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Subaru's big ambitions clouded by tariff threat

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Subaru has big plans for growth in the U.S. market #8212; as long as Trump's tariffs don't get in the way.

Genesis G70 debut nears while retail network sorts itself out

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Uncertainty has been a common theme around the dapper Genesis G70's U.S. launch #8212; not because of the product itself, but rather the retail infrastructure surrounding it.

BMW, Mercedes-Benz boxed in by tariff battles

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Mercedes-Benz and BMW stand to lose most from tit-for-tat import tariffs imposed first by the U.S. on China and then reciprocated. Unfortunately for both, there isn't much they can do to shield themselves from the fallout.

Tesla on path to overseas footprint

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Tesla took a big step toward expanding its manufacturing footprint overseas, signing a preliminary agreement to build a plant in China, but it also gave more indications that demand for its most affordable electric vehicle has faded considerably...

Chinese auto supplier Rebo buys Federal-Mogul's lighting division

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Chinese auto supplier Rebo enters the North American market with its purchase of Federal-Mogul's lighting division.

New-vehicle inventories up slightly, below 2017 numbers

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
The industry started July with an estimated 3,961,800 unsold vehicles on-hand in the U.S., a 69-day supply.

Five automakers use Ohio analytics company to track billions in inefficiencies

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Five automakers and their supply chains are linking up with an Ohio analytics company to root out billions in industry logistics inefficiencies.

CDK to acquire ELEAD1ONE

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 01:21
Dealership software giant CDK Global struck a deal to acquire ELEAD1ONE, a provider of customer relationship management, service and marketing solutions.

CDK poised to acquire ELEAD1ONE

Automotive Business Review - 16 juill. 2018 - 01:21
Dealership software giant CDK Global said it has struck a deal to acquire ELEAD1ONE, a provider of customer relationship management, service and marketing solutions.

Extremely Rare and Cool Special Edition Packages and Limited Run Models – Ford Edition Part II

China car times - 15 juill. 2018 - 17:04

Continuing the extremely rare and cool special edition packages and limited run models – Ford Edition Part I, we’ll list some additional rare vehicles from Blue Oval’s assortment.

Related read: extremely rare and cool special edition packages and limited run models – Mopar-Chrysler edition, AMC Edition, Ford Edition Part I

Fairlane 500 R Code Year: 1966

Pressured by competitors which by ’66 were already deep in muscle car game, Ford finally pulled their ace and installed the 427ci 7.0L V8 into Fairlane. These R-Code Fairlanes were intended in 70 copies, but only 57 2-door hardtops ended up being built. Things weren’t much better the following year when 229 R and W-codes were made. Furthermore, Ford had plans to build the Fairlane GT with 427ci, but that project was scrapped. Although, there’s one Fairlane GT hardtop in Ford’s books. It only hasn’t been accounted for. All this clearly states that Blue Oval had some troubles supplying the engine.

Nevertheless, Ford Fairlane 500 R-Code was one hell of a car, officially generating 425 horsepower. It also had the 4-speed manual transmission and scooped fiberglass hood. As if 57 wasn’t rare enough already, most of R-Code Fairlanes don’t have the original driveline that’s intact. That only makes them even more collectible.

Skyranger Year: 1991

Ford Skyranger was supposed to be built by a third party manufacturer – American Sunroof Company. And it was, but not for long. Ford wasn’t that enthusiastic about the project and they scrapped it after ASC made less than 20 Skyrangers. Reports vary, but either 17 or 19 have been built. In any case, every single Skyranger features a stock 4.0L V6, all-wheel drive and extended cab. ASC only chopped off the roof and put the soft top instead. They also created one of the rarest pickup trucks ever, although unintentionally.

Expedition Funkmaster Flex Year: 2008

Funkmaster Flex special edition instigated by hip hop DJ and producer of the same alias only brings cosmetic changes to the table. It’s basically stock Ford Expedition with 300-horsepower 5.4L V8 and a 6-speed automatic. Black and red paint job, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, and special badges on the outside, and red stitching and trim on the inside, however, are there to remind us this isn’t your regular flagship SUV. Only 650 of Funkmaster Flex Expeditions have been pushed, but that was to be the beginning only. Flex was supposed to flex out Mustangs too, but that cooperation still hasn’t developed.

