September 2015

New Mexico yard art

This 1937 Chevrolet one-and-a-half ton work truck was spotted serving as yard art near Santa Fe, N.M. In 1937, Chevrolet introduced new trucks with streamlined styling that many still consider the best designs of the era.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Hyundai recalling 470,000 Sonatas to replace faulty engine parts

(September 27, 2015) Hyundai said on Friday that it would recall 470,000 Sonata sedans in the United States to replace faulty engine parts, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hyundai Motor America is recalling the model year 2011-2012 cars as certain metallic debris may not have been fully removed when engine crankshafts were being manufactured, according to the documents.

Porsche debuts exclusive 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition

(September 26, 2015) ATLANTA — In honor of the fifth Rennsport Reunion, Porsche has unveiled a special edition of the 911 Carrera GTS at the gathering this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Rennsport Reunion Edition is limited to 25 units worldwide and will be sold exclusively in North America — and sells for $148,335, not including the $995 destination charge.

Porsche boss Mueller named new CEO of Volkswagen

(September 25, 2015) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Matthias Müller, 62, has been appointed CEO of Volkswagen effectively immediately, VW announced today. The decision was made by the Supervisory Board at its meeting in Wolfsburg. Müller is currently chairman of Porsche AG in Stuttgart. He will continue in this function until a successor has been found.

Restored Porsche 917K is example of new Porsche restoration effort

(September 25, 2015) STUTTGART, Germany — Historic Porsche race cars represent many victories at the 24-hour classics of Le Mans and Daytona. And they have also celebrated memorable successes at 1,000-kilometre events on storied circuits such as the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps. To ensure that these vehicles can still be admired at race tracks today, Porsche now also offers customers a comprehensive service for historic motor racing in Germany and the USA.

2016 Nissan Titan XD on display at the State Fair of Texas

(September 25, 2015) DALLAS — Nissan kicked off its biggest presence ever at the world famous State Fair of Texas with a special showing of the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup in the heart of American truck country.

The 2016 Titan XD, which was planned in Tennessee, designed in California, engineered in Michigan, tested in Arizona and assembled in Mississippi, will be featured on a specially-built "Titan Proving Grounds" display, providing truck fans the unique opportunity to take part in a series of interactive activities and experience Titan XD in its natural setting.

Ford introduces 2017 Super Duty lineup with aluminum alloy body

(September 25, 2015) DALLAS — Ford on Thursday introduced the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty with a segment-first high-strength military-grade, aluminum-alloy body.

“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”

Harold evaluates the 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover


(September 24, 2015) Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter discovers the charms of the 2015 Lincoln MKC small crossover and gives us a two-minute overview of Lincoln's new entry in the compact luxury segment.

Although based on the Ford Escape, the MKC does a good job differentiating itself from the Ford with its luxury appointments, quiet interior and lusty 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder making 285 horsepower.

Behind-the-scenes documentary reveals story of the new Ford Focus RS

(September 24, 2015) COLOGNE, Germany — From the searing heat of Arizona to the icy wastes of the Arctic, and from the design studio to the crash lab, Ford is revealing the behind-the-scenes story of creating the all-new Focus RS.

“Rebirth of an Icon” shows the development of the latest generation of an automotive icon through a “warts and all” video documentary series filmed during every stage of the vehicle’s evolution.

Winterkorn resigns as CEO of Volkswagen over emission scandal

(September 24, 2015) Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down Wednesday, taking responsibility for the German automaker's rigging of U.S. diesel emissions tests. Winterkorn had been under heavy fire since revelations Friday that the company was cheating on tests by fitting its diesel vehicles with software that masked their real-world emissions, in violation of the U.S. Clean Air Act.

The pressure intensified this week as the company announced that some 11 million vehicles worldwide had the illegal software.