December 2015

Florida Harley ride in January hopes to break world record

(December 16, 2015) NAPLES, Fla. — Six Bends Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers, Fla., is sponsoring a parade Saturday, Jan. 23, that organizers hope will turn out to be the "Longest Parade of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles" in the world and be recognized by Guinness Book of World Records.

The current Guinness record of 2,404 Harleys was set on May 22, 2010, in Greece. That parade covered 2.8 miles.

Infiniti Q50 to get optional 400-horsepower V-6 for 2016

(December 16, 2015) DETROIT — Infiniti today revealed details on enhancements to two key models — the 2016 Q50 sports sedan and 2016 QX60 premium crossover — at a special media preview prior to their appearance at the upcoming North American International Auto Show.

Infiniti Americas Vice President Randy Parker announced the availability of three new turbocharged engines for the Q50, including an advanced 400-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, and debuted the 2016 QX60 with restyled exterior and interior designs and improved driving dynamics.

Bentley Continental GT one of most iconic cars — and one of the fastest

(December 16, 2015) CREWE, England — The Bentley Continental GT is one of the most iconic cars on the road today. The Continental name first entered the company’s lexicon in 1952 with the R-Type Continental – arguably the world’s first Grand Tourer.

With a top speed of 120 mph it was the fastest four-seater in the world at the time of its launch. Many of the 208 examples produced were coachbuilt by Mulliner — a name that is still closely associated with Bentley to this day.

Tennessee-sourced 5.6-liter V-8 gas engine to power Nissan Titan

(December 16, 2015) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan announced Tuesday that a new 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine, assembled in Decherd, Tenn., will be available in the all-new Titan and Titan XD full-size pickup trucks, completing the first phase of the "American Titan" story. 

The engine features four-valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Event & Lift and Direct Injection, and is rated at 390 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

Gas prices drop to lowest mark since 2009

(December 15, 2015) WASHINGTON — U.S. drivers are paying the lowest average price for regular unleaded gasoline since 2009, and the national average is one cent away from dropping below $2 per gallon, according to the weekly gasoline report by AAA. The lower gas prices have been largely driven by the falling price of crude oil, which begins this week at its lowest mark in more than five years.

Honda to reopen renovated California Proving Center in 2016

(December 15, 2015) TORRANCE, Calif. — Driven by the expanding responsibility for developing new automotive and power sports products in America and the related need for performance testing, Honda will invest $25 million to renovate the Honda Proving Center of California (HPCC) in the Mojave Desert near Cantil, Calif. The proving center, which was in operation from 1990 through 2010, is scheduled to reopen in April.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid LT starts at $28,645; estimated 48 mpg

(December 15, 2015) DETROIT – The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid LT, which achieves a General Motors’-estimated 48 mpg city, will be available this spring with a starting price of $28,645.

“The Malibu leverages knowledge and technology directly from the second-generation Chevrolet Volt,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “By leveraging technology, we are broadening our level of expertise and lessons learned to bring consumers a world-class hybrid.”

The remnants of a '36 Ford

This 1936 Ford four-door sedan has been picked clean with just the shell and the remnants of its V8 engine block remaining. The V8 was the standard engine offering for Ford cars in 1936. The mid-30s Fords were very popular and ran neck-and-neck with Chevrolet for the title of "best selling car." (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Kia granted Nevada license to test autonomous driving on public roads

(December 14, 2015) Kia Motors has been granted a license by Nevada to carry out testing of its autonomous driving technologies on public roads for the first time.

Kia — together with sister company Hyundai — hopes to experiment with partially- and fully-autonomous driving technologies in real-world conditions, an important part of its roadmap for autonomous driving.

Increased horsepower highlights updates of Porsche 911 Turbo, Turbo S

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(December 14, 2015) Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Mini and Tesla have all said they will not take part in the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but Porsche will. The German automaker will debut both the coupe and convertible versions of the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S at the show. Each is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter flat six.