October 2012

Listen up tuners — Street Build enhances Acura ILX

(October 31, 2012) LAS VEGAS — A supercharged 2013 Acura ILX "Street Build" project car making 250 horsepower from its 2.4-inline four-cylinder engine made its debut this week in the Acura booth at the 2012 SEMA Show. Built by Evasive Motorsports, the ILX luxury sedan features an Acura Genuine Accessories aero kit and a collection of aftermarket modifications designed to provide a fun, daily drivable car that is tastefully done.

Toyota produces 25 millionth North American-built vehicle

(October 31, 2012) GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Toyota celebrated the 25 millionth vehicle manufactured in North America Tuesday at a ceremony at its Georgetown, Ky., plant coinciding with the start of production for the all-new 2013 Avalon.

Bentley’s ice driving program returns for 2013

(October 31, 2012)  Bentley is returning to the ice and snow this winter for its Bentley Power on Ice program on the frozen lakes of northern Finland.

The Bentley Continental GT will again take on the challenge posed by driving in snow and icy conditions as the northern hemisphere winter sets in. The program offers existing owners, enthusiasts and aspiring drivers the chance to explore the extreme limits of the Continental GT.

Kyle Busch and 'Rowdy Edition' Camry win Dream Build Challenge

(October 31, 2012) LAS VEGAS — All the votes are counted and the fans have spoken: Kyle Busch and his track-inspired black-on-black "Rowdy Edition" Camry have won the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge.

Busch's efforts earned a check from Toyota for $50,000 that goes to his chosen charity for the competition, the Kyle Busch Foundation. Toyota made the announcement Tuesday at the SEMA Show.

Chevrolet donates 50 trucks to Red Cross for storm relief

(October 31, 2012) DETROIT — Chevrolet has donated 50 Silverado full-size pickup trucks and Express cargo vans to the American Red Cross for use in relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy and other storms buffeting the Eastern seaboard and nearby states.

GM reports net third-quarter income of $1.5 billion

(October 31, 2012) DETROIT — General Motors today announced third quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.5 billion, or 89 cents per fully diluted share including the impact of special items, which reduced net income by $100 million and diluted earnings per share by 4 cents.

The third-quarter net profit slid 14 percent, hurt by wider losses in Europe, higher costs in North America and a less-profitable mix of sales in several markets.

Mustang Cobra Jet: Replacement for displacement

(October 31, 2012) LAS VEGAS — The Ford Racing Mustang Cobra Jet concept revealed Tuesday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show proves there is indeed a replacement for displacement.

 In the perpetual quest to stay ahead of the competition, for the first time ever Ford Racing has equipped its factory-built turn-key drag racer with a turbocharged engine, adopting the same award-winning technology found on road-going EcoBoost engines.

Hyundai, FuelCulture remake Genesis Coupe

(October 31, 2012) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Hyundai and FuelCulture have teamed up to create a distinctive Genesis Coupe concept for the 2012 SEMA show that shows the personal customization that can be achieved by an individual enthusiast, with a limited budget, resulting in a total vehicle concept as unique as its driver.

Rolls-Royce unveils 2013 Ghost

(October 30, 2012) Rolls-Royce has unveiled the 2013 model year Ghost, with subtle enhancements that ensures the car is equipped to pinnacle Rolls-Royce standards. Upon opening the 2013 Ghost’s coach doors, occupants will be welcomed by soft, natural grain leather, complimented by cross banded wood veneers creating an atmosphere of sumptuous luxury.

Renault Twizy gets new window system for winter

(October 30, 2012) Drivers of the European Renault Twizy  can stay looking cool in the cold this winter thanks to a nifty new window system which has hit the UK market before the big freeze kicks in.

Road gritting teams have been put on red alert to deal with the first wave of wintry conditions after forecasters warned temperatures are likely to fall dramatically from the weekend. But, Twizy owners and future buyers will be warmed to know it takes just minutes to fit a new winter-proof accessory to Renault’s 100 per cent electric head-turner in the comfort of your own home.