September 2013

New 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew delivers extra space, value

(September 6, 2013) Ford, America’s truck leader, adds the 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew and STX Sport Package to its lineup, offering entry-level and value-oriented truck customers capable, roomy and stylish new options at a special price.

New Buick Riviera concept vehicle wins Red Dot Award

(September 6, 2013) SHANGHAI — The new Buick Riviera concept vehicle, which was developed by GM’s Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint ventures in Shanghai, won the 2013 Red Dot Award in the category of “Design Concept.” This is the first major international award for a Chinese automotive design.

GMC introduces new, easy-to-use trailering app

(September 6, 2013) DETROIT — GMC owners can pull off their next trailering chore without a hitch — at least figuratively — thanks to a new trailering guide app available today at the iTunes store. The free app is designed to give GMC customers a better understanding of trailering techniques and capabilities. It, even helps identify the appropriate GMC model for specific trailering needs.

Restored Volvo P1800 from 'The Saint' to be displayed

(September 6, 2013) MANCHESTER, England — The car made famous by Roger Moore back in the 60’s TV series "The Saint" visits Manchester for the first time on Sept. 21st and 22nd at The Footman James Manchester Classic Car Show, EventCity, Trafford Centre.

Up, down and all around: The Nissan 360

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(September 6, 2013) Several carmakers each year host a full-line event at which media get to drive everything they market in America. Once in a while, they will even sneak in a model available only in a foreign market; but for the most part, they stick to what they sell here. Every few years Nissan does something entirely different when it brings virtually every light vehicle it sells in the world to one location for media to experience.

GM's Tonawanda plant retooled for high-tech engines

(September 5, 2013) BUFFALO, N.Y. — Some of General Motors’ advanced manufacturing techniques to produce the all-new, Gen 5 Small Block engine family are microscopic, but they have a huge impact on the 75-year-old Tonawanda Engine Plant, where about 1,500 jobs have been created and retained since 2009.

How Nissan uses objects to define, maintain design intention

(September 5, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — At Nissan, it is not unusual for creative types to define and maintain design intention for a new vehicle with a collection of 3-D objects. Past inspiration has been found in things like a bulldog, a shark fin, and a motorcycle tank.

"Objects for us designers are very important. They allow us to communicate very well our design intention and to keep that intention all along the project," said Francois Farion, senior manager, Nissan color and design strategy.

GM develops green thumb in urban gardening

(September 5, 2013) DETROIT — General Motors is turning 100 steel crates used for shipping engines to Orion Assembly into raised urban garden in vacant parking lots throughout Detroit, building on an earlier donation of 250 crates that enabled Cadillac Urban Gardens to bloom in Southwest Detroit.

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Program achieves 39 percent growth

(September 5, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is on pace to set an all-time Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales record this year. Through August, the company recorded 228,000 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury certified vehicle sales, representing 39 percent growth versus 2012.

Powerful Volkswagen Golf R to debut in Frankfurt

(September 3, 2013) — The most powerful Golf in the range excites with 296 horsepower and a 0 to 62 mph sprint time of just 4.9 seconds. The vehicle’s distinctive styling also highlights its sporty character. The new Volkswagen Golf R will have its world premier at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.