November 2017

Hey pet hater, your dog is not an airbag


By Al Vinikour

How many times have you been driving down the street and saw a vehicle coming toward you that looked like it was being driven by a dog? No, you’re not high on Red Bull, my friend. You’re looking at an overt abuser of his pet and a danger to every other vehicle on the highway.

AAA and Keolis launch nation's first public self-driving shuttle

(November 9, 2017) LAS VEGAS — AAA, in partnership with Keolis, is sponsoring the nation's first self-driving shuttle pilot project in downtown Las Vegas geared specifically for the public. AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah (AAA) report that the self-driving shuttle aims to provide a quarter-million residents and visitors of Las Vegas with first-hand experience using autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, exposing most riders to the technology for the first time.

It is the first self-driving vehicle to be fully integrated with a city's traffic infrastructure.

BMW announces first-ever light-weighted M3 CS

(November 9, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has announced the first-ever BMW M3 CS, a special-edition model that delivers a fine blend of high performance and complete everyday practicality. The engineers at BMW M GmbH have succeeded in intensifying the dynamic, emotion-packed character of the BMW M3 with a carefully crafted ensemble of modifications.

Buick LaCrosse Avenir makes world debut

(November 8, 2017) LOS ANGELES ― With the arrival of the 2018 LaCrosse Avenir, Buick’s new sub-brand expands its offerings and provides customers a way to experience the highest expression of Buick luxury, regardless of whether they’re shopping for a car or SUV. First introduced with the 2018 Enclave that went on sale in October, Avenir features unique styling cues, an extensive set of standard features and exclusive premium materials for customers who want more.

Depression era Pierce-Arrow

This 1929 or 1930 Pierce-Arrow was discovered sitting in front of an old Phillips 66 gas station on Route 66 in Chandler, Okla. The Pierce Arrow was redesigned in 1929 to include headlights molded into the front fenders. It came in four wheelbases with a choice of three straight eight engines with horsepower ratings from 115 to 132. Prices ranged from $2,595 to $6,250, a princely sum during the first years of the Great Depression. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Honda unveils 2018 CRF1000L2 Africa Twin Adventure Sport

(November 9, 2017) MILAN, Italy — Honda's Africa Twin platform has grown this week with the announcement of the 2018 CRF1000L2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports, which was introduced alongside an updated standard 2018 CRF1000L Africa Twin at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

Following a European release early next year, both models will be available in the U.S. this summer. Suggested retail price for the Adventure Sports model is approximately $2,000 higher than that of the current Africa Twin.

2018 Toyota 4Runner — Who said dinosaurs are extinct?

By Jim Prueter

(November 9, 2017) In many respects, Toyota’s 4Runner is a dinosaur of a vehicle, a throwback survivor that’s been roaming the earth for 34 years, long before car-based SUVs and the term “crossover” even existed.

Volkswagen Group and Google working together on quantum computing

(November 8, 2017) Volkswagen Group and Google have announced comprehensive research cooperation in the field of quantum computing at the "Web Summit 2017" in Lisbon, Portugal. The two companies will explore the utilization of quantum computers together, with aims to build up specialist knowledge and to carry out practically oriented research.

Ford, Zotye sign agreement in China to produce electric vehicles

(November 8, 2017) BEIJING — Ford Motor Company and Zotye today reached a definitive agreement to establish Zotye Ford Automobile Co., Ltd., a new 50:50 joint venture that will offer a range of stylish and affordable all-electric vehicles for consumers in China under a new indigenous brand.

The agreement was signed in Beijing today by Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific, and Ying Jianren, chairman of Tech-New Group Ltd. and board director of Zotye Auto.

Ford maintains sales lead in UK; commercial vehicles outpace market

(November 7, 2017) BRENTWOOD, Essex — UK market leader Ford increased commercial vehicle (CV) sales and share, recording growth in October’s CV market as sales of the all-new Fiesta reinforced its leadership of total vehicle, car and commercial vehicle markets.