May 2019

Volkswagen makes plans for onslaught of used-up batteries

(May 11, 2019) One of the great success stories in recycling may lie under the hood of your car. In the United States, 99 percent of all lead-acid automotive batteries are recycled, making them among one of the most-recycled goods you can buy. When your battery wears out, you can easily turn it in when buying a new one; that old battery can then be shredded or melted down, and its raw materials reused.

Mercedes-Benz worldwide April sales 181,936, down 5.5 percent

(May 10, 2019) STUTTGART, Germany — Mercedes-Benz delivered 181,936 cars in April — down 5.5% year over year — and a total of 742,809 in the first four months of the year — down 5.6% from 2018. The ongoing sales success of the new A-Class resulted in worldwide growth for the compact cars in April (+6.0%). A contribution to this sales success came from the new A-Class Saloon, a further model complementing the compact-car entry into the world of premium saloon cars from Mercedes-Benz.

Nine things you didn't know about the all-new Volkswagen Arteon

(May 10, 2019) The camera flashes popped and the crowd “oohed” and “aahed” when Volkswagen unveiled the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon at the Chicago Auto Show. Two fastback sedans, in metallic red and yellow, rotated on the stage, and although the iconic VW logo adorned both trunks and hoods, the cars were unlike any Volkswagen vehicles attendees had ever seen.

Bentley marks its first century with Mille Miglia Run in two 1930 Blowers

(May 10, 2019) CREWE, England —  In 1930 the legendary Bentley Blower was due to become the first British car to compete in the Mille Miglia race. Despite the best efforts of "Bentley Boys" Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin and then-CEO Woolf Barnato, this attempt was aborted prior to the race commencing as the gentlemen felt there was a lack of preparation to complete a successful run.
Nine decades later, Bentley is returning to the historic race to finish what the ‘Bentley Boys’ didn’t.

LeBaron convertible in disrepair

This 1993 Chrysler LeBaron convertible was found abandoned in eastern North Carolina, its useful life probably at an end. The1993 LeBaron got a slight restyle with the hidden headlamps of the 1987-92 models, deleted in favor of less aerodynamic headlamps. The convertible was 184.8 inches in length with a 100.5-inch wheelbase, equating to a large compact car in today's sizes. Two turbocharged versions of Chrysler's 4-cylinder engine — a 2.2-liter and a 2.5-liter — were available along with a 3.0-liter Mitsubishi V-6 making 141 horsepower.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

McLaren 600LT Spider now arriving in North America

(May 9, 2019) While all examples of the limited volume McLaren 600LT Coupé have been allocated, customers wanting the opportunity to own one of the brand’s signature LT model still have the opportunity to place an order for a 600LT Spider. The newest Sports Series convertible, which combines the acclaimed track-honed dynamic experience of a 600LT with the added exhilaration of open-air driving, is arriving now to North American retailers.

GM in discussions with Workhorse Group to sell Loadstown, Ohio, plant

(May 9, 2019) DETROIT — General Motors says it is in discussions with Workhorse Group and an affiliated, newly formed entity to sell the company’s Lordstown Complex in Lordstown, Ohio. The move has the potential to bring significant production and electric vehicle assembly jobs to the plant. Upon final agreement, the entity, led by Workhorse founder Steve Burns, would acquire the facility. Workhorse would hold a minority interest in the new entity.

Volkswagen announces name, sales date of first electric iD. vehicle

(May 9, 2019) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Months before its official world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, the next milestone has already been reached. Volkswagen is officially announcing the name of the first model of the new all-electric ID. family. It will be called ID.3. Volkswagen revealed several camouflaged pictures of what should be close to the actual production vehicle.

Hyundai streamlines integration with Google Assistant

(May 8, 2019) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — To make it easier than ever to control a Hyundai vehicle remotely through the Google Assistant, Google is previewing enhanced remote vehicle controls with Hyundai’s Blue Link at Google I/O. Using an Assistant-enabled smart speaker, Smart Display or Android or iOS phone, Hyundai owners soon can do things like start their car from the kitchen, set their car’s temperature from the comfort of their couch, or make sure their car doors are locked while in the grocery store more efficiently.

Legendary Bugatti Type 35 — World's most successful racing car

(May 8, 2019) MOLSHEIM, France — Light, strong, fast and elegant. The Bugatti Type 35 is one of the most successful racing cars of all time. And deservedly so: the French manufacturer's open-top sports car secured over 2,000 victories between 1924 and 1930. Today, the Type 35 is a legend in international motor sport. And a whole lot more besides.

“The Bugatti Type 35 is one of the icons of Bugatti’s rich history and tradition. Back in 1924, the sports car was unparalleled in its technology, design and performance and the same still goes today.