January 2016

Jeep brand records fourth consecutive global sales record

(January 7, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Jeep brand recorded sales of more than 1.2 million units worldwide in 2015 — the highest total in its 75-year history — setting a global sales record for the fourth consecutive year. Sales of 1,237,583 Jeep vehicles improved upon the brand’s 2014 global record of 1,017,019 by 22 percent. In the U.S., sales of 865,028 units bettered the 2014 total of 692,348 units by 25 percent.

Chevrolet introduces 200-mile-range electric Bolt

(January 7, 2016) LAS VEGAS — Chevrolet introduced the 2017 Bolt EV at the Consumer Electronics Show, fulfilling its promise to offer a long-range, affordable electric vehicle for the masses. The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge.

It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.

Mercedes E-Class awarded Nevada test license for autonomous driving

(January 7, 2016) LAS VEGAS — The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the world's first standard-production vehicle to be awarded a test license for autonomous driving in Nevada. In a world first and also in time for the leading trade fair for consumer technology, the Consumer Electronics Show," three standard-production E-Class vehicles have been approved to drive themselves.

Yamaha, SRI International developing motorcycle-riding robot

(January 7, 2016) MENLO PARK, Calif. — SRI International and Yamaha Motor Co. have announced their collaboration toward the development of MOTOBOT, the first autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot. MOTOBOT is designed to ride like a person in order to aid development of future motorcycles, improve motorcycle safety, and push the limits of what is possible in design and performance.

The end performance goal of MOTOBOT is to be able to beat MotoGP world champion rider Valentino Rossi's lap times around a racetrack.

Bentley's Mulliner and Monster audio debut 'bold look, incredible sound'

(January 7, 2016) LAS VEGAS — Monster, the world leader in high-performance audio, has teamed up with Bentley Motors’ bespoke coach-building division, Mulliner, to create a stunning and uniquely Monster-inspired “Monster by Mulliner,” which maDE its debut at CES 2016.

The show-stopping Bentley Continental GT V8 S, which reflects Monster’s attitude of “Always Lead, Never Follow,” is designed to appeal to the target market of young professionals and movers and shakers in sports and music. 

The future of mobility displayed — Toyota style

(January 7, 2016) LAS VEGAS — Attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show are getting a first-hand look at the future of mobility — Toyota style — and it is cleaner, safer and more convenient. Toyota is showcasing a host of automated, connected and zero-emission technologies at CES 2016, giving conference-goers a window into a world where vehicles can not only take care of themselves; they also take care of you.

Chevrolet Cruze gets a hatchback style for 2017

(January 7, 2016) Ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet today introduced the 2017 Cruze Hatchback. Developed with all the technologies and dynamic driving attributes of the all-new 2016 Cruze sedan, the new hatch adds a functional and sporty choice for customers.

F-150, Camry retain crowns as U.S. auto sales smash record in 2015

(January 6, 2016) The Ford F-150 pickup and the Toyota Camry retained their sales crowns as the U.S. auto industry recorded its best sales year in history in 2015. The annual tally was 17,470,659 vehicles sold edging out the previous high set in 2000. December sales were strong at 8.9 percent higher than December 2014.

Some of Ferrari's finest cars will be auctioned at Mecum Kissimmee

(January 6, 2016) Mecum Kissimmee 2016, called the world’s largest collector-car and Road Art auction, will feature an impressive array of some of Ferrari’s finest road cars Jan. 15-24 at Osceola Heritage Park. With such beauties as a 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, 365 GTB/4 Daytona, 330 GTC and Dino 246 GTS on offer, lovers of the prancing horse will be in a kind of Ferrari nirvana.

Lexus GS F performance sedan comes with 467 horsepower

(January 6, 2016) The new 2016 Lexus GS F performance sedan — based on the popular GS — is armed with a potent 467 horsepower, 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 and excellent handling developed on the most demanding race circuits, including the legendary Nürburgring. The newest edition to the GS lineup will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next week.