April 2015

Mercedes introduces GLC Coupe crossover concept in Shanghai

(April 20, 2015) SHANGHAI — Mercedes-Benz is steadily continuing its product offensive in its year of the SUV. With the close-to-production GLC Coupé concept, the Mercedes is providing a glimpse in Shanghai of forthcoming new models for the booming global off-road segment. The exceptionally sporty show car carries the idea of the GLE Coupé over into a more compact segment.

Cadillac CT6 to offer plug-In hybrid electric technology

(April 20, 2015) SHANGHAI - Cadillac announced today at the Shanghai Auto Show that it will add an available Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) propulsion system to its upcoming range-topping CT6 sedan. The new PHEV system is expected to more than double the fuel economy of the conventional powertrain offerings.

Ford unveils a new Taurus in Shanghai for Chinese market

(April 19, 2015) SHANGHAI, China — Introducing a new premium sedan for discerning Chinese business customers, Ford today unveiled the new Ford Taurus at a special event in Shanghai. Designed especially to meet the needs of the Chinese market, the vehicle brings the historic Taurus nameplate to China for the first time.

451 Ram owners set record for largest parade of pickup trucks

(April 19, 2015) ARLINGTON, Texas — Ram truck owners from seven U.S states and Canada helped the Ram Truck brand set a new Guinness World Records title for the largest parade of pickup trucks on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. There were 451 Ram trucks participating in the “Ram Truck Round-up,” breaking the previous world record of  438 trucks.

Ford announces $2.5 billion investment in two new Mexican plants

(April 18, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Further building its lineup of increasingly fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, Ford has announced a $2.5 billion investment in two new facilities building a new generation of engines and transmissions in the states of Chihuahua and Guanjuato, respectively.

BMW sets quarterly record for motorcycle sales

(April 18, 2015) MUNICH — BMW Motorrad achieved its best quarterly sales figures of all time in the first three months of 2015. BMW sold 31,370 motorcycles and scooters from January through March compared to 28,719 units in 2014, a 9.2 percent increase. In March, BMW Motorrad delivered 15,912 motorcycles and Maxi Scooters worldwide, a 4.8% growth in sales.

Honda retains status as most reliable used carmaker in the UK

(April 18, 2015) LONDON — Honda has retained its status as the most reliable used car manufacturer in the UK for the ninth consecutive year, according to research by What Car? and Warranty Direct. The Japanese manufacturer topped the annual survey of 37 manufacturers, which analyses 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies on three to eight-year old vehicles.

FEV to display next-generation dual clutch transmission at SAE event

(April 17, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — FEV North America, Inc. (FEV) a leading developer of vehicle systems and advanced powertrain technologies, will be showing its advanced Dual Clutch Transmission (xDCT) at the 2015 SAE World Congress, April 21 – 23 in Detroit.

The transmission, part of a larger family of compact, highly efficient transmissions, demonstrates FEV's view of the vehicle as a connected system in which all functions contribute to efficiency and enhanced performance.

Dodge launches online Viper GTC Customizer

(April 17, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For enthusiasts ready to buy and for those who just want to dream, the Dodge brand is launching its new Dodge Viper GTC Customizer, available here. The Viper GTC Customizer offers Viper lovers of all stripes the chance to design their personalized version of the only hand-built performance supercar.

Aluminum-bodied F-150 SuperCrew earns top government crash ratings

(April 17, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2015 aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, putting to rest any concerns that the lighter material would result in a weaker pickup and eliminating one of the Chevrolet Silverado’s advantages.