Following in the wheeltracks of the original hugely successful Punto hatchback, which has accounted for over six million sales since its launch in 1993, the new Grande Punto’s objective is to regain leadership of the highly competitive and crucially important European compact hatchback market.
Lotus is back with an entry level Elise that is set to propel the Hethel based sports car manufacturer further up the sales charts. The loss of the K series engine had temporarily created a hole in Lotus’ portfolio and its disappearance from the range was not good news for
Pure sportscar lovers right across the globe.
Ford Motor Company will begin producing the world’s first fleet of commercial hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine (H2ICE) vehicles this month.
Eight E-450 shuttle busses will go to tourist destinations in Florida, where they will be highly visible to the public.
"Because these buses will be in continuous service in very public places, we’ll be able to communicate to hundreds of thousands of consumers that Ford is developing innovative products to meet future transportation (...)
A cult car, an icon - the Audi TT, launched in the autumn of 1998 - took the sports coupe segment by storm and sharpened the brand profile. Now the second generation of this successful model is making its debut. The new TT Coupe is even more dynamic than its predecessor- in terms of its design, its drivetrain, and its running gear.
Ten innovative ideas that will enable General Motors to continue to drive game-changing improvements in safety, design, manufacturing flexibility and technology leadership are being announced today as the winners of the "Boss" Kettering Award. These innovations showcase the creative talent of GM’s diverse workforce and illustrate the company’s core values of teamwork, innovation and continuous improvement.
The "Boss" Kettering Award is GM’s highest award for recognizing GM (...)
Concurrent with the market introduction of the newly updated version of the Mercedes E-Class BRABUS already offers an extensive tuning program for all E-Class models. Just as unique as the extensive program is the BRABUS Tuning Warranty of three years or up to 100,000 kilometers
BRABUS offers the world’s largest engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles. The
updated version of the W/S 211 models series is no exception.
More power through more displacement is a proven tuning (...)
More than 269 of General Motors’ dealerships are owned by women and employ more than 10,700 people. Last year these women sold approximately 136,000 cars and trucks generating $7.1 billion in sales. In 2001, GM launched the Women’s Retail Initiative, the only program of its kind in the automotive industry, in order to attract women to dealerships. Among the 269 women in dealerships, these four teams of mothers and daughters are examples of the women paving the way and succeeding in what was (...)
One of Chevy’s latest introductions keeps generating buzz among the "Gen Y" crowd. In the latest 2006 AutoVIBES Demographic survey conducted by Harris Interactive (r) and Kelley Blue Book Marketing Research, the Cobalt was cited as the most "buzz-worthy" new vehicle by "Gen Y" interviewees.
The annual AutoVIBES Demographics reports provide significant insight into the diverse vehicle shopping preferences and opinions of people from different age groups, (...)
Alongside the introduction of the 159 1.8 MPI, Alfa Romeo will also roll out a brand-new 6-speed automatic Q-Tronic option for the 159 1.9 JTDm 16V (Progression and Distinctive) and 2.4 JTDm diesel models. The automatic is a totally new system, and adapts to the road behaviour of the driver. Alongside the standard function, Q-Tronic also offers Sport and Winter modes.
The driver can also change through the gears manually, by slotting the lever into a separate groove.
With the new Q-Tronic (...)
Brazil is a world leader in the adoption of an ethanol fuel economy — more than 75 percent of all new vehicles sold in Brazil are flex-fuel — and Ford of Brazil is tapping into the market with plans to grow its offering of flex-fuel vehicles.
After nearly three decades of work, Brazil has succeeded in developing an independent energy economy based in part on its abundance of sugar-cane — an efficient crop used in making ethanol. Today, up to 20 percent of Brazil’s transport fuel market is (...)
More than a century after Henry Ford built his ethanol-powered quadricycle, the renewable energy source is making a comeback — big time — and Ford Motor Company is a leader in its resurgence. By year’s end, Ford plans to have nearly 2 million ethanol-capable vehicles on the road.
In a heads-up race with petroleum, ethanol might one day take the lead. It doesn’t deplete oil reserves or result in dependence on other countries. What’s more ethanol can be made from virtually limitless feedstocks, (...)
Discovery Channel and GM are taking viewers behind the closely guarded doors of GM Design and into the minds of the automaker’s innovative, forward thinking designers as part of a new, four-part documentary. Set to debut in 2007, the Discovery Channel program will examine the future of automotive engineering - from design and alternative fuel sources to advanced materials and in-vehicle electronics.
With exclusive access to the GM Design internship program, the documentary will include (...)
