December 2016

Alfa Romeo announces pricing of new 2017 Giulia

(December 9, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Alfa Romeo has announced pricing for the new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia lineup starting at $37,995.
“The all-new Giulia is the result of our 105 years of passion for Italian style, craftsmanship and performance,” said Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo.

Lexus introduces new LC luxury coupe; to reach dealers this spring

(December 9, 2016) Lexus has introduced its new LC luxury performance coupe, a vehicle that Lexus says "is a significant illustration of Lexus’ dedication to create cars with exciting, emotional designs and exhilarating performance." The LC coupe has succeeded in turning its LF-LC concept into an uncompromised production car, in less than five years since its unveiling to huge critical and public acclaim.

Next-generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox to start at $24,475

(December 8, 2016) DETROIT — Chevrolet has announced tthat pricing for the next-generation 2018 Equinox will start at $24,475 when it goes on sale this spring. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price includes the destination charge but excludes tax, title and additional dealer fees.

Equinox offers a fresh, new design and technologies to help keep passengers comfortable and connected on the road.

Nissan Juke does world's first 'blind' J-turn using only cameras

(December 8, 2016) SUNDERLAND, UK — The record-breaking Nissan Juke has done it again. This time the popular compact crossover has established the world's first 'blind' J-turn record with the driver using only the car's Intelligent Around View Monitor (AVM) on-board camera technology for guidance. Stuntman Paul Swift spun the car 180 degrees with all the windows blacked out, using only the Juke's four exterior cameras to position himself.

Dodge Challenger GT first American muscle car coupe with all-wheel drive

(December 7, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Designed and engineered for world-class precision, the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel drive delivers the performance, power and all-weather capability to carve through some of the worst weather Mother Nature can dish out.

From winding through twisty stretches of mountain roads, escaping away to a snow-covered ski resort, to daily commutes through the slush and snow of Northeastern and Midwestern winters, the Challenger GT AWD is built to handle it all.

Race car driver Doug Herbert to present first 'Pete Talk' at Peterson

(December 7, 2016) CONCORD, N.C. — Doug Herbert founder of B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe), a non-profit offering free defensive driver training to teens and their parents, has been selected to speak at the first installment of "Pete Talk" at The Petersen Automotive Museum Dec. 18.

The Petersen Museum introduces its "Pete Talk" series, a program inspired by "Ted Talks" where high profile thought leaders are invited to tell their personal story and speak on a subject that impacts the community in a positive way.

Audi launches first Vehicle-to-Infrastructure technology in U.S.

(December 7, 2016) LAS VEGAS — Audi has launched Traffic Light Information, the first Vehicle-to-Infrastructure technology in the U.S. starting in Las Vegas. Traffic Light Information, an Audi connect PRIME feature, is available on select 2017 Audi A4, Q7 & allroad models, and enables the car to communicate with the infrastructure in select cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S.

First post-war Ford

The first post-World War II Ford came off the assembly line in July 1945 as a 1946 model. Ford was throughly updated in 1941 before production was halted in 1942 for the war, and the 1946 was a continuation of the '41 model. An all-new Ford was introduced in 1949. This 1946 Ford was found in North Dakota.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Chevrolet's first 9-speed transmission debuts in 2017 Malibu

(December 6, 2016) DETROIT — Chevrolet’s first nine-speed automatic transmission makes its debut in the 2017 Malibu and will be available in the 2017 Cruze Diesel and 2018 Equinox, advancing a legacy of multispeed transmissions designed to optimize efficiency, performance and refinement.

The new, General Motors-developed Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed is paired with the available 2.0L Turbo engine in the Malibu, contributing to an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway — a 3 percent increase over the 2016 model with the six-speed automatic.

Mercedes-Benz surpasses 2015's unit sales already in November

(December 6, 2016) Mercedes-Benz increased its unit sales in November by 12.7% to 182,602 vehicles, thus achieving its 45th consecutive record month. With more than 1,893,000 vehicles delivered since the beginning of the year, Mercedes-Benz has already surpassed its unit sales of full-year 2015 in the first 11 months of this year.