March 2015

Wienermobile hits the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

(March 28, 2015) MONTEREY, Calif. — Better to be lucky than good In motorsports was truly the case for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and its Facebook account this past Wednesday when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile drove two laps on the iconic circuit.

Snow and freezing rain not a match for 2015 Ford F-350 King Ranch

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(March 29, 2015) For some folks, if a l
ittle is good, a lot is better, and too much is just right. Thus, if they have need of a pickup, a run-of-the-mill light-duty 4x4 is good, but a heavy-duty model is better. And, if you’re going to go for a heavy-duty model, why not go for the heaviest duty pickup you can afford that doesn’t make you look like an idiot to the neighbors?

Mercedes-Benz announces plans to launch its first pickup truck

(March 28, 2015) Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will expand its product range into a promising segment by launching the first pickup from a premium manufacturer. Thanks to their versatility, all-round utility, and payload of around one metric ton, pickups are popular across the world and thus have good sales potential.

Updated smart fortwo to make U.S. debut at New York Auto Show

(March 27, 2015) NEW YORK — The revolution enters the next round — Mercedes-Benz officials say the all-new smart fortwo has undergone improvements in virtually all areas and is markedly more comfortable. Drive power is supplied by a three-cylinder engine rated at 89 horsepower, mated to a five-speed manual transmission or the twinamic automatic dual clutch transmission.

New Mercedes GLE will be unveiled in N.Y. after a trip up from Alabama

(March 27, 2015) Mercedes-Benz has thoroughly revised the GLE, its best-seller in the Mid-sized SUV segment. The highlights of the new GLE — the new name for the M-Class — include considerably more appealing front and tail ends and extensive measures which make new benchmarks with regard to emissions and drive system possible.

BMW celebrates 3 million vehicles produced in South Carolina

(March 27, 2015) SPARTANBURG, S.C. — In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this week, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was driven by Dawn Burgess, hired in 1994.

Burgess presented the keys to the milestone vehicle to Manfred Erlacher, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing.

Toyota's exhibit in New York to feature new RAV4 Hybrid

(March 27, 2015) NEW YORK — Want to see what mobility looks like today? Tomorrow? Visitors to the New York International Auto Show will glimpse exactly that when they check out the Toyota exhibit. They’ll see the newest hybrid model in the Toyota line-up, the RAV4 Hybrid.

The RAV4 Hybrid, the fuel-efficient iteration of one of the company’s best-selling, award-winning vehicles, is making its world debut in New York.

Kia expands Soul EV availability to five additional states

(March 26, 2015) IRVINE, Calif. — Following the successful launch of the Soul EV late last year in California, Kia Motors America has announced it is expanding availability of its fully charged urban runabout into five new states: Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. 

Harley-Davidson breaks ground on permanent Sturgis location

(March 26, 2015) STURGIS, S.D. — Harley-Davidson and the city of Sturgis traded-in gilded shovels and ceremonial hard hats for revving motorcycles and open-face helmets to break ground, or more accurately, tear it up to start construction of The Harley-Davidson Rally Point, the city's new permanent year-round space for riders.

Ram unveils Texas Ranger concept truck

(March 26, 2015) DALLAS — The Ram Truck brand has unveiled a one-of-a-kind Texas Ranger concept truck to commemorate and promote the brand’s partnership with the renowned law-enforcement agency and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.
Introduced by Ram Truck Brand President and CEO Bob Hegbloom at the 2015 Dallas Auto Show, the Ram Texas Ranger concept truck brings the legendary spirit of the Rangers to the road.