December 2022

Mercedes-AMG S-Class — Synthesis of comfort and performance

(December 31, 2022) The S-Class has always played an important role for Mercedes-AMG. More than 50 years ago, the founders proved they could transform a luxury sedan into a very sporty vehicle with the Swabian spirit of innovation. The performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach set its first milestone in 1971 with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG.

McLaren Automotive, Lockheed Martin to collaborate on futuristic design methods

(December 30, 2022) Luxury supercar and hypercar maker McLaren Automotive is collaborating with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to assess a futuristic design methodology. The project will focus on deploying a new Skunk Works’ design system, developed for the world of aviation, into the realms of high-performance, cutting-edge automotive supercar design.

The pioneering software sets the parameters for high-speed systems more accurately and swiftly than traditional design methods.

Bentley Flying Bees reach new milestone for Crewe’s honey production

(December 30, 2022) CREWE, England — In parallel with the company’s financial successes this year, Bentley’s very own extraordinary ‘Flying Bees’ too have had an exceptionally fruitful season. Following the productivity levels of their human colleagues, the bees have produced an estimated record 1,000 jars of honey from Bentley’s very own Excellence Centre for Honey Production.

An Arizona Ford pickup

This circa 1938-1939 Ford pickup was found in fairly good condition in Arizona. The 1938-1939 Ford panel and pickup truck bore little resemblance to the Ford trucks that had come before. They were treated to a thorough restyle in 1938, and carried over unchanged into 1939.  Both the 60-horsepower and 85-horsepower V-8 engines were offered.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Hyundai brings hydrogen-powered commercial trucking to Israel

(December 29, 2022) Hyundai Motor Company has announced that its heavy-duty, hydrogen-powered XCIENT Fuel Cell truck is entering Israel, its first Middle East market, to establish a hydrogen value chain in the region. Hyundai has supplied three XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks to Israel as part of a partnership between its Israeli agency Colmobil, hydrogen producer Bazan and hydrogen refueling station operator Sonol to form a hydrogen value chain in Israel. 

2024 Mazda CX-90 will be available with performance-oriented plug-in hybrid

(December 29, 2022) IRVINE, Calif. — Ahead of its world premiere in January, Mazda North American Operations announced the first-ever 2024 CX-90 will be available nationwide as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Mazda says that while this is Mazda's first plug-in hybrid in the U.S., the CX-90 PHEV will maintain the responsiveness, performance, and driving dynamics that define Mazda vehicles.

Toyota reports its November output a record

(December 28, 2022) Toyota said its global output hit a record for November, thanks in part to solid consumer demand, though it warned of an uncertain outlook due to a persistent shortage of semiconductors and spikes in Covid cases in China. The world's number one automaker produced 833,104 vehicles last month, a 1.5-percent increase from a year earlier. Global sales rose 2.9 percent to 796,484 units, the company said in a statement earlier this week.

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction to offer resto-mod Broncos and Blazers

(December 28, 2022) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —  Barrett-Jackson is highlighting the unprecedented demand for Resto-Mod SUVs with an array of spectacularly built Ford Broncos and Chevy Blazers as part of the 2023 Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Jan. 21-29, 2023. Among the most impressive builds crossing the auction block with No Reserve include a custom 1970 Ford Bronco nicknamed “Maverick” that was a collaboration between Tre5 Customs, Ikandy Paintworks and Paradise Customs, as well as a custom 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer finished in PPG “Mint my Mind” and Mercedes Cirrus White.

Tesla offering $7,500 discount on Model 3 sedans, Model Y crossovers

(December 27, 2022) Tesla is offering U.S. consumers $7,500 to take delivery of its two cheapest models before year-end, a move likely to foment more debate over the extent of the carmaker’s struggle with demand, according to Automotive News. The discount Tesla is dangling on new Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossovers is double what the company was offering earlier this month, and likely has to do with changes to U..S tax credits that take effect in 2023.