August 2012

New Range Rover 'most capable and luxurious Land Rover yet'

(August 20, 2012) WHITLEY, England —Land Rover boldly proclaims that the all-new Range Rover is the most capable and most luxurious Land Rover yet — lighter, stronger and with new levels of refinement reinforcing its position as the world's finest luxury SUV

Jaguar to unveil new two-seat sports car in Paris

(August 20, 2012) The F-TYPE, Jaguar’s all-new aluminum two-seater sports car, will make its global debut in production form at the Paris Motor Show on Sept. 27. “The unveiling of the F-TYPE in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar’s history as it will mark the company’s return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create, said Adrian Hallmark, global brand director.

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid sets world speed record

(August 19, 2012) Volkswagen announced Friday that a 2013 Jetta Hybrid driven by Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago recorded a speed of 185.394 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Nev., during the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) annual Speed Week. This is the fastest speed ever achieved by a production-based hybrid car on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.

Old travel posters of Texas inspiration for Ram truck ads

(August 19, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Illustrative posters created in the 1930s and '40s to stir the public’s imagination for travel and adventure are the inspiration for a new series of print advertisements for 2013 Ram pickup trucks.

Four ads appear in the 2012-2013 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and Fishing Regulations guide that will be distributed to more than 3 million avid Texas outdoorsman beginning in mid-August. The Ram Truck brand is the exclusive automotive sponsor of the guide.

Classic curves: Inspiration found at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

(August 18, 2012) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Traveling the Pacific Coast Highway to Pebble Beach is a famed drive filled with picturesque curves. This weekend those arriving at Pebble Beach are being treated to curves of another type — taking in the design of breathtakingly beautiful cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

New 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo — Abarth light

(August 18, 2012) MONTEREY, Calif. — On Friday at the Concorso Italiano — one of the largest gatherings of Italian vehicles in North America — the Fiat Brand introduced the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, touting a 135-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes, dynamic exterior design and sport-styled interior.

Cylinder switch off delivers advantages to Chevy Silverado

(August 17, 2012) DETROIT — Full-size pickups are unique, both in the jobs their owners ask of them and how long customers expect them to last. So for the Chevrolet Silverado and other full-size trucks, General Motors improves the fuel efficiency of its mainstream 5.3-liter V-8 engine by switching off four of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.

Fumio Nutahara wins 'Race to the Clouds' EV class

(August 17, 2012) — For the third consecutive year, an electric vehicle sponsored by The Yokohama Rubber Co., not only won its class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but broke a world record doing it.

Infiniti Emerg-e concept makes North American debut at Pebble Beach

(August 17, 2012) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The Infiniti Emerg-e Concept, the latest embodiment of Infiniti Inspired Performance, makes its North American debut this weekend during festivities surrounding the 62nd annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, one of the world's premier celebrations of the automobile.

Ford's investment in vehicle electrification delivers jobs, better fuel economy

(August 17, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is adding new green jobs, doubling its battery-testing capabilities and speeding electrified vehicles to market by at least 25 percent, creating even more fuel-efficient choices for customers.
“The good news f
or customers is that they not only have more choice, but they have faster access to Ford’s latest and greatest in fuel-saving technologies and vehicles,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “This stems directly from our decisions to deliver true power of choice by expanding our dedicated electrified vehicle team and further investing in our facilities.”