May 2014

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant prepares to build all-new 2015 F-150

(May 19, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its groundbreaking Dearborn Truck Plant. As the centerpiece of Ford Rouge Center, Dearborn Truck Plant was conceived as Ford’s vision of sustainable manufacturing and has served as flagship for the company’s next generation of lean and flexible plants.

GM sets recall parts plan in overdrive

(May 19, 2014) DETROIT — With parts production running seven days a week on multiple shifts, General Motors plans to produce enough repair parts by October to have the ability to repair the majority of the vehicles impacted by the ignition switch and ignition cylinder recalls.

Bultaco is back developing high-performance electric motorcycles

(May 19, 2014) LONDON — On the anniversary of the founding of the brand and the birth of its creator — Don Paco Bultó — Bultaco has announced its return to the motorcycle market.

"In 2015, the first Bultaco models will be built with its own in-house electrical propulsion system; the prototypes unveiled today (May 17) provide a sneak peak at the motorcycles we will see riding our streets in the future. A painstaking industrialization process has been pursued to get to this model, from the validation of prototypes to the creation of the network of suppliers, all revolving around the new Bultaco factory in Barcelona, (Spain)" the company said in a news release.

Ford brings custom Transit Connect wagons to Maker Faire 2014

(May 19, 2014) SAN MATEO, Calif. — Ford and MAKE magazine showed two creative takes on personalizing the all-new Transit Connect Wagon this past weekend as part of Maker Faire 2014, an all-ages event celebrating the do-it-yourself spirit. MAKE magazine first put on the first Maker Faire in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers and artists. It has since grown, with several Maker Faire events taking place around the world.

ZDayZ fans get sky-high reveal of 2015 370Z NISMO

(May 18, 2014) FONTANA DAM, N.C. — Fans at the annual ZDayZ gathering in North Carolina had a world-class view of the Great Smokey Mountains, and were among the first to see the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO last week.

"This is the most amazing and most beautiful car that I have seen in a very long time. The lines on the car — I love the color accents, the racing seats are perfect, and the steering wheel? That's a very nice touch," said Pamela Robinson, ZDayZ attendee.

Subaru announces pricing on all-new 2015 Legacy starting at $21,695

(May 17, 2014) CERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru of America has announced pricing on the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy models. The Legacy has been completely redesigned and offers a blend of standout design, interior refinement, safety technology and higher fuel efficiency.

Tiny Nissan Micra returns to Canadian market

(May 17, 2014) MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada — The tiny Nissan Micra "city car" has returned to the Canadian landscape. Nissan says it will arrive in Canadian dealerships this spring with a starting price of $9,998 Canadian ($9,100 U.S.) and will become the least expensive Nissan sold in Canada. The Nissan Versa sedan starts at $11,898.

GM signs consent order with NHTSA; to pay $35 million fine

(May 16, 2014) DETROIT — General Motors has come to an agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for failing to report in a timely manner the ignition switch defect, which has lead to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. As part of this agreement, GM will pay a $35 million fine.

“We have learned a great deal from this recall. We will now focus on the goal of becoming an industry leader in safety,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “We will emerge from this situation a stronger company.”

Ford Technical Support Center to increase performance on- and off-track

(May 16, 2014) CONCORD, N.C. — Ford announced the opening of its new Ford Technical Support Center in Concord this week. The state-of-the-art facility will add an array of tools to develop future performance vehicles and help increase Ford’s overall success in motorsports.