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Controlling your Volvo from your Apple watch, Android Wear

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(May 29, 2015) Volvo Cars is set to release an updated version of its ground-breaking Volvo On Call smart app, delivering seamless connectivity with wearables such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear. This will effectively allow Volvo drivers with the Volvo On Call app to control settings, lock/unlock, locate and utilize many other Volvo services from their wrist.

2015 Ford Focus



SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Officially the 2015 Ford Focus is a new model. In reality it’s really more of a facelift. But it’s worthwhile as it now has the same nicely stylish face that has made the Fusion, Focus’s larger sibling, such a hit with those who enjoy owning a good-looking car. There’s nothing wrong with making small cars look attractive and that’s just what Ford has managed with this new so-called Face of Ford style.

2016 Volvo XC90



LOS ANGELES — By early summer the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 will be rolling into a showroom near you. Volvo is referring to the next generation XC90 as “all new” because almost nothing but its name has been carried over from the 2014 version. Some might take issue with the term all new, as opposed to “totally redesigned,” but Volvo makes a pretty convincing argument for this choice.

2015 Dodge Challenger



PORTLAND, Ore. — Hybrid and electric cars might be all the rage in the eyes of many new car buyers; but there are still plenty of people who just lust after an exciting car with plenty of power. Fifty years ago, when Ford introduced the original Mustang it started a whole new genre — muscle cars, aka pony cars. For many years the cars in this purely American segment captured the imagination of anyone looking for a more practical alternative to a two-seat sports car.

Vehicle of the Week

2015 Chevrolet Silverado — Now with eight speeds



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It was a magnet. Our 2015 Chevrolet 1500 Z71 4WD LTZ crew cab was drawing onlookers like a carnival barker inciting a crowd to step inside and see the amazing Asbestos Man swallow great gobs of fire. Surprised? Yes. After all, this was not the newest Ferrari or a Corvette Z-06.

Here's the Thing

Autotrader picks 10 Best Cars for college graduates

(May 29, 2015) ATLANTA — For many, graduating college is a milestone like no other — it represents a new chapter, a proud accomplishment and, fortunately or unfortunately, financial independence. Luckily for graduates who are in the market for a new car to suit their post-college lifestyle, Autotrader's expert editors say now is a great time to make a purchase, as dealerships are flush with affordable models that are fun, fuel-efficient and thoughtfully designed.

Honda issues statement on recall of 350,000 more vehicles for airbag fix

By American Honda

(May 29, 2015) Honda will add approximately 350,000 vehicles to its recalls of Takata airbag inflators in the United States following a recently announced defect determination by Takata. However, most of the vehicles deemed at risk in Takata's defect determination report were already subject to previous voluntary actions taken by Honda, including a national Safety Improvement Campaign (SIC) for driver front airbag inflators and a passenger front airbag inflator recall that was focused on regions with specific environmental conditions.

New-car sales to reach 17.3 million SAAR in May, Kelley predicts

(May 28, 2015) IRVINE, Calif. — New-vehicle sales are expected to decline 1 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.59 million units in May 2015, resulting in an estimated 17.3 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book kbb.com.

"May sales will reach the highest total year-to-date, and could remain the highest until December of this year," said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Inside the Industry

Ford opens portfolio of patented electrified vehicles technologies

(May 29, 2015) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents — a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. This is more than 20 percent of the patents the company filed totaling more than 2,000 applications.

Fiat Chrysler identifies vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall

(May 29, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has identified which vehicles will be affected by expansions of ongoing voluntary recalls to replace certain air-bag inflators produced by Takata Corporation.
 
Precipitated by disclosures made by Takata to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, FCA US is consolidating two campaigns with new actions affecting model years 2003-2011. These actions bring the Company’s global Takata-related recall total to an estimated 5,224,845 vehicles.
 

Lansing Grand River plant tools up for 2016 Camaro

(May 28, 2015) LANSING, Mich. — A $175 million investment for new tooling and equipment for the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, and the return of hundreds of workers to build America’s best-selling performance car for the last five years, was announced today.

The facility improvements include three new paint systems for Camaro-specific colors: Summit White, Bright Yellow, and Red Hot. The investment also includes installation of two robotic framers, which allow better dimensional control to provide a more precise drive experience.