July 2015

Harold reports on the VW Golf SportWagen TDI


(July 13, 2015) In this audio test report Harold finds the new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with diesel engine to be a very special vehicle. But he probably knew that ahead of his drive based on all the awards and accolades the Golf has received over the past year including being named North American Car of the year.

Also catch MotorwayAmerica's review of the SportWagen. We concluded that the new VW wagon would make the "station wagon" cool again.

2016 Silverado: The new face of strong

(July 13, 2015) DETROIT — Chevy Trucks are on a roll, with Chevrolet pickup sales up 32 percent so far this year. Chevrolet intends to strengthen this momentum with significant updates for the 2016 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup.

“The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks’ legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks.

Classic car families celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day

(July 13, 2015) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Hagerty Classic Cars magazine took over a Chicago-area drive-in to celebrate the 6th annual Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 10. Those in classic cars received complimentary admission, and enjoyed a summer evening with the whole family. The event welcomed more than 500 cars, with some collectors driving nearly 200 miles to attend.

"It is a very special experience to watch a movie in a classic car with your family at a drive-in," said McKeel Hagerty, executive publisher of Hagerty Classic Cars magazine.

Chevy official discusses the Silverado, Colorado


(July 13, 2015) Harold Gunn and Brent Clanton of The Automotive Reporter interview Tom Wilkinson, Chevrolet Truck Communications Manager, who provides an overview of the 2015 Silverado and the hot-selling mid-sized Colorado.

If you are a Chevy truck fan you will find Wilkinson has some interesting insights into the current state of Chevrolet trucks, and a peak into what may be coming.

Harold takes a quick look at the 2015 Chrysler 300


(July 13, 2015) Harold ticks off the attributes of the 2015 Chrysler 300 in a mere 75 seconds in this audio report from The Automotive Reporter. The 300 has been refreshed for the 2015 model year with exterior styling updates and a reworked interior.

The newest updates to the long-running platform should keep it relevant in the big-sedan segment until FCA gets around to an all-new vehicle in the upcoming years.

Autonomous driving: Getting ahead of reality

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(July 13, 2015) Are autonomous vehicles the Holy Grail of automotive safety? Both the media and Wall Street have focused on the autonomous future, suggesting driverless cars are not only just around the corner, they will dramatically reduce, if not eliminate, vehicle crashes and force wide-spread global adoption of this technology.

Lexus continues to refine ES 350 for 2016 model year

(July 12, 2015) Maintaining luxury leadership requires a relentless pursuit. Lexus, after giving the ES 350 significant enhancements for 2015, maintains its momentum by endowing the 2016 ES 350 with a makeover for the front, rear and wheels; and new safety, connectivity and multimedia technology.

Elio Motors launches successful equity crowdfunding campaign

(July 11, 2015) TROY, Mich. — Elio Motors has announced it is off to a record-setting pace for its disclosed equity crowdfunding campaign, with more than $16 million in expressed non-binding interest from nearly 5,000 potential investors in just 19 days. Elio Motors’ goal is to raise $25 million through the campaign.

Elio Motors launched the crowdfunding initiative on June 19 and has averaged nearly $1 million in expressed non-binding interest each day.

Ford offers details on mass-produced carbon fiber wheels for Shelby Mustang

(July 11, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — With a little help from Space Shuttle technology, Ford helped reinvent the wheel. For the all-new Shelby GT350R, the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever, Ford dreamed of using the ultimate high-performance material for its unique wheels — carbon fiber.

Retired 1961 Ford

Ford was restyled for the 1961 model year with a new grille, a squared off roofline and new round taillights. This example was found in Florida in a deteriorating condition.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)