Auto Trends Magazine http://autotrends.org Car reviews, industry news, & advice. Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:34:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Ram Gets a Midsize Pickup Truck http://autotrends.org/2018/09/17/ram-gets-a-midsize-pickup-truck/ http://autotrends.org/2018/09/17/ram-gets-a-midsize-pickup-truck/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2018 14:00:02 +0000 http://autotrends.org/?p=14347 A Dakota replacement is in the works. Once considered a dying segment, the midsize pickup truck market is showing fresh signs of life. Much credit is due to GM for releasing a pair of new trucks in 2015 — the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Those trucks lifted sales among such competing models as the […]

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A Dakota replacement is in the works.

Dodge Dakota
The Dodge Ram was the first midsize pickup truck.

Once considered a dying segment, the midsize pickup truck market is showing fresh signs of life. Much credit is due to GM for releasing a pair of new trucks in 2015 — the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Those trucks lifted sales among such competing models as the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, and rejuvenated the segment.

Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger Return

Early in 2019, the Ford Ranger returns after an 8-year hiatus. About the same time, the Jeep Scrambler joins the market, the first pickup truck from this SUV brand we’ve seen in decades. Honda has the Ridgeline, a crossover pickup truck based on the architecture underpinning the Honda Pilot.

The segment isn’t done yet. A new model from Nissan seems imminent and the Tacoma will likely see a significant overhaul in the next year or two as Toyota seeks to defend its top position in the segment. Next up is a Ram pickup truck, an expected all-new model recently confirmed for production as reported by Automotive News.

2019 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger returns in early 2019.

From Dodge To Ram

Not much is known about the Ram, which replaces the Dodge Dakota last produced in 2010 (it was sold as the Ram Dakota in 2011). What we do know is that the Ram will be built at the same Toledo, Ohio, manufacturing plant as the Jeep Scrambler. Both models are traditional body-on-frame and will likely have multiple powertrain, cabin and bed choices available.

But the Ram, like the Jeep, will not be a high volume model. The segment has supported about 500,000 units annually, which is a far cry from the 2.4 million full-size pickup trucks sold every year in the U.S. alone.

Manufacturers, however, may look at midsize pickup trucks as the key to improving overall fuel economy. Yes, full-size pickup trucks from GM, Ford and Ram earn up to 30 mpg highway when motivated by a turbo-diesel engine. But those engines represent only a small portion of the motors powering pickup trucks.

2019 Ram 1500.
2019 Ram 1500 Rebel (l) and Limited editions (r).

Hybrid Pickup Trucks

Ram is the first manufacturer to introduce hybrids, utilizing mild hybrids in some models. They’re not full-blown hybrids, but they do bring vehicle electrification along with the enhanced power to the segment. We’ll soon see plug-in hybrid pickup trucks, which will only enhance fuel efficiency.

The smaller, lighter midsize trucks may prove the most efficient models as these come with standard four-cylinder engines. Just as Ram has the first hybrid trucks, we’ll see that technology spread to Jeep and to the Dakota replacement, as both brands are owned by Fiat Chrysler.

The Jeep Wrangler, for instance, will soon boast a plug-in hybrid model, arriving on the market about a year after an available turbo-diesel engine debuts next year. It seems likely that whatever the Wrangler gets will head to the Scrambler. And because the Scrambler and midsize Ram share the same architecture, ditto for the Dakota replacement.

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2017 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab 4×4 short bed.

Ram Pickup Truck Aspirations

Although there isn’t much known about the new Ram pickup, there are a few things we can deduce. For starters, extended cab and crew cab configurations along with two bed size choices are a given.

FCA’s venerable 3.6-liter V6 and a turbo-charged 2,0-liter four-cylinder engine should kick things off. One or both will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or to an available 9-speed automatic transmission (standard with four-wheel drive). Segment-leading technologies, including infotainment and driver-assist features, will dominate the top-end trims.

In all, the upcoming Ram should only burnish the brand. Given that, the Ram is only possible because of the Jeep Scrambler, which is based on the popular Wrangler. Together, the three models should deliver the profits the automaker requires to justify such models.


See AlsoSport Truck: 2017 Ram 1500 Night Edition

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A Whole Lot of Awesome:Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison http://autotrends.org/2018/09/07/a-whole-lot-of-awesome-chevrolet-colorado-zr2-bison/ http://autotrends.org/2018/09/07/a-whole-lot-of-awesome-chevrolet-colorado-zr2-bison/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2018 04:30:48 +0000 http://autotrends.org/?p=14109 A tricked-out truck for the midsize range. Chevrolet just raised the bar in the midsize performance pickup truck category by introducing its latest model, the Colorado ZR2 Bison. The Bison builds on the off-road-ready ZR2 thanks to a collaboration Chevrolet has with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer. The new model goes […]

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A tricked-out truck for the midsize range.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison
This ZR2 Bison has the attitude and off-road cred to go with it.

