February 2013

New Volkswagen Golf GTD to make debut in Geneva

(February 21, 2013) WOLFSBURG — Over the past three decades, fans of the Golf GTD have been excited by the car's combination of fuel efficiency and sporty performance and looks. At this year's Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen debuts the latest version of this fuel-sipping sporty compact, which features a 184-horsepower version of the new EA288 TDI turbocharged, direct-injection, four-cylinder diesel engine that already complies with the challenging EU-6 emissions standard.

NASCAR launches largest brand campaign ever

(Feburary 21, 2013) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Big brands break new commercials at the Daytona 500, and NASCAR is no exception. NASCAR will reveal a new creative vision — a campaign featuring more than two dozen drivers, with nine original spots in both English and Spanish. The drama-filled campaign will premiere during NASCAR's crown-jewel event, the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24. The race will broadcast live on FOX and FOX Deportes beginning at 1 pm ET.

McLaren P1 hybrid supercar infused with 903 horsepower

(February 20, 2013) The McLaren P1 hybrid supercar will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants, offering the optimum mix of superb throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed. A mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 gas engine and a highly effective electric motor give a combined output of 903 horsepower and a maximum torque of 664 pound-feet, ensuring instantaneous throttle response through the rev range, more akin to a naturally aspirated engine.

Monster Jam returning to Stockholm at Friends Arena in November

(February 20, 2013) AURORA, Illinois — Feld Motor Sports has announced its return to Stockholm, Sweden, for the first time in three years, playing a stadium-size venue. The Friends Arena will host the world class event on Nov. 9.

Monster Jam has enjoyed tremendous success in Sweden in the past, selling out Goteborg's Ullevi Stadium in 2012 in addition to many successful performances in Stockholm dating back to 2003.

Mercedes-Benz USA to add 30 new models over next seven years

(February 20, 2013) MONTVALE, N.J. — Steve Cannon, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) on Tuesday told members of the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) that the company plans to introduce 30 new models in the next seven years.  He said this will constitute the biggest growth phase in MBUSA's history in the U.S.

Audi RS Q3 combines performance with rugged practicality

(February 20, 2013) The term sport utility vehicle has rarely been more applicable than applied to the new Audi RS Q3, the first ever Audi SUV to be handed over to the specialists at Audi high performance subsidiary quattro GmbH for the full, no-holds-barred RS transformation.

Power to the People! Fiesta Ad Campaign to be created by consumers

(February 20, 2013) NEW YORK — Building on the groundbreaking social engagement program that launched the Ford Fiesta in the U.S. in 2009, Ford now plans to introduce its new 2014 Fiesta through an innovative ad campaign created entirely by consumers.

New Volvo 60 series focuses on quality and attention to detail

(February 20, 2013) Volvo has announced that it will transform its lineup 60 series vehicles this year with a new S60, V60 and XC60 for the 2014 model year.

"This is the most extensive development of existing models in our company's history. Each of the enhancements is designed around our customers' needs. We have focused on quality and attention to detail in order to give these dynamic models a major boost and sharpen their competitiveness," said Lex Kerssemakers, senior vice president, Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Car Group.

Bentley to unveil new Flying Spur in Geneva

(February 20, 2013) CREWE, England —  Bentley will establish a new luxury performance sedan benchmark with the launch of the new Flying Spur. Bentley says that with its unrivaled blend of effortless drivability, exquisite luxury and craftsmanship, sculpted design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Flying Spur takes the worldwide success of its iconic predecessor further.

Lock It Up: 2014 Chevrolet Impala to offer secure information storage

(February 19, 2013) DETROIT — Anyone who has ever felt trepidation about handing their car keys to a valet will appreciate the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. The redesigned flagship sedan offers a “valet mode” that lets someone unknown take the wheel but shields personal items and information from prying eyes.