July 2015

Honda's refreshed 2016 Accord loaded with new technology

(July 24, 2015) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Honda introduced a refreshed 2016 Accord loaded with advanced technology in Silicon Valley Thursday, the first time the company has launched a new vehicle in the U.S. tech hub. Coming to market in August, the 2016 Accord will be the first Honda model and among the first high-volume cars in the marketplace to feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

High-end Revel audio available in Lincoln MKX

(July 23, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — A listening experience comparable to what’s offered only through very high-end home audio systems now is available in the all-new Lincoln MKX midsize utility, which went on sale in June.

Revel, HARMAN International’s most exclusive loudspeaker brand, worked with Lincoln engineers and designers to craft a 13-speaker Revel audio system and a 19-speaker Revel Ultima system for the all-new Lincoln MKX.

Ed Foss Corvette collection going to auction at Mecum Monterey

(July 23, 2015) WALWORTH, Wis. — The cars that populate the concours and other events throughout the world-renowned Monterey Classic Car Week are most often prototypical pre-war classics and European sports cars that have established themselves as some of the most collectible on the planet.

FCA recalling 144,416 crossovers for engine cover problem

(July 23, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is voluntarily recalling an estimated 144,416 crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) in the U.S. to better secure their engine covers. Engine covers in certain vehicles may become dislodged. If they come in contact with exhaust components, it may pose a fire risk.
This condition was discovered during an FCA US investigation of three incidents in Chile. In each case, the vehicle had been driven extensively on unpaved or uneven surfaces. The company is aware of a single related injury, described as minor.

Volkswagen Chattanooga builds 500,000th Passat

(July 23, 2015) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Volkswagen Chattanooga has achieved a significant production milestone with the completion of its 500,000th Passat.

The car, produced in the world’s first and only LEED Platinum certified factory, was a Candy White Limited Edition, with black interior, keyless access with pushbutton start, a rearview camera, heated seats, a 170 horsepower, 1.8 liter turbo engine, premium radio and 17 inch alloy Sonoma wheels.

Fiat brand returns to Vans US Open of Surfacing for third year

(July 22, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Brand North America is teaming up with Vans U.S. Open of Surfing for the third year, July 25 - Aug. 2 in Huntington Beach, Calif. As part of the activation, the Fiat brand will display a stand that allows attendees to interact with the full Fiat portfolio, including the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X crossover and the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio.

Bragging rights — Entire Acura sedan model lineup gets top NHTSA ratings

(July 22, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — Acura continues to advance its leadership in safety performance among luxury brands with the 2016 ILX becoming the latest Acura sedan to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program.

The 2016 Acura ILX joins the flagship RLX luxury sedan  and the TLX performance-luxury sedan in earning an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.

Infiniti to show Q30 Premium Active Compact at Frankfurt show

(July 22, 2015) HONG KONG — The first ever Infiniti Q30 Premium Active Compact hatchback is ready for its world premiere at the International Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Featuring Infiniti's iconic design language, the all-new Q30 represents a category-breaking vehicle concept developed for customers seeking urban individuality.

FCA celebrates one million eight-speed transmissions at Kokomo plant

(July 21, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The one millionth TorqueFlite 845RE eight-speed automatic transmission produced at theFiat Chrysler Automobiles' Kokomo Transmission Plant in Indiana rolled off the assembly line last week. The occasion was marked with a celebratory town hall to recognize the nearly 3,000 hourly employees whose commitment made the milestone possible.

Ford takes pickup truck luxury to a new level with Limited edition

(July 21, 2015) NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Luxury pickups have been selling well across the country, and Ford is joining the ranks of upscale amenity-loaded trucks with its most advanced and luxurious truck ever — the Ford F-150 Limited. The new Limited expands the F-150 model lineup with more standard technology and driver convenience features than any previous F-150. The Limited, a 2016 model, goes on sale this winter.