Chevrolet just raised the bar in the midsize performance pickup truck category by introducing its latest model, the Colorado ZR2 Bison. The Bison builds on the off-road-ready ZR2 thanks to a collaboration Chevrolet has with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer.

The new model goes on sale in January 2019. Here’s what you need to know about this tricked-out Chevy.

1. Five Underbody Skid Plates

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 BisonIf you’re a serious off-roader, then you know your pickup truck needs protection. Jagged terrain can puncture a gas tank or destroy expensive moving parts.

The ZR2 Bison gets five underbody skid plates, which is more than the usual three or four typically offered.

The skid plates cover the fuel tank, the engine oil pan, the transfer case and both the front and rear locking differentials. AEV designed the plates, which are made of hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel. The steel not only protects, but it adds minimal weight.

2. Additional Reinforcing Steel

The ZR2 Bison benefits from reinforcing stamped steel for the front and rear bumpers. The idea here is to provide an additional measure of protection for drivers as they climb obstacles.

3. Lettering and Decal Changes

You’d expect Chevrolet to make the ZR2 Bison stand out in other ways, right? Well, you won’t be disappointed.

It begins with the unique flow-through “CHEVROLET” lettered grille, which replaces the expected bow-tie insignia. It is a look competing manufacturers have successfully employed (Ford and Toyota, for instance) and something customers seem to appreciate.

Other decorative changes include special “Bison” decals on the bed sides along with an “AEV Bison” logo on the tailgate. Inside, AEV logo floor liners and front head restraints complete the look.

(See AlsoRam Gets a Midsize Pickup Truck)

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

Building on the Best

Go with the Bison and you’re building on the many attributes of the ZR2, including the unique front and rear locking differentials, which no competing model offers. Special Multimatic DSSV dampers are also unique to the segment.

The ZR2 models come with off-road rocker protection, cast-iron control arms and an Autotrac transfer case. Both models have a modified 3.42 ratio rear axle along with front and rear tracks widened by 3.5 inches and a suspension lifted by 2 inches over a Colorado Z71. These models ride on 31-inch tires.

Chevrolet will offer the ZR2 Bison in both extended- and crew-cab configurations. The truck is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine or customers may upgrade to the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine. Available equipment includes an accessory snorkel, which enhances air filtration on dusty trails.

ZR2 Bison: Looking Ahead

Chevrolet hasn’t shared pricing information yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the ZR2 Bison ends up costing at least $45,000. Choose the diesel engine and your final cost might push $50,000. That’s likely in the same territory that a future Ford Ranger Raptor model would cost, based on Ford’s midsize truck, which is also debuting this January.


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See AlsoChevrolet Colorado Diesel Earns 31 MPG EPA Rating

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On the Road With a 2018 Genesis G80 http://autotrends.org/2018/09/06/on-the-road-with-a-2018-genesis-g80/ http://autotrends.org/2018/09/06/on-the-road-with-a-2018-genesis-g80/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2018 09:30:33 +0000 http://autotrends.org/?p=13995 Luxury meets value with the Genesis G80 Hyundai launched the Genesis luxury brand launched in 2016 with plans to steadily expand it to six models. Carved out of Hyundai, this marque is comprised of G70 (compact), G80 (midsize) and G90 (full-size) sedans. Two SUVs will soon follow; a third model of a not-yet-determined body style […]

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Luxury meets value with the Genesis G80

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The Genesis G80 is available in three trims. It has three engine choices and an automatic transmission.

Hyundai launched the Genesis luxury brand launched in 2016 with plans to steadily expand it to six models. Carved out of Hyundai, this marque is comprised of G70 (compact), G80 (midsize) and G90 (full-size) sedans. Two SUVs will soon follow; a third model of a not-yet-determined body style should arrive in 2021.

Genesis competes with a host of luxury brands, including Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. Its traditional rear-wheel-drive architecture gives it the right to take on the best models in the business.

Recently, a Genesis G80 sedan was delivered for my inspection. It is a model I’m very familiar with, both under the Genesis moniker and when it was marketed as the Hyundai Genesis. I’ve always liked this sedan, which is stylish, generously appointed and attainable.

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2018 Genesis G80 Overview

The 2018 Genesis G80 seats five and comes with standard rear-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. This model has three engine choices — each one is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pay a visit to the Genesis G80 splash page and you’ll find 10 trim choices for your consideration. In reality, there are three trims, with each one corresponding to the engine choice. Thus, the standard prices are as follows: 3.8 ($41,750); 3.3T or Sport ($55,250); and 5.0 ($57,000). Add $975 for the destination charge and another $2,500 for all-wheel drive.

The 3.8 is where the package options kick in. The Premium Package ($5,000) builds on the standard features, adding LED foglights, a power tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof, a Lexicon 14-speaker surround sound audio, a 7-inch color LCD multi-information display, wireless device charging (front) Qi standard, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, and manual rear side window shades.

You can also upgrade to the Ultimate Package ($10,100), which builds on the standard trim and Premium Package. Here, you’ll find shift-by-wire, full LED headlights with dynamic bending light (DBL) technology, premium leather seating surfaces, a power driver seat cushion extender and side bolster, genuine matte-finish wood trim and aluminum trim, a heads-up display, a multi-view camera system, a 9.2” HD touchscreen, Lexicon 17-speaker surround sound audio, a power trunk lid, and a dual mode front vent control and CO2 Sensor.

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Your Choice of Engines

Credit Genesis with giving the G80 three engine choices and very good ones at that.

2018 Genesis G80The standard engine displaces 3.8 liters, generating 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. It is also the most efficient one too, making 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. This one runs on regular gasoline.

A twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 with 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque is the second engine choice. Models equipped with this engine make 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway and take premium gasoline.

The third engine choice is the lone V8, which displaces 5.0 liters and has an output of 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The EPA-estimated fuel economy comes in at 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. You’ll fuel with premium gasoline too.

Equipped the Way You Want

Genesis is big on value and that’s evident by just how well this model is equipped. We’ll look at the three main trims and what you get with each one.

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The G80’s roster of standard equipment is strong, beginning with the exterior.

2018 Genesis G80This model comes with Bi-Xenon HID headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL), high beam assist, power-folding and heated dual side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, 18-inch alloy wheels and a hands-free open trunk.

Inside, the G80 has push-button start to go with keyless entry. This model also comes with a leather-wrapped and power-controlled tilt-and-telescopic steering column, leather seats, 12-way power front seats with dual automatic climate control, and an automatic-dimming rearview mirror. A drive mode select allows you to choose between normal, eco and sport modes.

Among tech features, the 2018 G80 includes a 7-speaker audio system with satellite radio and a CD player.

2018 Genesis G80Genesis also includes an 8-inch color touch-screen with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, Bluetooth and two USB ports. Genesis also provides three years complimentary connected car services and three years SiriusXM Travel Link services.

Among safety tech you’ll find a rearview camera with parking guidelines, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and driver attention alert. Genesis also includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

Genesis G80 Sport (3.3T)

2018 Genesis G80Besides the twin-turbo V6 engine, the Genesis G80 Sport adds such features as a panoramic power glass tilt and slide sunroof and a vehicle anti-theft system with engine mobilizer.

Inside, this trim has a power rear sunshade. All other tech and safety features remain the same.

Genesis G80 5.0

The V8 engine is the most significant difference at this trim level. The other one is the addition of front fog lights.

On the Road

My test Genesis G80 3.8 with rear-wheel drive came with zero options. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t well equipped as noted above. It just means you can find a midsize luxury sedan in the low-$40,000 range and that alone is good news.

What you have with the standard model is a quiet, comfortable riding sedan. Step-off acceleration is adequate and passing power is satisfactory. The transmission is properly matched with this engine, shifting through cogs quickly with no hunting detected.

The steering is light to the touch with limited feedback. On twisty roads and when pulling out of corners, its lack of handling precision becomes evident. Not in a disturbing way, but as a matter of fact. And that fact is a sedan like the BMW 5 Series is still difficult to beat.

Hours of backcountry road traveling gave me a good feel for what the Genesis G80 is all about. It is not a corner carver, but it acquits itself everywhere else and that’s what customers expect in this segment. In the G80, Genesis found what most customers want and delivers it.

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Parting Thoughts: Genesis G80

The 2018 Genesis G80 delivers solid value for the segment. A number of competing models start around $50,000 and usually offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base engine. The Audi A6, Cadillac CTS and Lexus GS are three such models that come to mind.

Notably, when comparing this model to the Lexus, there is a near $5,000 price difference between Genesis and Lexus and even then you’re comparing a V6 engine to a small turbo four. Choose the GS 350 F Sport and you’ll pay $52,260 or just over $10,000 more than the G80 for a V6 that also makes 311 horsepower. Sure, the Lexus has better handling, but in all other areas, these two sedans are nearly equal.

