September 2016

12 Ballard fuel cell buses put into service in China

(September 30, 2016) VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Ballard Power Systems today announced the commissioning and deployment of an initial 12 fuel cell-powered buses in the District of Sanshui, in the City of Foshan, in the Province of Guangdong, China. The buses will be operated by Foshan Sanshui Guohong Public Transit Co. Ltd. from Gaofeng Park Station to Shuidu Industrial Park Station.

Infiniti Q50 sedan gets design, technology upgrades for 2017

(September 30, 2016) PARIS — Infiniti has enhanced the 2017 Q50 sports sedan with new exterior and interior design features and the adoption of new in-car technologies. The upgraded 2017 Infiniti Q50 made its world debut at the Paris Auto Show Thursday.

The Q50 sports sedan has been further developed to offer buyers a higher level of personalization and driving engagement, bringing Infiniti's signature design, empowering driver technology, and exhilarating performance to the sports sedan segment.

Ram reveals new 100-mph off-road Rebel TRX concept

(September 30, 2016) DALLAS — Ram on Thursday introduced the Ram Rebel TRX concept. Rebel TRX is a 100-mph off-road machine with 575 horsepower — the most powerful half-ton truck the company has ever built. Ripping over pavement at speeds greater than 100 mph is an experience, but the Ram Rebel TRX concept hits triple digits in an off-road environment with the help of a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8.

New Ford Raptor draws line in sand — 450 horsepower, 510 lb-ft torque

(September 30, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford on Thursday announced horsepower and torque ratings for the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor that will continue to position the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in a class by itself. Equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost engine, the Raptor churns out 510 lb.-ft. of torque and 450 horsepower across a wide power band.

Do you have three or four VentiPorts?

The redesigned 1949 Buick was the first to use "VentiPorts" that became a trademark of the Buick brand. The top line Roadmaster received four ports while the remaining Buick lineup got three. The ports actually corresponded to the displacement of the straight-eight engine installed. This rustic Buick is on display at the Cow Canyon Trading Post in Bluff, Utah.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

Chevrolet Camaro turns 50 today

(September 29, 2016) DETROIT — Fifty years ago today, on Sept. 29, 1966, an American icon was born when the very first 1967 Camaro was sold. To commemorate this momentous occasion as well as Camaro’s illustrious past, which includes six unforgettable generations and more than 5 million units sold, Chevrolet is celebrating with an interactive timeline and retrospective video, both viewable on

GMC debuts redesigned Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 turbo-diesel engine

(September 29, 2016) DALLAS — GMC today announced the redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel offered on the 2017 Sierra HD. This next-generation redesign offers more horsepower and torque than ever — an SAE-certified 445 horsepower and net 910 lb.-ft. — to enable easier, more confident hauling and trailering.

Along with a 19 percent increase in max torque over the current Duramax 6.6L, the redesigned turbo-diesel’s performance is quieter and smoother, for greater refinement. In fact, engine noise at idle is reduced 38 percent.

All-new Land Rover Discovery makes debut on giant Lego Tower Bridge

(September 29, 2016) SOLIHULL, England — Land Rover has revealed the fifth -generation full-size Discovery SUV by breaking a Guinness World Record for the largest LEGO structure ever built. Long-term Land Rover Discovery owners Bear Grylls, Sir Ben Ainslie and Zara Phillips MBE took part in the dynamic live reveal of the most versatile Land Rover vehicle around a 42.6-foot high LEGO version of London’s Tower Bridge.

Volkswagen shows its future with I.D. electric concept car

(September 29, 2016) PARIS — Volkswagen is embarking on its journey to the future at the Paris Motor Show with the world premiere of the visionary I.D., a highly automated electric car that will be able to cover a distance of 249 to 373 miles on a single battery charge. The production version of the I.D. is due to be launched in 2020 at a price on a par with comparably equipped Golf models.