January 2016

2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models earn stripes

(January 9, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For more than a year, Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models — the fastest and most powerful muscle cars ever with 707 supercharged HEMI horsepower each — have stormed roadways and drag strips with acceleration blasts to 60 mph in the low 3-second range, generated more than 61 million YouTube video views around the globe, enabled an entirely new generation of Dodge enthusiasts and now for 2016 have been rewarded with their very own Dodge performance stripes.

BMW posts record motorcycle sales in U.S. in 2015

(January 9, 2016) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — BMW Motorrad USA has set a new all-time year-end sales record. With 16,330 units sold in 2015, BMW motorcycle sales grew 9.3 percent above the total 14,945 units sold in 2014.

The S 1000 RR supersports bike, featured in the film Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, was BMW’s best-selling model (accounting for 13.3 percent of total 2015 volume). Other best-selling models included the ever-popular R 1200 GS Adventure (12.2 percent of total volume) and the R 1200 GS (11.5 percent of total volume).

More than 2 million Toyotas built in North America in 2015

(January 9, 2016) ERLANGER, Ky. — 2015 marked record production for Toyota with 2,035,028 vehicles and 1,933,702 engines produced in North America. Key drivers for increased production include low fuel prices, a healthier economy and strong customer demand for Corolla, Camry, RAV4 and Tacoma.

Lincoln delivers The Lincoln Way to more than 11,000 customers in China

(January 8, 2016) SHANGHAI, China — Lincoln, an iconic luxury automotive brand with a heritage linked to presidents, royalty and movie stars, sold 11,630 vehicles in China during 2015, the first full year for the brand in China.

Lincoln offers customers a full SUV line-up in China — the medium-size premium utility Lincoln MKC, the medium-large-size premium utility Lincoln MKX and the full-size luxury SUV Lincoln Navigator, as well as its popular mid-size premium sedan, the Lincoln MKZ.

Renault-Nissan to launch more than 10 autonomous vehicles in 4 years

(January 8, 2016) SUNNYVALE, Calif. — The Renault-Nissan Alliance will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years. The global car group confirmed today that it will launch a range of vehicles with autonomous capabilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and China through 2020. The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices.

In addition, Renault-Nissan will launch a suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks.

All-new 2017 Audi A4 to debut at Detroit auto show

(January 8, 2016) HERNDON, Virginia — As the bestselling model in Audi history, Audi says the all-new 2017 A4, with innovative design and advanced technologies, sets a new benchmark for the luxury sedan segment. Boasting class-leading horsepower, confidence inspiring driving dynamics, as well as available driver assistance and infotainment systems, the A4 represents the best in every detail from Audi and exceeds the exceptional standards that have become synonymous with the four rings.

Post Office to issue four iconic pickup trucks on 2016 stamps

(January 8, 2016) The United States Postal Service has announced that four iconic pickup trucks will appear on Forever Stamps in 2016. The date of the stamp release will be announced at a later date.

Celebrating the rugged and reliable work vehicles that Americans have driven for nearly a century, each of these four new Forever stamps features on of the following iconic models. The stamps feature four iconic models: the 1938 International Harvester D-2, the 1948 Ford F-1, the 1953 Chevrolet, and the 1965 Ford F-100.

Callaway cars introduces world's most powerful 2016 Camaro

(January 8, 2016) LOS ANGELES — Callaway Cars will offer the world’s most powerful street legal 2016 Camaro available through select North American Chevrolet dealerships. With the patented Callaway GenThree supercharger package, cooling system and styling, the limited edition Callaway Camaro SC600 is a 600+ horsepower street-legal muscle car that leverages technologies developed for Callaway’s SC757 Corvette Z06.

Living in Wisconsin snow

What looks like a mid-70s Ford Mustang lives in the Wisconsin snow stripped of most of its exterior features including the doors.
(Photo by Jerry Brown)

Cadillac's global sales grow 24.5% in December, 7.5 percent in 2015

(January 7, 2016) DETROIT — Driven by sharp increases in the U.S. and China, Cadillac global sales increased 24.5% in December.  Cadillac completed 2015 with global growth of 7.5%, an increase of more than 19,000 for a total of 277,868 luxury vehicles.

“Cadillac’s global expansion is building momentum, driven by increasing product substance and disciplined growth strategies,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.