August 2016

Ford issues regional safety recall to replace side door latches

(August 5, 20160 DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is issuing a regional safety recall in North America for approximately 830,000 2013-15 Ford C-MAX, 2013-15 Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC, and 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect vehicles sold or ever registered in certain states to replace side door latches.

In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break. This condition typically will prevent the door from latching. In certain situations where the door is able to be closed, the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury.

Nissan unveils world's first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle

(August 5, 2016) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan Motor Co. on Thursday revealed the world's first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure. In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly.

Nissan BladeGlider brings cutting-edge intelligent mobility to life

(August 5, 2016) RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Nissan Motor Co. has unveiled the working prototype of its futuristic Nissan BladeGlider vehicle, combining zero-emissions with high-performance in a revolutionary sports car design. The vehicles, developed from concept cars first shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013, have arrived in Brazil to symbolize future technologies that will combine Intelligent Mobility, environmentally friendly impact and sports-car driving capabilities.

Light-duty hauler

This early 1960s Ford Econoline pickup truck was spotted in Cuba, Mo. Based on the compact Ford Falcon, the first Ford Econoline utility van and pickup was introduced to the public on Sept. 21, 1960 for the 1961 model year. The design put the driver on top of the front axle with the engine near the front wheels, called "cab over." Early models sported a 144 cubic inch (2.4 L) inline 6 engine with a three-speed manual transmission.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

One-millionth Audi Q5 leaves Ingolstadt production line

(August 4, 2016) INGOLSTADT, Germany — The one-millionth Audi Q5 drove off the production line at Audi’s main plant in Ingolstadt today. The jubilee car, an SQ5 in Sepang Blue, will be delivered to a family in Germany. The international success of the Audi Q5 began in 2008, when Audi launched this model in the segment of mid-range SUVs — the second Q-model after the Audi Q7.

Elvis' BMW 507 comes back to life; to be displayed at Pebble Beach

(August 4, 2016) MUNICH — One of the most spectacular classic-car discoveries of recent times is a BMW 507 purchased by Elvis Presley while he was doing his military service in Germany. Presley was already famous at that time as the “King of Rock’n’Roll.” After that the 507 disappeared for nearly 50 years and was believed to have been lost before returning to the limelight.

2016 VW Beetle Dune: Seen this movie before

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(August 4, 2016) The 1984 movie Dune cost an estimated $40 million to make, and grossed $27 million in the U.S. It took more than six years to bring to the screen, and is a film both director David Lynch and actor Kyle MacLachlan (among many, many others) probably would like to forget.

Nissan's future lab experiments imagine new vehicle models, map future

(August 3, 2016) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Nissan is conducting a series of real-world experiments and trials to bring future mobility scenarios to life through several "Living Labs" underway at Nissan Future Lab. The "Living Lab" research provides user data to help Nissan anticipate and evolve to meet future transportation needs.

The difference between traditional research methods and Nissan's "Living Labs" is the research relies on networking with external partners — like San Francisco-based Scoot Networks — to uncover opportunities and learn through observing user behaviors.

Hyundai drops 2017 Sonata price by $150

(August 3, 2016) SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Hyundai Sonata continues to offer a strong lineup in 2017 with three efficient powertrain options, great technology, and newly available dynamic bending light. The 2017 Sonata starts at $22,435 including destination charge, which is $150 less than last year.

2017 Sonata Packaging changes maximize value, safety, and comfort at every price point across the lineup. The price has been dropped $600 on the Sonata Eco to just $23,125 and the Sport 2.0T came down an incredible $2,300 from last year to $26,600.

Honda sets new sales record for July

(August 2, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — American Honda today reported July sales of 152,799 Honda and Acura vehicles, a 4.4 percent gain over last July and a new July record. Total American Honda truck sales set a new all-time monthly record of 77,740 sales to jump 10.1 percent.

The Honda Division set a new July total vehicle sales record, rising 5.9 percent on sales of 139,125, while Honda trucks set an all-time monthly record with a 12.2 percent increase on sales of 68,518 vehicles. Honda car sales were up 0.4 percent for the month, netting 70,607 sales.