In honor of Black Music Month, Chevrolet is paying tribute to African - American artists with a new divisional brand campaign. The campaign features musicians that have passed on, but whose spirits live on in the youth of today.
The campaign honors legendary artists such as Ray Charles, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez (formerly of the group TLC), and Jam Master Jay (formerly of the group Run DMC). The ads invite consumers to check out Chevy Excellence in Education Scholarships at (...)
The redesigned Chrysler Sebring convertible will be available in two versions: soft top and hard top (like the CC Peugeots or SLK.) Both tops will be supplied by german manufacutrer Karmann GMbH
The Sebring convertible, which arrives in 2007 as a 2008 model, is an important vehicle for Chrysler.
For several years, the Sebring has run neck and neck with the Ford Mustang in the U.S. convertible market. Ford Motor Co. offers the Mustang convertible only with a soft top. So the Sebring will (...)
BMW Manufacturing Co. is now using recycled methane gas generated by the Palmetto Landfill near Spartanburg to provide energy to its paint shop, reducing area emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, by 17,000 tons and recovering enough energy to heat 10,000 homes a year.
BMW Manufacturing gained international recognition four years ago, when the automotive manufacturer announced in June of 2002 that a 9.5-mile pipeline was constructed from the landfill to its facility to provide (...)
The Acurabot, a highly modified 1994 Acura Integra LS was completely rebuilt over a seven week period between November’s SEMA show and the January 7th start of CES.
Owner Tajai Das of Xclusive Concepts first bought the car in 1998 as a stock, non-Vtec, Integra LS. By 1999 he had begun to customize the car’s appearance, soon taking the Best Vinyl Graphics category at the 1999 Import Revolution show in his native Ontario. "That was it," Das recalls. "From that moment, I was (...)
It seems that this guy has taken the interior styling to the extreme. The custom made gear stick is definately one-of-a-kind. It’s elegant lines and wood finsh give the car a distinctive look. This new ideea wil surely be copied by the famous tuners and in short time we will see it in a lot of tuned cars.
Mayor Bloomberg, Congressman Rangel and General Motors Chairman Wagoner Celebrate Opening of New Harlem Dealerships
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was joined today by U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel and General Motors (GM) Corporation Chairman & CEO Rick Wagoner to celebrate the grand opening of the first auto dealerships in Harlem in more than 40 years. The 300,000-square-foot multi-level complex houses two separate dealerships, which together create one of the largest auto sales and service centers in New York City and the only ones north of 57th Street in Manhattan, bringing 150 new jobs to Harlem (...)
Even if the aesthetic kit AlfaGT has been presented last year, in order to offer to the fans non-stop stylistic innovations, LESTER has decided to intervene on the car with a restyling which has affected the frontal. Examining it, we notice the dynamic transformation. Now, the front part of the Alfa GT is still more aggressive thanks to a marked modernization of the bumper which houses two big front bonnet airs. On the side view, this Alfa GT by LESTER releases all its natural beauty. Here (...)
U.S. automakers continued to narrow the productivity gap between them and Japanese manufacturers last year, with DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group making the biggest strides, the authors of a closely watched study said Thursday.
Meanwhile, the assembly plant designated the most productive of 2005 by the Harbour Report, is one that is scheduled to close: Ford Motor Co.’s facility near Atlanta.
The annual study, which compares labor productivity at six companies with North American plants (...)
Demand for the Ford Escape Hybrid and the Mercury Mariner Hybrid is mounting as gas prices escalate and customers gain greater awareness of hybrid benefits.
Ford’s hybrid sales are up 55 percent for the first five months of this year compared with the same period in 2005, according to George Pipas, manager, Sales Analysis and Reporting. In the past two months, combined sales of the Escape Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid sales were double the same period last year.
"Fuel economy is top of (...)
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency accepted the first of 56 diesel electric hybrid Orion VII low floor buses from DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses. The vehicle represents California’s first series production diesel-electric hybrid bus in transit service. After the official roll-out in fall 2006, San Francisco will feature the third largest hybrid bus fleet in the country.
The vehicle was welcomed into MUNI’s bus fleet today during a commemorative ceremony in front of City Hall (...)
When it comes to a segment of the automotive aftermarket as broad and rich as street machines (which potentially covers any modified post-WWII vehicle), the use of hyperbole such as "best ever" usually results in groans of disbelief and rolled eyes. In the case of Bob Johnson’s 1971 Plymouth Cuda, however, Popular Hot Rodding Magazine believes that the term may actually apply.
