May 2014

2015 Nissan Murano design sets a new standard

(May 10, 2014) YOKOHAMA, Japan — To the design team tasked with creating an all-new third generation Nissan Murano, one thing was perfectly clear: Nothing less than a return to the original's "wow" factor would be acceptable.

The new Murano was subjected to three times the normal wind tunnel testing, eventually resulting in a 0.31 coefficient of drag — the same as many sports cars. The 0.31 Cd is projected to be among the best in the midsize crossover segment.

Datsun launches first car for the Indonesian market, the GO+

(May 9, 2014) JAKARTA, Indonesia — Datsun, a brand of Nissan Motor Corp., today launched its first Datsun car for the Indonesian market, the Datsun GO+, at its new plant in Purwakarta, West Java, Indonesia. The new with engine assembly, body, paint, trim and chassis – will be dedicated to the production of Datsun cars for Indonesia.

Incentives up dramatically in mid-size car segment

(May 9, 2014) McLEAN, Va. — Consumers looking to buy a new car this spring are in luck: slowing sales and extreme competition in the mid-size car segment have prompted manufacturers to dramatically increase incentive spending for many models.

"What is traditionally a good month to buy new vehicles across all segments will be even more so for consumers looking at mid-size cars this May," said Larry Dixon, senior automotive analyst of NADA Used Car Guide.

Ford's China sales up 29 percent in April; 41 percent year to date

(May 9, 2014) SHANGHAI, China — Ford China sold 96,829 wholesale vehicles last month, up 29 percent from the 75,315 sold in April 2013. Strong April performance pushed year-to-date sales up to 368,150 vehicles, an increase of 41 percent from 261,859 during the same period last year.

Small pickups: An idea that won’t die

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(May 9, 2014) This concept Mini Paceman Adventure pickup concept isn’t as daft as it might first appear. There’s a market for a small, fun-to-drive unit-body pickup, but no manufacturer has had the nerve to move from concept to production. Kia showed a Soul pickup concept, the Soulster, in 2009, and made noises about it going into production. It never did.

Testing shows single key safe in recalled small GM cars

(May 8, 2014) U.S. auto safety regulators have refused a request from two U.S. senators to encourage owners of cars affected by General Motors’ ignition switch recall to ground their cars until they can be repaired. GM recalled 2.6 million cars in February over the faulty switch, which can be jolted out of position, cutting off the engine and the airbags.

The defect has been linked to dozens of crashes in which the airbags did not deploy, and at least 13 fatalities.

2015 Hyundai Genesis first vehicle in its segment to get top safety pick

(May 8, 2014) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai’s award-winning 2015 Genesis sedan continues segment leadership as the first and only rear-wheel drive vehicle in its class to receive the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest honor as a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention.

Genesis is also the first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan to earn a Good rating in the small overlap crash test.

GM says Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban demand exceeding expectations

(May 8, 2014) DETROIT — The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are once again proving why they are the segment leaders with demand for the updated SUVs outpacing expectations, General Motors says.

Chevrolet created the SUV segment with the Suburban in 1935, and has been the sales leader in the full-size SUV market ever since. Today, the average turn rate, or how quickly it takes a particular vehicle to sell after it is delivered to the dealer, is 17 days for the Tahoe and 10 days for the Suburban.

General Motors fuel cell fleet tops 3 million miles

(May 8, 2014) DETROIT – General Motors’ fleet of fuel cell vehicles recently passed 3 million miles of hydrogen-powered, real-world driving. Some individual vehicles have accumulated more than 120,000 miles. By GM’s estimate, using hydrogen to power these vehicles, the fleet has avoided 157,894 gallons of gasoline consumption.