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Ford Heritage Archives Now Available Online

“We’re opening up in a way we’ve never done before,” said Ted Ryan, Ford archive and heritage brand manager. “Our archives were established 70 years ago, and for the first time, we’re opening the vault for the public to see. This is just a first step for all that will come in the future.” Continue reading

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Milestones – Cadillac CELESTIQ to be Built in Warren MI

Actual details of what GM is going to sell and lease are scant. CELESTIQ’s roof is expected to be one of the first to feature a four-quadrant, suspended-particle-device smart glass. With this smart glass, each occupant of the vehicle can set their own level of roof transparency. The driver and front-seat passenger will enjoy a pillar-to-pillar freeform display with active privacy to help mitigate driver distraction, GM said. AutoInformed will spare you from the taillight and door hinge photos. Continue reading

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Milestones – 20 years of Porsche Cayenne SUVs

Ferry Porsche predicted in 1989: “If we build an off-road model according to our standards of quality, and it has a Porsche crest on the front, people will buy it.” He would eventually be right. Since 2002, the Cayenne has been one of the mainstays of the car manufacturer’s global success. Continue reading

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Record Auction Price – €135m for Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

A Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of €135 million to a private collector, Mercedes-Benz said today. It was one of just two prototypes built at the time. Named after … Continue reading

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CARB to Open New SoCal Headquarters to Public

“This world-class facility houses the newest advanced vehicle emissions testing laboratory in the world. The new headquarters and laboratory will enable CARB to continue its globally recognized research and achievements in reducing air pollution and fighting climate change over the coming decades. Continue reading

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Milestones – Production Begins for Ford F-150 Lightning EV

Ford Motor, whose existence was tenuous during the Great Recession, is now the top automaker in America in terms of 2021 production, sales of US-made vehicles and employment of hourly autoworkers. The F-150 Lightning is the only full-size electric pickup available now with a starting price less than $40,000. Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling truck for 45 years running and is second only to the iPhone in revenue among all American consumer products, according to a 2020 study. Continue reading

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Ford Issues 2022 Integrated Sustainability and Financial Report

The problem with all such reports is that saying something doesn’t mean that other areas of the company are actually supporting the stated goals. “Combining sustainability and financial performance in a single report,” Ford said, “is significant.” Well, given this, Ford has actively opposed attempts by stockholders at the last few annual meetings to reveal its PAC contributions. Is Ford dispensing shareholder money to politicians or companies that are actively opposed to its stated goals? Given the vast complexity of Ford’s, Democracies’ and the globe’s survival threats, it’s a key measurable in AutoInformed’s view. Continue reading

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Genesis Opens First US Standalone Retail Store

Genesis of Lafayette is the first of many planned retail facilities for the brand in the United States. Six more locations are currently under construction with an additional twenty in early planning stages. Genesis of Lafayette is owned and operated by dealer principal Arthur C. LeBlanc Jr. and Sterling Automotive Group. Customers can book an at-home test drive online, and delivery of their new vehicle at their residence or place of business. Continue reading

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