August 2017

Nissan readies next-generation Leaf for first public displays

(August 21, 2017) NASHVILLE — Less than a week after its global debut, the next-generation Nissan Leaf begins making public appearances at National Drive Electric Week events across the U.S. Consumers in eight cities will get an up-close look at the second-generation Leaf. Nissan Leaf is the official sponsor of National Drive Electric Week for the third straight year.

1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer named Best of Show

(August 21, 2017) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Just a week ago, Bruce R. McCaw's 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer emerged from the restoration shop of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, N.J. On Sunday, having crossed the country, the boattailed beauty captured the top prize at the prestigious 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

A revelation of luxury — Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet

(August 20, 2017) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — At this year's gathering of the most magnificent classic cars at Pebble Beach, Mercedes-Benz once again presents a highlight. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a car which, with its sensual, emotionally appealing design and innovative technical concept solutions, defines the ultimate in luxury of the future.

Volkswagen offers 2017 Tiguan in Limited trim starting at $22,860

(August 20, 2017) HERNDON, Va. — Arriving in showrooms soon, the 2017 Tiguan Limited is based off the original platform and reconfigures the offer structure for low complexity and high value in the compact SUV space. The 2017 Tiguan Limited is offered in one trim with a price of $22,860 including destination charge and is fitted with 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, cloth seating surfaces and door inserts, Composition Color infotainment system with Bluetooth for compatible devices, and a rearview camera.

Acura reveals ARX-05 Prototype race car in Monterey

(August 19, 2017) MONTEREY, Calif. — Acura has unveiled the new Acura ARX-05 prototype race car at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Acura Motorsports will join forces with the legendary Team Penske organization to field a pair of the new Daytona Prototype International (DPi) entries in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 

The Acura ARX-05 (Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 5) is the latest in a line of endurance prototypes to be fielded by the brand dating to 1991, just five years after the 1986 launch of the Acura marque.

Hyundai offers early glimpse of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell

(August 19, 2017) Hyundai Motor has offered an early glimpse of its next generation fuel cell vehicle, well ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUV’s official launch early next year. At a special preview event held in Seoul, the near-production-ready version exhibited its impressive capabilities while revealing its futuristic design.

BMW holds world premier of Concept Z4 roadster at Pebble Beach

(August 18, 2017) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — BMW unveiled two concept vehicles during its annual Monterey Car Week Press Conference at the Lodge at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Reviewing Stand. The world premiere of the BMW Concept Z4 revealed a sporty and progressive BMW design study encapsulating the BMW Group’s vision of a modern roadster.

Volvo creates world's first panoramic moonroof eclipse viewer

(August 17, 2017)  ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Volvo has designed and developed a custom eclipse viewer for the standard panoramic moonroof in the all-new 2018 XC60. The viewers will be shipped to select Volvo retailers along the eclipse’s path, allowing individuals to view the Aug. 21 event safely and comfortably in the all-new XC60.

Colorado ZR2 makes competition debut 'Vegas to Reno' off-road race

(August 18, 2017) LAS VEGAS — Chad Hall of Hall Racing will debut a modified 2017 production Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 during Best in the Desert’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race today. “Vegas to Reno,” known as “the longest off-road race in the United States,” begins at 9:30 a.m. today in Las Vegas and ends at various times on Saturday morning in Reno.

More than 350 contestants are expected to participate this year’s 550-mile race.

There's no such thing as 90-degree parking

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

One sure-fire giveaway that someone has a brand new car is to see a shiny vehicle parking perpendicular across two or there parking spaces. The presumable reason is to stop someone from parking too closely and putting a dent somewhere on this “prized asset.” Technically it makes sense. Somebody is proud of a vehicle that he or she has worked hard for and spent many thousands of dollars on. However, one thing these selfish fecal craniums fail to consider is that everybody in that parking lot has spent thousands of dollars or more on their own rides.