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Ford Invests $1.3 Bil at Kentucky Plant for New Super Duty

Automaker adding 2,000 jobs.

by on Dec.01, 2015

Ford plans to expand its uses of aluminum in its truck to include its Super Duty line-up.

Ford Motor Co. is preparing to spend $1.3 billion to prepare the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, for the next generation heavy-duty pickup truck, which will have an all-aluminum body just like the popular F-150.

The move will also create 2,000 new jobs to support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck, which Ford is already describing as the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck line-up ever despite some tough competition from General Motors and FCA U.S.

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Ford is investing $1.3 billion for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new truck in Kentucky. The investment in the new body shop comes on top of the $80 million Ford invested in 2014 to meet growing customer demand for Super Duty trucks. (more…)

Ford Pays $600 Mil for UAW Worker Signing Bonuses

Executives remain mum on moving production to Mexico.

by on Nov.30, 2015

Ford CEO Mark Fields noted the automaker paid $600 million for labor peace with the UAW.

Ford Motor Co. is setting aside $600 million in the fourth quarter to cover the cost of its newly ratified labor agreement with the United Auto Workers.

The $600 million will be used to cover the cost of the $8,500 ratification bonus due each of the company’s 53,000 hourly workers under the new contract, Ford executives said during a conference call.

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It also handles back pay due employees to cover the incremental wage increases due under the terms of agreement. The retroactive pay goes back to the Sept. 14 expiration of Ford’s old pact with the UAW under the terms of the agreement. (more…)

CARB Forcing VW, Audi, Porsche to Fix More Diesels

Sport-utility powerplants have cheat code.

by on Nov.30, 2015

The California Air Resources Board ordered Porsche and Audi vehicles using a 3.0-liter diesel engine to brought into compliance.

The Volkswagen Group faces new challenges in selling diesel-powered Porsche and Audi utility vehicles in the state of California.

The California Air Resources Board today sent an In Use Compliance letter notifying Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche to start the process necessary to recall and repair illegal emissions software in all 3.0-liter diesel vehicles, model years 2009 – 2015, sold in California.

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Audi has played up the performance advantages of the 3.0-liter diesel engines used in utility vehicles, such as the Audi Q7, and the 3.0-liter diesel is popular in Porsche’s two most popular utility vehicles, the Cayenne and Macan. (more…)

Who Loves Their Cars the Most? Millennials!

New index reveals Porsche Macan gets most love.

by on Nov.25, 2015

The Porsche Macan is the most-loved car in the U.S., according to a new survey from Strategic Vision.

Bo Diddley and later George Thorogood have both asked the question, “Who do you love?” but nowadays automakers want to know “What do you love” and who’s doing lovin’?

According to a new study, Gen Y is surprisingly the strongest lovers of their cars with the Porsche Macan engendering the strongest feelings.

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Strategic Vision’s newly created Customer Love Index (CLI) is tracking automotive amore to see what consumer segment has the strongest attachment to vehicles and then, of course, scoring what vehicles are most loved. (more…)

November Auto Sales Expected to Set Record Pace

Automakers embracing "Black Friday" sales concept to move steel.

by on Nov.25, 2015

November auto sales are expected to be the best November results ever thanks, in part, to Black Friday sales promotions.

With car sales heading for a big “Friday Finish,” November’s numbers look as if they could shatter any number of records, according to analysts.

TrueCar, Inc. projects total new vehicle sales, including fleet deliveries, will reach 1.352 million units in November, a 3.9 % increase from a year ago and the highest ever for the month.

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The expected growth will push the seasonally adjusted annualized rate or SAAR for total light vehicle sales to 18.6 million units, the strongest pace of any month so far this year and up from a 17.1 million-unit SAAR year ago. Solid consumer demand coupled with Black Friday campaigns may boost retail sales by 3% to 1,157,800 units. (more…)

Watchdog Fights Accelerating Autonomous Vehicle Testing Pace

Google pushing for ability to accelerate development.

by on Nov.24, 2015

A Mountain View, CA police officer gives a warning to a Google Car for driving too slow. Photo courtesy Google autonomous vehicle blog.

