Archive for May, 2010

Ford Motor Company is planning to shut down the Mercury brand. Ford has not officially announced that Mercury will be closed, but Bloomberg spoke to two people inside the company who said that Ford would be reduced to just two brands soon. Mercury has been largely ignored by Ford over the past few years. All […]

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All cars and trucks sold in America might soon have brake override systems and black boxes. An auto safety bill that will require black boxes and brake systems, as well as other safety changes, has been sent to the House of Representatives for a vote. The House Energy and Commerce Committee was in charge of […]

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Hummer Closed For Good

The last Hummer rolled off the assembly line just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The last Hummer, an H3, was built at the General Motors Shreveport, La. assembly plant, which will continue to build the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, according to Autoweek. General Motors promised the U.S. government that it would shrink to just […]

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Ford Sync Adds Stocks, Movies

Ford has added stocks quotes, movie times, horoscopes and travel features to the company’s SYNC service. Ford’s SYNC update will be available to any Ford owner whose SYNC is equipped with the TDI Traffic, Directions and Information application. Ford’s SYNC TDI is available only on 2010 and 2011 vehicles, and uses Microsoft’s Tellme to connect […]

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Infiniti may be planning a performance line for its cars and SUVs similar to the Mercedes-Benz AMG group or BMW M Series of cars. Nissan North America, parent company of Infiniti, has filed for trademark protection on the names “IPL” and “Infiniti Performance Line”, according to Autoweek. Most luxury brands have a performance division that […]

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Unintended acceleration in Toyotas has been blamed for 89 deaths in the Unites States. The NHTSA has changed its estimation of the number of fatalities due to unintended acceleration from 52 to 89, according to the NY Daily News. The NHTSA says that is has received 6,200 complaints of sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles […]

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Mercedes-Benz is aiming to grow sales over the next few years by adding more models to the C-Class lineup. Mercedes has already announced that the C-Class will add a coupe in 2011. The coupe and sedan will be joined by a convertible in 2013, according to Automotive News. Mercedes-Benz CEO Ernst Lieb says that the […]

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The Lamborghini Murcielago is being recalled for a defect in the gas tank that could cause a fire. The gas tanks on 2007 and 2008 model year Lamborghini Murcielagos can become detached from the supercar and can cause a fire, according to Autoblog. The welds holding the fuel pump support inside the fuel tank are […]

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BMW has announced that it will build hybrid versions of its iconic 3-Series and 5-Series cars. The BMW 5-Series hybrid will be the first to market, potentially on sale within the next year, according to Inside Line. The 3-Series hybrid will follow, probably not far behind. BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer told shareholders at BMW’s annual […]

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President Obama has ordered the government and automakers to work together to develop higher fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks that will go into effect in 2017. The new gas mileage requirements will be effective through 2025. Obama also decided that, for the first time, large trucks will have to meet fuel economy […]

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