The key design features of the Cuda were maintained, but the wheelbase was stretched three inches, and (...)
The lastest creation of the European scientists is the prototype of a revolutionary vehicle, only a meter wide, specialy designed for city use. The vehicle combines the maneuvrability of a motorcycle with a car’s safety. It also has a small fuel consumption.
C.L.E.V.E.R. (Compact Low Emision Vehicle for Urban Transport) is a 1.5 million euro project and the rezult is amazing. The result of this project is a three-wheel vehicle. The special thing about this vehicle is it`s unique hydraulic (...)
Geiger has created "the fastest Police Hummer in the world". The 700HP V8 engine takes the 3 tone monster from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5s. Top speed is limited to 155 mph. The extra power was acheved by increasing the engine to 7.0 liters. The torque has also acheved a impressive value: 666lbs/ft.
The Geiger Hummer is equiped with low -pro Kumho tires (325/35R-28) and fat 28’ chrome wheels. The brakes have also been upgraded. The sport suspenison and the reduced ride height made it more (...)
Although it’s production it hasn`t started yet, and it’s not even sure that it will ever start, the new Chevy Camaro will apear in the "Transformers" movie. Rumors say that "Bumblebee" will be a beat up ’70 Camaro at the begining, and will be rebuilt as a 2009 Camaro. The name Saleen on the license plate makes me think at a very powerfull Camaro and also makes me wonder when will it be available for the rest of the (...)
From June 8 to 12 in Paris, DaimlerChrysler will be showcasing its forward-looking drive concepts and technologies for sustainable mobility in eight vehicles at the Challenge Bibendum 2006. As the world’s most important competition for environmentally compatible vehicles, it takes place the sixth time since 1998, with the participation of DaimlerChrysler. The event is organized by the French tire manufacturer Michelin and is directed at automakers, suppliers, energy companies, and research (...)
General Motors announced today an additional $332 million investment to support production of its new family of six-speed transmissions at its transmission plant here. This latest investment brings GM’s total spending on fuel-saving six-speed automatics to $1.7 billion in its U.S. operations since 2003. The investments support the company’s plans to build three million units of these transmissions annually by 2010.
"Raising the bar on the execution of new products is a critical part of (...)
The new Hydra-Matic 6T70 and 6T75 front- and all-wheel drive six-speed automatic transmissions will debut in several GM models in 2007. The Saturn Aura and Pontiac G6 will offer the 6T70 as an option, and the 6T75, which is rated for higher torque capacity, will be standard in the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers.
The 6T70/75’s clutch-to-clutch operation and 6.04:1 overall ratio help the transmissions deliver both performance and fuel economy, enabling up to 7 percent (...)
The bugatti Veyron is too small for you? You want to be surrounded by your friends when you drive with 250mph? Well, seems Buggati is preparing a saloon for you. Based on the world-beating, 252mph Veyron, the W16 super-saloon will use the same underpinning and drivetrain — including the quad-turbo engine mated to a seven-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive.
But the car will be produced only if the bosses from VW think it will make money. This means that the car will have to share as many (...)
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur was the four-door derivative of the standard Bentley Continental automobile, made by Bentley Motors of England. It was launched in 1957 and deleted on the launch of the more modern Bentley T-series in 1966. It was hailed as one of the fastest four-door saloons of its day, and each of the three series paralleled developments in the basic Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud series.
With Alfa Romeo due to return to the North American markets next year, an even more ambitious longer-term plan being hatched could see Fiat also making their way back across the Atlantic, investing in the Ontario region of Canada.
The plan which would see Fiat Auto becoming involved in North America is being driven by Canada’s Minister for Economic Development Joe Cordiano, an Italian-Canadian who has been working "in no uncertain terms" to persuade Fiat Group CEO Sergio (...)
In order to demonstrate the wide range of interior and exterior customisation options that are currently available, Automobili Lamborghini are to present the new Gallardo Privilegio which will be limited to just 150 units. All these will be based on the Coupé version of the Gallardo - which is now Lamborghini’s best selling model ever - with dimensions and engine specifications remaining the same as the standard MY2006 model.
The new Gallardo Privilegio follows a recent pattern now being (...)
The Buick Enclave - a luxury SUV concept that combines the athletic proportion of a modern crossover vehicle with the romantic forms characterized by Buick’s rich design heritage - was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It provides a glimpse of a vehicle Buick intends to bring to market.
The BMW Z4 M CoupÃ© is a sports car for very special moments in life. Uncompromising, purist and exceptionally powerful, this two-seater offers undiluted dynamism both in everyday traffic and on the race track. Its 3.2-litre M straight-six power unit developing maximum outÂ¬put of 252 kW/343 hp ensures driving performance of the highest calibre.
