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Ford Reveals Special 50th Anniversary Mustang

Maker celebrates pony car’s Golden Anniversary at NY Auto Show.

by on Apr.16, 2014

Ford Chairman Bill Ford stands beside the 50th anniversary Ford Mustang. Only 1,964 copies of the limited edition Mustang will be made.

It’s a big week for Ford as it celebrates the Golden Anniversary of that original pony car, the Mustang, which made its debut on April 17,1964 at the New York World’s Fair.

Ford is lighting the candles a day early with a birthday bash at the NY Auto Show but it’s also offering up something special for Mustang aficionados in the form of a 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang of which an appropriate 1,964 will be made.

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The special model is based on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT with the added Performance Pack, and comes with pretty much anything you can tick on the option list.  Despite soft sales in recent months, the new model – and the Limited Edition, in particular – could generate some serious enthusiasm.

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Mercedes Offers First Hint of New GT Sports Car

“Going into Porsche 911 space.”

by on Apr.16, 2014

A look at the interior of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GT AMG sports car due to debut later this year.

Watch your back, Porsche, you’re about to get a challenge from your cross-town rival, Mercedes-Benz.

Hours before the official opening of the 2014 New York Auto Show, Mercedes offered small group of reporters and dealers a brief tease of the all-new sports car it plans to launch later this year. And a top executive confirmed that the new Mercedes-Benz GT will take direct aim at the segment’s benchmark, the Porsche 911.

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For the moment, there aren’t many details to go on.  Mercedes offered up only a basic sketch of the exterior shape, along with some close-ups of the new GT’s interior, all done up in a seductive red leather.

But Steve Cannon, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, later told TheDetroitBureau.com, “We’re going into space the Porsche 911 has had all to itself for all these years.”

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First Look: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe

“Our ultimate halo car.”

by on Apr.16, 2014

The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe is the first model to get the new Curve Tilting Function.

Barely two months after introducing the newest 2-door version of its flagship S-Class line, Mercedes is taking the coupe to an all-new level of performance.

At an evening soiree previewing this week’s New York Auto Show, the German maker pulled the wraps off the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe, which Tobias Moers, the CEO of the high-performance unit dubbed “our ultimate halo car.”

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Previously known as the CL line, the renamed 2-doors feature more aggressive styling than their sedan siblings. But they carry over all of the various high-tech features found in the 4-door S-Class – and then some.  The S63 AMG Coupe, for example, is the first model to feature the maker’s new “Curve Tilting Function which “leans into curves like a motorcycle rider or skier,” explained Mercedes AMG boss Moers.

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Barra Defends GM’s Efforts to Fix Recalled Cars

CEO fires two top executives while pushing for change.

by on Apr.15, 2014

Embattled GM CEO Mary Barra defended the automaker's handling of the ignition switch recall in a speech today in New York.

General Motors’ Chief Executive Mary Barra today defended the automaker’s response in the wake of the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles and her own handling of a safety-related problem that had festered inside GM for more than a decade.

Barra told a gathering an industry conference in New York City that GM has already taken several steps to replace ignition lock cylinders in the 2.6 million vehicles recalled to repair ignition switches. Parts are arriving at dealers, who have been enormously helpful in addressing the problem, she noted.

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“Our actions in recent weeks show we at GM are committed to living our values. I am committed to seeing it through,” Barra said. “All of us understand what is at stake here.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ford, Toyota Continue Scrap over Small Car Sales

Japanese maker claims victory by just 906 Corollas.

by on Apr.15, 2014

Toyota is claiming the Corolla was the best-selling nameplate in the world in 2013.

The Battle of Worldwide Budget Sales continued today. Less than a week after Ford touted the Focus as the world’s best-selling nameplate, Toyota is saying not so fast.

The debate over the best-selling car in the world has gone back and for between Ford and Toyota for a few years now with Toyota claiming the Corolla has been the top dog. However, Ford has countered that Toyota pads its numbers with variants of the Corolla that really bear little resemblance to the maker’s entry-level model.

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Value of Deal with Man United Getting Early Test

$559 million tie-up got marketing chief fired.

by on Apr.15, 2014

Manchester United's Phil Townsend (left) and Chevrolet U.S. Marketing Vice President Paul Edwards announce Chevrolet's sponsorship of Manchester United's match vs. Real Madrid at the University of Michigan on Aug. 2.

