August 2015

Subaru reports best U.S. sales month in history

(August 7, 2015) CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru earlier this week reported 50,517 vehicle sales for July, a 10.5 percent increase over July 2014 sales of 45,714. July marks the best-ever sales month in company history, breaking the previous record set in August 2014 (50,246). The company also reported year-to-date sales of 322,935 vehicles, a 13.8 percent gain over the same period in 2014.

Ford F-150 performance enhanced by new sport mode

(August 7, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Crazy-smart Ford engineers have struck again — this time blending the sport mode feature borrowed from the all-new Mustang with the reduced weight of the all-new F-150 to deliver an engaged, dynamic driving experience with any of the four high-output, fuel-efficient powertrains available to truck customers.

Since the all-new 2015 Mustang and F-150 were developed on a similar time line and share certain automatic transmission technology, powertrain engineers often drove both vehicles on the same trips used for testing.

Dodge plans on rocking the Woodward Dream Cruise

(August 7, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dodge rocks the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise again in 2015 with four days of family-friendly activities for performance car enthusiasts.
“The Woodward Dream Cruise is a celebration of performance car culture, and Dodge is proud to be at the heart of a gathering of like-minded people who have a passion for cars and a passion for performance,” said Tim Kuniskis – President and CEO Dodge Brand.

Bentley to showcase its past and its present at Pebble Beach

(August 7, 2015) PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The new 2016 Bentley Continental GT makes its North American debut at this year’s Monterey Auto Week, alongside inspiring models from Bentley’s past and future. In a nod to Bentley’s illustrious heritage and celebrating its 85th anniversary, the iconic 1930 Blower Bentley (pictured below) makes its dynamic appearance in the Quail Rally.

1961 Chevy rests in New Mexico sun

Jim Prueter found this rather attractive but decaying 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne in a New Mexico field. The Biscayne, built from 1958 through 1972, was the least expensive model in the Chevrolet full-size range. Although the Biscayne was generally a no-frills car, it could be purchased with a big-block V-8. (Photo by Jim Prueter)

New fillm for latest Amazing in Motion campaign shows final testing in Barcelona

(August 6, 2015) TOKYO — Following the unveiling of the Lexus Hoverboard in June, the luxury automotive company is completing a full and final reveal of the project concluding a successful testing phase which took place in Cubelles, Barcelona.
Mark Templin, executive vice president at Lexus International said: “Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible. With this project we call ‘SLIDE,’ we collaborated with partners who share our passion for creating enjoyment out of motion.

Mercedes-Benz passes one million mark in worldwide sales

(August 6, 2015) STUTTGART, Germany — Mercedes-Benz handed over 149,753 vehicles to customers in July, an increase of 15.2% from July 2014. New sales records were set both in the month of July and in the first seven months of the year with annual sales of 1,048,178 units, an increase of 14.7%.

This was due in particular to strong sales of the C-Class and the compact cars of the brand with the three-pointed star.

Nissan to highlight evolution of the sports sedan with trip to Monterey

(August 6, 2015) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There are many ways to celebrate car culture and historic vehicles. One is in museums, the other on the road. For this year's Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Nissan is taking a pair of museum cars — a 1967 Datsun 411 and 1972 Datsun 510 — filling the tires and gas tanks and putting them on the road.

Throw in a showroom-fresh 2016 Nissan Maxima and you've got a rolling exhibition called "The Evolution of the Sports Sedan."

BMW developing racing wheelchair for U.S. Paralympics athletes

(August 6, 2015) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW of North America, the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), has announced its plans to develop a new racing wheelchair for use by athletes of the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Team in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The latest endeavor marks the fourth vehicle technology transfer project developed by BMW as part of its six-year partnership with Team USA, and in support of its long-standing, global commitment to performance-driven sports.

Chevrolet announces $1 billion investment in India

(August 6, 2015) NEW DELHI — As part of Chevrolet’s global growth strategy to ensure long-term profitable growth in the markets where it operates, the company has confirmed that it will make $1 billion in new investment in India. The announcement was made in Delhi during GM CEO Mary Barra’s second visit to the country in 12 months.

Barra and GM International President Stefan Jacoby and GM India President and Managing Director Arvind Saxena met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him on Chevrolet’s plans.