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Bill Ford: Here’s Where Ford Motor Co. Will Be in 5 Years – Fortune

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It’s a question any Ford Motor Co. shareholder might want to know: where will the automaker be by 2021? “It’s really hard to put a timeframe on anything because we’re always wrong, particularly with the rate of change in technology,” Bill Ford, executive chairman at Ford said during the audience Q&A portion of Brainstorm E, Fortune’s energy, technology, and sustainability summit that kicked off Monday in Carlsbad, Calif. “But I’ll…

Ford Freedom Awards honoring Bing, hunger strike leader – The Detroit News

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jonathan Butler staged a hunger strike to protest the treatment of blacks at the University of Missouri.(Photo: Jeff Roberson / AP) Detroit — The winners of the 2016 Ford Freedom Awards, which will be distributed Tuesday night, range from former Mayor Dave Bing to college student Jonathan Butler, who staged a hunger strike to protest the treatment of blacks at the University of Missouri. Also receiving the awards, whose theme this…

Chevrolet Optimistic About Its Bolt EV – CleanTechnica

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cars Published on May 17th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley 19 May 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Gas2. When the Los Angeles Times spoke recently with Shad Balch, Chevrolet’s new products manager, it asked him a lot of questions about the Chevy Bolt, which is due out later this year….

The Ford Pinto Rides Again – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mr. Bagi bought his 1977 Pinto coupe (left) in 2007, for $4,500. Ms. Bagi’s 1976 Pinto hatchback (right) came soon after, for $5,000. ‘As far as collector cars go, you could buy a Pinto for every day of the week for the money you’d spend on a mint-condition Mustang,’ says Mr. Bagi. l Allison Scott/The Wall Street Journal … Norm Bagi, 46, a property maintenance director from Oakland, N.J., on…

Automakers juice up cars’ electrical systems to add tech – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Post to Facebook Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 of 9 2 of 9 3 of 9 4 of 9 5 of 9 6 of 9 7 of 9 8 of 9 9 of 9 Last SlideNext Slide Auto supplier Delphi hints the diesel version of the 2016 Honda Civic may get a new 48-volt system. The diesel Civic is not sold in the U.S.(Photo:…

Volkswagen’s emissions cheat headache just got worse – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The United States and Volkswagen are closing in on a $10 billion settlement over the German car company’s diesel emissions cheat. But the carmaker is far from out of the woods when it comes to closing the door on the scandal, and a powerful new player now has VW in its crosshairs. On Sunday, Norway’s $850 billion state pension fund, which is the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world,…

Ford is trying to turn carbon dioxide into car seats – Quartz

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

In a small lab in a research facility near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, there’s a picture of Henry Ford whacking a plastic fender made with soybeans with a sledgehammer, and another of him wearing a soybean-fiber suit. He even built a soybean car in 1941. Ford wanted, as his museum suggests, to “combine the fruits of industry with agriculture.” But after World War II, the price of oil plummeted,…

Bill Ford: Here’s Where Ford Motor Co. Will Be in 5 Years – Fortune

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It’s a question any Ford Motor Co. shareholder might want to know: where will the automaker be by 2021? “It’s really hard to put a timeframe on anything because we’re always wrong, particularly with the rate of change in technology,” Bill Ford, executive chairman at Ford said during the audience Q&A portion of Brainstorm E, Fortune’s energy, technology, and sustainability summit that kicked off Monday in Carlsbad, Calif. “But I’ll…

Girl power meets horsepower at Duncanville High School automotive class – Dallas Morning News (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Brianna Aguilar, 18, cleans the contacts on a car battery during an automotive technology class at Duncanville High School. Aguilar is one about a dozen female students participating in the automotive technology program. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News) When Oliver Aguilar’s daughter told him she wanted to work on cars, it “kind of broke my heart,” he said. “She could probably write her own ticket in college with soccer.” Instead, 18-year-old Brianna…

Driverless cars will change everything — and could be disastrous for one industry – Business Insider

