September 2017

Volkswagen stretches new-car warranty to six-years/72,000 miles

(September 30, 2017) HERNDON — For the 2018 model year, most new Volkswagen vehicles in the United States will come with the People First Warranty, a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty, which can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout its duration.

“Volkswagen has always been ‘the people’s car,’ and with the People First Warranty, we’re putting our customers first,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group of America.

Chevrolet's new medium-duty trucks to be named Silverado

(September 30, 2017) DALLAS — Chevrolet has confirmed that its all-new Class 4 and 5 trucks launching in late 2018 will be branded Silverado. The announcement came during Chevrolet’s Truck Centennial event, which kicked off a 100-day celebration of the first century of Chevrolet pickups.

“The first Chevy truck was built in 1918 for small business owners, and we have been expanding the market ever since because customers want specialized trucks that can tow and haul with confidence,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Marketing and Advertising for Chevrolet Trucks.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio world's fastest production SUV

(September 30, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich  — Just ahead of its U.S. launch, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has claimed the title of world's fastest production SUV, setting a new benchmark lap time at Germany's legendary Nürburgring. Earlier this month, a Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped the 12.9-mile Nordschleife (north loop) in a record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.

Chevy Celebrates 100 years of iconic truck design

(September 29, 2017) DALLAS — One hundred years ago, Chevrolet introduced the 1918 One-Ton, setting the stage for a century of iconic trucks. To commemorate this milestone, the brand is looking back on 10 of the most iconic designs in Chevy truck history. While Chevrolet truck design has changed radically over the past 100 years, one thing has always been true: Form has followed function as the trucks evolved to meet the customers’ changing needs.

New benchmark — Ford rolls out F-Series Super Duty Unlimited

(September 29, 2017) DALLAS — Ford has pulled off the wraps of a new F-Series Super Duty Limited that sets new luxury standards for high-end heavy-duty truckers. With pricing at $87,100, the F-450 Limited delivers technology and comfort previously reserved only in premium flagship sedans, and it’s capable enough to tow more than 30,000 pounds — about the weight of a stealthy Air Force F-35 fighter plane.

Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid coming to U.S.

(September 29, 2017) HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — The world's first plug-in hybrid crossover and the best-selling PHEV in Europe is coming to America. The all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will arrive in dealerships in December starting at $34,595.

Mazda, Denso and Toyota sign joint contract to develop electric vehicles

(September 29, 2017) TOYOTA CITY, Japan — Mazda, Denso Corporation and Toyota signed a contract on Thursday to jointly develop basic structural technologies for electric vehicles. Furthermore, the three companies have also decided to establish a new company consisting of selected engineers from the three companies to ensure the efficient implementation of the joint technological development projects.

GT2 RS fastest Porsche 911 of all time with Nürburgring lap record

(September 28, 2017) ATLANTA, Ga. — Porsche set a new lap record for street legal sports cars on the 12.8 mile Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the 2018 911 GT2 RS. Recorded and officially timed on Sept. 20, the best lap time of 6:47.3 minutes even surpassed internal expectations.

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

By now, regular readers of my diatribes know the two things I hate the most in this world…that creepy Burger King guy in their commercials…and people who don’t use turn signals. I have now added a third…people who don’t realize their turn signals are on.

Chrysler's Pacifica campaign with Sesame Street rolls out new video

(September 28, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The next video installment of Chrysler brand’s sponsorship and multimedia campaign with Sesame Street and the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will feature actor and family man Dax Shepard. The “It’s Electric” video debuted across the Chrysler brand’s digital and social channels on Wednesday.