May 2017

Mecum Auctions to feature hundreds of antique motorcycles in June

(May 19, 2017) Hundreds of antique, vintage and collectible motorcycles will cross the auction block June 1-3 during the inaugural Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle June Auction that will take place indoors at South Point Casino, Hotel & Spa. Three collections will highlight the consignments expected to be received from across the country that will attract motorcycle buyers, sellers and spectators from around the world.

BMW, Subaru, Mazda and Toyota settle Takata airbag loss claims

(May 19, 2017) MIAMI — BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota HAVE announced agreements to resolve economic loss claims in the Takata airbag litigation in the United States. The programs offered in these agreements are intended to increase recall remedy completion rates for Takata airbag inflators, among other customer benefits.

The Takata airbag inflator recall is the largest such action in history and affects more than 42 million vehicles in the United States, across 19 automakers.

Nissan begins 'teaser' campaign for all-new electric Leaf

(May 19, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Today, the world gets its first glimpse at the next-generation Leaf, the next chapter in Nissan's Intelligent Zero-Emissions Mobility.

This "teaser" image, released via social media channels and to current Leaf owners, is the first in a series of photos and informational briefs scheduled this summer in preparation for the global reveal of the new Nissan Leaf later this year.

Extreme Track Package to be available on 2018 Camaro Zl1 1LE

(May 18, 2017) DETROIT — The ZL1 1LE — the ultimate Camaro track-day model — leads the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro lineup, taking the track-focused 1LE legacy to an unprecedented level. With racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R summer-only tires, the ZL1 1LE represents the most extreme track-focused Camaro to date.

Brake light tap dancing

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DRIVER'S SIDE DIATRIBE
By Al Vinikour  al@motorwayamerica.com

Have you ever been driving down the road and all of a sudden you seem to be getting a message in Morse code from the tail light lens of the vehicle you’re following?

Personally, I can’t read Morse code so whatever message is being conveyed is lost on me. It could be a cry for help (in which case they’re in trouble) or it could be someone telling me to turn to an oldies station because they’re playing a Jimmy Dorsey record. The only message I’m interpreting from this is the person in front of me is a two-legged head case.

2018 Acura TLX gets styling tweaks, class-leading technology

(May 19, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. —The refreshed 2018 Acura TLX performance luxury sedan goes on sale June 1 with a more sporty and alluring look reflecting the brand's new design direction, along with an all-new TLX A-Spec variant, and new premium features. The 2018 TLX offers AcuraWatch as standard equipment on all grades, leading all luxury midsize sedans in the application of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

General Motors to phase out vehicle sales in India and South Africa

(May 18, 2017) SINGAPORE — General Motors today announced key restructuring actions in its GM International operations to drive stronger financial performance and focus its capital and resources on business opportunities expected to deliver higher returns.

The company will focus its GM India manufacturing operations on producing vehicles for export only and will transition GM South Africa manufacturing to Isuzu Motors. GM’s Chevrolet brand will be phased out of both markets by the end of 2017.

Ford Transit, Winnebago help revive van-based motorhome segment

(May 18, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — As Don and Sonya Pace backed their Ford Transit-based motorhome into a spot at Smoky Mountain Premier RV Resort in Cosby, Tenn., the spring Winnebago Fuse owners’ get-together was officially under way. Setting up camp and meeting friends is a source of pride for these new Fuse owners and founders of the annual gathering.

Passion for Mustangs ignited by trade of family pet for 1965 pony car

(May 18, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — After realizing that a real-life pony would be too small for his seven children to ride, the late Gilbert Speed decided to exchange the family pet for a 1965 Mustang. From that point on, the Speed siblings would develop a passion for the iconic pony car.

One of those siblings, Daniel Speed, remembers the moment his dad traded their pet pony. “One Saturday, Dad said, ‘If you guys won’t ride him, I know what I’ll do with him,’” Daniel recalls. “Then he came back with that car.”