F-Series Spirit of 76 Year: 1976

Pretty much every car, lawnmower and skateboard manufacturer back then jumped in on the America’s bicentennial special edition theme, and Ford was no different. Although, they were somewhat more reserved about it, offering the package only in their F-series trucks. Moreover, the package itself was rather conservative. It can be explained by Ford’s perception that other carmakers would wholeheartedly jump in on the bicentennial thing in order to make more money. They probably weren’t willing to be branded opportunists, so they kept a low profile.

Ford’s variation on the theme was based on either Wimbledon White or Bahama Blue exterior color, and golden eagle crest and stripe over it. Only hint of a red came in thin border stripe on the side. Inside, blue vinyl seats were combined with red, white and blue plaid cloth motif. There was also custom lettering and eagle badge on the glove box, and that was that. It’s not known how many people decided to tick the Spirit of 76 box that spring, but very few such F-series (F-100 through F-350) survive to this day.

Thunderbird Limited Edition 007 Year: 2003

Bond cars have always had that special aura around them, and Ford was always around when it came to 007. After not so great 2002 – Die Another Day came out, Blue Oval decided to commemorate the occasion with not so great revived retro Thunderbird. Since Bond drove Aston Martin V12 Vanquish and Zao drove Jaguar XKR, Ford’s choices were limited. The next best thing (although I’d say it was the absolute best thing in the movie) was Halle Berry and her role of Giacinta Jinx Johnson.

The Bond girl’s Thunderbird was commissioned in only 700 units (694 sold and 6 used for show) and all were colored Sunset Coral to match Jinx’s bathing suit from the movie. Unlike the movie, however, real world special edition Thunderbird came with the white top. Interior followed with Performance White leather seats, small badge on the instrument panel and a numbered, commemorative plaque on the glovebox. All were fitted with 3.9L V8’s, but had new variable intake camshaft timing which raised the power output from 252 hp to 280 hp.

Explorer Saleen XP6 and XP8 Years: 1998-2001

When Saleen ordered a batch of second gen Ford Explorers back in 1998, little did they know they’ll get a few “rotten eggs” in the package. Things weren’t exactly that bad, but instead of V8-powered Explorer, few XLTs were fitted with the V6. Instead of returning the “faulty” package back to Ford, Saleen proceeded in making the best out of the situation. Thus, the Saleen XP6 was born. XP6 was straignt 4.0L V6-powered conversion Explorer and only 6 of them have been reported thus far. There couldn’t have been more than 10 of these.

XP8, on the other hand, was exactly what Saleen had intended from the get-go. Between 125 and 265 of these were made and they were either available with straight 222-horsepower 5.0L V8 or Saleen’s supercharged version of the engine which developed 286 horsepower. Saleen’s Explorers were lowered by 2 inches which improved both the handling and the looks. Racecraft suspension components were installed and so were Saleen’s own 18-inch magnesium wheels. Either wood or carbon fiber treatment could have been chosen for the cabin and so could the optional RECARO leather seats.

F-150 NASCAR Year: 1998

Incidentally, 1998 was both the anniversary year of the NASCAR racing and F-Series trucks. Moreover, Ford was just beginning with its 5-year sponsorship of NASCAR. In order to commemorate the occasion, Ford, naturally released the F-150 NASCAR special edition. Spring special was made in some 3,000 copies, all of which were black. Furthermore, all had the 220-horsepower 4.6L Triton V8 mill, 120-inch wheelbase, 16-inch black aluminum wheels, Roush dual stainless-steel exhaust tips and front air dam, and mandatory XL trim level. At least 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic were available to choose from.

Only 17 weeks were needed for the project to go from the concept into production phase. That might be one of the reasons VIN plate doesn’t hold any information about them. Window sticker and 94N order code are the only identifiers of the NASCAR F-150. That and checkered flag stripe with NASCAR Official Truck emblem around the bed.

Maverick Stallion Year: 1976

Early seventies were both exciting and thrill-killing for the muscle car scene. On the one side, some of the best muscle cars were produced in ’70 and ’71. On another, emissions regulations and soaring oil prices have practically killed the scene. This is where compact and economical imports, captives and domestic cars enter the fray.

