February 2017

Peugeot's INSTINCT concept hints at autonomous future

(February 27, 2017) Peugeot has revealed a glimpse into the future of mobility with its INSTINCT concept, a unique Shooting Brake which offers the option of fully autonomous driving. Unveiled in Spain, the Peugeot INSTINCT Concept is powered by a PHEV powertrain offering 296 horsepower. The car features both "Drive" and "Autonomous" modes, affording the driver the choice between an engaging drive and the convenience of a fully autonomous vehicle.

Volkswagen Group returns to profitability in 2016

(February 27, 2017) WOLFSBURG, Germany — The Volkswagen Group appears to be making progress with overcoming the diesel engine crisis. In 2016, the company’s operating business presented a very robust performance even though earnings were impacted once again by negative special items.

Before special items, the Group exceeded its original forecasts. Sales revenue in fiscal year 2016 rose by EUR 4.0 billion ($4.23 billion) to EUR 217.3 billion ($230 billion). At EUR 7.1 billion, the group’s operating result, which had slipped into the red in the previous year due to the diesel issue, was back in strongly positive territory.

Jeff Gordon drives Camaro ZL1 pace car at Daytona 500

(February 26, 2017) DAYTONA, Fla. — Three-time Daytona 500 winner and four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the start of today's Daytona 500 behind the wheel of the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 pace car.

“Chevrolet and I have a great history at the Daytona 500 and it’s an honor to drive the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 pace car for the largest, most historic race of the season,” Gordon said.

2017 Jeep Compass: An all-new global compact SUV

(February 25, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — FCA says that the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4x4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.

2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE sets benchmark for track capability

(February 26, 2017) DAYTONA, Fla. — Chevrolet has established a new performance benchmark with the introduction of the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE — the most track-capable Camaro ever. Taking the track-focused 1LE formula to an unprecedented level, the ZL1 1LE incorporates racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires, in an extreme track performance package.

Huntsville to Hollywood — Lining up Toyota engines

(February 25, 2017) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — If the 5 million engines that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has produced over the past 14 years were lined up side by side, they would stretch from Huntsville to Los Angeles! 
“Five million, that’s incredible.  You just don’t think in those terms,” says Theodore Bridgeforth, a group leader and original team member who helped bring that first engine forth back in 2003.

Turbo S E-Hybrid becomes the fastest model in the Porsche Panamera line

(February 24, 2017) STUTTGART — The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sees the sports car manufacturer launch a plug-in hybrid as the flagship of a model line for the first time. The four-liter V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo is combined with an electric motor, resulting in 680 horsepower of system power with outstanding power delivery.

Ford GT Competition offers weight-saving innovations

(February 24, 2017) DAYTONA, Fla. — Ford is showing the ultra-lightweight Ford GT Competition Series for North America  in Daytona, the site of its win at the Rolex 24 in January. The Ford GT Competition Series was engineered to build on the car’s innovative lightweight and aerodynamic design.

The track fans’ ultimate production car removes weight higher in the vehicle and shifts the center of gravity closer to the track for even better road-holding, and to maximize its 647 horsepower engine.

Volkswagen teases Arteon, possible replacement for CC sedan

(February 24, 2017) HERNDON, Va.  — The key objective for the designers and developers of the Arteon — slated to replace the aging CC as Volkswagen's flagship sedan — was to combine avant-garde design with a high level of versatility. This resulted in an interior architecture which is exceptionally spacious, with ample head and legroom for all the seats. This is exceptional for this type of body style.