Ford Is Taking Cars Out Of Park

Everyday cars are parked all across the United States of America, this new car sharing program shall see about renting out these parked cars. This pilot program is developed as a way for companies such as Ford to help drivers to finance and invest in their ride.

Under the program, customers finance their vehicles through Ford Motor Credit will be able to rent their vehicle to pre-screened drivers for short-term use, helping to defray some monthly vehicle ownership costs.

“As most vehicles are parked and out of use much of the time, this can help us gauge our customers’ desires to pick up extra cash and keep their vehicles in use,” David McClelland, Ford Credit vice-president of marketing, said in a written statement.

Ford Motor Co. said that 14,000 customers in the United States will be invited to participate, along with 12,000 in London.

U.S. customers will partake through ride-share company Getaround, while London customers will use easy Car Club.

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Be Apart Of LA’s Best Car Events Of The Summer

Tired of going to the zoo, beach or amusement park. This year in California there is a variety of different car shows and events that will shake up your everyday summer routine.

The San Marino Motor Classic celebrates its fifth year at fabulous Lacy Park in sunny San Marino, California. Over 200 classic and collectible cars spread over 34 classes will crowd the Lacy Park lawn from 9-3 Sunday. The heart of the show is the Grand Classic section courtesy of the Southern California Region Classic Car Club of America. The CCCA entries offer a sort of mini-Pebble with beautiful Duesenbergs, Packards, Lincolns and Cadillacs from the 1930s. Surrounding those are just about every kind of car you could want to see at a car show, from woodies to Corvettes and even some race cars. Last year was a great collection of classic Porsches and even a land speed racer or two.

“We’re entering our fifth year of putting on a solid car show,” says Aaron Weiss, event co-founder and co-chair. “We produce a standout spectacle not only for car enthusiasts, but for our benefiting charities.  Whether it’s pre-war, post-war, hot rods — even motorcycles—we have a great show for everyone to enjoy. ”

Top honors at the 2014 event went to a 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster from Hjeltness Restoration, Inc. of Escondido and a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton owned by John Muckel of Rancho Palos Verdes.  Advance tickets are available online for $25. VIP Spectator tickets are also available for $125, which includes a gourmet lunch, wine and beer.  Tickets the day of the event are $30.  Children 12 and under are free.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. sanmarinomotorclassic.com.

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Students Restore Antique Automobiles

Town cars, antiques and sports cars, there was a variety of them all. Students gathered at The Elegance, for one the most prestigious events in antique auto motives with the task to take these well-known cars and do the impossible by making them run again.

Toner’s instructor lifted the hood to adjust the choke linkage. A few tense moments later, the 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D roared to life, allowing Toner, a 24-year-old auto restoration student from the Philadelphia suburb of Quakertown, to pull out of his spot and begin a triumphant circuit around the show grounds.

You have to expect some car trouble when your ride is a one-of-a-kind classic like the Scripps, which, after all, hadn’t been driven since 1959 – until students at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport took it out of mothballs this spring and got it back on the road.

I can’t say enough about our students’ passion,” said restoration instructor Roy Klinger.

Passion is what the hobby desperately needs from young people right now.

When Penn College revved up its vintage vehicle restoration major in 2012, it became one of just a handful of degree programs around the country teaching young people how to help refurbish and maintain North America’s fleet of more than 10 million classic cars.

“We have a huge void,” said Earl Mowrey, who heads youth development at the Antique Automobile Club of America. “There’s been a generation or a generation and a half of missed opportunity.”

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Leaving The White Car Trend Behind For A New Colour

There are thousands of colours available to drivers when purchasing or painting their car. From varying tints and hues there is a variety of choices to make your car stand out on the highway.

White is the most popular colour for new car purchases globally, says an annual report by Axalta Coating Systems, a paint producer that supplies the car industry. In North America and Asia-Pacific, it has been No. 1 since 2006, and is a newcomer to Europe and South America for the top spot, having just replaced silver.

