August 2012

GMC pickups 101: What’s the differential?

(August 22, 2012) DETROIT — Technologies like advanced turbodiesel V-8 engines or hydroformed steel frames have advanced the 2013 GMC Sierra. In just the decade since the 2003 model debuted, maximum towing capacity for a Sierra HD has risen 43 percent, from 16,100 pounds to an industry-leading 23,100 pounds.

Hyundai shows off third-generation hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle

(August 22, 2012) LONDON — Hyundai showcased its latest-generation hydrogen fuel-cell technology at the "Investing in Future Transport" conference held last week at London’s City Hall.  In front of an audience of policy makers, investors and industry representatives, Dr. Sae Hoon Kim, Hyundai’s Principal Fuel Cell Research Engineer, explained the company’s strategy for sustainable future mobility, and presented the innovative zero-emission Hyundai ix35 fuel-cell electric vehicle.

Akerson puts 1958 Corvette on auction block for Habitat

(August 22, 2012) DETROIT — One of America’s classic sports cars is going to help pave the way for rebirth in a renowned Detroit neighborhood. General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said last week that he plans to auction off his 1958 Chevrolet Corvette with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Detroit and its efforts to rebuild and revitalize the Morningside Commons neighborhood on the city’s lower east side.

Compact Chevrolet Trax crossover to be unveiled in Paris

(August 22, 2012) It is fair to say that Chevrolet knows a little about SUVs, having invented the class over 75 years ago with the introduction of the Suburban Carryall in 1935. The all-new Chevrolet Trax will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris motor show on Sept. 27, representing Chevrolet’s first entry to the fast growing small SUV segment.

SRT unveils New 2013 Viper GTS Launch Edition

(August 21, 2012) MONTEREY, Calif. — Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand marked their first official appearance of the new, limited-edition 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition model here this past weekend.

The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition evokes memories of past Viper Coupe reveals in 1996 and 2006 with symbolic GTS Blue paint and dual Bright White stripes — exclusive to Launch Edition models — running the length of its all-new exterior that incorporates iconic Viper styling cues with a contemporary execution.

Lamborghini announces its 50th anniversary celebration plans

(August 21, 2012) MONTEREY, California — Automobili Lamborghini chose the attractive setting of Monterey to announce its 50th anniversary celebration plans, which fall in 2013. The company's president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann unveiled the logo for the company's celebrations, and also gave a preview of the program for next year's event.

GM nearly doubles global solar output with German facility

(August 21, 2012) RUSSELSHEIM, Germany — General Motors is moving closer to doubling its global solar output with the addition of an 8.15-megawatt solar array on the rooftop of the Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Germany. The array — one of the largest in Europe — is equivalent to the area of 32 soccer fields.

Never drive past a deal again with ROXIMITY

(August 21, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Want to know where the best nearby deals are for pizza, an oil change, or tickets to your favorite event before it’s too late and you’ve driven past? Now it’s possible, with the release of ROXIMITY, a real-time, location-aware alert service that lets users know of surrounding deals and specials.

Toyota to unveil new UK-built Auris in Paris

(August 20, 2012) Toyota will unveil the new Auris at the Paris motor show in September, a car that will deliver improved dynamics, more distinctive styling and higher equipment levels, while also being cheaper to run.

New Auris is the latest model to reflect Toyota’s determination to engineer cars that are more appealing and dynamically engaging to drive, while building on its long-established reputation for quality, durability and reliability.

Jaguar celebrates launch of XJL Ultimate

(August 20, 2012) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jaguar turned up the heat on automotive enthusiasts in Pebble Beach over the weekend at an exclusive reception with Playboy Magazine to celebrate the debut of the XJL Ultimate, Jaguar's most luxurious sedan.