June 2016

Ford Escape launches world's largest Escape the Room experience

(June 21, 2016) NEW YORK — Ford Motor Company and the popular experiential game Escape the Room are teaming up to create the largest game experience yet — the first-ever driveable game that will challenge participants to use the latest technology and features of the 2017 Ford Escape to figure out clues and solve puzzles in a way that’s never been done before.

Over 80% of consumers would not buy a car from dealer with data breach

(June 20, 2016)  NEW YORK — Total Dealer Compliance (TDC), a car dealership compliance-auditing firm, today announced key findings from its second car dealership survey which targeted both consumers and car dealers. Among the survey’s key findings are results indicating that nearly 84% of consumers would not buy another car from a dealership after their data had been compromised, while only 30% of dealers employ a network engineer with Computer Security certifications/training.

Acura NSX-inspired EV Concept to tackle Pike's Peak

(June 20, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — Acura will campaign an all-electric, NSX-inspired EV Concept in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Acura EV Concept features a further evolution of the experimental, all-electric, 4-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that won last year's Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.

The perfect car for the Witness Protection Program

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(June 20, 2016) Ford’s first generation Ka small car, sold in Europe and South America, was a premium small three-door produced from 1996-2008, and based on the fourth generation Ford Fiesta. Based on a Ghia concept, the Saetta, the Ka was known for its roly-poly shape overlaid with “New Edge” detailing, and large one-piece molded bumpers and wheel arches. It was replaced in 2009 by a new car built in Poland by Fiat on the 500 platform.

Preview: 2017 Maserati Quattroporte

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(June 19, 2016) After little more than three years on the market, Maserati has given the Quattroporte a little nip and tuck for its mid-cycle facelift. The exterior changes are relatively minor, but the relentless improvement in electronic technology brings with it a new infotainment system, redesigned center console, and a new package of driver assistance systems.

Classic 1970 Toyota Corolla joins 130 vintage cars in the Great Race

(June 18, 2016) SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A great race for a great car!  An iconic first-generation 1970 Toyota Corolla sedan will be joining more than 130 vintage cars in the Great Race, a long-distance endurance competition.  Starting in Northern California and ending in Moline, Ill. Toyota’s participation is part of the Corolla’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Bronco has seen better days

The Ford Bronco sport utility vehicle hit the market in 1966 and was built mostly unchanged through 1977. The original Bronco, labeled an ORV (Off-Road Vehicle), was designed to compete against the Jeep CJ. The initial engine was a 2.8-liter straight six. Five generations of the Bronco were built through the 1996 model year. This early Bronco has been stripped of most of its equipment inside and out. But the body appears in relatively good shape.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback to start at $22,190

(June 17, 2016) DETROIT — The all-new 2017 Cruze Hatchback will start at $22,190 when it arrives in dealerships this fall. The price includes destination charge.

The Cruze hatch is the latest addition to the expanding Cruze lineup, which was redesigned for 2016. It will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package.

Bastille to headline Jeep on the Rocks event in October

(June 17, 2016) MORRISON, Col. — Jeep owners and music enthusiasts are invited to join Bastille and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness to celebrate 75 years of open-air excitement with the legendary Jeep brand and Red Rocks Amphitheater for the fourth annual Jeep on the Rocks Concert, Oct. 7.

New BMW plant in Mexico to build 3 Series sedans sold in U.S.

(June 17, 2016) Thursday's ground-breaking signals the start of construction of the new BMW Group plant in Mexico, which will build the BMW brand’s best-selling model series, the BMW 3 Series sedan. For more than the 40 of the company’s 100 years, the iconic BMW 3 Series has been the heart of the brand and set the benchmark for dynamic performance, efficiency and design. The 3 Series now sold in the U.S. is built in Germany.