September 2018

Despite best month ever for trucks, August sales off 2 percent at Toyota

(September 5, 2018) PLANO, Texas — Despite the best-ever month for truck sales, Toyota North America reported total August sales — including the Lexus luxury brand — down 2 percent year-over-year on weaker car demand. Toyota North America sold 223,055 units in August compared to sales of 227,625 in August 2017. The Toyota division was down 1.2 percent and Lexus was off 7.1 percent.

Lexus sales are off 2.3 percent for the first eight months of 2018 while the Toyota division is up 1.2 percent for the year.

2019 Nissan Armada's starting price set at $48,185

(September 5, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced U.S. pricing for the 2019 Nissan Armada full-size, 8-passenger SUV, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. It starts at $48,185 including destination charge. That represents a $700 price increase over the base 2018 Armada.

For the 2019 model year, Armada adds to its comprehensive suite of standard features including class-above 8-passenger seating, best-in-class standard 390 horsepower and towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models.

Mercedes launches first all-electric vehicle; on sale in U.S. in 2020

(September 5, 2018) Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled its first all-electric vehicle, the EQC, in Stockholm. The compact crossover is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in 2020 and will be the first of a fleet of 10 full-electric EQ-branded vehicles. Powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery, the EQC delivers 200 miles of driving range on a full charge.

Nissan's 'Heisman House' campaign enters eighth year

(September 4, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma, 2017), Bo Jackson (Auburn, 1985) and Gino Torretta (Miami, 1992) are the three newest recruits to the 2018 Nissan Heisman House, a fictional fraternity that provides fans a glimpse of what it might be like if the winners of college football's highest individual honor lived together under one roof.

BMW building Driving Simulation Centre in Munich

(September 4, 2018) MUNICH, Germany — The BMW Group’s new Driving Simulation Centre is taking shape in Munich’s Milbertshofen district. In mid-August, the company began construction of the world’s most advanced facility for the simulation of real-world driving situations at the FIZ Research and Innovation Centre in the north of the city.

The new building provides unique possibilities for virtual testing of advanced driving assistance systems and innovative display and control concepts.

Third-annual Atlanta Concours attracts rare automobiles from car collections

(September 4, 2018) ATLANTA — Now in its third year, the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance continues to grow in stature and is attracting exceptional, award-winning automobiles from nationally recognized collections, individual owners from across the nation, as well as collectors in Georgia and around the Southeast.

This year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 29-30, 2018, will once again grace the Chateau Elan Golf Club, adjacent to the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Ga.

Explorer completes nearly 10,000 miles cross-continent in Nissan Leaf

(September 4, 2018) After an epic 16,000-kilometer (9,942 miles) drive, polar explorer Marek Kaminski has arrived in Japan, having started his landmark #NoTraceExpedition in Poland three months earlier in Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle, the new Nissan Leaf. Marek’s eco-friendly trip took him from Zakopane, Poland, through eight countries over two continents and a host of varying driving conditions, passing through Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China and South Korea on his way to the finishing point in Tokyo.

2018 Nissan Rogue gets ProPilot technology for top trim models

By Paul Borden

(September 3, 2018) Nissan followed up its redesign of its popular Rogue crossover with several midyear enhancements for 2017, and the updates keep coming for 2018 with added technology that represents a step — albeit a baby one — to self-driving capability.

The system, dubbed ProPilot, is available on the top trim Rogue SL model as part of a $790 Platinum Package suite of features that also includes 19-inch wheels (replacing standard 18-inchers) and an electronic parking brake.

Ford GT Heritage Edition honors most famous paint scheme in motorsports

(September 3, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — The new 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition honors the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 by featuring the most famous paint scheme in motorsports — plus a set of additional exclusive touches.“Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, global operations.

“The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we’re paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition.”

Volkswagen designers survey the world of compact SUVs for new T-Cross

(September 2, 2018) WOLFSBURG, Germany — The countdown for the launch of the new T-Cross has begun. The world première of the most compact Volkswagen SUV ever will be celebrated this fall. The slogan "I am more" will accompany the launch in spring 2019. It stands for the four property fields "I am practical," "I am cool," "I am intuitive" and "I am safe."