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Reporters from across North America are here today for an overview of the Ford’s full 2015 model lineup, highlighted by the unveiling of the 2015 Edge midsize crossover.  The Model lineup includes the Ford 2015 Models for:

  • Ford F150 ,
  • Ford Expedition ,
  • Ford Edge ,
  • Ford Escape,
  • Ford Explorer ,
  • Ford Flex ,
  • Ford Transit  & Transit Connect
  • Ford SuperDuty ,
  • Ford e-Series ,
  • Ford Fiesta ,
  • Ford Atlas ,
  • Ford Focus Electric,
  • Ford Service & Parts,
  • Ford Mustang,
  • Ford Super Duty F 350 450 550 650 750
  • The new Edge was simultaneously unveiled in Europe and there are plans to offer a longer three-row version for China as the vehicle is rolled out in more than 100 countries.

The five-passenger Escape with two rows of seating was first introduced in 2006 for North America. In recent years Ford started exporting it to South America and China where it quickly resonated in a market with a growing appetite for crossovers.

This second-generation Explorer was designed from the ground up to be a global vehicle. It shares the same foundation, or platform, as the Fusion midsize sedan and the S-Max multi-activity vehicle in Europe.

To enhance Expedition global appeal Ford added diesel engines for Europe and will make the first right-hand-drive models for markets such as the U.K. and Australia. It also moves more upscale, adding for the first time a “Titanium” trim level — Ford’s pricey top-end trim level now on a number of its models — above the former top-level Limited.

“The Titanium trim level has been a real success story for Ford – particularly in products such as Fusion, Escape and Flex,” said Kim Cape, marketing manager for Ford large cars and utilities ina statement. “Our customers are telling us, ‘We are interested in technology and a premium look and feel.’ Titanium delivers that.”

Pricing for the new Edge was not announced.

All Flex models are assembled at the Oakville, Ont., Canada plant where Ford spent $700 million in retooling for the new model. The company sells about 120,000 a year of the current Edge in the U.S., said Kim Cape, group marketing manager.

By comparison, Ford sold only about 19,000 2015 Transit Connect in China last year — but that was up 132% from 2012.

“We think China will be the largest utility market in the world by 2018,” said Jim Harley, head of global sales and marketing. It already is the world’s largest new car market.

“We sell every Edge we can ship to China,” Harley said. “If we could make more, we could sell more in China.” Ford has no plans to build the crossover in China, Harley said.

The 2015 F150 Truck will go on sale early next year in North America and in South America and Europe by the end of 2015.

Ford officials will not say when the new E-Series goes on sale in China, but the Free Press confirmed there will be a three-row version for that market.

Conversely, the Lincoln MKX, which is Edge luxury cousin, will only be sold with two rows of seats. The automaker is trying to differentiate Ford and Lincoln vehicles as much as possible, Farley said. Ford showed the Lincoln MKX concept this year at the Beijing auto show.

The 2015 Mustang design does not take a dramatic turn. Ford designers say buyers will respond better to a more mature and technology-laden version of the existing vehicle that looks more modern and muscular. It also uses more premium materials to meet expectations of buyers in Europe and China.

“It is always a challenge to redesign a customer favorite,” said Moray Callum, head of design.

Technology includes a standard stop-start system with a base turbocharged 2-liter EcoBoost engine that is touted to deliver 3.5% better fuel economy while putting out an improved 245 hp. About two-thirds of sales are expected to be this base engine.

Optional is a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbo V-6 — Ford says it expects output of more than 300 hp. — and a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine also will be offered. All are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available with all engines.

J.D. Shanahan, chief program engineer, said the new Focus is stiffer for a better ride and is longer which allows for more head, leg and cargo room.

The new Ford Edge is loaded with new electronics including the first use of a new Ford adaptive steering system that varies the effort and steering wheel turns needed based on the speed of the vehicle. It’s optional on higher trim levels. Other standard and optional tech includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
  • Stop-start technology
  • Blind spot warning
  • Ford’s first 180-degree front-mounted camera (with washer)
  • Enhanced park assist for pulling into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spots
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward and reverse sensing systems
  • Hands-free foot-triggered tailgate
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Side-parking sensors

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, said the Edge, the larger 3-row Explorer and the smaller Escape all have different buyers.

