Ford Providing Safe Alternatives to Texting

While the debate over texting while drive is a huge issue, Ford is already taking steps to improve their touch system so that drivers can choose safer communication alternatives.

“Ford believes drivers should keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel and was the first automaker to support a proposed federal ban and state-level legislation banning hand-held texting while driving. In turn, Ford also understands that drivers want to be connected to their mobile worlds while on the road, and texting continues to grow as a preferred communication method. According to a new poll from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, for example, approximately one in four (27%) American adults and driving age teens (26%) admit to texting while driving.

Ford will offer the new features on 2011 model year vehicles equipped with MyFord or MyLincoln Touch, the intuitive driver connect technology that provides drivers personalized access to information and entertainment through voice control, touch screens and familiar five-way controls mounted on the steering wheel.”

Source http://www.blog.ford.com

Spotted 2011 BMW 6 Series Cabrio

“Not another week without BMW spy photos and the next generation 6 Series makes a comeback to our spy photo section. The 2011 BMW 6 Series Cabrio has been spotted once again with its top down and without any more surprises, it continues to sport the soft top previously seen.

The current generation BMW 6 Series is being offered in the U.S. with an eight-cylinder engine only. The BMW 650i is powered by a 360 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque 4.8-liter V8. Both the coupe and convertible variants use the engine, but for the next generation 6 Series due out in 2011, BMW plans to introduce a new model for the North American market.”

Source http://www.bmwblog.com

$80,000 Jeep for Sale

Who isn’t in the market for an $80,000 Jeep these days? That’s the asking price for your very own custom CJ-3B.

The Icon CJ3B will start around $80,000. While that luxury-car price tag may seem high for a vehicle that lacks even a head unit for an audio system…only about 60 FJs have been sold so far. And in any case, the price is beside the point for the customers he envisions. These would be idealists and design purists like himself who, when making any acquisition, seek out the finest.”

So head on up to New York today and get yourself an $80,000 jeep before this offer runs out!

Source http://www.nytimes.com

BMW M5

The BMW M5 is no longer in production. After five years and 20,548 cars sold, it is finally ending it’s run. The popular BMW M5 Saloon version of the M5 sold the most units. The BMW M5’s popularity is due to a combination of a high performance car that could be driven by the average consumer, precision suspension technology, and maximum acceleration capabilities. It also boasted a V10 cylinder unit. “A distinctive feature of both models is the 5-litre, ten-cylinder engine with a high-revving concept. The power unit, which was conceived using comprehensive expertise derived from motor sports, develops maximum output at an engine speed of 7,750 rpm, disclosing its unique character in particular through enormous pulling power that remains available across a remarkably broad speed range. Its exceptional position has been underlined by numerous awards. For example, in the years 2005 and 2006, the V10 engine seized overall victory twice in succession at the “Engine of the Year Awards” as well as first place during each of the two following years in the engine category exceeding a cubic capacity of 4 litres.” These popular characteristics of the M5 are also available in the M6 Coupe.

The US market sold the most units, with Germany and Great Britain following from behind.

Source “http://www.bmwblog.com”

Exclusive: 2011 BMW 5 Series M Sport Package revealed

“In combination with 19 inch wheels, the M-Sport package offers a more aggresive without overdoing it. The new front-bumper enhances the imposing look of the new 5er and adds extra sportiness to it.

At the rear, the colored diffuser and newly designed rear-bumper bring the same sportiness as mentioned above.

Although the aerodynamic functionality of the diffuser is unlikely to be present, the new rear apron provides a wider look to the Touring and most likely the same for the sedan model. With the M Sport package, we also have a special design of the tail pipes, painted in dark chrome.”

Source bmwblog.com

GM Recall 1.5 Million Vehicles

WASHINGTON — General Motors Co. said it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles with heated washer-fluid systems following engine fires that occurred even after a 2008 fix on many of the same cars for similar problems.

The recalls, to begin by June 14, will affect 18 models of 2006-2009 Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, GMCs, Hummers and Saturns, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its Web site today.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100608/RETAIL05/100609884#ixzz0qlX3FRQh

Chrysler Recall

“Chrysler is recalling 288,968 Jeep Wranglers for 2001 through 2010 to repair a defect caused when liners inside the fenders touch right-front and left-rear brake lines, leading to wear that may cause fluid to leak and raising the risk of a crash

284,831 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2008 and 2009 model years, citing a sliding-door hinge that can wear through wire insulation, causing a short circuit and possible fire, the agency said.”

Source www.autonews.com

2010 Toyota Highlander and Venza Earn Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ‘Top Safety Pick’

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that the 2010 Highlander and Venza have each earned “Top Safety Pick” status.

The “Top Safety Pick” is the highest safety designation awarded by the IIHS. To qualify for the award, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of “good” in the IIHS’ front, side, rollover, and rear impact tests and be equipped with electronic stability control. The IIHS testing was made more stringent in 2010 with the addition of the rollover test. “

Source pressroom.toyota.com

Review: 2011 BMW 530d

Jonathan Spira over at The Diesel Driver brings us a review of a non-U.S. 5 Series model: the 2011 BMW 530d. Powered by one of the most popular and highly acclaimed diesel engines in Europe, the 530d is shaping up to be a top seller for BMW.

The car is powered by a 3.0 liter inline-six diesel engine that produces 245 horsepower. The engine is matted to the fuel-friendly ZF 8-speed transmission and the combined fuel economy figure is recorded at 36 mpg.

Click Here to Read Full 2011 BMW 530d review

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Lexus LS 460 and LS 600h L

A new recall was issued for the Lexus LS 460 and LS 600h L, “due to issues with the to address a temporary steering wheel off-center condition that may develop under a specific driving maneuver. No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved in this recall.

The VGRS system enables easier handling during low-speed driving and provides better stability during high-speed driving than conventional steering by changing the gear ratio.

The VGRS system may exhibit a temporary steering wheel off-center condition after driving away quickly from a very tight turn where the steering was at full lock position. The steering wheel off-center position will automatically be corrected in approximately five seconds by the VGRS system as the vehicle is driven. The driver may notice the system auto correcting as the steering wheel slowly moves to the center position while driving straight during the VGRS correction.”

Source pressroom.toyota.com

Lastest Spy Shots of the 2011 Hyundai Accent / Verna 5-door hatchback: interior & exterior images

The new 2011 Hyundai Accent was introduced at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, and is said to be replacing the current Accent.

“Influenced heavily by Sonata’s attractive exterior design, the all-new Accent sports a sloping roofline that provides it a more dynamic and sportier look. It features similar rounded coupe-like greenhouse and rising crease up the sides. Overall, the new Accent looks a lot better than the current model.

Initially, the 2011 Accent / Verna will only be available as a four-door sedan, but as these latest shots suggest, Hyundai also plans to introduce a hatchback version later in the year. One of the 5-door Accent prototypes has recently been caught in China while undergoing pre-production tests.”

Source www.hyundai-blog.com

Ford Flex

FORD FLEX ADDS A STYLISH NEW TITANIUM MODEL TO LINEUP

Ford Flex adds a new top-end model to the lineup, the Flex Titanium

Flex Titanium delivers additional style and attitude to the Flex range and reflects the target customer’s love for personalization

Flex Titanium delivers content for customers looking for an even more luxurious ride, and reflects customer feedback on features that really matter

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