May 2017

Fiat offers new appearance packages for 2017 Fiat 500

(May 10, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Fiat brand is offering new looks for its iconic, Italian-designed, fun-to-drive 500. Customers may give their Cinquecentos even more style by adding new optional appearance packages: Sport Black Trim, Two-Tone, and Abarth Roof, Mirror Cap and Body Stripe. Additional options include an automatic transmission ($995), sunroof ($795) and Cabrio ($1,495).

New Nissan Rogue Sport a “must” on your shopping list

By Jim Prueter

(May 9, 2017) The Nissan Rogue is the hottest-selling vehicle in the hottest-selling segment, one replete with excellent competitors — Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Other than the “big 3” pickup trucks, Rogue is the biggest-selling vehicle in the U.S. for two of the first four months of 2017.

Ford Hot Spot parts delivery system gains popularity among dealers

(May 9, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Instant gratification — it’s something many of us look for. We can rent a movie in a matter of seconds, hail a ride in minutes or have a gift delivered to a family member overnight. So when it comes to getting a replacement part for your vehicle  — which could take a week or more, depending on the necessary repair — why can’t dealerships and service centers get the parts they need in hours instead of days? Now, they can.

2017 Lexus RC 200t— RC gets a turbocharged four

By Jim Prueter

(May 8, 2017) It’s been a long time since we last slipped behind the wheel of the Lexus RC. Two and a half years ago, to be exact, when I drove it at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, during its debut in November 2014. At the time, I drove the 467-horsepower V-8 RC F and the more benign 306 horsepower V-6 RC

Kia announces record April certified pre-owned sales

(May 8, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — Following a record first quarter of Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales, Kia Motors America's (KMA) momentum continued with best-ever April CPO sales of 6,953 vehicles.  Kia's U.S.-built Optima midsize sedan led the charge with 1,649 units sold.

Autodata's April CPO retail sales report confirms that when it comes to pre-owned vehicles, Kia continues to outpace the industry with an impressive 14 percent increase year-to-date. 

Hyundai reveals further details of its all-new KONA B segment SUV

(May 8, 2017) — Hyundai has unveiled further details of the all-new KONA ahead of its world premiere in the coming months. The KONA continues Hyundai’s new design identity while adding its progressive character to create a unique proposition in the sub-compact SUV segment.

The KONA’s front is expressive and powerful, adopting Hyundai Motor’s new family identity, the cascading grille.

Ford's biggest work trucks receive performance, service improvements

(May 8, 2019) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is updating its biggest trucks to improve performance and serviceability. Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks are the fastest growing volume Class 6-7 brand. Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks were completely redesigned for 2016, enjoying their best sales since 1997 last year.

Ford Fiesta best-selling car in Europe in March

(May 8, 2017) COLOGNE, Germany — The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in Europe, according to Ford analysis of March industry data.  Customers purchased 47,000 Fiestas in March, a 12 per cent increase year-over-year to overtake the Volkswagen Golf as the region’s top-selling passenger car.

Transforming a Chrysler Pacifica from a passenger van to a cargo hauler

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(May 7, 2017) I should have taken pictures. I should have, but didn’t. I was hoping to return a piece of equipment to one of my brothers, and make room in the garage. And I wanted to do it while I had the Pacifica. I knew it could swallow the cargo, carry the weight, and do so easily. But I forgot to grab a camera — even the one on my iPod — to record the loading and unloading.

Corvette Grand Sport is official pace car of 101st Indy 500

(May 6, 2017) INDIANAPOLIS  — The Corvette Grand Sport is the official pace car for the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and will lead drivers to the green flag on May 28 for the 101st running of the legendary race. It marks the 14th time a Corvette has served as the official pace car, starting in 1978, and the 28th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948.