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Project Fairlane: Time to Move On


It's that time again, time to sell one of our long term project cars. This time it is the 1967 Ford Fairlane we built for the SEMA show. The car gets lot of attention and it is ton of fun, but we have our sites on a new, even more exciting SEMA show project for this year.

See the eBay listing HERE


Bentley on the podium at Bathurst


Bentley Motorsport finished the Bathurst 12 Hours in third place with its #10 Bentley Team M-Sport Continental GT3. Piloted by Guy Smith (GB), Steven Kane (GB) and Matt Bell (GB), the car completed 297 laps of 6.2km long circuit and led for just over an hour.

The identical #31 car, which also led the race, finished in seventh place making the brand the only GT manufacturer to cross the line with all of its entries, after 12 hours of challenging but reliable racing for the Continental GT3s.

“A podium finish in just our second year racing here at Mount Panorama Circuit is a great achievement,” commented Bentley's Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “Both of our cars have completed 12 hours of extremely demanding and competitive racing without any reliability issues.

“Staying out of trouble on the mountain is difficult and we fell foul of some incidents but the crew fought hard to keep us going and completed some very impressive pit stops.


“It’s good to take a haul of points forward into the 2016 SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge and we look forward to continuing with the new series at Spa 24 Hours in July.”

The Bathurst 12 Hours is the opening round of the new-for-2016 SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge, which also comprises the Spa 24 Hours and the Sepang 12 Hours.

Bentley Motorsport will continue its 2016 programme with the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series. Follow the team on Twitter using @BentleyRacing.

Driver line-up:

#10–Guy Smith (GB), Steven Kane (GB) and Matt Bell (GB)

#31–Andy Soucek (ES), Maxime Soulet (BE) and David Russell (AU)

Sweat Pea


Marvin Askew bought his Datsun 1600 truck on November 30, 1971 at Hippodrome Datsun in Nashville for about $2000.

"This was his baby," said Dan Tito, the second owner of the Datsun truck. "Marvin didn't have a name for it, but we named it 'Sweet Pea' obviously because of its color. This man can stand here and talk about this truck hour upon hour upon hour. When you have something for 42 years and you take this good care of it, obviously it meant a lot to him."


In 2014, Nashville businessman Dan Tito saw Marvin at a local dealer where he had his truck serviced and offered to buy it. Thinking he needed more room in the garage, and knowing that the truck would be loved and maintained well, Marvin agreed to sell it to Dan.




Dan, a man who has an extensive car collection of his own, realized he wasn't going to have room to put all his cars in his garage with "Sweet Pea" in there. Realizing the historical significance and the amazing condition of this much-loved truck – he reached out to Nissan and offered it to the Heritage Collection, where the truck now sits.

In this special Datsun heritage video, Marvin reunites with "Sweet Pea" inside Nissan's U.S. headquarters near Nashville and reflects on time with his beloved Datsun.






Toyota closing Scion Brand


Scion, established as a separate brand in 2003 as a laboratory to explore new products and processes to attract youth customers, is now transitioning back to the Toyota brand. Scion achieved its goals of developing unique products and processes, and bringing in new, younger customers to Toyota. With more than a million cars sold, 70 percent of Scions were purchased by customers new to Toyota and 50 percent were under 35 years old.

“This isn’t a step backward for Scion; it’s a leap forward for Toyota. Scion has allowed us to fast track ideas that would have been challenging to test through the Toyota network,” said Jim Lentz, founding vice president of Scion and now CEO, Toyota Motor North America. “I was there when we established Scion and our goal was to make Toyota and our dealers stronger by learning how to better attract and engage young customers. I’m very proud because that’s exactly what we have accomplished.

“We could not have achieved the success we have had without the incredible support of Scion’s customers, dealers and team members, so supporting them throughout this transition process will be one of our top priorities,” said Lentz.

Toyota’s decision was made in response to customers’ needs. Today’s younger buyers still want fun-to-drive vehicles that look good, but they are also more practical. They, like their parents, have come to appreciate the Toyota brand and its traditional attributes of quality, dependability and reliability. At the same time, new Toyota vehicles have evolved to feature the dynamic styling and handling young people desire.    

