December 2018

Nissan tests paint samples to prevent sun damage — without the sun

(December 21, 2018) FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — On the darkest day of the year Nissan engineers in Michigan are still performing sunlight UV exposure tests thanks to the Xenon Weather-Ometer (XWO) tool that evaluates material durability in different climate conditions.

To evaluate the effects of solar energy on paint and other materials, a 4,000-watt Xenon bulb bakes nearly 100 samples at the same wavelengths as the sun.

Kia prepares for post-autonomous driving era with new technologies

(December 21, 2018) SEOUL — Kia Motors will preview a range of new technologies developed for the post-autonomous driving era at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month. Kia’s interactive ‘Space of Emotive Driving’ exhibit looks to a future when autonomous driving is the norm and priority is given to improving the human mobility experience.

Hyundai Elantra owner drives one million miles in just five years

(December 20, 2018) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — In just five years, a delivery driver from Olathe, Kan.. drove her 2013 Elantra one million miles with the original powertrain. Farrah Haines is a proud Hyundai owner who drives about 200,000 miles a year delivering auto parts and products, far outpacing the 14,000 miles of the average American driver.

LF-1 Limitless concept makes N.Y. debut at Intersect by Lexus

(December 20, 2018) NEW YORK — The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept vehicle makes its New York City debut at the newly opened INTERSECT BY LEXUS. It will remain on display through Sunday, Jan. 20. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, which made its global debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, introduces a new genre of luxury vehicle — the flagship crossover.

Combining high performance with unrestrained luxury, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept is a showcase of technology, innovation and the latest evolution of design at Lexus.

Toyota recalling some 2019 Corolla hatchbacks over CVT issue

(December 20, 2018) PLANO, Texas — Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2019 Model Year Corolla Hatchback vehicles in the United States.  Approximately 3,400 vehicles are involved.

In the involved vehicles, there is a possibility the torque converter in the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) could fail. Under certain conditions this could result in a loss of motive power. Loss of motive power while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of crash.

Carma Project, Toyota launch program to accelerate Takata airbag recalls

(December 20, 2018) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Newly established peer-to-peer safety platform Carma Project today launched the first-ever social and incentive-based program designed exclusively for accelerating consumer response to automotive recalls. Carma Projects initial foray heads to market through a unique collaboration with Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).
Carma Project will further help address the recall of deadly Takata airbags, which is labeled “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

First-ever Chevrolet Silverado medium-duty chassis cab trucks shipping

(December 20, 2018) SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — The Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD chassis cab trucks — the first-ever medium-duty Silverado trucks — are in production and on their way to dealerships starting today. The trucks, which were first shown to the public at the 2018 NTEA Work Truck Show, are designed to be the most customer-focused medium-duty trucks of any major competitor.

The remains of a '46 Chevy

Chevrolet was the number two automaker behind Ford in 1946, the first full year of sales following World War II. Chevrolet sold 398,028 cars, about 70,000 fewer than Ford. It would take Chevrolet a couple years to ramp up to the one million units it sold prior to the war in 1941. This example of a '46 Chevrolet was found in an abandoned condition in Texas.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)

BMW, Daimler moving forward with joint mobility company

(December 19, 2018) The BMW Group and Daimler AG are planning the next steps for their joint mobility company, following approval by the responsible competition authorities. The basis for this is the approval of the U.S. competition authorities, which was received on Dec. 18. This means that all antitrust authorities involved have given the green light for the new joint venture, which is owned in equal parts by the BMW Group and Daimler AG.