December 2018

Mercedes-Benz touts real-world safety of 2020 EQC electric vehicle

(December 14, 2018) STUTTGART, Germany — The new Mercedes-Benz EQC all-electric car is also a genuine Mercedes when it comes to passive safety. In addition to the usual, extensive program of crash tests, the brand applies stringent safety standards to the battery and all component parts carrying electrical current. In many cases these standards exceed legal requirements.

Audi to exhibit new in-car entertainment technologies at CES

(December 14, 2018) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Top-quality entertainment for all the senses: Audi will turn the inside of the car into an amusement park at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. The brand will present a completely new on-the-road entertainment format and a special movie theater experience inside a luxury sedan at its booth.

Both technologies represent the in-car entertainment of the future and can be experienced at the leading trade show for entertainment electronics, CES, between Jan. 8 and 11.

Honda 'autonomous work vehicle' makes off-road work easier, safer

(December 14, 2018) Honda will be seeking potential business and technology partners for its prototype off-road vehicle, the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, at CES 2019. Combining Honda's all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and emerging advanced autonomous technology, the Autonomous Work Vehicle was designed by Honda R&D Americas to enhance efficiency and safety for public, commercial, and consumer enterprises.

Stopping for Mexican food

This used-up abandoned 1955 Chevrolet truck was spotted along Route 66 in Tucumcari, N.M. Perhaps its last stop was for some Mexican food at the Ranch House Cafe. It appears to be outfitted with a modified camper. For 1955 Chevrolet offered an impressive total of 75 "Task-Force" models on 15 different wheelbases designed for everything from light delivery to over-the-road hauling.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Custom Works Zon presents custom bike around prototype BMW engine

(December 13, 2018) Last weekend, a new custom bike — the “Departed” — saw its premiere at this year’s Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan. Japanese motorcycle customizing specialist CUSTOM WORKS ZON presented the custom model commissioned by BMW Motorrad. The centerpiece of the machine is the prototype of a completely new boxer engine.

Research project 'FastCharge' tests ultra-fast charging technology

(December 13, 2018) JETTINGEN-SCHEPPACH, Germany — The industrial companies involved in the research project “FastCharge” on Wednesday presented the latest advancements in the field of fast and convenient energy supply for electrically powered vehicles. The prototype of a charging station with a capacity of up to 450 kW was inaugurated in Jettingen-Scheppach, Bavaria.

Toyota recalls 65,000 older models for Takata airbag issue

(December 13, 2018) PLANO, Texas — Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain Toyota 2003-2005 Model Year Corolla, 2002-2005 Model Year Sequoia, 2003-2005 Model Year Tundra and 2002-2005 Model Year Lexus SC vehicles in the United States. Approximately 65,000 vehicles are involved in this recall.

The involved vehicles were subject to previous recalls where front passenger airbag inflators were replaced with new Takata-produced, non-desiccated airbag inflators as a remedy.

All-new Ford Ranger rated most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup

(December 13, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2019 Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America providing a superior EPA-estimated city fuel economy rating and an top EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating versus the competition. The all-new Ranger has earned EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for 4x2 trucks.

Subaru Certified Collision Network opens to independent collision centers

(December 12, 2018) Subaru of America announced today that the Subaru Certified Collision Network (SCCN), designed to ensure the proper training and equipment necessary to restore vehicles to original factory specifications, will open enrollment to independent collision centers across the country starting Jan.1. After a successful pilot in March, and retailer enrollment in June 2018, Subaru is ready to begin adding independent collision centers to the newly formed Subaru Certified Collision Network.