January 2019

Size matters — Choosing right Nissan for transporting new TV for big game

(February 1, 2019) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nachos, chicken wings and a brand new flat-screen TV are on the shopping list this week as folks stock up on party supplies before America’s favorite football game on Sunday. To make sure the television fits in your ride home, Nissan is issuing the ultimate big game guide for TV hunters.

Some 44 million people are planning to host a game day gathering according to National Retail Foundation. The best time besides Black Friday to find deals on a flat-screen TV is right before the Super Bowl.

Toyota builds nearly 2 million vehicles in North America in 2018

(February 1, 2019) PLANO, Texas — In 2018, Toyota built 1,935,230 vehicles at its North American vehicle assembly plants. Since 1986, Toyota’s total vehicle production in North America has reached more than 38 million. Toyota’s philosophy is to build where we sell and buy where we build. Positive economic factors such as low fuel prices, continued stability in the overall economy and strong customer demand for trucks and SUVs were all key drivers for 2018 production.  

Acura marks 15th anniversary of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

(January 31, 2019) TORRENCE, Calif. — Acura is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its industry-leading Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) technology with a new video that illustrates SH-AWD's performance prowess and unique history. Acura's groundbreaking SH-AWD technology has long set the bar for performance-enhancing torque vectoring AWD and is now offered on five of six Acura models in either mechanical (SH-AWD) or electric (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) form.

Additionally, Acura will surpass the one-million mark in global sales of SH-AWD-equipped vehicles later this year.

No longer fighting fires

Seagrave is the longest running manufacturer of fire equipment in the United States. And a 1960s example of a Seagrave fire truck was found in retirement in New Mexico. By the insignia on the door it was apparently used by the Vaughn, N.M., fire department. Vaughn is a small town of about 500 people in east-central New Mexico. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

2019 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration to debut in Chicago

(January 31, 2019) CHICAGO — Lexus is bringing some heat to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show with the first public appearance of the 2019 LC 500 Inspiration Edition. The third vehicle in the Lexus Inspiration Series, this LC 500 is a limited-edition model that features a unique mix of colors and features that build on the coupe’s stunning design.

All 2019 LC 500 Inspiration Series coupes feature vibrant Flare Yellow paint, a rich, metallic shade of yellow that’s eye catching from a distance, yet subtly handsome up close where the deep layers of paint highlight every crease in the sheetmetal.

The VW dune buggy is back — And now it's electric

(January 31, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen is bringing a legend back to life. At the beginning of March, the Wolfsburg-based company will reveal the first fully electric version of a new dune buggy. Taking its cues from popular American dune buggies, the concept vehicle is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), demonstrating how multifaceted the new platform is.

Ford engineers make record-breaking 3D part to bring Ken Block truck to life

(January 30, 2019) Gymkhana TEN star Ken Block’s love affair with Ford pick-ups runs deep. He learned to drive in one, did his first burn-out in one and made a 1977 Ford F-150 the star of his latest video.

The “Hoonitruck” has the same twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine as the Ford GT, tuned to deliver more than 900 horsepower, and the largest 3D metal-printed part for a working vehicle in automotive history.

Audi TT Anniversary Edition celebrates design, performance heritage

(January 230, 2019) HERNDON, Va. — To celebrate two decades of iconic design, Audi of America announces the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Audi TT, now available in U.S. dealer showrooms. With a limited number of models available in the U.S. and globally, the TT 20th Anniversary Edition features unique design elements that celebrate the heritage of the Audi TT and embody the model’s transcendent design.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 will be offered with 10-speed automatic

(January 30, 2019) DETROIT — The 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE — the fastest, most track-capable Camaro ever — will offer an available 10-speed automatic transmission beginning late February. During development, Chevy engineers pushed the limits of the automatic transmission to be more than one half second faster than the standard manual on General Motors’ 2.9-mile Milford Road Course.