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2015 Ford Mustang Lineup Pricing Announced

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Fans of Ford’s 2015 Mustang now know just how big a check it will take to put the sleek new coupe or convertible in their driveway.
Ford has announced the next-generation pony car will start at $24,425 for the base V-6 coupe and top out at $43,620 for an automatic V-8 convertible. All prices include destination fees but no options.  The base Mustang comes with a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 and a six-speed manual transmission. Its base price is about $1,100 more than the outgoing generation. Buyers in sunny climes have the V-6 convertible to consider, which clocks in at $29,925.

Next in the Mustang lineup is the all-new EcoBoost model, which will start at $25,995. This version uses a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Though those numbers are close to the output figures of the V-6, the EcoBoost model will be conspicuously more efficient, though Ford hasn’t announced final EPA figures yet.

The droptop version of the EcoBoost will run $35,495.
Finally, no Mustang lineup is complete without the V-8. The 2015 GT coupe starts at $32,925 and comes with Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8, which makes 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. A convertible version will start at $42,425 for models with the six-speed manual gearbox.

Each of the three Mustang variants will be available with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters for an additional $1,195.

Ford’s sixth-generation muscle car was unveiled earlier this year in a synchronized event in cities around the world that highlighted the automaker’s goal to position the Mustang as a global vehicle. The 2015 model has been completely redesigned, with a sleeker profile that Ford hopes will pull in more younger buyers and sports car fans alike.
Ford says its dealers are already taking orders for the new Mustang, though deliveries won’t start until this fall.

 

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Great Cars for $8,000 or Less

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Do you need a car that’s more reliable than your cash flow? Then check out Kelley Blue Book‘s top picks for best used automobiles under $8,000.

“These are all reliable, safe means of transportation that people can buy at affordable prices,” says Jack Nerad, executive editorial director at KBB. “There are lots of used cars out there for under $8,000, but there aren’t nearly as many that we’d be comfortable putting our children in or recommending to a friend.”

Nerad says the best sub-$8,000 used cars are typically late-model versions of top-selling vehicles, which are generally plentiful in the resale market. “There are definitely good cars on our list,” he says. “It’s just that they’re frankly older and very likely to have more miles on them.”

Read on to check out KBB editors’ top choices for used cars under $8,000, listed in order of how highly staffers ranked each model.

All prices reflect estimates of what you’ll pay at a dealership for a given car that’s in at least good condition, which KBB defines as having a clean title, no major mechanical problems and only normal wear and tear.

 

Fifth-best used car under $8,000: 2007 Mazda3
Estimated price: 
$7,650 (for an iSport sedan with automatic transmission and a 148-horsepower engine)

The Mazda3 has long offered a far zippier ride than you’d expect given the compact vehicle’s modest sticker price.

“The Mazda3 has been on our ‘Coolest New Cars Under $18,000′ list forever and ever,” Nerad says. “We really like every iteration of the model, both for its value and for the fact that it’s fun to drive.”

 

The 2007 version is part of the Mazda3′s first generation, which is two versions removed from a third iteration that came out this year. (A newer model Mazda3 is pictured above.)

Base 2007s are available as sedans or hatchbacks and come standard with a 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. Automatic transmission and a peppier 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine are also available

 

 

Fourth-best used car under $8,000: 2005 Toyota Camry
Estimated price: 
$7,925 (for models with automatic transmission and a 160-horsepower engine)

The well-regarded Camry has long been the U.S. new-car market’s top-selling model, which means there are plenty of good used versions of this midsized sedan available as well.

“The Camry is kind of the poster child for dependably and reliability — and because Camrys are essentially overbuilt, you’ll find good value in a 2005 model even if it has a lot of miles on it,” Nerad says.

The 2005 Camry is also just two iterations removed from the vehicle’s current seventh edition, which came out in 2012.

Base 2005s come standard with manual transmission and a 160-horsepower four-cylinder engine, with automatic transmission and 210-horsepower V-6 engines available as well.

