October 2014

Goodyear to begin fleet testing Air Maintenance Technology

(October 23, 2014) AKRON, Ohio — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) for commercial vehicles will begin testing on U.S. trucking fleets in the next few months, as part of a research project supported by United States Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology.

Since 2011, Goodyear has been developing and testing its Air Maintenance Technology, which can aid in fuel savings and carbon dioxide reductions while potentially improving tire life, casing durability and safety and eliminating need for manually inflating tires.

Boston buys 284 rapid transit vehicles from China firm

(October 23, 2014) BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation today will officially get the approval to purchase 284 rapid transit vehicles from China CNR Corporation Limited (China CNR) to provide service for Boston metro's red and orange lines.

Specifically, these rapid transit vehicles include 152 orange line vehicles and 132 red line vehicles, mainly for the replacement of the old vehicles already in service over the past 30-to-40 years.

Hyundai adds standard features, tweaks suspension, to 2015 Santa Fe

(October 23, 2014) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport offer more standard comfort and convenience equipment for 2015, including refinements to the steering and suspension systems. The 2015 Santa Fe Sport starts at $24,950 — the same as 2014 — excluding $875 freight charge, and is arriving in dealerships now.

Customized 2015 Ford Mustangs to debut at SEMA show in Las Vegas

(October 23, 2014) Ford is bringing performance to the halls of the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association show, performance that can be summed up in one name — Mustang.

Working with top builders including Galpin Auto Sports, Petty’s Garage, MRT and many others, Ford will showcase over a dozen custom Mustangs in its 20,000-square-foot booth at Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 4-7, with even more new pony cars on display around the show floor.

Kaiser and Frazer live side-by-side

This rare find of a 1947 Kaiser (left) and Frazer were found in a yard in Wayne, Alberta, Canada. The Kaiser-Frazer car company was founded on July 25, 1945, and displayed prototypes of their two new cars in New York in 1946. Kaiser and Frazer shared bodies and powertrains. The cars, the first all-new sedans in the U.S. following the end of World War II, were powered by a 226-cubic-inch L-head six making 100 horsepower mated to a three-speed transmission with optional overdrive.
(Photo by Charles Skaggs)

Jaguar Land Rover opens manufacturing plant in China

(October 22, 2014) CHANGSHU, China — Jaguar Land Rover has announced the opening of its inaugural overseas manufacturing facility, in China. The award-winning Range Rover Evoque will be the first model to be built under the first Chinese-British automotive joint venture with Chery Automobile Company Ltd.

Finalists announced for 2015 'Green Car of the Year' award

(October 22, 2014) LOS ANGELES — Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for the magazine’s high-profile 2015 Green Car of the Year program. The 2015 models include the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and VW Golf TDI/Electric. The Green Car of the Year award, an honor widely recognized as the auto industry’s most important environmental accolade, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Mazda's 2014 fleet sales up 34 percent in United Kingdom

(October 22, 2014) LONDON — The demand for Mazda cars by company car drivers and fleet managers alike is the reason behind the acceleration of Mazda Motors UK corporate sales that are up a staggering 34 per cent in the first nine months of 2014 versus an industry increase of 7.4 per cent.

Underpinning the rise in total fleet sales is a 67 per cent increase in the core corporate segment that includes sales to end-user fleets, contract hire and leasing companies and to either SME’s or direct to company car drivers via Mazda Contract Hire.

Extremely rare Bentley to headline Silverstone Auctions final 2014 sale

(October 22, 2014) BIRMINGHAM, England — An incredibly rare and special 1954 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback, one of just three right-hand drive automatic examples produced, is set to headline Silverstone Auctions’ final sale of the year at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on Nov. 15 and 16.

The late D Series car, estimated at between £800,000 ($1.29 million) and £900,000 ($1.44 million), is presented in impeccable, close to concours condition having benefitted from major works over the last few years.

Toca Marketing creates 600 horsepower Hyundai Genesis for SEMA

(October 22, 2014) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Toca Marketing Group, the Chicago-based design and customization company that strives to push the limits of aftermarket fabrication, has revealed its 2015 Genesis for the 2014 SEMA show.

 In creating its latest Toca Signature Edition vehicle, the company has raised the Genesis’ performance and luxury benchmarks, creating a vehicle that breaks down barriers of innovation in the pursuit of perfection.