The Edge attracts professionals and more female buyers. It has sold 55,400 through May, flat with a year ago. Chevrolet has sold 102,800 of the slightly smaller Chevrolet Equinox so far this year.

Crossover buyers will spend as much as 40% of their household income on an Edge compared with 30% on a Fusion, Farley said.

Originally many Edge buyers traded in Ford Explorers, said Farley. Now most are repeat customers with some trading in vehicles from other brands.

The new Edge comes as Ford is in the midst of its most aggressive launch schedule in decades, introducing 16 vehicles in North America this year compared with five in 2013. Ford is launching 23 new vehicles globally this year.

Hinrichs said the launch of the crucial F-150 is on track — the single most important launch.

“Testing has gone very well,” he said. Next up is the manufacturing launch. The Dearborn truck plant will shut down for retooling at the end of the summer.

The new Mustang goes on sale this fall, a new Expedition and an updated Lincoln Navigator launch later this year.

Hinrichs has said that with so many vehicles in the pipeline the automaker could exceed its 2011 commitment to hire 12,000 people by the end of 2015.

That includes hiring nearly 5,000 hourly and salaried employees in the U.S. this year to support growth. Hinrichs said about 80% of them are being hired for their technical skills as part of Ford’s efforts to put more technology in vehicles across the lineup.

Hinrichs also addressed the growing number of recalls in the industry and General Motors in particular.

His team has read the independent review of the GM ignition switch recall as part of constant monitoring of the competition.

Hinrichs said this is a unique year in the auto industry with so many recalls. He attributes it, in part, to the “huge amount of data available to everybody in real time.”

But Ford has not changed its processes – rather the industry is under a “higher level of scrutiny” from the outside.

Like GM, Ford is introducing more push-button starts across its lineup. But at this point, “I’m not going to say keys are going away.”

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Ford 2015 Car, Truck & SUV Model Lineup for Louisville Kentucky KY

Reporters from across North America are here today for an overview of the Ford’s full 2015 model lineup, highlighted by the unveiling of the 2015 Edge midsize crossover.  The Model lineup includes the Ford 2015 Models for:

  • Ford F150 ,
  • Ford Expedition ,
  • Ford Edge ,
  • Ford Escape,
  • Ford Explorer ,
  • Ford Flex ,
  • Ford Transit  & Transit Connect
  • Ford SuperDuty ,
  • Ford e-Series ,
  • Ford Fiesta ,
  • Ford Atlas ,
  • Ford Focus Electric,
  • Ford Service & Parts,
  • Ford Mustang,
  • Ford Super Duty F 350 450 550 650 750
  • The new Edge was simultaneously unveiled in Europe and there are plans to offer a longer three-row version for China as the vehicle is rolled out in more than 100 countries.

The five-passenger Escape with two rows of seating was first introduced in 2006 for North America. In recent years Ford started exporting it to South America and China where it quickly resonated in a market with a growing appetite for crossovers.

This second-generation Explorer was designed from the ground up to be a global vehicle. It shares the same foundation, or platform, as the Fusion midsize sedan and the S-Max multi-activity vehicle in Europe.

To enhance Expedition global appeal Ford added diesel engines for Europe and will make the first right-hand-drive models for markets such as the U.K. and Australia. It also moves more upscale, adding for the first time a “Titanium” trim level — Ford’s pricey top-end trim level now on a number of its models — above the former top-level Limited.

“The Titanium trim level has been a real success story for Ford – particularly in products such as Fusion, Escape and Flex,” said Kim Cape, marketing manager for Ford large cars and utilities ina statement. “Our customers are telling us, ‘We are interested in technology and a premium look and feel.’ Titanium delivers that.”

Pricing for the new Edge was not announced.

All Flex models are assembled at the Oakville, Ont., Canada plant where Ford spent $700 million in retooling for the new model. The company sells about 120,000 a year of the current Edge in the U.S., said Kim Cape, group marketing manager.

