited to 1,250 examples worldwide.

2023 Toyota GR Supra adds manual transmission

(April 28, 2022) PLANO, Texas — From the moment of its launch in 2019 the GR Supra captured the spirit of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing — one that’s all about the joy of driving. For 2023, it adds one more dynamic element: a six-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). For drivers who love the control and rewards offered by precisely timed manual shifts, it might be the Supra they’ve been waiting for.

Kia initiates ‘purpose-built vehicle’ strategy with launch of Niro Plus

(April 28, 2022) SEOUL — Kia has revealed the Niro Plus, its first "purpose-built vehicle" (PBV). As a Sustainable Mobility Solutions Provider, Kia is exploring diverse ways to help people and businesses move beyond traditional automotive, and the company expects its PBV models to be an important part of future mobility.

A used-up Arizona Ranchero

This used-up 1959 Ford Ranchero was found in a salvage yard in Casa Grande, Ariz. The Ranchero, built between 1957 and 1979 was originally adapted from a two-door station wagon platform that integrated the cab and cargo bed into the body. Over its lifespan it was variously derived from full-sized, compact, and intermediate automobiles sold by Ford for the North American market. Its chief competition was the Chevy El Camino.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)