Ford Maverick was one such compact car, but it wasn’t all that dull. At least not with the Stallion package offered during the  ’76. Stallion was Maverick with some extra kick as Ford described it. According to them, it was a beautiful proof that economy can still be fun and exciting. Inside, Black Random Stripe cloth and vinyl upholstery were standard, while all-vinyl bench seat or sporty bucket seats in black vinyl were optional. Outside, Maverick Stallion featured blacked-out trim and grille, special paint on hood, roof, decklid and lower body, and stallion graphic on front fenders.True to its nature, Maverick Stallion could have been ordered with duo of potent engines mated to a 4-speed manual trans. Either with standard 250ci in-line six or optional 302ci V8. Only 5,529 Maverick Stallions were produced, but the package itself was offered on Pinto and Mustang II as well.

XC Falcon Cobra Year: 1978

An entrant from Australia – Falcon Cobra was a limited 400-units muscle car produced in 1978. Ford Australia already had plans for the new XD Falcon which would be offered exclusively in 4-door variants. Meanwhile they decided to do something special with the XC Falcon which was still a 2-door coupe affair among other things. Not that they wanted to, but there were 400 XC shells left unsold and they didn’t want to scrap them.

First idea was to convert them into black and gold Playboy-themed cars, complete with bunny decals. Sadly, they soon abandoned that idea, but at least they gave us the next best thing – Ford Falcon Cobra. Bold Blue bow to stern stripes and Sno White background were chosen for colors while cobra decals were fixed to the front fenders. 200 XC Falcon Cobras received the 351ci Cleveland V8, while other 200 got the 302ci Cleveland V8. Both were available with either manual or automatic transmission, and various optional equipment.

Bigfoot Cruiser Year: 1987

Inspired by the Bigfoot monster truck, Bigfoot Cruiser special edition of ford pickups stands out as one of the most impressive such conversions. It was available on F-Series trucks and Rangers alike, albeit in very limited numbers. Package included over 30-inch tires, Warn winch with Enforcer bumper, chrome roll bar with lights and Bigfoot Cruiser special decals. Thing is, most of them were affected by a recall for faulty cruise control prone to catching fire. Furthermore, some of them have already caused serious accidents and Bigfoot appearance (especially huge tires) didn’t really help their owners get away with it. So, Ford decided to take all those fine additions that made the Bigfoot Cruiser cool away. Maybe some of them have managed to escape the recall. Maybe.

Ski Country Special Mustang Year: 1967

Ski Country Special edition was only available in 1967, and only in 10 dealerships in Denver area. That info alone should be enough to express their rarity back then, and especially these days, 50 years after. As its name suggests, the package was intended for winter driving, especially around winter resorts like Aspen. Apart from having winter tires and equa-lock rear axle, Ski Country Special also features ski racks on the rear overhang. There was also a luggage rack available in five different colors. Apart from being available with both hardtop and fastback Mustangs, Ski Country Special was no stranger to Fairlane, Galaxie and Country Sedan too. Still, special edition numbers were limited nevertheless.

Free Wheeling Years: 1977-1980

Free Wheeling package offered during the late seventies wasn’t that limited actually. It spanned across multiple Ford nameplates including Bronco, F-Series flareside and styleside, Courier, and E-Series Van. Given so many vehicles could have been ordered with the package, Free Wheeling’s total numbers will likely never be found.

Most vehicles influenced by this special edition came with chromatic multi-color side stripes that were different in every nameplate and year. For ’77, for instance, that was 5-color rainbow stripe. In ’78, Free Wheeling package was expanded and there would be A and B option from then until the end of production. A option was carried over from last year, while B option included additional tubular GT bar and 15-inch Chrome Yellow wheels. ’79 flareside and styleside would receive revised pinstriping, while ’80 A option now included optional Tu-Tone paint on flareside trucks. B option which was available for 4×2 models added fog lamps, bumper guards, bright rear bumper (contour on styleside and channel on flareside), 10-hole aluminum wheels, and handling package, while 4×4 models received GT bar and white styled wheels.

Uber rival Gett mulls sale of ride-sharing startup Juno, report says

Automotive Business Review - 15 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Gett, the ride-hailing app that competes with Uber, is weighing an exit from the United States, just over a year after spending $200 million to enter the market.

McLaren announces hefty pricetag for new 600LT

Automotive Business Review - 15 juill. 2018 - 07:01
The 600LT, billed as the lightest, most powerful and quickest road-legal Sports Series McLaren, debuted at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England.

GM leads in adding minority dealerships

Automotive Business Review - 15 juill. 2018 - 07:01
GM topped the industry in minority dealer appointments in 2017, but is seeking more candidates for certain regional markets such as the north-central region.

