September 2012

Chevrolet trucks mark 95 years of service

(September 30, 2012) DETROIT — It started with a simple idea — a few car chassis fitted with hand-built beds to help carry materials around a booming car factory. Before long, millions of Chevrolet pickups were woven into the fabric of a fast-growing country. Chevy trucks tackled the toughest jobs on farms and in the fields, hauled tools and lumber to the burgeoning suburbs and carried families and friends into the wilds for well-earned vacations.

Fusion's Active Noise Cancellation — If you don't hear it, is it really there?

(September 29, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Powertrain noise in the all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid is like the proverbial tree that fell in the forest. With Active Noise Cancellation technology on board, if you don’t hear it, is it really even there?

Nissan Delta Wing will return to racing in October

(September 29, 2012) The racing world has not seen the last of the Nissan DeltaWing. Nissan's dart-shaped racer was last seen at Le Mans in June, where the prototype was accidentally taken out of competition by a Toyota prototype. Addressing what it says is "unfinished business," Nissan has confirmed that GT Academy vet Lucas Ordonez and ALMS PC class champ Gunnar Jeannette will race the car at Petit Le Mans, the ALMS series finale, at Road Atlanta on Oct.17-20.

Front bench seat kicks the bucket

(September 29, 2012) DETROIT — When the 2014 Chevrolet Impala arrives next year it will put to rest a fixture of automobiles since the days of the horseless carriage — the front bench seat. The outgoing Impala is the last passenger car in production in North America to offer three-across front seating, an option that that ends with the introduction of Chevy’s redesigned flagship sedan.

Scion launches 'What Moves You' campaign

(September 28, 2012) TORRANCE, Calif. — Scion this week announced the launch of its brand campaign “What Moves You” featuring its own unique “Scion Story.” The campaign launches at and continues with targeted high-profile broadcast, print, online and out-of-home placements next week.

Nissan shows advanced EV concept in Paris

(September 28, 2012) PARIS — Making its European debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Nissan PIVO 3 concept showcases a range of new and exciting technologies that provide a vision of what the future holds for urban mobility.

Blind driver aiming for grand slam speed records on land, sea and air

(September 28, 2012) MANCHESTER, England — On Oct. 11 a 51 year old, ex-Barclays Bank manager from Manchester, is hoping to be the first blind person to hold both Guinness world land speed and water speed records simultaneously. He would then be the first person to hold such a record since his hero Donald Campbell set both records in 1964.

Renault-Nissan and Daimler expand scope of collaboration

(September 28, 2012) PARIS — The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler are collaborating on two new projects to accelerate development of fuel-efficient powertrains. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche confirmed the new projects today in an annual media update about the Franco-Japanese-German partnership.

Jaguar reveals new 2014 F-Type convertible at Paris show

(September 28, 2012) PARIS — Jaguar revealed its new convertible sports car, the F-Type, at the Paris Motor Show. The 2014 F-Type represents a return to the company's heartland — a two-seat, convertible sports car focused on delivering performance, agility and maximum driver engagement.

The F-Type is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years. The focus on driver involvement and sporting performance in the F-Type is emphasized by the asymmetric layout of the cockpit.

Ford shows updated F-150 King Ranch at State Fair of Texas

(September 28, 2012) DALLAS — Texas is the nation’s largest truck market and Ford has longstanding ties to King Ranch, a Texas institution. To celebrate another year in this successful relationship, the 2013 F-150 King Ranch debuts at the 2012 State Fair of Texas.