October 2017

Jeep releases pictures of next-generation Wrangler, but few details

(November 1, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — In a Halloween surprise, Jeep released three photographs of the all-new Wrangler Unlimited calling the new generation Wrangler, "the most capable SUV ever" delivering even more legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, a modern design that stays true to the original, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, and more open-air options.

Chevrolet trucks marks 100 years with customized classic 1967 C/10

(October 31, 2017) LAS VEGAS — A customized, classic Chevrolet C/10 pickup is helping the brand celebrate 100 years of building trucks. The pickup — on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas — blends classic style with contemporary crate powertrain technology and shares the exclusive color and other heritage cues of 2018 Silverado and Colorado Centennial Edition production models.

Mini launches new John Cooper Works tuning kit for Countryman, Clubman

(October 31, 2017) LAS VEGAS — Mini USA has announced the launch of the new Mini John Cooper Works Tuning Kit at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, expanding the current tuning kit offering to now include Clubman and Countryman models. The new John Cooper Works Tuning Kit utilizes a retrofit exhaust system, aftermarket components and engine software programming increasing the engine power output and exhaust system performance.

Acura displaying NSX production-based race cars at SEMA

(October 31, 2017) TORRANCE, Calif. — The depth and breadth of Acura Motorsports will be on display at this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week.  The ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi), Acura's newest race car, will be featured just months ahead of its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. The ARX-05 is joined by an exposed carbon fiber-bodied NSX GT3 race car and three podium-finishing Acura race cars fresh from this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Mopar unleashes ‘Hellcrate’ 6.2-liter supercharged crate HEMI Engine Kit

(October 30, 2017) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Enthusiasts demanded it, and now the Mopar brand is unleashing a new Mopar 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine Kit — nicknamed the “Hellcrate” — that injects 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque under the hood.

The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit, the first-ever supercharged, 707-horsepower factory-backed crate engine kit, will debut at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

Custom Ford vehicles on display this week at SEMA

(October 30, 2017) LAS VEGAS — Ford tough and capable F-Series trucks and adventurous SUVs are ready to take adventure-seekers to new levels at the 2017 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) with customized power, off-roading gear and bold designs.

These 11 custom builds are part of the more than 50 vehicles Ford will have on display at the SEMA show, making it the largest automaker display at the event. Ford Out Front also offers attendees an interactive experience of riding in one of the performance cars or trucks on a closed course.

Toledo Assembly prepares 2,200 workers for next-gen Jeep Wrangler

(October 30, 2017) TOLEDO, Ohio — The FCA Toledo Assembly Complex and The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation have teamed up to prepare more than 2,200 workers to build the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, launching later this year.
Over the past six weeks, employees from the Toledo North plant, where the new Wrangler will be built, have been participating in a comprehensive training and launch readiness program known as the “Toledo Way.”

Mercedes-Benz autonomous driving encounters China's roads

(October 30, 2017) SHANGHAI, China — Pedestrian crossings on the highway, separate speed limits for each lane, traffic signs with Chinese characters — traffic in China differs from that in Europe or the U.S, in many aspects. That is why China requires foreign motorists to have a Chinese driving license. Automated and autonomous vehicles also have to prove their fitness for this market in advance.

Ford F-150 named Truck of Texas by TAWA

By Peter A. Hubbard


(October 29, 2017) AUSTIN, Texas — Once the dust had settled after two days of hard driving on pastures and hillside gravel  at the Longhorn River Ranch west of Austin, the 2018 F150 emerged as the 2018 Truck of Texas, as voted on by some 75 members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).