By comparison, Ford sold only about 19,000 2015 Transit Connect in China last year — but that was up 132% from 2012.

“We think China will be the largest utility market in the world by 2018,” said Jim Harley, head of global sales and marketing. It already is the world’s largest new car market.

“We sell every Edge we can ship to China,” Harley said. “If we could make more, we could sell more in China.” Ford has no plans to build the crossover in China, Harley said.

The 2015 F150 Truck will go on sale early next year in North America and in South America and Europe by the end of 2015.

Ford officials will not say when the new E-Series goes on sale in China, but the Free Press confirmed there will be a three-row version for that market.

Conversely, the Lincoln MKX, which is Edge luxury cousin, will only be sold with two rows of seats. The automaker is trying to differentiate Ford and Lincoln vehicles as much as possible, Farley said. Ford showed the Lincoln MKX concept this year at the Beijing auto show.

The 2015 Mustang design does not take a dramatic turn. Ford designers say buyers will respond better to a more mature and technology-laden version of the existing vehicle that looks more modern and muscular. It also uses more premium materials to meet expectations of buyers in Europe and China.

“It is always a challenge to redesign a customer favorite,” said Moray Callum, head of design.

Technology includes a standard stop-start system with a base turbocharged 2-liter EcoBoost engine that is touted to deliver 3.5% better fuel economy while putting out an improved 245 hp. About two-thirds of sales are expected to be this base engine.

Optional is a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbo V-6 — Ford says it expects output of more than 300 hp. — and a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine also will be offered. All are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available with all engines.

J.D. Shanahan, chief program engineer, said the new Focus is stiffer for a better ride and is longer which allows for more head, leg and cargo room.

The new Ford Edge is loaded with new electronics including the first use of a new Ford adaptive steering system that varies the effort and steering wheel turns needed based on the speed of the vehicle. It’s optional on higher trim levels. Other standard and optional tech includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
  • Stop-start technology
  • Blind spot warning
  • Ford’s first 180-degree front-mounted camera (with washer)
  • Enhanced park assist for pulling into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking spots
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward and reverse sensing systems
  • Hands-free foot-triggered tailgate
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Side-parking sensors

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, said the Edge, the larger 3-row Explorer and the smaller Escape all have different buyers.

The Edge attracts professionals and more female buyers. It has sold 55,400 through May, flat with a year ago. Chevrolet has sold 102,800 of the slightly smaller Chevrolet Equinox so far this year.

Crossover buyers will spend as much as 40% of their household income on an Edge compared with 30% on a Fusion, Farley said.

Originally many Edge buyers traded in Ford Explorers, said Farley. Now most are repeat customers with some trading in vehicles from other brands.

The new Edge comes as Ford is in the midst of its most aggressive launch schedule in decades, introducing 16 vehicles in North America this year compared with five in 2013. Ford is launching 23 new vehicles globally this year.

Hinrichs said the launch of the crucial F-150 is on track — the single most important launch.

“Testing has gone very well,” he said. Next up is the manufacturing launch. The Dearborn truck plant will shut down for retooling at the end of the summer.

The new Mustang goes on sale this fall, a new Expedition and an updated Lincoln Navigator launch later this year.

Hinrichs has said that with so many vehicles in the pipeline the automaker could exceed its 2011 commitment to hire 12,000 people by the end of 2015.

That includes hiring nearly 5,000 hourly and salaried employees in the U.S. this year to support growth. Hinrichs said about 80% of them are being hired for their technical skills as part of Ford’s efforts to put more technology in vehicles across the lineup.

Hinrichs also addressed the growing number of recalls in the industry and General Motors in particular.

His team has read the independent review of the GM ignition switch recall as part of constant monitoring of the competition.

Hinrichs said this is a unique year in the auto industry with so many recalls. He attributes it, in part, to the “huge amount of data available to everybody in real time.”

But Ford has not changed its processes – rather the industry is under a “higher level of scrutiny” from the outside.

Like GM, Ford is introducing more push-button starts across its lineup. But at this point, “I’m not going to say keys are going away.”