BMW thrust into political battle over trade

Automotive Business Review - 15 juill. 2018 - 07:01
How did BMW, whose Spartanburg, S.C., plant has been acclaimed as a symbol of America's resurgence as an auto manufacturer and exporter, become a symbol of the threat to America's manufacturing base instead? BMW is wondering the same thing.

10 Best Special-Edition Ford Mustangs

China car times - 14 juill. 2018 - 15:10
Since its debut midway through the 1964 model year, the Ford Mustang has lived a long and prosperous life, save for a few years here and there *cough*Mustang II*cough*. Within those years, many special-edition models knocked the socks off enthusiasts and collectors alike. These ultimate special editions ranged from limited models with tweaked suspensions and special badges to ones with fire-breathing V-8 powerplants that struck fear in the competition. We decided to take a look at these special Stangs and make a list of our 10 favorite models. Let us know in the comments if we left off your favorite model or if you think we’re imbeciles for choosing one of the models below. 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R

2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R

The Mustang Cobra R was available in other years, namely 1993 and 1995, but none were at the level of the 2000 version. This beast boasted a 5.4-liter DOHC V-8 that produced a mighty 385 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. This powerful V-8 launched the Cobra R to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

On top of being quick, the Cobra R also handled well, thanks to an upgraded suspension and chassis, and it looked badass with its massive front and rear spoilers. The Cobra R is also very rare, as Ford produced just 300 units, making it very desirable. 1993 – 2004 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

Yes, there are two Cobras that deserve spots on this list, and the second one is the standard Mustang SVT Cobra. This model ran from 1993 through 2004 and resulted in some of the most awesome `Stangs ever built. Power ranged from 235 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque in the 1993 model to 390 horsepower in the 2004 model, resulting in 0-to-60 times that ranged from 5.9 seconds to 4.5 seconds.

What’s more, the Cobra featured plenty of suspension tweaks to help the Mustang handle better than ever, and its limited availability makes it a hot commodity. 2008 – 2009 Ford Shelby GT500KR

Shelby GT500 KR

Ford produced a second run of the famed GT500KR in 2008 and 2009. These models came with a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine that cranked out 540 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of twist. This power resulted in a 4.4-second sprint to 60 mph and a 12.5-scond quarter-mile run.

Also making the KR special was its carbon-fiber hood, splitter, mirror caps and brake-cooling ducts, a fully retuned suspension, and specially formulated Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. What’s more Ford limited the GT500KR to just 1,571 units, matching the limited number of the original 1968 GT500KR that were available. 2012 – 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

he Boss 302 actually had two lives, as the first run was between 1969 and 1970, and the second run was from 2012 through 2013. While the first-generation Boss 302 was great, I am talking about the second run of this special model.

Powering the 2012 through 2013 Mustang Boss 302 was a 5.0-liter V-8 that punched out 444 horsepower, which was a 32-pony gain over the stock Mustang GT. This engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission that shipped the power toward a 3.73-to-1 rear axle with carbon-fiber clutch plates. The Boss 302 was also famous for its handling, as it took the standard GT’s suspension and cranked it up a few notches. The suspension mods included stiffer springs, a thicker rear stabilizer bar, a lower ride height, adjustable shocks, a retuned stability control system, and staggered 19-inch rollers. 2006 Ford Mustang Steeda Q525

2006 Ford Mustang Steeda Q525

There were plenty of Steeda Mustangs through the years, but in 2006, the ultimate one arrived. I am talking about the Mustang Steeda Q525. This beast came with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with a Steeda/Magna supercharger strapped to it, which pushed the output to 500 ponies and 530 pound-feet of torque.

Steeda also took care of handling by installing its own sport springs, camber adjusters, control arm relocation kit, strut tower braces, and more. It also installed Tokico D-Spec shocks and struts, 13-inch Steeda rear brakes and 14-inch Steeda front brakes. 1968 Shelby GT500KR

1968 Shelby GT500 KR © BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons

In 1968, Ford crammed its newly developed 428 Cobra Jet under the hood of the Shelby GT500. The resulting vehicle was the GT500 KR – the “KR” stood for “King of the Road.” Ford rated this new engine at 335 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, but most believe (and the super-high torque indicated) that Ford underrated the horsepower number. Many believe the true number was closer to 400 horsepower.

