February 2017

GM to invest $47 million in two plants, retain 230 jobs

(February 4, 2017) DETROIT — General Motors has announced it will invest $47 million in its manufacturing facilities in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Bay City, Mich., to prepare for future product programs. The combined investments will result in 230 retained jobs in the U.S.

This is part of a $1 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing operations announced by the company in January. GM has invested more than $21 billion in U.S. operations since 2009.

With Mercedes GLC 300 you can have your cake and eat it too — sort of

By Paul Borden

(February 4, 2017) A couple of years ago at the Shanghai Auto Show Mercedes-Benz unveiled a concept vehicle that was a coupe version of its GLC SUV. I wasn’t there, but apparently the reception was such that the German automaker hustled it into production, and thus we have the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

All-new Ford F-150 Raptor now on its way to customers in China

(February 3, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has started shipping its all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor — the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup truck — to eager customers in China, marking the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China.

F-150 Raptor is a class of one among off-road performance vehicles, with purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension all of which enable it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl along rocky terrain, from Baja to the Gobi Desert.

Honda Super Bowl commercial highlights CR-V, old yearbooks

(February 3, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda is debuting the brand's Super Bowl LI commercial, with the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V taking a star turn alongside a collection of some of the world's biggest stars from film, television, music, sports and even comic books. Scheduled to run in the first break during the second quarter of the game on Sunday, the automaker's new :60 spot "Yearbooks," takes viewers back in time through a look at the high-school dreams of famous celebrities before they were household names, and the spirit that drove them to chase those dreams.

Cadillac global sales rise 44.2 percent in January

(February 3, 2017) Cadillac sold 29,764 vehicles in January, a 44.2 percent increase. This is the eighth consecutive month of double-digit percentage increases for Cadillac.

Driven by the new XT5, Cadillac sales in the midsize luxury crossover category grew 51.7%.  The XT5 sold 11,880 units in January. Cadillac’s ATS sport sedan and coupe product line rose 63.8%, and the XTS luxury sedan saw sales increase 29.3%.

Musings from a traffic jam


By Al Vinikour    al@motorwayamerica.com

I spend lots of time sitting in traffic and do way-too-much thinking. Following is a list of some things that run through my brain and cause me angst. (By the way, exactly what is “angst”?)

Subaru to debut 2018 Legacy at Chicago Auto Show

(February 3, 2017) CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru of America, which posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales, has announced that it will debut the 2018 Legacy midsize sedan at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 9. The new Legacy features revised styling and significant upgrades to comfort, safety, and multimedia capability.

Classic Ford convertible

This 1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner was discovered in Missouri woods. Ford gave the car a cleaner look for 1961 with tailfins nearly gone and with the addition of two giant circular taillights. A new 6.4-liter "Thunderbird" V8 was added to the lineup, making a claimed 401 horsepower, mated to a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission.
(Photos by Jim Meachen)