July 2014

Audi to show benefits of piloted driving in Florida demonstration

(July 26, 2014) TAMPA, Fla. — Audi will be the first automated driving pioneer to test its technology on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, which was recently designated as an automated driving and connected car test bed. Audi will be demonstrating its highly automated Piloted driving technology in an Audi A7 equipped to handle driving functions on freeway conditions up to 40 mph.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 to be auctioned for charity

(July 26, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge has announced that it will auction the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever built, during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction, which will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Chevrolet Malibu leads U.S. mainstreaming of stop/start technology

(July 25, 2014) DETROIT — In the blink of an eye, the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is leading the way in bringing fuel-saving standard start/stop technology to the mainstream sedan market. Ninety-seven percent of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu — accounting for about 83,000 vehicles — opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology.

It is the most aggressive rollout of stop/start technology in the U.S. by an American automaker.

McLaren P1 GTR design concept previewed ahead of Pebble Beach debut

(July 25, 2014) McLaren will use its presence at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to showcase its ultimate track-focused model, the McLaren P1 GTR,  in design concept form.

Aston Martin confirms super sedan — 'The finest of fast cars'

(July 25, 2014) GAYDON, England — Aston Martin is today confirming a  product program for a new super sedan that will see the revival of the historic Lagonda nameplate in a strictly limited series. As has traditionally been the case, the Lagonda badge will once again sit proudly on a luxurious and exclusive super saloon.

The stunning luxury "super saloon" revives the Lagonda ethos of "the finest of fast cars" and will be offered exclusively in the Middle East, as a result of specific market demand.

Porsche reveals new Cayenne with greater performance, better mpg

(July 25, 2014) ATLANTA — A sharper design, boosted efficiency and an extensive set of standard options are characteristics of the new Porsche Cayenne.  A sports car among sport utility vehicles, the Cayenne offers seating for five paired with high performance driving typical of Porsche.

Nissan offers free charging for Leaf buyers in Los Angeles

(July 24, 2014) LOS ANGELES —Nissan says there are many attractive reasons for Angelenos to own the all-electric Nissan Leaf: single-occupant access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes; an available California state tax rebate of $2,500; much lower operating costs than a gas-powered car and now, free public charging.

2015 Toyota Yaris gets upgraded styling inside and out

(July 24, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota says it has endowed the Yaris with a bold new look with a distinct European flavor, a new, quieter interior crafted from improved materials, and a new attitude. Toyota proclaims the redesigned Yaris checks all of the boxes for small-car shoppers. And then it adds and checks two more boxes for fun and value. In 3-door or 5-door liftback models, the 2015 Yaris makes every day driving less every day.

Subaru launches TV ad campaign for all-new Legacy

(July 24, 2014) CHERRY HILL, N.J. —  Subaru of America has debuted its advertising campaign for the launch of the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy. The new work positions Legacy with mid-size sedan buyers as a smart alternative to the mainstream choices. The company looks to increase sales of its largest sedan in support of its business goal of a sixth consecutive year of record sales.

GM announces six more recalls involving 717,949 vehicles

(July 24, 2014) DETROIT — General Motors has announced six safety recalls covering 717,949 recent model vehicles in the U.S.

“These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, Global Vehicle Safety. “We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.”