January 14, 2014 |
Fast cars and tough trucks took center stage over two days of model debuts at the Detroit Auto Show. Luxury vehicles also made their presence known, most notably the larger Mercedes C-Class and the Hyundai Genesis, which held the line on a base price below $40,000, despite substantial upgrades. The biggest news came from Ford Motor Co., which pulled the tarp off a new F-series truck. The pickup has been the nation's bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. Ford aims to keep it that way with an all-new aluminum frame, which loses 700 pounds in the interest of fuel economy.
January 13, 2014 |
On the day Ford launched its new-generation aluminum body F-150 pickup truck, arch-rival Chevrolet won the 2014 North American truck of the year award with its new Silverado at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was a full sweep for the flagship division of General Motors. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray won North American car of the year. This was the first time Chevrolet has won both awards in the same year. The Silverado was last named truck of the year in 2007 and the Corvette was last named car of the year in 1998.
January 7, 2014
Re "Big tax breaks for the taking," Column, Jan. 5 As Boeing's threat to relocate final assembly of its new 777X from Washington state to whichever state or whichever workers can offer it the best deal shows, the race to the bottom continues. Corporations play one government against another to gain tax breaks and other benefits. The "winning" entity often receives dubious value in return for the gifts. The primary effect nationwide is to reduce the corporations' tax contributions, transferring the burden to individuals.
January 3, 2014 |
Final auto sales numbers for 2013 make it easy to pick out the industry's winner and losers. At the top of the heap is Ford's F-Series pickup truck - with 763,402 sales last year, more than any other vehicle in America, a title it has held for more than three decades. To put that in perspective, Ford sold more trucks than the entire lineups of all but five other automakers in the U.S. The runner-up, the Chevrolet and Silverado and GMC truck lines from General Motors, sold a combined 644,802.
December 18, 2013 |
Ford has announced it is joining a growing list of automakers who are taking a serious look at the future of self-driving cars. The automaker has teamed up with the University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance to develop an autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test car. The collaboration will use the car to develop technologies that Ford and its suppliers can use on a future generation of vehicles. "The Ford Fusion Hybrid automated vehicle represents a vital step toward our vision for the future of mobility," Bill Ford, Ford's executive chairman, said in a statement.
December 13, 2013 |
Here's how valuable European soccer has become to sponsors: Now companies are buying advertising space on the inside of team uniforms. La Liga giant Barcelona has signed an agreement with Santa Clara-based chipmaker Intel in which the company's logo will be printed on the underside of the team's jerseys, meaning it will be visible only if players decide to lift their shirts for any reason. The ads reportedly will cost Intel a very visible $34.3 million. The shirts will make their debut Saturday when Barcelona meets Villarreal at the Camp Nou, although there's a good chance no one will notice.