January 2016

Ford Explorer makes dramatic return to TV on the 'X-Files'

(January 23, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Explorer fans should be on the lookout for more than a UFO sighting when the acclaimed pop culture phenomenon “The X-Files” returns to television Sunday. A Ford Explorer Platinum will carry FBI Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) throughout the highly anticipated six-episode series.

“The X-Files” is scheduled to air at approximately 10 p.m. EST on FOX, immediately following the NFC Championship game.

British survey: EV demand in single digits

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(January 23, 2016) British auto insurer Adrian Flux surveyed 1,784 British motorists to determine whether they plan to buy an electric vehicle in the next five years. The insurer of modified and unusual vehicles n
oted that the number of electric cars on Britain’s roads has increased to more than 40,000 from just 3,500 two years ago, and wondered if this rate of growth would continue or even increase.

Infiniti QX30 car-art displayed at London Art Fair

(January 22, 2016) LONDON — Infiniti has unveiled probably one of its most conversational models at the opening of the 2016 London Art Fair at the Islington Business Center this week. Located just outside of the shows entrance, Infiniti revealed a QX30 with a difference. With the help of contemporary artist Rachel Ducker, renowned for her human like figures, 48,000 copper tacks have been painstakingly adhered to half of the QX30's bodywork creating a striking "carpet like" appearance that highlights the vehicles strong and dynamic bodylines.

Ford's Auto Start-Stop technology to be standard on all EcoBoost F-150s

January 22, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford continues to set the pace of innovation among full-size trucks with the expansion of Auto Start-Stop technology across the entire lineup of EcoBoost-equipped 2017 F-150 pickups.

The 2016 F-150 with 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine comes standard with Auto Start-Stop. That offering continues for 2017, with the addition of the technology as standard equipment for all 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines including the all-new high-output version for F-150 Raptor.

GM reports third consecutive year of record global sales

(January 21, 2016) DETROIT — General Motors Co. global sales totaled 9.8 million vehicles in 2015, up 0.2 percent for the company’s third consecutive year of record sales. Deliveries in North America rose 6 percent in 2015 to 3.6 million cars, trucks and crossovers.  In the U.S., GM grew its retail sales, which are sales to individual customers, faster than any other automaker.

Pricing set for most powerful Audi ever — the 2017 R8

(January 21, 2016) HERNDON, Virginia — Faster, more efficient, and more capable both on and off the racetrack, the all-new 2017 R8 is the most powerful Audi production model ever. The R8, with its breathtaking performance, high-revving naturally aspirated motor, precise handling and driver-focused interior, embodies the automotive distinction that has become synonymous with the four rings.

The 2017 R8 starting manufacturer suggested retail prices has a starting price of $162,900 for the V10 model and $189,900 for the V10 plus. Destination charges are another $1,250.

Chevrolet introduces special Silverado Realtree Edition

(January 21, 2016) Chevrolet has introduced the 2016 Silverado Realtree Edition — an outdoors-inspired special edition that leverages the strength, versatility and personalization possibilities of the Silverado and distinguishes it with camo graphics from Realtree, the world’s leading camouflage brand. It’s the latest and strongest example of a decade-long partnership between Chevrolet and Realtree.

GM launches personal mobility brand: Maven

(January 21, 2016) DETROIT — General Motors has announced its next step in redefining personal mobility with a new car-sharing service called Maven, which combines and expands the company’s multiple programs under one single brand.

Maven’s mission is to give customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. The global Maven team includes more than 40 dedicated employees from the connected car technology industry as well as ride- and car-sharing professionals from Google, Zipcar and Sidecar.

Lexus gets a pulse with stunning LC 500

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(January 21, 2016) DETROIT — When Lexus showed the LC-LF at the 2012 Detroit auto show, no one suspected that in four years the production version of that concept would be rolled out on stage at the 2016 show. Now known as the LC 500, the high-performance grand tourer takes the lines originally penned at Toyota’s Calty design studio and brings them from concept to production.

Second-generation Falcon in decay

Three generations of the compact Ford Falcon were built from 1960 through 1970. The Falcon was given a more squared-off appearance for the second generation (1964-65). This second-generation Falcon was found in neglected condition in North Carolina. The new Mustang was based heavily on the Falcon's unitized frame design. It could be ordered with three variations of the inline 6 and with three V-8 engines, the biggest a 302 cubic inch (4.9 liter). 
(Photo by Ralph Gable)