April 2017

After illegal seizure of its plant, GM forced to cease Venezuela operations

(April 21, 2017) Established in 1948, General Motors Venezolana (GMV), the oldest and most traditional automaker in the country, and market leader for more than 35 consecutive years, is forced to cease operations in Venezuela due to an illegal judicial seizure of its assets.

On Wednesday, GMV’s plant was unexpectedly taken by the public authorities, preventing normal operations. In addition, other assets of the company, such as vehicles, have been illegally taken from its facilities.

More space, cool look define smart forfour crosstown edition

(April 21, 2017) STUTTGART, Germany — Plenty of space and a cool look define the smart forfour crosstown edition, a crossover model that is ideal for the city. The special outdoor look includes special detachable parts in underride guard-look at front and rear and striking side skirts.

The crosstown edition will come in various exterior colors — the world premiere in Geneva featured a model in graphite grey with a black tridion safety cell, powered by the 90 horsepower engine with five-speed manual transmission.

Honda invests $124 million for advanced wind tunnel facility in Ohio

(April 21, 2017) MARYSVILLE, Ohio —  Honda has announced a new investment of $124 million to establish a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility to advance vehicle innovation and enhance the world-class testing facilities at the Transportation Research Center (TRC), in East Liberty, Ohio. The groundbreaking is slated for late summer.

"This new facility will further enhance our ability to efficiently create products of the highest quality for our customers," said Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. 

Volkswagen unveils I.D. CROZZ electric crossover concept

(April 21, 2017) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen is developing a new fleet of electric vehicles that will start full production in 2020. At the Auto Shanghai 2017 international show, Volkswagen revealed the I.D. CROZZ, its first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) — a four-door coupe and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one.

What's strong, fast growing, and potentially part of your next car? Bamboo

(April 20, 2017) NANJING, China — You’ve probably sat on it, built with it, and maybe even eaten it, but did you know that your car could be next to benefit from bamboo, one of the world’s strongest natural materials?

While investment in research has led to breakthroughs in new materials like super strong carbon fiber and lightweight aluminum, nature’s wonder material may have been growing all along and as much as three feet in a day.

Toyota opens a 'portal' to the future of zero emission trucking

(April 20, 2017) LOS ANGELES — Picture the 710 Freeway heading south, bumper-to-bumper semis hauling cargo to and from the bustling Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Now imagine those trucks are moving that cargo, quietly, quickly and without producing any emissions.  Toyota is working to make this vision a reality.   

Maserati celebrates 100,000th car sold — A Quattroporte GranSport

(April 20, 2017) Maserati celebrated the milestone delivery of its 100,000th car at Auto Shanghai 2017 on Wednesday, a Quattroporte produced in the Grugliasco plant of Italy. China’s distinction as the Quattroporte’s largest market as well as its 91% year-on-year sales growth in 2016 underline the Chinese market’s important role in Maserati’s global performance, which set a new record with 42,100 car deliveries worldwide last year.

BMW introduces first-ever M4 CS — Sporting appeal, high performance

(April 20, 2017) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW announced today at the 2017 Auto Shanghai the first ever BMW M4 CS, an exclusive special-edition model produced by BMW M GmbH. The BMW M4 CS lines up between the BMW M4 Coupe with Competition Package and the uncompromisingly track-focused BMW M4 GTS.

Volvo’s all-new flagship sedan: More luxury, less sporty

By Jim Preuter

(April 19, 2017) We were more than impressed with the completely redesigned XC90 when it was introduced for 2015. It was the first Volvo to be updated since Chinese automaker Geely bought the Swedish car company from Ford in 2010. For the record, the brand has kept its promise to completely refresh and revamp its entire product line by the end of 2017, recently introducing a redesigned XC60 crossover, V90 and V60 crossover wagons, and the all-new flagship S90 mid-sized luxury class sedan tested here.

Ford F-Series trucks to tow 'Tiny Houses' across America

(April 19, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford F-Series trucks are the vehicles of choice to tow the latest tiny houses to join the Petite Retreats unique accommodations. Called “Henry” and “Clara” — in honor of the founder of Ford Motor Company and his wife — these Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certified houses just debuted at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

The debut kicks off a summer-long road trip with a 2017 Ford F-150 and all-new 2017 F-250 Super Duty, set to tow Henry and Clara across America.