September 2014

Ford adds 1,200 jobs in Kansas City to ramp up Transit production

(September 25, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has announced it is adding 1,200 jobs and a second shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant to build the all-new Ford Transit.

“The job growth we have created in U.S. manufacturing is a testament to our strong partnership with the UAW, the union’s competitiveness, and the growing demand for Ford’s portfolio of cars, utilities and trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas.

Upcoming top-end Cadillac to be named the CT6

(September 25, 2014) DETROIT – Cadillac announced today that its new, high-technology car positioned at the top of its range will be called Cadillac CT6.

“The Cadillac CT6 continues our brand’s elevation and global growth,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac chief marketing officer. “CT6 will constitute an entirely new approach to the prestige sedan, emphasizing a dynamic driving experience and advanced technology.”

GMC truck loses its glitter

This 1956 GMC pickup truck, once used as a tow truck, could stand some tender, loving care. It is living the old Biblical saying, dust to dust, and ashes to ashes; and perhaps we can add, rust to rust.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

2015 Mercedes unveils AMG C63 — Powerful high-performance athlete

(September 24, 2014) Mercedes-Benz says the high-tech drivetrain, signature AMG handling and a high level of individuality in optional equipment guarantee an utterly unique driving experience with the all-new AMG C63.

The pinnacle of the new C-Class line-up is driven by an all new 4.0-liter V8 turbocharged engine closely related to the power unit that provides breathtaking propulsion in the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The power spectrum ranges from 469 horsepower in the C63 to 503 horsepower in the C63 S.

Chrysler goes big at the State Fair of Texas

(September 24, 2014) DALLAS — Chrysler Group is going big at the State Fair of Texas, Sept. 26 - Oct. 19, with a variety of all-new vehicles, state-of-the-art displays and unique interactive experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Volkswagen Beetle Classic goes on sale from $20,195

(September 24, 2014) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen has announced that the limited-edition Beetle Classic model will go on sale this week, starting at $20,195 for the 1.8T Coupe. This new model enhances the value story for the Beetle, adding a host of new features in addition to the Beetle’s already extensive list of standard equipment.

Currently, this is the lowest priced model in the Beetle lineup, starting nearly $1500 lower than the Beetle 1.8T automatic.

Only people not thrilled about riding in Ford Transit? Prisoners

(September 24, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2015 Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle concept, or Transit PTV, features an upfit prisoner conveyance system Ford created with Warminster, Pennsylvania-based Havis Prisoner Transport Solutions to showcase Transit’s flexibility for law enforcement applications.

GM continues to expand Cadillac brand; getting new headquarters in N.Y.

(September 23, 2014) NEW YORK – As part of the continued expansion of Cadillac, General Motors today announced a strategic realignment that will establish the flagship brand as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015.

The realignment affirms Cadillac’s importance to GM’s strategy. Creating a new Cadillac business unit enables it to pursue growing opportunities in the luxury automotive market with more focus and clarity.

Infiniti to show new luxury concept in Paris, the Q80 Inspiration

(September 23, 2014) Infiniti will present the Q80 Inspiration, Infiniti’s vision of category-breaking, supreme luxurious driving, a top-of-the-line four-seat fastback that rises above the crowd, at the Paris Auto Show beginning Oct. 2.

Infiniti says the Q80 Inspiration is "an audacious and elegant step forward for Infiniti as a global player; designed to shake up the status quo in the premium large four-door club; a no-compromise ambassador of driver-centric powertrain and on-board technologies."

All-new European Ford Mondeo first to offer Ford Pedestrian Detection

(September 23, 2014) BRENTWOOD, Essex — Ford announced today its all-new Mondeo will be its first car globally to offer a new pedestrian detection technology that could help reduce the severity of accidents or help drivers avoid them altogether.

Additionally a new high-power diesel engine will lead a range of efficient EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engines.