February 2015

Dodge 'shaking up' muscle car segment with Challenger Shaker

(February 16, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Designed to deliver maximum performance and the most Dodge muscle-car heritage in the brand’s lineup, the new 2015 Challenger R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker and first-ever 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker models celebrate 45 years of the functional “cold-air grabbing” hood scoop that “shakes” with the legendary HEMI V-8 engine’s movement.

BMW motorcycle sales on record pace to start 2015

(February 16, 2015) MUNICH — After the fourth record year in succession in 2014, BMW Motorrad has started the new year with a significant increase in sales. With 6,263 units, 15.2% more motorcycles and maxi scooters were supplied to customers worldwide in January 2015 than in the previous year.

Hyundai Veloster receives performance and design enhancements for 2016

(February 16, 2015) CHICAGO — Hyundai unveiled a new Rally Edition, coupled with significant design, dynamic and connectivity enhancements to its Veloster coupe at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The Veloster Rally Edition builds upon Veloster Turbo R-Spec enthusiast credentials, with a more performance-focused suspension, RAYS lightweight wheels with wide 225/40R18 tires, carbon-fiber-look aero accents, unique badging and floor mats.

Ram creates ultimate in pickup truck luxury with upgraded Laramie Limited

(February 15, 2015) CHICAGO — Ram Truck brand is taking the 2015 Ram Laramie Limited — the benchmark in truck opulence — to an even higher level of sophistication and attention to detail. The upgraded interior and exterior trim aligns with a long list of best-in-class titles under the Ram moniker, including fuel economy, payload, torque and towing capacity.

Land Rover gives four friends best Valentine's Day present ever

(February 14, 2015) NEW ZEALAND — This year Land Rover is showing what Valentine's Day can really mean, turning a heart-warming online auction listing into the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift. Four university friends from New Zealand had listed their beaten and broken 1957 Series I Land Rover, christened "The Landy," for sale on an auction site, following 15 years of ownership.

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT sports refreshed look, new tech

(February 14, 2015) CHICAGO — Hyundai Motor America has introduced a refreshed Elantra GT for the 2016 model year, offering updated styling with customer-focused technology and features. With a more distinctive front fascia and all-new 17-inch alloy wheels, Elantra GT’s new look further enhances the vehicle’s signature sporty styling.

Chevrolet commits long-range Bolt EV to production

(February 14, 2015) CHICAGO — Chevrolet has confirmed production of its next-generation pure electric vehicle, based on the Bolt EV concept. It will be built at General Motors’ Orion Assembly facility near Detroit. GM North America President Alan Batey made the announcement ahead of the Chicago Auto Show. The Bolt EV concept was introduced last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Roadside sign deteriorates

A 1946 Ford that once served as a roadside advertisement for a business lies in decay in eastern North Carolina. The '46 was basically a carryover from the 1942 model, the last made before production stopped for World War II. Outside trim was nearly identical to the 1942 except for the new horizontal grille consisting of three stainless steel bars.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Refreshed 2016 Acura RDX unveiled at Chicago Auto Show

(February 13, 2015) CHICAGO — Coming off its best-ever year, the newly refreshed and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury sport-utility made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show, sporting a host of upgrades to performance, luxury prestige and styling.

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster concept makes debut in Chicago

(February 13, 2015) CHICAGO — As the heart and soul of Nissan performance for both the track and on the street, NISMO continues to set the standard for straight-from-the-factory enthusiast vehicles. The lineup of NISMO production models for 2015 includes the GT-R NISMO, 370Z NISMO, JUKE NISMO and JUKE NISMO RS.

Yet as the popularity of NISMO models continues to grow — the 2015 GT-R NISMO is sold out, the 370Z NISMO accounts for 20 percent of total sales and JUKE NISMO models for about 15 percent — one group of performance enthusiast remains left out: Open-air sports car lovers.