 

Third-best used car under $8,000: 2005 Honda Accord
Estimated price: 
$7,810 (for an automatic-transmission, 160-horsepower DX sedan)

This popular midsized vehicle is the Camry’s main rival in the new-car market, which means you’ll find plenty of good Accords in the used-car sector as well.

“The Accord’s story is almost a ‘ditto’ to the Camry’s,” Nerad says. “Accords are a little bit more fun to drive, but their quality and reliability are comparable.”

Available as a sedan, coupe or hybrid, the 2005 is part of the Accord’s seventh generation. The ninth iteration premiered last year.

A 2005 Accord comes standard with manual transmission and a 160-horsepower four-cylinder engine, but versions outfitted with automatic transmission and 240-horsepower V-6 engines are also plentiful in the used-car market.

 

Second-best used car under $8,000: 2011 Hyundai Accent
Estimated price: 
$6,870 (for a manual-transmission GL hatchback)

The 2011 Accent is so new that you can buy one and still take advantage of the five-year roadside-assistance policy that the car originally came with. The vehicle’s original five-year/60,000-mile warranty will also apply in many cases as well.

But you might not need either policy, as Hyundai — which once had a reputation for poor quality — has turned things around “to the point where it’s one of the best brands in the industry,” Nerad says.

“The 2011 Accent’s combination of a fairly recent model year, much-improved reliability and the fact that you might be covered by the car’s original warranty makes for a particularly good value,” he says.

You’ll also get a car that’s just one generation removed the Accent’s current edition, which launched in 2012.

The 2011 Accent is available as a sedan or two-door hatchback and comes standard with a 110-horsepower four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. Automatic transmission is also widely available.

 

Best used car under $8,000: 2007 Honda Civic
Estimated price: 
$7,100 (for a manual-transmission DX coupe)

The compact Civic has less room than its cousin the Accord offers, but $8,000 or so will get you the same reliability and a two-year newer model if you’re willing to live with less cabin space.

“The Accord’s dependability and fun-to-drive factors are definitely still there with the Civic,” Nerad says.

The 2007 Civic is also just one edition removed from the current ninth-generation of the model, which premiered in 2012 (although Honda gave the car an unusually extensive refresh in 2013 after consumers and critics panned the 2012 version).

Available as a sedan or coupe, the 2007 Civic comes standard with a 140-horsepower engine and manual transmission. Automatic transmission, a 197-horsepower engine and hybrid and natural-gas-powered versions are also available.

— By Jerry Kronenberg

 

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Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS  FROM: CNNMONEY 

 

 

Four recalls, affecting at least 1.4 million vehicles, were announced by Ford today.  The majority of the affected vehicles are popular SUV’s that may have steering issues.

 

The steering issues impact 915,000 Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners from model years 2008 through 2011, and about 196,000 Ford Explorers from 2011 through 2013.

 

Faulty sensors and electrical connections could cause the vehicles to lose power steering, making steering more difficult and increasing the risk of a crash. Not all vehicles have the same issue, Ford(FFortune 500) said, and the fix involves either replacing a part or a software upgrade.

 

Ford is aware of 20 accidents and eight injuries that might be related to the steering problems.

 

The automaker is also recalling 196,600 Taurus sedans from model years 2010 through 2014. Corrosion due to road salt could cause the license plate lamp to short circuit, overheat and possibly cause a fire.

 

It believes 18 fires are connected to the issue. In one case, a driver put out the fire by hand and was injured, the company said.

 

Ford said the fix would replace the part. The recall applies to vehicles in 20 states and the District of Columbia where road salt is used to treat roads in winter storms.

 

The fourth recall involves floor mats that can be improperly installed and come in contact with the accelerator pedal. It involves about 82,500 mats available for the 2006 to 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ. Two accidents are allegedly connected to the problem, Ford said.

