The Auto Channel
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
Official Website of the New Car Buyer

January 2017

Select Another Month

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 CES - Nissan's Ghosn Reveals Company's Holistic Approach To Intelligent Mobility

2017 CES - Nissan's Ghosn Reveals Company's Holistic Approach To Intelligent Mobility

During his CES keynote Nissan Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn announced several advancements as part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered, and integrated into wider society. Highlights included:  The launch of Nissan’ breakthrough ... Continue reading

Great Western Leasing and Sales, LLC Acquires Quality Trailer Sales to Expand Dealership Network

Great Western Leasing and Sales, LLC Acquires Quality Trailer Sales to Expand Dealership Network

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2017 -- Great Western Leasing and Sales, LLC ("GWLS") announced today the acquisition of Quality Trailer Sales. ... Continue reading

IPS Group Collaborates with Honda and Visa on In-vehicle Mobile Payment Parking Solution

IPS Group Collaborates with Honda and Visa on In-vehicle Mobile Payment Parking Solution

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 5, 2017 -- Smart Parking leader, IPS Group (IPS), announced it is collaborating with Honda and Visa to integrate its Smart Parking technology with an end-to-end in-vehicle mobile payment parking solution. ... Continue reading

Liberty Mutual Insurance Expands programs for Safer Driving & Savings

Liberty Mutual Insurance Expands programs for Safer Driving & Savings

BOSTON, Jan. 5, 2017 -- From timely driving tips that can unlock insurance savings to paying only for the miles you actually drive, Liberty Mutual is announcing an expansion of personalized insurance offerings providing additional value to existing and new customers.  These new products use innovative technology to h ... Continue reading

Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana

Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5, 2017 -- Alaska Airlines today launched the first regularly scheduled U.S. commercial flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. ... Continue reading

Honda and Visa Demonstrate In-vehicle Payments with Gilbarco and IPS Group at 2017 CES

Honda and Visa Demonstrate In-vehicle Payments with Gilbarco and IPS Group at 2017 CES

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 -- Honda announced today that it will conduct the first proof-of-concept demonstration of in-vehicle payments with infrastructure parking and fueling partners at 2017 CES in Las Vegas as part of its ongoing partnership with Visa Inc. The demonstrations will be done with fuel pumps from Gilbarco ... Continue reading

Honda Demonstrates Collaborative Technology at CES 2017

Honda Demonstrates Collaborative Technology at CES 2017

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 -- Continuing its pursuit of open innovation and collaboration, Honda is showcasing projects with startup companies LEIA and VocalZoom at CES 2017.  In collaboration with the Honda Xcelerator, these two innovators' technologies aim to revolutionize the in-cabin experience. ... Continue reading

Honda Introduces "Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem" at CES 2017

Honda Introduces "Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem" at CES 2017

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 -- Honda unveiled its Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem concept today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, connecting the power of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data to transform the mobility experience of the future and improve customers' quality of life. ... Continue reading

VocalZoom Joins Honda at CES to Demonstrate Optical Sensor That Delivers A Safer, More Satisfying Automotive Voice Control Experience

VocalZoom Joins Honda at CES to Demonstrate Optical Sensor That Delivers A Safer, More Satisfying Automotive Voice Control Experience

LAS VEGAS—VocalZoom: WHO: VocalZoom, in collaboration with Honda’s Xcelerator program, will be at CES 2017 and will feature interactive and immersive experiences designed to showcase a future technology path toward a redefined mobility experience at Honda’s booth (#7312). WHAT: VocalZoom’s Human to Machine (HMC ... Continue reading

Road America Official Carl Jensen Passes Away

Road America Official Carl Jensen Passes Away

CARL JENSEN PASSES AWAY ELKHART LAKE, Wis., January 5, 2017 - Carl Jensen, a profound racer and vintage racing event official for Road America, passed away on January 5. He was 74. ... Continue reading

American Drivers Surpass 500 Million Miles Powered By E15

American Drivers Surpass 500 Million Miles Powered By E15

WASHINGTON, DC January 4, 2017; Growth Energy announced that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the United States have more than 500 million miles driven on E15, highli ... Continue reading

American Honda establece récords históricos de ventas impulsados por la demanda por automóviles y camionetas

American Honda establece récords históricos de ventas impulsados por la demanda por automóviles y camionetas

TORRANCE, California, 5 de enero de 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. informó hoy un récord histórico anual de ventas para 2016 con 1,637,942 vehículos Honda y Acura vendidos, un aumento de 3.2 por ciento que eclipsa la mejor cifra anterior establecida por la compañía en 2015. ... Continue reading

Carnival Corporation's CEO Arnold Donald Unveils Game-Changing Guest Experience Platform in Historic Keynote Address at CES 2017

Carnival Corporation's CEO Arnold Donald Unveils Game-Changing Guest Experience Platform in Historic Keynote Address at CES 2017

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 -- Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc , the world's largest leisure travel company with 10 global cruise line brands, made history today as the first travel industry executive to deliver the opening keynote at CES, the world's largest consumer technology event – and he used his s ... Continue reading

CFD Market in Automotive Industry - Market Drivers and Forecast from Technavio

CFD Market in Automotive Industry - Market Drivers and Forecast from Technavio

Technavio has published a new report on the CFD market in the automotive industry from 2017-2021. (Graphic: Business Wire) Full Size Small Preview Thumbnail ???pagination.previous??? ???pagination.next??? Technavio has published a new report on the CFD market in the automotive industry from 2017-2021. ... Continue reading

Global Fluid Catalytic Cracking Market 2016-2022: Driven by Huge Demand for Gasoline - Research and Markets

Global Fluid Catalytic Cracking Market 2016-2022: Driven by Huge Demand for Gasoline - Research and Markets

DUBLIN—Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Fluid Catalytic Cracking Market Insights, Opportunity Analysis, Market Shares and Forecast, 2016 - 2022" report to their offering. The Global Fluid Catalytic Cracking Market is expected to grow at attractive 3.5% during 2016-2022. ... Continue reading

Nanotech: Innovations in Nanotechnology for Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries - Research and Markets

Nanotech: Innovations in Nanotechnology for Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries - Research and Markets

DUBLIN—Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Nanotech-Innovations in Nanotechnology for Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries" report to their offering. Advances in nanotechnology has resulted in increasing the efficiency of batteries, especially lithium-ion batteries. ... Continue reading

Suffolk County awards New Flyer a contract for up to 73 Xcelsior® buses

Suffolk County awards New Flyer a contract for up to 73 Xcelsior® buses

WINNIPEG, Jan. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - (TSX: NFI) (TSX: NFI.DB.U) New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. ("New Flyer" or the "Company"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced today that Suffolk County Department of Public Works, loca ... Continue reading

Subaru établit un nouveau record annuel avec la vente de 50 000 véhicules pour clore une année de croissance exceptionnelle

Subaru établit un nouveau record annuel avec la vente de 50 000 véhicules pour clore une année de croissance exceptionnelle

Cinquième record annuel consécutif avec la vente 50 190 unités en 2016 Des ventes annuelles en hausse de 7,7 p. 100 et le meilleur mois de décembre à ce jour se traduisent par un nouveau record annuel MISSISSAUGA, ON, le 4 jan. 2017 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) a le très grand plaisir d'annoncer un cinquièm ... Continue reading

Valvoline™ Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Time-It Lube, Expanding Its Quick Lube Presence in East Texas and Marking Its Entry into Louisiana

Valvoline™ Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Time-It Lube, Expanding Its Quick Lube Presence in East Texas and Marking Its Entry into Louisiana

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Valvoline Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Valvoline LLC, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business assets related to 28 quick-lube stores from Time-It Lube L.L.C. and Time-It Lube of Texas, LP (together, “Time-It Lube”). The stores are located in Louisiana and eastern Texa ... Continue reading

Honda Canada 2016 Auto Sales

Honda Canada 2016 Auto Sales

Honda Canada Inc. combined and Honda Auto Division set all-time annual sales records Acura Division annual sales top 20,000 units for the second consecutive year Civic becomes Canada's best-selling passenger car for 19th consecutive year 99% of HCI vehicles sold in Canada built in North America MARKHAM, ON, Jan. 4, 201 ... Continue reading

Mazda Canada December and Full-year 2016 Auto Sales

Mazda Canada December and Full-year 2016 Auto Sales

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Jan. 4, 2017 - Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) today reported December sales of 4,722 vehicles, a decrease of 2.7 percent versus December 2015. ... Continue reading

Nissan Group 2016 Calendar Year Canadian Auto Sales

Nissan Group 2016 Calendar Year Canadian Auto Sales

December 2016 December 2015 % Change Nissan Group Total Sales (units) 8,587 9,476 -9.4 Nissan Division sales 7,578 8,555 -11.4 Infiniti sales* 1,009 921 +9.6 2016 2015 % Change Nissan Group 2016 sales 134,153 129,976 +3.2 Nissan Division 2016 sales 122,059 118,655 +2.9 Infiniti 2016 sales 12,094 11,321 +6.8 MISSISSAUGA ... Continue reading

Toyota Canada 2016 Auto Sales

Toyota Canada 2016 Auto Sales

Toyota brand hybrid sales more than double 2015 numbers TCI total 2016 sales up 4.2% from 2015 with 217,792 vehicles sold Best year ever for TCI truck sales and Lexus luxury vehicle sales TORONTO, Jan. 4, 2017 - Nearly 20,000 more Canadians switched to hybrid vehicles in 2016 and this helped fuel overall annual sales g ... Continue reading

2016 Year In Review: 365 Days With Low-Mileage Drivers

2016 Year In Review: 365 Days With Low-Mileage Drivers

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5, 2017 -- Metromile, the leader in pay-per-mile insurance, today announced its 2016 Year in Review. ... Continue reading

Consumer Watchdog Calls on Uber to Release Robot Car Test Data, Answer Ten Questions

Consumer Watchdog Calls on Uber to Release Robot Car Test Data, Answer Ten Questions

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Uber to release information about testing its robot cars in Arizona after pulling them out of San Francisco and to answer 10 questions about its vision for self-driving vehicles. ... Continue reading

Subaru Debuts 2018 WRX® And WRX STI® With Performance, Comfort And Safety Upgrades

Subaru Debuts 2018 WRX® And WRX STI® With Performance, Comfort And Safety Upgrades

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Jan. 5, 2017 -- Subaru of America, Inc., which this month posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales, today introduced the 2018 WRX and WRX STI, each debuting performance, comfort, design and safety enhancements for a more rewarding driving experience. ... Continue reading

Whoa! CES 2017 Opens with Next-Generation Innovation

Whoa! CES 2017 Opens with Next-Generation Innovation

LAS VEGAS—CES® 2017 officially opened its doors today, celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary with a recording-breaking exhibit floor spanning more than 2.6 million net square feet. More than 3,800 companies will launch innovative products this week at CES, including an unprecedented 600 startups in Eureka Park. ... Continue reading

Toyota Shows The Future Of Driver-Vehicle Interaction At The Consumer Electronics Show

Toyota Shows The Future Of Driver-Vehicle Interaction At The Consumer Electronics Show

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 -- A cloud-connected telematics system that brings the internet into your car. ... Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz Canada 2016 Auto Sales

Mercedes-Benz Canada 2016 Auto Sales

Best year ever for the group and record-breaking results in all of the following categories: Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, vans and smart combined sales of 48,320 units (up 8.5%) Mercedes-Benz passenger car and light truck sales of 40,526 units (up 4.0%) Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales of 21,243 units Mercedes-Be ... Continue reading

Alexa in the Car: Ford, Amazon to Provide Access to Shop, Search and Control Smart Home Features on the Road

Alexa in the Car: Ford, Amazon to Provide Access to Shop, Search and Control Smart Home Features on the Road

Alexa integration - the most comprehensive ever in a vehicle - allows Ford owners to play and resume audiobooks, order items on Amazon, search for and transfer local destinations to the in-car navigation system, and more. From home, Ford vehicle owners will be able to remote start, lock or unlock doors, and get vehicle ... Continue reading

Audi and NVIDIA Team up to Bring Fully Automated Driving to the Roads Starting in 2020 Accelerated with Artificial Intelligence

Audi and NVIDIA Team up to Bring Fully Automated Driving to the Roads Starting in 2020 Accelerated with Artificial Intelligence

HERNDON, Va.—Audi announces a partnership with NVIDIA to use artificial intelligence in delivering highly automated vehicles starting in 2020. Deep learning technology will enable skilled handling of real-road complexities, delivering safer automated vehicles earlier. ... Continue reading

CES GO-NV Summit highlights technology advancements revolutionizing the transportation industry

CES GO-NV Summit highlights technology advancements revolutionizing the transportation industry

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 -- Nearly 300 international transportation industry executives attended yesterday's GO-NV Summit to learn about technology advancements revolutionizing the transportation industry locally, nationally and internationally. ... Continue reading

Commercial Vehicle Group earns recognition as John Deere "Partner-level Supplier"

Commercial Vehicle Group earns recognition as John Deere "Partner-level Supplier"

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, Jan. 4, 2017 -- Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (the "Company") a leading supplier of fully-integrated system solutions for the global commercial vehicle market, today announced that its wire harness facility, CVG-Mexico in Agua Prieta, has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2016 in th ... Continue reading

Ford, ExxonMobil Make Filling Up at the Pump Quick, Easy with Gas Payment App through SYNC 3

Ford, ExxonMobil Make Filling Up at the Pump Quick, Easy with Gas Payment App through SYNC 3

Wish paying for gas was as easy as pulling up to the pump and not having to punch grimy buttons or swipe a credit card? Ford is first to integrate ExxonMobil’s Speedpass+™ app to make paying for gas quick, easy and secure from inside the vehicle. (Photo: Business Wire) Full Size Small Preview Thumbnail ???paginatio ... Continue reading

Ford, Samsung Integrate SYNC with Samsung Gear2 and Gear S3 to Help Drivers Mark and Find Parking Spots, Stay Alert

Ford, Samsung Integrate SYNC with Samsung Gear2 and Gear S3 to Help Drivers Mark and Find Parking Spots, Stay Alert

With the new Gear Auto Link app, Samsung Gear S2 and S3 smartwatch owners soon will be able to integrate with Ford SYNC®-equipped vehicles for convenient parking reminders and alerts to help them stay attentive while driving. (Photo: Business Wire) Full Size Small Preview Thumbnail ???pagination.previous??? ???paginat ... Continue reading

Ford SYNC AppLink Hackathons Tap into Latest Trends: Mobile Payments, Navigation, Wearables, Digital Assistants

Ford SYNC AppLink Hackathons Tap into Latest Trends: Mobile Payments, Navigation, Wearables, Digital Assistants

LAS VEGAS—Paying for gas without leaving the car, projecting a navigation map from your smartphone to the in-car touch screen, and using a new app that could help you lower vehicle insurance rates are all now possible thanks to Ford SYNC® AppLink™ software. Ford Motor Company is today announcing cutting-edge innov ... Continue reading

Goodyear to Present at Deutsche Bank Auto Industry Conference

Goodyear to Present at Deutsche Bank Auto Industry Conference

AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 4, 2017 -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today said it will webcast its presentation at the 2017 Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference in Detroit on January 11, 2017. ... Continue reading

HARMAN and Holographic AR Displays Pioneer WayRay Announce Collaboration for Automotive Market

HARMAN and Holographic AR Displays Pioneer WayRay Announce Collaboration for Automotive Market

Wide view angle full windshield heads-up display by HARMAN and WayRay (Photo: Business Wire) Full Size Small Preview Thumbnail ???pagination.previous??? ???pagination.next??? Wide view angle full windshield heads-up display by HARMAN and WayRay (Photo: Business Wire) Full Size Small Preview Thumbnail Full Size Small Pr ... Continue reading

HARMAN Introduces HARMAN Ignite, the First Fully-Integrated, Cloud-Based Platform for Developing, Managing and Operating In-Vehicle Applications

HARMAN Introduces HARMAN Ignite, the First Fully-Integrated, Cloud-Based Platform for Developing, Managing and Operating In-Vehicle Applications

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 -- HARMAN , the premier connected technologies company for the automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today launched the HARMAN Ignite Platform, delivering its customers seamless management of connectivity, analytics, applications and devices in one place. ... Continue reading

LINE-X coming to the North American International Auto Show -- You're Invited!

LINE-X coming to the North American International Auto Show -- You're Invited!

