May 2014

GM recalling 51,640 model year 2014 SUVs for gas gauge fix

(May 5, 2014) General Motors announced last week that it is recalling 51,640 SUVs from the 2014 model year due to software that may not register fuel levels properly, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

NHTSA said software in the engine-control module in some Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs may not accurately read fuel levels, possibly resulting in empty tanks or stalled engines that could lead to crashes.

Ford India sells 13,297 vehicles in April, up 83 percent

(April 5, 2014) NEW DELHI, India — Ford India recorded an 83 percent increase in sales in April, selling 13,297 vehicles in combined domestic wholesales and exports, compared to 7,270 units sold in the corresponding period last year.

Domestic sales stood at 6,651 vehicles in April, up 66 percent from 4,003 vehicles; while the company exported 6,646 vehicles, against 3,267 units in the corresponding period last year.

BMW delivers first all-electric i3 in U.S.

(May 5, 2014) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has delivered the first all-electric BMW i3 in the U.S. to Boston resident and Tufts University professor Charles Rabie at the BMW of Boston dealership. Hundreds of BMW i3 vehicles are currently at U.S. facilities and ready to be delivered to customers nationwide, ushering in a new era of electromobility.

Eight-cylinder dominance in Ford F-150 ends thanks to EcoBoost V-6

(May 5, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — For the third month in a row, more than 57 percent of retail sales of Ford F-150 light-duty trucks are powered by V6 engines — reversing 47 years of V8 engine dominance in the industry. More than 45 percent of these sales are trucks equipped with Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

Rolls-Royce wins Gold Award for Wraith launch film

(May 4, 2014) The Rolls-Royce Wraith Launch Film has been awarded a Gold Award at the 26th International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) Awards. The film, entitled "And the World Stood Still," introduces Wraith as the most powerful and technologically-advanced Rolls-Royce in history.

Revitalizing Alfa, take three

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(May 4, 2014) The rela
unch of Alfa will take more than just product. However, it is what form that product will take that has the industry talking. About the time you read this, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne will be ready to outline his new industrial plan for the company. It promises to be a very different report than the one he delivered in 2010.

Road-trippin' Nissan team celebrates with NISMO fans in Texas

(May 3, 2014) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nothing rekindles the passion for motoring like a long road trip. That's why a crew of eight Nissan gearheads recently hit the road in six vehicles on a two-day, 920-mile journey to NISMO Fiesta in San Marcos, Texas.

This car show is one of the largest grassroots Nissan owner's festivals in the U.S., hosting more than 500 cars and 1,500 owners and enthusiasts from around the country. Held on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the event featured activities such as a Hill Country drive, track day and car show.

Ford calls its new Transit Connect the 'unminivan'

(May 3, 2014) LOS ANGELES — Fuel efficient, flexible, uniquely styled and fun to drive, Transit Connect Wagon is an affordable people mover for families and active individuals who want to be ready for whatever life brings, according to Ford, which introduced the new vehicle in L.A. this week.

Rolls-Royce celebrates 110 years of excellence this weekend

(May 3, 2014) LONDON — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will celebrate a seminal moment in British automotive history on Sunday, May 4. Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met for the first time on this date exactly 110 years ago and agreed to form the company that would become synonymous with the very best.

Celebrations will take place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex and at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.

Chrysler continues as top-selling auto company in Canada for 2014

(May 2, 2014)     WINDSOR, Ontario — Chrysler Canada has announced its 53rd consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth, representing the longest sales streak in the company’s history. April 2014 sales were 27,212 compared with 25,745 in April 2013, signifying a 6 per cent increase. Chrysler Canada remains the top-selling automotive company in the country in 2014 staying ahead of its chief competitor Ford.