May 2016

Chevrolet renews Major League Baseball sponsorship

(May 13, 2016) DETROIT — Chevrolet announced Thursday that it has renewed its Major League Baseball (MLB) sponsorship, a partnership that dates back to 2005. Chevrolet will continue to be the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball and also becomes the Official Automotive Sponsor of MLB and USA Baseball’s Play Ball initiative.

Hethel Edition Lotus Evora drives 50th anniversary home

(May 13, 2016) NORFOLK, England — A significant anniversary requires a significant car and, Lotus is marking 50 years since the founding of its famous factory with a limited Hethel Edition of its benchmark Evora 400. Available in three exclusive colors, with matching trim options and a special commemorative build plate, the Hethel Edition Evora 400 combines high performance with Lotus’ legendary chassis development.

Winning the praise of customers and the motoring press since its launch, the Evora 400 weighs in at just 3,075 pounds and epitomizes Lotus’ approach to efficient engineering.

Morris Minor mountain yard art

This ragged-out Morris Minor convertible — used as yard art — was found near Boone, N.C. The diminutive Morris Minor was built in Great Britain from 1948 through 1972 with more than 1.3 million manufactured in various configurations including a two-door sedan, convertible, wagon and panel van. Engine horsepower through the years ranged from 27 to 48. Some of the earliest models took a glacier-like 50 seconds to go from 0-to-60.
(Photos by Jim Meachen)

Nissan, Mitsubishi forge alliance; Nissan gets 34% stake in Mitsubishi

(May 12, 2016) YOKOHAMA and TOKYO, Japan — Nissan and Mitsubishi announced today that they have signed a basic agreement to form a far-reaching strategic alliance between the two Japanese automakers.

Following an Mitsubishi share issue, Nissan will take a 34 percent equity stake in Mitsubishi for 237 billion yen ($2.2 billion).

The strategic alliance will extend an existing partnership between Nissan and Mitsubishi, under which the two companies have jointly collaborated for the past five years.

Hyundai adds fuel-efficient (35 mpg combined) Eco trim to new Elantra

(May 12, 2016) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai Motor America today announced pricing for the all-new 2017 Elantra Eco, which comes well-equipped with a new fuel-efficient turbocharged powertrain, advanced safety features and user-friendly technology for $21,485 including destination charge.

Assembled in Montgomery at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, the new Elantra Eco arrives in dealerships this month, joining the rest of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra trims including the SE and the premium-appointed Limited.

Chevrolet Silverado High Desert brings refined utility

(May 12, 2016) DETROIT — Chevrolet has revealed the Silverado High Desert package, which will arrive in dealers this fall. Based on the concept vehicle revealed at the 2014 SEMA show, the High Desert package brings unique content and capability to Silverado’s lineup of special editions.

Available on LT, LTZ, and High Country trim levels, the High Desert package combines refined exterior styling, an all-new cargo system that is lockable and water resistant and available Magnetic Ride Control suspension on High Country.

What is a million-mile Toyota Tundra worth?

(May 11, 2016) BATON ROUGE, La. — Toyota customer Victor Sheppard was so satisfied with his Toyota Tundra, even after he had safely driven 1 million miles, he continued driving it. When Toyota saw the well-kept truck, they asked: What is a Toyota Tundra with more than a million miles worth?
For Toyota’s production engineers and team members, the truck’s longevity offers invaluable insight for future products. For Sheppard, it was worth a new truck.

Sergio’s autonomous spelling bee

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(May 12, 2016) One area where FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) chairman Sergio Marchionne may have outwitted everyone is in his tie-up with Google’s parent Alphabet to produce Chrysler Pacifica-based autonomous vehicles. Though the initial agreement has the two companies working together to produce 100 self-driving Pacifica minivans in order to develop Google’s autonomous driving (AD) software and hardware, it’s very likely that this is only the first step in this partnership.

Ford wants Super Duty customers to be happy campers

(May 11, 2016) Ford knows its owners all have different uses for their F-Series Super Duty, which is why the company goes to extraordinary lengths to satisfy as many customer needs as possible. For the needs of outdoor enthusiasts, testing involves using a custom-built slide-in camper simulator to test the truck's roll stability when its center of gravity is raised.

A new special edition — The 2017 Mini Seven

(May11, 2016) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Mini USA has introduced the new Mini Seven, the first special edition of the latest Mini generation which presents a striking combination of the brand’s traditional values and the progressive product quality of the current models. Exclusive design features on the exterior and interior underscore the British origins, hallmark driving fun, premium character and extrovert appeal that make the new Mini Seven a more exceptional phenomenon in urban traffic than ever before.