November 2017

Country music station celebrates 100 years of Chevy trucks

(November 7, 2017) DETROIT — For the last 100 years, Chevrolet trucks have found their way into the hearts and souls of fans around the world — and into countless country music songs. In honor of the Chevy Truck Centennial, the brand has curated a Pandora station called Chevy Truck 100 to celebrate its connection with country music.

Refreshed 2018 Acura RLX arrives in showrooms today

(November 7, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif.  — Acura's top-of-the-line luxury sports sedan, the 2018 RLX, begins arriving in dealer showrooms today with new front and rear styling inspired by the new Acura design direction and its signature diamond pentagon grille. With a simplified lineup, two models are available — each in a single high-specification trim.

Mercedes announces Limited Edition G-Class models

(November 6, 2017) Stylish aesthete, robust off-roader or extrovert SUV — Mercedes-Benz announces the new Limited Edition models of the G‑Class exemplifying how versatile the all-terrain icon still is just before the end of its period of manufacture. A special feature is the embossed emblem of a test scene "Schöckl proved since 1979" on the center armrest.

Comprehensively equipped both inside and outside, the special models are each limited to 463 units in line with the internal model series code. Starting price is $100,978.

Cadillac global sales rise 17.2 percent in October

(November 6, 2017) Cadillac sold 33,092 units globally in October 2017, maintaining a 17-month run of consecutive growth. Year-to-date sales are up 49,192 units compared to October 2016, totaling 289,705 units.

“For the past 17 months, our global sales have continued to grow, further elevating our standing as a major luxury automaker,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “We are building a strong foundation for Cadillac’s long-term success and will continue to increase our momentum with the introduction of the XT4 crossover in 2018.” 

Put your foot to the floor in a new McLaren P1

(November 6, 2017) McLaren Automotive continues its McLaren P1 fifth anniversary celebrations with the announcement of an alternative-fueled version, powered purely by feet attached to a human motor aged less than three years old. At least that’s the manufacturer’s recommendation.

The "foot-to-floor" edition can be purchased online from December priced at £35.99 ($47) and be delivered in time for Christmas. It is the latest addition to a wide range of licensed models and products available long after all 375 full-size examples of the McLaren P1were sold.

Nissan Titan XD — Winter-ready with new snow plow package

(November 6, 2017) NASHVILLE — Though winter officially doesn’t start until Dec. 21, the 2018 NissanTitan XD full-size pickup will be ready for the worst the season can throw at it with the arrival of a new Snow Plow Prep Package. The package, which includes high-capacity, heavy-duty front springs, will be available this fall for use with a range of commercial and personal snow plows from five leading snow plow manufacturers: Boss, Fisher, Meyer, SnowEx and Western.

BMW X2: A sportier, spicier take on the X1

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(November 5, 2017) BMW’s X2 is the X6 to the X1’s X5, which is to say, this is the more extroverted and sporty version of BMW’s smallest SUV. Built on the same transverse front-drive UKL platform as the latest generation of Mini vehicles, the X2 will come standard with all-wheel drive (xDrive in BMW speak) and only one engine option. European buyers, on the other hand, will have the choice of three- and four-cylinder turbo motors and multiple gearboxes.

BMW recalling 1.4 million cars in U.S. in two separate recalls

(November 4, 2017) BMW is recalling more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in two U.S. recalls due to the risk of fires under the hood. The biggest recall covers 740,000 model year 2007-11 vehicles with a valve heater that could rust and lead to a fire in rare cases. The recall includes 128i, 3-Series, 5-Series and X3, X5 and Z4 models.

Government documents Friday show that a heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve can overheat and cause the valve to melt. No injuries have been reported. Dealers will replace the heater.

First Ford Bronco on display this weekend in St. Louis

(November 4, 2017) ST. LOUIS — Gateway Bronco, builder of the first-generation Ford Bronco, has unveiled the most historic Bronco known to exist.  The first Bronco was a prototype used by Ford and Carroll Shelby to create the early advertisements and prove the production processes at Ford. 

Recently acquired by Gateway Bronco, it will be on display at the Nashville International Auto Show through Sunday (Nov. 5) at the Gateway Bronco booth.