March 2015

Range Rover Evoque Convertible production confirmed

(March 2, 2015) MAHWAH, N.J — Land Rover has confirmed production of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, on sale in 2016, by releasing a unique underground testing film.

One hundred and thirty-one feet below the streets of London, the first prototype of the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible was granted exclusive access to the 26-mile network of Crossrail tunnels for a unique development test. Engineers were allowed the opportunity to drive the disguised Evoque Convertible with its roof lowered in complete privacy.

Acura adds safety and driver assist packages to RLX with no price hike

(March 2, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — With the most comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive technologies yet available on an Acura, the 2016 RLX luxury sedan goes on sale March 3 with manufacturer's suggested retail prices unchanged from the previous model year. This price hold represents a significant value, especially for the Technology package due to the addition of AcuraWatch and Advance package which includes the first U.S. application of Acura's Surround View Camera system.

More than 200,000 Hyundai Elantras recalled over steering problem

(March 2, 2015) WASHINGTON — Hyundai announced Saturday that it is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering.

The recall affects four-door Elantra sedans produced from June 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, and 2009-10 model Elantra Touring hatchbacks, Hyundai said in a report posted Saturday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. It said the defect might affect an estimated 3 percent of those cars.

Ford Smart Mobility experiments with electric bicycles

(March 2, 2015) BARCELONA, Spain — Ford is expanding its global Ford Smart Mobility plan with a new experiment to study how electric bicycles can work seamlessly with cars and public transport to deliver faster and easier daily commutes and help businesses operating in urban centers.

New Tucson borrows Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design cues

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(March 1, 2015) Hyundai will launch its new Tucson crossover at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the first created under the direction of Peter Schreyer in his new capacity as President and Chief Design Officer at the Hyundai Motor Group. Previous to this, Schreyer was the chief designer at Kia.