October 2018

Toyota recalling certain C-HR vehicles to tighten rear axle bolts

(October 12, 2018) PLANO, Texas — Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2019 Model Year C-HR vehicles in the U.S. Approximately 700 vehicles are involved in this recall.

There is a possibility that one or more rear axle bearing bolts on some vehicles may not have been tightened sufficiently during the manufacturing process.

New Mercedes-Benz S 560 e hybrid due to be launched

(October 12, 2018) STUTTGART, Germany — The third generation of the plug-in hybrid from Mercedes-Benz is due to be launched. The new S 560 e can now be ordered. The modified components and the intelligent powertrain management's new anticipatory functions give the customer enhanced electric performance and, last but not least, added convenience thanks to faster charging times.

Ford innovates with 'miracle' material graphene for vehicle parts

(October 11, 2018) DEARBORN, Mich. — It’s in cell phones and even some sporting goods — and soon, for the first time in automotive, it will be under the hood in Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company is announcing the use of graphene — a two-dimensional nanomaterial — in vehicle parts, timely with National Nanotechnology Day.

Graphene has recently generated the enthusiasm and excitement in the automotive industry for paint, polymer and battery applications.

BMW says new Z4 Roadster will arrive with genuine sports car performance

(October 11, 2018) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — The new 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive 30i Roadster will arrive in March and the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster will follow later in 2019. Agility, performance and precise handling have always been top priorities for the Z4 family, but the new two-seater’s body, powertrain and chassis have received the greatest amount of development work to make sure the new Z4 Roadster arrives with a genuine sports car performance pedigree.

Italian plant prepares for production of new Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid

(October 10, 2018) MELFI, Italy — The FCA Melfi Plant in Italy is beginning preparations to produce the Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) scheduled for market launch in early 2020. The Renegade PHEV will be produced alongside the Renegade and 500X gas engine products that are currently produced at the Melfi vehicle assembly plant.

Hyundai says 2019 Kona Electric can go 258 miles on a charge

(October 10, 2018) HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Hyundai has introduced its convention-breaking Kona Electric crossover that it says has a compact electric CUV segment-leading 258-mile estimated range. The  Kona Electric rides on an all-new CUV platform and is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds.

2019 Hyundai Nexo — Next-generation fuel cell SUV

(October 10, 2018) HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Hyundai introduced its technologically advanced 2019 Nexo fuel cell SUV to U.S. media at the Sunset Marquis hotel in Hollywood. Nexo is the new technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle portfolio and marks Hyundai’s continued momentum with the industry’s most diverse SUV powertrain lineup.

Future of British luxury — A Bentley and Royal College of Art collaborates

(October 9, 2018) CREWE, England — Bentley has collaborated with design students from the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) Intelligent Mobility program to envisage the future of British luxury.

The students were challenged to imagine how — in an increasingly virtual and digital world — elements of physical materiality, technology and craftsmanship can be curated to create a truly luxurious Grand Touring experience.

Nissan builds Ultimate Service Titan in collaboration with the Red Cross

(October 9, 2018) MIAMI — When tragedy strikes, a Titan responds. Few live this better than the American Red Cross. So as part of the Calling All Titans campaign, Nissan and the Red Cross collaborated to create the Ultimate Service Titan, a mobile command center and first aid unit armed with supplies needed to help conquer the elements in the face of disaster. 

A Chevy wagon

This 1954 Chevrolet 4-door station wagon was discovered in New Mexico. 1954 was the last model year on the platform introduced in 1950 before big changes that were to come in 1955. Available engines were a 3.5-liter (215 cubic inch) inline 6 making 92 horsepower and a 3.9-liter (235 cubic inch) inline 6 making 106 horsepower. Transmission choices were a 3-speed manual or a 2-speed powerglide automatic. Of the 1,150,816 Chevrolets produced in 1954, 56,735 or about 5 percent were wagons.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)