March 2012

Ford Focus ST has starring role in movie at Goodwood Festival of Speed

(March 16, 2012) BRENTWOOD, ESSEX, UK — Ford's first global performance car is previewing its starring role in new film blockbuster The Sweeney at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer. Stunt drivers will take the place of famous Flying Squad detectives Jack Regan and George Carter as their black Ford Focus ST is pitted against a Jaguar XFR up the famous Goodwood hill climb in an exciting chase sequence to whet the appetite ahead of the movie’s release in September.

237-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost in new Escape will tow 3,500 pounds

(March 16, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Packing 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque, the optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the all-new 2013 Ford Escape enables the vehicle to tow 3,500 pounds — best in class among small SUVs with turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

Robonaut technology coming to the factory floor soon

(March 16, 2012) HOUSTON — General Motors and NASA are jointly developing a robotic glove that auto workers and astronauts can wear to help do their respective jobs better while potentially reducing the risk of repetitive stress injuries.

The Human Grasp Assist device, known internally in both organizations as the K-glove or Robo-Glove, resulted from GM and NASA’s Robonaut 2 (R2) project, which launched the first human-like robot into space in 2011. R2 is a permanent resident of the International Space Station.

GMC Terrain gets Denali treatment, new 301-horsepower V-6

(March 15, 2012) NEW YORK — GMC is expanding its exclusive Denali sub-brand with the debut of the 2013 Terrain Denali, bringing a new level of style and power to the luxury small SUV. “Denali is growing fast,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing. “With seven different models, sales for this brand within a brand increased 79 percent from 2010 to 2011. With this in mind, the decision to create a more-upscale Terrain was an easy one.”

Mazda to discontinue CX-7 crossover in U.S.

(March 15, 2012) The new Mazda CX-5 will replace the CX-7, at least in the American market according to Mazda USA. Even though the CX-5 is slightly smaller than the outgoing CX-7, it has more cargo capacity and overall interior volume.

The CX-7 landed in the U.S. market as an all-new crossover for the 2007 model year. It sold more than 41,000 units in its first full year in 2007, but has been declining since.

Morgan shows electric sports car concept with manual transmission

(March 15, 2012) GENEVA — An electric sports car with a five-speed manual gearbox has been designed by Morgan with the support of British technology specialists Zytek and Radshape. It is being shown in Geneva as a concept to test market reaction. The radical new roadster could enter production if there is sufficient demand.

2005-2006 Ford Taurus probed for throttle sticking

(March 13, 2012) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a preliminary investigation into claims of the throttle sticking open on the Ford Taurus from the 2005-06 model years.

NHSTA says there are 14 claims of a stuck throttle in the Taurus, possibly because of the cruise-control cable becoming detached. No injuries have been reported.

Jaguar Land Rover adds 1,000 jobs in UK to support Evoque, Freelander

(March 13, 2012) Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today announced the creation of 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood Operations manufacturing facility, near Liverpool in the UK. The new positions, which will support the on-going significant demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2,  take the workforce at Halewood to almost 4,500 —triple the number employed there just three years ago.

2013 Dodge Charger Sprint Cup Series car unveiled at LVMS

(March 13, 2012) LAS VEGAS — Fans asked for it. NASCAR agreed. SRT Motorsports and Dodge delivered. SRT Motorsports unveiled the 2013 Dodge Charger that will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday in front of the people that asked for the change — the fans.

Author Christian Lander, Ford Flex present suburban dictionary on Facebook

(March 13, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Attention all Ford Flex fans: Christian Lander, author of the New York Times bestseller “Stuff White People Like,” is joining the conversation on the Ford Flex Facebook page.
Lander is known for his unique way of expressing things, much like Flex customers express their own personalities by driving a one-of-a-kind seven-passenger crossover vehicle…with a fridge.