September 2013

Range Rover Hybrid prototypes reach half-way point on epic journey

(September 22, 2013) The Silk Trail 2013 expedition has reached the half-way point from its starting point at the home of Land Rover in Solihull, UK, to its destination in Mumbai, India.

Twenty days after setting-out, the three Range Rover Hybrid prototypes vehicles have reached the deserts of central Asia on the ancient Silk Roads that inspired the name and route of this epic journey.

Ford, Lincoln, Vignale and the impossible

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(September 21, 2013) In the run-up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford released information about its new S-Max and its plans to introduce a trim line for Europe that sits above the Titanium. It is resurrecting the Vignale name for this trim level, and creating Fords that are more luxurious than anything ever seen before. (The move also extends to a unique ownership experience that is suspiciously like Lincoln’s concierge service.)

BMW recalling 134,000 5-Series cars over electrical problem

(September 20, 2013) BMW said today it will recall 134,000 model year 2008-2010 5-series cars to address electrical problems that can result in taillights, brake and other rear lights not working. The recall includes the M5.

Clear and cool with a high chance of driving enjoyment

(September 20, 2013) DETROIT — The techniques meteorologists use to create weather reports also help ensure optimal performance from Cadillac’s new Twin-Turbo V-6 engine. The power-dense engine, available on the 2014 CTS Vsport midsize luxury sedan and XTS Vsport full-size luxury sedan in the U.S. this fall, is equipped with a set of sensors that monitor air pressure, intake humidity and throttle intake temperature.

VW Credit launches Ducati Financial Services

(September 20, 2013) HERNDON, Va. — VW Credit, Inc. (VCI), a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., has announced that it will now offer retail financing for new and used Ducati motorcycles in the U.S.

High fashion designers put signature touch on Infiniti Q50

(September 20, 2013) NEW YORK — The Infiniti Q50 had a new look revealed in New York City, thanks to two of the hottest designers in the high-fashion world. The cars were unveiled to media at the Infiniti of Manhattan dealership located in the city's famed Hell's Kitchen area.

Caterham unveils new Aeroseven Concept at Singapore Grand Prix

(September 20, 2013) SINGAPORE — Caterham Cars, a company based in Surrey, UK, has unveiled the AeroSeven Concept, a new performance concept road car, at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

As the first model designed with significant input from all of the Caterham Group’s specialist business arms, the AeroSeven Concept signals the brand’s intentions in terms of product engineering processes, speed to market, as well as a hint to its styling direction for future models, including the all-new sportscar being developed in conjunction with Renault and due for release in early 2016.

Ford’s $700 million investment at Oakville solidifies 2,800 jobs

(September 19, 2013) OAKVILLE, Ontario — Ford Motor Company, Canada’s top-selling automaker, is investing $700 million at its Oakville Assembly plant, securing more than 2,800 jobs and expanding its manufacturing capability to meet surging global demand.

Honda recalling 2003, 2004 Odyssey minivans over airbag issue

(September 19, 2013) Honda said today it is recalling about 405,400 vehicles including the Odyssey minivan in the United States and three other countries due to a glitch in the computer chip used in the airbag system.

After 25 years, Britain's Lister Cars to reinstate production

(September 19, 2013) CAMBRIDGE, England — In an historic announcement today, Lister Cars, one the greatest names in British sports car manufacturing, said it will return to its Cambridge roots to once again reinstate production of an exciting new Lister car.