February 2015

500,000th Corolla speeds off line at Toyota Mississippi

(February 13, 2015) BLUE SPRINGS, Miss.  — Toyota Mississippi is celebrating the 500,000th Corolla coming off the line at the Blue Springs, Miss., production facility. The production accomplishment was achieved faster than any other Toyota plant in the U.S. — a testament to the 2,000 hardworking team members who have answered increasing consumer demand since the plant opened in 2011.

2016 Kia Rio sedan debuts at Chicago Auto Show

(February 13, 3015) CHICAGO — Kia Motors America (KMA) pulled the wraps off the 2016 Rio Sedan at the Chicago Auto Show Thursday   making its global debut alongside the previously introduced Rio 5-Door last year in Paris.

Refreshed inside and out for the 2016 model year, the pair offer sporty European design cues and generous interior accommodations while providing fuel efficiency.  Both Sedan and 5-Door are expected to go on sale in the first quarter.

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV makes North American debut

(February 13, 3015) Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has unveiled the futuristic Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The full-size SVU concept provides a glimpse at the brand's new design language applied to a large vehicle.

Kia storms into Chicago with electric all-wheel drive Trail'ster concept

(February 12, 2015) CHICAGO — Aligning form and function to conceive a uniquely compelling vehicle for the city-dweller-turned-outdoor-adventurer, Kia Motors America (KMA) took the wraps off the boldly designed Trail’ster e-AWD hybrid concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. 

All-new 2016 Honda Pilot makes world debut in Chicago

(February 12, 2015) CHICAGO — The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV made its global premiere today at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Reengineered and redesigned in America, the 2016 Honda Pilot according to Honda delivers more family-friendly utility, more advance technology and more premium attributes and amenities than ever before, boasting class-leading safety features, fuel efficiency and confident driving dynamics in a thoroughly modern, stylish and sophisticated new package.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda to jointly support hydrogen station infrastructure

(February 12, 2015) Toyota, Nissan and Honda have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Specific measures to be undertaken by the three manufacturers will be determined at a later date.
For hydrogen-fueled FCVs to gain popularity, it is not only important that attractive products be launched ― hydrogen station infrastructure must also be developed.

Chevrolet introduces restyled 2016 Equinox

(February 12, 2015) CHICAGO — Chevrolet today introduced the 2016 Equinox — a contemporized version of the popular compact SUV. Updates include new styling with premium accents, new wheel designs and new available safety features, as well as a larger color touchscreen radio and a standard rear-vision camera for entry-level models.

Volkswagen announces pricing of 2015 Golf SportWagen

(February 12, 2015) CHICAGO — Volkswagen of America today announced pricing of the all-new Golf SportWagen. With a starting PRICE of $21,395 for the 1.8T S model with manual transmission, the latest SportWagen features more standard equipment, increased fuel efficiency, and more space than the outgoing Jetta SportWagen S model. The TDI Clean Diesel model starts at $24,595, a reduction of almost $2,000 over the previous base TDI model price.

New Ford Police Interceptor debuts at Chicago Auto Show

(February 12, 2015) CHICAGO — Ford will unveil the 2016 Ford Police Intercept or Utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show today, kicking off a new chapter for the utility that has changed the face of law enforcement. Since its introduction in 2012, Police Interceptor Utility quickly became America’s best-selling police vehicle, helping Ford capture 55 percent of the U.S. law enforcement vehicle market.

2015 Mustang earns highest vehicle safety rating from NHTSA

(February 11, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2015 Ford Mustang received a top safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2015 Mustang earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing.

The New Car Assessment Program is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s evaluation program for new vehicle designs established to test for performance against safety threats. The Mustang received five stars in the frontal crash test, five stars in the side crash test and five stars in the rollover crash test.