April 2015

Delphi successfully completes first coast-to-coast automated drive

(April 6, 2015) Delphi Automotive has completed the longest automated drive in North America, traveling from San Francisco to New York in the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.  Nearly 3,400 miles were covered with 99 percent of the drive in fully automated mode.

Subaru partners with National Park Foundation for centennial

(April 5, 2015) CHERRY HILL, N.J. -  Subaru of America has announced its continued commitment to the environment and America’s national parks through a multi-year partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks. The partnership celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service and America’s national parks.

Mercedes-Benz has record first-quarter sales in U.S. of 85,248

(April 5, 2015) MONTVALE, N.J. — Mercedes-Benz reported last week best-ever March sales of 29,921, increasing 9.2% from the same month last year. Retail volumes for Sprinter Vans climbed 24.2% to 2,379, combining with 583 units at smart for a March total of 32,883 for Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA).

Year-to-date, Mercedes-Benz delivered 78,156 vehicles, up 7.6%. Adding 5,559 units for Sprinter and 1,533 units for smart, MBUSA achieved a record first-quarter close of 85,248 units.

Subaru shows a more aggressive performance future with concept car

(April 5, 2015) NEW YORK — Subaru of America last week unveiled the STI Performance Concept at the New York International Auto Show. The STI Performance Concept signifies a plan for U.S.-expansion of Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the performance division of Subaru, in its three core business areas — aftermarket parts, STI-tuned cars and motorsports.

Nissan announces $33,235 starting price for all-new 2016 Maxima

(April 4, 2015) NEW YORK – Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima, which made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show. The eighth-generation of Nissan's iconic "4-Door Sports Car" is scheduled to arrive at Nissan dealers nationwide beginning this summer.

Mercedes-Benz wins three of five world car awards; BMW, Citroen also win

(April 4, 2015) NEW YORK — Mercedes-Benz won three categories in the prestigious "World Car Awards 2015." The ceremony was held during press days of the New York International Auto Show this week.

Particular success was enjoyed by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, (pictured at top) which won the "World Car of the Year 2015 Award." The S-Class Coupé was voted "World Luxury Car 2015," while the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car picked up the award for "World Performance Car 2015."

Toyota reports 4.9 percent March increase

(April 3, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota this week reported March 2015 sales of 225,959, an increase of 4.9 percent from March 2014 on a volume basis. With one less selling day in March 2015 compared to March 2014, sales were up 9.1 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.
Toyota division posted March 2015 sales of 194,905, up 4.4 percent on a volume basis and 8.5 percent on a DSR basis.  

Innovation is the 'spark' behind Chevrolet's minicar

(April 3, 2015) NEW YORK — Chevrolet this week introduced the all-new 2016 Spark — a completely redesigned and more sophisticated execution of the brand’s global minicar. It offers greater efficiency and refinement, along with new, available safety and connectivity features.

As one of Chevrolet’s most global vehicles, the 2016 Spark will be offered in more than 40 markets around the world.

Pickups, crossovers drive best GM truck sales in March since 2007

(April 3, 2015) DETROIT — Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 249,875 vehicles in March 2015, down 2 percent year over year. Fleet deliveries were up 5 percent and retail deliveries declined 5 percent. Total sales of trucks, including pickups, vans and SUVs, were up 14 percent. Crossover deliveries were up 6 percent and passenger car deliveries were down 21 percent.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class named 2015 World Car of the Year

(April 3, 2015) NEW YORK — The journey on The Road to the World Car has ended with the declaration of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as the 2015 World Car of the Year.  The winner was announced during a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation and Autoneum.