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Ford to Unveil New Model During Woodward Dream Cruise Tomorrow. Mustang NASCAR Cup Edition Coming?

This remains ‘Merican pavement pulverizing territory. The burnt rubber on Woodward avenue in the run up to the Dream Cruise with the prelude of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge at the MI Concourse just off Woodward in Pontiac are just the latest examples. With American passenger cars now an endangered species, the pony cars thrive. I’ll wager the Mustang is the last passenger car assembled by FMC after the crossover tidal wave finishes washing though the auto industry and it wrestles with connect and self-driving vehicles. Continue reading

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Profits of Trucks – Tahoe, Suburban Premier Plus Models

” Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another option to choose from with several added premium touches.” They start at +$75,000. Continue reading

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JMC, Ford Develop Territory in China

Territory was developed and tested at Ford in Nanjing, China and Melbourne, Australia. The all-new SUV will be manufactured at JMC’s Xiao Lan plant. No word yet on possible export plans to North America, which is currently embroiled in Trump’s trade wars, although Ford acknowledges it has another small crossover coming there. From where is not confirmed. Continue reading

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2019 Lexus ES 350 in Production at Georgetown Kentucky

Workers at the company’s U.S. facility spent more than 150,000 hours training to build the ES model that delivers Lexus claims of a “fundamentally higher level of performance than its predecessors.” That includes sensory training that teaches assemblers, for instance, to feel for an abnormality as minute as a thread of hair. Continue reading

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Gen Seven Lexus ES Sedan Starts at $40,075

The ES 300h is capable of delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, responsive performance and minimal emissions for an entry-level executive sedan (at these prices?). Continue reading

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Lightweighting Avant-Garde – GM, BMW, Asahi Kasei, Mazda, Sika Automotive

The winner in the Full Vehicle category was the behemoth General Motors’ 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, which weighed in at 450 pounds (204.5 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor. GM was caught napping by Ford when it introduced its aluminum intensive F-Series –long the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Continue reading

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2019 Silverado 1500 has Largest Pickup Bed

“The bed is the heart and soul of any pickup,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer, Full-Size Trucks, General Motors. “We’ve added so many features and benefits that it deserves its own name – Durabed.” Continue reading

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Modest Tweaks for 2019 Durango and Dodge Line

“The Durango is our three-row Charger of the SUV segment, delivering uncompromised utility, advanced technology, class-leading towing and driving range, confident driving dynamics and aggressive styling,” said Steve Beam, Continue reading

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Italdesign Nissan GT-R50 Debuts at Goodwood

The vehicle commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R, in 2019, and Italdesign, in 2018. Odds on it will be built and be very expensive. Continue reading

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Toyota Supra to Run in NASCAR Xfinity Series

It’s the latest attempt to position Toyota as an American company against the background booms of the Trump trade wars. Toyota has 14 manufacturing plants in North America – if you count Mexico, which is also under siege. There are ten in the U.S. There are 1500 dealerships here. All told Toyota employs 37,000 people here. America? Well that require a thought process with nuance absent in the ruling party. Continue reading

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Ford Introduces Two Taxis with Hybrid and Diesel Powertrains

The van-like Taxi seats five with a flexible interior. It has more than 60 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the second row, more than the Nissan NV200 Taxi , which beat it to market years ago. Continue reading

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Active Damping Controls Ride on 2019 Ford Raptor

As with generations of cars before Raptor, electronics allow for increasing sophisticated and complicated algorithms that – when working properly – add refinement that was once impossible with mechanical set-ups. Continue reading

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Ecstasy and SUVs – Rolls-Royce to Launch Cullinan Tomorrow

Perhaps Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, should consider a brand name change to RR Vehicles – hardly engrossing but accurate. Continue reading

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Auto China 2018 – Mercedes A-Class L, Maybach Show Car

“This car is made specifically for the Chinese market. The long-wheelbase A-Class Sedan is unparalleled in the compact segment, bringing together outstanding comfort with a fresh and dynamic design and top-notch technology.” Continue reading

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Chinese Currents – Buick Enspire All-Electric Concept

The car is remarkable because it debuts during a trade war invoked by the Trump Administration and China, the world’s largest car market. The Chinese have expressed the desire to replace the fleet with electrified vehicles, but no standards or rules have thus far been published. Continue reading

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