Manufacturing Economy

2017 Ford Escape Brings Expanded Connectivity Options And Services

The second-best selling nameplate in the current Ford lineup behind the perennially leading F-series trucks is the Escape. With more than 126,000 units sold through the first five months of 2016, the only Ford car that comes close is the Fusion with the rest trailing far, far behind. The utility segment which includes both the old-school body-on-frame truck-based SUV and unibody crossovers is the all the rage not just in America but in many global markets including Europe. That’s why Ford is launching four additional global utility nameplates by 2020.

GM CEO: The Bolt EV Will Take Us to a Self-Driving Future

General Motors is still a car company, at least for now. “Our core business will be the core for a very very long time,” CEO Mary Barra said today at the WIRED Business Conference in New York.

That business is making personal vehicles that people drive and own, with a focus on trucks, SUVs, and middle America. But it’s hardly exclusive, and in the past six months General Motors has made a series of bold, future-facing moves to cash in on what Barra calls “an accretive opportunity”—a chance to add some apple flesh around the steady core.

The ‘Made in America Index’ tells you how much of your car was built at home

Frank DuBois developed auto index and said, “What I’m trying to do is provide more information to consumers. After a house, a car is the largest purchase decision you’re going to make. If you believe country of origin is a critical part of the decision, this index provides you more information than what you’ll see on a sticker at a dealership.”

 

Ford packs in V-6 power to create hot Fusion Sport

Ford's Fusion sedan has already scored with buyers when it comes to styling, and now the automaker hopes it will do just as well on hot performance.

In a bid to take on German performance automakers, Ford is adding a V-6 turbocharged version of the Fusion by the end of summer. Company officials say that customers have been demanding a Fusion Sport, as it will be called, including those of competing brands who might be willing to defect.

Jeep celebrates summer with 75th anniversary model ads

The third annual “Summer of Jeep” ad campaign features the brand’s 75th anniversary editions with a custom off-road song from one of its Super Bowl commercial.

The campaign recently debuted with two new 30-second television commercials featuring USA Basketball Men’s National Team finalist Paul George called “What I Stand 4” and “4x4Summer.”

Ford Nationals event taps into fond memories in Carlisle, PA

For Ford lovers, these types of feelings were easy to come by during the 2016 Ford Nationals event.

Around 3,200 Ford vehicles were on display at the event, which ran from Thursday through Sunday at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Nearly 400 of the vehicles paraded through downtown Carlisle as part of the Parade Park and Party, which took place on Saturday evening and also featured live music, dining and shopping.