June 2017

Hyundai unveils Kona compact SUV crossover

(June 13, 2017) — Hyundai Motor has unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up of stylish SUVs, the Kona compact SUV. With a strong, impactful design and uncompromised individuality, the Kona is designed to appeal to modern customers with active lifestyles. The Kona joins Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a growing line-up of Hyundai SUVs, as the company continues to widen customer choice in the segment. At the world premiere of its new B-segment SUV, Hyundai Motor reaffirmed its promise to deliver SUVs that feature progressive design with high interior refinement and spaciousness.

Lexus IS 350 turns into a grown-up sports sedan after 16 years 

By Peter Hubbard

(June 12, 2017) For those who recall a time long, long ago and far, far away … when cigarette advertising was still legal on network TV, a certain cigarette company tried to lure women into switching to their thin, slim brand of cancer-causing tobacco product with the advertising tag line “… You’ve come a long way, baby!”

Toyota issues recall on 32,000 Tacomas for crankshaft fix

(June 12, 2017) PLANO, Texas — Toyota has announced that it is conducting a safety recall of certain 2016 and 2017 V6 engine Toyota Tacoma vehicles in the U.S. Approximately 32,000 vehicles are involved.
The V6 engine crankshaft timing rotor in the involved vehicles may have been produced with excessive anti-corrosion coating.  This could cause the crank position sensor to malfunction.  If this occurs, the vehicle may display a Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL), run roughly, misfire, or in some instances, stall.  A stalling condition while driving at higher speeds may increase the risk of a crash.

Refreshed 2018 Honda Fit launches next month with styling updates

(June 12, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda today revealed the 2018 Fit with fresh new styling, the addition of a Sport trim and the availability of Honda Sensing on its popular hatchback. Updated styling at the front and rear, and a splash of additional color add vibrancy and infuse the versatile Fit with an enhanced youthful, sporty and emotional character. The availability of Honda Sensing brings the suite of advanced safety and driver assistive technologies to the subcompact Fit.

Nissan to offer automatic emergency braking on 1 million 2018 vehicles

(June 12, 2017) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan has announced that it is making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard on a projected one million vehicles sold in the United States for model year 2018, including seven of the company's most popular models — Rogue/Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, Leaf, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra (except manual transmission-equipped and all NISMO versions).

2018 Accord to include two turbocharged engines, 10-speed automatic

(June 11, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda will launch an all-new, completely redesigned and reengineered 10th-generation 2018 Honda Accord later this year. A new-from-the-ground-up design that features a more aggressive stance and proportion than any previous Accord complements the lineup of advanced new powertrains.

Volkswagen brand deliveries rise in May worldwide

(June 10, 2017) WOLFSBURG, Germany — The Volkswagen brand delivered 513,500 vehicles to customers worldwide in May, an increase of 3.5 percent compared with the corresponding month of the previous year.

Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand board member for Sales, said: "May was a successful month for the Volkswagen brand. Our deliveries grew in almost all key markets. As a result, our overall delivery figures for the period January to May are at last year's level.

Team Honda activates 20,000 volunteers in community service

(June 10, 2017) More than 20,000 volunteers across North America are participating in Honda's second annual Week of Service, in which Honda associates, dealers and suppliers will conduct more than 425 volunteer service activities in 43 states, as well as Canada and Mexico, to make a positive impact in their communities.

The Week of Service coincides with Honda's Founder's Day, marking the establishment of the first Honda business operation in North America on June 11, 1959.

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series limited to 500 units

(June 9, 2017) ATLANTA — The new 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe from Porsche is the most powerful 911 Turbo S ever. The Coupe makes 607 horsepower and is limited to 500 units worldwide. In addition to an increase of 27 horsepower, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series distinguishes itself from other 911 Turbo S models with its unique design, specialty materials, and luxurious details.

Bestop Trektop NX soft-top series outfits Jeep Wrangler

(June 9, 2017) LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Bestop, a leading manufacturer of premium Jeep soft tops and accessories, has added two new versions of the top-selling soft top, the Trektop NX. The expanded line includes the fully convertible Trektop NX Glide and the innovative Trektop NX Plus.

Bestop CEO John Larson says, “The addition of the NX Glide and NX Plus to the industry-leading Trektop NX gives the Jeeper everything they could want in a fastback soft top design.”