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Ford Explorer Industry-First Rear Inflatable Seat Belts Earn Prestigious Safety Award

Ford’s industry-exclusive rear inflatable seat belts – one of the 2011 Explorer’s breakthrough safety innovations that helped nearly triple the vehicle’s March sales – earned the 2011 Traffic Safety Achievement Award from the New York International Auto Show’s World Traffic Safety Symposium. […]

The Toyota Prius is available, but are dealer markups coming?

Higher Toyota Prius prices inevitable? Are Prius supplies really adequate? My local Toyota dealership isn’t the biggest SoCal dealership, but it isn’t small either. On a normal day, for instance, finding 30 or more Toyota Prius hybrids on the lot isn’t unusual. Of course, these aren’t normal days. Thanks to rising gas prices and a tsunami-caused supply constraint, […] […]

Bob Lutz stands by the Chevrolet Volt

Bob Lutz's baby, the Chevrolet Volt at its concept debut The Volt is the future One of the most interesting characters in the auto industry, ever, is former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz. Love him or hate him he’s always candid, interesting and entertaining. And soon he’ll unload even more auto industry tales in a way only […] […]

Ford EcoBoost Engines: Conserving Fuel, Adding Sales, Attracting New Customers

The EcoBoost™ engine family isn’t just giving some Ford vehicles a bump in fuel economy. The engines also are giving Ford sales a boost by attracting customers who had not previously considered a Ford brand product. […]

Is the Big 3 too big to fail, too big to innovate?

Are the Big Three innovative enough to rethink mobility? Is it easier to maintain the status quo? Great corporations, at least from a shareholder’s perspective, provide great corporate guidance, enabling them to meet or beat most quarterly expectations. Consequently, it often seems that an in-ordinary amount of corporate attention is focused on quarterly statements rather than the […] […]

JD Power Sees 4X Growth in Green Car Market by 2016

According to J.D. Power, one in three consumers would either definitely or probably consider a plug-in hybrid, like the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The newly released J.D. Power and Associates 2011 US Green Automotive Study indicates major growth in consumer interest in green cars—including hybrids, clean diesel, plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars. The market […] […]

Oil-Rich Middle East Dictators Want…Oil Independence?

If you needed any further evidence of the upward momentum of oil prices, witness Iran, where the price of gasoline is a small fraction of what it is here in the United States due to the country’s vast domestic reserves and heavy government subsidies. This week, reports came out that the Middle East’s largest carmaker, […] […]

With the Return of $4 Gas, GM Again Looks to Mild Hybrids

Last week, General Motors unveiled the first Chevy-brand model to use the company’s new eAssist technology, the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco. The car will get an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, making it among the most efficient mid-size vehicles available without a full hybrid system—or a full hybrid […] […]