July 2013

Cruze clean turbo diesel’s engine creates ‘perfect storm’

(July 31, 2013) DETROIT — The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel’s advanced 2.0L engine uses a variable-swirl intake system to create a “perfect storm” of air and fuel that helps enhance performance while reducing emissions.

2013 Honda Civic Tour kicks off in St. Louis

(July 31, 2013) TORRANCE, Calif. — Start your engines — this year's highly anticipated Honda Civic Tour will kick off tomorrow (Aug. 1) when headliner Maroon 5  takes the stage alongside special guest Kelly Clarkson in St. Louis.

First electric Land Rover Defender in tests towing road train

(July 31, 2013) WHITLEY, UK — The first Land Rover electric Defender has started work at the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall in an inaugural real world trial of its capabilities. Unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the Land Rover Electric Defender is a pioneering research project into the electrification of an all-terrain vehicle.

Ford to offer compressed natural gas with 2014 F-150

(July 31, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford will offer the 2014 F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas, making Ford the only manufacturer with an available CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.

Jay Leno to provide color commentary for Auctions America’s Calif. sale

(July 29, 2013) AUBURN, Ind. — Auctions America has announced that well-known car collector and television personality Jay Leno will make a special appearance and provide color commentary for the live television coverage of its highly anticipated California Auction.

GM expands landfill-free efforts in Asia

(July 30, 2013) DETROIT — General Motors’ Rayong engine plant in Thailand and Cheongna proving ground in Korea are now landfill-free, bringing the company’s total to 33 sites throughout Asia that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all of their daily waste. GM’s landfill-free facility count in Asia compares to 45 in North America and 22 in Europe. 

Cars.com names 2013 Kia Optima the most affordable midsize sedan

(July 30, 2013) CHICAGO — Cars.com has named the 2013 Kia Optima to be the most affordable midsize sedan in the U.S. Contenders had to be equipped with equipment like automatic transmission, cruise control, a USB connection, Bluetooth, power windows, a power driver's seat and a rearview camera.

Chrysler Group reports second-quarter net income of $507 million

(July 30, 2013) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler Group, riding sales gains in the United States and globally, reported net income of $507 million in the second quarter as strong sales of pickups and SUVs led the automaker to its eighth consecutive quarterly profit. Earnings rose 16 percent from the $436 million posted during the same quarter of 2012, Chrysler said in a statement today.

Ford finds 60 percent of plug-in vehicle trips are gas-free

(July 30, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford plug-in hybrid owners are making the most of the vehicles’ 21 miles of gas-free all-electric range, using them for mostly short trips or commutes, and operating in electric mode nearly 60 percent of the time, according to new aggregate data collected from Ford’s MyFord Mobile app.

150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth celebrated around the world

(July 30, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford, whose innovative ideas revolutionized transportation and brought mobility to the masses. Henry Ford’s enduring impact is being recognized through events and declarations across the United States and around the world.