In a throwback to the famed Shelby GT350H "Rent-A-Racer" program from the 1960s, Ford Motor Company, Shelby Automobiles and The Hertz Corporation are partnering to produce a special run of performance-modified Ford Mustang GTs – designated Shelby GT-H, for "Hertz" – that will be available for rent later this spring exclusively through Hertz. Approximately 500 units will be available through the Hertz Fun Collection at select airport locations Arizona, California, Colorado, (...)
As part of Ford Motor Company’s anniversary activities marking the 75 th Anniversary of the iconic 1932 Ford, ten of today’s premier hot rod builders have been invited to produce pedal car versions of their personal style of hot rod. Each builder is starting with a special edition “75 th anniversary” pedal car representing the famous 1932 Ford roadster, donated by Warehouse 36. These 10 one-of-kind customized collectables, personally autographed by Edsel B. Ford II, will be auctioned in late (...)
The cooperation between General Motors Europe (GME) and Renault is taking a further step forward with the release of new van versions for the two brands:
Compact vans for the Opel / Vauxhall (GM) and Renault brands under the model names Vivaro and Trafic, respectively.
Large vans for the brands under the model names Movano (Opel/Vauxhall (GM)) and Master (Renault)
The cooperation agreement enables the manufacturers to improve coverage of the European light commercial vehicles (...)
Heavily-modified and now armour-proofed, the new Alfa 159 has become the latest ’Pantera’ to hit the streets of the Italian cities as it gears up to help the Polizia di Stato in the eternal fight against crime. ’Pantera’ (Panther) is the nickname given to patrol cars used by the Polizia di Stato (State Police) and the Alfa 159 is now swiftly replacing their ageing fleet of Fiat Mareas. For its new crime-fighting role the Alfa 159 has undergone substantial modifications to the mechanicals as (...)
Texas and Oklahoma Ford dealers are offering an exclusive Mustang that’s sure to become a collector’s item. Only 500 of the special-edition Mustangs will be sold, authenticated with an engraved, numbered plaque.
“Mustang has a long tradition of offering special packages like the Twister and California Special,” says Mark Grueber, Ford marketing strategy manager for the Southwest region. “We have a special Texas Edition F-150 and Super Duty, and Mustang is such a part of the Texas landscape, we (...)
You would think with gasoline prices hovering around $3 a gallon, drivers would be looking for less expensive alternatives. But many of those who could – don’t. Premium fuel continues to make up 15 to 20 percent of sales even though less than five percent of the vehicles on the road today require it.
Simply put, 10 to 15 percent of consumers may be unnecessarily pumping premium fuel into vehicles that don’t need it.
“It’s a feel good thing,” says Pete Misangyi, Fuels and Lubricants Engineering (...)
Sport really hasn’t ever had to consider the environment, except for the impact of new facilities on the local environment. The most watched motorsport in the world, Formula One, will be starting to use some biofuel from 2008.
FIA, the governing body of motor sports, has drawn up new regulations that will make it obligatory from 2008 for all teams on the grid to run the 200mph cars on petrol that comprises at least 5.75 per cent biological materials. The decree is in keeping with the EU (...)
ACDelco’s new beam blade is the latest in wiper blade technology and it is available now. With a cutting-edge design that provides for a more uniform wipe across the entire length of the blade, the ACDelco Beam Wiper Blade is part of the wiper trend of the future.
The ACDelco Beam Wiper Blade features an innovative, frameless design that helps the blade conform to the shape of the windshield. Multiple pressure points help provide consistent contact for a uniform wipe. The aerodynamic, low (...)
Two dentists were on the receiving end of some painful root treatment yesterday when a tree fell on their surgery’s car park. A massive 20m section of mature poplar crushed two cars and caused damage to two others – including dentist Dr Paul Greham’s £25,000 Porsche. Dr Greham, 25, who only started work at the Roundhay Road Dental Practice two days ago, now faces a bill of at least £5,000 to have the red sports car re-sprayed. Slightly more fortunate was fellow dentist Rose Uppal, 26, who turned (...)
Hollywood legend and speed demon Paul Newman on Thursday toured Ferrari’s headquarters and tried out its latest top-of-the-range jewel. The 81-year-old star drove several laps in a 599 GTB Fiorano and appeared visibly excited as he stepped out of the flame-red sportscar.
