April 2016

Racing legend Roger Penske to drive Camaro SS pace car at Indy

(April 19, 2016) INDIANAPOLIS — A unique version of the new, 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next month, driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is marking 50 years as a race team owner. It’s the ninth time Camaro has served as the pace car and the 27th time for Chevrolet, dating back to 1948.

Mahindra launches the all new e2o ElectriCity Car in the UK

(April 18, 2016) LONDON — Mahindra, a global automotive and technology company headquartered in India, made its entry into the UK automotive market with the launch of the innovative e2o electric city car.

Designed specifically for urban commuting, and featuring a host of connected technologies, the Mahindra e2o will be available in two trim levels. The entry-level e2o City is priced competitively. The higher-spec TechX version includes a touchscreen infotainment center with reversing camera, telematics, revive remote emergency recharging, leather seats, alloy wheels and a rapid charging port.

Audi teams with Marvel Entertainment for 'Captain America: Civil War'

(April 18, 2016) Audi and Marvel Entertainment team up once again for the release of Marvel’s newest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, set to be released in the U.S. on May 6. The collaboration continues the Audi brand’s commitment to one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises and its passionate fans. 

2016 Chevy Cruze gets EPA rating of 42 mpg on the highway

(April 18, 2016) DETROIT — Offering EPA-estimated highway mileage of 42 mpg, the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is unsurpassed in its segment for fuel highway economy.

“Offering a maximum highway range of up to 570 miles per tank you can spend less time at the pump,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars. “The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze  has more horsepower and torque, and is lighter than the previous generation making it more fun to drive.”

Rare barn-find Vauxhall returns for happy reunion

(April 18, 2016) LUTON, England — A 1923 Vauxhall 23/60 made its first long journey after an 18-month mechanical restoration last weekend to be reunited with three generations of the previous owner’s family at Vauxhall Motors’ Heritage Centre in Luton.

Known as "Alice," the vintage Vauxhall is now thought to be the most original of the c90 surviving 23/60s from a total production of 1,300 made at the famous Kimpton Road factory between 1922 and 1926.

Domesticating Godzilla with expressive absurdity

By Jim Prueter

(April 18, 2016) MOAB, Utah — It’s a military vehicle in most of the world including the U.S. Marine Corps and in the civilian market it’s hugely popular with the likes of the Russian mafia, professional superballers who can consistently hit 3-point falling away jump shots, cardiothoracic surgeons (for some odd reason) and heavily armed gun toting bad guys in action movies.

Harold says of the 2016 GMC Canyon: 'I like it'


(April 17, 2016) Harold Gunn of The Automotive Reporter proclaims his affinity for the 2016 GMC Canyon with the new 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that generates 181 horsepower and a prodigious 369 pound-feet of torque.

Harold says he especially likes the mid-size stance of the Canyon and its sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado.

Jaguar influences China’s first supercar

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(April 17, 2016) Techrules is a new Beijing-based automotive research and development company that claims it is looking into potential locations to establish a European base capable of taking its TREV (Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle) technology to production. To pique interest, the hybrid system was wrapped in supercar packaging, and tidbits like a peak operating p
ower of 1,030 horsepower, 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds, a restricted top speed of 217.5 mph, a range of more than 1,242 miles, and a plug-in fuel economy of up to 1,569 mpg were bandied about.

Toyota donates 45 engines to tech schools in north Alabama

(April 16, 2016) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — High school technical schools in six counties recently got a lot of “educational horsepower” delivered as Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama donated 45 engines manufactured at its Huntsville plant.  The donated V6 engines were built on Toyota Alabama’s newest production line.   
The announcement was made at the quarterly meeting of the Northeast Alabama Workforce Development Council that is comprised of Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Limestone, Cullman, Jackson and DeKalb counties.

Project leader for Acura NSX supercar featured in video

(April 16, 2016) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Clement D'Souza, who led the creation of the innovative new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, the exclusive global production facility for the 2017 Acura NSX supercar, is the latest Honda associate featured in the What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series.