Ford F-150 adds engines, subtracts weight in 2015 models

July 23, 2014—Ford Motor says the 2015 F-150 will be at least 700 pounds lighter than that of the previous model year because of the use of military-grade aluminum alloy in the body and the cargo box, as well as the use of high-strength steel.

Mercedes unveils new S65 AMG Coupe

July 16, 2014—Mercedes-Benz says the new S65 AMG Coupe will arrive at U.S. dealerships in October 2014 but, to no one’s surprise, the German sports car will have a price that’s out of reach for most consumers.

Nissan cuts cube from 2015 U.S. lineup

July 11, 2014—The Nissan cube appears to have melted, as the boxy compact car wasn’t among the 20 passenger vehicles when Nissan Motor unveiled its 2015 U.S. lineup.

2015 Sonata debuts without phone-control programs

July 10, 2014—Hyundai Motor’s redesigned Sonata initially will be sold without Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto phone-control software installed, a spokesperson says, but Hyundai plans to permit buyers to have the programs added at the dealership once the software is available for installation.

Goodyear rolls out roadside towing service

July 8, 2014—Goodyear Tire & Rubber introduced a towing service that hauls stranded motorists and their vehicles to the nearest participating Goodyear Tire & Service Network location.

New Acura TLX midsize sedan to cost $30,995, arrive in August

July 7, 2014—The base model of the TLX has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s mated with an eight-speed dual-clutch (automated manual) transmission, while an optional 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission starts at $35,220.

Ram delivers ProMaster City van

June 27, 2014—Fiat Chrysler unveiled the 2015 Ram ProMaster City, which is a slimmed-down version of the automaker’s commercial van that’s based on Europe’s Fiat Dobló.

2015 Edge features a pair of Ford firsts

June 25, 2014—Ford Motor unveiled the second generation of its Edge crossover SUV, which is the automaker’s first vehicle that has an EcoBoost engine as a standard feature as well as an available adaptive steering system.

Teen driver tracking apps weigh cost against privacy

June 25, 2014—Allstate introduced a smartphone tool that monitors the driving habits of teenagers, but we couldn’t help but wonder whether the information that’s gleaned will be used to raise automobile-insurance rates for parents or for the teen when he/she gets his/her own policy.

Hyundai adds Eco to Sonata lineup

June 20, 2014—A seven-speed, dual-clutch (automated manual) transmission will make its debut in the 2015 Sonata Eco, which will have a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Acura discontinues ILX Hybrid

June 18, 2014—Honda Motor pulled the plug on its Acura ILX Hybrid after 2 years of sluggish demand, according to Autoblog, which noted that only 2,660 ILX Hybrid models were sold since the vehicle’s launch in May 2012.

Tesla slates Model X production for early 2015

June 17, 2014—In an email that provided certain details for Model X reservation holders, Tesla Motors confirmed that the vehicle would include standard all-wheel drive and what it calls falcon-wing doors, which are passenger doors that have hinges on top and open up instead of out.