September 2018

Nissan to bring 'Safety Shield 360' to one million vehicles by 2021

(September 16, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan will introduce Safety Shield 360, a suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies, as standard equipment on all of its top-selling models by 2021, representing more than one million vehicles annually. "Our philosophy is to bring Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies to market in our most popular and affordable vehicles," said Denis Le Vot, chairman, Nissan North America.

A Shuttleworth anniversary to be celebrated at London to Brighton car run

(September 15, 2018) LONDON — As the world’s longest running motoring event, the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is no stranger to celebrating milestones. In November participants aboard their pioneering pre-1905 vehicles will be honoring the 122 years since the original Emancipation Run of 1896 which welcomed the speed limit for "light automobiles" being raised from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the need for a man to walk in front of all vehicles waving a red flag.

Hyundai presents first look at new truck with fuel cell powertrain

(September 15, 2018) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor has presented a first look at a render image of a new truck with fuel cell powertrain which is set to be launched in 2019. After the ix35 Fuel Cell and the NEXO, Hyundai presents yet another milestone for its leadership in fuel cell technology with the presentation of the fuel cell electric truck.

Sometimes a mind is a terrible thing to use


By Al Vinikour   

A consequence of our business is the number of hours I spend behind the wheel. It affords me the opportunity to observe the traits of my fellow drivers and to critique the vehicles I and those around me drive. Two findings readily come to mind: the tremendous amount of vehicles that were obviously manufactured without turn signals; and how many vehicles do not contain sunglass holders.

Porsche launches two short-term on-demand access to Porsche cars

(September 14, 2018) ATLANTA — Porsche is unveiling two pilot programs on the U.S. East and West Coasts to give drivers short-term, on-demand access to Porsche sports cars.

"We want to offer a choice in how people experience the thrill of driving a Porsche," said Klaus Zellmer, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA).

Corvette 'Fuelie' Convertible highlights collection for Las Vegas auction

(September 14, 2018) LAS VEGAS — Barrett-Jackson continues building an impressive docket with the addition of 25 cars from the Bryan Frank Collection for the 2018 Las Vegas Auction, Sept. 27-29, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The collection adds to an already impressive docket for the 11th annual auction in Las Vegas, which also includes the John Staluppi Jr. Collection.

Chevy II in retirement

This circa 1962-65 Chevy II Nova wagon is obviously no longer in service as a business vehicle. It was found in retirement along U.S. 301 in eastern North Carolina.  After the rear-engine Chevrolet Corvair was outsold by the conventional Ford Falcon in 1960, Chevrolet began work on a more conventional compact car that would eventually become the Chevy II.  In its first generation, five engine options were offered — a 4-cylinder, two inline 6 cylinders, and two V-8s. Transmission offerings included either a 3-speed or 4-speed manual, and a two-speed automatic.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

New Ford Edge introduces all-wheel-drive disconnect

(September 13, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — The new 2019 Ford Edge with available all-wheel drive is smart enough to detect various driving conditions and automatically shift between two-wheel and all-wheel drive. The feature provides all-wheel-drive traction when it is needed, and helps reduce fuel consumption when it’s not. The system is called all-wheel-drive disconnect, a first-for-Ford technology that uses a form of artificial intelligence that can calculate quicker than the human brain.