November 2015

Audi production lines testing use of medical gloves

(November 30, 2015) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi’s production division is improving ergonomics as well as health and safety in its factories. Employees at the plants in Ingolstadt, Neckarsulm, Brussels and Győr are currently testing new medical gloves. These so-called production orthoses reduce pressure stress with many assembly tasks by more than 50 percent.

Audi plans to put the special glove into series application this year.

First Bentley Bentayga rolls off production line

(November 30, 2015) CREWE, England — The very first production Bentley Bentayga, the catalyst for one of the biggest investment programs in the company’s history, left the assembly line at Bentley’s iconic headquarters in Crewe, UK, last week.

Four years on from the initial concept stage, during which time over 1,500 UK jobs have been created, the car — part of an £840 million investment program — will now enter full production, with deliveries to customers starting in January.

Classic cars from six nations to battle for top honors in London

(November 30, 2015) LONDON — Grand Avenue has announced a Six Nations theme as classics from Italy, France, the UK and U.S, Germany and Japan battle for national honors Italian beauty or America muscle? British tradition or French quirk? German efficiency or Japanese technology?

Rating Toyota’s hybrids: Camry vs. Avalon

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(November 29, 2015) Let’s face it, since its launch in 1994, the Camry-based Avalon might as well have been the pace car for the AARP. Though based on a stretched Camry platform, this replacement for the even more “mature” looking Toyota Cressida was a soft riding boulevard cruiser with upright styling and plenty of room for the owner’s walker (or wheelchair) in the trunk. A perennial candidate for the “Last Car You’ll Ever Own” award (think about it), the Avalon was driven by younger (i.e. under 65) folks only when shuttling parents to appointment with their doctors, or when nothing — and I mean nothing, not even a Pontiac Aztek — was left in the rental car lot.

Hyundai marks one millionth sale in the United Kingdom

(November 28, 2015) Hyundai Motor has announced a significant milestone in its UK history — it has sold exactly one million vehicles since 1982 when it imported its first car, the Pony. The landmark one millionth car is the all-new Tucson compact SUV which is Hyundai’s latest and fastest-selling model in the UK. 

To celebrate reaching this milestone, the Company will give this top-of-the-range vehicle away through its #M1LLION campaign.

A Vermont Volkswagen

The Volkswagen bus was extremely popular in the United States in the late 60s and through the 1970s. The second-generation bus was built from 1967 through 1979 with gradual changes over the years. This circa 1975 bus was discovered in retirement — and in decent shape — in northern Vermont.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

End of the line — Last Saab made for UK market to be sold

(November 27, 2015) COVENTRY, England — A rare 1978 Saab 96L Souvenir V4, the very last made for the UK market, will be going under the hammer next weekend in Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) Christmas Sale, taking place on Dec. 5 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre.

This important 1978 Saab is number 150 of 150 right-hand drive model 96 V4s produced for the UK, with a certificate present from Saab themselves to confirm this. It has covered a mere 3,010 miles from new in total, with the present vendor enjoying a pleasurable 1,000 miles of these.

Harold climbs into the Power Wagon for a commanding view of the world


(November 27, 2015) He's from Texas and he loves trucks. So Harold Gunn must really like the 2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon. It's definitely a big boy truck. Let's ask Harold what he thinks. Better yet, just click on the video and let Harold tell his side of the story.

Harold spends quality time with the Infiniti Q50


(November 27, 2015) The Infiniti Q50 has been rated one of the top luxury sedans in its class with a plethora of high-tech electronic and safety features, a muscular V6 engine, quiet interior, and a roomy trunk. The Automotive Reporter's Harold Gunn reports on a 2015 version that he lived with on Texas roads for a week.

Ford tests new Super Duty cargo boxes with aftermarket equipment

(November 27, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — From virtual torture testing in supercomputers to purpose-built potholes, Ford has tough tested the all-new Super Duty — the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever — to make sure it’s ready for popular aftermarket cargo box equipment that ranges from glass racks to salt spreaders.

For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy, which is more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel cargo box and not subject to red rust corrosion.