August 2016

Ford issues safety recalls for fuel pump issues

(August 24, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has issues two safety recalls and one safety compliance recall in North America.

Ford is recalling certain 2013-15 Ford and Lincoln vehicles to replace fuel pump control modules. The recall involves approximately 86,000 2013-15 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT vehicles with 3.5-liter gasoline turbocharged direct injection engines, as well as Ford Police Interceptor sedans to replace fuel pump control modules.

Fourth-generation Kia Rio to debut at Paris Auto Show

(August 24, 2016) The all-new, fourth-generation Kia Rio will make its world premiere on Sept. 29 in Paris, at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. It should help the Rio compete against such rivals as the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris in the U.S.

The Rio’s progressive new exterior and interior design was led by Kia’s design centers in Germany and California, in close collaboration with the company’s main design center in Namyang, Korea.

Harley-Davidson launches all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine

(August 24, 2016) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson has unveiled its all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine, the ninth Big Twin in its history, plus all-new front and rear suspension for its model year 2017 Touring motorcycle lineup.

"These are the most powerful, most responsive and most comfortable Touring motorcycles ever offered by Harley-Davidson," said Scott Miller, Harley-Davidson vice president of Styling and Product Development Strategy. "You truly have to ride one to feel the difference — so we're inviting all riders to visit a Harley-Davidson dealer and take a test ride."

Volvo's Iron Knight becomes world's fastest truck

(August 24, 2016) Volvo's The Iron Knight has become the world’s fastest truck — twice over. It has beaten the speed record in the standing-start 500- and 1000-meter categories. The record-breaker is custom-built in every respect apart from the engine and the series-manufactured I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission. Boije Ovebrink drove the record runs.

A decaying Crown Vic

Ford received a new body style for 1955 and a new top-of-the-line model, the Crown Victoria, replacing the Crestline. The Crown Victoria featured a chrome "basket handle" across the hardtop roof. This styling feature was used to visually separate the front of the passenger compartment from the rear. This 1955 or 56 Crown Vic — with its signature chrome warp-around feature — was discovered in a truly abandoned state of decay in eastern North Carolina. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

Triumph confirms September date for land speed record attempt

(August 23, 2016) Following a successful practice session at the Bonneville Salt Flats, achieving a speed of 274.2 mph to become the world’s fastest ever Triumph, Triumph Motorcycles has confirmed the attempt to set a new outright motorcycle Land Speed World Record will take place mid-September, 2016, weather permitting.

Volkswagen and PistonHeads mark 40 years of the Golf GTI

(August 23, 2016) MILTON KEYNES, England — An eclectic mix of Volkswagen Golf GTIs from across the model’s remarkable 40-year history journeyed to Volkswagen UK’s headquarters in Milton Keynes on Aug. 20 to attend a special birthday celebration for the iconic hot hatch. The unique event, organized in association with the UK’s largest online motoring forum — — saw the owners of 85 GTIs from across the years set their alarms extra early and ignore typically British ‘summer’ rain to make the pilgrimage to the cars’ spiritual home in Britain, the headquarters of Volkswagen UK in Milton Keynes.

Mazda's 'salesman racer' in the driver's seat — and winning

(August 23, 2016) IRVINE, Calif. — “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” is one of the most enduring cliches in auto racing. Yet, for Mazda racer Danny Bender, it’s literally true. Bender, who teams with co-driver Britt Casey Jr. in the No. 27 Freedom Autosport TRUMPF Mazda MX-5 in the Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge series, is also one of the leading Mazda sales reps in the country.