Drop-Top Fun With a Lexus LC 500 Convertible

The Lexus LC 500 is available as hard-top coupe or convertible. The Lexus LC 500 is a 2+2 sports car, the latest high-performance model from Toyota’s luxury marque. This year, a convertible joins the coupe and a hybrid variant. Thus, we now have a jaw-dropping gorgeous touring drop-top version serving … Read more

Impound Lot Deals…Or Are They?

How to find a great deal on a used car. Let’s face it: buying a car today will set you back. Even a 10-year-old used vehicle will cost you dearly. With limited funds available, what other options do you have? An impound lot. That’s what. An impound lot is composed … Read more

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: High-Performance SUV

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 which proudly wears the initials, SRT8, stands for Street Racing & Technology V8 and is how Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models identify as the most powerful and sporty models. The more powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 delivers a lot of torque (637 Nm/470 lb.-ft.) as … Read more

Barrett-Jackson Raises $5.8 Million for Charities

Scottsdale, Arizona auction extravaganza sets more than 95 world records. The annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, Arizona, auction is the largest of its kind in the world, one of four or more conducted annually by this prestigious automotive auction house. This year, the Scottsdale event saw 95 world records fall with top … Read more

About Bollinger Motors, EV Startup

Pictured Above: The Bollinger Motors B1 being put through winter testing and ABS calibration in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in February 2020. The list of upstart automakers continues to expand thanks to vehicle electrification. Indeed, it is due to such advances in electric technology that’s led to several companies throwing their … Read more

Fun Facts About The Porsche GT2 RS

The Porsche GT2 RS, just like its sports car cousins, is a car anyone would love to take for a spin. It is the most powerful 911 version ever produced, benefitting from an enhanced flat-six engine and a track-focused, rear-drive chassis. It’s a winning combination, one that guarantees efficient performance. … Read more

How COVID-19 is Affecting International Vehicle Shipping

  In the age of COVID-19, international vehicle shipping has undergone an unprecedented transformation. Travel and tourism have both been hard-hit industries when it comes to the movement of passengers from one location to another. But what about the impact on moving vehicles internationally? Here are some ways the industry … Read more

The Recent, Worrisome Spike of Software-Based Defects in Vehicles

More and more technology is being integrated into vehicles in today’s world. Much of this technology is complex, leading to significant problems, as seen in the skyrocketing number of software-related vehicle recalls in the past few years. These problems were especially pronounced in 2018, which was a record year for … Read more

About Lucid Motors

Lucid Motors isn’t a household name, but if this Newark, California-based mobility company has its way, that’ll soon change. And soon cannot come quickly enough for the company, founded in 2007, as it plans to debut its first model at the New York International Auto Show in April 2020. Long … Read more

9 Winners and Losers of 2019

It’s a wrap: 2019 is in the books. And if you’re thinking we’re a bit late sharing this information, hold on: the U.S. auto industry finished reporting its annual sales on Monday, closing out an extended period of news releases hyping the details. We’ll cut to the chase and look … Read more

Top Automotive Stories of 2019

Every year has its big stories and the automotive industry has its share of blockbuster events. Throughout the year, Auto Trends Magazine followed the news and shared select stories here as well as through social media, especially via Facebook. We’ve noticed a number of “year-end” articles emerging over the past … Read more

6 Year-End Car Buying Tips

The best opportunities to purchase a new vehicle is during a manufacturer’s transition times, including model changeover, the end of a generational build, and as the calendar moves from December to January. The following six tips can save you money, enabling you to drive off in a new ride with … Read more

When is the Best Time to Buy a Car?

  One goal millions of American consumers would like to attain before the new year arrives is to purchase a new vehicle. There are about 270 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States with an average age of 11.8 years according to IHS Markit. That’s a long time to … Read more

Car Manufacturers: Who Owns What?

The global auto industry consists of dozens of brand names, but not all are marketed throughout the world. Opel is popular in Europe, but it is not sold in North America. Suzuki cars are no longer sold in the United States, but its Maruti Suzuki brand is a top seller … Read more

GM Diesel Pickup Fast Facts

A third Duramax GM diesel becomes available. The General Motors Company makes diesel engines under the Duramax name. Most of us are familiar with the 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 available with heavy-duty Chevrolet and GMC models. We may even be familiar with the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine available in smaller trucks … Read more

Truck Payload and Towing:
What’s the Difference?

Shop for a pickup truck and you’ll find a bunch of numbers associated with that vehicle. And we’re not just talking about sticker price, packages, and options. Indeed, the numbers that count most for some include payload and towing. The first one may be more of a mystery than the … Read more

Mid-Engine Marvel: C8 Corvette Debuts

Fifty years after NASA launched its first moonshot, GM follows with one of its own. An all-new Chevrolet Corvette was unveiled last night, the first mid-engine version of this super Chevy. An old military aircraft hangar in Tustin, California, served as the venue for the eighth-generation (C8) Corvette’s debut, with … Read more

How to Prep Company Cars for Employees

One way to attract and retain talent is by including a company car in your employment offer. Even if used primarily for business purposes, personal use may be permitted, perhaps with some restrictions in place. However, before you hand the keys to a company car to an employee, there are … Read more

Rivian’s Electric Truck as a Meal Ticket

Rivian has yet to release a production model, but its prototypes are certainly getting a workout. Moreover, when a Rivian SUV or truck appears at a special event, including Overland West 2019, it may come with a very special feature: such as a connected electric camp kitchen. Camping, Glamping Style … Read more

End of the Road: Audi TT

Car models come and go, although there are a few with staying power. The Chevrolet Suburban, Toyota Corolla, and the Ford F Series are among those models that have been around for a half century or more. The Audi TT launched nearly 20 years ago, a 2+2 sport coupe and … Read more

Good Deal or Not: Fleet Vehicles

Shoppers of used cars tend to buy from private sellers or car dealers, but there is another option that might be worth considering: a fleet vehicle. Fleet vehicles are those that were purchased or leased by a business or government agency and used on a regular basis. Taxis, police cars, … Read more

About EV Maker Rivian

Rivian at the L.A. Auto Show If you’re not familiar with Rivian or you aren’t sure what this company is all about, you’re not alone. Rivian is an electric vehicle manufacturer based in Plymouth, Michigan, but the company has yet to release a single production vehicle of its own. Instead, … Read more

Bye, Bye Buick Cascada!

Almost since its debut in 2016, the Buick Cascada seemed destined for early cancellation. For one, the market for cars, especially convertibles, was especially limited. Further, the Cascada was also the product of Opel, a company now no longer owned by GM, but by Groupe PSA, the maker of Peugeot, … Read more

A Trio of Cadillac Crossovers

Updated March 8, 2019, to reflect XT6 pricing. Cadillac crossovers will soon number three. Three Cadillac Crossovers Cadillac read the market correctly in the late 1990s, when it introduced its Escalade SUV. At the time, Americans were looking at utility vehicles as the people-mover of choice and the Escalade became … Read more

It’s a Wrap: 2018 in Review

Happy New Year to you and yours! The ending of one year and the start of another should give us pause, allowing us to reflect on what once was as well as assess our lives as we look forward. As an automotive journalist, I like to keep tabs on my … Read more

Return of the First-Generation Ford Bronco

An Illinois manufacturer is bringing back the original Ford Bronco in small numbers. If you’re a fan of the Ford Bronco, then likely you’re anticipating the return of this small SUV in 2020. Sharing its platform with the Ford Ranger, the new Bronco will build on the success of earlier … Read more