Here are all the cars GM is axing as part of its restructuring – Autoblog

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Resto-mods popular with bidders at Mecum’s Denver auction

Mecum Auctions posted $10 million in sales with a 75 percent sell-through rate at its recent collector car sale in Denver, where the top-seller was a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible that brought $181,500.

Prices reported include buyer’s fee.

The ’70 ‘Cuda wore Plum Crazy Pearl paint and was powered by a 528cid, 650-horsepower aluminum Gen 2 Indy Hemi V8 linked to a race-prepped 727 automatic transmission. 

’68 Ford Mustang packs a 650-horsepower punch

Resto-mod muscle proved popular with bidders as a 1968 Ford Mustang brought $143,000 thanks in part to a restoration that included the insertion of a 427cid, 650-horsepower Dart V8 and 5-speed Tremec manual shifter.

Muscle did well at the sale, but the No. 3 seller was a 1966 Volkswagen 21-window Samba bus that sold for $118,250.

Top 10 sales, Mecum Denver 2018

21-window VW sells well

  1. 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

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A mini firefighter for your engine bay – Autoblog

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Ford F-Series Super Duty tailgates are apparently flying open by themselves – Autoblog

The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks are under investigation for tailgates that reportedly open on their own without warning. The two trucks the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is focusing on are the F-250 and F-350. Both of these trucks have power tailgates that come down upon pressing the key fob button.

A year ago Ford issued a service bulletin that was supposed to address the issue — dealers were told to inspect connectors and replace wire harnesses that could have been damaged from water intrusion. However, the problem appears to persist, which prompted this investigation.

Complaints filed to NHTSA have generally followed the same lines when it comes to this issue. People say that the tailgate will just randomly fall while traveling at speed, sometimes causing damage. One person said it flew down while driving 65 mph and

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Tesla taking Model 3 orders in China, deliveries may start in March – Autoblog

Tesla has started taking orders for its Model 3 sedan in China for a deposit of 8,000 yuan ($1,153.60), according to the electric carmaker’s China website. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said, “Probably some deliveries in March, but April is more certain,” after a Twitter user asked when the deliveries in China would begin. Tesla declined to comment.

The company has been banking on its Model 3 sedan, the performance of which is seen crucial to the carmaker’s future. Shares of Tesla rose 1.6 pct at $353.93 in morning trading. China is the largest market for electric vehicles and most forecasters predict that its sales in the country will speed up rapidly as government regulation drives toward a goal of 100-percent electric vehicles by 2030.

Tesla had signed a deal with Shanghai authorities in July to build its first factory outside the United States, which would cost around $2 billion to

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2020 Chevy Tahoe spied with independent rear suspension – Autoblog

Here’s our first glimpse of the next Chevrolet Tahoe, set to debut sometime next year. Unfortunately, the vehicle is covered top to bottom in cladding, so it’s not easy to make much of it.

The biggest difference we can see is what appears to be an independent rear suspension replacing the longstanding live axle design, similar to shots of the Suburban in May earlier this year. Hardcore truckers might moan, but GM is aiming for enhanced ride quality and comfort here. To be frank, most Tahoes are just mall crawlers anyway, so this is probably for the best.

Another weird thing we’ve got going on here is a quad exhaust poking out the rear. What? Why? The Tahoe isn’t a Cayenne Turbo, so we’re not sure what Chevy is doing here. It’ll be quite the move if the production car ends up with quad exhaust pipes.

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Mercedes-AMG considering follow-up to the SLS Electric Drive – Autoblog

Electrification is nothing new for Mercedes-AMG. A few years ago, back when the gullwinged SLS was still the company’s flagship sports coupe, AMG was an early adopter of electrification for performance cars. The SLS Electric Drive was a 740-horsepower all-wheel-drive hammer with a price tag as eye-watering as its paint colors. The SLS Electric Drive was a niche product, but it’s unlikely to be the last of its kind. In an interview at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, AMG boss Tobias Möers said another all-electric product is likely in the cards.

“Why should we ignore it?” Möers said. The market is significantly different than it was six years ago when the SLS Electric Drive was introduced. Möers described the SLS as “a very specific car,” though he was proud to say that it’s still the record holder on the Nürburgring. The demand for ... read more at:

Uber may acquire Bird or Lime to accelerate its scooter plans – Autoblog

Uber might see its acquisition of Jump as just the start of its e-scooter ambitions. Sources speaking to The Information claim Uber has “recently” held talks to buy Bird and Lime, two of the biggest names in scooter sharing. The move would reportedly help Uber tackle scooter shortages that limit its growth, and would help it snap up vulnerable competitors who are still scrambling for funding.

While there’s no guarantee a deal could happen, Uber might reach a deal to buy one of the companies before 2018 is over. The companies aren’t necessarily offering much clarity. Lime and Uber declined to comment. Bird chief Travis VanderZanden said Bird was “not for sale,” but a spokeswoman acting on his behalf didn’t say if the company had talked with Uber.

There’s certainly pressure for Uber to make a move. Lyft’s scooter business is still relatively tiny, but it also just completed

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At Mecum, the heart of the collector car market beats strongly | ClassicCar

Warning! Don’t try to suck the folks at Mecum Auctions into the woe-is-us, the-sky-is-falling-on-the-collector-car-hobby talk that’s fomenting within the industry these days.

Sure, Mecum president Dave Magers will agree that at the top end of the market, that portion that floats above the million-dollar sea level and thus is most visible to observers, things appear flat if not in a degree of decline. But, adds Frank Mecum, son of auction house founder Dana Mecum, “our niche is a little different.”

Dana Mecum holds a ‘sold’ sticker that he’ll apply to this vintage 1950s Thunderbird’s windshield as soon as he hears the sound of the auctioneer’s hammer signaling another sale

Mecum’s niche focuses on cars from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, on muscle cars, on Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs and the like, Frank added during an early morning chat at the company’s Kissimmee, Florida, auction.

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2015 Cadillac Escalade gets 8-speed auto, range-topping Platinum Collection trim – Autoblog

New Platinum Collection, Added Features Elevate Escalade Craftsmanship and Technology

Entire SUV line gets 8-Speed transmission, Surround View camera and 4G LTE connectivity


DETROIT – Cadillac today announced numerous enhancements to the just-launched 2015 Escalade, including the new range-topping Platinum Collection model launching in the fourth quarter this year.

Escalade Platinum features elegant, hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior while the entire Escalade range gets new technical features, highlighted by the addition of 4G LTE connectivity, a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a Surround View camera system to help increase visibility.

“Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proved exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Cadillac. “Now, within the same year we are able to elevate the Escalade line with the Platinum Collection, as well as deliver enhancements through the entire Escalade range.”

The 2015 Escalade Platinum extends and upgrades the

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