January 31, 2014

Volkswagen Beetle celebrates 65 years in the United States

This month, the Volkswagen Beetle celebrates 65 years since it first arrived in the United States. In January of 1949, a Volkswagen 'Type 1', or Beetle, was shipped to New York City by Ben Pon, Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world's first official Volkswagen

car2go celebrates one year of carsharing in Seattle

car2go North America, LLC celebrates its first full year of point-to-point carsharing operations in Seattle. More than 40,000 drivers have registered as car2go Seattle members and collectively share a network of 500 car2go edition smart fortwo vehicles,

January 30, 2014

Ford Invests US$ 80-million, creates 350 jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant

Ford Motor Company will add 350 new jobs and invest US$ 80-million in its Kentucky Truck Plant to meet growing demand for Ford F-series Super Duty trucks.

The US$ 80-million will pay for facility upgrades, retooling and increased capacity to meet market demand.

Magna signs new manufacturing contract with BMW Group

Magna International has announced that its Magna Steyr operating unit will continue its collaboration with the BMW Group through a new vehicle manufacturing contract for its facility in Graz, Austria. The new production program would start following the end of production of the

Nissan installs Europe's 1,000th 30-minute electric car charger

Nissan has announced 1,000 CHAdeMO quick chargers have now been installed in Europe with the commissioning of the charger at the Roadchef Clacket Lane Services in Surrey, UK. The fast charging unit can recharge the batteries of compatible* electric vehicles -

Sumit Sawhney is the new Country CEO and Managing Director of Renault India

Renault SAS, France announced the appointment of Sumit Sawhney as Country CEO and Managing Director for Renault Group operations in India. Sumit takes over from Marc Nassif, who moves to a global assignment within the group. The appointment is effective from February

All-new Subaru 'Legacy' to make world debut at 2014 Chicago Auto Show

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, announced that the all-new 'Legacy' (US specifications model) will make its world debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The Legacy, Subaru's flagship model which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year,

Five new SsangYong sales & service dealerships for Chepstow, Edinburgh, Exeter, Ilkeston and Tring

With a complete refresh of its model range in less than four months, SsangYong Motor UK, the importer of Korean SsangYong cars has now added a further five locations to its network of franchised dealers and brings to 19 the number of new dealers appointed in the last year.

The new appointments

RCA and Alcraft Motor Company announces design competition winners

Bespoke restyling and engineering business Alcraft Motor Company has announced the winners of a design competition featuring students from the world-renowned Royal College of Art (RCA) Vehicle Design programme. The competition marked the culmination of a joint

January 29, 2014

Volkswagen appoints Mark Barnes Vice-President of Sales

Volkswagen of America announced the appointment of Mark Barnes, 54, to the post of Vice-President, Sales for the Volkswagen brand, effective February 1, 2014. In this role, Barnes will have responsibility for leading and continuing the sales momentum recently seen at the

Borgwarner launches new low-friction engine timing chain

BorgWarner's next-generation 6.35 mm inverted tooth silent engine timing chains are launching on engines from Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Hyundai, General Motors Korea and one Chinese automaker. The innovative engine timing chain is designed to reduce friction, resulting

Ford celebrates official start of production for all-new EcoSport in Thailand

Ford Motor Company celebrated the official start of production for the all-new Ford EcoSport urban SUV at the company's state-of-the-art Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) plant in Rayong. FTM becomes the fourth plant globally to build the all-new EcoSport, joining

January 28, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Trucks presents 'king-class' of its heavy-duty trucks

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has saved the best for last - With the presentation of the 'king-class' of its heavy-duty trucks, Mercedes-Benz brought its Euro-VI offensive to a close. The company is now displaying the heavy-duty Actros SLT and Arocs SLT trucks for the first

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team unveils its 2014 challenger 'F1 W05'

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team unveiled the F1 W05, its 2014 challenger, at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain. Ahead of the first morning of official winter testing, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took the wraps-off the first all-new Silver

World premiere of the world's first Porsche design 'P1' on the fifth anniversary of the Porsche Museum

Since the construction of the first sportscar to bear the Porsche name - the Type 356 from 1948, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG has been regarded as the world's leading sportscar manufacturer. Yet the company's history dates back to a much earlier period - In 1898,

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team confirms Chris Atkinson for Rally Mexico

Following its debut in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at Rallye Monte-Carlo earlier this month, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team announced that Chris 'Atko' Atkinson will drive the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC for Rally Mexico, round three of the championship.


Hyundai Motor appoints Adrian Porter as European Fleet Director

Hyundai Motor Europe has appointed Adrian Porter to the newly-created position of European Fleet Director, based at the company's European headquarters in Offenbach, Germany.

