February 2016

GM invests $148 million in Spring Hill manufacturing plant

(February 19, 2016) SPRING HILL, Tenn. — General Motors will invest $148 million to repurpose flexible machining and assembly equipment at its Spring Hill Manufacturing plant to build V8 engines to meet market demand, retaining approximately 200 jobs.

The investment will enable Spring Hill to quickly add capacity to build the Small Block 6.2L V8 engine in the popular truck and SUV segment. This will be the first time Spring Hill will build V8 engines.

Volvo plans to market new V90 wagon in U.S.

(February 19, 2016) STOCKHOLM — The eagerly-awaited Volvo V90 was revealed Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden. The stylish and versatile V90 is the latest in the luxury car maker’s top-of-the-line 90 series sitting alongside the award winning XC90 SUV and the recently-launched S90 luxury sedan.

Chevrolet needs some love

This 1956 Chevrolet needs some love to get it out of the neglected and abandoned category. It was spotted in eastern North Carolina behind a body shop garage. (Photo by Ralph Gable)

Bentley Flying Spur V8 S — The sporting side of luxury

(February 18, 2016) CREWE, England — Bentley Motors has announced the introduction of a new model to its range — the Flying Spur V8 S.  Taking its place between the Flying Spur V8 and family flagship W12, the V8 S is tuned for power and performance, with increased engine output and revised suspension offering a more focused, precise driving experience.

Volvo forecasts record sales, higher earnings for 2016

(February 18, 2016) STOCKHOLM — Volvo Cars expects to make record sales in 2016 for the third consecutive year, Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive said. Samuelsson also forecast that operating profits would also improve in 2016 driven by growth in all of Volvo’s three main sales regions of China, Europe and the US.

The forecast came the same day Volvo reported it tripled its operating profit in 2015 to 6.62 billion Swedish crowns ($776.6 million) from 2.13 billion in the previous year.

Toyota recalling 1.1 million vehicles for seatbelt issue

(February 18, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota has announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 1,124,000 model year 2006-2012 RAV4 and model year 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles.

The involved vehicles are equipped with lap-shoulder seatbelts in both second-row outboard seats.  There is a possibility that, in the event of a very severe frontal crash, the lap belt webbing could contact a portion of the metal seat cushion frame, become cut, and separate.  If this occurs, the seat belt may not properly restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury.

Ford developing cars to tackle the worst potholes

(February 18, 2016) LOMMEL, Belgium — Potholes and other rough road surfaces can be a pricey problem for motorists around the world. Last year the RAC responded to more than 25,000 pothole-related breakdowns in the UK — a near 25 per cent increase since 2014. Potholes can cause tire, wheel and suspension damage, costing up to hundreds of dollars a time. The poor condition, and lack of maintenance, of European and North American roads is said to contribute to at least one third of all accidents every year.

GM Powertrain becomes GM Global Propulsion Systems

(February 17, 2016) PONTIAC, Mich. — After 24 years General Motors will rename GM Powertrain to GM Global Propulsion Systems. GM’s Global Propulsion Systems is collectively the group of more than 8,600 people that design, develop and engineer all propulsion related products and controls for GM worldwide.

“The new name is another step on our journey to redefine transportation and mobility,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development.

Two Aston Martin barn finds to be auctioned in England

(February 17, 2016) COVENTRY, England — Two Aston Martin barn finds will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday March 19. The two sleeping classics have been kept in dry storage for the past few years waiting for new owners to restore them back to their former glory.

A rare 1973 Aston Martin V8 (pictured below), one of just 288 produced, is estimated at between £35,000 ($50,050) and £40,000 ($57,200). One of only a few manual examples produced, the majority of Aston Martin V8s were automatic making this car rarer still, particularly as this car is one of the very last of the David Brown-era.

Jaguar introduces ultra high-performance F-Type SVR ahead of Geneva

(February 17, 2016) MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar today digitally revealed the F-Type SVR, an even more extreme version of the already popular sports car and its first to wear the high-performance SVR badge, ahead of its auto show debut in Geneva on March 1. Developed to exploit the lightweight aluminum sports car's full potential while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability, the Jaguar F-Type SVR will sprint to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and, in coupe trim, joins an elite club of cars capable of accelerating to 200 mph.