February 2018

Second-generation BMW X4 makes its debut

(February 14, 2018) — The second generation BMW X4 is making its debut as the BMW X4 M40i and the BMW X4 xDrive30i. The 2019 BMW X4 has sportier proportions, with wider tracks, the latest generation suspension settings, a lower center of gravity and improved aerodynamics.

The second generation Sports Activity Coupe offers a wide array of new standard safety features such as Active Protection which initiates protective measures when an accident situation is imminent such as belt tensioning and the closing of windows and moonroof to a small gap.

New, improved adaptive headlight designed for motorcycles

(February 14, 2018) GERMANTOWN, Wis. — J.W. Speaker Corporation, a leading manufacturer in LED lighting technology, has launched an improved adaptive headlight for the motorcycle aftermarket called the Adaptive 2 Series. These new LED headlights address a longstanding safety problem for motorcycles by lighting up dark areas when a rider is cornering.

BMW exports 272,346 X model vehicles from Spartanburg in 2017

(February 14, 2018) SPARTANBURG, S.C.  — BMW Manufacturing announced Tuesday that it exported 272,346 BMW X models from the Spartanburg plant during 2017. Nearly 87 percent of these Sports Activity Vehicles and Coupes were exported through the Port of Charleston with an export value of approximately $8.76 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

New high-speed Rolls-Royce SUV will be named Cullinan

(February 13, 2018) GOODWOOD, England — Three years ago in the pages of The Financial Times, Rolls-Royce announced to the world that it would create an all-new, high-sided car that would redefine SUV luxury travel by making it Effortless, Everywhere. Since that day the world has waited, anticipating the arrival of this mould-breaking new Rolls-Royce.

Today, the wait is almost over as Rolls-Royce confirms that its new sport utility motor car will be called Cullinan.

Nissan electric vehicle ambassador Margot Robbie confirms Formula E concept

(February 13, 2018) PARIS — Nissan electric vehicle ambassador Margot Robbie on Monday revealed during her first ever Facebook livestream that Nissan will premiere its new Formula E electric concept at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6.

In another first, the cameras, lights and equipment used to broadcast the live appearance were powered by the new Nissan Leaf battery.

1,000-horsepower Yenko Camaro now available from Chevrolet dealers

(February 13, 2018) TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Specialty Vehicle Engineering, Inc. has announce the availability of its all-new, outrageously fast, 2018 Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro, powered by a custom built 1,000 horsepower 6.8-liter supercharged LT-1-based engine.

Only 25 of these Limited Edition Yenko/SC Stage II cars will be built, and all will be based off the 2018 Camaro SS 1LE to take advantage of all the performance features the 1LE offers, and properly balance the awesome power of the 1,000hp supercharged engine.

Production of Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition increased to meet demand

(February 12, 2018) LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ford is increasing production of two popular full-size SUVs to meet surging demand for both all-new models. The company is using advanced manufacturing technologies and an upskilled workforce to increase line speed at its Kentucky Truck Plant to build even more Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs, boosting production targets approximately 25 percent since last fall when the SUVs hit the market.

Buick adds impressive new top-of-the-line Avenir to Enclave lineup

By Paul Borden

(February 13, 2018) Buick takes its Enclave mid-size crossover SUV to a new level in comfort, functionality, and luxury touches with the debut of its 2018 Enclave Avenir.

This is an SUV that should be on your “look at” list even if you are used to shopping in the luxury class. Make that “especially” if you are used to shopping luxury midsize crossovers. The Buick Enclave Avenir is that good and could save you money as well.

Volkswagen will unveil all-new Touareg SUV in China

(February 12, 2018) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen is kicking off the new automotive year with the world premiere of the new Touareg. The brand's flagship is the next milestone in the largest model campaign by Volkswagen. Standing at the top of the model range, the Touareg shows all of the brand's power with its expressive design, innovative technologies and dynamic handling properties.

The world premiere of the top vehicle will take place in China, the world's strongest growing SUV market and the company’s largest individual market.

Porsche Classic supplies classic parts from a 3D printer

(February 12, 2018) STUTTGART, Germany — "No longer available" — for collectors of rare classic cars, the unavailability of spare parts can quickly lead to problems. In the worst case scenario, the car may even be forced out of action. Porsche Classic, the division of Porsche dedicated to classic vehicles, has come up with a solution to this problem: namely, producing extremely rare parts that are only needed in small quantities using 3D printers.