July 2014

Aston Martin introduces V12 excitement with new roadster

(July 16, 2014) Aston Martin is opening up a new world of exhilarating driving excitement with the announcement of the hotly anticipated 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster. When it arrives in markets around the world later this year the new sports car will become the luxury British marque’s most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date and follows in the broad tire tracks of the V12 Vantage S Coupe that was launched to worldwide acclaim in 2013.

Toyota helps preserve historic documents including GI Bill of Rights

(July 15, 2014) WASHINGTON, DC — For Toyota Senior Adviser Don Esmond, who spent six years serving the United States as a decorated Marine, the education and home ownership benefits provided under the GI Bill meant something special: A path to a brighter future.
“The GI Bill helped us afford our first house with a backyard,” said Esmond. “Today, with unemployment so high among our veterans, it’s more important than ever.”

Ford, Toyota halt production in South Africa because of worker strike

(July 15, 2014) Toyota and Ford have stopped production at South African plants as a two-week strike in the manufacturing industry stems the supply of components.

Toyota, the biggest carmaker by exports in Africa’s second- biggest economy, has halted production of the Corolla, Hilux and Fortuner models at its Durban plant. The shutdown is due to the ongoing strike in the metals industry, cutting supply of car components for the models, Toyota said.

Datsun on-Do sedan production begins in Russia

(July 15, 2014) TOGLIATTI, Russia — A new chapter in the Datsun story has begun with the start of production of Datsun on-DO, a new family sedan designed and engineered specifically for Russia.

Bringing affordable quality motoring within the reach of up-and-coming Russian customers, the four-door, five-seat car is being built at the Togliatti plant in Russia, a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and AVTOVAZ.

Mercedes-Benz presents S65 AMG V12 Coupe

(July 15, 2014) Mercedes-Benz has released details of the S65 AMG Coupe, a new twelve-cylinder top-of-the- range model in the S-Class Coupe series. Mercedes says unique drive comfort, benchmark performance and exquisite appointments are all hallmarks of this stunning new two-door.

Production of new Acura TLX begins today

(July 14, 2014) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Acura today marked the start of mass-production of the all-new 2015 Acura TLX at the Marysville Auto Plant with Acura's new performance luxury sedan slated to land at dealerships nationwide in August. With the launch of the new TLX, more than 90 percent of Acura vehicles sold in America are now produced in America.

New mid-sized Volkswagen SUV to be produced in Chattanooga

(July 14, 2014)  WOLFSBURG, Germany — Within the framework of its Strategy 2018 plan, the Volkswagen Group is expanding its industrial footprint in the U.S. deciding to award production of a new mid-sized SUV at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant.  The announcement was made this morning. The plant currently builds the Passat sold in North America.

First-generation Volvo XC90 ends production; new model due in January

(July 14, 2014) Last week marked the end of an era for Volvo Cars as production in Sweden of the iconic first-generation XC90 — a vehicle that revolutionized the global SUV sector — comes to an end after 12 successful years.

The story began on Jan. 7, 2002, when Volvo Car Corporation launched a new model at the Detroit Motor Show. It was a car that dealers and customers principally in America had been yearning for — the Volvo XC90.

Chevrolet rolling out largest number of vehicles with 4G LTE Wi-Fi

(July 13, 2014) DETROIT – Chevrolet is rolling out the largest deployment of vehicles with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the market this summer and the campaign to introduce these vehicles celebrates the freedom this connection brings.

“Bringing 4G LTE Wi-Fi to customers through Chevrolet cars, trucks and crossovers allows an entirely new level of connectivity in transportation,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing.

Classic car owners receive historic pricing at vintage-themed gas

(July 12, 2014) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — To celebrate National Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 11, Hagerty Classic Car Magazine transformed a gas station on Michigan's famous Woodward Avenue into a full service station from the past, complete with classic gas prices. Hagerty brought back the full-service station experience from America's golden automotive era, serving over 200 classic cars more than 1,400 gallons of gas.