May 2016

Ford invests in company to accelerate cloud-based software development

(May 9, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has announced an investment in Pivotal, a cloud-based software platform company headquartered in San Francisco, to further enhance its software development capabilities and deliver innovations to customers more quickly.

The $182.2 million investment in Pivotal aims to help drive Ford’s transition to an auto and a mobility company. Ford is continuing to focus on and invest in its core business — designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing cars, SUVs, trucks and electrified vehicles.

Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R — The best and wildest horse ever

By Jim Prueter

(May 9, 2016) Roman author Seneca once said, “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms — you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.” So to put it briefly, I’m taking his advice.
The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is the evolution of the Shelby Mustang GT350 first introduced in 1965, and the racing version, the Shelby GT350R, which followed shortly thereafter.

2017 Subaru Outback, Legacy offer new trim levels, safety features

(May 8, 2016) CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Subaru has introduced the 2017 Outback Touring and Legacy Sport trim levels. The models will arrive into retailers later this summer.

As the new flagship model, the 2017 Outback Touring features a dark gray grille and 18-inch wheels with dark gray accents and a machined finish. Low-profile roof rails in a silver finish along with lower cladding and Outback badging in chrome accentuate the unique styling of this model.  

2016 Lexus RX 350: In praise of (some) personality

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(May 8, 2016) It was time to see if the positive feelings created on the launch drive of the new RX would carry over to everyday life on familiar roads. Once the most conservative member of the Lexus family (next to the nearly somnambulant ES 350), the RX nevertheless accounts for more than 100,000 sales each year, and has sold two million copies since its introduction in 1998.

This old Jeep

An old Jeep looks rather forlorn as it endures the hardship of Colorado weather in its retirement from active duty. MotorwayAmerica contributor Jim Prueter found the Jeep near Gateway, Col.

FCA Windsor Assembly Plant builds all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan

(May 7, 2016) WINDSOR, Ontario — Standing in the heart of Windsor, Ont., the FCA US Windsor Assembly Plant has been a mainstay in the community for the past 88 years. Many models have rolled off the line over the years, but none more well-known or recognizable than the minivan, which launched in 1983. Since then, more than 14.3 million minivans have been sold to date, of which 10 million have come through the Windsor plant.

2017 Ford Escape lands in primetime on 'Blacklist,' and 'Blindspot'

(May 6, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. —The new 2017 Ford Escape is teaming with a pair of primetime crime fighters to give viewers custom content that will air on NBC throughout May, in pieces jointly created by Ford and NBC.

“The Blacklist” actress Mazhan Marnò, who plays FBI agent Samar Navabi on the hit show, will appear in an Escape for a three-week series of commercials during the show’s broadcast.

All-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup begins production in Alabama

(May 6, 2016)  LINCOLN, Ala. — More than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) on Thursday celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, slated to go on-sale soon at Honda dealerships nationwide.

HMA is the exclusive manufacturer of the innovative Ridgeline that is once again challenging conventional thinking in the pickup truck market with Honda-exclusive features, design and technology that help Ridgeline set new benchmarks for versatility, capability and comfort in the midsize pickup segment.

Ram Truck brand 'dominates the field' at Churchill Downs

(May 6, 2016) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Ram Truck brand will “Dominate the Field” May 7 at this year’s 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. For the seventh consecutive year, Ram is the “Official Truck” of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby and the exclusive automotive partner.

The brand’s multitiered sponsorship includes immersing fans attending the races, as well as those watching from home, in a total Ram Truck brand experience.

Side-by-side Mustangs showcase 50 years of innovation

(May 6, 2016) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum (NIHF) have unveiled a one-of-a-kind Mustang that marries a 1965 model to a 2015 model in a unique side-by-side display for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum. The split-personality Mustang is part of a new, permanent Intellectual Property Power Exhibit   at the National Inventors Hall of Fame museum on the United States Patent and Trademark Office Campus in Alexandria, Va. The Mustang, along with other exhibits.