January 2015

Cadillac outlines plans to upgrade U.S. dealer network

(January 23, 2015) WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of Cadillac’s overall mission to expand and elevate within the premium automotive sector, the brand has outlined its strategy to upgrade its U.S. dealer network.

Speaking at both the Washington, D.C. Auto Show, and this weekend’s annual National Auto Dealers Association convention in San Francisco, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen will outline how the brand will target enhancements in the customer experience.

Assiter Auctioneers assembles top team for record Barrett-Jackson auction

(January 23, 2015) Even by Barrett-Jackson standards, the recent nine-day marathon auction in Scottsdale was a mammoth undertaking, setting new records for total sales ($130 million), and memorabilia sales ($6.55 million) — not to mention attendance, vehicles sold and TV audience.

"I guess it's fair to say this was the biggest management challenge of my life, especially with the high expectations for the sale of the world famous Ron Pratte collection of classic vehicles. But we pulled it off, and it's good to be back home, working to help people in Texas get their land and other assets sold," said Spanky Assiter, founder and chairman of Assiter Auctioneers.

Ram Truck launches new campaign with Miranda Lambert

(January 23, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Ram Truck brand launches a new marketing initiative this week featuring Grammy Award-winner Miranda Lambert and a custom “Roots and Wings” song Lambert wrote exclusively for the campaign.

Acura to unveil all-new 2016 RDX at Chicago Auto Show

(January 22, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — Coming off a record sales year as one of the best-selling SUVs in its segment, Acura's RDX is set to move its already lofty bar even higher when the new 2016 model bows at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12.

The new RDX sports a long list of styling and performance improvements plus desirable new luxury and safety features designed to further solidify its leadership in the compact luxury SUV segment.

Popular Science honors Audi virtual cockpit, MMI system

(January 22, 2015) HERNDON, Va. — The Audi virtual cockpit and MMI system were honored by Popular Science with a “Product of the Future Award” at CES 2015. The awards identify technology products that stand above all other products at the convention and have the potential to change people’s lives for the better.

GMC rides wave of momentum into 2015

(January 22, 2015) DETROIT — GMC closed out 2014 with 501,853 total U.S. sales, up 12 percent from 2013. With retail sales up 11 percent, the brand marked its fifth consecutive year of sales growth and best year since 2007.

The brand is strengthening its premium positioning, as evidenced by the success of its premium Denali sub-brand and its average transaction prices in the full-size pickup segment.

Rusting automotive history

Three early 1960s Cadillacs, including one presumably ready to haul off a dilapidated travel trailer, reside near two 1950s era pickup trucks in this Arizona scene shot by automotive journalist Jim Prueter. A shame to see vintage American automotive history rusting away. 

New supercharger increases Callaway sport truck horsepower, torque

(January 21, 2015) Beginning this week, all Callaway SportTrucks are being assembled with the new Callaway "GenThree" supercharger system. This results in increasing power from 540 to 560 horsepower and from 522 lb-ft to 553 lb-ft of torque on 6.2-liter Callaway Silverados.

All-new Honda Pilot to be revealed at Chicago Auto Show

(January 21, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — A completely reengineered and redesigned Honda Pilot SUV will make its world debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12. The all-new, eight-passenger Pilot SUV — completely designed, developed and manufactured in America — will raise the stakes in the mainstream three-row SUV segment with new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility.

Sale of first production Shelby GT350 raises $1 million for charity

(January 21, 2015) The first retail production Shelby GT350R Mustang, VIN 001, fetched $1,000,000 for charity at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction at WestWorld last week. Ford auctioned the car at No Reserve, with proceeds benefiting JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.