April 2024

1908 Mitchell Model G wins 'Restoration of the Year'



Annual Zenith Award winner
announced at AACA event

(April 25, 2024) HERSHEY, Pa. — The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) has selected a 1908 Mitchell Model G as its 2024 Zenith Award winner. The AACA Zenith Award is the ultimate recognition that’s bestowed by AACA for outstanding and critically authentic automotive restoration.

Jaguar C-X75 to lead London Concours’ hypercar display in June



(April 23, 2024) LONDON — The London Concours has announced that this June’s June 4-6 show will feature a celebration of the most outlandish, evocative cars of all — the hypercars. The display will bring together the hallowed creations that have consistently pushed the envelope of what’s possible in terms of performance, engineering and design - inspiring and enthralling legions of car fans in the process. The hypercar class will sit at the centre of this summer’s show at the Honourable Artillery Company, nestled in the heart of the city.

Hyundai secures renewable energy for its U.S. manufacturing facilities



(April 23, 2024) SEOUL — Hyundai has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Matrix Renewables, an energy development company based in Madrid, Spain, for the Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) in Georgia, and other U.S. plants.

Expansion of BMW battery plant in S.C. announced



(April 22, 2024) TOKYO — Japan-based electric vehicle battery maker AESC Group is nearly doubling its investment in a South Carolina Gigafactory with a $1.5 billion outlay that creates 1,080 new jobs supplying BMW, according to Automotive News.

Lotus announces pricing for its hyper-SUV Eletre in North America



Orders now being taken for EV
hyper-SUV starting at $107,000

(April 22, 2024) PLYMOUTH, Mich. —  Lotus has announced the pricing of its electric hyper-SUV Eletre in North America. Customers are invited to customize their vehicle and can place an order now, and can expect to receive their cars beginning in Q4 this year.  Eletre is the first in a new breed of performance SUVs from Lotus. It blends Lotus’ design DNA and expertise in advanced active aerodynamics, with the latest technologies — offering a car that is both fun to drive, versatile and practical for everyday use.

2025 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance unveiled



Quickest acceleration of any AMG
production model: 0-60 mph 2.7 sec.

    
(April 22, 2024) Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the new flagship of the AMG GT Coupe portfolio — the 2025 AMG GT 63 S E PERFORMANCE — expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in late 2024. The extremely powerful E PERFORMANCE hybrid drive featuring a Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine at the front and an electric motor on the rear axle delivers lightning-fast response and consistent power delivery.

Toyota recalls 55,000 2023-24 Prius models in U.S.



Rear door switches may short
circuit from water intrusion


(April 21, 2024) Toyota said last week it will recall certain 2023 and 2024 Prius and Prius Prime sedans to replace the rear door opener switches, which the automaker says may encounter water intrusion and short circuit. The recall involves about 211,000 vehicles globally, including about 55,000 in the U.S., the automaker said Wednesday.

2025 Toyota Camry exclusively hybrid with new look, more tech



Camry AWD model rated up
to 232 net-combined horsepower

    
(April 21, 2024) PLANO, Texas — The Toyota Camry has dominated the best-selling sedan category for 22 years in the U.S. due to its quality and dependability. The new 2025 Toyota Camry continues to build on that success by going exclusively hybrid and combining an athletic exterior style, a new interior design and impressive technology features.

Throw the top back



This early circa 1970s Fiat 124 Spider was found in retirement in an Arizona salvage yard. It appears from the scrawling on the windshield that the owner thinks the relic is still worth $1,500. The original two-seater was built by the Italian company from 1966 through 1985. The first 124 was powered by an inline four-cylinder engine making 89 horsepower.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant votes to join union



(April 20, 2024) Workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant in Tennessee voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW, a potentially industry-altering move that represents a breakthrough in the union's long-running crusade to organize transplant automakers in the southern U.S.