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Media Day Preview a success for 2011 EyesOn Design

The EyesOn Design Car Show is known worldwide for its creative focus on design themes. In preparation for the 24th annual event, which takes place on Father’s Day, this Sunday, June 19, 2011 on the grounds of the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, the media was given insight into the upcoming events plus a view of some auto displays.

Ford’s 2012 Focus Electric to have one cool battery

When Ford’s new Electric 2012 Focus hits the streets later this year, it will have one cool battery thanks to a liquid temperature control system that will maintain the optimal thermal range for both charging or powering the motor, whatever the weather. The Electric Focus is the first all-electric, gasoline-free vehicle in the brand’s line, with four more models yet to be released during the next year and a half.

Congressmen drive hard to extend autogas spiffs

ROUSH CleanTech, the suburban Detroit company in the forefront of the American autogas movement, is lauding Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Congressman Dan Boren (D-OK) for their support of the Propane Green Autogas Solutions Act of 2011, which will put a significant number of clean-burning propane autogas vehicles on American roads by extending tax credits.

Ford, Safety Leaders working to bring intelligent vehicles to market

Dr. Andre Seeck, president and chairman of the European New Car Assessment Programme, is visiting with Ford as the company works with global safety officials to create standards for intelligent vehicles that will eventually talk to each other, reducing crashes and congestion. Ford is working with other automakers and governments worldwide to create a common language so vehicles can talk to each other on a common communication standard.

A closer look at the 2012 Ford C-Max Energi and Hybrid

Today during the press conference announcing that the 2012 Ford C-Max would only be offered in the US as a 5-passenger model and the traditional gasoline drivetrain would not be available; Ford’s director of Electrification Programs and Engineering Sherif Marakby offered the media a closer look at the upcoming Energi and Hybrid versions of the new C-Max.

Scarcity of Ford Explorer helps GMC Acadia

NADAguides today put out its Most In Demand Vehicles Report – a list of the best new cars and trucks that sell well and are highly sought but are hard to find because factories are barely keeping up with demand. The list, which caters to discerning buyers who are driven by value, also identifies vehicles of similar quality and price, with greater availability.

Ford investing $100 million in robotic quality control

Ford is investing $100 million globally in robotic plant laser inspection to enhance the accurate fit of parts and reduce wind noise beginning with the highly popular 2012 Ford Focus and Explorer models. Their highest volume facilities, including the Chicago and Michigan Assembly Plants along with the Saarlouis, Germany Ford plant, will use the technology to fabricate a more accurate door panel fit. The laser vision technology is part of an effort to achieve leadership in customer satisfaction.

Ford seeks greater market share in post-tsunami Japan

One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor, as the saying goes, and it easily follows one countries tragedy may be another’s opportunity. That’s just what Ford is thinking as they seek to gain market share in Japan while their Asian competitors are rebuilding from the devastation of the earthquake and the subsequent oceanic invasion.
2002 Panoz Esperante Jan Magnussen Driver's Edition

The 2002 Panoz Esperante Jan Magnussen Driver's Edition at 2011 Mecum Indy

While the name Panoz Esperante (es-per-ahn-tay) may not sound like an American vehicle, the sleek supercar shown on the right is build in Georgia, powered by the same drivetrain as the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra and at the 2011 Mecum Indy Auction there was a rare special edition version of the high performance road car.

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