June 2020

Ford issues two safety recalls involving 2.4 million Ford, Lincoln vehicles

(June 11, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich., — Ford is issuing two safety recalls in North America. The first involves 2011-2015 Ford and Lincoln vehicles for a door latch issue. The second involves  2014-17 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. In affected vehicles, the brake master cylinder may allow brake fluid to leak from the brake master cylinder front-wheel circuit into the brake booster. The first recall involves 2.15 million vehicles in the United States and the second recall involves 292,311 vehicles in the U.S.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets 2.5-liter engine with more horsepower

(June 11, 2020) A new Sport trim joins the Subaru Crosstrek lineup for 2021 with a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine offering a substantial performance boost over the 2.0-liter engine in the Base and Premium trims. The Limited trim also adds the 2.5-liter engine. The 2021 Crosstrek will arrive at retailers late summer. With a continuously variable transmission the engine is rated at 27 mpg city, 34 highway and 29 combined.

Bob Waldmire's Volkswagen Squareback

Famed artist and cartographer Bob Waldmire spent much of his life traveling the famous Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica creating countless drawings and whimsical maps of life on the "Mother Road." Waldmire died in 2009, and one of the vehicles he used in his travels, a 1967 Volkswagen Squareback, is on display at Henry's Rabbit Ranch on Old Route 66 outside of Staunton, Ill. Waldmire's most famous vehicle — a 1972 Volkswagen Microbus — is on display at the Route 66 Museum in Pontiac, Ill.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Honda CRF performance, trail models highlight 2021 product reveal

(June 10, 2020) — TORRANCE, Calif. — American Honda has confirmed the return of a varied array of power sports products, including three models from the advanced CRF Performance line, the entire CRF Trail family (the CRF50F was announced in April) and the ageless Monkey miniMOTO machine.

“We’re pleased to confirm the return of these 2021 models, all of which have been successful in terms of both performance and sales,” said Chris Cox, American Honda’s manager of Experiential Marketing/Public Relations.

New heat pump technology turns up EV efficiency in Hyundai-Kia vehicles

(June 10, 2020) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors have today revealed new details of their innovative heat pump system, deployed in Hyundai and Kia’s global electric vehicle (EV) line-up to maximize their all-electric driving range in low temperatures.

Hyundai and Kia’s heat pump is a leading heat management innovation that maximizes the distance that Hyundai and Kia EVs can travel on a single charge, scavenging waste heat to warm the cabin. It enables EV drivers to heat their car’s cabin in cold weather without significantly impacting electric driving range, unlike other EVs.

Toyota produces first hybrid transaxle in North America

(June 10, 2020) BUFFALO, W.Va. — After more than two years of dedicated preparation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) produced Toyota’s first hybrid transaxle in North America this previous week. “Our team has been planning for this new production line for several years, from construction to pilot projects to hiring new employees and countless hours of training,” said Srini Matam, TMMWV president.

Mercedes-Benz creates Maybach S 650 Night Edition for U.S.

(June 10, 2020) The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Sedan represents the absolute pinnacle of luxury for the Mercedes-Maybach brand in the U.S. market, offering refined spaciousness, unparalleled comfort and effortless power to meet even the most discerning standards. Now Mercedes-Benz USA unveils the highly exclusive new S 650 Maybach Night Edition featuring unique and distinctive black and carbon fiber elements. Available for the 2020 model year, the special edition is limited to just 15 units and is only available for the U.S. market.

New Ford Escape plug-in hybrid gets 100 MPGe rating

(June 9, 2020) DEARBORN, Mich. — The all-new Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid now has a best-in-class EPA-estimated all-electric fuel economy rating of 100 MPGe combined and an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range, according to Ford Motor Co. MPGe, or miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent, is an Environmental Protection Agency metric to compare the amount of energy consumed by alternative fuel vehicles — including those partially powered by electricity, like Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid — to what traditional gas-powered vehicles consume.

Mecum to auction private museum collection of Eddie Vannoy June 26-30

(June 9, 2020) WALWORTH, Wis. — An amazing museum collection of classic cars and countless vintage collectibles that took one man more than a quarter century to assemble will now be offered at a live, on-site auction in Jefferson, N.C., approximately two hours from Charlotte on  June 26-30, hosted by Mecum Auctions. In total, an estimated 80 cars—nearly all offered at no reserve—six motorcycles and 5,000 Road Art items from collector Eddie Vannoy’s museum assemblage will cross the auction block.

Drive-through Commencement ceremonies held for seven local high schools

(June 9, 2020) MONTEREY, Calif. — Laguna Seca Recreation Area played host for hundreds of local graduating high school seniors this month. Seven Monterey County high schools accepted invitations by Laguna Seca Recreation Area management to conduct their commencement ceremonies at the track, and last Friday, Pacific Grove High School’s graduating class was the first to celebrate with a victory lap around WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.