September 2022

2023 BMW Alpina XB7 gets new engine, more performance

(September 23, 2022) Impressive driving dynamics, explosive performance, luxurious comfort. For 2023, the BMW Alpina XB7 benefits from a host of updates, including a new generation engine, an even sharper, more progressive design, and advancements in driving assistance and connectivity. The new Alpina 4.4-liter V8 with BMW mild-hybrid technology now produces 630 hp (up 18 hp from the previous generation) and 590 lb-ft of torque, placing the XB7 firmly among the highest performing Sports Activity Vehicles in the world.

Nissan halts sales of automatic-equipped 2023 Z sports car

(September 23, 2022) The turbocharged Nissan Z sports coupe is available with both manual and automatic transmissions, but  Nissan has halted the sale of the automatic-equipped  Z. The stoppage is limited to the Jatco nine-speed transmission-equipped cars. This stop-sale follows a similar issue found on Titan and Frontier trucks, which also use the nine-speed automatic.

Mini USA celebrates 20th anniversary in the U.S. with special edition

(September 22, 2022) —  Mini USA has announced the launch of the Mini 20 Years Edition, in celebration of the brand’s 20 years in the U.S. The special edition has been produced as a 2023 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 Door and will arrive at dealers in the U.S. this month with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,315 plus an additional $850 for Destination and Handling.

Sequoia plants new roots in Texas

(September 22, 2022) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas celebrates the start of production for the all-new, all-hybrid Toyota Sequoia – electrified with passion and power. This born in Texas, built by Texans SUV has gone all-hybrid with the twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-FORCE Max powertrain, boasting exceptional horsepower and torque while minimizing fuel costs and carbon footprint.

HEMI Spirit — Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is available

(September 22, 2022) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge has announced the brand’s penultimate “Last Call” special-edition model, the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost, a modern-day vision that channels the HEMI-powered spirit of a muscle car that haunted metro Detroit’s famed Woodward Avenue in the 1970s.

Caterham reintroduces its heritage range with launch of two new models

(September 22, 2022) CRAWLEY, West Sussex, England — Caterham has reintroduced its heritage range following the launch of two new models — Super Seven 600 and Super Seven 2000. Ahead of the brand’s 50th anniversary next year, the latest editions take inspiration from the Caterham’s early "Super Sevens" introduced in the 1970s and popularized through the 1980s; a classic, British, lightweight, two-seater sports car with the perfect blend of style and performance, yet re-imagined for the 21st century.

An optional radio in 1935

The 1935 Ford came with a flathead V-8 engine in 1935, being introduced in 1932. It was the first "affordable" V-8 engine on the market. Affordable meant a 1935 sedan started at just $655. Not only did the 1935 have eight cylinders, it could be ordered for the first time with a radio as an option. The dashboard was neatly designed with three round gauge clusters, the speedometer in the middle. To the right, partially hidden by the steering wheel, was the ashtray cutout, which was used to house the radio. Philco, a pioneer in radio production, manufactured the radio for Ford at an option price of $44.50.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)