 

Automakers have come under scrutiny since General Motors (GMFortune 500)announced a safety issue it had not publicly disclosed for 10 years. That ignition switch issue has been connected to at least 13 deaths – and is likely responsible for more, federal regulators say. GM has recalled nearly 16 million vehicles this year.

 

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said at a company conference earlier this month, “I think you’re going to see a heightened level of sensitivity across all automakers on this issue.”

 

Also earlier this month, Ford included 692,500 Escapes from model years 2013 and 2014 as part of a recall for problems with the side airbags and door handles. 

 

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GM’s 3 Million Vehicle Recall

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The recall nightmares at General Motors just won’t end.

 

General Motors has recalled another 3 million autos, bringing the troubled automaker’s total for the year to about 10 million.

 

GM has been under fire this year for its botched recall of 2.6 million vehicles with an ignition switch problem that the automaker had known about for 10 years. The Department of Justice, Congress and federal auto regulators are currently investigating the decade-long delay

 

Most of the cars recalled Thursday were older models built before the company’s 2009 bankruptcy, as was the case with the ignition switch recall.

 

The bulk of the latest recall applies to 2.4 million cars with a wiring problem that’s been tied to at least 13 accidents, two injuries and no deaths. Those vehicles include the 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, the 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, as well as 2007-2010 Saturn Auras.

 

The wiring problem could cause the brake lamps to fail to light up when the brakes are applied, or to light up when the brakes are not engaged, the company said. Cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation can also be disabled.

 

The company issued a service bulletin to dealerships 2008 about the flaw, but it never ordered a recall.

 

The ignition switch recall, which has been tied to at least 13 deaths, also started out as a service bulletin.

 

CEO Mary Barra has repeatedly said the 10 year delay in that recall was unacceptable and has promised it would not happen again.

 

Thursday’s announcement included four other smaller recalls.

 

The smallest of the five recalls is also potentially the most serious. GM (GMFortune 500) said that 477 trucks have steering problems that can cause accidents. Truck owners are being told they shouldn’t even drive their trucks to dealers for repairs. GM will send a flatbed truck to pick up the vehicles, which include some 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and some 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs.

 

GM will take a $200 million charge for the cost of these repairs. It took a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter for the ignition switch flaw, which wiped out its profit for the quarter.

 

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BMW’s Electric Engines are Gaining Ground on Tesla

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German luxury carmaker BMW reported new sales and profit records in its latest quarterly results, thanks to the steady rollout of well-received new models. One of its highest-profile investments—a new line of electric-powered vehicles—generated only 2,000 unit sales, out of nearly 430,000 BMW-branded cars delivered during the quarter, but analysts are watching the BMWi series very closely. Some consider it the strongest competition yet for Tesla, the electric vehicle market leader.

BMW recently upped its production target for the i3 due to higher-than-expected demand. The $41,350 city car, launched late last year in Europe, has a range of around 100 miles on a full charge, or nearly 200 with an optional gas-powered “range extender.” The i8 (pictured above) goes on sale next month, with a hefty $135,700 price tag. The sports car will travel only 20-odd miles on electric power alone, and a bit more than 300 using its hybrid engine. Gull-wing doors, 357-horsepower, and headlights that literally shoot lasers round out the package.

If you think that neither of these models sounds much like the Tesla Model S, you’d be right. The BMW i3 costs half as much, and travels only half as far on a single charge. The i8 costs twice as much and isn’t electric-only, but boasts more power and high-end supercar features.

At business schools, what BMW is doing to Tesla is known as the “sandwich strategy“—squeezing the competition by offering products pitched both above and below a rival’s offering. A new research note from analysts at Barclays fleshes out this theory, noting that surveys show that most common car brands buyers replace with Teslas are, in order, Toyota, Mercedes, and—yes—BMW.

