Monday, July 30, 2018

Brother, can you spare 2 million Euros? Then you just might be able to get one of the 99 MILAN RED hypercars that will be produced.

MILAN RED hypercar
Photo: MILAN Automotive GmbH
The MILAN RED, a new hypercar from the Austria-based startup MILAN Automotive GmbH, made its official debut at the company’s first official press conference last Thursday.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

One of the most stunning concept cars we've seen all year is... wait for it... a Hyundai

Hyundai Le Fil Rouge concept car.
Photo: Hyundai Media Center.
On Friday, one of the most visually stunning sports coupe concepts that we’ve seen in the past year will be on display for the first time at the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan, which runs July 27–29.

And that concept car is coming from none other than Hyundai.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Fear the pinch: The market for technology to keep us safe from the hazards of automotive power windows is growing 10 percent per year, report says.

Selected statistics on the global automotive power window anti-pinch technology market.
Infographic: Technavio.
If you’re like me, you sometimes feel a little ambivalent about all the technology that, while convenient and helpful in many ways, can make our automobiles so bleepin’ complex these days. Not to mention that truism that has been long-uttered by those resistant to change that every additional accessory or tech feature in a car is just another thing that can break.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Classic Car Show podcast with Steve Rinaldo and Jim Weber is back. And now I want to buy a Model A Ford and get DNA tests for my cars.

Henry Ford drives the 20 millionth Model A Ford. Photo:
Ford Media Center.
Earlier this week, I was thrilled to find that The Classic Car Show podcast has returned to cyberspace, with new episodes posted on America’s Web Radio.

Back in February, when we published a story on some of our favorite automotive podcasts, I mentioned that I was a little worried about the future of The Classic Car Show, distributed on America’s Web Radio and hosted mostly by Steve Rinaldo, Jim Weber, and occasional guest hosts.

Monday, July 16, 2018

10,000 Lakes Concours, set for Sunday, to feature ’35 Duesenberg, ’71 Hemi ’Cuda, a Batmobile, and more

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ, photographed at the Louwman museum.
Another example will be on display Sunday at the 10,000 Lakes
Concours d'Elegance. Photo by AlfvanBeem (WikiMedia Commons).
Tickets remain available for the 6th annual 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance, set for Sunday, July 22, on the Excelsior Commons along the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minnesota.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

2017 Ferrari motorsports documentary set for wide video on-demand release July 24

In case you missed the documentary Ferrari: Race to Immortality when it launched with mixed reviews to DVD last fall, you will soon have another viewing option. According to an announcement from Freestyle Digital Media, the film will launch widely to video on demand platforms on Tuesday, July 24.

Auto Enthusiasts Newsblaster will publish additional details about viewing options as we receive them. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the trailer above.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

So which U.S. automaker might be getting ready to make motorcycles with enhanced location-based services?

Dodge Tomahawk concept motorcycle.
Dodge Tomahawk concept motorcycle. Photo: Elambeth (posted to
Wikimedia Commons).
Yesterday, a technology company called Comtech Telecommunications Corp issued a press release boasting about a new $1.9 million contract with a leading U.S. automotive manufacturer to develop a new navigation product.

What was odd about the press release is that the U.S. automaker involved was not named. But the press release did tease one tidbit: it said that the manufacturer will use Comtech’s navigation product “for two of its top vehicle programs, including motorcycles.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bridgestone confirms continued sponsorship of biennial 1,878-mile race of solar-powered cars

Solar-powered race car at the starting line of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Darwin, Australia.
Photo: Bridgestone media website.
With some motorsports events and venues, you can be confident that nearly every enthusiast knows about them. Even if you’re a newcomer, it won’t be very long before you start stumbling across references to the benchmark events of the sport, like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Monday, July 9, 2018

It’s ba-aaaack! Toyota’s motorsports program makes it official: Supra will return to the track in 2019 NASCAR season

Toyota's Supra build for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series
Toyota Xfinity Supra. Photo: Toyota USA Newsroom
Toyota announced last week that the automaker’s official racing program will return the Toyota Supra to the track next year, with the debut set for Saturday, February 16, 2019, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Are 9th- and 10th-generation V8 Ford Thunderbirds underrated?

Red 1992 Ford Thunderbird parked in a crowded lot.
10th-Generation Ford Thunderbird. Photo by Charles01
(posted to WikiMedia Commons).
So yesterday I was making a quick stop at McDonald’s, to grab my daughter a couple of McChickens and myself an Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich and a coffee, when what I eventually realized was a 10th-generation Ford Thunderbird caught my eye.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Meet the new 2019 Buick LaCrosse ST.

A red 2019 Buick LaCrosse ST speeds past an office complex.
Photo: Buick Pressroom
Chevrolet may be moving in the direction of phasing out larger sedans like the Impala, but look on the bright side: we still have the Buick LaCrosse.

Personally, my taste has always run most toward the first-generation Buick LaCrosse, which clearly shared many styling cues with the last-generation Buick Riviera coupe—an example of which I am a proud owner.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Industry group says car-care business owners, employees should be very afraid of Trump administration’s proposed tariffs.

U.S. autoworkers build Hyundais on an Alabama assembly line.
U.S. workers build cars at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing, LLC.
Photo: Hyundai Media Center.
If you’re an employee or business owner in the U.S. car-care industry, the Auto Care Association thinks you should be afraid. Very afraid.

According to the trade group, based in Bethesda, Maryland, an economic study they commissioned finds that proposed tariffs of 25 percent on imported automobiles and car parts could cost the auto parts manufacturing sector 17,800 jobs, resulting in wage losses of $1.4 billion for affected workers.

Connected-vehicle tech company Autotalks scores a reported ‘several million dollar’ investment from Hyundai.

Digital illustration representing the connectivity of vehicle-to-everything technology with smart cities and roadway infrastructure.
Photo: Hyundai media center.
In April we ran a story on Autotalks, an Israel-based semiconductor company focused on the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications technology space, after they announced a collaboration with the Connected Motorcycle Consortium to enhance safety-related communication between motorcycles and other vehicles with which they share the roads.

Yesterday, Autotalks revealed that they have embarked on a major new collaboration—this time with a major global automaker. Through a direct investment in Autotalks, Hyundai Motor Company seeks to drive chipset technology for connected cars into its next generation.