March 2015

Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 to appear at Amelia Island Concours

(March 13, 2015) Automobili Lamborghini unveiled the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce at the recent Geneva Motor Show and is hosting its North American debut at this weekend's 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, on Saturday at 5:30 pm on the Oceanside courtyard lawn of the Ritz Carlton, in front of Concours attendees and media.

Due in North American Lamborghini retailers this summer, the Superveloce is the new pinnacle of Lamborghini's flagship Aventador model range — a car created to enhance groundbreaking performance and unmatched design.

Ram 1500 offers two new buzz models in sport trim

(March 13, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Ram Truck brand announced this week that it will add two new Ram 1500 buzz models in Sport trim — the Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport and the Ram 1500 Black Sport.
“With a standard HEMI V-8, the Sport model offers unique features for the customer who likes aggressive styling and great performance but still needs a truck,” said Bob Hegbloom – president and CEO, Ram Truck.

Mecum in Houston to put 1,000 collector cars up for auction

(March 13, 2015) Following the historic sale of the 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype for $7 million in 2014, Mecum Auctions returns to Houston’s NRG Park April 9-11 with 1,000 American muscle cars, Corvettes, classics, hot rods, Resto Mods and more set to cross the auction block.

New Honda ad campaign urges owners to complete airbag repairs

(March 12, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. —  Honda has initiated a new, voluntary consumer information advertising campaign urging Honda and Acura owners to immediately check for open recalls and safety improvement campaigns, and to take affected vehicles to an authorized dealer for free repair as soon as possible.

This new effort builds on the comprehensive approach Honda has taken to identify, locate and contact registered owners with vehicles included in one or more recalls to replace Takata airbag inflators.

Toyota recalling 112,500 vehicles over safety issues

(March 12, 2015) Toyota said it was recalling about 112,500 vehicles in the U.S. due to possible safety issues. The recall affects about 110,000 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles of model year 2015, RAV4 vehicles of model year 2014-2015, and 2,500 RAV4 EV vehicles of model year 2012-2014, the company said in a statement this week.

Toyota said components in the RAV4 EV vehicles being recalled might cause them to shift to "neutral" gear due to a software issue, increasing the risk of a crash.

Four decades of data used to test 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

(March 12, 2015) DETROIT — Data collected over decades from across the globe is helping ensure the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu can handle the world’s worst roads even if the all-new midsize sedan never drives on them.

Production of cult Volkswagen van began 65 years ago

(March 11, 2015) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Some retire at the age of 65 — but this one is just getting started! Production of the first Volkswagen Transporter began 65 years ago and the ‘Bulli’ is still going strong today.

The first models were built in Wolfsburg before production started at a new facility in Hanover in 1956. This date also marks the beginning of a unique automotive love story:  today, the entire model series has attained cult status. Whether hippy or tradesman — everyone is driving Transporter.

BMW 328 to be honored in special class at Amelia Island Concours

(March 11, 2015) BMW of North America will mark the 40th anniversary of two key milestones in the company’s history in the United States at the 20th-annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, March 12-15. Forty years ago, BMW of North America began operating as a subsidiary of BMW AG, and only days later, BMW Motorsport scored its first US victory at the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring.

BMW sets all-time February sales record

(March 11, 2015) MUNICH — The BMW Group achieved its best-ever February sales result with 151,952 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles delivered worldwide. That's a 7.6% increase from the 141,207 sold in February 2014. A record number of 294,112 automobiles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year — an increase of 7.3% compared with the same period last year.

Chrysler 300, Toyota Sienna win top Texas Auto Writers awards

(March 11, 2015) FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) refused to let a day-long deluge of rain keep them from diligently test driving and evaluating 54 vehicles Monday, both on and off the Texas Motor Speedway Racetrack.  The 52 journalists attending the annual Auto Roundup chose the 2015 Chrysler 300 as Car of Texas, and the 2015 Toyota Sienna as the Family Car of Texas.