August 2013

The dirt on Ford’s new 3D Dirt Detection Technology: There isn’t any

(August 25, 2013) DEARBORN — Here’s the dirt on Ford’s new paint technology: There isn’t any.

New Ford F-Series models are the latest vehicles to benefit from the company’s industry-first dirt detection technology to ensure optimal paint and surface quality. The system uses high-resolution cameras and reflected light to digitally identify surface imperfections finer than a grain of salt in final vehicle assembly, and to cue operators where to polish and buff out imperfections.

Nissan expands its green manufacturing footprint

(August 25, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — Nissan has established itself as the global leader in zero emission vehicles with more than 75,000 Nissan Leaf electric cars on the road today. As Nissan adds plants and jobs increasing production capacity throughout the Americas, its operations are continually getting greener as well.

Kia's hamsters hit the gym to the sounds of Lady Gaga’s new single

(August 24, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — Since bursting on the scene in 2009, Kia's  portly, brightly clothed hamsters have had their paws on the pulse of pop culture and become some of the most-watched advertising icons of all time. 

Nearly five years later, the hamsters have slimmed down and slicked their hair back to introduce the world to the latest version of Kia’s most iconic people mover — the all-new 2014 Soul — in the “Totally Transformed” campaign set to the new single, “Applause,” from multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning artist Lady Gaga. 

Behind the wheel of a 2014 Fiesta ST — Giggles and grins

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(August 24, 2013) During my college and early professional years I owned a 1980 Ford Fiesta S, and loved it. The 1.6-liter Kent engine and four-speed manual driving the front wheels worked together like accomplished dance partners, and the 88 horsepower underhood was enough to push the diminutive hatchback from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S named Motor Trend 'Best Diver's Car'

(August 23, 2013) ATLANTA — Motor Trend has named the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S as its Best Driver's Car for 2013. The Best Driver's Car honor is decided after a yearly competition among the top new or improved performance cars available in the U.S. market. This is the second consecutive year that a 911 variant has won the award.

Chevrolet’s small-car sales Increases 229 percent

(August 23, 2013) DETROIT — Chevrolet’s small and compact car sales are up 229 percent year over year, from the second quarter of 2010 to the same quarter this year, evidence of the brand’s continuing success in attracting buyers of all ages including millennials, whose purchase priorities include advanced technology, fuel economy, functionality and affordability. 

Audi refines flagship A8 for 2015 model year

(August 23, 2013) HERNDON, Va. — Audi is honing the character of its flagship model. The 2015 A8 places Audi among the innovation leaders in the luxury segment. One great strength of the big sedan is its lightweight construction. The Audi A8 3.0 TFSI with the normal wheelbase has a curb weight of just 4,034 pounds — best-in-class for models with all-wheel drive.

Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle now offers 365 horsepower

(August 23, 2013) Ford this week announced police agencies will soon be able to order a Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle with the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The engine, which delivers 350 lb.-ft. of torque, has been available in a variety of Ford vehicles, including the Police Interceptor sedan, and is the choice for more than 40 percent of Ford F-150 truck buyers.

Ford studies space robots for connected vehicle communications

(August 22, 2013) Ford is studying communications between space robots and Earth to enhance future applications of the connected car communications protocol. The research furthers the company’s commitment to industry leadership in the development of connected vehicle communications to help reduce traffic congestion and aid in the advancement of emergency vehicle communication methods.

GM unlocks RemoteLink for Microsoft Windows phones

(August 22, 2013) DETROIT — When the OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App launched, it was the first app from an automaker to offer drivers remote access to their vehicle. Now RemoteLink can claim the distinction of being the first remote telemetry app from an automaker to work on all four primary smartphone platforms — iPhone, Android, Blackberry and now Microsoft Windows phones.