August 2023

Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster is 'Best of Show' at Pebble Beach

Built in 1937 with rare coachwork
for the King of Afghanistan

(August 22, 2023) A Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster (W 29) won the prestigious "Best of Show" title at the 2023 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Sunday. The sporty luxury car prevailed over a top-class field of exclusive classic cars in the jury vote at the final event of Pebble Beach Automotive Week. This victory is the 10th "Best of Show" title for a Mercedes-Benz vehicle since the start of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1950.

2024 Range Rover SV Carmel Edition revealed in Monterey

(August 21, 2023) Range Rover House, the invitation-only experience which presents Range Rover’s vision of modern, sustainable luxury and design leadership, celebrated its return to Monterey Car Week, Calif., with a reprise of the exquisitely crafted Range Rover SV Carmel Edition. 

First-Ever Mustang GTD — Ford street-legal performance car

Targeting more than 800 horsepower
and a sub-7-minute Nürburgring time

(August 21, 2023) DEARBORN, Mich. — Deep inside a metal storage garage hidden behind a wind tunnel building in Allen Park, Mich., a handful of team members gathered in 2021 for a new, after-hours mission that on paper felt like an impossible dream: design a Mustang to take on the best of European sports cars.  The result is a limited-edition, ultra high-performance street legal performance car with the soul of a Mustang.  

Kia debuts all-electric EV6 Limited Edition at Monterey Car Week

Special edition is limited
to just 1,000 units in U.S.

(August 20, 2023) MONTEREY, Calif. — Kia America debuted the 2023 EV6 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Limited Edition at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. With only 1,000 examples set for production, the commemorative EV6 celebrates its exalted status after being recognized as winning the “Utility Vehicle of the Year” category in the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) competition in January.

All-electric 2024 Acura ZDX and ZDX Type S make global debut

Type S delivers 500-hp making
it most powerful Acura SUV ever

(August 19, 2023) This week marked the global debut of Acura's first all-electric model — the new 2024 Acura ZDX and ZDX Type S. With an estimated 500 hp in the Type S model, "ZDX delivers on Acura's commitment to Precision Crafted Performance with dynamic styling, class-leading premium technology and an engaging driving experience." The ZDX A-Spec single-motor is anticipated to receive an EPA range rating of 325 zero-emission miles.

Jenson Button to debut his Lotus Evija hypercar at ‘The Quail'

(August 18, 2023) MONTEREY, Calif. —    F1 World Champion Jenson Button will debut his bespoke Lotus Evija at ‘The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering’ today. Like all examples of the Evija, Button’s car is completely bespoke and based on the spec which he chose in consultation with the Lotus Design team.

Iconic Bentley Blower reborn as the ultimate urban vehicle

Little Car Company builds 85%
scale 1929 supercharged Bentley

(August 18, 2023) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors and The Little Car Company have unveiled a road-legal, 85 per cent scale recreation of the most famous Bentley in the world. "Blower Jnr," a recreation of the 1929 4½-liter Supercharged Team Car No. 2 in Bentley’s Heritage Collection, is the first road-legal car from The Little Car Company and the most sophisticated city car ever built.

A used up Samurai

The Samurai was the first four-wheeled vehicle Suzuki sold in the U.S. beginning in the mid 80s. The U.S. version had a carbureted 1.3-liter overhead-cam four-cylinder delivering 63 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. It was noisy and slow — MotorTrend clocked it to 60 mph in 16.9 seconds. This wore out example resides in eastern North Carolina.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

GM invests in AI and battery materials innovator Mitra Chem

(August 17, 2023) DETROIT — General Motors is leading a $60 million Series B financing round in Mitra Chem, a Silicon Valley-based, AI-enabled battery materials innovator. The company’s AI-powered platform and advanced research and development facility in Mountain View, Calif., will help accelerate GM’s commercialization of affordable electric vehicle batteries.