July 2015

Harold takes a top-of-the-line Tundra 1794 Edition for a spin


(July 27, 2015) Harold Gunn describes the attributes of Toyota's luxury edition 1794 Edition Tundra. Harold reports that living is easy in the well-appointed Tunrda — if you can afford the gas.

The 1794 Edition is available only as a CrewMax, and comes with such amenities as unique silver exterior details, saddle-brown leather upholstery with simulated suede trim for the front seats and matching soft-touch materials for the shift console, door trim and instrument panel.

Cars of the future — A look forward from 1948

(July 26, 2015) Popular Science produced some short films in the ’40s and ’50s that looked into the future. This two-minute film highlights the Davis three-wheeler that employed a "tri-cycle landing gear principle." As shown in the film, it also featured built-in jacks to make tire changing an "exhilarating experience."

GM paving way to smarter, safer driving at new active safety test area

(July 26, 2015) MILFORD, Mich. — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac will offer 22 different active safety technologies across their 2016 model year U.S. lineups, ranging from driver alerts to those that automatically intervene and assist the driver in critical situations.

Lexus IS sports sedan to get turbocharged 4-cylinder engine for 2016

(July 25, 2015) The Lexus IS luxury sport sedan will enter the 2016 model year with a three model strategy with IS 200t, IS 300 AWD, and IS 350. The former IS 250 and IS 250 AWD are discontinued.

The IS adds to its stable of engines and receives a turbocharged gas engine, bringing the number of engine alternatives to three. 
Lexus says drivers will have a hard time deciding which IS to take home with rear-wheel drive (RWD), all-weather drive (AWD) and F SPORT variants.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

(July 25, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Less than a week after hackers remotely gained control of a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall of 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole in the Internet-ready Uconnect radios. FCA says the recall aligns with an ongoing software distribution that insulates connected vehicles from remote manipulation, which, if unauthorized, constitutes criminal action.

Last model year for Frazer

Frazer, which was built from 1946 through 1951, was the upper-medium priced luxury car from the Kaiser-Frazer Corp. It was restyled for 1951 and included a four-door convertible, a hardtop sedan and a unique hatchback sedan. This 1951 example was found in restorable condition. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Chevy Corvette horsepower quadruples over 50 years

(July 24, 2015) DENVER, Col. — While the Corvette is a power-churning machine today, its horsepower history is pretty rocky. To celebrate America’s favorite sports car and keep up with Corvette fever, NewGMParts.com has created a chart to illustrate the changes in Corvette horsepower over the years. From the Corvette's debut with a slight inline 6 to the 2015 Z06, the chart shows how Corvette horsepower has quadrupled from 1953 to 2015.

Start your engines! Mopar Challenger Drag Pak ordering begins

(July 24, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Mopar has announced the launch of ordering for the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, with the option of the brand’s first-ever offering of a supercharged 354-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI engine.

Pricing will be cubic-inch appropriate, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $99,426 for the naturally aspirated 426 version and $109,354 for the 354 supercharged race car.

GM reports strong second-quarter earnings growth

(July 24, 2015) DETROIT — General Motors on Thursday reported strong earnings growth for the second quarter with net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.1 billion, or 67 cents per diluted share, which included a $1.1 billion loss from special items before tax, or 62 cents per diluted share. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) adjusted increased to $2.9 billion and EBIT-adjusted margin grew to 7.5 percent.

Infiniti enhances retail experience with new in-dealership technology

(July 24, 2015) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Infiniti has announced that the company has developed and launched an innovative retail sales and service app for its retailers, ICAR-X (Infiniti Client Acquisition and Retention Experience), that streamlines the car-buying process.

ICAR-X, a newly developed software tool, enables Infiniti retailers to deliver a more efficient and premium sales experience using cutting-edge mobile technology. ICAR-X is designed to minimize known client "pain points," system redundancies and significantly speed up the car-buying process, thereby improving client satisfaction and the overall experience.