July 2017

Inventor and blacksmith August Fruehauf enters Automotive Hall of Fame

(July 19, 2017) DETROIT — More than 100 years after Michigan native August Fruehauf invented the "motorized" semi-trailer in Detroit, he and his more than 2,000 engineering innovations will be recognized for founding an industry that would have a major impact on world commerce to this day.  Fruehauf joins the nearly 800 men and women from around the world that have been honored for their outstanding automotive achievements since 1939, during this year’s 2017 Automotive Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 20 at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

Lexus LC 500 showcased in Marvel's Black Panther movie

(July 19, 2017) SAN DIEGO  — On the brink of the opening of Comic-Con International: San Diego, Lexus and Marvel have announced a collaboration to pair the first-ever 2018 Lexus LC with Marvel’s dynamic Black Panther character in the highly anticipated film, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, slated to hit theaters on Feb. 16.

Ford Model A still lives



The Ford Model A, successor to the historically successful Model T, was built for only four model years (1928-31), but sold nearly 5 million units in that short time. One copy still barely surviving was discovered by Peter Hubbard for his Junkyard Dog collection.

Glamping with Subaru and Crosstrek in South Dakota

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(July 19, 2017) I'm not the kind of guy who doesn't like to get back to nature. I'm willing to flirt with the great outdoors to a limited extent and under very specific conditions. After asking my first (and key) question, “What is the bear situation?” I am ready to embark into the wilderness, if satisfied with the answer.

Fiat 500 — 10 days of celebrating for a journey 60 years in the making

(July 18, 2017) The journey of the Fiat 500 has been 60 years in the making. The unrelenting "great little car" has gone from Dante Giacosa's desk to the gates of the Mirafiori factory, and from the long avenues of Torino, to the MoMA in New York.

It’s an undisputed global success having sold four million units of the original and two million of the current model, 80 per cent of which are sold outside Italy in more than 100 countries worldwide.

SCRAMP ushers in eighth Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

(July 18, 2017) MONTEREY, Calif. — In four weeks tens of thousands of the world’s automobile community will sharpen their focus on all the activities that comprise Monterey Classic Car Week that runs from Aug. 11-20. Since assuming control of historic racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in late 2009, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) is poised to usher in its eighth edition of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in spectacular fashion and kick-off the entire week on Friday evening, Aug. 11, with its race car show on Alvarado Street.
 

Ford F-150 Raptor is a heart-pounding off-road bully

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 18, 2017) It’s approaching dusk and I’m behind the wheel of the ludicrous new 2017 Ford Raptor. I’m being somewhat inconsiderate to the numerous minions in other vehicles around me who are trying to get my attention through the addled pated fog of my own distractions.

Kia Motors America posts largest CPO vehicle sales in company history

(July 17, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — Kia Motors America's combined Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle sales in April, May and June reached new heights with a best-ever quarterly total of 20,346 units, capping the best six-month CPO result in company history.

Autodata's June CPO retail sales report confirms that when it comes to pre-owned vehicles, Kia continues to outpace the industry with an overall 7.8-percent increase year-over-year. 

Refreshed Honda Fit on sale today in Orange Fury starting at $17,065

(July 17, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — The sporty and versatile new 2018 Honda Fit will begin to arrive at Honda dealerships today with a stylish new look, updated technology, available safety features and a starting price of $17,065 including destination charge. The 2018 Honda Fit also adds a new Sport trim, as well as two new exterior colors, Helios Yellow and Orange Fury.

The refresh of the third generation Honda Fit enhances the 5-door subcompact's already best-in-class combination of passenger space, fuel efficiency, sophistication, practicality and affordability.

Austrian-built Jaguar E-Pace aimed at Porsche Macan

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(July 17, 2017) Jaguar’s E-Pace small SUV, says the company, features an exterior design inspired by the F-Type sports car, and “is the sports car of its class.”  All of which means it’s aimed at Porsche’ Macan small SUV, and carries styling cues from the F-Type. But perhaps the most interesting fact about the E-Pace is that it will not be built in the UK initially.