September 2010

Ford is marking 50 years of the E-Series with special edition

(September 13, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford E-Series, America’s best-selling full-size van for 31 straight years, marks 50 years of meeting customer needs with production of the 2011 model, enhanced with state-of-the-art technologies at Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake.

Mazda to unveil new compact pickup

(September 13, 2010) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda will hold the global unveiling of the all-new Mazda BT-50 compact pickup truck at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show on Oct. 15.

The all-new Mazda BT-50 is presented as an "active lifestyle vehicle" that overturns the conventional image of a compact pickup truck with modern and refined styling.

Chrysler equals 13 million minivans

(September 11, 2010) Chrysler reached a big milestone in August selling its 13th-millionth minivan.

Chrysler officially invented the segment on Nov. 2, 1983, when the first minivan rolled off the line at Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, where Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan models are still made.

GM invests in next-generation batteries

(September 11, 2010) ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sakti3, Inc., an Ann Arbor-based developer of next-generation lithium-ion batteries, on Friday announced the investment of $4.2 million by General Motors Ventures and Itochu Technology Ventures to advance the firm’s manufacturing capabilities.

Raptor grapics inspired by extreme sports

(September 11, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford F-150 SVT Raptor customers have an affinity for outdoor adventure, and the truck is built to help them practice their adrenaline-filled activities. But Raptor also looks the part, with graphics inspired by the same extreme sports and activities that customers of the high-performance truck find so alluring.

Global production of the Mazda6 reaches 2 million

(September 10, 2010) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda has announced that the cumulative global production volume of the Mazda6 — known as Mazda Atenza in Japan — reached two million units at the end of August.

Base 2011 Toyota Tundra gets 270 horsepower

(September 10, 2010) In an effort to boost sagging Toyota Tundra sales, the 2011 full-sized pickup is getting a beefier V-6 base engine. All models get at least 270 horsepower.

The Tundra’s base 4.0-liter V-6 engine gains Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for 2011, increasing power and performance.

Ford volunteers tackle more than 150 projects

(Septembr 10, 2010) The Ford Volunteer Corps is making a world of difference during the 5th annual Ford Global Week of Caring Sept. 4-11.

More than 8,000 Ford employee and retiree volunteers are registered for projects in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Thousands more are expected to join the effort.

Hyundai unveils all-electric car

(September 9, 2010) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor, South Korea's largest carmaker, unveiled its first pure electric car today.

“We are proud to introduce the world to BlueOn, which was fully developed in Korea and displays Hyundai’s latest technological advancements,” said Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, Vice Chairman at Hyundai’s Corporate R&D Center.

Tech-savvy campaign launches 2011 Ford Edge

(September 9, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — One of the new print ads just launched for the 2011 Ford Edge features a full-page photo of ruby red lips and a caption that reads, “The Edge understands 10,000 word commands.” It’s not until you get to the second page that you actually see a beauty shot of Ford’s newly redesigned crossover with a caption that begins, “What other car can say that?”