October 2018

Hyundai ventures further into robotics industry of the future

(October 24, 2018) SEOUL, South Korea — Hyundai Motor Group has ventured further into the high-value robotics industry of the future by commencing development of Hyundai Vest Exoskeleton (H-VEX) wearable industrial robots. Following the Hyundai Chairless Exoskeleton (H-CEX) demonstration conducted in the Hyundai-KIA North American factory last August, the company plans to verify H-VEX’s success through extensive testing at the end of 2018.

Avis and Ford team up to connect cars, enhance rental experience

(October 24, 2018) PARSIPPANY, N.J. — To make renting vehicles even easier for customers and to improve efficiency, Avis Budget Group has announced an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions to connect more than 35,000 Ford Motor Company vehicles in Avis Budget Group’s U.S. fleet.

Mecum to feature 1,000 consignments including two collections in Las Vegas

(October 24, 2018) WALWORTH, Wis. — Following an exceptionally successful inaugural auction last year, Mecum Auctions will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 15-17 with an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more to cross the auction block.

A Wyoming dump truck

This mid 1950s International R Series dump truck was discovered in retirement in a field of weeds in Randolph, Wyo. Most of the R Series trucks featured an inline 6-cylinder engine with a Cummins diesel as optional. Three, four and five speed transmissions were available.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

AM General receives order for 740 new HMMWVs to support National Guard

(October 23, 2018) SOUTH BEND, Ind .— Global vehicle solutions provider, AM General, has received an order to provide 740 new M1152A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to the U.S. Army National Guard as a part of their modernization initiatives valued at $89 million.

Rolls-Royce debuts Spirit of Ecstasy Fabergé egg

(October 23, 2018) GOODWOOD, England — From Kings and Queens to entrepreneurs, many of the most prominent and wealthy collectors of the 20th and 21st century have been beguiled by the lure of a Fabergé Egg. With just 50 pre-1917 Imperial Eggs completed, these exceptionally precious creations are some of the most valuable and coveted objects ever to have been made.

Now, in a contemporary fashion, a new Fabergé Egg has been created. Two of the world’s most esteemed houses of luxury have joined forces to create one unique objet d’art, for one discerning patron. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Fabergé proudly announce the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg.

Ford celebrates production start of all-new Ranger mid-sized pickup

(October 23, 2018) WAYNE, Mich. — When many of Michigan Assembly Plant’s 3,000 workers gathered Monday at the plant, they were celebrating a rebirth in more ways than one. The festivities marked a renaissance for a plant just outside of Detroit that has experienced the highs and lows of the American auto industry for the past six decades.

Ford kicks off 'Built Ford Proud' campaign as new vehicles head to dealers

(October 22, 2018) LAS VEGAS — Ford this past weekend kicked off its new “Built Ford Proud” advertising campaign highlighting the innovation and manufacturing might of the company ahead of an onslaught of all-new vehicles coming in 2019.

Ford, working with advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, created a multi-channel campaign highlighting the company’s legacy of award-winning cars, trucks and utilities, advanced technology and ambitions to lead in "a future of smart vehicles for a smart world."

All-new X2 — Another reason why we can’t get enough BMWs

By Jim Prueter

(October 22, 2018) The newest Bimmer in the German automakers lengthy lineup of luxury crossovers is the compact X2. It’s essentially a sportier, funkier, sleeker and slightly less roomy version of the company’s X1 subcompact crossover.

Celebrating the life and 'death' of VW's iconic 3-door hot hatch GTI

(October 21, 2018) The now-departed, 3-door Volkswagen GTI is being honored with a Dia de los Muertos graphic. Following the Day of the Dead tradition, the team at VWPartsVortex.com created this infographic to memorialize VW’s original hot hatch. Although the team has illustrated the U.S. versions of the 3-door MkII through the MkVII at altars, they maintain their support for the 5-door GTI models that have now become the norm.

“Since the GTI hasn’t actually died, we don’t really have anything to be sad about,” says Rocco DeMas, director at VWPartsVortex.com.