April 2013

Ford Fusion, C-Max hybrids attracting new companies

(April 29, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford’s fuel-saving Fusion and C-Max hybrids are attracting new commercial buyers searching for ways to save money at the pump. Con-way, Esurance, Quest Diagnostics and AT&T are among the newest companies to purchase Ford hybrid vehicles for their national fleets. Many of their regional employees drive more than 24,000 miles annually.

Ford and luxury goods company Shinola celebrate 50 years of Mustang

(April 29, 2013) DETROIT — Ford is teaming up with Shinola, a Detroit-based luxury goods manufacturer, to celebrate 50 years of the Ford Mustang with the release of a premium 46-millimeter wristwatch with Swiss movements.
Only 50 companies will be licensed to create products bearing the Mustang 50 Years logo, which was designed to celebrate the sports car leading up to its 50th birthday on April 17, 2014. Shinola is one of the first manufacturers to help mark this milestone.

Marking 20 years since the Volvo 240 series ended production

(April 28, 2013) On May 5, 2013, it will be 20 years since Volvo's single best-selling model, the 240 series, went out of production. Almost 2.9 million cars were made during the 19 years the 240 was produced; the car that first was criticized for its boring and boxy appearance, but during its lifetime managed to set the international standard for both safety and environment, win the European Touring Car Championship and achieve the status of yuppie cult car before it was discontinued in May 1993.

Refreshed 2014 Toyota 4Runner revealed

(April 28, 2013) TORRANCE, Calif. — For nearly three decades, the Toyota 4Runner mid-size SUV has been a stalwart for off-roading enthusiasts seeking a SUV with rugged, go-anywhere capability. Currently in its fifth-generation, 4Runner continues as one of the few fully capable mid-size SUVs, and the redesigned 2014 4Runner receives a rugged new exterior design, and interior refinements that add comfort and convenience without sacrificing its hallmark performance capability and excellent value.

Nissan Leaf brings electric cars to SimCity

(April 28, 2013) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan, in collaboration with Electronic Arts, is integrating the Nissan Leaf into the most recent edition of the popular city-building strategy game, SimCity. Players are able to create EV-friendly cities by driving Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicles and installing up to five Nissan-branded charging stations throughout their cities free of charge.

Nissan's Smart Auto Headlights aid in compliance with state laws

(April 27, 2013) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For drivers in the majority of states that require headlight use in rain and inclement weather, Nissan has made it easier for drivers to be in compliance with the law by widening the availability of its Smart Auto Headlights to its Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra models.

Ford fund donates $1 million to College for Creative Studies

(April 27, 2013) DETROIT — The College for Creative Studies (CCS) announced today that Ford Motor Company Fund will donate $1 million over five years, strengthening its commitment to one of the world's leading art and design colleges and providing educational opportunities to Detroit youth. 

Chrysler to invest nearly $20 Million in Toledo Machining Plant

(April 27, 2013) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler Group announced this week that it will invest $19.6 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, to increase capacity of the torque converter it's machining for the nine-speed transmission. With this announcement, the company's total investments in its U.S. operations since June 2009 increase to over $5.2 billion.

2014 Corvette Stingray to start at $51,995

(April 27, 2013) DETROIT — The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe will have a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, and the Corvette Stingray Convertible will start at $56,995. Both prices include a $995 destination fee, $1,400 more than the outgoing Corvette.

GM and OnStar recognized for ingenuity with Edison Awards

(April 26, 2013) DETROIT — General Motors has won bronze and silver Edison Awards for two corporate initiatives, its global landfill-free program and OnStar Family Link service, respectively. The competition honors game-changing products, services and processes.