February 2023

Bugatti W16 Mistral meets the wind that gave it its name

(February 11, 2023) Two forces of nature come together as Bugatti’s ultimate roadster meets the mistral, a unique and powerful wind that swirls across southern France. The W16 Mistral glides over beautiful twisting roads in the foothills above the Côte d’Azur, with the evocative soundtrack of its W16 powertrain reverberating off the scenery. From all around – below and above, head on and sideways — is a unique southern France airstream, matching the W16 Mistral’s characteristics in perfect harmony.

Pre-war International

The D-40 Series International truck was built from 1937-1940. It came with a six-cylinder engine that made 89 horsepower mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. This abandoned truck was found in Nevada.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

2024 Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport debut at Chicago Auto Show

(February 10, 2023) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen has unveiled the new 2024 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport at the Chicago Auto Show. The refreshed seven- and five-seaters offer enhanced technology, upgraded interior designs and materials, and a livelier powertrain. While the refreshed Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport maintain the same underpinnings of the successful outgoing models, the spacious interior of each vehicle receives a major upgrade for the 2024 model year.

Toyota Grand Highlander — Prioritizing three rows of comfortable seats

(February 10, 2023) CHICAGO — The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander made its world premiere hours before the opening day of the Chicago Auto Show to showcase the latest and greatest addition to the successful SUV lineup for Toyota. “There is definitely a need in the market for a midsize-SUV that prioritizes interior comfort in all three rows and Grand Highlander is the ultimate option,” said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president of Toyota Marketing. 

Unique colors, advanced materials add menacing style to Dark Horse

(February 9, 2023) DEARBORN, Mich. — Amplifying the track handling precision of the all-new 2024 Mustang Dark Horse, the Mustang team has created a distinctive collection of colors and materials that amplifies its dark aura and digital-age style.

SEMA unveils top automotive aftermarket trends for 2023

(February 9, 2023) DIAMOND BAR, Calif.  — The automotive aftermarket continues to be impacted by shifts in the industry and overall economy. To stay competitive, businesses need to know where the market is headed. The new “SEMA Future Trends – January 2023” report, available now, provides a detailed analysis of the industry’s most important issues and trends in 2023 and beyond. Designed to help aftermarket companies make informed business decisions, the report includes four main parts.

Hennessey’s 708-hp supercharged 'H700' Corvette C8 extinguishes Z06

(February 9, 2023) SEALY, Texas — Hennessey, the Texas-based hypercar manufacturer, and high-performance vehicle creator, has supercharged America's premier mid-engine sports car. The new Hennessey Supercharged H700 Corvette C8 Stingray, fitted with a muscular blower, vaults the standard mid-engined Stingray coupe to exotic car power and torque levels that surpass even the revered 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Sean Smith Designs presents 1,180 hp 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

(February 8, 2023) Visitors to the 2023 Grand National Roadster Show which took place in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 3-5 witnessed the unveiling of the latest work by vehicle designer Sean Smith and a build team led by Driven Speed Shop. Based on a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Michael Shields, the result is a remarkable vehicle that combines luxury and elegance with the astonishing performance of an 1,180hp supercharged Chevrolet 427 LS7 V8 engine.

2023 BMW X5 and X6 get revised inline-6 and V-8 engines

(February 8, 2023) — New design details, expanded standard equipment, electrification across-the-board, and advancements in digital technology define the next stage in the evolution of BMW’s X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. The entire range of powertrains has been comprehensively reengineered.