Ford to suspend production at 5 North American plants

Ford to suspend productionFord Motor said Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.

Ford Motor said Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.

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The plants affected include three assembly plants in the United States and two in Mexico, the company said in a statement. The vehicle models include the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans, the Ford Focus compact car, the Lincoln Continental and Ford Mustang, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Transit van.

Ford said the Cuautitlan assembly plant that builds the Fiesta would be idled for three weeks. The Hermosillo, Mexico plant that builds the Fusion and MKZ and the Flat Rock, Michigan, factory that assembles Continentals and Mustangs will be idled for two weeks each. The Michigan Assembly plantthat builds the Focus will be idled for one week and the Kansas City assembly line that builds Transit vanswill be down for two weeks. Ford did not give dates for the temporary shutdowns.

The factories involved employ more than 15,000 people, according to Ford’s website. The company did not say how many of those workers would face temporary layoffs.

As of Sept. 1, Ford had 111 days’ worth of unsold Mustangs, 87 days’ supply of Fusions, and a 103 days’ supply of Transit vans, according to Automotive News. Dealers had enough unsold Lincoln Continentals to last 162 days. Automakers aim for 65 to 70 days of inventory of most models.

Ford and rival General Motors (GM) have wrestled most of this year to rein in high inventories of passenger cars as consumers have shifted to buying pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Production cuts slice into revenue, but also could help the automakers avoid deeper price cuts on vehicles they can sell.

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Chevrolet tops J.D. Power 2017 Tech Experience Index Study

Results of the J.D. 2017 Power Tech Experience Index Study have been released, with Chevrolet and Audi having top showings in two segments apiece, while Lincoln, Kia and Hyundai each claiming one.

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Camaro gets top honors from the tech experience index study

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The study that began last year, monitors owner satisfaction with new vehicle technology in both premium and non-premium segments, scoring them on a 1,000-point scale. In particular, driver experience and usage of 35 technologies are measured at 90 days of ownership. Major scored categories include entertainment and connectivity, comfort and convenience, driving assistance, collision protection, navigation and smartphone mirroring.

Key takeaways from the study, based on survey results from more than 19,500 owners and lessees of all-new or redesigned models within the past three years, are that people are most satisfied with safety technologies such as collision-protection systems, blind-spot warning and backup cameras. At the other end of the spectrum, navigation systems left owners least satisfied.

Satisfaction with basic interactions with climate, infotainment, seat and cluster readouts has also declined compared to last year dropping an average of 83 points, showing that owners are having a more difficult time working with common controls compared to the year before.

For the second year in a row, the Chevrolet Camaro took top honors in the midsize segment, while its Chevrolet Tahoe stablemate scored the highest marks among large vehicles. Audi’s A3 reigned supreme in satisfaction over the small premium segment, with the Q7 crossover coming out on top in the midsize premium class. Other highest-performers include the Kia Niro in the small segment, Hyundai Elantra in the compact category and the Lincoln MKC in the compact premium class.

Source: Chevrolet, Audi and Kia top J.D. Power 2017 Tech Experience Index Study – Roadshow

Under seat rear storage in new Chevy Colorado

Under seat rear storage in new Chevy Colorado

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Salesperson Jake Baron delivers another new Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet

Salesperson Jake Baron delivers another new Camaro at Ron Westphal Chevrolet

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado

2018 Chevrolet ColoradoRead our most comprehensive review of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado’s standard features, trim levels, and available options.

Call it the Swiss Army Truck. The 2018 Colorado can do everything from off-road exploring and hefty towing to running school carpools. Chevrolet’s mid-size pickup is highly configurable and aptly skilled, with a trim for every occasion as well as the rugged-and-ready ZR2. It can tow a class-leading 7700 pounds with General Motors’ exclusive diesel inline-four—as can its corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon. The Colorado has two cab and cargo-bed styles that pair with several powertrain choices. A base 200-hp inline-four has a standard six-speed manual, a 308-hp V-6 is exceedingly quick, and a fuel-efficient diesel makes 369 lb-ft of torque. Its handsome looks and excellent infotainment system are undermined by a cheap-looking interior and limited active safety technology. Still, the Colorado is a multipurpose pickup truck that is clever and capable.

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Source: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver

future for richard petty motorsports

future for richard petty motorsportsA A lot of the future for Richard Petty Motorsports remains unclear, but one thing is for certain – the team will be moving.

A lot of the future for Richard Petty Motorsports remains unclear, but one thing is for certain – the team will be moving.

Team officials confirmed to Motorsports.com it will not renew its lease at their current 78,000 square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C., that used to be home to Robert Yates Racing. Where RPM ends up probably will depend on it figuring out if it will retain sponsorship from Smithfield Foods, who will drive the famed No. 43 and what manufacturer the team picks.

RPM’s contract with Ford expires at the end of the season. The team reportedly is contemplating a move to Chevrolet – as well as relocating near Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, N.C. The two teams then could create a technical alliance.

“The building is up for lease at the end of the year. RPM chose not to sign the lease for next year,” RPM said. “Plans are still undecided for next year for the team, but they do know the building is too big for their needs.”

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The shift is a response to the shrinking sponsorship dollars in the sport and a lack of success. Petty only has one victory since 2014, and that was Aric Almirola’s rain-shortened victory at the 2014 Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.

Smithfield’s deal with RPM also is up at the end of the season. While the Virginia-based company said it would reduce its reported current investment of as much as $12 million a year, several teams are making sales pitches.

Not only is Almirola not certain about his future, but former truck and Xfinity series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is in limbo as a possible replacement.

