July 2015

Detroit-made Chevrolet Impala now for sale in Korea

(July 31, 2015) SEOUL, South Korea — Chevrolet began taking pre-orders in Korea today for the Impala, the first time the brand is introducing a full-size sedan domestically. The Chevrolet Impala for Korea is assembled at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.

BMW partners again with 'Mission Impossible' film

(July 31, 2015) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — The all-new BMW 7 Series, the brand’s flagship in its sixth generation, is featured in the highly-anticipated film “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance, in theaters worldwide today. BMW is the exclusive worldwide automotive partner of this installment of the legendary action film franchise starring Tom Cruise.

Automotive Alley brings added horsepower to Rolex Monterey

(July 31, 2015) MONTEREY, Calif. — The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 13-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, will feature an abundance of sights and sounds of hundreds of historic race cars throttling around the race circuit, being worked on in the pits or seen driving through the bustling paddock. It is unlike any museum.

Big rig resting in the weeds

This Peterbilt cab, probably from the late '70s to mid '80s — we admit no expertise when it comes to large trucks — is resting (perhaps permanently) in some eastern North Carolina weeds. Peterbilt Motors was founded in 1939 and continues to be a builder of Class 5 through Class 8 trucks, headquartered in Denton, Texas. (Photo by Ralph Gable)

Diesel fuel dips below gasoline price in more than 20 states

(July 31, 2015) WASHINGTON, D.C. — With diesel fuel prices dipping to the lowest levels since 2009 the U.S. vehicle market is prime for potential market increases as several new 2016 clean diesel cars and pickup trucks prepare to hit showrooms in the coming months, according to Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

OnStar tops one billion customer interactions

(July 30, 2015) DETROIT — OnStar has fielded more than 1 billion requests from customers, who interact by phone, mobile app or embedded cellular service in their cars and trucks. Launched nearly 19 years ago as an industry-first service that would place a call from the vehicle when an air bag deployed, OnStar today remotely unlocks doors, loads driving directions directly to the vehicle, compiles and sends emails on vehicle health and can aid law enforcement by slowing down a vehicle being pursued.

Volkswagen offers new levels of connectivity in 2016 models

(July 30, 2015) BELMONT, Calif. — Volkswagen has announced the introduction of its all-new MIB II infotainment system, available later this year on most model year 2016 Volkswagen products. Volkswagen says the all-new infotainment system not only creates the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicle services platform, but also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today.

Ford F-150 SuperCrew leads light-duty truck segment in safety ratings

(July 30, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford’s all-new F-150 is the first pickup in America to earn an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick for its SuperCrew model. The new F-150 is also the only full-size, light-duty truck in the industry to earn the government’s highest possible 5-star rating for the driver and passenger for all crash test modes and cab configurations — SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab.

Mini calling on owners to rally for record-breaking run Saturday

(July 30, 2015) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. —  With only two days left until MINI ON THE MACK, where MINI owners from across the country will attempt to break the world record for the largest-ever parade of MINIs, the team at MINI USA and MINI of Grand Rapids need only 292 more MINIs to officially break the record and chalk up another chapter of MINI history.

Audi to focus on SUVs as its U.S. sales grow

(July 29, 2015) HERNDON, Va. — Audi posted an 8.3-percent sales increase in the United States for June, marking the 54th consecutive monthly sales record for the brand. But even more remarkable might have been another fact from the June sales report: Audi SUV sales rose by 24.1 percent over a year ago.

The SUV sales performance reflects the Audi line-up’s popularity with customers and suggests a positive future, given the company’s upcoming sport utility offerings.