September 2015

Hydrogen fueling station opens in the north of England

(September 18, 2015) HIGH WYCOMBE, England — Drivers of Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell, the only fuel cell car on sale in the UK, can now fill up with hydrogen at one of the world’s greenest filling stations, located just off the M1 motorway near Sheffield.  

Featuring a wind turbine and water supply, the all-new site is completely self-sufficient. No hydrogen deliveries are needed as the filling station uses wind power combined with water to produce hydrogen.

Ford Smartwatch apps allow EV owners to check status from their wrist

(September 18, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Drivers of Ford electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can now access their battery charge status, unlock their doors and get a driving score from their last trip with the MyFord Mobile application for smartwatches.

“The app gives drivers the ability to quickly check important data like available range before leaving on a journey — without having to access the mobile application on their smartphone,” said David Hatton, Ford manager, Connected Vehicles and Services.

Volkswagen demonstrates advanced connectivity in new campaign

(September 18, 2015) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen today announced the release of a new advertising campaign that highlights the brand’s all-new infotainment system, MIB II, and its advanced smartphone integration technology, App-Connect.

As part of Volkswagen’s available Car-Net suite of connectivity offerings, App-Connect allows for seamless integration of compatible smartphones across Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and MirrorLink; making it the first automaker to do so.

Toyota recalling certain RAV4 vehicles for windshield wiper issue

(September 18, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota has announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 421,000 model year 2009-2012 RAV4 and approximately 2,500 model year 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles.

In the involved vehicles, water dripping onto the windshield wiper link can, over time, cause corrosion and wear at the wiper link joint. In some cases this could result in the separation of the wiper link from the wiper motor crank arm. If separation occurs, the windshield wipers could become inoperative, which could reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Nissan Gripz Concept: A radical sports crossover

(September 18, 2015) FRANKFURT — Crossover pioneer Nissan has revealed a new concept car that points to an innovative new future for the brand. Conceived by designers in Europe and Japan, the Nissan Gripz Concept blends the ability and practicality of a compact crossover with the excitement and performance of a sports car. The concept was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week.

Toyota selects SiriusXM for next-generation connected services

(September 17, 2015) NEW YORK — SiriusXM and Toyota today announced that Toyota has selected Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Inc., a unit of SiriusXM, to provide a variety of next-generation connected vehicle services for Toyota and Lexus vehicles, in addition to the popular services already offered today.

Aston Martin showcases sports car design at London fashion event

(September 17, 2015) LONDON — Aston Martin has announced it has a leading role in world renowned designer Tom Dixon’s forthcoming Multiplex event hosted in The Old Selfridges Hotel, London.

Staged to coincide with four of the most important events in London’s creative calendar — London Fashion Week, the London Design Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Frieze art fair — Multiplex will bring together design, technology, fashion, film and interiors to explore how the future of retail might look, sound, smell, taste and feel.

Ford's all-new Focus RS — 0-to-62 in 4.7 seconds

(September 17, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford ’s all-new Focus RS will sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds — making the high-performance hatchback the fastest-accelerating RS model yet. The Focus RS is powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing a projected 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. It will reach a top speed of 165 mph.

New Kia Sportage gets intensive hot weather test at Death Valley

(September 17, 2015) Kia Motors has today revealed details of the intensive hot weather development tests for the all-new Kia Sportage – as part of the most extreme and rigorous vehicle testing program ever devised by the company.

The all-new Sportage made its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show earlier this month, and will go on sale globally in the first quarter of 2016.

Honda debuts what it calls 'the most ambitious remake of the Civic ever'

(September 17, 2015) LOS ANGELES — Honda took to YouTube Wednesday to unveil an all-new, dynamically styled 10th-generation 2016 Civic sedan, slated for sale in the U.S. this fall. With a more athletic stance and sportier driving position, the 2016 Civic sedan is a new-from-the-ground-up design intended to recapture the sporty character of Civic while creating the world's best compact car.