May 8, 2014

Ford to Raffle off One-of-a-Kind 50th Anniversary Mustang Convertible for Charity

Ford announced it will raffle off a one-of-a-kind 2015 Mustang 50 Years convertible this summer to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The winner of the exclusive convertible will be announced in Mustang Alley in Ferndale, Michigan on Aug. 16, 2014 during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.   


Lexus Asks Fans Name New “Orange” Paint Color for RC F

Lexus announced today via their Facebook page that they would like its fans to help name the new orange shade that will only be available on its new RC F model. Let the crowdsourcing begin!


May 7, 2014

Ferrari Will Unveil One New Model Each Year

As reported on Topspeed, Ferrari will be releasing one new model each year for the next five years. This will be done with a cap of 7,000 units per year. In an effort to increase exclusivity, Ferrari has decided that each model will have a four-year life cycle; from there, “M” versions will be built, of which another four years will be tacked on to them. 


With 8 Months Left to Live, FJ Cruiser Sales are up 508%

According to Jalopnik, the Toyota FJ Cruiser had sales for April that were up 508% year over year and 52.4% over all of last year (and its only half way through the year). This will be the FJ’s last model year, but production will continue through December. Meanwhile, Toyota’s other off-road SUVs are having great years so far: the 2014 Toyota 4Runner is up 29.9% so far this year and the 2014 Lexus GX is up 135% in April compared to April 2013.


May 6, 2014

Mercedes to Redesign the G-Class for 2017

According to Autocar, the G-Class (also known as the Gelandewagen) is going to be redesigned after 35 years of continuous service. The biggest change will be the heavy use of aluminum in order to shed a massive 450 pounds from its heavy body. The new G-Class will include a new interior more in line with the new C and E Class vehicles, as well as new suspension components. Last year’s sales of the “G Truck” were the strongest to date, so this update makes perfect sense for Mercedes as the popularity of this type of vehicle continues to rise worldwide.


Jeep Lays Out 5-Year Plan

As reported on Autoblog, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Machionne presented a five-year plan for the company. President and CEO of Jeep Michael Manley outlined big goals, including the expansion from five nameplates built in one country to six nameplates built in six countries. The company is seeking to add 1,300 dealers over the next few years and has an aggressive goal of doubling Jeep sales by 2018.


Dodge to become Performance Brand and Integrate SRT

According to Chrysler Group LLC, Dodge will be repositioned as a performance brand and will be dropping the Avenger in 2014 and Grand Caravan in 2016. Also, Dodge will once again become the home for SRT: the Viper will rejoin the Dodge line up and the SRT line will expand to cover the Dart and Journey, while losing the 300 and Grand Cherokee SRT variants.



May 5, 2014

Jean-Marc Gales, New CEO of Lotus

According for PROTON Holdings, parent company of Lotus Motors, Jean-Marc Gales was named CEO today. Gales has held several executive positions in the past with General Motors, VW, Daimler and most recently as the President of Automobiles Citroen and Automobiles Peugeot between 2009 and 2012.


All-New GMC Canyon Brings Segment Safety Firsts to Midsize Trucks

Announced late last week, the all-new 2015 GMC Canyon will include a patent-pending child safety feature in addition to other segment-leading capabilities. According to the release, “smaller jump seats found in extended cab midsize trucks may have too little lower seat cushion length to meet many child restraint manufacturer’s recommendation to have at least 80% of the child restraint base fit on the seat cushion.”

GM’s engineers have designed a solution for the 2015 Canyon extended cab to help keep kids in child restraints safer in a collision. The jump seat cushion can be extended by removing the head rest and inserting it horizontally into the seat base, satisfying the seat base recommendation of most child restraint manufacturers. Watch the video here.