June 2014

Fiat travels west for this summer's 2014 Open Road Challenge

(June 19, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Fiat brand will once again partner with one of Instagram’s first and most-active creator communities, #JJ, to commission its founder and a top photographer to embark on a photo-documented open-road adventure in the new Fiat 500L. The road trip will began June 18 in Seattle and will make stops in Portland, San Francisco and finally Los Angeles on June 23.

Ford's six-month workout prepares Transit for 10 years of hard labor

(June 18, 2014) LOMMEL, Belgium — Ford has ensured that the all-new Transit will survive 10 years of the toughest treatment by using an especially punishing accelerated aging process as part of its development.

Durability tests included the equivalent of driving 4.3 million miles — or 275 round-the-world trips — at state-of-the-art proving grounds and in extreme conditions across the globe where temperatures ranged from 104 to -40 degrees.

Volkswagen enthusiasts to gather July 4-6 in Britain

(June 18, 2014) LONDON — GTI International, Britain’s longest-running and most successful annual gathering for enthusiasts of the Golf GTI and other related high-performance Volkswagen Group models, is now in its 27th year.  And this year’s event, which will be held at the Shakespeare County Raceway in Warwickshire from July 4-6, is set to be the biggest ever, with advance bookings by visitors, clubs and traders up by over 20 per cent.

Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon top segment in power

(June 18, 2014) DETROIT — The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will have the most horsepower in the midsized truck segment when they go on sale this fall. The Colorado and Canyon’s available engines provide customers choices to fit their varied lifestyles. The 2.5L I-4 has been rated at 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.6L V-6 is rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.

Chevrolet Volt owners surpass half a billion electric miles

(June 18, 2014) DETROIT — Since its launch in late 2010, Chevrolet Volt owners have accumulated more than half a billion all-electric miles.

Continental GT3-R sets new Bentley performance standard

(June 17, 2014) CREWE, England — Bentley has announced the rarest and most dynamic member of the esteemed Continental family of Grand Tourers with the arrival of the new Continental GT3-R. It is inspired by the new Continental GT3 race car that stormed to victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone, the first UK race for Bentley for 84 years.

Blending proven track and road credentials, the Continental GT3-R is a highly exclusive and unique interpretation of performance-focussed luxury, limited to just 300 examples.

2015 Acura ILX offers manual transmission, new premium features

(June 17, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif. — Going on sale June 18, the 2015 Acura ILX lineup provides new luxury buyers with numerous ways to join the Acura family with a starting price of $27,050. The ILX is available in four grade levels offering different blends of performance and premium features including a six-speed manual transmission.

Chrysler says 8-speed transmissions will save 700 million gallons of gas

(June 17, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler Group says fuel savings and emissions reductions attributed to TorqueFlite eight-speed transmissions are adding up to substantial gains for Chrysler Group customers. The advanced-technology automatics — first of their kind ever made available to mainstream-brand customers — now are powering more than one million vehicles, worldwide. And their combined effect is staggering.

GM recalling another 3.16 million cars in U.S. for ignition key problem

(June 17, 2014) DETROIT — General Motors will rework or replace the ignition keys on about 3.16 million 2000 to 2014 model year cars in the U.S. because the ignition switch may inadvertently move out of the “run” position if the key is carrying extra weight and experiences some jarring event.

The use of a key with a hole, rather than a slotted key, addresses the concern of unintended key rotation due to a jarring road event, such as striking a pothole or crossing railroad tracks.

Study finds car color tells a lot about owner's personality

(June 16, 2014) LOS ANGELES — What is the color of your car? Have you given much thought to how much it matters? And it really does. In fact, it can give a bit of background about you to observant people. The color of your car can actually say a lot about you, about your personality, the way you see yourself, and the lifestyle you choose.

Repokar Public Auto Auction conducted a research study and and uncovered some interesting facts about the automobile colors that may be helpful in your car purchase decision as far as what car color will be best for you.