But there are signs that tastes may be shifting. In Canada, says a survey by Desrosiers Automotive Consultants of car owners, black and blue will be the top choices for consumers’ next vehicles, with red also showing a strong rise in popularity. Industry experts point to a trend toward vibrant hues; however, they say white will maintain its stranglehold for a few more years.

“When silver became very popular in 2000, it brought all of the other neutral colours with it,” says Nancy Lockhart, colour marketing manager for Axalta. “When I say neutral, I mean white, black and grey. They increased as silver increased; there was much less chroma.

“It can be indicative of the fact that we were much more conservative in what we were buying, the economy dropped a little bit. People were buying things that they thought would have good resale; silver, black, they have good resale.”

Susan Lampinen, group chief designer for colour and materials for Ford, has seen the colour white go from a 23 per cent global take rate in 2012 to a 29 per cent rate in 2013 and 2014. “You see how white had overtaken silver years ago,” Lampinen says. “It really goes back to the technology industry. White was on the original iPod; it really took off around then. And white also infers clean and modern.”

But Lockhart has noticed a rise in colour. “The nice thing is, because we do see silver going down in popularity, that will actually pull the other neutrals with it, just like it brought the neutrals up. So what we think we’ll see – and what we want to see – is that colour is going to come back. This year we named Radiant Red as ‘2015 North American automotive colour of the year’; this was a big deal for us.

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3 vehicles that last beyond 200,000 miles

In the market for a new vehicle? If you’re like most American, you spend a lot of time driving. You need a vehicle that you know will go the distance for you.

iSeeCars.com, a website that aggregates 30 million used car listings from all around the country, recently looked for all of the vehicles housed on its website from 1981-2010 that have more than 200,000 miles on the odometer in order to see which models are really going the distance for their owners.

The findings, which list the 12 models with the highest percentage of 200,000-mile travelers, are quite interesting. Only one car made the list, the Honda Accord. All the rest are either trucks or SUVs.

Here are three that make the list:

  • Honda Accord
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Sierra

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Who Can You Trust Your Car Repair To?

When you need to change or repair a certain part on your car, where do you turn? Here is how to find the right mechanic for your car.

Based on annual surveys, we find consumers generally have a higher level of satisfaction with independent shops over car dealerships.

If your car is under warranty, you will still need to go to a dealership for warranty repairs, but you won’t need to go to the dealership for routine maintenance. Under federal law you have the right to have repairs performed anywhere you like without voiding the warranty.

But identifying a mechanic you can trust for your car takes a lot more than letting your fingers do the walking. You have to do a little old-fashioned sleuthing. There’s no single clue to what makes a good repair shop, but here are some things you should look for.

Find a shop for your brand of car

Many garages specialize in certain makes. Those that focus on your type are more likely to have the latest training and equipment to fix your vehicle.

Ask your family and friends

Especially seek recommendations from those who have a vehicle similar to yours.

Search the Internet

Look for information about local mechanics on Angie’s List, the Consumer Reports car repair estimator, and the Mechanics Files at Cartalk.com. Cartalk.com provides those services free, Angie’s List requires a subscription, the car repair estimator is free for Consumer Reports’ online subscribers.

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10 Forgotten 1990’s Classic Hatchbacks

The 90’s was a remarkable era that brought the invention of several interesting styles and inventions. We had Warheads, sweater vests, the TV guide and jelly bracelets. We wore washed out denim and searched for Waldo. Music included Nirvana, Britney Spears and Oasis while wearing harem pants with one leg rolled up and mood rings.

There was a variety in cars back then as well, there was the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, BMW M Coupe and other station wagons we remember. It was also a time when hatchbacks were cost-effective and never high-class. They were sold mostly to students, new grads andyoung professionals. They got you where you wanted to go, until they eventually disappeared, until now.

