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The Future of Ford Lincoln

On: Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:58PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Since Ford announced the discontinuation of Mercury by year end of 2010, Ford says it will focus completely on “Lincoln design and customer services, in order to win younger customers,” according to a recent automotive news article.

Jim Farley, group VP of global marketing for Ford, stated, “It's not about scale right now, it's about getting it right.” Farley added, “The next set of products is about getting it right for the customer.”

The Battle of Electric Power Stations

On: Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:44PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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According to J.D. Power and Associates, yearly sales of electric vehicles (EVs) is forecasted to rise to 2 million by the year 2020. Other sources, such as HSBC, say that number may be as high as 9 million. The growth in projected EV sales is impressive, considering that in 2009 there were only around 5,000 electric vehicles sold.

Former GM Executive Hogan to Advise Toyota

On: Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Mark Hogan, former General Motors executive, has been retained by North American Toyota Motor Corporation as an advisor to the Japanese automaker.
At age 56 Mark Hogan, the former General Motors executive and Magna International president, aspired to be the head of a startup automotive venture.  After raising the capital required (from raising funds after his departure from Magna in 2007) Hogan was successful in his venture (which was an impressive undertaking as even in a good economy, procuring investors for an automotive start-up is a difficult endeavor).

Next Generation Vehicles Will Have More Safety Features

On: Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 12:28PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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In the automotive industry, newer high-tech safety features have historically been reserved for high-end luxury cars, due to the increased cost of research and development of new technology. But all of that is about to change, according to Continental AG, the world’s biggest powertrain, chassis, and interior systems supplier. Continental is predicting a significant influx of high-tech safety features, even in mid-range priced vehicles, in the next 3–5 years.


Tokyo's Electric Taxi Experiment

On: Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 5:18PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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In Tokyo Japan, a taxicab company has been experimenting with an all-electric, zero-emissions cab powered by  changeable batteries. One river, Yoshihiko Takahashi, says that customers ask him the same questions daily, such as “How often do you have to recharge? How far can you go? Does this car really have no emissions?”

What is The Value of Kelley Blue Book?

On: Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 4:53PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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According to a Financial Times report quoted in a blog on the New York Times website, Kelly Blue Book is up for sale. Two bankers who did not want to be identified say they have the “inside scoop on the potential sale.”

So the question that is on everyone’s mind: “what is the blue book value of Kelly Blue Book?”

GPR Motorsport Engineered Next Generation Touring Car

On: Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 4:35PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The Toyota Avensis NGTC will meet the track for the first time in a race in the final round of this year’s BTCC season.

A sneak peek at the Toyota Avensis Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) has recently been released, unveiling for the first time photos of the racing concept vehicle that will make its entrance in the this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Ford Changes Plans to Build Small SUVs in Louisville

On: Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 4:31PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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According to anonymous sources, Ford Motor Company has decided against its initial decision to build a small Ford Escape-like SUV, called the “Kuga,” in Louisville, Kentucky for export.

Ford Mustang Over Chevy Camaro, Says Consumer Reports

On: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 5:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Since its reintroduction to the muscle car market last year, the Chevy Camaro has been putting up a strong fight against the Ford Mustang, beating the latter in sales for many of the months it's been on the market. In fact, as of August, the Camaro leads in 2010 sales 60,000 to the Mustang's 53,000. Despite its popularity with consumers, the leading consumer testing authority--Consumer Reports--is more impressed by the new Mustang V6. In a head-to-head showdown between the models, CR chose the Mustang hands down.

Consumer Reports took a 305-hp 2011 Mustang Premium with 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 304-hp 2011 Camaro 2LT with 3.6-liter V6 to the asphalt for some thorough testing. As equipped, the 'Stang carries a price of $28,600 and the Camaro ducks in at $28,195. And despite how closely those two American muscle-mobiles stack up on paper, the end result wasn't even close.

CR drivers preferred the Mustang's more agile drive over the Camaro's clunkier, less responsive drive. Test driver and senior engineer Jake Fisher summed it up in no uncertain terms: "The Mustang was better than the Camaro at nearly every level. It was quicker, more fuel efficient, and when you're in the Camaro, it's like you're in a cave."

SSC Ultimate Aero II Pictures Slip Forth

On: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 4:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Due to some security issues, Shelby Supercars did not reveal the next-generation Ultimate Aero at a scheduled event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle last month. Instead, the company has indicated an official reveal for this month. Though no hard date has been given, SSC created a teaser site last month that showed a little bit of a carbon-fiber nose with the simple words: "The next generation is coming soon..." The site also stated "September 2010."

Now that it's actually September, we're getting more than a little anxious to see what the new Aero is all about. Luckily for us, some industrious industry folks have gotten their hands on a couple of pre-release pictures and aren't shy about sharing them. Over the holiday weekend, Jalopnik published the first photos of the car, which showed it head on and from the side. Top Gear, the source from which the photos had originated, followed up with a shot of the rear end. What the pictures show is a dramatically new car that capitalizes on the prowess of lead designer Jason Castriota.

GM Attempts to Keep Up with Ford's Technology

On: Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 4:39PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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It seems as though General Motors may be following Ford Motor Co.’s philosophy that in order to get something, you have to give away something. In this case it's the free service that Ford offers its customer for the “Ford Sync” product. GM is planning to offer some free music and information in its OnStar communications system in order to keep up with its number one competitor.

Currently OnStar is a free service for the first year and then a yearly membership of between $199 to $299 is due. Marketing gurus at GM thought they had an ingenious plan for setting up a system to raise revenues for the company in the form of residual income, but unfortunately Ford Motor Company one upped GM offering Ford customers a FREE subscription to its information service, Ford Sync.

Although OnStar offered the first service providing accident alert communication, directions, and vehicle diagnostics, the OnStar was set up to be a paid subscription service. This month GM will introduce a new system that is free, offering technology that provides links to the social media site, Facebook, as the system translates voice messages into text. This is a brand new system that has not yet gone public, according to anonymous sources.