August 2014

Long-time Toyota employee wins 10-millionth Camry built in Kentucky

(August 28, 2014) GEORGETOWN, Ky. — They say hard work is its own reward, but getting the keys to a new car makes it even better. Just ask Tom Keith. He was the envy of all 7,000 Toyota Georgetown team members when the company announced he had won a 2014 Camry in a random drawing of team members during a ceremony this week.

This wasn’t just any white Camry, this was the 10-millionth vehicle made at the plant since the first Camry rolled off the line in 1988 (another white Camry). Keith is a team member in the Quality Control Department and has been with the company for 26 years.

GM to build next-generation Cadillac SRX, new engines at Spring Hill plant

(August 28, 2014) SPRING HILL, Tenn. — General Motors will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex, retaining 390 jobs. GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill. Spring Hill was originally built to manufacture the Saturn.

Volvo unveils its all-new XC90

(August 27, 2014) Volvo Cars has  unveiled its all-new Volvo XC90, delivering on its promise to introduce a visually striking, seven-seat luxury SUV with world leading safety features, advanced powertrain technologies, an unrivaled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

Three years in the making and part of an $11 billion investment program, the all-new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilizing its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

Not for the faint of heart — Celebrating a new car launch, M Style

(August 27, 2014) Worried that potential buyers might not remember that its small performance coupe has gone up a digit from 3 to 4, BMW decided to produce a video celebrating the launch of the “first-ever M4.”

Volvo announces pricing, details of its 2015.5 model lineup

(August 26, 2014) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Coming off the heels of the most significant product refresh in company history, the launch of the powerful and fuel efficient Drive-E powertrains, and the introduction of the V60 sportswagon, Volvo’s transformation continues to unfold with the launch of the model year 2015.5 vehicles.

Renowned adventurer Bear Grylls partners with Land Rover

(August 26, 2014) WHITLEY, U.K. — British adventurer Bear Grylls has been announced as a long-term global ambassador for Land Rover. One of the world’s most recognized faces of survival and adventure, Bear embodies Land Rover’s "Above and Beyond" spirit, having climbed Mount Everest and led ground-breaking expeditions from Antarctica to the Arctic.

Unleashed by Mustang: Ford reveals limited-edition fashion collaboration

(August 26, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — Fashion innovators Anna Sui, Rogan, Paula Cademartori, CO|TE and Pamela Love join Ford Motor Company to celebrate the iconic Ford Mustang with the debut of Mustang Unleashed, a limited-edition line of one-of-a-kind shirts.

These five designers from around the world each created three unique Mustang-inspired shirts, resulting in a collection of 15 designs. The line is produced by Loomstate, a leader in organic and sustainable apparel. It will be available starting in September exclusively at, an innovative online shopping destination.

Lincoln and Matthew McConaughey begin new creative journey

(August 26, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Lincoln Motor Company has announced a multi-year collaboration with Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey, who will act as a storyteller in a series of upcoming TV and digital campaigns starting with the first-ever 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility.

“Authenticity is a word that kept coming up in our initial meetings. It was clear from the start they appreciated me as an individual first and foremost, and I would be able to be myself in this collaboration,” said McConaughey, a longtime admirer of Lincoln.

Shredding a shed: How a GMC Sierra 2500 crew cab saved my bacon

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(August 26, 2014) I'm not the kind of guy who pays people to do jobs around the house that I can do myself. It just rubs me the wrong way. When I have time on my hands, I have lots of time on my hands – one of the benefits/curses of freelancing. That's how this blog got started: Work was slow and I wanted something to do. I got the bright idea to create a blog. I posted on it nearly every day in the beginning. Now, I'm lucky to post twice a week. But that's another story.

Toyota to boost U.S. production of hot-selling Highlander

(August 25, 2014) Toyota says it will spend $100 million to boost production of the Highlander SUV at its southwestern Indiana factory, with plans to add 300 workers in the next couple of years. Company officials announced Friday the project would allow it to build up to 30,000 more Highlanders a year at the factory near Princeton, about 25 miles north of Evansville.