March 2017

V2V safety technology now standard on Cadillac CTS sedans

(March 10, 2017) NEW YORK — Cadillac introduces Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications this month in the CTS performance sedan, beginning with 2017 interim model year cars in production now. V2V-equipped vehicles share information that can be used to alert drivers to upcoming potential hazards, laying the groundwork for a connected, safer future.

Cadillac's V2V solution uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS and can handle 1,000 messages per second from vehicles up to nearly 1,000 feet away.

Nissan to showcase its commercial vehicles at Work Truck Show

(March 10, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With the final major piece of the Nissan Titan lineup in place, Nissan is hitting the road to The Work Truck Show — the largest work truck event in North America — like never before. From March 15 to 17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, an assortment of specially outfitted NV Cargo vans and Titan XD pickup trucks will highlight the strength and versatility of the new full lineup of Nissan commercial vehicles.

Red light districts don't belong in cars


By Al Vinikour

The second thing that goes as you get older is eyesight. Things multi-colored become more difficult to delineate. Thus I have always wondered what the sadistic benchmark is for hiring interior lighting designers. My biggest pet peeve when it comes to cockpit lighting is use of the color red. Especially when used over a dark background.

New Harley-Davidson Street Rod tuned for dynamic urban performance

(March 10, 2017) MILWAUKEE — The new Harley-Davidson Street Rod motorcycle is a muscular middle-weight built to blitz the city streets. An addition to the Harley-Davidson Street model family, the Street Rod is agile, powerful and tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion. Steeped in tough Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling, bearing a stance that's poised and aggressive, the Street Rod always looks ready for action.

Chevrolet pictches short-lived Turboglide transmission in 1957 ad

(March 9, 2017) Chevrolet pitched its new 3-speed Turboglide transmission in the V8-equipped 1957 Chevrolet in this 90-second TV ad. It was a $50 option over the standard Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission and was available from 1957-1961.

It consisted of a concurrently geared (as opposed to sequentially geared) planetary gearbox. It was designed to help showcase the engineering features of the '57 Chevy and was often ordered with the Rochester RamJet fuel injected system on the 283 V8.

Mercedes G-Wagen seems to defy logic when it comes to staying power

By Paul Borden

(March 10, 2017) MIAMI — The Mercedes-Benz G-Class seems to me to be a series of contradictions. It’s a big vehicle that seems small inside. It’s a luxury vehicle but lacks many of the features normally associated with the segment. And at a time that it seems every manufacturer is trying to coax the maximum number of miles from a gallon of gas, it drinks fuel like frat boys attacking a keg on “free beer” night.

Infiniti to show iconic Prince R380 race car at Amelia Island Concours

(March 9, 2017) HONG KONG — Infiniti Motor Company will show the iconic Prince R380 race car on Sunday, March 12 at this year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in the Japanese Prototype class. It will be the first public appearance of this historically significant vehicle in the Americas.

After breaking several land speed records in 1965, four R380s beat a trio of Porsche 906s to win the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix. The R380 that will be shown at "The Amelia" is the actual Japanese Grand Prix winning car, and is believed to be the only surviving R380 in existence.

Honda Clarity models to make worldwide debut at New York Auto Show

(March 9, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — The all-new Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric will make their worldwide debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show in April. The two all-new, electrified Honda vehicles will make Clarity the first vehicle series to offer customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle choices with fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains wrapped in a sporty, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger midsize sedan.

Aston Martin AMR brand strengthens connection between road and race cars

(March 9, 2017) GAYDON, England — Aston Martin has chosen the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to launch AMR — a new brand that brings a new dimension of race inspired dynamism and performance. Reflecting Aston Martin’s racing pedigree, AMR takes technology and inspiration from motorsport to amplify the sporting prowess present across the model range.