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2015 Chevrolet & Chevy Cars Overview and Reviews for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet and Chevy Cars Overview & Reviews for Louisville Kentucky Ky and Jeffersonville, Clarksville Indiana IN.

After an eventful 2014 that marked the debut of models like the Camaro Z/28 and fully redesigned Impala, Chevrolet has kept major changes to a minimum for 2015, with most of its coupes, sedans, hatchbacks, and convertibles receiving an upgraded OnStar system featuring Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity and a variety of new paint colors. The Cruze has been updated a bit more with revised styling and new cupholders, while the 2015 Impala gets a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine option, the SS sedan dials up driver engagement with an available 6-speed manual gearbox, and the Sonic RS’s turbocharged 4-cylinder is shared for the first time with the LTZ trim level. Perhaps most significant is the launch of a new-generation Corvette Z06, offered in coupe and convertible forms and fitted with a 650-horsepower, supercharged V-8 engine under the hood.

2015 chevy camaro for louisville kentucky ky

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Chevy’s Camaro, which was bolstered by the addition of a Z/28 variant in 2014, has essentially been carried over for 2015, with the exception of one newly available paint color. Offered in coupe and convertible body styles, the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2015 Chevrolet Camaro can be configured in trim levels ranging from a V-6-powered LS to the 580-horsepower ZL1. What’s New:

  • Blue Velvet Metallic paint color
2015 Chevy Corvette for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Still looking fresh from a complete redesign in 2014, the Chevrolet Corvette returns for 2015 with a host of updates, including the debut of new Z06 coupe and convertible models equipped with the first supercharged V-8 to find its way under the hood of a brand new Corvette. In addition, the 2015 Vette features General Motors’ latest OnStar telematics system with Wi-Fi connectivity, optional 8-speed automatic transmission, suede interior trim on premium variants, carbon fiber tonneau cover (convertible) and lower body kit, multi-valve exhaust system that provides enhanced performance and a louder bark, data recorder that tracks telemetry and records high-definition video for driver playback, and special Atlantic and Pacific design packages. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Redesigned Z06 coupe and convertible models debut
  • Available supercharged, 650-horsepower V-8 engine (Z06)
  • Optional 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Updated equipment packages and accessories
  • Shark Gray Metallic and Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic paint colors
2015 Chevy Cruze for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Like the majority of General Motors’ models, including several Chevrolets, the 2015 Cruze sedan features the latest version of OnStar, a telematics system that now offers a 4G connection speed and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Built to compete with class heavyweights such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze also arrives with slight styling updates, interior tweaks including improved cupholders and power door lock controls relocated from the center console to the door panels, and Siri Eyes Free voice-recognition technology for iPhone users. Shoppers interested in the 2015 Chevy Cruze have their choice of LS, LT, LTZ, Eco, and Diesel trim levels, with that last one featuring a turbocharged, 4-cylinder diesel engine capable of delivering an EPA-estimated 46 mpg on the highway. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Revised exterior styling and interior controls
  • Siri Eyes Free voice-recognition technology
  • Redesigned cupholders
2015 chevy impala for Louisville kentucky ky

2015 Chevrolet Impala Chevy’s full-size, front-wheel-drive (FWD) Impala sedan turned heads when it arrived for the 2014 model year with all-new styling, a generous suite of safety and convenience technologies, and more. For 2015, Chevy has made relatively minor adjustments, adding the upgraded Wi-Fi-enabled OnStar system, efficient start/stop assist technology for the base 4-cylinder engine, and new bi-fuel LS and LT variants fitted with a 260-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that can run on gasoline or CNG. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine adds start/stop assist technology
  • Operates on gasoline or CNG
  • Autumn Bronze Metallic, Rainforest Green, and Blue Velvet Metallic paint colors
2015 Chevy Malibu for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Things are fairly quiet on the Malibu front, with the 2015 model adding four new paint colors and the updated OnStar telematics system. This 5-passenger FWD sedan continues to be available in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter or naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Autumn Bronze Metallic, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Sable Metallic, and Butte Red paint colors
2015 Chevy Sonic for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Sonic Car buyers considering the purchase of a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic have their choice of sedan or 5-door hatchback body styles with trim levels running the gamut from a basic LS with a 5-speed manual transmission to a sporty RS fitted with a 6-speed automatic. The latter features a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is now also standard on Sonic LTZ models. A non-turbo 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, offering the same horsepower but less torque, is standard on LS and LT variants. All 2015 Chevy Sonics are fitted with the updated OnStar system. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Blue Velvet Metallic paint color
  • Standard turbocharged 1.4-liter engine on LTZ trim level

