July 2017

Nissan puts its ProPILOT Assist technology to the test

(July 24, 2017) FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — For the first time on public roads in the U.S., Nissan has put media behind the wheel to experience its ProPILOT Assist technology, which will be available to customers later this year. ProPILOT Assist reduces the hassle of stop-and-go driving by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving.

Volkswagen takes bite out of Shark Week with new campaign

(July 24, 2017) HERNDON, Va. —  Volkswagen of America, now in its sixth year as a sponsor of Discovery Channel’s SHARK WEEK, teamed with the network to introduce Land of Sharks, a unique look at oceans of the past with a cross country journey in the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. This year, Volkswagen will build on excitement around SHARK WEEK to showcase how the new 7-seater SUV brings families together for life’s big adventures.

Television’s longest running and highly anticipated event, SHARK WEEK returned on Sunday, July 23, on Discovery Channel.

BMW Group invests €200 million in Plant Leipzig

(July 24, 2017) LEIPZIG, Germany — BMW Group is investing a further €200 million (233 million) in the future of its plant in Leipzig, eastern Germany. The building work will begin in early 2018 and include an extension of the paint shop and alternations in the bodyshop and assembly areas.

The work is scheduled to finish in 2020, with the facilities being put to use immediately. This move will ensure Plant Leipzig is prepared for the production of future BMW model generations.

Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special gets sub-7 minute Nurburgring lap

(July 22, 2017) NURBURG, Germany— Subaru of America  has announced that the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special set a new lap record for a four-door sedan at the famous 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife race track, achieving a time of 6:57.5. The time was achieved using the Nurburgring timing equipment and was officially verified by track officials.

Auto leasing drops for the first time in four years, according to report

(July 24, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — With used-vehicle values sagging and fewer buyers opting to lease for the first time, the popularity of leasing has hit its first bump in the road following a four-year surge, according to the latest Lease Market Report from Edmunds.

Porsche Macan edges Tesla Model S in Strategic Vision study

(July 23, 2017) SAN DIEGO, Calif. –– Several new or redesigned models are leaders in Total Quality while the gracefully-aging Tesla Model S has lost its top spot in the industry, according to the results of Strategic Vision’s 2017 Total Quality Impact (TQI) measure. The revolutionary sports car now ranks second in the industry to the Porsche Macan.

Toyota recalls certain 2017 Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid vehicles

(July 22, 2017) PLANO, Texas — Toyota North America has announced that it is conducting a safety recall involving 671 model year 2016 Avalon Hybrid and Camry Hybrid vehicles in the U.S.  Among these 671 vehicles, up to 42 are potentially equipped with a misassembled front drive shaft. The front drive shaft assembly in the involved vehicles may have been misassembled.

Ford unveils industry's first police pursuit-rated pickup truck

(July 21, 2017) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has revealed the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, giving law enforcement agencies a more versatile and capable patrol vehicle. Capable of speeds up to 100 mph, the all-new F-150 Police Responder features a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and Ford SelectShift 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance.

BMW motorcycles sets new six-month sales record

(July 21, 2017) MUNICH, Germany — Sales increase by 9.5% to 88,389 vehicles in the first half of 2017. The aim is to achieve a new all-time sales record for the year. BMW Motorrad has sold more motorcycles and maxi scooters in 2017 than ever before.

Stephan Schaller, General Director of BMW Motorrad: "For all of us at BMW Motorrad it is a great pleasure and a confirmation of all our efforts that our customers continue to show us that we are on the right track with our model initiative."