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Throughout The Car Industry
Many companies are notorious for trying out new products in limited release. American auto companies use this practice when it comes to releasing new innovations for their cars. Often, these test runs will occur in places overseas, keeping the newest technological and engineering advances clandestine before they reach North America. Such is the case with the Ford Motor Company’s fuel-saving start-stop system. This type of hybrid engine is already being used on several Ford models sold all over Europe. Now Ford is ready to incorporate start-stop in a line of 2012 cars and light trucks utilizing four-cylinder engines.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Ford Motor Company, Ford Start Stop Technology, Richard Truett, richard truett, Gas Electric Hybrid, Ford Fiesta, fordfiesta, Ford Escape, fordescape, Focus, Transit Connect, transitconnect
The auto safety legislation package created as a response to recent recall problems, specifically those by Toyota, failed to make it out of Congress before the holiday break. The legislation was the most comprehensive auto safety reform seen in years, but it sunk due to opposition.
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety, Technology
Tags: safety, recalls, government, NHTSA, Congress, bills, industry, news
Despite our best efforts, nothing lasts forever. That is true of so many things in our lives. It’s also true of business. When our nation’s economy takes a dive, companies are forced to reorganize to stay in business. Many workers are caught in the wake of this restructuring. Such is the case with the GM Willow Run manufacturing plant based in southeast Michigan. After 68 years of building, the plant closed its doors on December 23rd.
Posted In: Car News
Tags: GM Willow Run Plant, Kim Carpenter, kimcarpenter, Henry Ford, henryford, Motors Liquidation, motorsliquidation, Tim Yost, timyost
Audi and Bentley, meet Aston Martin and Maybach. According to a report originating in Financial Times, Aston Martin and Maybach may very well be the next high-powered, high-end car companies to team up on vehicles. More accurately, the partnership would be a broader team-up between Aston Martin and Daimler.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Rumors, Exotics
Tags: Maybach, Aston Martin, business, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, luxury, ultra-premium
Here we thought that Fisker was finally over all the adversity and obstacles and ready for Karma launch, and now word of a significant price increase. The price of the Fisker Karma has long been set at $87,900. But now, as the Karma is getting closer and closer to finally launching, Fisker has raised the price by nearly 10 percent. Fisker buyers will now have to fork over an additional $8 grand for their car.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Exotics
Tags: Fisker, Karma, pricing, hybrids, green, EV, EVcars
The U.S. auto industry is expecting auto sales numbers to reach 12 million units for its 2010 annual rate, and is projecting up to 13 million in 2011. December would be the thrid month in a row that the U.S. industry reports a seasonal adjusted annual rate of 12 million or higher, which exceeds the last two years.
Analysts at IHS Automotive project that 2010 sales may total 11.5 million units including cars and light trucks, sales are up from 10.4 million last year. Domestic sales reached 16.8 million from 2000 to 2007. Ford Motor Company sales have risen through the first 11 months of 2010, climbing more than 300,000 units to 1,741,343.
Tags: Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Sales, IHS Automotive, ihsautomotive, George Pipas, georgepipas, The Blue Oval Brand, Autodata of Woodcliff, Seasonal Adjusted Annual Rate
Hyundai confirmed this week that it will be introducing the all-new Veloster at the 2011 North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit. Hyundai's answer to Honda's recently launched CR-Z will debut on the first media day of the show, January 10. So if you're in the market for a hatchback that's sporty but underpowered, you'll soon have one more option.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News
Tags: Hyundai, new cars, Veloster, 2011 Detroit Auto Show, sports cars
Nissan had a strong presence at the 2010 LA Auto Show, with debuts like the Murano CrossCabriolet. The Japanese automaker won't be attending the next big auto show—the 2011 North American International Auto Show (Detroit—but plans to make another big splash at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon in mid-January. It announced that it will show nine kitted-out models in Tokyo, including a restyled Leaf that it calls the Leaf Aero Style. The concepts will be presented in conjunction with AUTECH Japan and Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd.
Just because you are buying an American-made truck from Ford Motor Company, doesn’t always mean that everything in that truck was made directly by Ford. Many parts in the average truck or car are manufactured by outside companies. These parts are then shipped to the Ford assembly plants for the construction of your car. Take, for instance, some of the truck engines found in Ford vehicles. These engines were actually built by the Navistar International Corporation, and are now the subject of a potential class action lawsuit citing “design and manufacturing defects.”
Posted In: Car News
Tags: Ford Motor Company, Navistar International Corportation, Class Action Lawsuit, Jefferies & Company, Cyrus McCormick, cyrusmccormick
So that’s it. You’ve created the biggest, baddest, meanest, most brutalizing road-going supercar of all time. It costs over a million dollars, can run 0-60 quicker than most family sedans can go 0-30, and has exactly one pony over 1,000 horsepower being produced from its behemoth 8.0 liter 16-cylinder engine. Oh, and the car can hit 253 mph before it runs out of steam. That should be enough. Honestly, that should be enough. .
Yet, it’s not. The ‘you’ I’m referring to is Bugatti. The car is the Veyron. When it bowed onto the scene in 2005, it became the ultimate king of the hill. No Ferrari, Lamborghini, turbo Porsche, LFA, Viper, or GTR even comes close to dethroning it. Just to put it in perspective, in a race to 150 mph with a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, the Veyron walks away from the Lambo to the tune of about four car lengths, which in the auto world is a Secretariat-caliber win. That should be enough, yet somehow it is not.
Tags: Bugatti, Veyron, 16.4, Super Sport, SSC Ultimate Aero TT, Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Top Speed, Speed record, Lou Ruggieri
Toyota Motor Corporation settled another lawsuit last week. The Japanese automaker resolved a suit brought by a family of four who were involved in a fatal accident that preceded the largest recall in U.S. automotive history—Toyota's unintended acceleration recall.
The lawsuit was settled in September, but both parties had agreed that the amount of the settlement agreement would not be released to the public at the time. The plaintiffs and Toyota both agreed to keep the deal confidential.
An attorney for a defendant in the case recently disclosed details to the Los AngelesTimes.
Posted In: Car News, Safety
Tags: Toyota Recalls, toyotarecalls, Sticky Floormats, stickyfloormats, Los Angeles Times, Bob Baker Lexus, Unintended Acceleration, unintendedacceleration, Orange County District Attorney