February 2018

Nissan Note tops Japan's January sales rankings

(February 12, 2018) YOKOHAMA, Japan — The Nissan Note took the No. 1 spot in Japan's new car sales rankings for January, as the popularity of the e-POWER electrified powertrain helped make the model the best-selling compact car in the country, Nissan has announced.

The Nissan Serena placed fourth in the overall rankings and was also No. 1 in its segment. The rankings exclude sales of mini-vehicles.

Toyota's TRD Pro Series returns for its next off-road generation

(February 12, 2018) CHICAGO (Feb. 8, 2018) – The pulse-pounding, heart-racing TRD Pro Series from Toyota returns for its next generation of off-road dominance. For 2019, Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma will all feature Fox shocks and a host of impressive off-road equipment tuned and designed by the engineers at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

Fiat brand introduces all-turbo 500 lineup for 2018

(February 12, 2018) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Fiat 500 lineup goes all-turbo for 2018, with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine and a sportier appearance now standard on all models. “With an all-turbo lineup, the iconic Fiat 500 now offers an even more dynamic driving experience and more standard horsepower than any of its competitors,” said Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands FCA – North America.

“In fact, the entire Fiat brand lineup now comes standard with turbocharged power, adding to our roster of fun-to-drive, Italian-designed vehicles.”

Mopar customizes all-new 2019 Ram 1500 at Chicago Auto Show

(February 11, 2018) CHICAGO — The Ram Truck and Mopar brands have teamed up at the Chicago Auto Show with an outdoor-sport-themed 2019 Ram 1500 modified with a selection of the more than 200 Mopar parts and accessories available for the all-new truck.The customized show truck highlights the large menu of Mopar products, created through thousands of hours of testing and validation, available for the all-new Ram 1500.

Mullin Museum's 1936 Bugatti Atlantic wins prestigious award

(February 10, 2018) PARIS — The Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was named The Peninsula Classics “Best of the Best” during a private dinner held at the Peninsula Paris on Feb. 8. In three years of the annual award, the Mullin Museum has won twice, claiming the inaugural title with its 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS.

Late last year, the Atlantic was nominated to compete against seven other “Best in Show” winners from prestigious Concours events around the globe.

Ford, LEGO add 1968 Mustang to LEGO Speed Champions lineup

(February 10, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford and LEGO are celebrating Ford’s heritage by adding a 1968 Mustang fastback race car to the LEGO Speed Champions lineup.

As a tribute to America’s favorite sports car, the 183-piece Ford Mustang kit features green bodywork with gold dual stripes and wheels, race graphic stickers, removable windscreen and a mini-figure driver wearing a classic racing suit. For added fun, the race car set includes a Ford-branded timing board.

Ford introduces new 'magic bus' 2019 Transit Connect

(February 10, 2018) CHICAGO — Ford has reinvented the van for Baby Boomers whose idea of rocking doesn’t involve a chair. Ford unveiled the redesigned Transit Connect Wagon at the Chicago Auto Show this week.  The last Transit Connect Wagon won over Boomers-born from 1946 to 1964 that grew up driving vans-with its unique combination of affordable, fun and easy-to-use people mover attributes and cargo hauling capabilities.

Chevrolet Traverse RS offers black-themed personalized styling

(February 9, 2018) DETROIT — With turbocharged performance and aggressive, blacked-out styling cues, the 2018 Traverse RS injects a distinctive dose of fun-to-drive sportiness into the midsize SUV segment.

Based on the redesigned 2018 Traverse, which offers best-in-class maximum cargo room (98.2 cubic feet), more technologies than the previous model and an enhanced roster of available active safety features, the Traverse RS is part of an expanded six-trim lineup focused on capability, convenience and choice.

Nissan Titan now available with factory-authorized suspension lift kit

(February 9, 2018) CHICAGO – For the first time ever, Nissan is offering a factory-authorized suspension lift kit for select models of the Titan and Titan XD full-size pickups. The bolt-on kits, developed by California-based ICON Vehicle Dynamics, offer a more aggressive exterior appearance, increased ground clearance and a suspension lift of up to three inches.

Constructed for Titan and Titan XD Crew Cab 4x4 models, the suspension lift kits will be available this spring.