The idea of being able to turn over all of the driving responsibilities to an autonomous fleet of vehicles gets major endorsements from federal safety officials, at least half of drivers, automakers and last, but certainly not least, Google.

In fact, recently Google officials complained they felt like they were being held back in the development of their vehicle. Despite a dozen accidents – none of which were deemed Google’s fault – and most recently, a situation where a policeman pulled over the autonomous vehicle for driving too … wait for it … slowly, the tech giant wants to speed up development.

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Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a staunch ally in the move toward autonomous vehicles, believing they could virtually eliminate traffic accidents and, by extension, the thousands of fatalities that occur on U.S. highways and byways annually. (more…)

Half of US Drivers Enjoying Sub-$2 a Gallon Gas

Indiana, Ohio seeing country's lowest prices.

by on Nov.24, 2015

Gas prices are below $2 a gallon in more than half the country due to low crude prices.

The price of crude oil remains under pressure, tamping down the price of gasoline on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday to the lowest level since 2008 when the U.S. economy was still reeling from the financial crisis.

With some 42 million Americans are expected to take a road trip this Thanksgiving, the retail price of gasoline has fallen steadily through November for a total savings of 15 cents per gallon and the national average remains poised to fall below the $2 per gallon benchmark by the Christmas holiday, according to AAA.

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More than half of U.S. stations are selling gas for less than $2 per gallon. The national average price of $2.07 per gallon represents a savings of nine cents per gallon versus one week ago, and 14 cents per gallon on the month. Significant yearly savings persist and pump prices are down 75 cents per gallon compared to this same date last year. (more…)

Global Survey Finds Strong Interest in Autonomous Vehicles

But serious doubts about safety linger.

by on Nov.24, 2015

Drivers continue to express an increasing interest in autonomous vehicle technology.

As automakers get closer to putting the first autonomous vehicles on the road they’re finding growing interest in the new technology, a new study of potential buyers in the U.S. and nine other major markets revealing that 60% of consumers would be willing to travel in a fully self-driving car.

Consumers expect some significant benefits from the new technology, including easier parking and the ability to multitask, according to the report being released today by the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group.

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But while many proponents of autonomous technology expect the biggest payoff to come in the form of improved safety – some predicting a world where highway fatalities become a rare, rather than routine, occurrence – a majority of those surveyed admit being worried about the safety of driverless vehicles. (more…)

Tesla Recalls Every Single Model S for Seat Belt Issue

EV maker says move shows unwavering commitment to owner safety.

by on Nov.23, 2015

Tesla is recalling all 90,000 Model S sedans for a seat belt issue.

Tesla Motors Inc. plans to use the recall of every Model S that it has ever built to highlight its commitment to safety.

The EV maker announced it is recalling all of the 90,000 Model S vehicles that the electric-car company has made after a driver in Europe discovered that her front seat belt became disconnected from the pretensioner.

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“Tesla recently found a Model S in Europe with a front seat belt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pretensioner,” the company wrote in an e-mail to customers Friday. “This vehicle was not involved in a crash and there were no injuries. However, in the event of a crash, a seat belt in this condition would not provide full protection.” (more…)

Ford Makes Moves to Improve Safety: Recalls 425K, Cuts Takata

Japanese supplier suffers another blow with maker's departure.

by on Nov.23, 2015

Ford is recalling 425,000 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans from 2010 and 2011 due to a fuel tank issue.

Ford is facing two safety issues and dealing with one by fixing the problem and the other by eliminating the source: Takata.

The automaker is recalling about 450,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan from the 2010 and 2011 model years due to a fuel tank issue.

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Some of the vehicles may have a canister purge valve that does not work correctly. The problem can lead to internal pressure changes that could lead to a crack, leaked fuel and a possibly a fire if that fuel meets an ignition source. Thus far, the maker is unaware of any accidents, injuries or fires due to the problem. (more…)