Newman, whose own motor racing career started 45 years ago, was shown round the Ferrari factory and track by team chief Jean Todt. The screen icon first became interested in motorsport while shooting the 1968 film Winning. (...)
The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund will sponsor a public symposium with three Nobel Peace Prize winners today at Wayne State University.
The laureates — all of whom are women — are Shirin Ebadi (2003) of Iran, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of human rights and democracy, specifically for the rights of women and children; Jody Williams (1997) of Vermont, whose mission is to clear the world of land mines; and Rigoberta Menchu Tum (1992) of Guatemala, whose emphasis is (...)
Dodge is taking a new slant on the global compact car market, introducing the 2007 Dodge Caliber at a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $13,985 (including a $560 destination charge), $410 below the outgoing Dodge Neon. Dodge Caliber redefines the entry-level vehicle by combining high value with bold styling and a flexible interior.
It’s going to be a dream come true in Queens, N.Y., on Sunday when 21-year-old Monesh Peter sees his new bedroom for the first time on ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. After all, it’s not every day that an aspiring car designer gets his room decorated by Camilo Pardo, chief designer of the ultimate sports car — the Ford GT.
For Pardo, it was a labor of love and also a chance to revisit his roots. "I grew up in Queens, and I had the same dreams when I was young," Pardo (...)
The Plymouth Barracuda was the first pony car, debuting two weeks before the Ford Mustang. It was quickly eclipsed by the Mustang and the Camaro/Firebird due, but would make a name for itself in 1970 when it was available with an engine its competition could only dream of, the Hemi.
If you think that drifting is something you can do only in a Nissan, Subaru or Toyota, you are very wrong. This guy proves that every vehicle with rear wheel drive can be "convinced" to powerslide. But only if behind the steering wheel is a professional driver. So DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!
In the beginning
The date was April 17, 1964. Intermediate sized muscle cars, with big block engines were gradually replacing the full sized muscle car. Lee Iacocca, Ford’s General Manager, had always envisioned a small sports car to be the next hot item in the street wars. Ford decided that instead of improving their lackluster intermediate, they would do the competition one better and introduce a whole new breed of automobile, the pony car. Originally designed as a two seater in the (...)
General Motors Corp. has not announced plans to build the Chevrolet Camaro, but that’s a mere technicality for a local Chevy dealer. Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn has solicited deposits from enthusiasts who want to order the Camaro. In the May edition of the national car-enthusiast magazine duPont Registry, Stanford published an ad that says “the new Camaro is coming,” advising readers to “reserve yours today.” The dealership took five deposits of about $1,000 each after placing the ad, (...)
Galaxyman is the proof that old car parts are not only recycled into new vehicles. Sometimes they are re-used in art.
Built out of old items from a Ford Galaxy, including front lamps, a fuel pipeline, cooling ventilator and instrument panel pieces, Galaxyman is the newest member of a world-travelling exhibit currently on display in front of Cologne Cathedral.
The collection of 1,000 life-size sculptures made from recycled items is the work of German performance artist HA Schult. First (...)
Ford Motor Company has realigned key players within its global design team, more strategically leveraging the strengths of some of the industry’s most talented design leaders.
“We’re changing up several leadership positions within our powerhouse of global design talent,” said J Mays, group vice president, Design, and Chief Creative Officer. “These moves will help ensure that we further differentiate the designs of each our brands from their competitors’ and will allow us to deliver even (...)
The sky’s no longer the limit for Land Rover North America today as an LR3 has accomplished something no vehicle has ever done before.
In the second installment of the ’Designed for the Extraordinary’ marketing campaign which kicked off earlier this year, a 2006 LR3 is filmed boarding a 75,562 lb. C-130 Hercules cargo plane. Once airborne the Hercules crew used the LR3’s navigation system to direct the plane from Nice, France to the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. At a height of (...)
President Bush is showing new interest in automobile gas mileage, spurred on by public outrage over fuel prices. But don’t expect the administration to embrace significant increases in requiring how far cars go on a gallon of fuel. The president wants Congress to let him rewrite mileage rules for new car fleets. Some critics suggest that request could instead spur automakers to produce more gas guzzlers. The rules are known as Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE. Enacted in 1975, they (...)
Dodge was the last one to the pony car party, but it spent its time wisely, perfecting its entry, the Challenger. The Challenger debuted with an engine lineup that ranged from a docile slant six to the powerful 440 Six Barrel and the awesome 426 Hemi. Other pony cars could only dream of a line up like that.
Allergies are on the rise, a fact that becomes evident this time of year to millions of people who suffer from breathing difficulties. So it’s not by accident that the United Nations is calling attention to World Asthma Day on May 2.
