August 2017

Third generation of Porsche Cayenne to have more power

(August 30, 2017) ATLANTA — Porsche this week unveiled the new 2019 Cayenne. The all-new Cayenne builds on the formula that started in 2003 while pushing performance boundaries even further through new technologies that significantly improve on-road performance and comfort. The new Cayenne is more athletic both in appearance and driving performance due to new styling cues and engineering developments.

In line with its modern exterior, the interior carries many of the same design cues and new technologies that made their debut on the 2017 Porsche Panamera.

A Renault Dauphine survivor

The small French Renault Dauphine sedan sold more than 2 million units during its wordwide run from 1956 through 1967. The Dauphine measured 155 inches in length with a 89.3-inch wheelbase, came with a 51.6-cubic-inch rear-mounted four-cylinder engine with two versions, 27 and 36 horsepower. Zero to 60 time with the larger engine was measured at 30 seconds. Road and Track tested the bigger engine doing 0-to-68 in 32 seconds. Dauphine ads proclaimed 35-to-40 miles per gallon. This circa 1960s model was discovered along Route 66 in Carterville, Mo.
(Photo by Ted Biederman)

Domino's, Ford begin research of pizza delivery using self-driving vehicles

(August 29, 2017) ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Domino's Pizza, a leader in pizza delivery, and Ford are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting with a self-driving vehicle as a part of their delivery experience. 

This research is important as both companies begin to examine and understand customers’ perspectives around the future of food delivery with self-driving vehicles.

Toyota creates 'Connected Technologies' to advance user experience

(August 29, 2017) PLANO, Texas— Toyota has announced the decision to form a new group focused on delivering industry-leading user experiences and new technologies for its Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Leveraging the company’s new “One Toyota” structure, the newly formed “Connected Technologies” group will have approximately 100 positions and will include members from Toyota’s existing teams working on connected vehicles, information systems, and research and development.

Renault-Nissan partners with Dongfeng Motors to develop EVs for China

(August 29, 2017) PARIS/BEIJING — The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group Co. (Dongfeng) announced a new joint venture to co-develop and sell electric vehicles in China.

The new joint venture, eGT New Energy Automotive Co., Ltd. (eGT), will focus on the core competencies of each partner and will harness the full potential of the Renault-Nissan Alliance electric vehicle leadership, as well as the resources of Dongfeng in the new energy industry, to meet the expectations of the Chinese market.

BMW unveils latest electric i3 and a new sporty version, the i3s

(August 29, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has unveiled the latest BMW i3 including the first ever BMW i3s as part of the BMW i portfolio. The BMW i3 is the bestselling compact battery-electric vehicle in the premium compact segment worldwide since it was launched in 2014.

Harley-Davidson rolls out eight new cruiser motorcycles

(August 28, 2017) MILWAUKEE  — Leading into its 115th anniversary year, Harley-Davidson last week launched five new Touring bikes and eight all-new Softail Big-Twin cruiser models designed under the largest product development project in company history. Each new cruiser motorcycle was redesigned from the ground-up and features the Milwaukee-Eight engine, an all-new frame and advanced technology to form a new foundation of style, comfort and performance.

Mazda improves on subcompact CX-3 for 2018 starting at $21,050

(August 28, 2017) IRVINE, Calif.  — Already a standout for its impressive fuel-efficiency, award-winning design, top safety scores, spirited driving dynamics and upscale amenities, the Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover SUV has undergone its first round of thoughtful improvements, treating drivers to an impressive value with available features they might not find in vehicles costing twice as much. The 2018 CX-3 starts at $21,050 including destination charge.

Volvo's Polestar unveils carbon fibre aerodynamic enhancements

(August 28, 2017) Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo Cars, has unveiled the 2018 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, complete with additional aerodynamic components made from lightweight carbon fibre material that increase downforce by 30 percent for improved performance and handling. A limited number of 1,500 vehicles will be produced, with all cars receiving a unique number on the tread plate.

Lincoln opens Experience Center in Dallas

(August 28, 2017) DALLAS — The spacious new Lincoln Experience Center now open near Dallas — Lincoln’s second such facility — is the latest example of the brand’s ever-increasing outreach to provide personalized client services and effortless ownership.

The Lincoln Experience Center at the site of The Star in Frisco — corporate world headquarters and practice facility for the Dallas Cowboys and a new upscale development — offers those new to The Lincoln Motor Company the opportunity to learn about the brand in a comfortable, luxurious environment.