August 2013

Too much information? Not from Corvette Stingray

(August 12, 2013) DETROIT — The advanced cluster display in the 2014 Corvette Stingray can provide up to 69 unique sources of information, ranging from an interactive performance timer to a tire tread temperature display. The crisp and bright display features make this information easily accessible via three configurable modes that prioritize information for daily commuting, weekend canyon carving and track events.

Single-wheeled, self-balancing unicycle to be launched in UK

(August 12, 2013) Created by United States-based Focus Designs the SBU V3, self-balancing unicycle, is genuinely a new way to travel and riding it a truly unique experience. It is being launched this summer in the UK. It is now sold in the U.S.

Ride for pleasure or as great way to get from A-to-B. Weighing in at only 27 pounds the SBU V3 is easily portability making it the perfect in-between commuter as it fits on the bus, the train, and under your desk at work.

Honda takes covers off new European Civic Tourer

(August 12, 2013) Honda has taken the wraps off the new British-built Civic Tourer ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The new wagon-like Civic will be sold in Europe. There are no plans to market the vehicle in North America.

Cadillac third in J.D. Power Asia Pacific customer service study

(August 11, 2013) SHANGHAI — Cadillac was third among all luxury brands in the 2013 China Customer Service Index (CSI) Study recently released by J.D. Power Asia Pacific. Its score of 872 out of a maximum 1,000 points was 23 points above the segment average.

The newest in Top Gear — the noisy, thirsty Hovervan

(August 11, 2013) LONDON — A second vehicle from the current run of Top Gear, now in its 20th series, has joined the ranks of challenge vehicles in Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear.

Although the country has been experiencing a heatwave in the past couple of weeks, it probably means that the next torrential flood is just around the corner. Top Gear hosts, Jeremy, Richard and James have devised the solution for transportation in such water-logged towns and cities — the Hovervan — and tested it by riding it down a river.

Toyota introduces updated next-generation Entune on 2014 Tundra

(August 10, 2013) TORRANCE, Calif. —The 2014 Toyota Tundra marks the first appearance of an improved and updated next generation of Entune multimedia and telematics system. This updated Entune system offers a streamlined hardware strategy with four audio head units packing enhanced features and capability to offer improved user interface, enhanced voice recognition, improved navigation, and easier upgradability.

Subaru doubles the love during sixth annual 'Share the Love' event

(August 10, 2013) CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru of America has announced it will donate $10 million to charitable partners during its sixth annual "Share the Love" event. In 2012, Subaru donated $5 million to "Share the Love" charities and over the course of the five year program, Subaru has donated a total of $25 million.

Volkswagen commemorates 120th anniversary of the diesel engine

(August 10, 2013) HERNDON, Va. — On Aug. 10, 120 years ago, Rudolf Diesel fired up his first engine that ran on the compression-ignition principle, one that is more commonly known by his surname. The diesel. It is highly unlikely that Diesel — who died 100 years ago this September — could have possibly conceived how the engine bearing his name would revolutionize the world’s energy and transportation platforms.

Chevrolet Certified Service ready to rescue at Woodward

(August 9, 2013) DETROIT — The Chevrolet Certified Service Rescue Squad will be cruising Woodward Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 17, to help keep things moving by lending an assist to beautiful classic cruisers that stall, overheat or run out of gas.

"It's called the 'The Dream Cruise,' but an overheated engine, a drained battery, or a flat tire can turn that dream into a nightmare for enthusiasts whose countdown clock to Woodward starts the day it ends," said Steve Walczak, Chevrolet Certified Service marketing manager.

Cadillac XTS’s interior design goes with the grain

(August 9, 2013) DETROIT — Sapele, a sustainable, fast-growing wood known for giving acoustic guitars a little extra zing is one of several veneers making beautiful music with leather and other surface materials in the current lineup of Cadillac cars. Sapele in tones of “nutella” brown and “raven” black add a dash of elegance to the 2014 Cadillac XTS’s award-winning interior design.