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Jaguar Unveils XE SV Project 8 – Its Most Powerful Street Model Ever

“Performance on a level previously not targeted by Jaguar.”

by on Jun.28, 2017

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 can hit 60 in 3.3 seconds and tops out at 200 mph.

Long known for sports cars like the classic E-Type, Jaguar has been putting more muscle behind its sexy sheet metal lately, the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 takes things to a new level.

Pouring out an impressive 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque through all four wheels, and capable of clearing 60 in just 3.3 seconds, the British maker is billing the Project 8 as its “fastest accelerating model ever.

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“We have really been able to unleash the potential of our engineering and design teams in specifying Project 8,” says said, Mark Stanton, director of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, or SVO, unit. “We are at the beginning of a very challenging and exciting development program which will see us focus on ensuring Project 8 delivers track performance on a level previously not targeted by Jaguar.”

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Ford Recalls 402K Transits Due to Drive Shaft Problem

Company includes 370K vehicles in the U.S.

by on Jun.28, 2017

Ford is recalling 402K Transits in North America for a drive shaft problem.

Ford is recalling more than 400,000 Transit vans across North America to deal with defective drive shafts. The repairs will be made at no cost to the owners.

Officially, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is recalling 402,462 Transits, including 370,630 in the U.S. The action covers 2015 through 2017 model-year Transits from the company’s plant in Kansas City built between Jan. 17, 2014 and June 15, 2017.

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A defective flexible coupling could cause separation of the drive shaft, cutting off motive power, causing the vehicle to move while parked or damaging surrounding parts. Ford said it had not identified any crashes or injuries connected to the defect. (more…)

Most Americans Can No Longer Afford a New Vehicle

Study finds cars most affordable in Washington, D.C.

by on Jun.28, 2017

Many buyers are finding themselves priced out of the new vehicle market these days.

If you find the price of that new vehicle you’ve been looking at just a little out of reach, well, you’re not alone. When June numbers come out in a few days, the typical price for a new car, truck or crossover is expected to approach $34,000, and only in a handful of American cities is that within reach of the median household income, according to a new study by Bankrate.com.

In fact, the study suggests that the typical new vehicle is within reach of the typical household in just one U.S. city: Washington, D.C., with San Francisco right on the cusp. In places like Miami and Detroit, however, the average household can afford to pay barely half what the average new vehicle is priced at these days.

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Affordability has become an increasingly serious concern in recent years, as the price of the typical vehicle has rapidly risen to record levels. And it’s expected to become even more of an issue now that most analysts believe the U.S. automotive market is on the decline after three consecutive years of record sales.

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Fiat Chrysler Urging Owners to “Check To Protect” Vehicle Recalls

Maker partners with National Safety Council on new website.

by on Jun.28, 2017

Fiat Chrysler is partnering with the National Safety Council to raise awareness of unrepaired recalls through the Check To Protect website.

The National Safety Council and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have collaborated on a new website that allows consumers to check if their vehicle has an open recall, such as those involving airbags made by now-bankrupt Takata Corp.

It’s estimated that just 35% of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags have been repairs, but the consequences can be catastrophic for not getting the vehicle fixed. The defective inflators have been traced to 16 deaths and 180 injuries.

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The “Check To Protect” campaign allows users to enter their vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number – found in the lower left corner of the car windshield or on the inside of the driver side door – at www.checktoprotect.org to obtain a full recall status report on any open recalls for that specific vehicle. (more…)

Reason to Celebrate: July 4 Gas Prices Plunge

Prices at pump are lowest since February.

by on Jun.28, 2017

Holiday drivers have reason to celebrate this Independence Day: the lowest average gas prices since February.

Despite a surge in demand for gasoline as the summer driving season picks up momentum, the national average price for gasoline is nearing an all-time low for the year at $2.26 per gallon, according to AAA.

AAA reported that the last time the national average was this low was February. In addition, the website Gas Buddy estimated that this is the first time in 17 years that the price of gasoline on July 4th is likely to be less than the price on Jan. 1 of the same year.