 

2015 Chevy Spark for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Spark Small is the name of the game with the Chevy Spark, in terms of size and changes made for the 2015 model year. OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot technology has made its way to the tiniest of Chevrolet cars, a 5-door 4-passenger subcompact available in LS and LT trim levels and equipped with an 84-horsepower, 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine. An electric version of the Spark–appropriately named the Spark EV–is offered as well. Updates for 2015 include a higher final drive ratio that should provide improved acceleration, and a couple of new paint colors. According to the EPA, the 2015 Spark EV has a range of 82 miles. What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Salsa and Lime paint colors (Spark EV)
  • Revised 3.87 final drive ratio (Spark EV)
2015 Chevy SS for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet SS Paying homage to an era that ended in the not-so-distant past, the 2015 Chevrolet SS sedan blends a high-performance RWD chassis with a 415-horsepower V-8 engine. Chevy claims the car can sprint from 0-60 mph in about 5 seconds. Updates for 2015 include the addition of OnStar with Wi-Fi connectivity, new paint colors, front and rear Brembo brakes, standard magnetic ride control suspension for improved handling, and the option of selecting either a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic. What’s New:

  • Optional 6-speed manual transmission
  • Standard magnetic ride control suspension
  • High-performance Brembo front and rear brake components
  • Perfect Blue, Alchemy Purple, Regal Peacock Green, Jungle Green, and Some Like it Hot Red paint colors
  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
2015 Chevrolet Volt for Louisville Kentucky KY

2015 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt returns for 2015 with one new paint color, updated OnStar telematics, and a larger-capacity Lithium-ion battery (EPA-estimated range remains 38 miles). Only one trim level is available for this FWD, 4-passenger hybrid model.

What’s New:

  • Upgraded OnStar system with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot technology and 4G connection speed
  • Iridescent Pearl Tricoat paint color
  • Battery storage capacity up from 16.5 kWh to 17.1 kWh

 

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2015 Corvette Outselling Previous Models

New Corvette Already Popular, Hugely Outsells Previous Model New Corvette Already Popular, Hugely Outsells Previous Model

When an automaker launches a new car, particularly one as iconic as the Chevrolet Corvette, it takes a risk. Will people actually buy it? Will customers be turned off by the new styling? Or has the market simply moved on to something new? If General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] had any concerns beforehand it certainly won’t now, as first-year C7 Corvette production already gets close to the last three years of C6 production combined.

According to Corvette Blogger, a graphic shown by GM reveals that 37,288 Corvettes were built in the 2014 model year alone. That’s the third-best number in the modern era (since 1985’s 39,729 sales) after 2005 (37,372) and 2007 (40,561). Both of those totals were C6 Corvettes, obviously, but shows initial demand for the C7 is right on the money, given its similarity to the 2005 Corvette’s sales. Additionally, 35 percent of buyers went for the car’s seven-speed manual, and white has shot up as the second most popular color choice—behind red.

Car sales naturally decline over time, though the C6 was hugely affected by the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and never really recovered. Sales ticked over in the teens since then, so GM will be glad to see a resurgence with the latest C7. It also shows that buyers have responded warmly to the latest Corvette’s styling, whose angular lines and square-shaped rear lights caused some consternation when initially revealed.