One of General Motors’ most controversial marketing endeavors will be on full display as the Manchester United Football Club will barnstorm in the U.S. this summer, wearing their new jerseys, featuring the Chevrolet brand logo in distinctive colors.

With 60% of Chevrolet’s sales outside the United States, the maker is looking to make an impact in markets around the world. The $559 million, seven-year deal with Manchester United, which sidelined the career of at least one senior GM executive, also offers Chevrolet an opportunity to change the conversation around the brand away from the ignition-switch recall controversy, which has swamped the company in recent weeks.

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Manchester United, which is considered by some to be the best, if not the best-known, soccer club in the world, will play the L.A. Galaxy of Major League Soccer in the Chevrolet FC Cup, July 23, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Read the rest of this entry »

New Book Honors the Pony Car that Almost Wasn’t

Remembrances on the unlikely launch of the 1964-1/2 Mustang

by on Apr.15, 2014

Author Mike Davis provides readers of his new book, Mustang and the Pony Car Revolution, a look at how the Mustang came to be from inside Ford headquarters.

A full 50 years ago this week, a new car burst onto the scene that revolutionized the automotive business. But the original 1964-1/2 Mustang was almost an after-thought, a design that was rushed to market when then-Ford President Lee Iacocca pulled the plug on a far more stodgy small car he decided wouldn’t sell.

Not so the Mustang. The flood of headlines helped Ford sell so many it had to add two extra assembly plants to keep up with demand.

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Ford will be staging a series of events this week to mark the Mustang’s Golden Anniversary. That includes a major event at the NY Auto Show where the all-new 2015 Mustang will be on display. The make is even cutting a new model into three pieces to haul it up to the observation deck at the Empire State Building. Read the rest of this entry »

Dodge Offers “Double-Up” Lease on Charger, Challenger

Customers get a year in a 2014, three in a new 2015.

by on Apr.15, 2014

Dodge comes up with an unusual lease program for its Charger and Challenger models.

The new Dodge “Double-Up” deal is offering Charger and Challenger customers a chance to get two vehicles out of one lease.

The move appears to be meant to give some momentum to the two Detroit muscle cars which have been struggling to gain ground on traditional segment leaders Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. It also helps clear out an inventory backlog as Dodge prepares to roll out updated versions of its twin performance models.

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The Double-Up program lets a buyer lease a 2014 Dodge Charger or Challenger and then come back, a year from now to swap out for a 2015 model. Read the rest of this entry »

Land Rover Launches Partnership with Virgin Galactic

British maker is first “global partner” of manned space company.

by on Apr.15, 2014

A mock-up of the Virgin Galactic Enterprise makes its NY debut alongside the new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept.

Land Rover has lined up a new partnership that might be described as out-of-this-world, pairing the British SUV manufacturer with fledgling manned space company Virgin Galactic.

Part of British mega-entrepreneur Richard Branson’s empire – which runs from music to airlines – Virgin Galactic plans to launch a test flight of its manned spacecraft, dubbed the Enterprise, later this year and launch commercial flights soon after.  The “long-term” partnership will begin with Land Rover providing vehicles for use at the new Spaceport America in New Mexico.

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“This is a huge, momentous occasion,” proclaimed Phil Popham, Land Rover’s Global Operations Director, during a ceremony aboard the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier that is anchored off Manhattan – and where a replica of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft was positioned next to the Discovery Vision Concept vehicle the British maker will officially unveil at the New York Auto Show this week.

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Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Gets Out-of-this-World Debut

Show car sets the stage for a “family” of Discovery models.

by on Apr.15, 2014

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept makes its debut aboard the USS Intrepid.

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept made an out-of-this-world debut during a New York Auto Show preview, appearing alongside a mock-up of the Virgin Galactic Enterprise, the world’s first commercial manned spacecraft, aboard the retired aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid.

The Discovery – sold in the U.S. as the Land Rover LR4 — has long been one of the British maker’s most popular models and the Vision Concept hints at what’s to come when an all-new version debuts next year.  Or, more precisely, what’s to come when a whole new “family” of Discovery models begins to roll out in 2015, LR officials revealed.

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“This concept represents our vision of a family of Discovery (models), not just one,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s design director, during the evening unveiling.

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