Category: Auto

Auto Industry News: Hill Climbs, Moon Buggies, Battery Business, & Toyota’s Retro Electric Off-Roader

The auto industry made it clear last week: We’re living in the future. Not only is GM officially charging for driverless Cruise rides in San Francisco, but the automaker also began fleshing out plans for a new rental service… on the moon. Meanwhile, Toyota dropped more renderings of its Compact Cruiser EV. The retro-inspired, next-gen FJ […]

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Competition Corner: July 2022 Auto Events Heat Up

The greatest month of the year is finally upon us. More than just the height of summer, July delivers the automotive events we’ve been waiting for all year long. There’s a lot on the docket, so we’ll dig right in. Note: The bigger, regularly-scheduled events you already know about have been moved to the bottom […]

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Let’s Go! Best Off-Road Trails in the Pacific Northwest

While the other regions we’ve covered in our Best Off-Road Series have their own charm and personality, perhaps none screams outdoors more than the Pacific Northwest. This nature-rich region gives us lush green forests, picturesque mountainscapes, surreal coastlines, and fiercely independent towns and cities. As an East-Coaster, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Pacific […]

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Auto Industry News: Recaps, Recalls, Records, & Reveals

Busy week for the auto industry, as several manufacturers debuted new 2023 models. With microchips in short supply, OEMs seem to be reserving the upgrade treatment for their top performers. The Engine Block has news on fresh designs for the Nissan Altima, Subaru Ascent, Honda HR-V, and more. Unfortunately, shoppers looking to step into one […]

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Unpacking ADAS: Safety Tech Poses Unique Risks and Aftermarket Challenges

The modern vehicle is often described as being more computer than automobile. It’s a fair assessment, considering the typical new car has roughly 100 million lines of software code. That number has jumped exponentially over the past decade or two, and will certainly climb again – by about 5x, if fully self-driving vehicles have their […]

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Auto Industry News: Hot Rod Power Tour Kicks Off, Bronco Engines Shut Down, Charging Network Takes Shape, & Dealerships Face an Uncertain Future

Trying to keep up with the auto industry’s rapid pace of innovation is enough to give a person whiplash these days. EVs continue to pick up in production, and automakers are exploring more than just flashy features and building materials. Many – like Ford – are entertaining entirely new retail methods, threatening to upend traditional […]

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Learning to Tread Lightly

Whether you’ve always wondered what “Tread Lightly!” actually means, or you could just use a quick refresher course, The Engine Block explains the organization, its basic principles, and how it can help you preserve off-road trails. As off-roaders and outdoor enthusiasts, we know that the preservation and protection of our land stands above all else. […]

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Auto Industry News: Baja Wins, Auto Sales Losses, Electric Buicks & Flying Taxis

April showers may bring May flowers but they certainly haven’t encouraged a better vehicle supply. Automakers released their U.S. auto sale totals for May this past week, and the numbers are even more disappointing than expected. With supply chains worsening and inflation soaring, some automakers are pulling back. Elon Musk announced a hiring freeze and […]

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Take 5 With AutoMeter: Not Your Granddaddy’s Gauges (But They Can Look Like It If You Want)

We stare at our dashboard instrument panels every time we jump behind the wheel, but do we ever actually see them? More often than not, the answer is no. And one could argue that means our gauges are excelling at their job. When operating a two-ton vehicle at speed, we don’t exactly have the time […]

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Auto Industry News: Enthusiast Events Draw Big Crowds, U.S. Fleet Hits Another Milestone, and Hyundai Cuts Sonata

Warm weather is rolling in, and it brings plenty of automotive excitement along for the ride. At two different ends of the enthusiast scene, Overland Expo and Mecum Auctions both wrapped up their biggest events of the year – with some seriously impressive turnouts. On the industry side of things, the average age of U.S. […]

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Competition Corner: June 2022 Auto Events Bring the Summer Fun

