May 2015

Meet the new 2016 Porsche Boxster and 911 Carrera Black Editions

(May 19, 2015) ATLANTA — Porsche has created a special model of the 911 Carrera and Boxster: the Black Edition. The combination of black exterior and interior emphasizes the timeless, classy elegance of each sports car. As the name indicates, Black paint is standard, while Jet Black Metallic is available as an option.

Fiat Chrysler posts another strong month in Europe

(May 19, 2015) LONDON — In April, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles outpaced industry sales growth in Europe for the fourth consecutive month with passenger car sales up 13.4% year-over-year to nearly 79,000 vehicles. The group was leader in the European A segment for the 28th consecutive month, with the Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda accounting for a combined 29.2% share.

Spark EV motor plant fueled by green, clean energy

(May 19, 2015) WHITE MARSH, Md. — Chevrolet recently began selling the Spark EV to Maryland commuters able to take advantage of the state’s robust charging infrastructure. Now the car’s electric motor and drive unit are being manufactured in Maryland under a rooftop solar array in a newly LEED-certified building.

The dinosaurs are back — along with Mercedes-Benz vehicles

(May 19, 2015) STUTTGART, Germany — This summer, when the long-awaited next installment of the groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World, arrives in theaters, an entire fleet of Mercedes-Benz vehicles will share the spotlight. Alongside the iconic G-Class, Unimog, Sprinter models and the all-new GLE Coupe will play a leading role in the epic action-adventure.

2016 Nissan Maxima SR bests three sports sedans in certified testing

(May 18, 2015) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan promised that the 2016 Nissan Maxima lives up to its "4-Door Sports Car" nickname when it revealed the all-new, eighth-generation sport sedan's design at the recent New York International Auto Show. Now the certified proof — and video testing highlights — are in and posted online for everyone to see.

2016 Buick Enclave adds OnStar 4G LTE connectivity

(May 18, 2015) DETROIT — Let the streaming commence! Passengers in the 2016 Buick Enclave can download on the go with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. It includes a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which can be used simultaneously by up to seven devices.

The Enclave’s connectivity upgrade brings 4G LTE and the Wi-Fi hotspot to the entire 2016 Buick model range, from Encore and Verano to Regal and LaCrosse — and the all-new Cascada convertible. The Wi-Fi hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and it comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.

DriveNow car sharing adds BMW electric i3 vehicles to fleet

(May 18, 2015) LONDON — The car sharing service DriveNow is extending its vehicle fleet with the addition of the BMW i3. Starting today, DriveNow customers in London are able for the first time to use the all-electric premium model by BMW i. This will be followed by the global roll-out of the BMW i3 in DriveNow vehicle pools this summer at several German locations and somewhat later in other European cities.

2016 Camaro establishes new performance benchmark

(May 17, 2015) DETROIT — The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro revealed Saturday offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement and is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years.  The Gen Six Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture and a broader powertrain range.

Mustang GT350/GT350R: Steering, suspension, brakes

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(May 16, 2015) Unlike the original, the new GT350 is not an afterthought created to give Ford’s new Pony Car the street cred to go with its looks. It was part of the 2015 Mustang program from its inception, which gave engineers the opportunity to build in those items that would make this transition easier, rather than add them on at great expense later.