April 2017

Subaru renews partnership with National Wildlife Federation

(April 4, 2017) CHERRY HILL, N.J. —  Subaru is once again partnering with the National Wildlife Federation to help preserve wildlife and their habitats through the automaker’s environmentally-focused philanthropic platform, Subaru Loves the Earth. With wildlife declining by over 58% percent due to habitat loss, Subaru and the National Wildlife Federation are raising awareness of this important issue by creating over 400 new Certified Wildlife Habitats at local schools and spearheading hands-on educational programs.

Volkswagen announces pricing of new Atlas starting at $30,500

(April 4, 2017) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America today announced pricing of the all-new, seven-passenger 2018 Atlas. With a starting price of $30,500 for the four-cylinder turbo 2.0L TSI S FWD model (late availability), and $31,900 for the 3.6-liter V6 S FWD model, the Chattanooga-built SUV is loaded with standard equipment and available technology features. Those prices do not include destination charge, which Volkswagen did not divulge.

Subaru to introduce redesigned 2018 Crosstrek in New York

(April 4, 2017) CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru has announced today that it will debut the all-new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek at the New York International Auto Show laster this month. The all-new Crosstrek is built on the new Subaru Global Platform and offers enhanced performance, safety, capability and comfort.

All-new Civic Si coupe and Si sedan to be revealed in video

(April 3, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will make their first appearance later this week in a video reveal on Honda's YouTube channel at 8 p.m. PDT on April 6. An exciting, fast-paced on-track video will showcase the dynamic capabilities of the sportiest and most agile Civic to ever wear the renowned Si badge.

Nissan Rogue stars in Star Wars-themed 360-degree virtual reality experience

(April 3, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan continues to leverage its collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. with the launch of a new immersive experience titled, "Battle Test: A Nissan 360-Degree Virtual Reality Experience." The experience will be available for download through a wide variety of platforms starting today (April 3), coinciding with the much anticipated home entertainment release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" on April 4.

FCA sales decline 5 percent in March

(April 3, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) today reported U.S. sales of 190,254 units, a 5 percent decrease compared with sales in March 2016 when 199,467 units were sold.
In March, fleet sales of 43,992 units were down 15 percent year over year as FCA US continues its strategy of reducing its sales to the daily rental segment. Fleet sales represented 23 percent of total FCA US sales in March. FCA US retail sales of 146,262 units were down 1 percent for the month, and represented 77 percent of total March sales.

GM says it was fastest growing automaker in March

(April 3, 2017) DETROIT — General Motors, which grew its retail sales faster than any other full-line automaker in 2016, outpaced the industry once again in March. The company also gained retail share in the first quarter of 2017.

“The economy is strong and we see more growth ahead for our brands,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations. “More people are working, consumer confidence is at a 16-year high, fuel prices are low and Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac have a wave of new crossovers to compete in the industry’s biggest and hottest segments.”

At last — An all-new Ford Expedition is coming this fall

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(April 3, 2017) In some ways it’s hard to believe that the Ford Expedition has been around for 20 years. Then again, the looks of the vehicle changed so glacially that it’s even more difficult to believe that this is the fourth generation Expedition. Which, if you do the math, suggests a new generation every five years.

Jaguar Classic to launch E-Type Reborn at Techno-Classica Show

(April 2, 2017) RYTON-on-DUNSMORE, UK — Jaguar Classic will debut its first ‘Reborn’ Jaguar E-Type at the Techno-Classica Essen show April 5 - 9. An initial batch of 10 expertly sourced and comprehensively restored examples of the iconic E-Type are now offered for sale direct from the new Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in the UK.