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Right now, AAA forecasts 37.5 million American will drive to their holiday destination, which may boost gas prices slightly. (more…)

Georgia Driver Gets Extraterrestrial Help With Speeding Ticket

We are not alone ... well, he wasn't anyway.

by on Jun.27, 2017

With this guy as your passengers, surely warp speed is possible!

It’s safe to say that at least one driver in Atlanta had good reason for trying to achieve warp speed while buzzing through the northern reaches of the city: He was not alone.

His copilot was an alien.

We Are Not Alone!

No, not the type that should be concerned with a certain recent Supreme Court ruling or edicts from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but a real-life extraterrestrial … sort of. (more…)

Despite Falling Sales, New Vehicle Prices on Upswing

Rising incentive levels not undoing rise in transaction prices.

by on Jun.27, 2017

Despite a soft market and plenty of incentive, people are paying more for new cars than ever.

New vehicle sales in the U.S. have softened this year forcing automaker and analyst alike to reconfigure their once-lofty sales expectations for 2017.

Most expected this year to approach last year’s record of 17.55 million units, but after a fourth straight month of down or flat sales — June sales are expected to slide 4% — most are forecasting sales to come in closer to 17 million units.

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General Motors revised its forecasts earlier today down to the “low 17-million” unit range while the analysts at LMC Automotive rounded down 100,000 units to 17.1 million. (more…)

Dodge Conjures up the Demon for New Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

“You can feel the extra grip.”

by on Jun.27, 2017

The latest entry into the Dodge performance family, the Hellcat Widebody picks up key Demon cues.

Hellacious, it may be, but with a mere 707 horsepower, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is no match for the raw, blistering power of the new Dodge Demon. But it’s about to come a little closer.

The Detroit muscle car brand is about to up the performance ante with yet another entrant into its Hellcat family: the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Call it the Challenger Widebody for short, suggests Jim Wilder, head of the development team, noting it takes nearly as long to say the muscle coupe’s full name as it needs to launch from 0 to 60.

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The latest entry into the Dodge muscle car family is designed to squeeze out every ounce of performance out of the Hellcat motor, a 6.2-liter monster that – until the Demon debuted – laid claim to being the most powerful factory-built vehicle ever.

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Ford Grapples With Chemical Spill into Lake Erie

Mix of deionized water and e-coat not considered hazardous, fire department says.

by on Jun.27, 2017

Ford is working to control a chemical spill at its Avon Lake, Ohio plant that dumped chemicals into Lake Erie.

Ford Motor Co. is grappling with a chemical spill at its Avon Lake Assembly plant that could potentially result in thousands of gallons of material being sent into Lake Erie.

“We have an emergency response team on-site to address an accidental release of a chemical used in the paint process into a storm sewer leading to Lake Erie,” a Ford spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

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“We have identified and eliminated the source of the leak and do not expect additional e-coat to enter the storm sewer. We are working with authorities to contain it as quickly as possible. We are absolutely committed to the health and safety of our community and ensuring our properties meet environmental requirements,” Ford’s statement added.  (more…)

Aston Martin Parts Ways With LeEco on RapidE EV Program

Project scales back – but other EV models, including version of DBX ute, likely to follow.

by on Jun.27, 2017

Aston Martin plans to have the RapidE battery-car in production in 2019, but in low volumes.

Aston Martin has released renderings of its first fully electric vehicle, the RapidE, a battery-based version of its four-door Rapide sports sedan.

But the British maker is also confirming that it is scaling back the program, which was aimed at producing a competitor to the likes of high-end versions of the Tesla Model S. Splitting from its Chinese-owned partner, LeEco, Aston now plans a “limited run” of just 155 RapidE battery-cars.

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The break-up was first reported by the Reuters news service, quoting Aston CEO Andy Palmer. A well-placed source confirmed that report for TheDetroitBureau.com, but also noted that, if anything, Aston has plans to keep pushing into the battery-car space with additional models, starting with a version of the upcoming DBX sport-utility vehicle.

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