February 2018

Subaru marks 50 years of selling cars in the U.S.

(February 18, 2018) Subaru of America last week marked its 50th Anniversary with a ceremony for its more than 50 employees at the automaker’s Cherry Hill, N.J., headquarters conducted by Thomas J. Doll, president and COO. Doll and Subaru employees, dressed in matching gold 50th anniversary T-shirts, counted down to zero on a 50th anniversary digital clock that has been marking down days in Subaru headquarters for a year.

Former Ford CEO Mark Fields named to FleetPride board of directors

(February 17, 2018) IRVING, Texas — FleetPride, the nation's largest independent distributor of aftermarket heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, has announced the appointment of former Ford Motor Company President and CEO Mark Fields to its board of directors.

Hyundai revises Sonata Hybrid lineup

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(February 17, 2018) The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes in two flavors Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. Both use Hyundai’s 2.0-liter direct-injected gasoline engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Both replace the transmission’s torque converter with an electric motor and clutch unit, and use an electric oil pump to improve efficiency. And both mount their lithium-ion battery under the trunk floor.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio crossover to start at $81,590

(February 16, 2018) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Alfa Romeo has announced pricing for the highly anticipated 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio at $81,590 including destination charge.
“We specifically crafted the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to truly set itself apart among high-performance vehicles and it does not disappoint – whether being driven on the Nürburgring or on roads across North America,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Alfa Romeo.

BMW 7 Series has starring role in new spy thriller, Red Sparrow

(February 16, 2018) MUNICH, Germany — The BMW 7 Series has landed a major Hollywood role alongside Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow, the new spy thriller from 20th Century Fox Film, which will open in cinemas on March 2.

Jennifer Lawrence plays Dominika Egorova, a prima ballerina with Russia’s world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future.

Lincoln kicks off Navigator digital campaign with Serena Williams

(February 16, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — Elegant strength, powerful acceleration, and a standout presence may be key attributes of the all-new Lincoln Navigator, but they also describe tennis champion and businesswoman Serena Williams. Williams is Lincoln’s newest brand ambassador, showcasing the style and substance of the all-new Lincoln Navigator in a social media campaign that kicked off Feb. 15.

2019 Ram Lone Star edition unveiled at Dallas Auto Show

(February 15, 2018) DALLAS — Ram unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition — the all-new version of the original “Texas Truck” — Wednesday at the Dallas Auto Show, the heart of America’s truck country. The Ram 1500 Lone Star, the brand’s top-selling truck in Texas, offers buyers a no-compromise balance of strength, capability, technology and comfort.
“The hard-working appeal of the Ram Lone Star has made it a favorite among Texas truck buyers,” said Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand.

Refreshed 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan to debut in Geneva

(February 15, 2018) GENEVA — The Mercedes-Benz C-Class in its current generation was Mercedes-Benz's top-selling model in its fourth year with worldwide sales topping 415,000 in 2017. The newly updated 2019 C-Class Sedan celebrates its world premiere with increased power and extended driver assistance systems.

Corvair minus top

This second-generation (1965-1969) Chevrolet Corvair convertible was found sans a top in retirement off Route 66 in New Mexico. The rear engine Corvair was built from 1960-1969. In the first year of the second generation, Corvair sales hit 247,092, but steadily dropped off through the last year of production in 1969 when only 6,000 cars were built.
(Photos by Jim Meachen)