Auto News for Dec. 16

Raminator

It is called the Raminator and it is fast. It has just set a Guinness recognized speed record for a monster truck of 99.10 miles per hour. Mark Hill did it at the Circuit of The Americas track in Austin, Texas. That broke the old record of 96.8 mph. As you can see from the picture, this is one wild looking pickup!!!

Sales of luxury brand vehicles are up 7.3 percent this year, according to Cars.com. It cited a rebounding economy and attractive lease deals. Audi, Lincoln and Lexus have posted the largest year to date increases in total sales.

Elvis Cadillac

A 1977 Cadillac Seville purchased and driven by Elvis Presley is now on display at the National Motor Museum in Great Britain. It was purchased by Elvis in October 1976 and he chose the burgundy and silver color scheme. The car is in original condition and still has the CB radio that Presley used to communicate with the kitchen at Graceland. Steve Horn bought it at an action for $81,250 as a present for his wife and together they run “Europe’s Tribute to Elvis” show. It was the last car Elvis purchased for his personal use and it was driven by him on the day prior to his death.

4X4 magazine has named the Jeep Wrangler as its 4X4 of the year for the third consecutive time.

The Audi A3 and S3 sedans have earned a 5-star overall crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is the highest crash test rating available.

 

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