Dealerships to offer pickup, drop-off for recalled vehicles, as well as free rental cars.
By Jamie Lareau, Automotive News
The Super Duty, which goes on sale that same month, offers Ford's all-new, 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel engine. It will have 735 lb-ft of torque, 390 hp and “class-leading” fuel economy, Ford said. That's 85 lb-ft and 40 hp more than the 2010 pickup.
Ford also will offer a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine with 385 hp and 405 lb-ft--85 hp and 40 lb-ft more than the current 5.4-liter V8 gas engine.
Sonata Hybrid to debut at the New York Auto Show.
The founder was named Toyoda -- so why the alternative spelling?
Turns out, there are several reasons for the change.
Sakichi Toyoda was originally in the textile business with Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Ltd., which he established in 1926. When he branched out into the automotive world, he decided to use a similar format for the name of his new company. To that end, he created a contest, open to the public, for a new logo design, which you can see after the jump.
Volvo works to integrate ultracapacitators into a vehicle's infrastructure
Therein lies one of the most vexing problems currently facing electric vehicles and hybrids. A battery powerful enough to propel a car must, due to current technological limitations, be quite large; it must also be pretty heavy; that weight requires more power to move the vehicle, which shortens the range. (The almost complete lack of a charging station infrastructure in this country doesn't help matters when it comes to range anxiety and the like.)
Volvo is trying to solve that problem. They're hardly alone in the quest, of course, nor is their approach -- ultracapacitators to supplement the battery -- groundbreaking; many companies are working on an ultracapacitator solution. (Ultracaps, as they're sometimes called, can quickly store and discharge energy).
What is novel, though, is the idea to integrate the ultracapacitators into the structure of the vehicle itself.
By Chrissie Thompson, Automotive News
General Motors will wind down its Hummer brand after a proposed sale to China's Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co. Ltd. fell through.
Tengzhong “was unable to complete the acquisition,” GM said Wednesday in a statement. The Chinese company was waiting for Chinese government approval of the sale.
PRESS RELEASE: Hummer Sale to Tengzhong Cannot be Completed; wind down of HUMMER business to begin
DETROIT -- General Motors today announced that Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co., Ltd. (Tengzhong) was unable to complete the acquisition of HUMMER. As a result, GM will begin the orderly wind-down of the HUMMER operations.
Akio Toyoda testifies before Congress -- a recap
The main attraction at the hearings was Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, grandson of the company's founder, who, despite initially deferring the chance to testify, appeared before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after a formal invitation was issued.
Toyoda began his testimony with a prepared statement, which he delivered in English, in which he personally apologized for "any accident that Toyota drivers have experienced," and promised that "Toyota will work vigorously and unceasingly to restore the trust of our customers." Toyoda switched to speaking Japanese and using an interpreter for the remainder of the hearing.
By Greg Migliore
This is for close-quarters maneuvering, so it's not big. The battery-electric drivetrain is mounted low in the chassis, which makes for a low center of gravity and improved stability.
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In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5