December 2013

Lincoln's all-new small premium MKC crossover to start at $33,995

(November 16, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2015 Lincoln MKC, the brand’s first entry in the small premium utility segment, will go on sale next year with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $33,995, including destination and delivery charges. Lincoln claims the price is the most accessible starting price point in the segment.

70 percent of Ford lineup to have Auto Start-Stop by 2017

(December 14, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford announced on Dec. 13 that Auto Start-Stop will be available on 70 percent of its North American vehicle lineup by 2017. A major part of the company’s Blueprint for Sustainability, the expansion of Auto Start-Stop comes as the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is set to go on sale in the 2014 Ford Fiesta.

Ford archives, museum to make more Ford history accessible online

(December 15, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is taking pieces from its storied past and moving them into the future. The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company have teamed up to help share key materials on beginning in 2014.

The world of hybrid drive — Everything you need to know

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtua
l Driver

(December 15, 2013) When reduced to its basics, there are but four hybrid powertrain types. They are: 1) Micro hybrids; 2) Parallel hybrids; 3) Power-split, Two-mode or Series-parallel hybrids;
and 4) Series hybrids. Series hybrids are more commonly known as an E-REV, or Extended-Range Electric Vehicle, and is best represented by the Chevy Volt/Cadillac ELR.

Volkswagen XL1 hits the streets of New York

(December 13, 2013) NEW YORK — New Yorkers got a glimpse of the future this week, as the Volkswagen XL1 arrived in the city as part of a month-long American tour that took in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and the Big Apple.

The XL1, which looks like it could have driven off the set of a sci-fi movie, is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg and CO2 emissions of 21 g/km. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, this two-seater can also cover up to 31 miles as a zero-emissions electric vehicle.

New Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid being tested at Sebring

(December 13, 2013) Only a week after the World Championship winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car’s last run in a race, its successor is ready to hit the track. Tests of the new LMP1 sports car, which has been kept under wraps up to now, started this week is the U.S. at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

Ford pilots new software using Google Earth to navigate assembly plants

(December 13, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.

Viral marketing huge success for Volvo Trucks

(December 12, 2013) With its latest commercial, "The Epic Split," Volvo Trucks proves that an unconventional take on B2B marketing works. The commercial has spread all over the world and is already after just four weeks the most watched automotive commercial on YouTube ever.

Volvo Concept XC Coupe to make world debut in Detroit

(December 12, 2013) ROCKLEIGH, N.J.  — In September, the Volvo Concept Coupé was launched to critical acclaim and many awards, and represented the world’s first insight into Volvo Car Group's new design direction under Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath.

GM to end vehicle manufacturing in Australia by end of 2017

(December 11, 2013) DETROIT – As part of its ongoing actions to decisively address the performance of its global operations, General Motors has announced it would discontinue vehicle and engine manufacturing and significantly reduce its engineering operations in Australia by the end of 2017. GM also said it will transition to a national sales company in Australia and New Zealand.