With the all new Ford S-MAX and new Galaxy models, Ford of Europe now offers two further vehicles t o the increasing number of consumers looking for allergy friendly products. Following the Ford Focus and Focus C-MAX, the new S-MAX and Galaxy are the third and (...)
Are you a "high Caliber" college student attending a university in the Boston, Chicago or Dallas areas? Do you like road trips? Are you and your friends looking for a challenge to kick off your summer break? If so, then the Dodge High Caliber Challenge is for you.
One lucky team of three students from Boston, Chicago and Dallas will be selected to go head-to-head to road trip their way to Miami in the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber and help raise awareness for the Global Music (...)
Fans of professional football have been looking forward to a major event taking place this weekend, as the NFL Draft comes to New York City. This year, HUMMER will be a major “player” as the Official Vehicle of the NFL Draft.
Reggie Bush will be presented with the keys to two brand-new HUMMER H2’s, which he will drive for one year. Bush was the Heisman Trophy winner in 2005, as tailback for the University of Southern California Trojans.
“Last year, HUMMER and ESPN sponsored the NFL Draft (...)
The Seoul District Court issued an arrest warrant Friday for Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo in a bribery and slush fund scandal engulfing South Korea’s largest automaker.
Judge Lee Jong-seok told The Associated Press that he decided to issue the warrant because allegations against Chung are "heavy" and there are concerns that he may destroy evidence if he is not detained.
Prosecutors on Thursday sought the warrant to arrest Chung on suspicion of embezzling company (...)
Introduced in 2005, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 was the first Street and Racing Technology (SRT) vehicle to be powered with the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8, which offers 85 more horsepower — 25 percent more power — than the 5.7-liter HEMI. But SRT performance is more than just straight-line quickness.
"There’s no other premium sedan that delivers the comfort, convenience and performance numbers that the 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8 delivers," said Jeff Bell, Vice President-Chrysler Marketing, Chrysler (...)
Ford Motor Company and TerraPass today announced "Greener Miles™, an automotive industry first that offers Ford vehicle owners the opportunity to offset the climate impact of their driving through the support of projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Through Greener Miles™ drivers can calculate the amount of CO2 emissions they generate in one year of driving by visiting www.terrapass.com/ford. Customers then have the opportunity to purchase an offset that supports (...)
Big news from Dodge and Jeep(r) has overshadowed Chrysler-branded vehicles in recent months, but that’s about to change.
U.S. sales of the Chrysler 300 surpassed the 300,000 mark in April 2006, making it the quickest Chrysler brand vehicle to reach the milestone in 25 months. This comes on the heels of another Chrysler brand achievement: global sales of the Chrysler PT Cruiser exceeded 1 million units in March.
In 10 years, Chrysler brand sales in the U.S. have increased 144 percent from (...)
Visitors are able to move conveniently between the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Mercedes-Benz Center Stuttgart via a 80-metre long Passage. The Passage not only represents a spatial link between tradition and the present, but is also an attractive experience world in its own right, with catering services, shops, presentations and outside areas.
The state-of-the-art full hybrid system, whose components are being co-developed by General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler and the BMW Group for production beginning next year, represents a major automotive industry milestone due to the unprecedented fully integrated combination of electric motors with a fixed-gear transmission.
As a result of its low- and high-speed electric continuously variable transmission (ECVT) modes, the system is commonly referred to as the 2-mode hybrid. However, (...)
How do you get three Hollywood stars into a two-seater Lamborghini? It’s Mission: Impossible? In what is sure to be the blockbuster movie hit of the summer of 2006, the Lamborghini Gallardo makes a dazzling on-screen appearance in the highly anticipated Mission: Impossible III released by Paramount Pictures. Italian moviegoers were treated to an extra performance, when the cast arrived in 10 Lamborghinis at the movie’s spectacular world premiere in Rome.
Under the direction of J.J. Abrams, (...)
The famous old saying goes “when pigs fly,” but it might just have to be re-written as the new Stage 3 version of the ROUSH Mustang proves that, at least in this manifestation, ponies can really fly.
The ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang packs 415 horsepower with 385 lb-ft of torque under the hood, thanks to the addition of the ROUSHcharger™ system. This is the quickest, best-handling, and most stylish Mustang in the history of ROUSH Performance, a company with a long and rich heritage of Ford (...)
The announced price for the smallest Bugatti amazed everybody, taking into consideration that its older brother, the Veyron, costs around $1,3million. The German magazine AutoBild reported that Volskwagen has in plan a price of just 50,000 euros for the Baby Bugatti.