Clement’s win shakes

up Xfinity playoffs

Jeremy Clements’ unexpected victory last Sunday at Road America sent shock waves throughout NASCAR. Not only did it shake up the playoff picture for the Xfinity Series, it drew rave reviews from other drivers.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, David Ragan, Michael Waltrip, Regan Smith, Michael McDowell, Matt DiBenedetto and Jeb Burton were just a few of the fellow drivers who posted immediate reactions on social media.

Clements was making his 256th career start in the series. He and Matt Tifft spun off track coming to the white flag while fighting for the lead, but Clements was quicker to recover and win the race.

The No. 51 Chevrolet, originally built in 2008, is owned by the 32-year-old driver and his father, Tony Clements.

Earnhardt posted, “Wild finish. Awesome to see small teams do big things,” on Twitter, while McDowell wrote: “Really awesome for him and his family. Legit underdog team and driver got it done today.”

Clements was quick to remember the 15-year struggle to win his first NASCAR race.

“I drive for a small family team,” Clements said. “Just to get a win in any of these starts is amazing. To even be here is very hard. We’ve got to make a lot of sacrifices.”

Clements joined Ryan Reed, Justin Allgaier and William Bryon as drivers who’ve clinched a spot in the playoffs with a victory, while Elliott Sadler has qualified on points. That leaves seven remaining spots with just three races to go in the regular season.

If a non-winner who’s committed to the Xfinity championship wins at either Darlington, S.C., Richmond, Va., or Joliet, Ill., the spots will be filled by the highest-ranking drivers in the standings.

Right now those would be Brendan Poole, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Tifft and Blake Koch.

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Source: NASCAR NOTEBOOK: Future uncertain for Richard Petty Motorsports | SavannahNow

chevrolet camaro zl1 1le

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Won't Be Sold in EuropeThe extra bodywork on the fastest Camaro ever makes it hazardous to European pedestrians.

The 650-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, the boss of the sixth-generation Camaros, will not be available in Europe. You might think it’s because of limited availability, low demand, or emissions, but it’s for a much weirder reason. According to a feature from Motor Trend, the ZL1 1LE is illegal to sell in Europe because the aerodynamic bodywork is too dangerous for pedestrians.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Won't Be Sold in Europe because of body panelsA weapon on the track, Europe is worried this car would quite literally be a weapon on the street. Additional bodywork exclusive to the ZL1 1LE includes a huge front splitter and dive planes which serve a functional purpose in improving downforce and cooling. The fact that it all makes the car look badass is just a bonus.

Unfortunately, those extra wings and blades sticking out of the Camaro’s beautiful face are just too extreme for European roads. Getting hit by a standard Camaro would be bad enough, but to get run over by a ZL1 1LE would ruin your whole day with that extra bodywork attacking you, according to the report.

If these aero mods were purely cosmetic, it would be easy for Chevy to bust them off or just swap out the front end with a regular Camaro to make it legal in Europe. However, since it’s all functional and pretty important for making the ZL1 1LE the car that it is, this beauty just won’t fly across the pond.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE eats up the Nurburgring in just 7:16.04, which is 16 seconds faster than a Shelby Mustang GT350 R. The track is where this car was born—and unfortunately, that’s where it will stay as far as Europe is concerned. Our friends in Europe will have to settle for the “milquetoast” Camaro ZL1 without the 1LE track package.

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Source: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Won’t Be Sold in Europe Because the Aerodynamics Are Too Dangerous – The Drive

Chevy Bolt Federal Credits

Chevy Bolt Federal Credits

Chevy Bolt Federal Credits MI – General Motors thinks the U.S. electric-vehicle market is on the cusp of going mainstream, but the Detroit automaker and other key players may soon reach sales volumes ending an important consumer tax rebate established years ago to kick start the segment.

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“We are near the tipping point for mainstream adoption,” says Darrin Gesse, product manager for the Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric vehicle.

Gesse characterizes the popularity of EVs as moving from first adopters to first-followers, where more first-time buyers are converting over from gasoline. He says 33% of Bolt owners did not previously own an alternative-propulsion vehicle and one-third of them traded in a gasoline-powered car.

The Bolt has been a boost to Chevy’s technical reputation among Americans, he adds, with 70% of buyers new to the brand.

Chevy Bolt owners average plug in every three daysAt the same time, federal credits for plug-in electric vehicles, which vary in amount based on battery capacity, are capped at 200,000 sales. The second calendar quarter after an automaker crosses that threshold the tax rebate available to a buyer of one of their PHEVs is halved, according to the IRS. The fourth quarter after that it is cut to 25% of the original value and it is phased out altogether at the beginning of the sixth quarter.

According to WardsAuto data, GM has delivered 150,051 PHEVs in the U.S. since Jan 1, 2010, when counting began for the credits. Tesla follows with an estimated 132,970 sales, although their total should rise sharply when thousands of reservations for the Model 3 are filled, putting the EV-maker past 200,000 deliveries ahead of GM.

Executives at Nissan, which has sold 113,282 Leaf BEVs, told WardsAuto in 2015 they were hoping to negotiate with federal officials to keep the credits going. Absent that, Nissan says more work must be done to slash battery costs.

Consultant McKinsey estimates the 60-kWh battery pack in the Bolt is a $13,600 component.

Gesse says it is unclear how GM intends to manage an end to its credits, but admits the automaker likely will have the luxury of watching Tesla’s reaction. He declines to speculate whether GM would have to slash pricing on a car such as the Bolt.

The federal government also could make changes to the program before either company exceeds 200,000 sales, and state governments offer programs, too. Colorado, for example, offers a hefty $6,000 tax credit.

Whatever occurs, Gesse says GM will not walk away from plug-ins.

“If anything, we’re gearing up more and more,” he says.

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Source:  jamend@wardsauto.com

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$3000 cash back on new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox models
$3000 cash back on new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox models

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