That the Corvette has become even more of a performance bargain compared to previous generations—providing 460 horsepower for $53,995—certainly helps, as do innovations like cylinder deactivation to save gas and a hugely improved interior over the C6. It’s comfortably the best-selling sports car in the segment too, with January to July deliveries over three times greater than that of Porsche’s 911. With a 650-horsepower Z06 on the way, a new eight-speed automatic, and production in full swing, the C7 certainly has a bright few years ahead of it.

 

Tail Gate Down? Ford F150, Ram Truck or Chevy Silverado . . .

Whether it’s a Ford F150, RamTruck or a Chevy Silverado – which Is More Fuel Efficient, Driving With A Pickup’s Tailgate Up Or Down? 2015 Ford F150 for Louisville Kentucky KY 2015 Ford F150 for Louisville Kentucky KY

Should you drive with your pickup truck’s tailgate up or down? It’s an age-old controversy that’s divided drivers for decades. Traditionalists will swear you should leave the tailgate down. Makes sense, right? It would seem to let the air flow more cleanly over the body and through the bed. But there’s also a school of thought that argues trucks are designed to look and operate in a specific manner, and modern design techniques can help channel the airflow properly. So don’t mess with all of that: Leave the tailgate up. Wondering which is true?

To solve this tailgate debate, we went inside the wind tunnel at Ford to test the aerodynamics of the 2015 Ford F-150. The model’s exterior design manager Brad Richards explained that the new truck was designed with purposeful edges and shapes that look imposing, yet still allow the F-150 to maintain strong aerodynamics. “We think this is the toughest F-150 by far, but also the most efficient,” Richards said.

All of this matters, as loyal Ford truck buyers expect the F-150 to look a certain way, but the Blue Oval is also projecting fuel economy gains thanks to the new truck’s use of lightweight aluminum. And no matter how light the truck is, fuel-economy gains could be wiped out with poor aerodynamics. With that in mind, Ford styled the truck to maintain its beefy look, but also beat its predecessor in the wind tunnel. Ford paid close attention to a new, lower air dam, mirrors that were redesigned “a dozen times” and a small lip on the rear tailgate. Acting as a spoiler, the lip allows air to cleanly detach from the body. Thanks to the smoke wand in the wind tunnel, you can actually see the difference tailgate up versus tailgate down in our video below.

Ford remains tight-lipped about the F-150’s fuel economy numbers, but it admits dropping the tailgate wouldincrease drag by about eight per cent – and sandbag fuel economy. Even for older models without the fancy spoiler, you’re hurting efficiency and lowering your gas mileage when driving with the tailgate down, argues Richards. So there’s your verdict, straight from the wind tunnel: Leave the tailgate up.

 

The Most Loved and Hated Cars for Drivers & Buyers in America

The most hated car company in America is

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Would you buy your car again?

If you own a Mercedes, your relationship with your car may be something akin to love (admit it, you’ve gazed longingly at that finely engineered machine). But if you own an Acura or a Dodge, you might feel a little, er, less adoring towards your auto, according to new data.

A survey released Tuesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index revealed that customers’ satisfaction with both domestic and foreign automakers hit a five-year low this year, falling 1.2% from last year to a score of 82 out of 100. What’s more, satisfaction with 80% of the 21 car brands measured fell as compared to last year (Acura 7267, -0.11%  saw the deepest decline at -7%, Cadillac GM, +0.52%   the second-steepest decline at -6%), while satisfaction rose for only 10% of the car brands, including Chevrolet and Buick. “The decline among automakers is widespread,” the report revealed. The ACSI Automobile Report 2014 is based on interviews with 4,360 randomly selected consumers who were asked to evaluate their recent purchase (within the last three years) and experiences with automobiles.

Forrest Morgeson, ACSI’s director of research, says that part of the reason we’re seeing this decline is that during the height of the recession automakers were offering a variety of incentives and perks for buying cars, and now many of those have dried up. And now consumers find themselves less satisfied with their auto purchases because they’re not getting as many incentives when buying a car. Furthermore, he adds that the myriad recalls impacting the auto industry recently have made consumers less satisfied with the industry as a whole.

