March 2017

Porsche starts web TV format '9:11 Magazine'

(March 30, 2017) ATLANTA — Nine minutes and eleven seconds of technology, lifestyle and sports: Porsche is expanding its online communication with the new web TV format "9:11 Magazine." At, the sports car manufacturer presents entertaining and useful information about everything relating to Porsche, ranging from company history to the presentation of new cars.

Refreshed Lexus NX to make world premiere in Shanghai

(March 30, 2017) BEIJING, China — Lexus has announced the refreshed NX luxury compact crossover will make its global debut at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2017. As the urban crossover of the Lexus lineup, lexus says the NX has exceeded customers’ expectations globally since the model’s launch three years ago.

Lincoln freshens the MKZ for 2017

By Jim Prueter

(March 29, 2017) For several years, Ford Motor Company has been touting the “rebirth” of Lincoln and the American luxury brand. But the difficulty is that what’s in Lincoln showrooms is largely tarted-up Ford mainstream products. The Lincoln MKC compact crossover utility vehicle is the lone exception.

All-electric Nissan e-NV200 revolutionizes iconic Harrods delivery fleet

(May 29, 2017) LONDON — Over 100 years after the legendary London department store first added an electric van to its fleet, Harrods is once again returning to EV technology, with the addition of the 100 percent electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery van.

The British department store is the latest European business to add a zero emission Nissan e-NV200 to its fleet, with more than 27,000 Nissan electric vehicles sold to businesses across Europe so far.

Vintage adventures celebrated at restoration show

(March 29, 2017) LONDON — One of the UK’s leading classic car insurance brokers has announced that it will be celebrating classic car restorations by displaying a restored 1934 Mark II Aston Martin at the NEC Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration show.

Footman James will be paying homage to all those enthusiasts who restore vintage and classic vehicles. The restored Mark II Aston Martin affectionately known as "Jezabel" will be on the Footman James stand at this year’s Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show from March 31 - April 2.

Mecum's Kansas City auction brings in more than $7.3 million

(March 29, 2017) WALWORTH, Wis. — Sales totals at Mecum Auctions’ spring 2017 Kansas City auction surpassed $7.3 million when the world’s largest collector-car auction company returned to the Show-Me State this past weekend. During the two-day auction, 309 vehicles were hammered sold in addition to 74 pieces of Road Art.

Ford investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities

(March 29, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan manufacturing facilities to strengthen its leadership in trucks and SUVs and support the company’s expansion to an auto and mobility company.

End of line for this Audi 4000

The Audi 4000 was sold in the U.S. from 1980 through 1987 before it was replaced with the 80/90 series. It could be purchased through the years with either a 5-cylinder engine or a four-cylinder that grew from an initial 1.6-liter, then to a 1.7-liter and finally to a 1.8 liter. The 4000 was of compact size with a length of 176.6 inches and a wheelbase of 99.4 inches, about the same size as the current Audi A3. This 1982-84 model was spotted living by itself in a salvage field in N.C.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Refreshed 2018 Acura TLX to make world debut in New York

(March 28, 2017) LOS ANGELES — Acura will unveil the refreshed and significantly enhanced 2018 TLX performance sedan in New York on April 11. The 2018 TLX will boast a more aggressive, sporty and alluring look inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2016, a design direction that already has successfully influenced the styling of the 2017 Acura MDX.

The TLX refresh also includes new premium features and technology enhancements that place the TLX among the most technologically advanced and well-equipped cars in its segment.