Auto News for May 12


2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology. Third generation of Nissan’s popular flagship crossover symbolizes Nissan’s design-led product and brand renaissance. Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept’s refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics.

The Nissan Murano received a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Rating in its latest test of midsize sport utility vehicles. The Ford Flex qualified as a Top Safety Pick, the second highest rating in the small overlap test that replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with an object at 40 miles per hour. The Jeep Wrangler 4-door earned a good rating while the Dodge Journey, received a poor rating. The Dodge Durango and Jeep Cherokee earned marginal ratings along with the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Honda Pilot tops list of the best vehicles that made their debut at recent auto shows. It said the interior transformation is surprising while the exterior has a more stylish looking crossover profile. The Lexus RX was second on Cars list followed by the Volvo XC90, Hyundai Tucson, and the Honda HR-V. Rounding out the top 10 were the Cadillac CTS-V, Ford GT, Kia Sorento, Nissan Maxima, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Four people who “moved the world forward through their contributions to the global automotive industry will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in July. They are Elwood Haynes, co-founder of the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company in the late 1800’s, Luca di Montezemolo, the brilliant but former chairman of Ferrari, Roger Penske, and Ratan Tata, founder of India’s Tata Motors. “We are pleased to honor four individuals whose entrepreneurial spirit helped create today’s global automotive industry,” said William R. Chapin, president of the Hall of Fame.

GM says the 2016 Camaro has undergone 350 hours of wind tunnel testing for improved performance, stability, cooling and lower wind noise intrusion. An aerodynamic “belly pan” – rather than a front air dam – stretches from the front grill to the center of the vehicle. It is paired with small “spats” forward of the front tires, to reduce total lift by 30 percent while also reducing drag. We should learn a whole lot more about the Camaro on Saturday.




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