March 2014

Chevrolet tests for pothole perseverance

(March 14, 2014) DETROIT — Spring hasn’t arrived, but the potholes have. While no one plans to hit them, they are inevitable and in many cases unavoidable. More than an uncomfortable nuisance, they can damage tires, wheels and suspension components.

GM breaks ground on reduced-scale wind tunnel

(March 14, 2014) WARREN, Mich. — General Motors broke ground March 13 on a new $30 million reduced-scale wind tunnel to expand its aerodynamic testing facility on its Warren Technical Center campus.

The investment will improve test capabilities and support of aerodynamic development, critical to GM’s global CO2 compliance strategy.

'Need for Speed' director opts for real life stunts led by Mustang

(March 14, 2014) A lifelong fan of classic action film sequences, director Scott Waugh opted to film genuine car-to-car action rather than use computer-generated images in the new film “Need for Speed.” Seven modified 2014 Ford Mustangs were built for filming and promotion in addition to an early prototype 2015 Mustang fastback.

Loews Hotels & Resorts Revs up partnership with the Fiat brand

(March 13, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Got someplace to go? Five participating Loews Hotels will get guests where they’re headed in style, safety and comfort thanks to a new partnership with the Fiat brand. The first-of-its-kind collaboration for the New York-based hotel group and the Italian automaker will bring chauffeured service to guests in all-new 2014 Fiat 500L vehicles at five Loews addresses across North America starting this week.

Delta Leasing north of the Arctic Circle uses fleet of 400 GMC Sierras

(March 13, 2014) DETROIT — Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, home of Delta Leasing, is located 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is not a typical job site. With an average annual temperature of 11 degrees Fahrenheit and winter highs deep on the negative side of zero, Polar Vortex isn’t a phenomenon, it’s simply another day.

Dodge offering Pentastar V-6, all-wheel drive in Journey SE model

(March 13, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The 2014 Dodge Journey is upping its capability and value quotient by offering the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine and all-wheel drive (AWD) on base SE models for 2014, with a starting price of $24,895 (excluding $995 destination). The Dodge Journey SE V-6 AWD makes all-wheel drive more accessible within the Journey lineup by $1,800 compared to the SXT model.

BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe to make world debut in New York

(March 13, 2014) The BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe will make its world debut and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, BMW ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe, BMW X3 LCI and BMW Concept X5 eDrive will make their North American debuts at the 2014 New York International Auto Show on April 16.

Acura and ELS Studio Premium Audio to present Ben Folds 2014 LIVE tour

(March 12, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif. — Acura and ELS Studio Premium Audio from Panasonic are presenting the Ben Folds 2014 LIVE Performances Tour. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter is scheduled to launch his new live tour in March featuring orchestra-backed performances plus select solo shows across the U.S.

Volkswagen's worldwide car sales up, but down in the U.S.

(March 12, 2014) Volkswagen delivered 923,100 passenger cars in January-February, up  3.3 percent from 2013. The brand also grew deliveries for February, when customers took possession of 407,600, a 1.5 percent increase from last year.

Engineering, advanced materials help slim down Chevy Colorado

(March 12, 2014) DETROIT — Proving there is more than one way to shed pounds, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado uses engineering techniques and lightweight materials to create true pickup capability in a mass-efficient midsize package. The 2015 Colorado 4x4 crew cab, expected to be the most popular version of the new trucks, weighs 880 to 1,400 less than a full-size truck.