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Friday, April 17, 2015

ABC News Video: Luxury High Security Vans For The Rich And Famous






Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015 Ford F-150 SuperCab 4x4 XLT: Returns As The Gold Standard For Large Trucks

 

Highlight: This is the first all-aluminum vehicle in the fullsize truck segment.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $45,725

Base Regular Cab 4x2: $26,615 (base model)
Base SuperCab 4x2: $30,675 (base model)
Base SuperCrew 4x2: $33,130 (base model)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; roll stability control; curve control; hill start assist; a jack; spare tire carrier; a trailer sway control; grab handles for front occupants; a SOS post-crash alert system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Monday, April 13, 2015

Recall Mondays: BMW, Ford, GM And Nissan Are In The Hot Seat



1. MANUFACTURER: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles October 24, 2011, to March 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Slide or Tilt switch for the roof panel may not be adequately recessed to prevent the switch from inadvertently being pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
CONSEQUENCE:
The Slide or Tilt roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed and the roof panel may auto-close unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a pinch injury.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Detroit News: From Designing Jet Interiors To Remaking The Lincoln Brand


Earl Lucas is well-suited to design luxury Lincolns for Ford Motor Co. Before his job creating automotive exteriors in Dearborn, he put the bling in the personal aircraft of the Sultan of Brunei: dazzling designs in diamonds and gold, with other top-end touches.


Early in his career in the late 1990s, the Texas native, 45, was able to stretch the limits of his creativity with virtually no ceiling on the budget. His jet interiors included chinchilla bedding, gold-and-platinum-lined kitchen shelves, custome Baccarat cystal vases, deerhide leather seats and plush carpets that cost millions of dollars.

To continue reading the article, click here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

2015 BMW 228i: The Return Of The Brand’s Premium Compact Convertible


Highlights: From 1967 to 1975, the BMW’s 2-series convertible name existed. For the 2015 model year, the BMW 2-series replaces the 1-series convertible.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $53,285 (base model $38,850)

Seating Capacity: 4 (according to BMW)

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; a tire pressure monitoring system; rain sensing windshield wipers; an automatic light control; daytime running lights; a rollover protection system; a central door locking system; a dynamic stability control system; a dynamic brake control system; a third brake light is integrated into the trunk; and cornering brake control system

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Detroit News Feature: The World Of Auto Design And Clay Models


In an era of computer-aided design and 3-D printing, one traditional craft remains in automakers' design studios: full-size clay models.

For 80 years, clay modelers have used their hands and tools to make real the two-dimensional car designs sketched on paper. Clay is extremely malleable. It allows modelers to fair a line here, to tuck a curve there, until the body design is perfected.

"We're good with the technology, but nothing speaks to 3-D like a clay model," said Joe Dehner, head of Dodge Ram Truck exterior design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, inside the automaker's Dodge design studio in Auburn Hills. To continue reading, click here.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Editor's Note: A Memorable Moment With One Of The Highest Ranking Global Car Designers


I have been waiting for this photo for 2 years (and it finally surfaced in an email that was sent to me). This is Ed Welburn, the first black car designer to work for GM. Welburn, who is a Howard University graduate, oversees all of the designs for GM. If you like GM's designs, give kudos to Welburn. Welburn also mentored Andre Hudson, the designer over at Hyundai.
This was my first public post-cancer outing in January 2013. I didn't realize I was going to be able to snatch an unplanned one-on-one interview with Welburn, who was being honored at the Trumpet Awards. Yes, for a car nut like me, who grew up collecting miniature cars, it was a dream just to spend some time, talking (and being inspired) by to a pioneer. Sports and movie fanatics would understand!