As for the model of your choosing, adding the Ultimate Package gives you a well-equipped sedan, one that is priced like the Lexus, but with more features. Here, you get the most bang for the buck, although if enhanced performance is important to you, then you’ll look at the two other engine choices instead.


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2018 Genesis G80 Specifications

Genesis 2018 G80
Segment Midsize Luxury Sedan
Base Sticker Price $41,750 (plus $995 destination fee)
Price as tested $42,725 (RWD 3.8)
Engine No. 1 3.8-liter, V6
Horsepower 311 @ 6,000 RPMs
Torque (lb.-ft.) 293 @ 5,000 RPMs
Transmission Eight-speed automatic
Engine No. 2 5.0-liter, V8
Horsepower 420/407 @ 6,000 RPMs
Torque (lb.-ft.) 383/372 @ 2,500 to 5,000 RPMs
Transmission Eight-speed automatic
Engine No. 3 3.3-liter, twin turbo
Horsepower 365 @ 6,000 RPMs
Torque (lb.-ft.) 376 @ 1,300 to 4,500 RPMs
Transmission Eight-speed automatic
Seating 5 (2+3)
Curb Weight (pounds) 4,195 to 4,561
Wheelbase (inches) 118.5
Length (inches) 196.5
Width (inches) 74.4
Height (inches) 58.3
Head room (f,r — inches) 39.4, 38.2/41.1
Leg room (f,r — inches) 45.7, 35.0
Shoulder room (f,r — inches) 58.3, 57.1
Hip room (f,r — inches) N/A, N/A
Storage (cubic feet) 15.3
Gross vehicle weight (pounds) 5,259 to 5,512
Towing (pounds) 3,500 pounds (2.0L)
Payload (pounds) 780 to 951
Fuel regular
Fuel Tank (gallons) 20.3
EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway) 19/27 (3.8L RWD); 16/24 (5.0L RWD); 17/25 (3.3L RWD)
Manufacturing Plant Ulsan, South Korea

2018 Genesis G80
See AlsoGenesis to Separate From Hyundai Showrooms


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About the 2019 Chevrolet Volt http://autotrends.org/2018/09/05/about-the-2019-chevrolet-volt/ http://autotrends.org/2018/09/05/about-the-2019-chevrolet-volt/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:40:57 +0000 http://autotrends.org/?p=14066 Chevrolet’s Volt maintains its place in a niche segment. The 2019 Chevrolet Volt operates in a limited, but important segment. As a compact plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Volt supplies sufficient electrification range for local drivers, then backs it up with a small generator (engine) for longer trips. The original model rolled out in 2011; […]

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Chevrolet’s Volt maintains its place in a niche segment.

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Chevrolet’s Volt PHEV is available in two trims.

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt operates in a limited, but important segment. As a compact plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Volt supplies sufficient electrification range for local drivers, then backs it up with a small generator (engine) for longer trips.

The original model rolled out in 2011; the second-generation Volt followed five years later. Today, the Chevy Volt supplies ample tech and safety features. You’ll want to carefully examine rear seating space and storage as these areas may be smaller than your needs.

Updates for 2019

Among the changes for 2019 include an updated infotainment system and a high-definition rearview camera. Chevrolet also supplies an optional onboard charger for faster charges. For the first time, a power driver’s seat is available.

Shopping for a 2019 Chevrolet Volt

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt is a compact front-wheel-drive hatchback with room for five. It is derived from the same architecture as the Chevy Cruze. Its cargo opening is small and even then you have just 10.6 cubic feet of storage space to work with. On the other hand, the Cruze sedan has 14.8 cubic feet (22.7 cubic feet with the hatchback).

Chevrolet supplies the Volt with a unique powertrain, which it sometimes references as Voltec. This electric-drive system is composed of an 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, two electric motors, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder generator and a single-speed transmission. Under hard acceleration, this system puts down a robust 294 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Chevrolet VoltImportantly, the 2019 Volt has an electric-only range of 53 miles and an overall range of 420 miles. Regular gasoline is stored in an 8.9-gallon fuel tank and is tapped as needed or whenever the electric power runs out. It takes about 13 hours to charge the battery pack with a household outlet. When utilizing the 3.6 kW charger, it takes 4.5 hours. Some models have a 7.2 kW charger, which reduces charge time to just 2.3 hours.

Two Trims to Consider

Chevy offers the 2019 Volt in LT and Premier trims. Its nearest competitor is the Toyota Prius Prime. Other vehicles to consider include the Honda Clarity Plug-In and the Ford Fusion Energi PHEV.

