August 2015

First trailer released for 'Get Lost' adventure motorcycling web series

(August 31, 2015) NEW HARTFORD, Conn. — Wide Eyed Collective has unveiled its first trailer for "Get Lost," a gripping original web series. Created by Wide Eyed Collective Founder Teague Fleury, this adventure documentary spans three months and 12,000 miles covering Fleury's solo motorcycle journey from Connecticut to Panama and back.

The series will chronicle the challenges and wonders of traveling and filming through nine countries and 14 international border crossings.

Historic Bentleys to star at Edinburgh event

(August 31, 2015) EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scotland’s historical seat of power, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is playing host to the 2015 Concours of Elegance Sept. 4-6, with an impressive array of Bentley models taking center stage.

The prestigious event — which showcases 60 of the world’s rarest and most valuable cars — will feature six Bentley models ranging from a 1927 6 ½ Liter Vanden Plas tourer to a 1960 S2 Continental with H.J. Mulliner Fastback coachwork.

BMW wins in three categories in magazine's motorcycle of year awards

(August 31, 2015) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW is the only manufacturer to earn three categories in Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Awards. Editors of Motorcyclist proclaimed the BMW S 1000 RR “Best Sportbike,” and — for the second year in a row — named the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure “Best Adventure Bike” and the BMW R 1200 RT “Best Touring Bike.”

All-new Mazda2 Black goes on sale in UK; U.S. not getting '16 model

(August 31, 2017) LONDON — Mazda’s stylish and sophisticated supermini range has been boosted in the United Kingdom with the launch of the all-new 2016 Mazda2 Sport Black special edition. Mazda says that it offers high levels of standard specification, sporty styling enhancements and the opportunity to personalize the car. The all-new Mazda2 Sport Black arrives in dealerships this week in the UK.

Ram Truck Brand creates 'Ram Nation' volunteer corps

(August 30, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tapping into the natural instinct of truck owners to lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors when a need arises, Ram Truck has launched “Ram Nation” to help its owners and dealers come together for disaster relief and community service initiatives.

2016 Ford Explorer goes 'platinum'

(August 29, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Explorer — the best-selling SUV in the United States for 25 years — reaches new heights with the Platinum edition, a well-appointed combination of the performance-minded Explorer Sport and comfort-designed Limited trim level. Ford Explorer Platinum will hit showrooms in September.

Harold drives a Texas-made 2015 Toyota Tacoma


(August 28, 2015) The Automative Reporter's Harold Gunn discovered why the Toyota Tacoma sells more than half of all mid-sized pickups sold in America while test driving a 2015 pickup for a week.

He admits the all-new 2016 model, which he recently test drove, is a leap forward. But he adds that the 2015 has plenty going for it, and savvy shoppers may find some bargains on 2015 models as the 2016 reaches dealer lots.

Flint Engine builds millionth 1.4-liter engine; begins transition to new engine

(August 28, 2015) FLINT, Mich. — No sooner had employees at Flint Engine Operations reached one milestone — 1 million 1.4-liter engines produced — that transition began to production of a new global engine for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze and Volt.

Flint Engine, which opened in 2002, is in the midst of a $200-million upgrade that will see 1.4-liter engine production end this week and the new Ecotec small gas engine production start by year’s end.

Mazda reveals all-new Retail Evolution dealership design

(August 28, 2015) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced its all-new dealership design, dubbed “Retail Evolution,” featuring an open concept floor plan that offers a new level of business transparency, and a look and feel enhanced through the use of natural materials that results in an even more upscale decor than the company’s current popular Retail Revolution design.

The first Retail Evolution dealership built from the ground up to this exacting standard will be Mazda of Everett in Seattle, Wash., which opened Thursday.

2016 Hyundai Accent gets some touchups, starting at $14,745

(August 28, 2015) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has announced that for the 2016 model year the Accent gets minor changes, including more consistent trim-level naming and some packaging updates. The 2016 subcompact Accent arrives in dealerships this month at a starting price of $14,745.