Scion has consistently been the youngest brand in the auto industry with an average age of 36 years old. At 29, the tC sports coupe has the lowest-average age buyer in the industry. The most recent additions to the line-up, the iA sedan and iM 5-door hatchback, are bringing in new buyers with 70 percent being first-time new car purchasers. Additionally, more than 50 percent of iM and iA buyers are under 35 years old.

As part of the brand transition, beginning in August 2016, MY17 Scion vehicles will be rebadged as Toyotas. The FR-S sports car, iA sedan and iM 5-door hatchback will become part of the Toyota family. The tC sports coupe will have a final release series edition and end production in August 2016. The C-HR, which recently debuted at the L.A. Auto Show, will be a part of the Toyota line-up.

The service and repair process for Scion customers will be unaffected by this change as customers will continue to visit Toyota dealerships’ service departments.

“We appreciate our 1,004 Scion dealers and the support they’ve given the brand,” said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations. “We believe our dealers have gained valuable insights and have received a strong return on their investment. During this time of transition, we will work closely with them to support this process and help communicate this change to customers.”

Scion’s 22 dedicated team members, who represent sales, marketing, distribution, strategy, and product and accessories planning, will have the opportunity to take on new jobs at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in Torrance. Scion regional representatives will assume different responsibilities in their respective Toyota sales offices.  

“Scion has had some amazing products over the years and our current vehicles are packed with premium features at value prices,” said Andrew Gilleland, Scion vice president. “It’s been a great run and I’m proud that the spirit of Scion will live on through the knowledge and products soon to be available through the Toyota network.”

2nd Annual Rally Historico Transpeninsular Dates Announced


Tijuana, Baja California | The 2nd Annual Rally Histórico Transpeninsular is set to take place June 23rd-26th, 2016. The Transpeninsular will cross over 1,000 miles across Baja, California on the infamous and beautiful Mexico Route 1 taking drivers from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  This year the race organizers have added late model classes, attracting a wider field of drivers, while the bulk of the entries will still be pre-1975 cars.

This year also marks the addition of the 'Rally Tour' a non-competitive gran tour that follows the same path as the actual race cars and links up with the racing teams each night. The Rally Tour is designed for those who want to enjoy the spirit of the Rally Historico, but don't have a race prepped car.


The race will start in Tijuana with overnight stops in Cataviña, Loreto and Cabo San Lucas. Entry fees include hotel room, breakfast & dinner for each of the three days for the driver/co-driver.


Cost Rally Historico Transpeninsular:
Pre-Registration until May 9, 2016:  $3,750.00
Registration from 10 to 29 May 2016: $ 4,250.00.
Late Registration from May 30 to June 15 Fee  :$ 4,500.00

Cost Rally Tour Transpeninsular:
Pre-Registration until May 9, 2016: $1,250.00
Registration from 10 to 29 May 2016:  $ 1,750.00
Late Registration del30 May to 15 June 2016: $ 2,000.00

For more information please visit: www.rhtranspen.com

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Bosch is turning connected cars into personal assistants


For drivers, having the internet in their car is more than just a convenient add-on. It makes driving even safer and more efficient. Bosch will be illustrating this at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas with a series of connected functions and assistance systems. The company will also be demonstrating how easy these systems are to operate while keeping driver distractions to a minimum. The CES organizers have presented an award to Bosch for its latest development, a touchscreen that generates the sensation of real buttons by way of haptic feedback. The Bosch booth in Las Vegas will also be offering a live, hands-on preview of automated driving and smart vehicle connectivity.

The car: the driver’s truly personal assistant
Bosch will be offering a glimpse into the car of the future in the North Hall. Here, visitors to the Bosch show car will experience a new kind of interaction between humans and technology. “The way to minimize driver distraction is to provide the right information at the right time,” said the Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner at the company’s CES 2016 press conference in Las Vegas. In the show car, the dashboard and central console have been transformed into an electronic display. The information shown on this giant display changes depending on the vehicle’s current surroundings. If a pedestrian approaches from the right, a lighting sequence is triggered to alert the driver. Drivers’ preferences as well as appointments in their diary are also taken into account. For example, if an appointment is cancelled, the car of the future will automatically indicate the route to the next appointment in the diary. Drivers will be able to activate the autopilot to free up even more time and make their journey more relaxed.