The most-loved car makers include Mercedes-Benz DDAIY, +0.66% which holds its No. 1 spot from last year despite a 2% decline in customer satisfaction, and Subaru 7270, +0.67%Morgeson says that the dominance of Mercedes-Benz isn’t surprising, as luxury cars — thanks to often superior quality and service — often dominate the rankings. Subaru and Volkswagen VLKAF, +0.15% — though not luxury cars — tend to have smaller market share than many bigger brands in America, which helps with customer satisfaction rankings, and very loyal drivers (Morgeson likens them to Apple computer devotees in some ways), which puts them high on the satisfaction list.

On the flip side, Acura, which saw a 7% decline in customer satisfaction over last year, is the most unsatisfying car company to consumers, the ACSI revealed.

Morgeson says that this was a surprising finding and that the researchers aren’t sure why it ranked so low (last year, it ranked in the middle), but says that it’s possible that this brand simply doesn’t meet consumers’ expectations as much as other luxury brands. Acura was closely followed by Chrysler’s Dodge FIATY, +1.18% which saw a 1% decline in customer service over a year prior, and by Jeep and Audi. Some of these brands’ rankings were not surprising because less expensive brands tend to rank lower on the list on average, as they often have slightly lower quality and service than do luxury brands, says Morgeson. Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Audi, BMW and Cadillac did not respond to a request for comment, and Mazda could not be reached for comment.

Automakers are far from the most disliked industries among consumers; that honor goes to Internet (63 out of 100) and cable and pay TV (65) providers and airlines (69). And even the worst-ranked automakers don’t score as low as some of the worst-ranked of those companies.

Still, there’s room for improvement. Unfortunately, for recent car buyers, Morgeson says that one of the best ways for consumers to ensure that they get a car they’re satisfied with is to do their homework before buying. Sites like Edmunds.com, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com can help you get started with the research. Consumer Reports also provides excellent reviews of cars. But, he adds, that voicing your complaints can help you get what you want with a car you own now; escalate your complaints to a higher authority if you’re not getting what you want from the automaker.

 

2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Mid-Size Pickups for Louisville KY

2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Mid-Size Pickups – A Review, Information & Brochure Green Car Reports

The number of new mid-size pickup trucks has dwindled in recent years, leaving many analysts to wonder what might have been.

The speculation will end soon, because a new pair of mid-size trucks is finally nearing showrooms–and in due course, they will offer a high fuel-efficiency diesel engine as an option.

The launch of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon pickups is just a few months away, and General Motors is expecting these small trucks to have a big impact on the market.

Speaking to WardsAuto, Chevy and GMC marketing managers were confident that the new mid-size trucks would win back customers who have switched to other vehicles as the segment has dwindled.

 

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

The previous-generation Colorado and Canyon departed showrooms in 2012, following the discontinuation of the Ford Ranger and Ram Dakota.

That’s left the aging Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma as the only major players.

With fewer choices available, many buyers switched to full-size pickups and crossovers, GM says, but the company believes these customers’ needs haven’t really changed, and can still be best served by a small truck.

GM hopes to lure those customers back with modern designs and more-efficient powertrains.

At launch, base Colorado and Canyon models will come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, producing 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. An optional 3.6-liter V-6 will be good for 305 hp and 269 lb-ft.

 

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

Buyers will be able to choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission will be offered on business-focused Work Truck models with rear-wheel drive; the rest will get a six-speed automatic.

By late 2015, the Colorado at least will also get a diesel engine option. The 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder will make it the smallest diesel truck on the market.

The only diesel alternatives are the full-size 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and upcoming Nissan Titan, or even larger heavy-duty trucks. That should make the Chevy appealing to buyers who don’t need such a large vehicle to meet their needs.

 

2015 Ford Super Duty Pick Up Truck Rolls with bold new look in Louisville Ky

Ford Super Duty Prototye Catches Fire, Hints at a Secret

Prototypes that catch fire aren’t exactly good for a company’s image. Honda found that out recently when an NSX mule got smoky on the Nurburgring. And now Ford is working to deduce why one of its experimental pickups went up in flames this past week.

The incident occurred during testing in California’s Death Valley – a logical but very inconvenient place to combust – on what appears to be the next-generation of Ford’s Super Duty pickup. A statement released by Ford on Monday confirmed that the automaker is looking into the issue.