The Barclays analysts reckon that BMW’s i-series can pick off both Prius partisans and German sedan fans:

The Tesla Model S appeals to both Prius drivers as well as prestige and performance-oriented buyer; its nearest comps are Porsches and Aston Martins. At the same time, the i8 also may appeal to that flashier driver who wants a car the valet will leave parked in front of the high-end restaurant (an important criteria, in our view, in Southern California). The BMW i3 buyer is likely more of a Prius graduate, a bit more motivated by green concerns than by what car the valet chooses to leave in front of the car park stand.

Barclays forecasts that BMW will sell up to a third as many electric vehicles as Tesla in the next few years. The i-series will account for less than 2% of BMW’s overall shipments and a vanishingly small share of its overall profit over this period. But the deep-pocketed German firm dabbling in Tesla’s market represents a risk, at the margin, to the American electric-vehicle maker’s richly valued shares.

A future refresh of the lower end of BMW’s electric range—an i5, perhaps—could aim more directly at the current Model S market. Meanwhile, Tesla’s so-called “Gen III” model, a mass-market car rumored to price at $35,000 and launch in a few years, sounds a bit like the existing BMW i3. In the end, it all adds up to more congestion on the road that Tesla has had mostly to itself.

 

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Urus – Lamborghini’s First Turbo?

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Ferrari has used turbochargers off and on over the years. Porsche has long embraced them. McLaren uses them exclusively these days. As do Pagani and BugattiLamborghini never has, but that could all change in the near future.

 

According to Auto Express (whose reports we usually take with a grain or two of sodium chloride) in speaking with Sant’Agata’s R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini could be forced to start using turbocharged engines in the next three to four years. And their first application in the Raging Bull marque’s history could be on the upcoming production version of the Urus concept.

 

The Urus, for those who may not recall, was a crossover concept unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show two years ago and which we saw in a closed-door preview just before that during the New York Auto Show. Taking a sportier approach than the unapologetically utilitarian LM002 (popularly known as the “Rambo Lambo”), the Urus followed the Estoque sedan concept in testing the waters for a different kind of Lamborghini – one to which potential buyers apparently responded positively, as the Italian automaker has been working on bringing it to production ever since.

 

That is now expected to come in 2017, with production slated to take place (or at least begin) in Slovakia at the same Bratislava plant that builds the Audi Q7Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg – the next-generation versions of which will share their MLB platform with the Urus as well as Bentley’s upcoming SUV, known until now as the EXP 9 F (the F standing for Falcon).

 

Whenever the Urus finally reaches production and wherever it’s built, rumors are strongly indicating that it will be powered by the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (or some form thereof) developed by Bentley and Audi. Considering that the Cayenne is already available with turbo power and that the upcoming Maserati Levante likely will as well, the development will likely shock no one outside of Ferruccio’s most faithful followers.

 

 

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The Rezvani Beast, an American-Built Road and Track Attacker

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The custom supercar game sports a lot of players and not much success; for every Koenigsegg or Pagani who’ve managed to build a real business, there’s a dozen one-name outfits that show off a design or two then never get off the bench. The latest entry comes from an American designer, who’s targeting a more realistic goal rather than reinventing the carbon-fiber wheel.

 

It’s called the Rezvani Beast, designed by California builder Fardees Rezvani. Based on the chassis of the Ariel Atom, the Beast wraps a lightweight and stylish carbon-fiber body around the bare-bones track car, along with an interior that makes the Beast a more comfortable place to spend time on the road. (There’s even an optional windshield, something traditional Atom buyers consider a buzzkill.)

 

“We wanted to get back to the basics,” Fardees Rezvani told Yahoo Autos. “We wanted to get back to a raw feel, a car with real tactile feedback, with a lightweight chassis.” And while the Atom is popular with people who want a track toy, Rezvani said it held little appeal elsewhere. “The Atom is fast up to 80 mph, but then it would hit a wall because of wind and aerodynamics. We can give this car a world-class design, but keep it ultralight and streamlined — make it appealing to road drivers.”

