June 2014

GM announces six more safety recalls involving 7.6 million vehicles

(July 1, 2014) DETROIT — General Motors announced Monday it will conduct six new safety recalls in the United States involving about 7.6 million vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years.

“We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence.”

GM adds three acres of solar arrays in Michigan

(June 30,2014) General Motors is increasing its renewable energy use with three acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities. The company’s processing center in Swartz Creek and engine plant in Flint will feature 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays expected to generate a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year to the facilities’ grids. That is equivalent to the annual energy use of 25 homes.

Volvo Cars signs $816 million revolving credit facility

(June 30, 2014) Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has signed a €660 million ($816 million) revolving credit facility with a group of leading global and regional banks, underlining growing global confidence in the Swedish car company’s financial and operational transformation.

The €660 million revolving credit facility extends an existing €360 million revolving credit facility signed early in 2013. It will serve as a back-up facility for general corporate purposes and has a tenor of three years with two extension options of one year each.

Mitsubishi dominates electric division in Pike's Peak Hill Climb

(June 30, 2014) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A pair of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) technologically advanced MiEV Evolution III all-electric prototype race cars placed first and second within the Electric Vehicle division in the 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on Sunday, June 29th.

They were driven by six-time PPIHC motorcycle champion Greg Tracy and two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka.

Renault-Nissan, Daimler expanding cooperation on premium compact vehicles

(June 29, 2014) MEXICO CITY — The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG are significantly expanding their cooperation with joint development of premium compact vehicles and joint production in Mexico.

Future pickups: Steel or aluminum?

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(June 29, 2014) First, Ford stunned the industry with the announcement that its mega-successful F-150 pickup would be shifting from steel to aluminum body construction. (Ford doesn’t break out specific models like the F-150, but a good rule of thumb is that it accounts for about 2/3, or about 534,000 units, of Ford’s 800,000-unit F-Series sales volume.)

The basic Corvette

This shell of a 60s-something Corvette was spotted in a grove of trees outside San Diego. Perhaps someone had plans for it that never materialized. And we figure it might still be resurrected into a useful commodity. (Photo by Jim Meachen)

GM announces four more safety recalls

(June 28, 2014) DETROIT — General Motors has announced four safety recalls covering 428,211 vehicles in the United States. Most of the recalls deal with air bag deployment and transfer case control module software.

Ford reveals new Focus ST at Goodwood Festival of Speed

(June 28, 2014) The 2015 Ford Focus ST has made its global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom — the ideal venue for showcasing the enhanced driving dynamics of Ford’s global performance version of the new Focus.

Infiniti Decherd plant begins engine assembly for Q50, C-Class

(June 27, 2014) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Infiniti today began assembly at the Infiniti Decherd Powertrain Plant, a collaboration between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG. The first engine to be assembled at the all-new facility is a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline 4-cylinder developed by Daimler.

The engines will initially be used in European versions of the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class assembled in Tuscaloosa, Ala.