July 2011

Music service Pandora broadens relationship with automakers

(July 15, 2011) OAKLAND, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Pandora, the popular internet radio service, has announced that it has increased its automotive footprint via a new relationship with Scion and an expansion of its relationship with Ford Motor Company where the service will be available in 10 Ford vehicles and two Lincoln vehicles.

Seat comfort has a name — it's Oscar

(July 14, 2011) DETROIT — The name “Oscar” may bring to mind a grouch, an award statuette, a former championship boxer or maybe even a hot dog. But for Chevrolet, Oscar plays a key role in the engineering and interior design of the all-new 2013 Malibu.

Oscar is GM’s three-dimensional, mannequin-like simulation tool comfort engineers used early in the product development process of Malibu to determine the overall dimensional layout of the car’s interior.

Audi A5 gets facelift for 2013 model year

(July 14, 2011) The Audi A5 and S5 coupes and cabriolet will be freshened for 2013 with most of the changes on the exterior — the most obvious being a restyled front end with cues from the new A7 that just went on sale.

Jeep offering pickup conversion for the Wrangler

(July 14, 2011) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jeep enthusiasts now have the opportunity to transform their four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a two-door pickup truck.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Mopar JK-8 kit is $5,499. The kit, which comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, is now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships. The warranty covers kit materials and workmanship performed at a Chrysler Group dealership.

Ten of 14 North American Honda plants are 'zero-waste-to-landfill'

(July 14, 2011) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda announced today that it has achieved one of the most important targets in the company's longstanding "Green Factory" initiative in North America: zero-waste-to-landfill. Ten of 14 Honda manufacturing plants in North America are now operating with zero waste to landfill, while the remaining four plants are functioning with "virtually zero" waste to landfill.

At Ford, gaskets and seals from recycled tires

(July 14, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford and Recycled Polymeric Materials (RPM) have found a way to put discarded tires to good use. By combining recycled tires with bio-renewable content, they are delivering environmentally friendly seals and gaskets for Ford Motor Company vehicles.
The gaskets and seals are derived from 25 percent post-consumer, recycled tire particulate and 17 percent bio-renewable content from soy.

New York City charges ahead with 50 Chevrolet Volts

(July 14, 2011) QUEENS, N.Y. — New York City is adding 50 Chevrolet Volts to its fleet as part of an effort to reduce air pollution, carbon emissions and gasoline consumption.

The Volt will be the first electric car used by the New York City Police Department, which also uses electric scooters and golf cars. The Volts represent the majority of 70 new electric vehicles joining the city fleet, which now has 430 electric vehicles.

Saab 9-4X crossover arrives at dealerships

(July 13, 2011) ROYAL OAK, Mich. (PRNewswire) — Saab dealers who have been starved of product are surely excited that the new Saab 9-4X crossover has finally landed in U.S. showrooms. The greatly anticipated vehicle is Saab's newest addition to the Saab product family. Over 100 orders have been placed for the vehicle. 

San Diego to get first all-electric car-sharing program

(July 13, 2011) SAN DIEGO (PRNewswire) — car2go, a subsidiary of Daimler North America, announced today that San Diego will be the first North American city to have a 100-percent electric vehicle (EV) car-sharing program.

"We're proud that car2go has chosen to launch the first North American all-electric car-sharing service in San Diego," said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. "car2go's launch here further supports our efforts to make San Diego the nation's electric vehicle capital."

Chrysler to recall 243,000 Ram trucks over tie rod problem

(July 13, 2011) DETROIT — Chrysler will recall more than 243,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks because of potential problems with tie rod assemblies that may increase the risk of a crash, the automaker and U.S. safety regulators said.