Early on, some experts compared the Volt to the Nissan Leaf. This was unfortunate and confusing as the Leaf is a pure-electric vehicle, while the Volt is a hybrid. If you’re looking for an electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt EV might also be considered.

As for the prices featured here, they are for the 2018 model. As soon as we have 2019 information, we’ll update this page. All prices include an $875 destination charge.

2019 Chevrolet Volt LT

The Volt LT is priced from $34,095. Standard exterior features include LED headlamps and tail lamps, a front recovery hook, power side mirrors, and 17-inch aluminum wheels set within low-rolling-resistance tires.

Inside, the Chevy Volt LT has full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, cloth seats and single-zone climate control. Among the tech features are a six-speaker audio system, an 8-inch color display, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, two USB ports, an auxiliary input jack, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Among the top safety features are 10 standard airbags, OnStar connected services, a rearview camera and Teen Driver monitoring technology.

Among the packages available are a Comfort Package ($460 with heated side mirrors, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A Mat Package costs $260, while an Interior Protection Package costs $200. An LT Driver Confidence Package ($790, with rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert and side blind zone alert with lane change alert). Finally, a Blackout Package ($1,995, with 17-inch gloss black wheel, front and rear black bow tie emblems and a sport medal kit) rounds things out for this trim.

2019 Chevrolet Volt

2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier

Priced from $38,445, the Volt Premier builds on the base model. All the features of the Comfort Package are included here.

You’ll also find leather-covered seats, heated rear outboard seats, wireless charging, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, wireless charging for devices, and automatic park assist.

A Driver Confidence II Package ($990) is available and includes everything in the standard package. These items include rear cross-traffic alert, low speed forward automatic braking, IntelliBeam headlamps, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert.

The three other packages available with the LT can be had with this trim too.

2019 Chevy Volt

Buyer’s Choice

Chevrolet Volt provides a happy medium between full electrification and gas- or diesel-powered driving. For some, it has a sufficient commuting range that allows the driver to head to work, recharge in the morning, then disconnect for the remainder of the day.

The gas tank is the insurance that removes range anxiety. You may find that having the gas backup a confidence-building feature and it is. Some drivers report going months between fill-ups, although we recommend burning off the old fuel from time to time to keep it fresh.

As for your choice of trims, we suggest starting your search with the LT with the Driver Confidence Package. If advanced amenities and safety features are preferred, then the top trim with the Driver Confidence II Package is a must.


See AlsoAbout the 2019 Chevrolet Impala

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Spotlight: 24th Annual Rod & Custom Show Presented by the Stray Cats http://autotrends.org/2018/09/02/spotlight-24th-annual-rod-custom-show-presented-by-the-stray-cats/ http://autotrends.org/2018/09/02/spotlight-24th-annual-rod-custom-show-presented-by-the-stray-cats/#comments Sun, 02 Sep 2018 16:00:57 +0000 http://autotrends.org/?p=13963 Stray Cats and a classic car show. Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer for some parts of the country, but here in the Southeast, it means something else: the start of the college football season! It is also one of the best weekends of the year for taking in classic car shows, […]

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Stray Cats and a classic car show.

24th Annual Rod & Custom Show Presented by the Stray Cats
At 10 a.m, the 24th Annual Rod & Custom Show Presented by the Stray Cats
officially began with the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer for some parts of the country, but here in the Southeast, it means something else: the start of the college football season!

It is also one of the best weekends of the year for taking in classic car shows, which is exactly what this writer did on Saturday with a visit to Littleton, North Carolina. That’s where the locally based Stray Cats Hot Rod Association convened for their 24th Annual Rod & Custom Show. And true to its name, there were multiple examples of hot rods and custom-modified vehicles on display.

34th Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival

The hot rod association’s event is one component of the annual Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival organized by the Littleton Lions Club. Held behind the stores on one side of East South Main Street, the festival includes carnival rides, all-day entertainment, food and craft vendors and, of course, vision screenings.

Stray Cats Hot Rod AssociationAs for the classic car component, it is held on the opposite side of the street, well behind Grandpa’s Kitchen with entrance made along Ferguson Street.

Like other shows of its kind, the Stray Cats began welcoming cars at 8 a.m. Registrants first covered the parking lots before taking over the adjoining grass areas. Judging was held throughout the morning and early afternoon with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. My visit, however, was limited to the morning hours, but I believe the photos included here offer a good representation of the vehicles on hand.

Photos of the 24th Annual & Custom Show

Without further ado, I present to you a photo selection from this year’s show.


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