August 2016

Harold chats up the Subaru Crosstrek


(August 31, 2016) Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter outlines the many attributes of Subaru's popular small crossover, the Crosstrek, which includes such desirable features as all-wheel drive, excellent fuel economy and plenty of room for passengers.

Of course, all Subarus have all-wheel drive and it makes the Crosstrek a good bet for navigating off-road destinations. While the Crosstrek drives like a car — it's based on the compact Impreza hatchback — but it has a higher ride height and beefed-up suspension components.

GM, U.S. Army to reveal Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell vehicle

(August 31, 2016) WARREN, Mich. — General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle in October at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C.

The vehicle is being developed under an agreement between TARDEC and GM signed in 2015. The collaboration enables TARDEC to access consumer-driven automotive technology for use in military applications while providing GM with feedback on non-standard fuel cell technology applications.

Mazda launches recall information center to support dealers, customers

(August 31, 2016) IRVINE, Calif. — There is a heightened public awareness of automotive recalls, but recall repairs remain comparatively low. In an effort to increase recall completions, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has launched the new Mazda Recall Information Center.
The Recall Information Center will help customers easily confirm if their vehicle is affected by a recall, and provide a convenient way to schedule an appointment for recall repairs.

The new center provides customers and dealers with:

2017 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell continues to attract customers

(August 31, 2016) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai’s zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle continues to satisfy and attract new customers focused on high-versatility and clean transportation.

“At Hyundai, we strongly believe that hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, and we’re proud to be a leader in offering the mass-produced Tucson Fuel Cell to our customers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America.

Seven ways the Ford Fusion Sport transforms when sport mode is activated

(August 31, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. —The 2017 Fusion V6 Sport is the most powerful midsize family sedan in its class, bringing attributes more commonly found in sports cars than midsize sedans like adaptive suspension and fully-enabled paddle shifters. Its 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine produces a muscular 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, and yes, there are styling upgrades inside and out.

The Audi five-cylinder at 40 — A legacy lives on

(August 30, 2016) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Forty years ago, Audi presented the first five-cylinder gas engine in the second-generation Audi 100. Enhancements and new developments followed, with turbocharging, emissions control and four-valve technology, rally engines and five-cylinder diesel units. Today, the 2.5 TFSI in the Audi TT RS Coupé and Roadster carries on the great tradition of five-cylinder powerplants.

Subaru puts safety first — New TV spots reinforce brand's commitment

(August 30, 2016) CHERRY HILLS, N.J. — Subaru of America has launched two new television spots that explore both the brand’s commitment to safety and the continued trust in Subaru vehicles from parents everywhere. The new spots, “Take The Subaru” and “I’m Sorry,” reinforce the automaker’s ongoing promise to help keep current and future Subaru drivers out of harm’s way.

2017 GMC Canyon gets revised V-6, 8-speed transmission, off-road model

(August 30, 2016) DETROIT — Building on the momentum of an 18-percent sales increase so far this year, GMC has announced a broader 2017 GMC Canyon lineup led by the new, range-topping Canyon Denali and new, off-road-inspired All Terrain X. Like all GMC Denali models, the new Canyon Denali is distinguished by chrome exterior details and unique wheels, along with exclusive interior trim and content. It also features a new 3.6L V-6 engine that’s paired with a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission.