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400TH BUGATTI VEYRON SOLD – THE VEYRON BEGINS ITS FINAL LAP Just 50 models of the super sports car are still available • 400th Veyron is a Grand Sport Vitesse 'Jean-Pierre Wimille' of the six-part edition 'Les Légendes de Bugatti'
• Head of Bugatti Wolfgang Schreiber, 'A unique success story about the most exclusive and luxurious super sports car brand in the world'
Molsheim, 5 December 2013. Bugatti has sold its 400th Veyron. Since the production run of the Veyron and its variants is limited to just 450 models, thi...[Read more...]
HORSEPOWER UNLEASHED – MOTIVATING THE ALL-NEW FORD MUSTANG • 5.0-liter V8 anchors the all-new Ford Mustang lineup with power and torque fit for the iconic brand
• New 2.3-liter EcoBoost® brings turbocharging to Mustang with exceptional power and torque and projected class-leading fuel efficiency
• Manual transmissions provide smoother shifting, automatic transmissions feature steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
The all-new Ford Mustang offers a choice of engines available with either manual or automatic transmissions that m...[Read more...]
Toyota Indiana Launches the 2014 Highlander; Prepares for Hybrids and Exports Popular SUV responsible for $430 million investment and more than 600 jobs by 2014 end PRINCETON, Ind. (Dec. 5, 2013) – Hoosier pride was felt deep and wide on the plant floor of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana this morning as the company celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2014 Highlander. TMMI team members and area citizens have much to celebrate, as the popular midsize SUV is responsible for $430 million additional investment and more than 600 jobs at...[Read more...] Infiniti To Reveal Formula One Inspired Concept At Detroit Show Hong Kong – Infiniti will reveal a Formula One inspired concept car based on the Q50 premium sports sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The concept car represents Infiniti's design vision of a high performance variant of Q50. Called 'Q50 Eau Rouge,' the car is named after the world-famous corner at the Formula One track in Spa-Francorchamps, a corner which requires extraordinary strength, courage and commitment; it has seen some of the most incredible drivin...[Read more...] HYUNDAI NAMED MOST RELIABLE MANUFACTURER IN CARMD'S ANNUAL VEHICLE HEALTH INDEX REPORT COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2013 – Hyundai beat out every competitor to earn the distinction of 'Most Reliable Manufacturer' in the 2013 CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ Manufacturer & Vehicle Reliability Ranking. Released today, the annual report provides a ranking of manufacturers and vehicles with the lowest combined 'check engine' repair incidents and costs. The Index ranks the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles overall, top vehicles by category and the most common repairs by make. Af...[Read more...] MAZDA6 SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL RACECARS TO TACKLE THUNDERHILL 25-HOUR December 3, 2013 (IRVINE, Calif.) — There have always been rivalries: Yankees versus Red Sox. Beta versus VHS. Coke versus Pepsi. Tom versus Jerry. In the automotive retail world, that rivalry is Factory Guys versus Dealers. To finally put to bed who's faster, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has thrown down the gauntlet, entering three specially modified-for-racing 2014 Mazda6s in the longest endurance race in America, the National Auto Sport Association (NASA)'s US Air Force...[Read more...] 'GETAWAY' DVD RELEASE TO BE CELEBRATED AT DECEMBER 14TH CARROLL SHELBY FOUNDATION TOY DRIVE IN LA • 'Getaway' starring Shelby GT500 Super Snake available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download
• While supplies last, movie posters to be given to those bringing a toy to the Dec. 14 CSF Toy Drive
• Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake used in the movie to be displayed
Los Angeles – Dec. 3, 2013 – Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. will celebrate the release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) of the automotive action film 'Getaway' by displaying one of cars used in...[Read more...]
ALCANTARA PLAYS A STARRING ROLE AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW LOS ANGELES– Alcantara, the hi-tech Italian luxury material, continues to generate attention at major auto shows around the world. The Italian brand recently hosted a private party at Vibiana in the Los Angeles downtown historical district for designers, partners and auto industry executives to demonstrate the 'magic and versatility' of the material to meet countless needs and tastes from automotive to fashion, from handbags and accessories to interior design and home décor. Guests ...[Read more...] GM ANNOUNCES $24-MILLION LANDFILL GAS INVESTMENT • Will be first automaker in North America to generate its own electricity
DETROIT – General Motors announced today a $24-million investment in electrical generation equipment that will allow the company to use more landfill gas at its Fort Wayne, Ind., and Orion, Mich., assembly plants. The new equipment will generate more than 14 megawatts of electricity from landfill gas, a renewable energy source, which will help GM avoid producing more than 23,000 metric tons of CO2per y...[Read more...]
BUGATTI AND THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION START 'ARTIST IN RESIDENCE' PROJECT Molsheim/Miami, 4 December 2013. Bugatti is starting a new 'Artist in Residence' project at Art Basel Miami Beach (5-8 December 2013) in collaboration with the Rubell Family Collection. Visitors to the '28 Chinese' exhibition are invited to select one of the exhibiting artists to receive fellowship for a stay at Bugatti's headquarters in France. The exhibition will be presented by the Rubell Family Collection. The project has been developed to allow the selected artist a multi-...[Read more...]
The 28th annual Concorso Italiano, the world's largest showing of exotic Italian cars, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini and Apollo. Along with the two bicentennials, the event celebrated two new models of the Fiat 500 and the new Maserati Ghibli. The Laguna Seca Golf Ranch played host to this year's event. Its gentle sloping fairways complimented the beautiful cars and perfect weather. As many as 1,200 collectible Italian and European automobiles, motorcycles and boats were in attendance. Roughly 130 of those were Lamborghini's, a very rare and special treat to see so many in one place at one time. With under 100 examples of the Apollo built during their production run, the 15 (as many as 17) examples that were in attendance at this year's Concorso Italiano made it a record gathering for the marque. Fiat introduced their new Cattiva sports package that will be available on both the 500 Sport and 500 Turbo. The other introduction was the GQ Edition cabriolet which is scheduled to go on sale in January.
• THE BEST OF SHOW: TRADITION, EXCELLENCE, STYLE AND PASSION
Monterey Classic Car Week attracts a collection of the world's finest vintage automobiles to the Californian peninsula each year. The 2013 event was bathed in sunshine, and proved a dream come true for any motorsport enthusiast, a feast for the eyes and a celebration of tradition, excellence and human achievement. There was something for everyone and although most owners did not come to win prizes but rather to indulge in their passion, there was plenty at stake. This is especially so at the most prestigious of the rendezvous: the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance presented by Rolex, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion where recognition is the ultimate endorsement. A notable presence during the week was the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. Sir Jackie, Rolex Testimonee since 1969, is an Honorary Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, returning this year after a long hiatus: 'Unquestionably the Monterey Classic Car Week is the biggest and the best in the world,' he commented. 'The Concours d'Elegance is extraordinary, with a wonderful collection of cars of all vintages from every corner of the world. I hadn't seen the Tour before and I was very much taken by it – it has another dimension, it's much less formal and it attracts only the real aficionados.' With so many cars on show, judging at these events cannot be that easy, but Sir Jackie made it sound simple: 'It's not as difficult as you would believe. Sometimes cars are overdone, while other cars that have been left in their natural condition are magic to look at. It's not how much you spend on the car that makes you win, quite the opposite. It's a fine balance.'
Carmel-by-the-Sea's whimsical architecture, inspired by Arthur Rackham's illustrations for children's fairy tales, provided a setting for the Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue. This is the latest addition to the prestigious group of events that make up the area's internationally known Monterey Peninsula ten-day collector car gathering, celebrating the finest in automotive design and engineering. Carmel-by-the-Sea's world-famous Ocean Avenue was closed to traffic and eighteen blocks of downtown was filled with collector cars and related motorized fun. A fascinating mix of American and foreign cars were showcased in front of a backdrop of charming shops, critically acclaimed restaurants and numerous galleries. The Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue focused on vehicles not usually seen during this ten-day period. The cars included a variety of legendary vehicles. Well over 175 cars were on display in groups of juried classed during Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue. These included Luxury Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods and Sporting Cars. Micro Cars and others were highlighted vehicles from the sublime to the spectacular. Selections were based on a variety of factors, including authenticity, originality, and provenance. Additional consideration was given to cars that inspired youthful drams, interesting stores and the hard-to-define fun factor. Class and major awards were presented in the late afternoon. Source: Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours
For its first 32 years, the Concours d'Elegance of America was held at Oakland University's Meadow Brook Hall. Beginning in 2011 this world-class event moved to a new location - the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan. The 2013 Concours d'Elegance of America was held on the 28th of July. The Inn at St. John's and its well-manicured lawns played host to the luxury vehicles that were assembled and arranged into 22 groups. Activities preceding the event including Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Celebration, an auction presented by RM Auctions, a Motoring Tour of The Lingenfelter Collection, a VIP Tour of the Adderley Collection, a Concert in the Park at downtown Plymouth, seminars, and a cocktail party. This year's featured classes included London to Brighton, Auburn/Cord (the one-offs), Detroit Iron, Indianapolis Iron, Can-Am, Vintage NASCAR, Electric Cars (Past, present & future), Mercedes-Benz Pagoda & 600, Porsche 911, the Great race, Jet-Age Convertibles, and the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Corvette. All of these classes, including the traditional classes, feature some of the finest examples in existence.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. Because of the generous support and contributions from their sponsors, and the dedication of the volunteers, they have been able to donate $3.2 million to two deserving charities: the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. In 2013 the PVGP celebrated thei 31st annual event. Many volunteers never imagined they would get to this point, but they are still here making it all happen each July. It's a testament to the dedication of the volunteers and the allure of the Grand Prix.
The Elegance at Hershey brings together some of the world's finest collector cars to 'The Sweetest Place on Earth.' The event is held at the formal gardens at the historic Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, PA. The show field, which is limited to no more than 60 automobiles, displays some of the finest cars from every era. The earliest car on the field was a 1911 Mercedes Model 50. It was purchased by the current owner in 1955 who has driven the car over 65,000 miles since that time, including 20 Glidden Tour revivals. The 1928 Gardner 85 Sport Roadster was one of an estimated 800 produced. The example at The Elegance is the only model said to still exist. The 1933 Duesenberg SJ Beverly Sedan on display was an authentic example of an enclosed Duesenberg and one of only five enclosed SJ's ever made. The car has retained its original body and engine and its entire history is documented. Later models included the 1959 Ferrari Cabriolet by Pininfarina. It is one of only 40 built and was originally owned by Georges Filipinetti, of Geneva, Switzerland, founder of Scuderia Filipinetti, the renowned racing team of the 1960's.
The 1936 Duesenberg SJN (Supercharged) and the 1968 Ford GT40 '#1075' won the Best In Show honors on Sunday, March 10, at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, which attracted approximately 25,000 spectators throughout the weekend. 'The Amelia is more than just an event. It's a celebration of the past, present and future of automobiles,' said Warner. 'We gathered the very best in classic cars, racing history and automotive superstars together for the 2013 Concours and I don't know how we'll repeat it in 2014. Then again, I'm sure we'll think of something.' The 1936 Duesenberg SJN (Supercharged), owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt of the Nethercutt Collection, took home the prestigious Concours d'Elegance award, heralded as one of the most sought-after trophies in classic car pageantry. This beautifully sculpted, apple green, SJ straight-eight engine has a 420 cubic-inch engine displacement and with its Duesenberg-designed supercharger, unleashes 320 horsepower. The sporty, Rollston convertible coupe was one of the most powerful open cars of the 1930s and could race from zero to 100 mph in a mere 17 seconds, an impressive feat for the era.
PASSION, DETERMINATION AND PREPARATION PAY DIVIDENDS The 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona put on a tremendous finale, maintaining tension right up to the last. Pre-race favourites in the Daytona Prototype class, Chip Ganassi Racing's #01 BMW/Riley, took the chequered flag as the Rolex timing hit the 24-hour mark. The script may appear pre-written, but such was the nature of the contest that Juan Pablo Montoya, driving the final stint, did not have an impregnable lead until the last five minutes, when he passed the #10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP on lap 706. In the GT class, the #24 Audi R8, of Audi Sport Customer Racing AJR, took the honours, and the GX class win went to the #16 Porsche Cayman of Napleton Racing. The #01 drivers, Americans Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, along with team-mates Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya and Mexican Memo Rojas, were jubilant. Pruett's fifth overall win in the Rolex 24 At Daytona puts him alongside Hurley Haywood in the record book. Haywood was one of the first to congratulate Pruett, who was predictably emotional: 'It's just an incredible day all the way around, winning with these guys, and then at the end of it to have Hurley there was a very special thing.'