March 2024

A '52 Dodge reaches the end of the road

This 1952 Dodge was found serving its final years in an Arizona salvage yard. The 1952 model could be purchased with a semi-automatic transmission that reduced (but did not eliminate) the need to shift gears. In 1953, Dodge got its first V-8 engine featuring the famous hemispherical combustion chambers and 140 horsepower.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Most powerful series-production Porsche sets record lap times

Zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.1 secs.
and top track speed of up to 190 mph

(March 14, 2024) STUTTGART, Germany — Not yet on the market, but already a record holder: The Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach Package earned the title of fastest electric series-production car at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, in California, on February 23. With a time of 1:27.87, Porsche development driver Lars Kern put in a faster lap than any other driver has before with a series electric car.

Refreshed 2024 Kia Sorento tackles Colorado’s winter wilderness

(March 13, 2024) TABERNASH, Col. — Set against the backdrop of the majestic Colorado Rockies, the refreshed 2024 Kia Sorento embarked on a journey along picturesque alpine roads for its national press introduction this week, where members of the media ventured through the winter wilderness and immersed themselves in the rugged appeal of the newly introduced Sorento X-Pro trim.

Hyundai releases pricing for high-performance IONIQ 5 N

Fully equipped IONIQ 5 N starts
at $67,475 including destination

(March 13, 2024) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has announced pricing for its fully equipped IONIQ 5 N at $67,475 including destination, setting the new benchmark for engaging, all-electric high performance. The IONIQ 5 N SUV is offered in a single, fully equipped trim that "delivers cutting-edge performance along with unmatched driver engagement and configurability, all paired with a full complement of convenience, driver-assistance, and safety features."

Hennessey sends off V8-powered TRX with ‘Last Stand’ Mammoth 1000

Mammoth 1000 TRX — 1,012 bhp,
969 lb-ft torque, 0-60 mph in 3.2 sec.

(March 13, 2024) SEALY, Texas — Hennessey, the Texas-based hypercar manufacturer and high-performance vehicle creator, has announced a special edition "Last Stand" Mammoth 1000 TRX to send off the world’s favorite hypertruck in style. The Texas team will offer the special edition V8-powered Ram TRX exclusively on 2024 model year trucks, which feature new colors and distinctive "Last Stand" graphics.

NHTSA probes Honda vehicles over unintended braking

(March 12, 2024) WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators have launched an investigation into nearly 251,000 Honda vehicles for unintended activation of the automatic emergency braking system. The safety probe covers 2019-22 Honda Insight hybrid sedans and Honda Passport midsize crossovers, Automotive News reported.

Mercedes-AMG E 53 Hybrid — Performance, efficiency in a new combination

AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter engine,
electric motor make 577 hp

(March 12, 2024) With the new Mercedes-AMG E 53 Hybrid, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach introduces its latest plug-in Hybrid model, combining outstanding performance and engaging driving dynamics with electric efficiency. The 2025 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Hybrid arrives at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Rivian introduces smaller, less expensive platform

R2 mid-sized SUV to start at
$45,000; R3 priced below R2

(March 11, 2024) LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Rivian has unveiled its new midsize platform which underpins R2 and R3 product lines. R2 is Rivian’s all-new midsize SUV delivering a combination of performance, capability and utility in a five-seat package optimized for big adventures and everyday use. The silhouette and face of R2 are distinctly Rivian. R3 is a midsize crossover that is tidy on dimensions but delivers big on performance.