Porter, 45, will have responsibility to lead the Field Fleet team, as well as the Analysis and

Mihai Bordeanu is the new Marketing Director of Renault UK

Renault UK has announced the appointment of Mihai Bordeanu as Marketing Director succeeding Phil York who is promoted to a new Global Marketing role based in Paris.

Mihai Bordeanu, 39, will oversee all of the Renault Group's advertising, direct marketing, product

BMW Group opens new Regional Parts Distribution Center in Lancaster, Texas

BMW Group celebrated the official opening of its newest Regional Parts Distribution Center (RDC) in Lancaster, Texas. The fully-secured, LEED Silver certified, state-of-the art RDC will serve the Southern Region of the dealer network and will supply everything BMW

Hyundai Motor America announces Bob Pradzinski as Vice-President of National Sales

Hyundai Motor America announced that Bob Pradzinski has been named Vice-President of National Sales. Pradzinski will take the helm of Hyundai's sales organization following the recent promotion of Dave Zuchowski to President and CEO.

"Bob Pradzinski is

Peugeot to unveil new concept car as a world first at the Beijing Auto Exhibition

With a length of 4.73 m and a height of 1.31 m, this concept offers athletic and refined styling for four passengers and their luggage. Special craftsmanship with original materials forms part of the Peugeot Style approach, first used on the Onyx Concept, and

Vauxhall Motors launches ADAM Black and ADAM White limited editions @ £14,995

Vauxhall Motors has launched a limited edition of 250 ADAMs creating even more levels of personalisation for the urban chic city car. The ADAM Black Edition and ADAM White Edition take their design cues from a smartphone, encompassing optimal connectivity and a sleek

January 27, 2014

Honda Motor Europe strengthens senior management structure

Honda Motor Europe (HME) has confirmed changes to the senior management of its European business.

From February 1, 2014, Philip Ross is promoted from General Manager, Honda Finance to the role of Senior Vice-President of Honda Motor Europe, with

BMW Motorrad USA welcomes BMW Motorcycles of New Orleans to dealer network

BMW Motorrad USA has further expanded its brand in the Gulf Coast with the addition of BMW Motorcycles of New Orleans. The new BMW motorcycle dealership, located at 1440 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA, (home of Halls Motorsports NOLA) offers a complete

MG pop-up dealership at Westfield Merry Hill for 2014

MG Motor announced a year-long pop-up dealership residency at one of the UK's most successful shopping centres, Westfield Merry Hill.
Following on from a successful two month, pre Christmas run, MG is delighted to return to the midlands- based shopping centre

January 26, 2014

Bentley 'Home Collection' makes its debut at Maison & Objet Fair

Bentley Motors presents its range of luxury home and executive furniture at the Maison & Objet fair in Paris, designed and manufactured in collaboration with Luxury Living Group, one of Europe's leading furniture makers. The collection is inspired by the renowned

Mazda introduces the Mazda Sportscar Racing Academy

After nearly eight years of investing in young race drivers' careers, and with the launch of its TUDOR United SportsCar Championship prototype program, Mazda now has all of the elements in place to offer a comprehensive and complete driver development ladder

Ducati announces the 2014 edition of the Ducati Dream Tour

Ducati announces the 2014 edition of the Ducati Dream Tour, a series of factory-organised 3-day tours through the twisting landscape of the Tuscany-Emilia Apennines. Riding Ducati's latest motorcycles, each trip will include a guided tour of the Ducati factory and museum,

January 25, 2014

Infiniti Centre of St Albans opens the doors

The UK's latest state-of-the-art Infiniti Centre in St Albans has been declared open by the city's mayor.

The Rt Worshipful Councillor Annie Brewster performed the honours at a glamorous event held at the Lyon Way outlet.

Councillor Brewster also spent time viewing

Vauxhall becomes official Liverpool FC Automotive Partner

Vauxhall Motors will add to its UK football sponsorship portfolio by becoming the Official Automotive Partner of Liverpool Football Club.  The deal will run through to the end of the 2015-16 season and kicks-off at home to Arsenal on February 8, 2014.

"Vauxhall Motors

David Slatcher joins Isuzu Truck as Network Business Manager

Leading commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd has announced that industry professional David Slatcher has joined the Hatfield company in the position of Network Business Manager. David has the responsibility for helping to develop

January 24, 2014

Suzuki announce the return of limited RMX450Z @ £5,995

Suzuki has announced the return of the RMX450Z to its off-road range for 2014, but the multiple-championship winning enduro machine will only be available in limited numbers.