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Autonomous Research Technology is changing the way we drive, and it’s about to mean we won’t have to drive our own cars at all. Already, Tesla has rolled out software that has its cars driving themselves, with human supervision, and Google is also testing out self-driving cars. Traditional automakers are also in the race and cities are already preparing for a future  — with places like Dubai aiming for a quarter of all…

Volkswagen’s emissions cheat headache just got worse – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The United States and Volkswagen are closing in on a $10 billion settlement over the German car company’s diesel emissions cheat. But the carmaker is far from out of the woods when it comes to closing the door on the scandal, and a powerful new player now has VW in its crosshairs. On Sunday, Norway’s $850 billion state pension fund, which is the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world,…

This is the new 335bhp BMW M140i – Top Gear

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

There are frequent arguments about whether ‘hot hatch’ is a relevant term now there are so many 300bhp-plus contenders, new Ford Focus RS among them. Helping resolve that not one jot is this, BMW’s updated fast 1-Series. The M135i has become the M140i, and in turn the M235i coupe has morphed into the M240i. Those new names don’t indicate a swelling in engine size, but they do mark an increase in…

Self-driving cars might cut costs but make traffic worse, researchers say – The Seattle Times

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much. Experts foresee robot cars chauffeuring children to school, dance class and baseball practice. The disabled and elderly will have new mobility. Commuters will be able to work, sleep, eat or watch movies on the way to the office. People may…

Electric Cars Just Got $5000 Cheaper In Colorado – Jalopnik

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The State of Colorado just passed legislation granting a $5,000 point-of-sale incentive for the purchase of an electric vehicle in the State, in addition to the existing $7,500 federal tax incentive. That’s $12,500 cut in an attempt make EVs more competitive with traditional car purchases. The announcement from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project highlights the simplicity of the new state incentive, making the electric vehicle more attractive and competitive: On…

Honda holds fire on upgrade for now – Motorsport.com

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Honda plans to trial only some new control system updates at the Barcelona Formula 1 test this week, as it continues to evaluate how best tactically it can unleash proper upgrades to its engines. Although the Japanese manufacturer has elected against trialling any of its planned hardware changes to the power unit for now, it is still pushing to deliver several step changes over the course of the…

Ford is Using Factory Emissions to Make Car Parts – Fortune

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Carbon emissions spewed from factories could help Ford build its next generation of cars and trucks. The automaker is creating and testing new foam and plastic components using carbon dioxide captured during its operations to make seats and interiors, Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman, said during Fortune Brainstorm E, a two-day summit about energy, technology, and sustainability that kicked off Monday in Carlsbad, Calif. Up to half of the…

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Is Off To A Rough Start – Jalopnik

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016

The Alfa Romeo Giulia sport sedan is one of the most important cars to come out in 2016, both for enthusiasts clamoring for a real Alfa Romeo comeback and for the struggling Fiat Chrysler brand. But some first-drive reviews in Europe reveal stereotypically Alfa-esque problems that don’t exactly inspire confidence. The Sunday Times went on the car’s recent European media launch (your Jalopnik staff should be driving the car later…

Los Angeles Auto Show drives into future – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016

Undergoing an aggressive revamp to prepare for an autonomous-driving future, the Los Angeles Auto Show is eliminating its Connected Car Expo and replacing it with a new pre-show designed to better bridge automakers and technology companies.  When the L.A. Auto Show takes place this fall, it will be preceded by AutoMobility LA, which will fold in elements of the Connected Car Expo into the traditional media and trade days for “one schedule, one brand,…

Supplier relations: GM better, but Toyota, Honda lead – Detroit Free Press

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016

Toyota and Honda were ranked as the most cooperative automakers by an annual survey of about 500 suppliers.(Photo: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images) General Motors made significant improvement in building trust, but auto suppliers again cited Toyota and Honda as the most supplier-friendly automakers, according to an annual survey on relations between manufacturers and suppliers. The study, scheduled to be released today by Planning Perspectives, a Birmingham firm that has focused on the industry’s…