RELATED: Check out photos of the upcoming 2015 Ford Super Duty Pickup

 

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According to an eyewitness photographer who snapped these images, the fire started near the driver’s side wheel-well before engulfing the heavily camouflaged truck body in around three minutes. Both driver and passenger exited the vehicle safely. After burning for 21 minutes, the fire finally subsided – leaving only the frame, engine block, and “blobs of melted aluminum” according to Fox News.

Ford hasn’t confirmed that the next-gen Super Duty trucks will utilize aluminum body panels like the F-150, but this incident seems to indicate the lightweight bodies might make the jump. Let’s hope so.

 

Ford F Series – vs – Ram Truck for Towing Capacity for Louisville KY & Clarksville IN

Ford, Ram in heavy-duty towing spat 2015 Ford F-450

2015 Ford F Series Louisville Kentucky KY & Clarksville Indiana IN

Every pickup truck commercial has the brand trying to convince us that its model is the biggest, brawniest vehicle on the block. But Ford and Ram appear ready to really throw down the gauntlet and scrap over the towing figures for their heavy-duty models, and it could potentially end up in court.

The issue revolves around what it means to be best in class. Ford claims that its 2015 F-450 (pictured above) has a maxtow rating of 31,200 pounds, compared to 30,000 pounds for the Ram 3500 (right). However, both companies market these heavy haulers as having the top towing in their class. According to Automotive NewsFord is threatening legal action if Ram doesn’t back down.

The situation isn’t as simple as just comparing the numbers, though. First, the two companies calculate their towing capacities differently. Ram adheres to the SAE J2807 rating, while Ford uses its own internal system. Although, as the company introduces new models, they are certified using the SAE standard. “When an all-new F-Series Super Duty is introduced, it also will use SAE J2807,” said Ford to Autoblog in an emailed statement.

The second issue hinges on whether the F-450 and Ram 3500 are even in the same class at all. The “best-in-class” boast hinges on both trucks belonging to the Department of Transportation’s Class 3 rules, stipulating that above a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds, a model moves into Class 4. Ford claims that the F-450 has a GVWR of exactly that amount. However, according to Automotive News, the company removes the spare tire, tire jack and center console to reach that number.

Ford is sticking to its guns, though. “The 2015 F-450 pickup is a Class 3 (10,001 lbs. – 14,000 lbs. GVWR) dual rear-wheel, chassis-certified pickup truck,” said the company in a statement emailed to Autoblog.

Although, Ram isn’t changing course either. “Our best-in-class claim of 30,000 pounds of towing capacity for the 2014 Ram 3500 stands firm in the 350/3500 segment. Additionally, unlike our competitors, our new 2015 Ram 3500 will hold the title and weight capacity while adhering to the SAE J2807 towing test criteria,” said Ram in a statement emailed to Autoblog.

 

2015 Ford F-150 in Louisville KY

2015 Ford F-150 Weighs Less Than 5,000 Pounds, 2.7 V6 Makes 325 HP  2015 FORD F-1502015 Ford F-150 Weighs Less Than 5,000 Pounds, 2.7 V6 Makes 325 HPEXPAND

The 2015 Ford F-150’s little 2.7 EcoBoost V6 will be able to tow 8,500 pounds with 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. Official curb weight a 2015 F-150 SuperCrew Lariat, one of the larger models, is a slim 4,942 lbs. The current 3.7 base V6 is dropped for a 3.5, but the 3.5 EcoBoost and V8 from 2014 will remain.

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While specifics on the smaller F-150s hasn’t been stated officiall, Ford’s Communications Manager Mike Levine tells us that a 2WD SuperCrew (full four-door) 2WD truck with the 2.7 EcoBoost engine is more like 4,500 pounds. That makes a single cab even leaner.

Just went we thought modern safety gear and consumer demand for huge cargo capacities would preclude the possibility of lightweight trucks coming back, it looks like Ford has made good on their promise to put their half-ton golden-goose on a diet while boosting capacities.