Archive for June, 2020

Vin Car Pic: 1949 Ford

The 1949 Ford was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, according to Wikipedia. Civilian production had been suspended during the war and the 1946 through1948 models from Ford, GM, and Chrysler were updates of their pre-war models. Popularly called the “Shoebox Ford” for its slab-sided “ponton” design, the 1949 Ford is credited with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated...

Ford stages big online reveal of ‘all-new’ 2021 Ford F-150 ahead of fall on-sale date

14th-generation pickup will be more connected with an ‘elevated’ interior and hybrid powertrain option Ford Motor says its redesigned and re-engineered 2021 F-150 pickup is at the forefront of purposeful technology with such features as over-the-air vehicle updates, more driver-assist technologies, an integrated onboard generator and a 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid V-6 powertrain. The automaker made an online reveal of the 14th-generation pickup Thursday evening, June 25. But the brand’s top-selling vehicle is not expected...

Vin Car Pic: Ford wins at Le Mans

Perhaps overlooked in the Juneteenth celebrations this year was the significant win for Ford Motor at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was June 19, 1966, when Ford won the endurance race, placing first, second and third, according to a post at AutomotiveHistory.org. “When the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans came to an end on this day in 1966 it was a Ford GT40 in first, second and third place, marking the first...

Punk’n Rocker

Mopar-upfitted 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon a showcase of $12,400 in accessories The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of a new vehicle is as vague as a stoplight in Boston — a suggestion, at best. For new vehicles, the MSRP is merely a starting point. There will be several trim-level choices with a spartan base model to stake a claim for price-point advertising. It’s a car few buyers actually want, except as a delivery beater. Moving up...

Vin Car Pic: 1956 Cadillac Cyclone concept

One of the last cars designed by Harley Earl, the 1956 Cyclone concept was a test-bed for futuristic styling and technology, according to Wikipedia. The design was heavily inspired by the aviation and rocket designs of the 1950s. The Cyclone was built on a 104-inch wheelbase chassis and featured a front-mounted 390-cubic-inch V-8 engine, rear-mounted automatic transaxle and an all-wheel independent suspension. A unique design was the engine exhaust that was ported out just ahead...

Ford refines, advances its driver-assist technologies

Updates to Co-Pilot360 include hands-free driving, over-the-air updates Ford Motor announced today that its driver-assist technology, Ford Co-Pilot360, will be updated with Active Drive Assist to allow hands-free driving on divided highways. The enhanced system will compare to the semi-self-driving technologies in Cadillac’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot. The added feature is the next evolution of Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, with the potential for future enhancements, Ford said in a release. Active...

Toyota Avalon TRD road test: Sophisticated yet sinister

Drop the kids at school and take the long way to work Toyota’s new Avalon TRD is not your granddad’s Avalon. When the fifth-generation Avalon sedan was redesigned for the 2019, Toyota steered this flagship from its mooring as an icon of modern maturity to a speed-line cruiser. Authenticity and exhilaration were the mantras of design, Toyota said. Designed and built in the U.S., the interior and exterior design makeover was done at Calty Design...

Ford sweetens Mustang Mach-E purchase with charging deal

To kick-start their electric Mustang Mach-E experience, Ford announced June 15 that owners will receive 250 kilowatt-hours of complimentary charging through FordPass Rewards at Electrify America fast-charging stations. That’s the equivalent of approximately three to five full DC fast charges, Ford said in a statement. According to GreenCarReports.com, that’s potentially a value of hundreds of dollars at EA’s $0.99-per-minute standard rate. For Mustang Mach-E owners with the extended-range battery, the 250 kilowatt-hours of fast-charging energy...

Vin Car Pic: 1933 Dodge Westchester

Not much is known about the Dodge Westchester suburban woodies, according to an online report at SignificantCars. Research can confirm that Dodge and Plymouth offered similar models. None of the Plymouth woodies are known to have survived the ages and perhaps only one 1934 Dodge Westchester Suburban long wheelbase woodie has survived. Beginning in 1933 Dodge struck a relationship with U.S. Body and Forging Company in Tell City, Ind. Dodge would send commercial chassis to...

BMW celebrates 5 millionth vehicle built in the U.S.

Toronto Red X5 M Competition to stay in plant’s historic collection BMW announced today that its Spartanburg, S.C., manufacturing facility built its 5-millionth vehicle on June 4. The milestone vehicle is a Toronto Red Metallic BMW X5 M Competition equipped with a 617-horsepower M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine with Silverstone Full Merino Leather interior and 21/22-inch M Star-spoke bi-color wheels. Pricing starts at $115,095, including the freight charge. But this BMW will not go to...