November 2015

All-new Honda Civic Coupe makes first appearance at L.A. show

(November 18, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — The newest member of the completely reengineered and reimagined 10th-generation Civic lineup — the 2016 Civic Coupe will make its first public appearance at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

GMC takes luxury to the next level for Sierra and Canyon trucks

(November 18, 2015) DETROIT — GMC is taking the range-topping style, craftsmanship and capability of the Sierra Denali even higher with the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate. GMC says this builds on the Sierra Denali’s already class-leading attributes with a package of precision-crafted features designed to elevate its comfort, design and capability in the growing premium niche of the full-size truck market.

Innovators compete to help Toyota develop a 'smart' future

(November 17, 2015) SAN FRANCISCO — How could Toyota i-Road help change life in the Bay Area? That’s the question Silicon Valley innovators and entrepreneurs answered at Toyota Onramp 2015, a one-day conference designed for a select group of innovators, investors and car enthusiasts in Silicon Valley to engage with Toyota and explore the future of driving innovation and sustainable mobility together.

Ford launching technology-packed new 2017 Escape

(November 17, 2015) LOS ANGELES — The popular Ford Escape SUV is newly engineered to make customers feel unstoppable — with even more driver-assist technologies to help enable safer and easier driving, new mobile connectivity that allows owners to interact with their vehicle from anywhere through a smartphone app, and two new efficient EcoBoost engines.

The new 2017 Escape is the first Ford vehicle in the world with available SYNC Connect, allowing users to unlock doors, check fuel level and even locate where a vehicle is parked.

Harley-Davidson extends free training to members of the military

(November 17, 2015) Harley-Davidson has announced that it is extending free training at its riding academy through next year for members of the military. The program is now available to active-duty, retired, reservists and veterans. The free training was first offered earlier this year prior to Armed Forces Day aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier in Charleston, S.C.

Toyota's Georgetown plant to begin generating electricity from methane

(November 17, 2015) GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Toyota is working to help everyone breathe a little easier. The company recently announced its intent to virtually eliminate CO2 emissions from its factories and vehicles, and it’s about to flip the switch on a very tangible example of this effort. Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky., manufacturing plant will begin generating electricity from methane, a byproduct of trash decomposition at the nearby Central Kentucky Landfill on Nov. 23, 2015.

Volkswagen Dune, based on classic Baja Bugs, on sale early in 2016

(November 17, 2015) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen today announced the production version of the 2016 Beetle Dune, which will go on sale early next year.  Inspired by classic Baja Bugs, the vehicle will enter the Beetle family as a new trim, offering a rugged addition to the rest of the model lineup.

Ford first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity

(November 16, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity — the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. The 32-acre facility is part of the university’s Mobility Transformation Center.

“Testing Ford’s autonomous vehicle fleet at Mcity provides another challenging, yet safe, urban environment to repeatedly check and hone these new technologies,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “This is an important step in making millions of people’s lives better and improving their mobility.”

Kia announces plans for a new hybrid crossover

(November 16, 2015) Kia has announced today its plans to introduce an all-new low emissions vehicle to its growing model line-up in the world market. The Niro — labelled a Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) — represents a new concept from the Korean car brand, and marks the development of Kia's first dedicated eco-car platform.

The Niro is finally nearing its unveiling with teaser renderings of its first global B-segment crossover ahead of its official debut slated sometime in the first half of 2016.

Lexus takes a new path with its popular RX crossover

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(November 16, 2015) Lexus has sold two million RX crossovers since its introduction in 1998. It is the highest selling model in the Lexus lineup, followed closely by the ES sedan. Like that vehicle, it has been one of the softest, conservative and most cautious designs in the stable. Until now.