June 2013

Cadillac ELR tech targets engaging driving dynamics

(June 29, 2013) DETROIT — Drivers expect hybrid and electric cars to have advanced battery and drive systems that make smart use of energy. Cadillac’s upcoming electrified luxury coupe, the 2014 ELR, is designed to exceed those expectations by also providing engaging, responsive driving dynamics enabled by advanced suspension and steering systems.

Ram heats up pickup truck engine wars with new fuel-efficient diesel

(June 29, 2013) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The 2014 Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the truck's eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers a combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, torque and impressive capability.

Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,095 destination. The exclusive V-6 EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission is priced $2,850 greater than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with Torqueflite 8 speed transmission.

New Range Rover Sport official pace car at Pikes Peak

(June 28, 2013) COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. — The all-new Range Rover Sport has been confirmed as the official Pace Car for this Sunday’s 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Known as the ‘Race To The Clouds,’ the annual event on America’s Mountain in Colorado is famous for its spectacular location and unforgiving nature, with much of the 12.4-mile course lined by sheer drops down the mountainside.

Nissan celebrates 30th anniversary in U.S. creation of 900 jobs

(June 28, 2013) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its Smyrna, Tenn., Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs to support future production of the Nissan Rogue, marking the first time the Rogue has been produced in the United States. 

25 GM plants across U.S. commit to reduce energy costs

(June 28, 2013) DETROIT — General Motors is participating in a U.S. Department of Energy program to reduce energy costs, per unit of production, at 25 of its U.S. facilities. The result is an anticipated 25-percent or greater combined reduction in energy use at the plants by 2018.

All-new 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor first EcoBoost-powered sport truck

(June 28, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor is the first-ever EcoBoost-powered sport truck that addresses the needs of street truck enthusiasts looking for high-performance V8 power with V6 fuel economy.

White collection to headline Auburn Fall weekend memorabilia sale

(June 27, 2013) AUBURN, Indiana — Auctions America has announced its highly anticipated Auburn Fall weekend will feature a full-day memorabilia sale on Wednesday, Aug. 28 as a prelude to its automobile offering, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1. Headlining the memorabilia sale are more than 400 lots from the personal collection of renowned collector and enthusiast Kirk F.

Toyota provides voice-recognition software for space robot

(June 27, 2013) A 13.4-inch humanoid robot named Kirobo will soon travel to the International Space Station. The mission: to participate in the first robot-human conversation experiments in space. To prepare for the trip, the robot participated in zero-gravity and other safety tests. The training, Kirobo says, was tough.

GM Invests $133 million for new press at Wentzville plant

(June 27, 2013) WENTZVILLE, Mo. — General Motors will invest $133 million to add a third stamping press to its Wentzville Assembly and Stamping plant, with the potential for creating or retaining approximately 55 jobs.

GM will build and equip a 114,000-square-foot stamping plant addition to make manufacturing more flexible at the site. Construction will begin in July, and GM expects the press to be operational by early 2015.

Ford F-150 named "Most American" in annual Cars.com index

(June 27, 2013) CHICAGO — Cars.com announced this week that the Ford F-150 has topped the site's American-Made Index. This is the first time in four years that a domestic automaker is once again the "Most American."