July 2010

GM crash test dummy donated to Smithsonian

(July 14, 2010) A General Motors crash test dummy whose 15 years of service included scores of full-vehicle crash tests and a host of special assignments will spend a peaceful retirement in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The donation of 50H-1, an Anthropomorphic Test Device, or ATD, is part of a museum initiative to collect materials related to technological advancements in the auto industry to improve safety features.

Range Rover Evoque enters final phase of testing

(July 14, 2010) The all-new Range Rover Evoque has entered its final phase of testing, with hundreds of prototype models dispatched around the globe in the toughest climates and conditions.

Land Rover is making no secret of the operation. The design team has fitted ten prototypes with funky camouflage wraps in order to introduce the new car in eleven key cities worldwide.

More than 100 owners attend SHO Club convention

(July 14, 2010) DEARBORN, MICH. — More than 100 Taurus SHOs gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the 19th Annual National SHO Club convention at Ford's World Headquarters.

Owners from around the country brought their Taurus SHO vehicles ranging from the original 1989 model to the latest 2011 Taurus SHO.

Ford selects Compact Power to build lithium-ion battery packs

(July 14, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich., — Ford on Tuesday announced it has selected Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary of LG Chem, to build lithium-ion battery packs for the Ford Focus Electric, which will go on sale in the U.S. in 2011.

Former Toyota official Press hired by Renault-Nissan

(July 14, 2010) LOS ANGELES — The Renault-Nissan Motor Co. alliance has hired Jim Press, former head of Toyota's U.S. unit, as a consultant for the group's global sales and marketing, according to Bloomberg News.

Press, 63, who most recently was Chrysler Group's vice chairman and president, has worked for Renault-Nissan for about four months, said Simon Sproule, a spokesman for the alliance.

Ford named top brand in 2010 Ideal Vehicle Awards

(July 13, 2010) An “ideal” is defined as conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence. In the 2010 Ideal Vehicle Awards, announced today by automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, owners rate their new vehicles by how closely they come to their ideal.

Ford says shipments of the new Fiesta will be delayed up to two weeks

(July 13, 2010) DETROIT — Ford said today that shipment of the 2011 Ford Fiesta to U.S. dealerships will be delayed by 10 days to two weeks because of storm-damaged railroad lines, according to Automotive News.

Key railroads in northern Mexico were severely damaged by Hurricane Alex on June 30 and later by Tropical Storm Bonnie, said Angie Kozleski, a Ford spokeswoman.

Engine part delay may halt Nissan production

(July 13, 2010) Nissan reports that a delay in getting engine parts from Hitachi Ltd. in Japan may halt North American production.

Plants in Tennessee and Mexico could be affected.

Build your own engine option offered to Corvette enthusiasts

(July 12, 2010) DETROIT — For enthusiasts who want to be personally involved in creating their Corvette, Chevrolet’s new Corvette Engine Build Experience allows them to literally build the engine for their new car.

In what is believed to be the world’s most hands-on super car program, customers who order a 2011 Corvette Z06 or ZR1 can choose an option to help assemble their cars’ LS7 or LS9 engines at General Motors’ Performance Build Center (PBC) in Wixom, Mich.

Volvo parks its cars at a British drive-in theater

(July 12, 2010) LONDON — The British have never had the weather, the space or the car culture necessary for drive-in movies. But they've all seen "Grease," and the romance of the drive-in is firmly implanted in the popular psyche.