Hi Carey, First off, Happy New Year! You’re probably busy getting caught up after the holidays, but I was wondering if you’re headed to this year’s auto show in Detroit? I work with LINE-X, the protective coatings company, and this year they’re bringing some cool stuff to the show. Fresh ... Continue reading

New Ford SYNC AppLink Smartphone-to-Dash Projection for Navigation Apps Introduced; Sygic First to Launch

New Ford SYNC AppLink Smartphone-to-Dash Projection for Navigation Apps Introduced; Sygic First to Launch

With most smartphone owners saying they use navigation apps while driving, Ford is introducing new SYNC® AppLink™ capability that will project navigation apps directly from a smartphone to the vehicle touch screen. Sygic Car Navigation is first to take advantage of the new capability. ... Continue reading

New High-Speed Wi-Fi Hotspot with Ford SYNC Connect to Keep Commuters – and Their Families – Connected on the Go

New High-Speed Wi-Fi Hotspot with Ford SYNC Connect to Keep Commuters – and Their Families – Connected on the Go

LAS VEGAS—Surfing the web and streaming music and movies while on the road is about to get easier as Ford adds built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capability on select models beginning this fall. Click here for a video demonstration of the new Ford SYNC Connect Wi-Fi hotspot capability. ... Continue reading

Olympic Steel Hires Steven Wasil as Vice President – Specialty Metals

Olympic Steel Hires Steven Wasil as Vice President – Specialty Metals

CLEVELAND—Olympic Steel Inc. , a leading national metals service center, today announced Steven R. Wasil has been named Vice President – Specialty Metals, effective January 1, 2017. Wasil brings more than 25 years of metals industry experience to Olympic Steel, with an emphasis on specialty metals. ... Continue reading

Paying Too Much for Auto Insurance? New DriverScore App for Ford SYNC Helps Consumers with Good Driving Discounts

Paying Too Much for Auto Insurance? New DriverScore App for Ford SYNC Helps Consumers with Good Driving Discounts

With car insurance premiums on the rise, Ford is first to connect with the new DriverScore® smartphone app that provides a personalized score based on individual driving behavior, which could lead to lower insurance rates. (Photo: Business Wire) Full Size Small Preview Thumbnail ???pagination.previous??? ???pagination ... Continue reading

The GENIVI Alliance and Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility Partner for In-Vehicle Communication Pilot Project

The GENIVI Alliance and Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility Partner for In-Vehicle Communication Pilot Project

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 -- Today at the GO-NV Transportation Summit, the GENIVI Alliance, an open, collaborative development community of automakers and their suppliers driving the broad adoption of open source in-vehicle software and open technology for the connected car, signed a cooperative Letter of Intent with th ... Continue reading

Toyota Concept-i Makes The Future Of Mobility Human

Toyota Concept-i Makes The Future Of Mobility Human

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 -- Imagine if the vehicles of the future were friendly, and focused on you. ... Continue reading

NEW FOR 2017 - Introducing BOOK by Cadillac, a Bold New Luxury Vehicle Subscription Model

NEW FOR 2017 - Introducing BOOK by Cadillac, a Bold New Luxury Vehicle Subscription Model

Cadillac is continuing to push the boundaries of the driving experience with a first-of-its kind luxury vehicle subscription service, BOOK by Cadillac. ... Continue reading

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Review by Carey Russ +VIDEO

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Review by Carey Russ +VIDEO

Honda’s ninth-generation Accord got its first mid-product cycle freshening for 2016, with both gasoline-powered sedan and coupe models receiving tweaks to styling and suspension for a revitalized look and improved driving experience. Interestingly, there was no 2016 Accord Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid. ... Continue reading

Hands-Free: What It's Like To "Drive" An Autonomous Drive Car by Carlos Ghosn +VIDEO

Hands-Free: What It's Like To "Drive" An Autonomous Drive Car by Carlos Ghosn +VIDEO

In his latest LinkedIn Influencer post, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn describes what it's like to "drive" an autonomous drive car as it navigated the streets of Sunnyvale in California's Silicon Valley. ... Continue reading

Search The Auto Channel

The Auto Channel content library (since 1996) has grown to become the world’s most extensive and complete interactive archive of automotive centric news, articles, reviews and intense event coverage, presented to viewers as Text, Video and Images.

The Auto Channel Content by Topic

Vehicle manufacturers and alt fuels.