But tomorrow’s connected cars will also be capable of much more. With a connection to the smart home, they will enable household functions such as heating or security systems to be operated at any time. For example, should a courier attempt to deliver a package with no one at home, all it will take is the tap of a finger on the vehicle’s display to allow the courier to deposit the package inside the house and confirm receipt. Interaction with technology really will be able to take such varied forms, and offer such safety and convenience. Connected infotainment will let drivers navigate not just through the traffic but through their whole day. They will be able to use it to access online services and smartphone apps – and they will be able to control it using gestures and speech, just as if they were talking with a passenger. This will turn the car into the driver’s truly personal assistant.

A touchscreen that feels like it has real buttons
In advance of the trade show, Bosch has received a CES 2016 Innovation Award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category for a new touchscreen. This device can generate different surface textures, allowing elements to be felt on the display. This haptic feedback makes it easier to operate infotainment applications such as navigation, radio, and smartphone functions. Often drivers will not even need to look at the information on the screen to control it – instead, they can keep their eyes on the road. The screen generates the feel of rough, smooth, and patterned surfaces to indicate different buttons and functions; to make a selection, a button needs to be pressed more firmly. What makes this special is that the touchscreen looks no different from an ordinary display – and yet it gives users the impression that they are pressing real buttons. 


No need to fear wrong-way drivers: a guardian angel in the cloud
Connectivity makes driver information more up to date than ever before. This is particularly important when it comes to wrong-way drivers. In general, it takes several minutes for radio stations to issue warnings over the airwaves, but a third of wrong-way driving incidents finish after just 500 meters. Bosch is currently developing a new cloud-based wrong-way driver alert that will let drivers know of any danger just ten seconds after it arises. As a pure software module, it can be integrated at low cost into smartphone apps such as Bosch’s myDriveAssist or existing infotainment systems. In order to detect wrong-way driving, the cloud-based function compares actual, anonymized vehicle movement on freeways with the permitted direction of travel. If there is a discrepancy, wrong-way drivers are warned of their error in a matter of seconds. At the same time, nearby cars traveling in the opposite direction are alerted to the danger. Starting in 2016, the new function will be available as a cloud service.

The highway pilot will increase road safety from 2020
Highly automated driving will further increase the safety of road traffic. This development will come to freeways in 2020. According to forecasts made by Bosch accident researchers, increasing automation can significantly reduce accident numbers – by up to a third in Germany alone. At CES 2016, Bosch will be showcasing the systems and sensors necessary for automated journeys in another demo vehicle at the Sands Expo. Visitors will also learn how the highway pilot works, a highly automated system that assumes all the driver’s tasks and responsibilities on freeways. This technology is already being tested on public roads. Bosch is testing automated driving on freeways not only in Germany and the United States but now also in Japan.

In the future, cars will also be able to see around bends and be aware of possible danger spots, thanks to a stream of real-time information from the internet on the location of traffic jams, construction sites, and accidents. This data will serve as an electronic “connected horizon” and give cars an even better picture of what lies ahead – further increasing safety and efficiency.

It’s up to cars, not drivers, to find a parking space
Every journey ends with parking. To make this job easier, Bosch is developing a new function called automated valet parking. This solution does more than relieve drivers of the task of finding a vacant space in a parking garage: it enables cars to park themselves. Drivers can simply leave the car at the entrance to the parking garage. Using a smartphone app, they then instruct their car to find a space for itself. When ready to leave, they call the car back to the drop-off point in the same way. Fully automated parking relies on smart infrastructure in parking garages plus the vehicle’s on-board sensor systems – and connectivity for both. Sensors in the pavement provide up-to-date information on where free parking spaces are located, so cars know where to go. Bosch is developing not only the fully automated parking function but also all the necessary components in-house.


Source: BlogsRelease






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