April 2016

Toyota announces two recalls involving nearly 17,000 vehicles

(April 7, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota has announced that it is recalling approximately 230 model year 2016 Sienna minivans,  approximately 4,170 model year 2016 Toyota RAV4; approximately 90 model year 2016 Lexus RX 350; and approximately 12,400 model year 2016 Lexus ES 350.

Volvo to launch China's most advanced autonomous driving experiment

(April 7, 2016) Volvo Cars plans to launch China’s most advanced autonomous driving experiment in which local drivers will test autonomous driving cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions.

Volvo expects the experiment to involve up to 100 cars and will in coming months begin negotiations with interested cities in China to see which is able to provide the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure to allow the experiment to go ahead.

1948 Land Rover Series I 'Reborn' by Land Rover Classic

(April 7, 2016) COVENTRY, U.K. — Land Rover Classic is underscoring its commitment to providing the very best cars, services, parts and experiences to passionate Land Rover customers with the launch of the 'Reborn' initiative for the iconic Series I at Techno-Classica in Essen, Germany.

Bushes overtake old Freightliner

A 1960s-era Freightliner cabover is slowly being overtaken by bushes as it rests in retirement. Freightliner trucks have been built since the 1940s and are currently owned by Daimler Trucks North America.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)

Ford invests $170 million to expand assembly plant in South Africa

(April 6, 2016) PRETORIA, South Africa — Ford is investing R2.5-billion ($170 million) to expand operations in South Africa at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa, to produce the all-new Ford Everest, along with the new Ford Ranger that was launched at the end of last year.

This investment will create approximately 1,200 new jobs at Ford South Africa and within the South African supplier network.

First Corvette Grand Sport Collector's Edition to be auctioned for charity

(April 6, 2016) DETROIT — The first retail production 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition will be auctioned Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m. EDT at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, Fla. auction.  One hundred percent of the sale price from the auction will benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Ram Truck expands partnership with Grammy winner Chris Stapleton

(April 6, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Ram Truck brand has released a new 60-second television ad and long-form video as part of an expanded relationship with two-time Grammy Award-winning country music artist Chris Stapleton. The announcement comes days after Stapleton, one of the hottest artists in country music today, picked up six additional honors during Sunday night’s 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) telecast.

Ford investing $1.6 billion in new small-car plant in Mexico

(April 6, 2016) MEXICO CITY — Further increasing its competitiveness, Ford is investing $1.6 billion in a new small car plant in Mexico, building a new manufacturing site in San Luis Potosi State. Ford will begin construction this summer. The new plant will create 2,800 additional direct jobs by 2020.

Harold tests the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series


(April 5, 2016) At first blush you would think that the full-sized Toyota Tundra pickup is at a disadvantage to American-made trucks because it is a product of a  Japanese company. But that's just part of the story — the Tundra is built by Americans in the tuck capital of the U.S., Texas. Japanese owned, American built.

BMW sponsoring Sisters' Centennial Motorcycle ride in July

(April 5, 2016) WOODCLIFF LKAE, N.J. — BMW Motorrad USA will be the title sponsor of the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride, a cross country motorcycle adventure for women, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Adeline and Augusta Van Buren’s historic motorcycle ride across the United States.

BMW Motorrad USA will provide motorcycles for the ride organizer and staff, and BMW of North America will provide BMW X5 chase vehicles and a 7 Series photography-equipped vehicle along the entire route.