October 2014

Dodge Dart in retirement

This abandoned 1967 Dodge Dart was discovered near Winchester, Tenn. The original Dodge Dart, which was built from 1960 through 1976, was on a compact car platform from 1963 onward after starting life as a full-sized car. The Dart was completely restyled in 1967 with a 115-horsepower slant six as the standard engine. In 1967, Dart came in two- and four-door sedans, a hardtop and a convertible.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

First new Discovery Sport rolls off UK assembly line

(October 18, 2014) HALEWOOD, UK — The first production Discovery Sport has rolled off Land Rover’s production line in Halewood, UK. The car will now make its way to Virgin Galactic’s headquarters, to be used by the team as they continue to prepare for the launch of the world’s first commercial space line.

Flash Valet, a parking technology product, gets 'most innovative' award

(October 17, 2014) AUSTIN, Texas — Flash Valet, a parking technology product developed by Austin-based Klever Logic, was recently named by Channel Partners (a resource for indirect sales channels offering IT and telecom solutions) the winner of their 2014 Cloudys Cloud Channel Innovation Awards.

Honored as the 2014 "Most Innovative Cloud Service" company, Don Douglas, a Flash Valet investor and mentor, was on-hand to accept the award by John Siefert, the CEO of Virgo Publishing and publisher of Channel Partners. The 2014 program was underwritten by Verizon.

Fiat Chrysler reports a year-over-year 6% sales increase in Europe

(October 17, 2014) LONDON — Led by Jeep with a 61% sales increase, Lancia at 13.2& and Fiat and Fiat at 4.2% Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posted an increase in September with sales up 6% to nearly 69,000 vehicles and market share in line with the same period in 2013 at 5.4%.

The Group achieved sales gains in all major European markets, with Italy up 4.7%, Germany 8.7%, France 2.9%, the UK 4.7% and Spain 27.9%. The Fiat 500 and Panda were once again the two top-selling vehicles in the European A segment, with a combined share of 28.7% for the year to date

Maserati plans series of driving events in U.S. to celebrate 100 years

(October 17, 2014) ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Maserati North Americahas announced it will celebrate Cento anni di Maserati- 100 years of Maserati- in true Italian style. This epic series of driving events to honor the Trident's 100th Anniversary will take place in four cities across America.

New Ford F-150 revolutionizes truck bed cargo management

(October 17, 2014) DEARBORN — From the days of horse-drawn carts, humans have used square-shaped boxes to move cargo. Now, Ford is revolutionizing the management and stowage of cargo inside the pickup truck box with its patented BoxLink system debuting on the all-new Ford F-150. Along with LED box lights, a power locking and remote tailgate release, and segment-first cargo ramps, the 2015 F-150 is better equipped to help manage loads more efficiently.

Chevrolet previews performance-inspired SEMA cars

(October 17, 2014) DETROIT — Chevrolet today previewed several performance-oriented concepts of some of the brand’s most popular passenger cars, including the SS Sport, Sonic, Impala and Cruze. They will debut Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas at the SEMA Show, the world’s largest convention of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories.

Chrysler recalls more than 900,000 vehicles

(October 16, 2014) Chrysler Group is recalling more than 900,000 cars and SUVs combined for potential safety problems that could cause fires. Chrysler said it is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs globally from model years 2011-14 and equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and a 160 amp alternator, according to the company and documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The alternator may suddenly fail, possibly causing a stall or fire and increasing the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA documents.

Relive the past and get behind the wheel of a heritage Jaguar

(October 16, 2014) WHITLEY, Coventry, England — For the first time, Jaguar fans from all over the world will have the opportunity to drive models from a unique collection of Jaguar heritage vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations today announced the launch of the Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience.

Silverado HD 'strong arms' the competition

(October 16, 2014) DETROIT — How tough are heavy-duty trucks? A recent frame-twisting test found that the use of roll-formed steel in its bed allowed the tailgate of the 2015 Silverado 2500HD pickup to be lowered on uneven terrain while greater twisting of one competitor's frame kept its tailgate from being lowered.