September 2017

Bollinger Motors reveals first image of 4-door B1 all-electric SUV

(September 10, 2017) Bollinger Motors has revealed the first image of the 4-door version of its B1 all-electric sport utility truck. The sketch also shows off a new orange exterior color which will also be available at launch.

“We always wanted to make a 4-Door version of the B1,” said Robert Bollinger, designer and CEO. “And our assistant designer Ross Compton and I developed a great sketch. The vehicle still has great proportions and it’s amazing off-road capabilities remain intact since we only had to stretch the chassis by 9 inches”

World Surf League and Jeep extend and expand global partnership

(September 9, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The World Surf League (WSL) and Jeep brand have announced a long-term renewal and expansion of their global partnership. With the extended partnership, the Jeep brand continues as the official and exclusive global automotive partner of the WSL and the naming rights partner to the WSL Jeep Leaders Tour Rankings for the men’s and women’s Championship Tour.

Honda motorcycles, Aviator Nation launch new sweepstakes

(September 9, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — American Honda and Aviator Nation launched a new sweepstakes this week, with two Southern California-influenced custom motorcycles officially up for grabs. Each Honda Rebel motorcycle is complete a with a hand-stitched brown leather seat, a gold shimmer fuel tank featuring Aviator Nation's signature multicolored stripes, and a dream wardrobe that comes in the form of a $1,000 AN gift card.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Competence is not enough

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(September 9, 2017) One upon a time, Mitsubishi was an automaker with a purpose. It built rugged, high-tech cars and trucks that people wanted to own. It had a plant in Illinois, shared technology and platforms (and entire vehicles) with Chrysler, and was Subaru before Subaru was Subaru, with its World Rally Championship Evo models and turbocharged, all-wheel drive Galant VR4s for the street.

Cadillac's global sales rise 13.5 percent in August

(September 8, 2017) Cadillac globally sold 32,084 units in August, maintaining a 15-month run of consecutive growth.  The brand is on pace to surpass last year’s total of 308,718 vehicles sold. Year-to-date, sales are up 39,354 units compared to August 2016, totaling 221,566 units.

“The transformation of Cadillac continues to accelerate with the globalization of our commercial footprint,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.

Production of new Nissan Leaf to begin this fall in Tennessee

(September 8, 2017) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Strengthening its global leadership in zero-emission electric vehicles, Nissan plans to start full production of the new Nissan Leaf at Nissan's Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tenn., and at Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. in Sunderland, U.K., by the end of 2017.

The two production sites join Nissan's Oppama Plant in Japan, which is producing the new generation electric vehicle.

BMW Concept X7 iPerformance offers a new dimension in spaciousness

(September 8, 2017) MUNICH, Germany — With the unveiling of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance at the show in Frankfurt, the BMW Group is not only pulling back the covers on a new model concept for the luxury segment, it is also introducing a whole new take on luxury for the BMW brand.

Fiat introduces new 500X Urbana Edition

(September 8, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Fiat brand announced today the addition of the Urbana Edition to its Italian-designed Fiat 500X lineup, offering customers yet another way to showcase their personality with their Fiat vehicle.
“The Fiat 500X combines iconic Italian style with functionality, performance and all-wheel-drive confidence,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Passenger Car Brands.

Jaguar Land Rover says it will electrify its entire lineup by 2020

(September 8, 2017) LONDON — From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified. The company made the announcement at its inaugural Tech Fest, a series of debates and a free public exhibition about the future of mobility.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive officer, said: “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice.

Lotus expands its Evora GT 430 lineup

(September 7, 2017) Following the debut of the Lotus Evora GT430, Lotus has introduced an expanded Evora GT430 line-up designed to appeal to a wider range of customers who want the ultimate in high performance sports cars.

Adding to the acclaimed Evora 400 and Evora Sport 410 models, the new Evora GT430 range now includes two body options and a choice of manual or automatic transmission.