Spring has officially sprung and there is no shortage of outdoor fun to get into. But if food festivals and county fairs have you politely stifling a bored yawn, then maybe it’s time to find something that gets you a little more revved up. From mud-slinging Ultra4 monsters to legendary hill climbs, we’ve collected a […]

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Ford Lineup: Gas-Powered 4x4s Meet EV Agenda

Whether we like it or not, our automotive future is electric. And Ford is doing its very best to set up for a smooth transition. Ford’s Mustang Mach-E brought with it a heaping helping of divisiveness at launch. Not really because of the car itself, but rather the name. Leveraging the brand’s most iconic namesake […]

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Auto Industry News: Summer Travel Plans Change, EV Registrations Jump, & Carvana Has Some Problems

Inflation continues to play dirty with the cost of living for millions of Americans. And while most people find ways to save a penny at the pump or in the grocery store, it seems less are willing to compromise on their long-awaited summer vacations. Recent data shows folks are making some creative changes to combat […]

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Best Off-Road Experiences in the Southwest

From the food to the culture to the picturesque vistas, the Southwest is a must-visit for anyone, especially those with off-roading in mind. For those of us trapped in the Midwest and Northeast, the Southwest must seem like a Shangri-La for outdoor activities. Indeed, with mild winter temperatures and extremely varied terrain, it’s a slice […]

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Auto Industry News: Crazy Corvette Markups, BIG Cadillac Power, and Red Flags at Rivian

Quite a few eyebrow raisers in this week’s news roundup. Cadillac debuted its 682-hp V-8 monster Escalade-V. A three-row, three-ton SUV capable of shooting 0-60 in under 4.4 seconds? Sure! Why not?! Folks could use a little excitement before the brand dumps all its eggs in the EV basket. And speaking of fragile things, Rivian’s bright […]

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Top Performance Vehicles for 2022

The push for better fuel economy, alternative power sources, and sustainable materials in auto manufacturing can make the car world feel pretty chaotic these days. In many ways, it feels like a threat to everything that we, as car nuts, love the most. But every generation faces big changes – and while the mainstreaming of […]

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New & Improved: BAK Revolver X4s

As the manufacturer of America’s #1 selling hard folding cover and America’s #1 selling hard rolling cover, it’s safe to say BAK Industries understands the value of continuous improvement. The brand’s tonneau covers are well-known for their strength, durability, and stylish good looks. But that’s not enough to grab – and hold onto – top […]

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Auto Industry News: Electric F-150 Power Boost, Lincoln’s Wacky Concept, AV Anxiety, & Interesting Industry Numbers

Automotive technology continues to move at lightning speed, as new electric F-150 customers recently discovered. First deliveries started last week, with EV pickups landing in driveways with more power, range, and towing capacity than even the automaker planned for. Meanwhile, Ford’s luxury brand Lincoln pulled the covers off a new concept. Intending to show off […]

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Ford Mustang: Icon, Trendsetter, & America’s Darling

Even if it’s not your personal favorite, it’s hard to deny the notion that few, if any, vehicles have had an impact on American culture like the Ford Mustang. An instant hit since day one, the epic pony car remains a dream ride for countless car enthusiasts to this day. So, how has the genre-defining […]

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Auto Industry News: April Sales Down, Auto Thefts Up, & Crossovers Crowding the Market

With Q1 firmly in the rearview, the auto industry has a clearer look of the year ahead. Unfortunately, the road is looking a little bumpy… The outlook for new vehicle sales remains dismal, though it’s certainly not for lack of demand. Microchip shortages pushed automakers to cut another 33,000 vehicles from their global production plans, […]

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Competition Corner: May 2022 Auto Events

Well, we finally made it. After a long, trying winter, we’re back to the part of our journey around the sun when we can enjoy our vehicles the right way. There’s a lot going on – which is great – but that does make it hard to decide which events you need to check out. […]

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