August 2015

Mercedes-Benz launches celebrity-studded SUV campaign

(August 21, 2015) STUTTGART, Germany — Mercedes-Benz is launching what it calls a visually stunning, celebrity-studded storytelling campaign to spotlight its SUV family, which is being completely revamped this year and expanded to include six models.

1915 Ford Model T ends cross-country trip in San Francisco

(August 20, 2015) SAN FRANCISCO — In celebration of the Centennial of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and a century of road travel across America, the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) joined automotive and 1915 World's Fair enthusiasts at the Palace of Fine Arts Wednesday, to welcome the arrival of a historic 1915 Ford Model T, after it traveled more than 3,500 miles, recreating the amazing cross country journey that Edsel Ford took one hundred years ago.

Honda opens compressed natural gas fueling station in Marysville

(August 20, 2015) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Honda's continuing effort to minimize the environmental impact of its operations took a major step forward Wednesday as it opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on its property in Marysville, Ohio. The CNG station, which was designed, constructed and will be operated by Trillium CNG, is the first public CNG station located on a Honda property in North America.

RM Sotheby's sets collector car auction benchmark with $172.9 million

(August 20, 2015) LOS ANGELES — RM Sotheby's cemented its leadership position in the global collector car auction industry on the weekend, generating $172.9 million in auction and post-auction private sales during its three-day Monterey, Calif., event.

The impressive tally ranks the event as the highest grossing collector car auction of all time, besting the company's 2014 Monterey performance by more than 20 percent.

Audi claims all-electric e-tron quattro concept has 310-mile range

(August 20, 2015) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise. The brand is demonstrating this with the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Motor Show next month in Frankfurt. The sporty SUV provides an outlook on the brand’s first large-series electric car.

Chinese company previews its smart cycling helmet

(August 19, 2015) SHENZHEN, China — LIVALL announced today the LIVALL Bling Helmet, the world’s first smart cycling helmet that integrates communications, music, and smart lighting for the ultimate in safe biking. Featuring built-in Hi-Fi Bluetooth speakers and a microphone, the LIVALL Bling Helmet enables cyclists to make and answer phone calls to safely stay connected on the road.

Ford issues recall for 26,400 heavy duty trucks for seatbelt issue

(August 19, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 26,400 model year 2011-2013 and 2015 F-650 and F-750 vehicles in North America for a safety compliance issue regarding seat belt anchorage. In these vehicles, the front passenger and center seat belts might not be anchored in the correct position relative to the seat, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

Toyota 'plows ahead' with new building in Kentucky

(August 19, 2015) GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Sometimes a shovel just doesn’t cut it. To break ground on its new production engineering campus in Georgetown, Toyota called in a pro.  A 2015 TRD Pro Series Tundra, that is. During a ceremony Tuesday, the custom-designed Toyota truck took the spotlight, moving dirt to signal the start of construction on the building that will soon house the company’s North American production engineering team. 

2016 Nissan Titan gets special 'reserved parking space' at Nissan Stadium

(August 19, 2015) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This might just be the perfect tailgating spot for this weekend's upcoming Tennessee Titans preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. Nissan enlisted a heavy-duty crane to lift an all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup into a special "reserved" parking space next to the video scoreboard at the newly named Nissan Stadium in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser: A luxurious bridge between civilization, nature

(August 19, 2015) How do you improve ultimate? The Toyota Land Cruiser has long been the brand’s ultimate-capability, ultimate-luxury SUV, and for 2016 Toyota is ratcheting up the meaning of that term. New exterior and interior design features are the obvious changes made to the 2016 Land Cruiser, while new safety technology, a major drivetrain upgrade and enhanced multimedia features make this makeover far more than metal-skin deep.