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Toca Marketing creates 600 horsepower Hyundai Genesis for SEMA

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(October 22, 2014) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Toca Marketing Group, the Chicago-based design and customization company that strives to push the limits of aftermarket fabrication, has revealed its 2015 Genesis for the 2014 SEMA show.

2015 Honda CR-V



HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Did you know that the Honda CR-V is the world’s most popular SUV? It’s also the top seller in Honda’s lineup of vehicles worldwide. It’s easy to understand why the CR-V is the most popular SUV in this country where SUVs reign, but many people in the rest of the world like “cars” far more than SUVs or trucks. Perhaps Honda’s success is attributed to the CR-V being just the right size — not too big or too small — and it behaves more like a car than a rugged sport utility or conventional truck.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado



DEL MAR, Calif. — Chevrolet's goal was to leapfrog the competition with its all-new 2015 Colorado mid-sized pickup. Actually that's not such a lofty goal. There are only two major players left in the shrinking segment — the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier — and neither has undergone any significant upgrades in nearly a decade.

2015 Ford Mustang



LOS ANGELES — West Hollywood traffic at 9 a.m. moves as quickly as molasses on a cold day, especially when you have the promise of a run up the Angeles Crest Highway ahead of you. Yet here we were stuck behind half a dozen other 2015 Mustangs and a city bus, attempting to make a left turn against bumper-to-bumper traffic that refused to make any openings. Far from taxing my patience, it became an unexpected opportunity to see how far Ford’s revamp of the Mustang extended.

Vehicle of the Week

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0 — Driving with three cylinders



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The little Ford Fiesta SFE (Super Fuel Economy) 1.0-liter three-cylinder was a hoot, fun to drive, and as swift as needed for all occasions. The tiny powerplant, winner of the International Engine of the Year award for the third straight year, invites you to simply pick the right gear and be unafraid to flirt with the red line. The smallest Ford EcoBoost engine moves out while delivering 32 mpg city, 45 highway and 37 combined — no battery packs or diesel engine necessary.

Here's the Thing

Study finds car sharing services, vehicles on demand affect car purchase

(October 21, 2014) RHINEBECK, N.Y. — New research from Phoenix Marketing International, a global marketing services firm, has released the results of a recent study that focused on vehicle on demand and car sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, ZipCar and Cars2Go. The research revealed that as awareness levels continue to increase, consumers are more likely to rethink the purchase of a car.

“Vehicle on demand and car sharing services have been making headlines as they continue to disrupt consumers’ needs,” said Dennis Syrkowski, president, Automotive for Phoenix Marketing International.

Truck design requires insight into the future

(October 21, 2014) The process of developing a new truck starts many years before it is launched. During that time a lot can change, which requires insight into the future to develop a design that is not only timely on its arrival, but is also considered innovative.

"We started working with the new Volvo FH back in 2006," says Rikard Orell, Design Director at Volvo Trucks. "Back then no-one had heard of an iPhone, yet when the Volvo FH was launched in 2012, smart-phones were suddenly an integral part of society. We must be able to predict this kind of change."

Study: Experience matters more than age in young-adult driver safety

(October 20, 2014) WASHINGTON — Experience behind the wheel may matter more than age when it comes to the safety of young-adult drivers, according to two new studies by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These results suggest that states could reduce road crashes, fatalities and injuries by extending graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws to novice drivers beyond age 17.

AAA is promoting this research as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which takes place from Oct. 19-25.

Inside the Industry

Jaguar Land Rover opens manufacturing plant in China

(October 22, 2014) CHANGSHU, China — Jaguar Land Rover has announced the opening of its inaugural overseas manufacturing facility, in China. The award-winning Range Rover Evoque will be the first model to be built under the first Chinese-British automotive joint venture with Chery Automobile Company Ltd.

Finalists announced for 2015 'Green Car of the Year' award

(October 22, 2014) LOS ANGELES — Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for the magazine’s high-profile 2015 Green Car of the Year program. The 2015 models include the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and VW Golf TDI/Electric. The Green Car of the Year award, an honor widely recognized as the auto industry’s most important environmental accolade, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Mazda's 2014 fleet sales up 34 percent in United Kingdom

(October 22, 2014) LONDON — The demand for Mazda cars by company car drivers and fleet managers alike is the reason behind the acceleration of Mazda Motors UK corporate sales that are up a staggering 34 per cent in the first nine months of 2014 versus an industry increase of 7.4 per cent.

Underpinning the rise in total fleet sales is a 67 per cent increase in the core corporate segment that includes sales to end-user fleets, contract hire and leasing companies and to either SME’s or direct to company car drivers via Mazda Contract Hire.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Dodge Dart in retirement



This abandoned 1967 Dodge Dart was discovered near Winchester, Tenn. The original Dodge Dart, which was built from 1960 through 1976, was on a compact car platform from 1963 onward after starting life as a full-sized car. The Dart was completely restyled in 1967 with a 115-horsepower slant six as the standard engine. In 1967, Dart came in two- and four-door sedans, a hardtop and a convertible.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)