September 2017

Gorillaz app code-cracker lands a job at Jaguar Land Rover

(September 4, 2017) WHITLEY, U.K. — Jaguar Land Rover has hired the first of the next generation of electronics and software engineering geniuses following the recent code-breaking recruitment challenge within the Gorillaz app.

Daniel Dunkley, a 23-year-old from Gloucester, UK, is the first successful code-breaker to join Jaguar Land Rover. Daniel left school at 16 and was working as a controls engineer at a local quarry. His coding and software skills are completely self-taught from an early interest in playing computer games at home with his older brother.

All-new Chevy Equinox gets a power boost for 2018

By Paul Borden

(September 4, 2017) The Equinox served as Chevrolet’s first venture into the crossover market when it was introduced over a decade ago, and after years of producing truck-based SUVs, it looks like Chevy made a wise decision. The Equinox is now the company's best-seller behind only the Silverado pickup with nearly 2 million sold since its introduction as a 2005 model. With the improvements made for 2018, it figures to maintain that pace.

Ford and Toyota together are donating $6.5 million for hurricane relief

(September 3, 2017) Ford and its dealers, taking action to aid Hurricane Harvey victims, are committing millions of dollars in relief funds and offering special assistance to those who need to replace lost or destroyed vehicles. Ford has launched multiple initiatives to assist in the relief efforts, including committing more than $3.5 million in relief funds. At the same time, Toyota Motor North America is partnering with Toyota Financial Services (TFS), The Friedkin Group, Gulf States Toyota (GST) and Toyota and Lexus dealers nationwide, to provide a combined relief effort of over $3 million to serve the people impacted by the hurricane.

Impressive 2018 Honda Odyssey even looks better

By Jim Prueter

(September 3, 2017) It occurred to me that the Honda Odyssey, first introduced almost 25 years ago in 1994, is the perfect stealth vehicle. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging any suspicious or illegal activity. But Odyssey’s never been a vehicle that will turn heads or be followed home to ask the owner what they are driving.

Subaru bucks August slump with best sales month in history

(September 2, 2017) Despite the August slump in sales industry-wide, Subaru of America reported 63,215 vehicle sales for the month, a 4.6 percent increase over August 2016 marking the best-ever sales month in company history breaking the previous record set in December 2016 (63,177). The automaker also reported year-to-date sales of 423,728 vehicles, an 8.1 percent gain over the same period in 2016.

GM August sales up 7.5 percent year-over-year

(September 1, 2017) DETROIT — General Motors today reported U.S. August deliveries of 275,552 vehicles, up 7.5 percent from a year ago. Retail deliveries were up 4 percent, and the company estimates that it gained more than one-half point of retail market share.

General Motors was one of only a few automakers that saw August sales increases. Others up from August 2016 included Toyota and Volkswagen. Nissan, Ford, Honda and Fiat Chrysler were down.

Volvo says it will bring new standard of safety with XC40 SUV

(September 1, 2017) Volvo says it will bring a new standard of safety and user experience to the small SUV premium segment with the launch of the new Volvo XC40 this fall. Developed around the challenges of modern city life, the XC40 aims to make the daily urban commute less stressful and more enjoyable, as drivers in the segment can now rely on the award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from Volvo’s acclaimed new 90- and 60 Series cars.