December 2014

Audi sets new annual sales record in U.S. with one month to go

(December 2, 2014) HERNDON, Va. — Audi set an annual U.S. sales record this past weekend by surpassing the previous record set in 2013. The new milestone set with one month remaining means that 2014 is the fifth-consecutive record year for the premium brand. By the end of December, Audi expects to register 48 consecutive monthly sales records, the longest-running streak in the U.S. auto industry.

Chrysler reports best November sales since 2001

(December 2, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler Group today reported U.S. sales of 170,839 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in November 2013 when 142,275 units were sold, and the group’s best November sales since 2001.

GM recalls 316,357 vehicles over headlamp problem

(December 2, 2014) DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 316,357 older-model SUVs and sedans for a problem with malfunctioning headlamps. The recall covers 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy SUVs; 2006 TrailBlazer EXT and Envoy XL; 2006-07 Buick Rainier SUVs; 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse sedans; 2006-08 Saab 9-7X SUVs; and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascender SUVs.

First 2015 Corvette Z06s on their way to customers

(December 2, 2014) BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Chevrolet is now shipping the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 coupe from Bowling Green Assembly and some early customers could receive the much-anticipated supercar later this week.

“It has been an incredible opportunity to work on Chevy’s most capable model,” said Jeff Lamarche, plant manager of General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly plant, “It truly is an amazing car, and we’re thrilled to get them into the hands of our eager customers.”

Chevrolet's new small SUV introduced into U.S.; on sale in early 2015

(December 2, 2014) SAN DIEGO — With the utility of an SUV and agility of a compact car, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a city-smart vehicle ready for almost any adventure. It is being launched in San Diego this week and will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2015.

New 2015.5 Dodge Viper GTS now available for customer 'sold orders'

(December 1, 2014) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge Viper sales have been on a run since the brand repositioned the limited-production hand-built super car in September, and Dodge is building on the momentum, opening the system for dealers to place sold customer orders of the newly equipped 2015.5 Dodge Viper GTS and TA 2.0 Special Edition, which join the SRT and GT models in the Viper lineup.

New Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG — Breathtaking and irresistible

(December 1, 2014) The new S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe is the latest dream car to augment the Mercedes-AMG model range. According to Mercedes, exciting lines underpin this two- door model's design. Power and sensual purity combine to give the vehicle irresistible presence and breathtaking performance.

Colorado and Canyon: Striving for the perfect body

(December 1, 2014) WENTZVILLE, Mo. — The men and women launching the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks at General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly Plant are proud of their “perfect bodies.”

Not necessarily what they see in the mirror but the perfect bodies of the new trucks that began production in September.

Mazda recalling 100,000 Mazda6 sedans for tire pressure monitor fix

(December 1, 2014) DETROIT — Mazda is recalling about 100,000 of its Mazda6 sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years because the tire monitoring system may not alert drivers to low tire pressure, U.S. regulators said last week.

Owners of the cars should bring them into Mazda dealerships for a software update, the company told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cadillac gets a happy Pilgrim for Thanksgiving

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(December 1, 2014) You can almost hear the joy in his voice: “This car sounds wicked and screams like it's ripping holes in the air. I love it,” says Andy Pilgrim, Cadillac Racing driver. “We have paddle gear shifters for the first time, and I'm enjoying the new tools. The engine torque is remarkable, as always, pulling strongly out of the corners.”