Archive for January 20th, 2012

Ford Focus Electric jumps onto Michigan assembly line

WAYNE, Michigan — In an era significantly less concerned about fossil fuel consumption, this vast factory was acknowledged as the Michigan Truck plant. It built Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators, even though additional back in its history, in the fifties and sixties, it developed Ford’s yacht-like station wagons.
Now it is referred to as the Michigan Assembly Plant, and it’s all about staying present day and green. Ford just invested $ 500 million so it could make the 2012 Ford Concentrate and some its variants, and do so in a extremely green way.

Concentrate production started out in the spring of 2011. In November, it started to generate the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, right on the very same line as the gas-driven Concentrate models.

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“When the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi go into creation here, we will be the first plant in the planet to have (such) an integrated develop,” stated John Fleming, Ford’s Executive Vice President, International Manufacturing. “The plant will be responsible for putting in five different powertrains – two diverse gas engines, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a battery electrical – all on the same line.”

The condition neatly illustrates Ford’s electrical technique –electrify a platform, not a single model, and make gasoline and electric designs related enough that they can share several elements and manufacturing processes. It also tends to make sense from a sales standpoint. If electric vehicles are hard sells, plant production can easily to switch to other designs.

“Each station is ready to accept any kind of car that comes their way,” notes Fleming. “Because we are electrifying platforms and not one-off specialty automobiles, we can manage to assemble the automobiles affordably, and with the same good quality measures as the traditional fuel models rolling down the exact same line.”

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Mercedes-Benz Video Teases 2012 A-Class Hatch, Launches New Interactive App

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Like several other carmakers lately, Mercedes-Benz is preparing customers for a new model debut through a devoted app for wise phones. In the German firm’s case, the new model is the upcoming 2012 A-Class premium hatchback, which will make its international premiere at the Geneva Motor Display in March.

To make things a bit more fascinating, we understand that Mercedes will place many camouflaged 2012 A-Class hatchbacks in circulation in different German cities as part of a competition that will see one particular contestant winning a trip to the car’s unveiling in Geneva.

The A-Class prototypes will be fitted with a Fast Response (QR) code that interacts with a downloadable app from the Apple App Store or the Android Industry. Entrants will have to use their phones to scan a badge from the QR codes in order to participate.

The app will be readily available for get in February. In the meantime, head more than the break to view the teaser video on the competitors.

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Marangoni Range Rover Evoque Video Review

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This year the Italian tire maker Marangoni picked a Assortment Rover Evoque as their show car, and basically ruined it with those red tires. It is a clever car even though, as it is fitted with HFI (Hybrid Fuel Injection) technique which comes with higher-stress fuel tanks containing hydrogen and purely natural gas in the back, and they somehow reduce the CO2 emissions by 30 %. AutoExpress went to see this uncommon auto and brought us this assessment. Check it out after the jump.

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Report: Hyundai to introduce lifetime warranty for 2012 Sonata Hybrid batteries, confirms 10-speed automatic

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Report: Hyundai to introduce lifetime warranty for 2012 Sonata Hybrid batteries, confirms 10 speed automatic

The concern evolving about hybrid cars has constantly been the existence and durability of their battery packs, which stemmed from the reality that batteries inevitably die out at some point. And regardless of Toyota’s Prius and Ford’s Escape proof that hybrid batteries can stand the test of lengthy-term use and time, Hyundai even now insists on delivering prospective purchasers some piece of thoughts by offering a lifetime warranty for 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid batteries.

“We can afford the program simply because the failure rate is so very low,” stated Hyundai’s CEO, John Krafcik. And in the identical sentence, Krafcik also claimed that Hyundai has tested the Sonata Hybrid’s drivetrain for a lot more than 300,000 miles with no obvious signs of degradation.

Krafcik didn’t clarify the specifics of the warranty, but in the very same interview, his crew apparently confirmed that Hyundai is functioning to up the ante with transmissions by introducing, not a nine-speed cog swapper, but ten…TEN gears.

“We confirmed that it (the 10-speed) is a ‘go project’ for growth,” stated an undisclosed Hyundai representative.