This small supercar will be a serious competitor for the Porsche Cayman/Boxter, BMW Z4 and Audi TT. With a weight of just 1100 kg and a 4-cylinder turbo engine capable of over 300 BHP, the Baby Bugatti is going to be much (...)
One of the biggest highlights of the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza was the world premiere of the Ferrari 575 GTZ, a car specifically built for “gentleman drivers” along the lines of the historic 250 GTZ from 1956.
“The launch of the Ferrari 575 GTZ is important for two reasons,” commented Zagato’s Paolo di Taranto at the exclusive Italian event. “Firstly it marks one of the first coachbuilt cars in recent years to be able to officially be sold using the Prancing Horse badge. Secondly it also (...)
President Bush gave a big endorsement to hybrid vehicles Tuesday as a way to solve the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and called on Congress to lift the cap on tax credits for hybrid sales - a move that would initially only benefit Toyota Motor Corp.
"The easiest way to promote fuel efficiency is to encourage drivers to purchase highly efficient hybrid or clean diesel vehicles," Bush said in an address to the Renewable Fuels Association summit in Washington."If the (...)
Both General Motors and Ford are making big inroads into the aftermarket world for high-performance parts, and now GM Performance Parts is taking it to the streets— literally. The company has put together a mobile exhibit of its offerings called the GM Performance Parts Power Shop, which is travelling the country this summer making appearances at various racing and car-oriented events.
One of the stars of the exhibit is a fully-operational display of the GMPP ZZ572 big-block crate engine - (...)
The Chrysler Group is expected to announce today it will broaden its lineup of models that can burn ethanol fuels, part of a growing march of politicians and automakers hailing ethanol as a salve for the nation’s rising energy bill.
Two prominent U.S. senators sent letters to the six largest automakers on Monday encouraging them to build more vehicles capable of running on E85, a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. President George Bush is to speak today to the Renewable Fuels (...)
The most obvious difference between this conceptual 2009 7 Series and the current version is the shape of the rear end. Forget the old Bangle Butt, as it was so callously called, this 7’s tail section will have a much smoother design that better integrates into the car’s overall lines. Although the face of the ’09 7 Series does not look dramatically different from that of the ’06 model, it appears that BMW will likely replace the current semi-rectangular headlamps with a more elliptically (...)
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. today announced that its Infiniti luxury brand will launch across the European market during 2008. The announcement was made in Tokyo by President and CEO Carlos Ghosn during a press conference for the 2005 fiscal year results.
Launched in the U.S. and Canada in 1989, Infiniti is currently sold across North America, Taiwan, the Middle East and Korea. In 2006, Infiniti will be launched in Russia, followed by China and Ukraine during 2007.
“In 1999 we made the decision (...)
With sporty hot-hatch looks, sparkling road performance and impressive load carrying capacity, the Fiesta SportVan is ideal for dual-use customers who require a van for both business and domestic purposes.
Like all Ford Fiestas, the SportVan combines driving quality with functionality and practicality. Powered by Ford’s lively 1.6-litre 90PS 204Nm Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, it boasts the acclaimed Durashift 5-speed manual transmission, power-assisted steering and anti-lock brakes.
Ford’s highly successful Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect have undergone some extensive changes, making some of Europe’s most popular small vans even more attractive.
Major improvements include the introduction of Stage IV compliant 1.8-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, with engine power outputs of 75PS and 90PS. In addition there will be a new 110PS variant available for the first time.
Reflecting customer needs, the Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect ranges now consist exclusively (...)
Audi at the Geneva Motor Show will showcase its 2007 Audi A6 Allroad - an upgraded version of its A6 wagon designed for off-road use. Similar to the Volvo XC70, the Allroad features increased ride height, more aggressive tires, plastic cladding for increased durability, and skidplates under the body
Officially making its European debut, the stunning Alfa Romeo 8C Spider was presented at the Villa d’Este Concorzo d’Eleganza where it also won the public vote on Sunday for the most beautiful concept car on display.
With the fantastic weather enabling the Spider to be displayed all throughout the public day on Sunday without a cover, the event closed with a wonderful afternoon for the employees at Centro Stile and Fiat Auto’s Elasis engineering centre when the 8C Spider was awarded with the (...)
The Chevrolet Camaro was introduced in North America by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors at the start of the 1967 model year as competition for the Ford Mustang. Although it was technically a compact car (by the standards of the time), the Camaro, like the entire class of Mustang competitors, was soon known as a pony car. It may also be classified as an intermediate touring car, a sports car, or a muscle car. The car shared the same General Motors "F-Body" (...)
