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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Teaser: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept (Maxima?)

Nissan just released a teaser photo of its Sport Sedan Concept. The concept vehicle will make its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.


The Sport Sedan Concept will be joined by the Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts. Nissan hasn't given any details on the concept other than that it offers a look at a future production sports sedan. All three concept vehicles will be revealed on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. EST.

The Green Light: I'm guessing that this concept vehicle will likely display what the next generation Maxima will look like. The Maxima's design has become dated and is in need of a BIG change. The teaser shows a very aggressive front fascia which looks good. I'm sure that Nissan will reveal more teaser images of this concept before its official reveal at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

What are your thoughts on Sport Sedan Concept teaser?

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Ford Motor Company: 2014 Plans

2013 has been a great year for Ford! At a recent media event Ford announced an aggressive growth plan
for 2014.

There will be 23 new vehicles launched worldwide in 2014, 16 of those vehicles are for the North American market. Ford received a lot of praise for the recently revealed 2015 Mustang. Other vehicles slated for release are the Lincoln MKC, Transit, and Transit Connect. In the second-quarter of 2014, production of the all-new Transit will begin at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant.

By 2017, Ford will put its start-stop technology in about 70% of its higher-volume models.

Two new EcoBoost engines will hit the market, 1.0L EcoBoost I-3 and 2.3L EcoBoost inline-four. The 1.0L EcoBoost will find its way into the Ford Fiesta, while the 2.3L EcoBoost will likely make its way into the 2015 Mustang and Lincoln MKC.

Ford unveiled the Ford Fusion Hybrid Research vehicle. With LiDAR, the Fusion is able to generate a real-time 3D map of the surrounding environment. Ford developed the research vehicle with the University of Michigan and the State Farm Insurance Company, as part of its Blueprint for Mobility program.

Ford plans to add more than 5000 jobs in the U.S. Of the new jobs 3,300 will be salaried positions.

Disclaimer: The Ford Motor Company provided The Green Light with hotel and travel accommodations to attend the media event.

Source: Ford

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Revealed: 2015 Ford Mustang

Ford has officially unveiled the 2015 Ford Mustang!!! The sixth generation Mustang marks the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. The Mustang now features an Integral-link independent rear suspension instead of a live rear axle.

The look of the new Mustang is really refreshing and a departure from past designs. The designers of the 2015 Mustang were able to bring together past and present design cues. The new Mustang definitely looks the best from the side. I've never been a big fan of the interior in the Mustang, it is great to see a more luxurious interior. Ford hit the nail on the head with the exterior and interior of the all-new Mustang.

"You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you see this car you immediately see a
Mustang strong and true." said Moray Callum, Ford executive director, design, The Americas.

The current 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 will carry over and now be joined by an all-new 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The 2.3L EcoBoost engine will offer more power and better fuel economy than the base V6. Buyers will have a choice of a 6-speed Getrag manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission regardless of engine choice.

The Mustang gets keyless entry, push-button start, driving-mode selector, adaptive cruise control, MyFord Touch, and a track app on GT models.

There is still information that hasn't been released about the 2015 Ford Mustang. But be sure to check back for all the new details.


What are your thoughts on the 2015 Ford Mustang?



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Friday, November 22, 2013

Interview: L.A. Auto Show w/ James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors

Live from the floor of the L.A. Auto Show, James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors Mr. Bell talks about all the latest trends expected to come out of this year's show and gives us a sneak peek at what will be revealed to the press.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast.

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Interview Questions:

What can we expect to see coming out of this year's show?

We know that trucks have been driving auto sales this year-what exciting models will we see at this show?

The Latino community has become very influential in the United States. What can you tell us that is important to those consumers?

We always expect to see green news coming out of this show - what can you tell us about the growing popularity of diesel? Any predictions on the Green Car of the Year?


