Environmental Stewardship

Ford Motor Company's Sustainability Chief Talks Innovation, Progress And A Vision For The Future

“As our vehicles are the source of our most significant environmental impact, it is vital that we focus on improving the environmental performance of each product,” explained John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters for Ford Motor Company. Today, Ford released its 15th annual Sustainability Report for 2013/2014, and in a wide-ranging interview with Viera, we discussed the evolution and impact of Ford’s environmental commitment, milestones of progress and innovation, leadership lessons, and much more.

Ford builds ‘lightweight’ Fusion concept

A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years. And on the surface, Fusion Lite sounds like the name of a brand new soft drink. Fusion Lite, now with less calories! Try Fusion Lite today! It’s what plants crave!

But in fact the above car, painted up like a Tron taxicab, is the Ford Lightweight Concept. That sounds far more scientific. It is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi.

Chevrolet Volt Owners Surpass Half a Billion Electric Miles

Since its launch in late 2010, Chevrolet Volt owners have accumulated more than half a billion all-electric miles.

Additionally, based on a General Motors’ study of more than 300 Volts in service in California for more than 30 months, many owners are exceeding the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.

Ford Cuts Water Use Two Years Ahead of Schedule; 2013-2014 Sustainability Report Highlights Future Initiatives

Ford releases its 15th annual Sustainability Report highlighting the company’s commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing and the successes it has achieved thus far

Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally signs the CEO Water Mandate launched by the U.N. Secretary General, expanding the company’s commitment to water conservation and the environment

This year, Ford will begin an initiative to reduce water use by its suppliers worldwide

Chrysler tallies mpg gain of eight-speed automatics

The auto universe has shifted from four- and five-speed automatics to eight-speed gearboxes with remarkable speed.

Six-speed automatics, though still widespread, barely had time to claim status as exotic gearboxes before they were leafrogged..

Chrysler Group pioneered the eight-speed transmission in mainstream models, beginning with the 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300.

General Motors Offers EV Drivers 10 Workplace Charging Etiquette Tips

With electric vehicle popularity on the rise, more and more employers are offering EV charging stations in their parking lots. General Motors is among them with 401 electric vehicle charging stations located at its numerous facilities all over the world, 20 percent of which are powered using solar energy.

Ford and Heinz exploring car parts made of tomato fiber

Ford and Heinz have a juicy idea: They are exploring using tomato fibers for car parts.

The corporate giants are collaborating on replacing petrochemicals in plastic parts with sustainable materials made of tomato fibers. They are testing the fibers’ durability for use in vehicle wiring brackets and storage bins.

The bio-friendly composite uses dried tomato skins.

Weight Watchers: Ford Shaves 800 Pounds from Fusion with Lightweight Concept

You’re looking at a Ford Fusion that’s been modified using so many exotic lightweight materials that it tips the scales at just 2635 pounds, or about as much as Ford’s subcompact Fiesta hatch. (The last production Fusion we weighed rang in at at 3474 pounds.) A curb weight of less than 2700 pounds is unheard of in this vehicle class, and we haven’t seen a sub-3000-pound mid-size Ford sedan since the first-gen Taurus in 1986.

GM co-sponsors eco-concept challenge

Seattle — On the outside, it’s a basic, affordable, midsize Chevy Malibu.

But on the inside it’s a hybrid like no other, with two separate engines — one biodiesel, the other electric — that together give it the muscle of, well, a muscle car, not the faint and tentative speed of some hybrids.

For the last three years, a team of University of Washington students has designed, planned, tested, rebuilt, rewired and re-engineered the innards of the General Motors car.

Traverse is a Top Family Car for 2014

DETROIT – The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2014, according to Edmunds.com and Parents magazine. It is the second consecutive year Traverse made the list in the SUV category.

Criteria for consideration included strong safety – Traverse earned a Top Safety Pick recommendation in 2013 from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety and has a 5-star rating in government crash tests – efficiency, value and style.