  1. Eagle Summit

Continuing the Chrysler Corp. tradition of importing small Mitsubishis, the 1990 Mirage arrived as an Eagle Summit. What was this Eagle brand all about, and why were its cars a mix of Renault, Chrysler and Mitsubishi vehicles? Eagle dealers didn’t have good answers for these questions, but one could also get this hatch as a Dodge Colt and a Plymouth Colt as part of Chrysler’s strategy being flooding every brand with a variant. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder was the base engine, producing 81 overstretched horses, while a 1.6-liter engine opened up a few more possibilties, like successfully merging into freeway traffic thanks to its 123 horses. Tiny 13-inch wheels made for slightly hairy handling, with four-speed and five-speed manual gearboxes providing a bit of slow-car-fast-fun for commuters and college students alike. If you wanted to be fancy-schmancy, there was also the sedan for trips to the opera house and evenings out with friends at a pricey steakhouse.

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A Car Enthusiasts Dream Come True: The Vulcan Hypercar

Aston Martin sports car manufacturer has outdone itself with the newly released Vulcan Hypercar. Consumer’s worldwide find it inconceivable and are in awe with this latest advancement. It is quickly becoming the best sports car around in its class of extreme performance vehicles.

This limited time offer is soon to begin, as this incredible beast of car continues reach speeds of our wildest imaginations. Although exact features and specific numbers have not been released, we have been told that we can expect over 800 horsepower. However, there is only 24 of these magnificent vehicles in existence so, everyone is racing for the opportunity for before it is long gone.

The layout is a front mid-engine, RWD design, drawing from Aston’s extensive GT racing experience. The Vulcan is built using a carbon-fiber monocoque and body, which will endow it with a power-to-weight ratio exceeding those of GTE cars in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship.

Additional racing bits include a limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with a carbon-fiber drive shaft, and carbon-ceramic disc brakes from Brembo measuring 15-inches in the front and 14.2-inches in the rear. A mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential-shift transmission routs the power to 19-inch wheels and Michelin race tires.

Pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry are used in conjunction with Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers for high levels of adjustment. The handling package also includes driver-adjustable, anti lock brakes and variable traction control. The car will comply with all relevant FIA safety rules.

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Land Rovers and Jaguars are getting diesel engines.

Almost all Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option to get a diesel engine. Within the next three years, the company confirmed this at the Detroit Auto Show. The blitz will begin this coming fall, when the new 2016’s launch.  The engine is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel. Pushing out about 254 Horsepower with 440 pound-feet of torque. While the fuel economy will raise slightly to a 28mpg on the highway. The combined rating of city and highway is a 25 mpg.

The Rovers will be followed in 2016 by the XE sedan and F-Pace crossover, which will offer the 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engines, in addition to gasoline units. The diesel-powered XE is expected to get at least 40 mpg on the highway, Jaguar Land Rover North America CEO Joe Eberhardt said.

The oil-burners are expected to offer 20-to-30 percent improvements in fuel economy compared with gasoline engines, depending on the vehicle.

JLR’s announcement comes as gasoline prices have plummeted in the United States, and regular fuel costs about $1 less than a gallon of diesel, according to AAA research. Still, the company is taking the long view, and Eberhardt said diesel engines offer greater performance and range than other options. JLR expects about 20 percent of its customers will opt for diesel engines.

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Americans pay more for cars

Could the auto industry be even hotter than we thought?

The car world tends to focus on units sold, which is to say the total number of vehicles rolling out of dealerships during any given period. This year, Americans are on pace to buy about 16.4 million vehicles, a 6 percent increase from 2013 and the most purchased in the nation since 2006.

Here’s the development no one is mentioning: Americans are spending a whole lot more money per car. Since 2009 the annual revenue from U.S. car sales has surged 61 percent, to $522 billion, according to analysis from TrueCar (TRUE), an online platform that connects car buyers with dealerships. As a result, the average cost of a new vehicle sold has surged from $31,077 to $31,798.

TrueCar President John Krafcik, formerly the chief executive officer of Hyundai North America (005380:KS), has been preaching about this purchasing power as he makes the rounds in Detroit. He says analysts are underestimating the health of the U.S. auto industry.

“It’s extraordinarily relevant that people are willing to pay more for automobiles,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek. “Especially when the narrative has largely been that cars are playing less of a role in our lives.”

Find out which four factors contribute to American’s paying more for cars.

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