January 2014

Popular Jeep Altitude models return for 2014

(January 23, 2014) HOUSTON — New special-edition "Altitude" models of the 2014 Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler were introduced Jan. 22 at the Houston Auto Show. Featuring unique “blacked-out” exteriors with a distinct and aggressive flair, the vehicles arrive in Jeep showrooms this spring — thanks to a positive consumer response from earlier Jeep Altitude models.

ELR Regen on Demand system wins 2014 Green Car Technology Award

(January 23, 2014) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Car Journal today awarded the Cadillac ELR electrified luxury coupe its 2014 Green Car Technology Award for the Regen on Demand system, which allows the driver to use paddle shifters on the steering wheel to temporarily regenerate energy and store it as electricity in the battery pack for later use.

Mazda reports best-ever pre-owned certified sales in 2013

(January 23, 2014) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has announced record Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle sales of 37,886 vehicles in 2013, an increase of 39.1 percent. Mazda's year-over-year sales increase more than doubled the industry's average of 15.1 percent and represented a 0.3 percent increase in share to 1.8 percent for 2013.

Lincoln introduces new level of power and beauty on 2015 Navigator

(January 23, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Lincoln Motor Company today introduced the new 2015 Navigator, offering a fresh interpretation of a classic vehicle that has long defined the full-size luxury sport utility segment.

Muppets join forces with Toyota

(January 22, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif.  — The Muppets gang is in for a wild ride when they join forces with Toyota this year, blending Toyota’s exciting ‘Let’s Go Places’ spirit with Muppets mayhem. The collaboration celebrates the upcoming Toyota Highlander launch and the Muppets’ all-new big-screen adventure “Muppets Most Wanted,” in theaters March 21.

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe makes history again

(January 22, 2014) WASHINGTON — The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today that the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe will become the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Heritage Documentation. The documentation will be part of the HVA's National Historic Vehicle Register and Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) that is permanently archived in the Library of Congress.

Chevrolet Spark only tiny car to earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

(January 22, 2014) DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Spark is a Top Safety Pick and is the only vehicle in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety minicar segment to earn the rating in 2014 model year testing.

Spark achieved highest possible “good” scores in the IIHS’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests, and scored an “acceptable” in IIHS’s new small overlap test, designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole.

BMW motorcycles records 17 percent increase in U.S. sales in 2013

(January 22, 2014) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — BMW Motorrad USA reported a 17 percent increase in sales for 2013 — the second highest retail performance on record — with 14,100 units sold in 2013 compared to 12,100 units sold in 2012.  Worldwide, BMW Motorrad sales reached a record high for the third year in a row with 115,191 units, up 8.3% over the previous record of 106,358 units in 2012.

First 2015 Ford Mustang GT sells for $300,000 at Barrett-Jackson auction

(January 22, 2014) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s sale in Scottsdale, Ariz., a car collector and North Texas Ford dealer, Sam Pack, paid $300,000 to have the first retail production unit of the all-new 2015 Mustang GT when it goes on sale this fall. This purchase helped Ford Motor Company increase its charity vehicle sales to more than $3.5 million for JDRF, the leading diabetes research organization and a Ford partner since 1983.

Barrett-Jackson auction exceeds a record $113 million in sales

(January 21, 2014) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barrett-Jackson announced today the strongest sales results in the 43-year history of the Scottsdale car auction. Over the course of six days, nearly 1,400 vehicles were sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event totaling more than $113 million in sales. The star of the show was a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88, pictured below, which fetched $3,850,000, the highest price ever paid for a Corvette at auction.