The RMX450Z, which won the 2010 British E2 Championship and GBXC Championship in its

Jim DeLuca to lead GM Global Manufacturing

Jim DeLuca will become Executive Vice-President of General Motors Global Manufacturing on February 1, 2014 succeeding Tim Lee, who is retiring April 1, 2014 after a nearly 45-year career that included key positions in manufacturing, manufacturing engineering

Audi names driver teams for the 2014 DTM season

In 101 days, the new DTM season will start at the Hockenheimring and the Audi driver teams have now been confirmed - Mike Rockenfeller will be running in the Audi RS 5 DTM as the title defender and, in Timo Scheider, receiving a new team-mate. All three Audi teams were

Daniel Juncadella joins Sahara Force India as a reserve driver

Sahara Force India welcome a new face to the team with Spain's Daniel Juncadella joining as a reserve driver for the 2014 season.

The 22-year-old will attend all races with the team and take part in several practice sessions to gain valuable track time and experience behind

Ducati UK announce Roadshow dates for 2014

The Ducati Roadshow will again be travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland this summer, bringing an extensive demonstrator fleet to 18 locations.

The Ducati event truck and demonstrator fleet have proved popular attractions over the last few years and

ABS makes its debut in the 3-cylinder MV Agusta MY14 range

The 2014 3-cylinder models, the Brutale 675 and 800, the F3 675 and 800 and the Rivale 800 are now also available with dual-function ABS - Normal and Race Mode.

With an internal pressure sensor and independent wheel sensors on each axle, the Bosch 9MP

January 23, 2014

McLaren Automotive expands sales network with McLaren Bangkok

McLaren Automotive continues to grow and strengthen the global retailer network with the appointment of the latest retail partner in Thailand. McLaren Bangkok is the eighth location in Asia for the British high performance sports car brand, and marks the 30th market

Scania adds 13-litre bio-diesel engines to its Euro 6 range

Scania is introducing two Euro 6-certified, 13-litre truck engines that can run on any diesel blend, right up to 100 per cent bio-diesel (EN 14214). The versions certified for biodiesel operation are the modular, six-cylinder, 13-litre 450 and 490 hp engines.


Nissan names Kunio Nakaguro as Head of North American Research & Development

Nissan named Kunio Nakaguro Senior Vice-President, Research & Development (R&D), Nissan North America, effective February 1, 2014. Nakaguro is currently Corporate Vice-President, Research Center, Nissan Motor Co., and will retain those responsibilities

Vitaly Petrov tests DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe in Portimao, Portugal

Former Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov (29, Russia) gets his first DTM test in a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe at the Portimao race track. The session takes place precisely 100 days ahead of the opening race of the 2014 DTM season at Hockenheim on May 4, 2014.

The 29-year-

Sirish Vissa takes over as the new Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India

Volkswagen Group India announced the appointment of Sirish Vissa as the new Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India. In his new role, Sirish will provide strategic direction and guidance as the Motorsport division rapidly strengthens its exploits in touring car one-make

GM Foundation donates US$ 1-million to Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

The General Motors Foundation will become a founding donor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture through a US$ 1-million grant.GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard presented the gift to the Museum Founding Director

January 22, 2014

Tata Motors brings truck racing to India, launches T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship

Tata Motors announced the launch of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship to bring truck racing to India for the first time. The first ever truck racing championship in India, has been inscribed on the calendars of FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and

Owsianski takes over as Executive Director of Skoda Marketing and Sales in China

Thomas Owsianski (46) takes over as Executive Director of Skoda Marketing and Sales Business at Shanghai Volkswagen, with effect from February 1, 2014. His responsibilities are to include the Skoda brand's marketing, sales and aftersales activities in China.


Sir Chris Hoy and Richard Whitehead MBE announced as Nissan ambassadors for Team GB & Paralympics GB partnership

Nissan, the Official Automotive Partner of Team GB and Paralympics GB, has announced the signing of Olympic and Paralympic legends Sir Chris Hoy and Richard Whitehead MBE who will help mentor a new generation of British athletes on the road to Rio.

Hoy and

Audi R8 V10 announced as Official Safety Car for 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

For the second year in a row, the Audi R8 V10 will lead the field of cars at the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

"We are excited to be the Official Safety Car of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona," said Scott Keogh, President,

Jamie Caroline joins TCR for 2014 Ginetta Junior Championship

Total Control Racing has confirmed its second driver signing for the team's maiden season in the Ginetta Junior Championship with British KF3 Open Karting Champion Jamie Caroline joining fellow car racing rookie Matt Chapman at the Wednesbury squad.

Caroline, who along

Ford teams up with MIT and Stanford to advance automated driving research

Building on the automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle unveiled last month, Ford is announcing new projects with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University to research and develop solutions to some of the technical

MRIU's F1 Car 'MRV3' to compete at Shell Eco Marathon 2014 in Philippines

Students from the Faculty of Engineering & Technology (FET) of Manav Rachna International University (MRIU) have invented a Formula 1 Racing Car - MRV3, a first-of-its-kind eco-firendly vehicle with a mileage of 123 km/litre. The urban diesel car will compete

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