July 2014

1918 Cadillac added to Library of Congress Historic Vehicle Register

(July 24, 2014) DETROIT — A 1918 Cadillac Type 57 that earned its place in history during World War I has received an honor of its own. It is the fourth vehicle added to the Historic Vehicle Association’s new National Historic Vehicle Register and U.S. Department of the Interior Historic American Engineering Record.

 The HVA and Cadillac announced the listing, which was archived in the Library of Congress on Wednesday.

Fiat rides wave at Vans US Open of Surfing for second year

(July 23, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Brand North America will once again team up with the Vans US Open of Surfing July 26-Aug. 3 in Huntington Beach, Calif.. As part of the activation, the Fiat brand will display a stand that allows attendees to interact with the full Fiat portfolio, including the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, the 4-door 500L Trekking model, and the all-electric Fiat 500e.

Ford Fiesta becomes best-selling car of all time in United Kingdom

(July 23, 2014) BRENTWOOD, Essex — The Ford Fiesta became the UK’s best-selling vehicle nameplate of all time this month when total sales topped 4,115,000. First launched in 1976, the Fiesta has led the small car segment in the UK for 27 of the 37 years and has been Britain’s best-selling car since 2009 when it overtook the Ford Focus.

Chrysler recalling nearly 800,000 Jeep vehicles over ignition switch issue

(July 23, 2014) Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 model year 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags.

Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”

2015 Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 delivers V8 capability, performance

(July 22, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — With its new 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop and new 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing, the 2015 Ford F-150 resets the bar in light-duty pickup truck performance, capability and efficiency.

“The 2015 F-150 is the most capable F-150 yet, while shedding up to 700 pounds,” said Bob Fascetti, vice president, Powertrain Engineering. “These two new V6 engines — the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost and normally aspirated 3.5-liter Ti-VCT – set a new standard for Ford for capability and efficiency.”

Harley-Davidson reports strong second quarter; U.S. sales sluggish

(July 22, 2014) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson second-quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share of $1.62 grew 33.9 percent on higher motorcycle shipments and continued improvement in operating efficiencies, compared to the year-ago period.

Second-quarter net income was $354.2 million on consolidated revenue of $2 billion, compared to net income of $271.7 million in the year-ago period on consolidated revenue of $1.79 billion.

Classic Car Week takes hold of Monterey Peninsula

(July 22, 2014) MONTEREY, Calif. — The heart of historic downtown Monterey will be transformed into an outdoor motorsports museum when historic race cars line Alvarado Street between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, when Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks of the 2014 Monterey Classic Car Week activities.

2015 GMC Canyon: Good things come in smaller packages

(July 22, 2014) DETROIT — The growing popularity of smaller vehicles applies to pickups as well, and customers say maneuverability is a top reason for choosing a midsize pickup. The 2015 GMC Canyon delivers the right size vehicle for consumers who are looking for a more agile pickup.

Acres of vintage 'abandoned' cars to be auctioned in Canada

(July 21, 2014) When we viewed this massive collection of what we here at MotorwayAmerica considers "abandoned cars" we were astounded, awe-struck that so many dilapidated and worn out vehicles could be stored at one place. Hemmings Daily Blog reported last week that the acres of automobiles belongs to Murray King of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. And King next month will put his 550-vehicle derelict car collection up for sale.