December 2014

707-horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat gets 22 mpg highway rating

(December 11, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat — the quickest, fastest, most-powerful sedan ever — now boasts a fuel-economy rating as remarkable as its performance numbers.

Equipped with Chrysler Group’s 707-horsepower 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 — today named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines — the new Charger SRT Hellcat has earned a highway fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Most powerful Mini ever: The new John Cooper Works Hardtop

(December 11, 2014) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Mini has carried a passion for motorsport for 55 years and this is more evident than ever before with the launch of the new Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop.

The exceptional performance of the new Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop is a result of the most powerful engine ever installed in one of the brand's production models, suspension technology refined with racing expertise and model-specific design features which not only optimize the car's aerodynamic features but also underscore its exclusive charisma.

Kia introduces 2016 Sorento; to go on sale in January

(December 10, 2014) LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The 2016 Kia Sorento was introduced here this week and Kia calls the new crossover "more capable than ever before with increased towing capacity, more room for passengers and their gear and a newly available turbocharged engine."

A decorated GMC

A mid-1960s GMC pickup — decorated with a set of antlers — sits next to a vintage gas pump in the Yukon in northwest Canada. Some enterprising landowner apparently decided to set up this nostalgic display. (Photo by Jerry Brown)

Hyundai recalls 42,925 sedans for faulty brake lights

(December 10, 2014) Hyundai is recalling 42,925 sedans in the U.S. due to potentially faulty brake lights, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. The recall involves certain 2009-11 Genesis and 2011 Equus sedans because a circuit failure may lead to the brake lights not illuminating, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle concept to be displayed in Canada

(December 10, 2014) CONCORD, Ontario — Innovation, meet heritage. Harley-Davidson Motor Company recently revealed Project Livewire concept — the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle. And the Harley-Davidson Project Livewire Experience will be coming to the Powersport Services (PSS) motorcycle shows across Canada this winter.

The static display will be located separately from the corporate Harley-Davidson booth in a prime location and will include one Livewire unit on a JUMPSTART demo, a second display unit on a stand, as well as a PDC design video on a large-screen TV.

Ford has three of six finalists for North American car/truck awards

(December 10, 2014) DETROIT — The three finalists for the 2015 North American Car of the Year are the Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and the Volkswagen Golf, TDI and GTI. The three finalists for the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year are the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Colorado and the Lincoln MKC.

The names were disclosed Tuesday at news conference in Detroit when Denny Moyer, a partner at Deloitte & Touche, handed over the names to Mark Phelan, the automotive critic for the Detroit Free Press and a member of the NACTOY jury.

2015 Mustang convertibles begin shipping to dealers

(December 10, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has announced the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will begin shipping to dealerships nationwide this week.

“Cold weather may have come unseasonably early this year, but with available heated seats, remote start and selectable drive modes with a snow/wet setting, Mustang is the perfect offering for the season,” said Melanie Banker, Mustang brand manager.

Mercedes introduces the GLE Coupe

(December 10, 2014) STUTTGART — Mercedes-Benz is combining two classes of vehicle — each with its own distinct style — to make a new model, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

The sporty nature of a coupe dominates, imbued with the striking characteristics of a robust SUV. In addition to convincing on-road vehicle dynamics, the GLE Coupe looks impressive as well. With its flowing side contour, elongated and low greenhouse, striking radiator grille with central chrome louvre and rear end design, the GLE Coupe cites styling features typical of particularly sporty Mercedes-Benz models.

GM Foundation contributes $2.87 million to higher education

(December 9, 2014) DETROIT — The General Motors Foundation today announced grants totaling $2.875 million to support 29 universities and organizations across the country in 2014 through its University/Organization Partner Program.

The initiative provides funding to advance secondary education curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields important to the automotive industry.