June 13

BYO Stang Online

It may be Friday the 13th, but nothing unlucky about the new 2015 Mustang online configurator where you can build the Mustang of your dreams

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GM Rules the Large SUV Market

In May, 29,422 large SUV’s were sold in the United States; 75% of those sales were made by GM, not even including the Escalade. The folks over at Good Car Bad Car have put together a chart that illustrates this dominance perfectly… it’s pretty amazing.

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June 12

The Aluminum Takeover

A study performed by The Aluminum Association finds that 75% of all new pickup trucks produced in North America will have aluminum bodies by 2025. Also within that time frame, it is expected that 26.6% of all light duty vehicles will have body and closure parts composed of the lightweight metal. Currently, aluminum penetration rates for hoods, doors and complete bodies is less than 1%; however, by 2025 that is expect to rise to 85%, 46% and 18%, respectively. The use of these parts greatly increases the fuel efficiency by means of weight reduction and is necessary to meet the upcoming federal fuel efficiency standards. 

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NHTSA Launches TireWise Campaign

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today launched its TireWise campaign that provides consumers and retailers with essential information about choosing and caring for tires. The NHTSA is adamant that old, degraded tires are a key factor in many crash situations. A new or revised set of safety and endurance standards for light passenger vehicles and pickup trucks is necessary, according to the NHTSA. These updates would feature a five-bin rating system for tread wear, and traction and rolling resistance in order to offer consumers a broader choice range in each tire category.

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June 11

Alfa Romeo 4C Finally US Bound

As reported on Autoblog, when the 4C arrives in dealerships, the starting price will be $53,900 plus a hefty $1,295 for destination. They will only be making 500 launch editions; if you want one, expect to pay a premium somewhere in the neighborhood of $70,000. These special editions will receive larger dark finish wheels, sport suspension and a sport exhaust. Welcome back Alfa Romeo.

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GM Trademarks “Zora” for Corvette

GM Authority has discovered that the good folks at General Motors have filed a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name Zora. Fans will remember Zora as the name of one of the fathers of the original Corvette: Zora Arkus-Duntov. While we don’t know what this will entail, we do know that the possibilities are very exciting.

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June 10

USPS Goes Hot Rodding

The United States Postal Service just issued a new series of Hot Rod Stamps. The stamps are being issued as First-Class Mail Forever booklets. The vehicles depicted are the 1932 Ford “Deuce” Roadsters; one showcases a black ’32 Ford roadster with orange flames running down the car’s body and the other showcases a red ’32 Ford roadster. Get yours today.

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Mustang Based Lincoln???

Rumors are circling on the interwebs that Lincoln is considering a sporty vehicle based on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. Check it out. H/T Carbuzz

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June 9

Lexus is Making a Run at the Champs

Lexus is back and in a big way: they outsold Mercedes for the second time in five months in 2014, and are only 12,000 units behind BMW, the other major player. This is a change from when BMW and Mercedes took the Luxury U.S. sales crown away from Lexus in 2011, putting an end to an 11-year streak. This is also impressive due to the fact that Mercedes is having so much success with the smaller CLA. However, Lexus has a plan to continue success with the new RC coupe and NX compact crossover. H/T Bloomberg

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“No More Concessions”

New UAW president Dennis Williams was elected this past weekend and had some strong words for auto manufacturers. As reported by Reuters, he vowed “No More Concessions,” claiming that the 400,000 strong union has not seen a raise in 10 years and that he does not like confrontation, but is not afraid of it either. This stance will surely make for interesting negotiations next year. 

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