June 2017

Nissan Leaf gas station takeover helps consumers 'kick gas' with free fuel

(June 7, 2017) NASHVILLE  — This summer, Nissan is giving away free fuel at select gas stations in five cities throughout the Northeast to encourage consumers to "Kick Gas" for good and join a growing movement of all-electric vehicle ownership. The promotion demonstrates the freedom of not having to pay for fuel, a feeling that over 100,000 Nissan Leaf owners across the U.S. experience every day.

GMC begins 'Like a Pro' ad campaign

(June 7, 2017) DETROIT — Today, GMC debuts “Like A Pro,” a new campaign evolving its “We Are Professional Grade” positioning. “Like A Pro” celebrates GMC vehicles and customers — people who passionately live life to a higher standard. The “Like A Pro” campaign illustrates the core values of “We Are Professional Grade” and shows the emotional connection customers have with their GMC trucks and SUV models.

Polestar powertrain optimizations for Volvo cars reaches 100,000

(June 7, 2017) Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo Cars, has reached the milestone of 100,000 powertrain optimizations for Volvo cars around the globe since its introduction. The milestone is reached as sales hits an all-time high in the first five months of 2017 with more than 12,000 cars optimized — a growth of over 30 per cent compared to last year.

High demand on the latest generation Polestar optimizations for the Volvo Cars Drive-E powertrain is a key factor to the increase, with the all-new Volvo XC60 set to be included in the optimization range from July.

GMC, Lincoln top AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

(June 7, 2017) TUSTIN, Calif. — AutoPacific today announced its 21st annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs), identifying the most satisfying vehicles in the market. An industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied an owner is with his/her new vehicle, VSAs are based on survey responses from over 54,000 owners of new 2016 and 2017 cars and light trucks.

Light electrification leads 2018 Buick LaCrosse updates

(June 6, 2017) DETROIT — The Buick LaCrosse is expanding its technological credentials by adding eAssist light electrification for the 2018 model. The combination of an electric motor with Buick’s latest 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers quiet, refined and spirited efficient performance backed by the value and customer experience expected of Buick.

Strong demand in China pushes Cadillac sales up 33.8% worldwide in May

(June 6, 2017) NEW YORK — Cadillac globally sold 29,738 units in May, an increase of 33.8 percent – driven by strong year-over-year growth in all markets led by China. May marked the 12th consecutive month of double-digit growth for Cadillac, and continued execution of the brand’s globalization strategy.

Lincoln's mix of vehicles leads to highest loyalty rating in segment

(June 6, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Lincoln Motor Company’s strong lineup of vehicles is drawing more people to the brand. Lincoln has the luxury segment’s highest loyalty rate among new luxury-vehicle buyers for the first quarter of 2017, based on IHS Markit Loyalty data. The momentum is driven by the Lincoln MKC, Lincoln MKZ and the Lincoln MKX.

Lincoln is also placing an increasing emphasis on client-centered experiences like its exclusive Pickup and Delivery, which continues to gain in popularity, according to The Lincoln.

Nissan Leaf makes a flying start on Heathrow fleet

(June 6, 2017) LONDON — Heathrow, Britain’s biggest and busiest airport, has turned to the Nissan Leaf as part of its plans to inspire a new culture of electric car usage across its vast site. The airport has initially added 17 all-electric Leafs to its fleet, with 12 being operated air-side by teams including security and baggage and another five being used as pool cars.

2017 BMW 5 Series — Big on technology, big on price

By Jim Prueter

(June 5, 2017) PHOENIX — For BMW enthusiasts, there’s no car more epochal than the 5 Series. It was first introduced by the German automaker in 1972 and is now in its seventh generation.  Called the G30 in BMW parlance (the original 1972 model was known as the E12), the mid-sized sports sedan has grown and is slightly longer, wider and taller than the previous F10 generation (2010-2016), yet sheds 137 pounds thanks to the extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steel.

China's GAC Motor launches flagship GS8 and GA8 models in Middle East

(June 5, 2017) DOHA, Qatar — GAC Motor, one of China's leading auto brands, has released its two flagship models, the GS8, a 7-seat SUV, and the GA8 sedan, in Qatar and Kuwait. The launches mark a major step forward in GAC Motor's evolution.

"We are very optimistic about GAC Motor's future development in the Qatar market and we are committed to bringing more excellent models to local consumers," said a GAC Motor representative.