March 2015

Flying A still proudly flies

Flying A gasoline became the primary brand of Tidewater Oil Company in 1936 and was used on the  East Coast through 1970 when it was permanently discontinued. Phillips Petroleum purchased Tidewater's western refining, distribution and retailing network in 1966 and dropped the brand name on the West Coast. The Flying A continued to be used on the East Coast until 1970 when it was discontinued by Getty Oil Company, which in 1966 merged with Tidewater. This remnant of days gone by was photographed near Bailey, N.C.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Caterham introduces three new additions to its range of sportscars

(March 23, 2015) WEST SUSSEX, England — Caterham Cars has introduced three brand new additions to its existing range of iconic sportscars. The Seven 270, 360 and 480 are all available in the UK immediately.

The introduction of these three new variants simplifies Caterham’s range to comprise five core models. In addition, all Caterham Sevens can now be specified with brand new ‘S’ or ‘R’ equipment packages.

Head’s up! Clean displays help keep drivers informed

(March 23, 2015) DETROIT — In the days of wearable technology that connects you to the world around you, the automotive head-up display, or HUD, is a seasoned veteran. General Motors pioneered the system decades ago, yet its design teams continue to refine both appearance and functionality to help reduce driver distraction.

Honda introducing new lease options for its Fit electric car

(March 23, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda is extending the reach of its all-electric Fit EV through new lease programs for both existing and prospective Fit EV customers. For current, eligible Fit EV customers, Honda is offering a two-year lease extension that includes a lower $199 monthly payment (previously $259) and extends the unlimited mileage, routine maintenance and collision coverage that were included in the original lease.

How Apple could change the automotive landscape

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(March 23, 2015) Chrysler minivans running around with sensors cluttering the roof have started a stampede of analysts predicting when Apple will get into the business of designing and building automobiles. With in excess of $120 billion in the bank, the Cupertino, Calif., computer maker has more than enough money on hand to build an self-driving electric vehicle of its own, and put that upstart Elon Musk in his place.

Callaway Cars, Bob Bondurant Driving School collaborate on products

(March 22, 2015) — Callaway Cars has announced a partnership with the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving to create limited edition products along with unique experiences of driving high performance vehicles. The historic agreement was made official by legends Bob Bondurant and Reeves Callaway.

Seven new Jeep concept vehicles unleashed for 49th Easter Jeep Safari

(March 22, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Seven new, capable and fun Jeep concept vehicles — featuring a host of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts available to consumers — are set to conquer the trails of Moab, Utah, at the 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari, taking place March 28-April 5. 

Analysis shows DeltaWing road car should achieve 74 mpg highway

(March 21, 2015) SEBRING, Fla. — DeltaWing Technology Group has released the results of an independent engineering analysis of a four-passenger road car concept based on the patented DeltaWing narrow front track vehicle architecture that showed it would achieve an unadjusted EPA fuel economy rating of nearly 74 mpg highway and over 57 mpg combined rating.

If it was available today, those figures would not only make it America’s most fuel efficient internal combustion engine vehicle — and it would meet the 2025 CAFE standard.

Twin turbo V-6 leads new generation of Cadillac engines

(March 21, 2015) DETROIT — Cadillac has announced a new generation of V-6 engines, led by an exclusive Twin Turbo V-6 that will be one of the industry’s most advanced six-cylinder gasoline engines. It leverages the latest technology to balance efficiency, performance and refinement in the upcoming, top-of-the-range CT6 luxury performance sedan.

Lexus to unveil all-new RX crossover in New York

(March 20, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — Lexus will introduce the all-new 2016 RX at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. When the RX model launched 17 years ago, it defined a new luxury segment. Since then, it has dominated mid-size luxury utility vehicle sales.

The fourth generation RX will make its global debut at a press conference in the Galleria at Jacob Javits Convention Center on Wednesday, April 1.