May 2017

Ford SYNC 3 update brings software support to 2016 vehicles

(May 24, 20170 DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is making Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support available to 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3. Customers with 2016 Ford vehicles can update to the new SYNC 3 version 2.2 by downloading to a USB drive, visiting a dealership or automatically through a Wi-Fi connection.

“Our SYNC 3 software platform was designed to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services.

840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon price set at $86,091

(May 24, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the most powerful muscle car ever with 808 horsepower, starts at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $86,090 including $1,700 gas guzzler tax and $1,095 destination charge. Challenger SRT Demon owners who want to unleash its full potential at the drag strip — and its full 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque — can do so for $1.

Mercedes AMG GLS63 —The 577 horsepower family hauler

By Jim Prueter

(May 23, 2017) PHOENIX — In case you haven’t been paying attention, the definition of upper social class, prestige, luxury motoring is now the SUV, having supplanted large luxury sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche as the choice vehicle for the global one percent. That certainly includes the seven-passenger 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63 tested here.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan debuts new 2.0-liter TSI engine

(May 23, 2017) HERNDON, Va. — The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives in dealerships this summer powered by the most advanced version ever of Volkswagen’s EA888 four-cylinder engine. The updated version of the benchmark EA888 four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injection engine uses an innovative modification to the conventional four-stroke cycle to offer an improved combination of power, efficiency and responsiveness.

Michigan Science Center unveils new $1.44 million Toyota 4D theater

(May 23, 2017) DETROIT — Toyota Motor North America and the Michigan Science Center have unveiled the new Toyota 4D Engineering Theater (TET). The theater is designed to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. Through exciting programs and engaging films, the TET will showcase the fun and dynamic world of STEM and provide a resource for future generations of STEM professionals. 

Racetrack-themed showroom refurbished by Mercedes in Affalterbach

(May 23, 2017) AFFALTERBACH, Germany — The new-look Mercedes-AMG showroom in Affalterbach, Germany, has opened after a 12-week refurbishment. The new racetrack-themed design focuses on the 50-year-old sports car and high-performance vehicle brand's roots in motor sports.

This is clear straight away from the special mastic asphalt floor covering inside and outside with classic pit lane markings, tyre marks and a start/finish line. Inside, the design also features an eye-catching tunnel graphic which has the effect of lengthening the room.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox — Doing more with less

(May 23, 2017) DETROIT — Crossovers become more agile when they drop some weight. For the redesigned 2018 Chevy Equinox, shedding nearly 400 pounds —approximately 10 percent of its mass — pays dividends in a nimbler, more responsive and more refined driving experience, according to Chevrolet. Combined with this weight loss, the all-new body was designed and optimized for top safety ratings.

Kia Soul gets infusion of power, more creature comforts for 2017

By Peter A. Hubbard


(May 22, 2017) When the Kia Soul first hit the streets in 2009 as a 2010 model, it was clearly aimed at entry-level buyers.  Its subcompact size, excellent fuel economy and shaved-box look were clearly aimed at first-time buyers in their early-to-mid 20’s.  The marketing push used for the modest little crossover clearly pitched it as the ultimate party car, with cocky little hamsters posing as “party animals,” ready to roll. 

Ford names Hackett CEO, makes leadership changes; Fields out

(May 22, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford today named Jim Hackett as its new president and CEO and announced key global leadership changes designed to further strengthen its core automotive business and accelerate a strategic shift to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Hackett, 62, has a long track record of innovation and business success as CEO of Steelcase, Interim Athletic Director at the University of Michigan and executive chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC since March 2016.