July 2015

This Apache no longer on the warpath

This 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup was spotted in a wooded junkyard of old, worn out vehicles. It is one of the Task Force line of pickups built from 1955 through 1959 for Chevrolet and GMC. Chevrolet introduced its innovative small block 265 cubic-inch V-8 in the Task Force series. The new modern styling as well as the innovative V-8 made Chevrolet the best selling truck brand for the second half of the 1950s.
(Photo by John Harper)

Jaguar E-type jumps into lead in poll to find best British car ever

(July 15, 2015) LONDON — Voting is heating up in a new global poll by Classic & Sports Car magazine to find the best British car of all time, with the much-loved Jaguar E-type taking a narrow lead with just a few weeks to go until the poll closes.

Once referred to as the most beautiful car ever by Enzo Ferrari, the E-type is just edging out its nearest rival, the Mini Cooper S, but with polls at www.classicandsportscarshow.com open until Aug. 1, there’s every chance that lead could change hands.

Steve McQueen's last special-order Porsche to be offered at auction

(July 15, 2015) The very last car special-ordered by The King of Cool — the late movie star Steve McQueen — will be offered for sale at the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey Aug. 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera will be donated to McQueen’s alma mater, the reform school Boys Republic.

GM invests $1.4 billion for Arlington plant upgrades

(July 15, 2015) ARLINGTON, Texas — In its largest single plant investment in the U.S. this year, General Motors announced today $1.4 billion for a range of improvements to its Arlington Assembly Plant to more competitively produce high-quality full-size SUVs. The investment allows the plant to be reconfigured with a new paint shop, body shop and general assembly area upgrades.

More than 2,300 volunteers descend on raceway for superbike championship

(July 15, 2015) MONTEREY, Calif. — More than 2,300 community volunteers are descending on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this week to help host the FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round July 17-19. The army of volunteers will put in more than 8,500 hours in exchange for donations to their clubs and charities.

Volvo acquires Polestar, the Swedish high-performance brand

(July 15, 2015) Volvo has become synonymous with safety and now Volvo officials hope they can add high performance. BMW has the M brand, Mercedes-Benz has AMG, and now Volvo has Polestar. Volvo Cars announced Tuesday that it has acquired 100 per cent of the Swedish high performance car company. Polestar will now be used as the model name for special high performance Volvos.

Mazda Mobile Start to enhance driving ownership of Mazda vehicles

(July 14, 2015) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda North America has announced the launch of Mazda Mobile Start, the only Smartphone Remote Engine Start system engineered and designed specifically for Mazda vehicles. Meeting all of Mazda’s exacting factory standards and specifications, Mazda Mobile Start can be purchased and installed at local authorized Mazda dealers.

Everything Land Rover Aug. 9 at UK's National Motor Museum

(July 14, 2015) BEAULIEU, England — Land Rovers of all ages and varieties will be heading to Beaulieu on Sunday, Aug. 9, for Simply Land Rover. Now in its third year the event taking place in the grounds of the National Motor Museum puts on an impressive display that is sure to appeal to fans of Britain’s best-loved off-roader.

New VW 'Unleash your RRRR' allows users to drive a virtual Golf R

(July 14, 2015) HERNDON, Va.  — Volkswagen has unveiled the Unleash Your Rrrr site that allows Volkswagen fans to drive a virtual Golf R using only the sound of voice. The web app utilizes deep learning, an artificial intelligence subset of machine learning, developed by VW’s agency of record Deutsch LA, to analyze each user’s unique impression of the Golf R engine’s roar.

It then generates a customized video of the 292-hp turbocharged Golf R model roaring through a race track, drifting, braking, among other cool stunts that correspond with the user’s voice recording.

Third-generation Hyundai Tucson delivers sporty looks

(July 14, 2015) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson arrives in dealerships this month offering an edgy exterior design, a pair of fuel efficient drivetrains and a stylish interior that is roomier than its predecessor.