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Ford Can Credit Profit To Product Mix

On: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 1:24PM | By: Tim Healey

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Ford had a strong profit for the first quarter of 2011, and a strong product portfolio is a big reason why.  It's not just new models, but that's one of the biggest factors in Ford's turnaround. Those new models led to higher sales, rising transaction prices, and a stronger performance in Europe.

As we noted yesterday, Ford's product mix is a big reason why the company has done so well in the first quarter, despite high gas prices and other challenges.

Chrysler Debt To Be Refinanced By June

On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 3:24PM | By: Tim Healey

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Chrysler expects to have its debt refinanced by June, which would pave the way for Fiat to take a majority stake in the company.

Currently, Chrysler owes $7 billion to the U.S. and Canadian governments. Chrysler is hoping to have the debt refinanced by June, so that Fiat can become the majority owner. The Italian automaker cannot take ownership until the governments are paid back.

Hats Off To Land Rover In Sierra Leone

On: Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 10:44AM | By: Chris Salamone

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After eleven years of ‘official’ civil war and twenty years of physical and economic devastation, residents of Sierra Leone hope to build a brighter future. Land Rover is working to make that happen by supporting the Red Cross in its mission to aid people and communities in Sierra Leone to recover and create a better environment for all.

The eleven-year conflict claimed over 50,000 lives, destroyed communities, and left individuals and families physically and emotionally traumatized. Of particular interest are the children. The Red Cross estimates that nearly 17,000 kids have fought as child soldiers, even from the ripe age of six. These kids have witnessed and experienced unspeakable atrocities, but through the Child Advocacy and Rehabilitation (CAR) program they have a second chance to change their lives forever.

U.S. Goverment Shutdown Will Delay Emissions Checks

On: Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Tim Healey

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If the federal government shuts down at midnight on Saturday, emissions checks and safety probes will be delayed. The EPA will stop certifying that 2012 vehicles and fuels meet federal emission standards, and the Department of Transportation will stop making rules and performing safety inspections.

If the government shuts down, that means up to 800,000 non-essential workers could be furloughed.


Toyota, Microsoft Working On OnStar Competitor

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 10:41AM | By: Tim Healey

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Toyota and Microsoft are teaming to develop a telematics system that will compete with GM's OnStar. The next-generation software will likely debut in the company's electric and plug-in vehicles next year. Details are a bit sparse at this point, but we know the system will run on the upcoming Windows Azure platform.

What we don't know if this system will be an infotainment system like Ford's Sync or Chrysler's Uconnect, or if it will be more like GM's OnStar system, which is focused on navigation and consumer assistance.

BMW Unveils World's Fastest Pickup [Car]

On: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As promised, BMW unveiled its M3 pickup at an event in Munich on Friday. BMW calls the model the "world's fastest pickup." If you don't mind the odd mash-up of M3 front fascia, chopped off cab and pickup bed, one could also make the case that it's the world's sexiest pickup. I'd definitely call it the world's sexiest pickup car, if for no other reason than its sheer, against-all-logic originality.

The pickup car first surfaced two weeks ago when a photog snapped some spy shots of it testing on Nurburgring. Speculation pointed to various possibilities as to what BMW was thinking, but eventually the company came clean and admitted the M3 pickup was an April Fool's prank one-off with no hope of production. Yeah, Friday was April Fool's Day if you hadn't realized, so take any weird news you read then with a big, heaping serving of salt.

Fool's Folly: Subaru's Grand Outback

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 5:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I typically despise April Fool's Day when it comes to news/press releases/official information of any kind. April Fool's is a fun holiday for playing pranks on your younger brother when you're 12 years old, but shouldn't you kind of outgrow it when you're—let's say, a 47-year-old news journalist reporting fast-breaking, important news stories? I sure think so. Nothing irks me more than reading a 2,000-word news feature before I've had my April 1st morning coffee only to realize I've been completely duped into wasting valuable minutes on a fake story.

Despite my general hatred of April Fool's news, there's usually a gem or two in the mix. This year brought us the BMW M3, and also the Subaru 'Grand Outback'.

New Ferrari Book Priced Like an Actual Ferrari

On: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Wow, here's a tough decision: actual Ferrari supercar or giant, coffee-table book detailing Ferrari's history? Decisions, decisions. And the winner is... Car—Every time.

Hoping that least a few customers will either go the other way on that one or have the means to buy both, Opus Media Group of London will release the "The Official Ferrari Opus" for a price of $275,000. And no, the book doesn't come complete with any of the actual Ferrari models featured inside.

The ridiculous, $275,000 price tag is only for the ultra-exclusive "Diamante Edition" of the opus. That edition is the Enzo edition bedazzled with a big Prancing Horse and 30 diamonds on the cover. Though it doesn't come with a car, it does enter buyers into a drawing for a replica F1 race car. Only one of those will be sold in any given country.

Ford's Extreme Pothole Proving Grounds

On: Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Salamone

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After a Viking-worthy winter and large spending cuts in both Europe and the United States, potholes are likely to be unfortunately common this spring and summer. But Ford drivers can relax, knowing their tried and true vehicles are tested for these exact conditions at the Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium and the Michigan Proving Ground in the US. Both test tracks feature real-world simulations and data acquisition supported by the best gearheads in the business.

Ford’s press release from March 30th indicated that several types of road conditions are simulated including moderately rough roads, such as those in Europe and North America, and severely rough roads, like those in emerging markets, taking into account that weather conditions can make these roads even worse. Further, both the Lommel and Michigan Proving Grounds include replicated roads from across the globe. Thus vehicles tested at these facilities might face something like the shambolic Lower Dunton Road in Essex, UK in preparation for real-world obstacles.

The Volvo XC70 and MacGyver

On: Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 11:07AM | By: Chris Salamone

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The Volvo XC70 and MacGyver are perfect for each other. Like MacGyver, the 2011 Volvo XC70 is a true Jack-of-all-trades with no apparent weaknesses. The vehicle is considered a crossover, but has strong wagon elements with a few crossover twists. Indeed, with ample ground clearance and monstrous AWD capability the XC70 definitely blends the storage and aerodynamic practicalities of a wagon with the obstacle-defiant features of an off-roader. Additionally, even though many car enthusiasts expressed concern over Volvo’s future because of Geely’s takeover, the company has received a number of significant awards in 2011, notably for Best Value from Vincentric and Fourth in Reliability from Consumer Reports. Putting enthusiast concerns aside, the XC70 is a car with loads of handy features and ruggedly handsome aesthetics, a vehicle most people would be proud to own or discuss over a glass of grog at the local ice tavern.

Production Of Japanese-Built Hybrids and Electrics Resumes

On: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 2:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles built in Japan have been among the vehicles most affected by the earthquake and tsunami events of earlier this month. Built in Japan and exported to markets like the United States, these models suffered from production stoppages. As a result, prices on these vehicles have started to rise, as supplies at dealerships decrease.

But production is slowly getting ramped back up. Nissan and Toyota have restarted production on models like the Leaf and Prius.