 

By using carbon fiber for the body, Rezvani says the Beast maintains the Atom’s performance with only a 200-lb. penalty for wrapping the frame. In top spec form, the Beast uses an upgraded version of the Atom’s four-cylinder engine that’s been given both a supercharger and turbocharger for a total of 500 hp, enough grunt to make the sprint to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Rezvani will also offer a 315-hp edition, both using the six-speed manual of the Atom.

 

While many spec supercar builders ask for seven-figure sticker prices, Rezvani says the Beast was designed for a far more affordable price point — $120,000 in base form, a price reachable thanks to 3-D printing and contract assembly in California, with a target of 10 Beasts produced in the first year. “We wanted to keep the costs low,” he said. “Our profit margins are small, but our goal was to make it appealing to the average auto enthusiast.” In a field of exotic machines and imaginary business plans, the Rezvani Beast stands out for trying to keep it real.

 

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Car that Runs for 100 Years Without Refueling!

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CONNECTICUT, US: Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, US, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with thorium, one of the most dense materials known in nature. Thorium is so dense that it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.

 

According to Charles Stevens, CEO, LPS, just one gram of the substance yields more energy than 7,396 gallons (28,000 L) of gasoline and 8 grams would power the typical car for a century.

 

“Low or non- carbon dioxide (CO2)emitting energy sources must be cheaper than coal or will ultimately fail to displace fossil fuels. The United States uses 20 per cent of the world’s energy today and, if it cut its CO2 emissions to zero, 80 per cent produced by other countries would still be a problem. With CO2 emissions climbing seemingly beyond all bounds, pessimism is rampant and bold ideas are needed,” said Robert Hargraves, LPS.

 

 

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$75,000 Camaro Z/28 is Already Sold Out, But Chevy May Build More

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If you were in the market for a $75,000 Chevy that wasn’t a Corvette, you may have missed your opportunity. The new Camaro Z/28 — which Chevy says is the most high-performance Camaro ever built — is already sold out for 2014. All 500 units of it.

 

According to Autoguide, who spoke with chief engineer Al Oppenheiser in a recent interview, all 500 units of the track-focused Camaro already have a home for 2014. With the Z/28 painting a “target” on cars like the Porsche 911 and Nissan GT-R, it wasn’t hard for muscle car and track car enthusiasts alike to dish out that much cash.

 

But there is good news for those of you who may have missed out. For 2015, Oppenheiser says that if there is enough of a demand, Chevy could build up to 2,500 units of the Camaro Z/28, and get them into the hands of even more enthusiasts. The downside being that the new Z/28 would become a little less exclusive than originally expected.

 

In case you forget, for $75,000, the Camaro Z/28 ditches features like A/C and radio, in place of a 7.0-liter V8, a six-speed manual transmission, and 500-hp. And not to mention a race chassis, and upgraded wheels and tires.

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like the old saying “less is more” stands true of the new Z/28.

 

 

 

 

 

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At 190-MPH Top Speed, the Trident Iceni Magna is Set to Change the Supercar Game

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This may seem like an unorthodox claim, but all supercars are kinda the same. They have an engine placed behind the driver but ahead of the rear wheels, and usually run some sort of twin turbo V8, V10 or V12. Even the latest crop of hypercars are all forms of hybrids– everyone is copying everyone else. So what does it take to mix things up?

 

Changing the fuel would be one way to go. A small, British automaker is taking performance on in a different way, employing a diesel powertrain, capable of serious output, but also impressive fuel economy. It is called the Trident Iceni Magna, and it is set to change the supercar game.

 

The 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 puts out 395 horsepower, and an immense 700 pound feet of torque. It can get from zero to sixty in just 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 190 mph, making it the fastest diesel car in the world. It can also go 2,000 miles on a single tank of diesel.

 

Like other niche British supercars, the styling is heavily influenced by the Jaguar E-Type and various Aston Martin models. The Trident Iceni Magna costs $161,000, but if you seek more power, the company will build a track edition for an additional $50,000. That might seem like a lot, but it will have 660-hp and an insane 1,000 lb-ft of torque!

 

 

 

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