August 2014

Nissan Maxima tops list of best August deals, according to TrueCar

(August 21, 2014) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Nissan Maxima 3.5S, which sells at an average of 18 percent off MSRP, tops August's list of best savings on new vehicles, according to TrueCar. Published monthly, this "TrueSavings" report analyzes recent transaction prices and identifies opportunities for consumer savings.

Car club announces countdown on Joe Strummer's 1963 Thunderbird

(August 21, 2014) LOS ANGELES — Less than 24 hours remain to claim Clash vocalist Joe Strummer's 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird on eBay. Bidding on the original California double black-plate Bullet body style T-Bird is currently at $30,600. Originally purchased by Strummer in 1987 for $4,200, the vehicle has remained in good condition, having spent several years in a climate controlled garage.

New 8-speed automatic makes Corvette faster, more efficient

(August 20, 2014) DETROIT — The all-new, paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission makes the 2015 Corvette Stingray faster and more fuel efficient, with 0-60 acceleration of only 3.7 seconds and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway.

“The Corvette Stingray is a great example of how we are leveraging engineering and technology to improve both efficiency and performance,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain. “No other car can match 460 horsepower, 0-60 mph in better than 3.7 seconds, and 29 mpg on the highway.”

PGA Tour player Hunter Mahan receives BMW i3 for 2013 hole-in-one

(August 20, 2014) PGA Tour Player Hunter Mahan was presented with his all-electric BMW i3 this week for scoring a hole-in-one on the 17th hole during the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.  In addition to receiving the BMW i3, Mahan met Melyzjah Smith, the 2013 BMW Hole-in-One Scholar, who was awarded a full, four-year tuition and housing grant as a result of Mahan’s hole-in-one.

Abarth track experience revs up for another round

(August 19, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — With the addition of three new stops on the 2014 schedule, Fiat 500 Abarth owners will now have more opportunities to develop their driving skills in the one-day Abarth Track Experience.
The 2014 Abarth Track Experience continues this fall with additional stops at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.; and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Maserati brings 100 years to life at Monterey Car Week

(August 19, 2014) — Maserati celebrated its 100th Anniversary in grand style at Monterey Car Week, and isn't a stranger to the famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where in 1968 a Maserati Mistral Coupe took top honors as Best of Show. Still today, it is the most recent postwar car to capture this recognition.

2016 Jaguar XE will offer advanced connectivity

(August 19, 2014) MAHWAH, N.J. — A smooth, supple ride, sharp steering, quiet, luxurious cabin and seamless connectivity — the new Jaguar XE will deliver in all respects and is equipped with a wide range of technologies designed to make every journey an enjoyable experience.

One-of-a-kind BMW i8 fetches $825,000 at Concours auction

(August 18, 2014) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — On Aug.16, in celebration of the U.S. arrival of the revolutionary BMW i8, Jay Leno and Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO, BMW of North America, presented a one-of-a-kind 2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition, which was then auctioned off for $825,00, including buyer’s premier, during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach Auctions.  This is a world auction record price for a BMW i8.

GM Renaissance Center now composts food scraps

(August 18, 2014) DETROIT — General Motors’ Global Headquarters, a multi-office tower complex that sends no waste to landfills, now composts food preparation scraps from its various Renaissance Center restaurant kitchens for use in urban farming initiatives throughout the city.

Local composting startup Detroit Dirt collects coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable pieces and mixes them with herbivore manure, some of which ends up in a rooftop garden at the complex.

Mini turns 55 — A small car with a great history

(August 18, 2014) MUNICH — When the first classic Mini, made in Birmingham, England, went on the market on Aug. 18, 1959, none of the people involved at the time are likely to have imagined that the concept of a revolutionary small car would turn into one of the automotive industry's most impressive success stories stretching over a period of five and half decades.