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Interview: 2013 SEMA Convention w/ James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors

I had the opportunity to interview James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors. James Bell gives us a sneak peak at some of the items being unveiled at SEMA and talks about rubbing elbow with Racecar Royalty Jeff Gordon, Ron Fellows and Ricky Carmichael at the Star Studded Chevy Party.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Interview: How To Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen w/ George Baker, Global Emergency Services Outreach Manager, OnStar

Are you concerned about the safety of your vehicle? Having your car stolen is obviously something nobody wants to experience. I had the opportunity to interview George Baker, Global Emergency Services Outreach Manager, OnStar. George Baker shares his top tips for keeping your car and your belongings safe. George also talks about OnStar's SVS service which was launched in 2008.

George Baker, is responsible for developing and maintaining the company's strategic relationships with the Public Safety community in the United States, Canada and abroad. Baker joined OnStar in 2004, where he has served in key public policy and marketing roles. Prior to joining OnStar, Baker held a number of positions at General Motors. He served as locomotive program manager in Mexico and Russia. He then led GM's automotive activity in Russia, overseeing a growing dealer network spread over eleven time zones. In early 2000, he became director of GM Military and federal agencies in the United States and overseas. Before beginning his corporate career, Baker served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer and Russian Foreign Area Officer. He is a graduate of West Point and Harvard University.

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Has anyone had an experience with having their vehicle stolen?

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Honda-Loving Couple Gets The Wedding of Their Dreams!

When Honda heard about a wedding happening in a family that owns over 20 Hondas, they decided to treat the happy engaged couple to something big. The Couple, Mairead and Kevin had asked a local Honda dealer to loan them three black CR-Vs for the bridal party, but Honda had something bigger in mind. They sent eight CR-Vs to the wedding, each packed with memories from the history of their relationship-the band they heard on their first date, Irish step dancers and gifts from their registry delivered by relatives flown in from Ireland.

Check out this amazing surprise!:


The stunt is part of Honda's #StartSomething Special program-devoted to giving their fans big surprises. Future stories will be collected at HondaStories.com

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Revealed: 2015 Cadillac Escalade

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade was revealed last night in New York City. The fourth generation Escalade has been completely redesigned inside and out. Cadillac will definitely shake up the large luxury SUV class with this all-new Escalade.

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade will be powered by a 6.2L V8 engine, producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to a Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic transmission. The Escalade will be available in 2WD and 4WD configurations. Fuel economy is expected to increase over the last generation model through the use of Direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing, and active grille shutters.

The exterior of the 2015 Escalade is really attractive and works! The interior of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is 100x better than the previous generation. This is an interior that you would want to spend a lot of time in. I am not a big fan of column mounted shifters and wish Cadillac would have used the shifters from their other models. That is the only thing that I feel takes away from the luxury look of the cabin. Cadillac's CUE system also makes its way into the new Escalade. Available features include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning System, Safety Alert Seat, Adaptive cruise control, front and rear braking, and Automatic Collision Preparation.

The 2015 Escalade will go into production next Spring at GM's Arlington, Texas factory. The next generation Escalade should hit showroom floors by next summer.

Do you like the look of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade?

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Interview: Child Passenger Safety w/ Kate Carr President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 15-21), and I had the opportunity to interview Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. A new study reveals that an alarming number of parents drive without buckling up their children. In our interview Kate demonstrates how to correctly install those seats into a car, reminds parents how important it is that their child is buckled up, and gives great tips that parents should use.

Safe Kids Worldwide:
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with practical and proven resources to protect kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and everyone of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the US and in 23 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 53 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere.

Kate Carr:
Prior to joining Safe Kids Worldwide in October 2011, Ms. Carr served as a managing director of Malaria No More and played a lead role in resource mobilization and expansion of programmatic activities in Africa. Ms. Carr's experience in leading worldwide organizations includes the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where, as president and CEO, she expanded the Foundation's work beyond the United States and promoted global education, awareness, and compassion about children with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Carr's political experience includes serving as Special Assistant to the President, Office of Public Liaison, at the White House and working on multiple local, state, and national campaigns.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Interview: The Perfect Tailgating Party w/ James Bell & Brandy Schaffels

Just in time for football season (Go Patriots!!!), I had the opportunity to interview Brandy Schaffels, Chief Editor AskPatty.com, and James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors. Brandy and James share some great tips for having the perfect tailgating party!

