June 2012

Lotus Elan celebrates 50 years

(June 28, 2012) Recalling Sixties spy-fi show The Avengers, the first thing men of a certain age remember is Mrs Peel’s black leather cat suit. But the character’s object of desire was her cute-as-a-button Lotus Elan.

The Elan was launched in October 1962 at the British Motorshow, just as the Sixties started swinging. Jaguar had launched the E-Type the previous year, and AC had the Cobra and Ferrari the GTO. Big, expensive, powerful muscles cars. The Elan was very different, and typically Lotus — ultra modern, lightweight, rapid and huge fun.

2013 Ford F-150 Limited — Reaching new heights in pickup luxury

(June 28, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford, the industry’s truck leader, marks the launch of the latest F-150 with a new statement on pickup luxury for 2013 — the F-150 Limited.
“The F-150 Limited signifies the highest levels of design refinement, luxury and technology that we’ve ever offered in a Built Ford Tough pickup truck,” said Ford Group Vice President for Product Development, Raj Nair. “The F-150 Limited reflects a growing trend – more and more customers today have high expectations for luxury and convenience, yet their needs call for a truly capable truck.”

Number of older vehicles on the road in the U.S. increases

(June 27, 2012) SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Experian Automotive today announced that there were 17.3 million more light-duty vehicles seven years and older on the road in the United States than there were three years ago. According to its first quarter 2012 Vehicles in Operation (VIO) market analysis, Experian Automotive also found that there were more than 245 million vehicles on U.S. roads, and that the age of vehicles increased when compared to first quarter 2011, up 1.9 percent to an average age of 11 years.

Ford develops ‘Traffic Jam Assist’ and new parking technology

(June 27, 2012) Ford is researching and developing intelligent, next-generation driving technologies designed to help address future mobility challenges that come with rapid urbanization and population growth around the world.

Ford’s early prototypes of two such technologies — Traffic Jam Assist and an advanced version of Active Park Assist evolved to deliver perpendicular parking — are designed to interact with a vehicle’s surroundings, reduce driver stress and help reduce traffic gridlock.

GM studying driver behavior in self-driving vehicles

(June 27, 2012) DETROIT — How would driver behavior change in the self-driving vehicles that could be available by mid-decade?

General Motors and its research partners recently tried to find out by studying how non-driving activities influence driver behavior in self-steering, semi-autonomous vehicles. One key finding is that driver attentiveness can be improved through advanced driver assistance and safety features.

Aston Martin Vanquish smashes Web records

(June 27, 2012) The new Aston Martin Vanquish is already breaking records, just a week after making its world debut at www.astonmartin.com. Unprecedented global interest in Aston Martin’s new hero has meant the luxury British brand rewriting its internet record books.

Ford to offer eight vehicles with 40 mpg or better in 2013

(June 27, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is delivering more fuel-efficient vehicle choices in 2012 than ever before and a fresher new vehicle lineup than any full-line automaker in the U.S.
“Customers are starting to see the true benefits of our One Ford plan,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas said at a full-line media event here Tuesday. “With more new vehicle options and an even broader range of fuel-efficient cars, utilities and trucks, Ford is delivering real power of choice for millions of consumers who are paying more attention than ever to what happens at the pump – no matter what the price.”

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG wins 'Topless in Miami' competition

(June 26, 2012) MIAMI — The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG was named the overall Best Convertible automobile at the second annual “Topless in Miami” event hosted by the Southern Automotive Media Association, headquartered at the elegant Ritz-Carleton Hotel in Key Biscayne. 

McLaren and Aston Martin take to High Street

(June 26, 2012) LONDON — The first UK store dedicated to two of the world’s leading motorsport and motoring brands opened this past weekend in Westfield Stratford City. Called Inside Track the store is the first permanent retail outlet of its kind in the UK and will sell a range of McLaren, Aston Martin and Aston Martin Racing lifestyle merchandise.

$425 million investment boosts Tonawanda engine

(June 26, 2012) BUFFALO, N.Y. – A $425 million investment by General Motors in its Tonawanda Engine plant bore its first fruits Friday: the latest technology that will go into the next generation Ecotec 4-cylinder engines that will power the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and 2013 Cadillac ATS.