March 2016

Nature's own camouflage

This van was spotted buried in vegetation in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. We don't know if anyone checked to see what or whom was inside — other than more plant life.
(Photo contributed by Susan Skaggs)

The next 100 years at BMW — Vision vehicle points to future mobility

(March 8, 2016) MUNICH — 2016 sees the BMW Group celebrate its centenary under the motto THE NEXT 100 YEARS. Throughout its history, the company’s image has been defined by a future focus and pioneering action – all made possible by its extraordinary team of employees, who share a fascination for mobility which is integral to all our lives.

Ford's China sales up 18 percent in first two months of 2016

(March 8, 2016) Ford’s sales in China during the first two months of the year increased 18 percent compared to the same period last year, with 194,182 vehicles sold. Ford sold 63,350 vehicles in February, down 9 percent compared to February 2015.

Year-to-date sales for Changan Ford Automobile (CAF), Ford's passenger car joint venture, totaled 160,119 vehicles, up 29 percent compared to last year. CAF sold 48,263 vehicles in February, down 10 percent from 2015.

U.S., Italy, China — Key stops for Porsche's 'Rolling Museum' in 2016

(March 8, 2016) STUTTGART — The Porsche "Rolling Museum" is set for an eventful year on the world's roads and at the most prestigious classic car events around the globe. The "Rolling Museum" was out and about beyond the museum walls with over 280 vehicle appearances in 2015 alone. This year the historic cars will be taking to the international stage at events including the Targa Florio Classica on the island of Sicily, the Austrian Ennstal Classic and the Top City Classic Rally in China. The brand ambassador's key dates for 2016 are already set.

California Package gives Mustag GT a head-turning stance


(March 7, 2016) Ford Mustang GT Premium owners can order the California Special Package with a host of features for the 2016 model year and Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter loves the special look — as well as the V8 performance of the latest Pony car.

Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel — Traveling to the moon and back

(March 7, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford engineers have designed the all-new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine for the Ford F-650 and F-750 lineup to travel an even greater distance than a round trip from the Earth to the moon.

This confidence in 6.7-liter Power Stroke quality comes from engine dynamometer testing that shows a statistically proven B10 engine design life of at least a half-million miles. This is the estimate of miles in operation before 10 percent of engines are expected to require major service involving removal of cylinder heads or dropping the oil pan to reach internal components.

Nissan announces 'Nissan Intelligent Mobility' vision

(March 7, 2016) GENEVA — Pursuing a goal of zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan has unveiled its "Intelligent Mobility" vision. Created to guide the Nissan product evolution, Intelligent Mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society, all while staying focused on creating more enjoyable driving experiences.

"Our Intelligent Mobility vision is a framework to move customers around the world towards a safer and more sustainable future," said Carlos Ghosn, CEO.

Taking a look at the 2016 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Premium

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(March 6, 2016) Let me get this out of the way right at the beginning. I’ve never been a big fan of the Cadillac Escalade. Whether it’s the size, the fact that it’s a well appointed but very expensive version of the Chevy Suburban, the hip-hop imagery, etc., etc., etc., I never could get excited about this vehicle. And while I still cannot imagine myself owning this full-size SUV, I have to admit, it has its positives.

Ford Escape first Ford SUV in U.S. with windshield wiper de-icer

(March 5, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Escape models can be equipped to help drivers eliminate the winter headache of maintaining a clear windshield. No more wiper blades covered in chunks of ice. No more wiper blades freezing to the glass. And the funny-looking parking lot ritual of pulling wipers off the windshield and pointing them to the sky will be a thing of the past.

Cadillac global business prepares for upcoming expansion

(March 5, 2016) Cadillac sold 18,096 new vehicles globally in February, as the brand continued its focus on building a stronger foundation for growth. Cadillac now enters a period of key product launches in its largest markets, expanding its portfolio and reinforcing the rising stature of the brand.