Ford today announced the new 2015 Ford Expedition featuring a 3.5-liter, direct-injected twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine usually found in Ford F-Series vehicles. The new fullsize SUV will debut today at the 2014 DFW Auto Show in Dallas, Texas.

The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which will be the only engine offered in the new Expedition fleet in North America results to a more powerful and fuel-efficient Expedition. The new truck will also be equipped with a six-speed SelecShift automatic transmission in manual mode allowing the driver to use a shift-mounted rocker switch to choose the desired gear. Using a suite of sensors that detect 46 unique body, steering and braking inputs, the advanced suspension monitors body motion and then adjusts Expedition’s damping system in milliseconds to manage the vehicle’s natural body motion. A vehicle with poor damping feels as if it is bouncing on its suspension springs; continuously controlled damping recognizes the weight of the vehicle, steering feedback and road undulations and then reacts accordingly, helping to control body motion so passengers experience an orderly, comfortable ride. Read more

First introduced in NYC, Nissan is bringing a ‘customised’ NV200 taxi to Chicago, which will be unveiled for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show this year. With over 7000 cabs running in the city, Nissan wants to crowdsource a dialogue with taxi drivers and passengers via social media, through #HailYes, where the public could share their thoughts on what makes a better taxi experience.

The Nissan NV200 taxi will get the white and green Chicago colors but with new offerings like USB charging, anti-fatigue seats, panoramic sky views of Chicago, reduced odors, more leg room and cargo space, passenger safety and other conveniences that other taxis don’t offer.

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New Nissan Qashqai Lights Up Modern Art Centre in UK

Considered as one of Europe’s leading contemporary art galleries, on January, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art at Gateshead, UK BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art will showcase the  powerful curves, clean lines and intricate detail behind the new generation Nissan Qashqai starting on Saturday, January 18. The event will feature rare concept images, a Qashqai showreel cinema and the new Qashqai itself, the event will preview a ceremony at the plant on January 22 to mark the vehicle’s launch. Read more

MotorBlog Watch | Aug 5, 2013 : Subaru, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Ford

August 5, 2013 | Author: MotorBlog.com | rb

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MotorBlog WatchMercedes-Benz CW 311 Supercar, aka Isdera Imperator Prototype for Sale in Germany An ultra-rare classic Mercedes-Benz CW 311 prototype (originally conceived as a rival for the Ford GT40) is up for sale in Germany, for just under one million euros. (CARSCOOPS)+++

The next generation Audi Q7 undergoes development, to be based on MQB modular platform
Automobiles have been resorting to the use of modular platforms, which they describe to be cost efficient ways of streamlining production. In other words, manufactures have designed automobile platforms that can be stretched and molded in easy ways allowing for manufacturing flexibility. (EGMCARTECH)+++ Read more

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New BMW 328d Achieves 45 MPG Highway in EPA Ratings
In Europe, many people who know cars will tell you that an E90 BMW 3-Series (previous-gen), equipped with the firm’s trusty four-pot diesel engine, is one of (if not the) best all-round package you will find anywhere in the industry. (CARSCOOPS)+++

Mercedes-Benz in the works with a “GLC-Class” GL-based “coupe” flagship crossover with five-doors

Germany’s AutoBild.de has apparently learned that Mercedes-Benz is expressing interest to produce a more personalized version of the GL-Class full-size SUV crossover in the form of a GL-Class Coupe. The idea is to produce a competitor against the rumored Audi Q8 and BMW X7.(EGMCARTECH)+++  Read more

MotorBlogWatch | Aug 1, 2013 : BMW, Porsche, Chevrolet

August 1, 2013 | Author: MotorBlog.com | rb

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J.D. Power Says Porsche Remains Most Appealing Brand for US Buyers, Audi Comes in 2nd

Cars have been around for more than a century, and they have been perfected and adapted to meet our needs. Now, in the age when your phone is also a camera, a map and a fashion accessory, you expect to get everything, all the bells and all the whistles, even in a basic city car which more than a decade ago would barely have qualified for air-conditioning or ABS. (CARSCOOPS)+++

Chevrolet reveals two new colors for the 2014 Sonic, one will be limited edition
Chevrolet introduced some new colors to add to the 2014 Sonic subcompact’s palate. And to even make it more enticing for lifestyle oriented buyers, one of the two colors will be limited edition. The two new shades are Deep Magenta Metallic and Cool Blue (EGMCARTECH)++ Read more

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Honda Brags About New Civic Tourer’s Europeanness in New Promo
The British-built Honda Civic, the one sold in Europe, has still not made its mark in the sector, due to quirky styling and for the majority of its early life, the lack of a small-capacity diesel engine. (CARSCOOPS)+++

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala nets a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA
General Motors happily reports that their all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala has received the highest awards for safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the latter’s “New Car Assessment Program.” Ringing in a five-star safety score, the all-new Impala is officially a safe vehicle by government standards. (EGMCARTECH)+++ Read more

MotorBlog Watch | July 19, 2013 : Detroit, Chevrolet, Ford, Lamborghini

July 19, 2013 | Author: MotorBlog.com | rb

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MotorBlog WatchDetroit Files For Largest Municipal Bankruptcy In U.S. History
The City of Detroit has just filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history, according to news reports. (JALOPNIK)+++

Next-gen Chevy Cruze delayed
Next-gen Cruze delay; JCI unloads HomeLink; AutoNation care plan (AUTONEWS)+++

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Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG officially teased in mini video
The followup to the Mercedes-Benz S550, the S63 AMG, will sport a biturbocharged V8 that will likely turn out around 550 horsepower.

Chrysler’s Solution for Jeep Recall Runs Into Resistance
Questions are being raised over Chrysler’s response to a recall of the Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee because of a rear-impact fire hazard. (NYT)+++

Lexus Prepares New IS F Coupe to Take on BMW M4
There’s no question that the prototype pictured in these fresh spy shots is the all-new Lexus IS-based Coupe, but how can one be sure that it’s the on-and-off (up until now, that is), F-badged high-performance version and not the simpler F-Sport variant? (CARSCOOPS)+++ Read more

MotorBlog Watch | July 15, 2013 : Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Tesla,

July 15, 2013 | Author: MotorBlog.com | rb

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MotorBlog Watch Nissan to unveil Datsun in India in cheap-car push
Nissan Motor Co. takes the veil off the first car in its resurrected Datsun brand in New Delhi on Monday — a sub-400,000-rupee ($6,700) hatchback that is part of a foray by the Japanese auto maker into cheap cars for emerging markets. (AUTONEWS)+++

Mercedes-Benz Leases Huge Southern California Aircraft Plant Mercedes-Benz USA has signed a long-term lease on a huge, historic but closed aircraft manufacturing plant in Long Beach, Calif., according to local government officials and agents for the property owner. (NYT)+++

Jaguar’s Gorgeous New F-Type Speedster Will Make You Weak in the Knees The new F-Type is the most gorgeous thing to come out of the Jaguar design studio in a decade. So how could you possibly improve it? Rip out the heavy convertible top, make it a single-seater speedster, and wrap the whole thing in acres of carbon fiber. (WIRED)+++  Read more