Other than the confirmation, no other details had been offered.

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BMW Drivers Ready for 50th Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona Weekend

With the waving of the green flag to start the January 27th BMW Performance 200, the opening round of this year’s Continental Tire Sports Vehicle Challenge, the 2012 North American sports auto racing season gets underway for much more than 50 BMW drivers gathered for the Grand-Am Sports activities Automobile Series 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend.

The BMW Performance 200 will see the 16 BMWs entered in the Grand Sport and Street Tuner classes led to the green flag by a quite particular new BMW. The 2013 BMW M5 will serve as the race pace vehicle and be displayed at the track all through the weekend. In addition, the all-new 2012 BMW three Series will make its 2nd public appearance at the Rolex 24 only weeks following making its around the world debut at the North American International Vehicle Display in Detroit, Michigan. The opening round of the CTSCC season has been won by a BMW M3 for the last three seasons and the auto has gone on to sweep the GS class titles in the final two many years.

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“BMW Efficiency Components is thrilled to sponsor the opening round of this year’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge,” stated Craig Westbrook, Vice President Aftersales, BMW of North America. “As leaders in the efficiency parts and equipment marketplace, there is no better location to showcase our passion than on the racetrack.”

Each “Ultimate Driver” of the 12 BMW and BMW powered teams racing at the venerable Daytona Worldwide Speedway road course in the two the CTSCC BMW Performance 200 and the classic twice-all around-the-clock Rolex 24 will be searching to continue their successes from 2011 Grand-Am competitors.

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Chevy Game Time App for Superbowl XLVI Promises Fun, Prizes

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With the craze for new smart cellphone apps continuing unabated, Chevrolet has jumped in with the two feet releasing a single that ties in with this year’s Superbowl.

Dubbed the Game Time App, it enables end users of sensible phones and tablets to perform trivia associated to the game, Tweet each other and participate in polls or contests while viewing the Superbowl with the possibility to win prizes from Chevrolet and other game sponsors this kind of as Bridgestone, Motorola, the NFL, Papa John’s Pizza and Sirius XM satellite radio. Among the prizes up for grabs are no fewer than 20 Chevrolet cars.

According to GM’s advertising and marketing chief Joel Ewanick, the Chevy Game Tim app, “is the very first time any company has attempted this sort of a large-scale app, which will increase the game viewing encounter and help them engage in the online conversation about the Super Bowl.”

Odds to win a prize, start the second a viewer downloads the app to their smart phone or tablet. On undertaking so, each player receives a distinctive license plate quantity. If their certain plate appears on a Chevy industrial in the course of the game, or online, they win a new automobile.

The Game Time App is just 1 of many Superbowl initiatives becoming put with each other by GM’s Bowtie brand other people include game day dwell stream coverage with advertiser exclusivity on NBCSports.com, teaming up with the NFL and Twitter on the former’s NFL Huddle Internet site and Twitter’ s “Road to the #Superbowl,” plus automotive exclusivity for the branded USA These days Facebook Superbowl Ad Meter and added interactivity through Chevy’s own social media channels.

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2014 Ford Mondeo Wagon Rendered: We’ll Take It as a Fusion

January 20, 2012 at 10:23am by Jon Yanca

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Now that the 2013 Ford Fusion‘s sheetmetal has been exposed, one of our illustrators has grafted cargo space onto the back to generate a wagon. And a great-searching one particular at that. Because the new Fusion will be offered in Europe as the Mondeo, this rendering is a lot more appropriate to the continent.  But simply because we’ll by no means tire of telling you enough how significantly we dig station wagons, we couldn’t assist but pass this along with the hopes that–cross your fingers–it could also finish up here in the U.S.

We figure we may possibly as nicely make a case for a 5-door Fusion. Even though several at the 2012 Detroit auto display had been fawning above the new Fusion/Mondeo sedan’s style, we think this wagon does the car’s prolonged proportions even higher justice. It’s like a functioning man’s Aston Martin Rapide. Ford, if you are listening, this design alone would blow the doors off the Acura TSX Sport Wagons and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagens on our shores. Bring it right here. Please?

Illustration by Christian Schulte

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