LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION KIA STINGER GTS ARRIVES THIS SPRING

TDN NEWS: LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION KIA STINGER GTS ARRIVES THIS SPRING Since its debut nearly two years ago, the Kia Stinger has quickly become a crowd favorite, and at the New York International Auto Show, Kia Motors America gave driving…

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Sensational Supercars Led The Finale At Barrett Jackson Palm Beach Auction

Some big sales, exciting moments and enthusiastic crowds made for a great Super Saturday at the 17th Annual Barrett-Jackson Auction!
Cody Walker, brother of the late Paul Walker of “Fast and Furious” fame, was in the house to help sell an incredible 2010 Ford Mustang AV-X10 Custom Coupe known as the “Dearborn Doll” to benefit Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) the charity Paul established back in 2010 to help in relief efforts around the globe. For a winning bid of $90,000 – 100 percent of which goes to ROWW – the WWII-themed beauty is headed off to its new home.

The last of the more than 600 incredible collector vehicles made their way across the stage today, with 14 additional record sales logged, including today’s top seller – a stunning custom 1947 Buick Super 8 convertible for $412,500 – as well as a 1986 Dodge Conquest, a custom 1998 Jeep Wrangler and a 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra R, underscoring the continuing trends of Resto-Mods and future classics from the ’80s and ’90s. The crowd in the auction arena went wild on a number of occasions, the first of which was when the late Dale Earnhardt’s #8 Chevy Nova Race Car roared onto the block – and they went even wilder when the car sold for $209,000.

The other big stars of the show that ended up in today’s Top 10 included a 2012 Lexus LFA ($352,000), a 2018 McLaren 720S ($324,500) and a 2017 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn convertible ($297,000). A 2017 Dodge Viper ACR and a custom Chevrolet Bel Air each brought in winning bids of $286,000.
The morning’s Automobilia Auction also saw some impressive sales, with a spectacular Dog N Suds animated neon sign from the 1950s the big winner, with a bid of $19,550 taking it home. An incredibly detailed Polly Gas service station island – complete with a clock-face gas pump, vintage trash can and event an attendant – sold for $14,950. A coin-operated kiddie ride also ended up in the Top 10 for the day: a Sandy the horse model from the 1950s.

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Barrett-Jackson To Offer Up Chip Watkins Collection at Palm Beach Auction

Following its record-breaking 2019 Scottsdale Auction, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, announced today that it has sold out its docket for the 17th Annual Palm Beach Auction April 11-13, 2019 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Setting a new record as the company’s largest 3-day Palm Beach Auction to date, Barrett-Jackson has consigned over 600 vehicles, which cross the block ? nearly all at No Reserve.

“We’ve hit another exciting milestone in Barrett-Jackson history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This year’s Palm Beach Auction will hit new highs with a record-setting 600-plus collector vehicles on the docket. The high caliber of vehicles we consigned in Scottsdale is continuing in to Palm Beach, thanks to our consignors and our hard-working, dedicated team of specialists. It’s also a testament of the growing demand and vibrancy of this incredible hobby.”

Barrett-Jackson will sell 16 vehicles, all at No Reserve, from the renowned William “Chip” Watkins Collection. Over the last decade, Barrett-Jackson has become a magnet for prominent collectors seeking to buy and sell vehicles. The Chip Watkins Collection features 16 vehicles, representing seven decades of automotive performance, including a including a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Roadster (Lot #748) featuring an LS2 engine, Corvette C4 polished suspension with coilovers, power disc brakes and a Dana 44 rear end.

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2020 FORD SUPER DUTY FIRST LOOK

2020 FORD SUPER DUTY FIRST LOOK BY AUTO CRITIC STEVE HAMMES. Serious work trucks are judged on 2 main criteria; towing and payload.

So Ford is ratcheting up both in their all-new 2020 Super Duty.  Shipping to dealers this fall, the Super Duty lineup which includes the F-250, F-350 and F-450 is powered by a 6.2-liter gas V8 as standard or customers can upgrade to the next generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 making more horsepower and torque or opt for a new entry; a 7.3-liter gas V8. 

Though numbers have not been released, Ford says they expect the 7.3 to be the most powerful gas V8 in its class.  All 3 engines will use a new Ford-developed 10-speed automatic transmission designed for the harshest towing conditions. 

Without citing specifics, Ford says this Super Duty offers its highest-ever conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings.  Optimized cooling across the range is courtesy of a new front-end design that also enhances the performance of the LED headlamps. 

Ford says the improved front bumper also makes using the utility hooks easier.  The cabin has been completely refreshed, crafted with the use of even more luxurious materials on the Limited model and modern touches such as wireless charging, Wi-Fi, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist add technology, connectivity and convenience. 

Though pricing has yet to be released, the current Super Duty lineup starts at under $35,000 while an F-450 Limited can cross $90,000.

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2020 HYUNDAI SONATA TO MAKE ITS NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT IN NEW YORK

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata will make its North American debut at the New York International Automobile Show next month. The eighth-generation Sonata showcases a sporty four-door-coupe look that embodies Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design concept. Featuring a short overhang, sloping roofline and low deck lid to create a balanced feel, the all-new Sonata has a much sportier look than its predecessor.

Hyundai also announced the development of a ‘Digital Key’, which allows users to unlock and start their Hyundai vehicle via their smartphone. Replacing a traditional physical key, the new Digital Key can be downloaded via an app and used by up to four authorized people. As well as making it much easier for a Hyundai vehicle to be included in a car-sharing program, in the future, the Digital Key will be further enhanced to allow for features such as an alarm to be triggered when the vehicle exceeds a defined speed or travels outside a designated area.

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