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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:46

Ford tearing down part of shuttered Wixom plant

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) - Ford Motor Co. is in the process of tearing down about a quarter of its sprawling former assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Wixom. Company spokeswoman Becky Sanch said Wednesday the automaker is "in sales negotiations on the property," and the demolition "is agreed upon by everyone involved." The City of Wixom has said the site is being razed "in preparation of a bright new future." The Wixom Assembly Plant closed in 2007 after a half-century of producing the Lincoln Town Car, Ford Thunderbird and GT and the Lincoln Continental. According to figures supplied by Ford at the time of the plant's closing, peak employment was nearly 5,500 in 1973. Wixom Assembly comprised 4.7 million square feet on 320 acres and included 15 miles of assembly line.

(DETROIT, Mich.) -- The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has announced that Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online mortgage lender, will serve as presenting sponsor of both IZOD IndyCar Series races next summer on Belle Isle.

The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will feature two 70-lap championship IndyCar Series races as part of next year's Grand Prix. The first Dual race will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 1, and the second Dual will be contested on the afternoon of Sunday, June 2. The doubleheader represents the first time that two IndyCar races will be hosted on the same weekend in the history of the Detroit Grand Prix. It will also mark the first of three IndyCar doubleheader race weekends as the new format makes its long-awaited debut in Detroit in 2013. Both races will be televised live from coast to coast on ABC.

"We are very excited to sponsor the Dual in Detroit and the efforts to continue the Grand Prix in Detroit - the home of the automobile," said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans. "There is a tremendous transformation taking place in the city, and the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is an amazing opportunity to showcase our city to the world. We look forward to a weekend full of exciting racing."

The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans will take place on the newly-repaved and recently reconfigured 13-turn, 2.35-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit. Series officials announced in October that not only has more than 80,000 square feet of the track surface been repaved this fall, but a half-mile straightaway has also been added between Turns 2 and 3 to create more passing opportunities and exciting racing action.

"Combined with the changes we've made to the track on Belle Isle, the Dual in Detroit IndyCar races will bring a whole new level of excitement to the 2013 Grand Prix," said Bud Denker, Event Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "We're very excited to welcome Quicken Loans as presenting sponsor of the Dual in Detroit. As a Detroit-based business that supports great events in our community, we know Quicken Loans will be a terrific partner as we continue to grow the Grand Prix."

Tickets for the 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix went on sale today and fans can purchase theirs online at www.DetroitGP.com or call the ticket hotline at 866-464-PRIX (7749).

(DETROIT) -- U.S. auto sales of light vehicles in October 2012 indicated increases at a reasonable pace of the U.S. automobile companies.

GM sold 195,764 with an increase of 4.7% from 2011
Ford sold 167,947 with an increase of .3% from 2011
Toyota sold 155,242 with an increase of 15.8% from 2011
Honda sold 166,973 with an increase of 8.8% from 2011
Chrysler sold 126,185 with an increase of 10.2% from 2011
Hyundai sold 50,271 with a decrease of 4.1% from 2011
Nissan sold 76,685 with a decrease of 3.2% from 2011
The Detroit Big Three had 44.8% of all car sales in October 2012, a 4.5% increase over last month. The prediction for 2012 is an increase of at least 1.5% for all domestic automakers for a total of 14.2 million vehicles. If they follow the October increase they should sell over 14.4 million vehicles.

G.B.V & J.B.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:47

Subaru introduces new Forester for 2014

PRNewswire -- Subaru of America, Inc. today released the first official photos of the all-new 2014 Forester crossover SUV, which will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Forester combines a bolder profile than before while offering a roomier interior with virtually the same footprint as the previous model.


The fourth generation of Subaru's popular Forester will offer a new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged BOXER® engine producing 250 horsepower. The standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter BOXER engine debuted in the outgoing Forester model. Fuel economy will be higher across the line with the debut of a new six-speed manual transmission and available Lineartronic® continuously variable transmissions (CVT).


The all-new five-passenger 2014 Forester preserves the optimal blend of SUV capability and car-like ride and handling that have made the Forester one of the Subaru brand's best-selling models for the past 15 years. Refined (or New) suspension system delivers agile handling and a highly compliant ride quality. Generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance enhances off-pavement driving capability.


The 2014 Forester will offer an exceptionally roomy interior, featuring increased rear seat legroom, and an enlarged cargo area. In-demand infotainment features will be offered, including smartphone integration, navigation, rear view camera, and harman/kardon® premium audio amplifier and speakers.