The engine paired up with a four-speed manual transmission that delivered the oomph to the rear wheels. The result was a 0-to-60 time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. What made the KR so desirable is the fact that there were only 1,200 built, which is why these models routinely fetch $150,000 at auction. 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351

Ford Mustang Boss 351 Photo by: Sicnag

The Mustang Boss 351 was not only a badass rig, but it also held a special spot in the Mustang’s lineup. It was one of the last high-performance versions of the Mustang before emissions came along and snipped the manhood from the muscle car segment.

Under its hood was a 351-cubic-inch Cleveland V-8 with an 11-to-1 compression ratio and a 750 CFM four-barrel carburetor. This engine romped out a mighty 330 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque, giving it some fine performance numbers like a 5.8-second 0-to-60 sprint and a 14.1-second quarter-mile. The Mustang Boss 351 was a proper send off before the monstrosity that was the Mustang II launched just a few years later. 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

2015 Shelby GT350R Mustang

Sure it’s brand new at the time of this writing, but the 2015 GT350 certainly deserves a spot on this list. The new GT350 rolls into showrooms with a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 engine that pushes 526 naturally aspirated horsepower and 429 pound-feet of twist through a six-speed transmission.

Not only is the GT350 fast, but it is quite agile too, thanks to Pilot Super Sport tires, MagneRide dampers, and Brembo front and rear brakes. Aerodynamics also plays a big role in making the GT350 awesome. It comes with unique front and rear fascias, a front splitter, rocker extensions, and a rear diffuser. For buyers who need a little bit more, a GT350R will roll in after the base GT350, and it will feature additional lightweight material, a retuned suspension, special carbon-fiber wheels, and even more extreme aerodynamics. 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt

2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt

The Ford Mustang Bullitt arrived following a concept that debuted at the 2000 LA Auto Show received rave reviews. This model featured a slightly modified version of the Mustang GT’s 4.6-liter V-8. The mods included a cast-aluminum intake and a 57 mm throttle body for easier airflow, and a set of high-flow mufflers for a freer exhale. This pushed the 4.6-liter to 265 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, which amounted to 5 horsepower and 3 pound-feet more than the standard Mustang GT produced.

Beyond its extra power, the Bullitt also had a retuned suspension that was firmer and gave the Stang a lower ride height. It also had a brushed-aluminum fuel-filler door and “Billitt” badges. 1969 – 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo by: JohnJohnB74

The Mustang Mach 1 had many iterations, but the one that really fits in this list is the 1969 through 1971 model. The 1969 and 1970 models had a significantly different look than the 1971 model, and some enthusiasts found the latter year a little flabby, but they were all badass nonetheless.

The 1969 and 1970 Mach 1 models packed serious might under their hoods, as the engines ranged from a 351-cubic-inch V-8 with 250 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque to a 428-cubic-inch Ram Air Cobra Jet with 335 ponies and 440 pound-feet of torque. Though the 1971 Mustang looked like it had hit the Twinkies a little too hard, the Mach 1 was one of the last hurrah models before emission regulations started strangling away ponies. The 1971 Mach 1 was far less powerful on the bottom end, as its bottom level 351 V-8 produced just 210 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque, but its rang-topping 429 Super Cobra Jet V-8 pounded out 375 ponies and 450 pound-feet of twist.

Automobili Pininfarina unveils photos of electric hypercar, the PF0

Automotive Business Review - 14 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Automobili Pininfarina is stoking the fires of its first vehicle, the PF0. The brand revealed new teaser photos of its full-electric hypercar's exterior last week.

IAC studies scents as an antidote to carsickness

Automotive Business Review - 14 juill. 2018 - 07:01
International Automotive Components Group is researching adding scents that would serve a purpose to the vehicle occupants: preventing motion sickness.

Auto subscriptions dismissed as a 'rich person's toy' in Edmunds analysis

Automotive Business Review - 14 juill. 2018 - 07:01
Several automakers are experimenting with subscription services, but Edmunds says the math doesn't work out for consumers.

Widow of former UAW vice president sentenced to 18 months in prison

Automotive Business Review - 13 juill. 2018 - 22:54
Monica Morgan, widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday as part of a federal corruption probe of misappropriated funds at a Chrysler-UAW training center.

NHTSA presses automakers to make Takata airbag recall plans public

Automotive Business Review - 13 juill. 2018 - 22:19
Federal auto safety regulators want automakers to make public plans for how they'll replace millions of defective Takata airbag parts that should have been fixed already.
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