HAMANN, by trade a top-class tuning specialist for BMW vehicles, is crowning its tuning suite for this brand with its latest creation. It is daring to touch the top model amongst the Bavarian saloons, namely the M5, and offers now - besides the already known modifications - a â€žWide Body“-kit for the king of the 5 Series.
Not long after the arrival this fall of the 2007 Edge, Ford dealers will also get a new edition of the Escape, the brand’s long-running crossover utility vehicle.
Due next spring, the new Escape may be marketed as an early 2008 model, along with a freshened version of its companion, the Mercury Mariner. Ford is upgrading the cabin with better-quality materials and more features.
Like Audi, Ford has been hard at work implementing a new “corporate face” on all of its vehicles. Whether it’s the (...)
Ford Motor Company attorneys were named "Best Legal Department" for 2006 by Corporate Counsel magazine. The legal group was recognized for its all-around strength, including the innovative intellectual property group, which markets and protects Ford patents; the transactions group, highlighting its significant role in the recent sale of The Hertz Corporation (the second-largest leveraged buyout in history); and the appellate group, which helps shape law. Corporate Counsel also (...)
Global Electric Motorcars, LLC, a DaimlerChrysler company, today launched production of its all-new six-passenger GEM electric vehicle at the company’s headquarters and assembly plant in Fargo, N.D.
The GEM e6 is being added to the current GEM lineup of two- and four-passenger vehicles and two utility vehicle models. The street-legal GEM e6 is the perfect local transportation solution for larger families or shuttling groups of people.
"We created this new GEM model as a result of (...)
The New Ford Galaxy is larger than its predecessor, which was a shared design with Volkswagen’s Sharan. With the smaller S-MAX taking up the compact MPV side of the market, Ford was able to expand the Galaxy in every dimension without losing sales in size-conscious Europe.
The exterior styling is now markedly different, and that was an essential improvement, because the last examples of the current model were beginning to look painfully familiar. There are extensive at the front, side and (...)
The little BLS sedan, designed and built in Europe, goes on sale in April and is spear-heading the GM luxury subsidiary’s bid to win sales here against the incumbent German luxury car makers BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
Cadillac’s targets are modest to say the least. Malcolm Wade, director of sales for Cadillac and Corvette in Europe, told a launch event at this English Cotswolds town he expects 20,000 sales of BLS, CTS, STS, SRX, XLR, Escalades and Corvettes by 2010. That compares with (...)
The new Fiat Panda Monster, a very special edition version of the Panda SUV which will be limited to just 695 units and only be available in black, becomes ready for public ordering. The new model has been realised in partnership with Italian motorbike manufacturer Ducati, taking its name from the famous Ducati Monster 695, the latest in the famous ’Monster’ line, which was introduced in February.
The Panda Monster was first presented in public on the occasion of the Bologna Motor Show held (...)
Union leaders at the idled General Motors Corp. plant would like to one day produce the next generation of the Chevrolet Camaro sports car. GM stopped production of sport utility vehicles at the plant in February, putting 2,200 members of United Auto Workers Local 1999 out of work and forcing hundreds of layoffs at area suppliers.
The automaker unveiled a concept version of a 400-horsepower Camaro at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The 2002 model year was (...)
At first sight a Donkervoort may look like just another Lotus Seven clone, but closer inspection will reveal that there is much more to the cycle fendered sportscar. All cars are hand built in a small facility in The Netherlands to high quality standards rarely found on the kit-cars constructed on the British side of the North Sea. The build quality is matched by the chassis’ excellent road holding and a choice of powerful four cylinder engines.
After using Ford (Cosworth) engines for many (...)
Unvieled at Geneva, the Ford S-Max was made to fill the gap between the large Galaxy and the smaller C-Max.The S-Max shares the Galaxy’s front-drive ’C1 Plus’ platform (the new Volvo S80 also uses it) and arched-roof five-door styling, but it’s two inches shorter and three inches lower. The S-Max’s tidier dimensions yield a sportier look, an impression the stylists seek to accentuate with simulated air vents at the trailing edge of the wheel wells. Ford design chief Martin Smith cites it as the (...)
Production of the new Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy began today at Ford’s assembly plant in Genk , Belgium , the latest additions to Ford’s expanding European car line-up.
The production milestone was commemorated at a plant ceremony today attended by Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium, Fientje Moerman, Vice President of the Flemish government, and John Fleming, President and CEO, Ford of Europe.
The new models, which combine sporty styling with family practicality, go on sale next (...)