Brandy Schaffels has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist supporting the automotive industry. In her role as Chief Editor at AskPatty.com, she writes a variety of informational female-focused content on on car care, maintenance, vehicle reviews, and news. AskPatty.com is a website, blog and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to connect with Certified Female Friendly automotive retailers.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Revealed: 2014 Nissan Rogue

Nissan revealed the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2014 Rogue is the first vehicle to be built on the new Nissan/Renault Common Module Family platform architecture. The new Rogue will be available in three trims, S, SV, and SL.

Powering the 2014 Rogue will be a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine producing 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to Nissan's Xtronic CVT with Sport mode. Available tech on the new Rogue include NissanConnect, Navigation, Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and LED headlights.

Pricing:

Rogue S FWD: $23,350                  
Rogue SV FWD: $25,090
Rogue SL FWD: $28,930

All-wheel drive: $1,350

The Green Light: The 2014 Rogue is a move in the right direction and should definitely see its sales rise. Just based off of the pictures the Rogue's interior looks very similar to the Altima and Sentra which I am not a big fan of. The overall design of the new Rogue is 100 times better than the last generation Rogue. It will be interesting to see how the all-new Rogue competes against the other vehicles in its class. The all-new Rogue will hit dealerships in November.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Live Stream: Jaguar C-X17 Concept

Jaguar will be revealing their new SUV concept vehicle today! The unveiling will take place starting at 11:00 am est from the Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Watch the live stream below to learn more about the C-X17 Concept:



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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Revealed: Infiniti Q30 Concept


Infiniti has released a photo of the upcoming compact Q30 Concept. The Q30 Concept will make its official debut at The Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10th. Infiniti's new entry-level vehicle will compete against the BMW 1 series, Audi A3, and Mercesdes-Benz A Class.

The design of the Q30 Concept is very bold and resembles the recent Infiniti Q50. The Q30 was designed to attract younger buyers to the Infiniti brand.

Be sure to check back on September 10th for more information.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Teased: 2014 Nissan Rogue


Today, Nissan teased a photo of the redesigned 2014 Rogue that is due later this year. Nissan said: The all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue will push the envelope of the CUV design starting on September 10."

The Green Light: Be sure to check back on September 10th for the official reveal of the 2014 Nissan Rogue.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Revealed: Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

Cadillac has hit another home run with their Elmiraj Concept. I was a BIG fan of the Ciel Concept and was very upset that it never got the "green light" (no pun intended!). Cadillac revealed the Elmiraj Concept at this year's Pebble Beach Concours. The Elmiraj, a grand coupe does not tease future models but displays future designs from Cadillac.

Based on the pictures, the Elmiraj is just beautiful to look at. The concept was designed by Cadillac's North Hollywood Studio. The Elmiraj's black grille really stands out and shows a new Cadillac crest, which is now wreathless. Powering the Elmiraj concept is an all-new 4.5L twin-turbo V8 engine producing around 500 hp. Power from this engine will be sent to the rear wheels.

The interior of the Elmiraj has a 2+2 layout with high performance seats. The seats have a "valet" feature that
slides the front seat 10 inches forward and the rear seat 4 inches forward for easier access. There are analog gauges as well as a 10-inch touchscreen.

The Green Light: As we all know Cadillac is known for not giving their great concept designs the go! I am hoping that the Elmiraj breaks that trend and goes into production. I love the designs that are coming from Cadillac and hope that they continue designing great vehicles.

What are your thoughts on the Elmiraj? Do you think Cadillac will ever put it into production?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Revealed: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz has revealed their new compact crossover, the GLA-Class. The 2015 GLA-Class will
make its debut at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September. The GLA250 4MATIC will go on sale in the U.S. in the fall of 2014. A front-while drive version will join the lineup in early 2015. When the GLA250 go on sale it will compete against the BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque, and upcoming new comers like the Lincoln MKC and Audi Q3.

The GLA definitely takes its design cues from the SUV's of the Mercesdes-Benz family. The design of the GLA is attractive, and muscular. The exterior will attract many buyers who want a vehicle that looks aggressive than what is currently on the market.

The interior of the GLA is refreshing and reminds me of other current Mercedes-Benz interiors. Buyers can choose between MB-Tex or leather upholstery, and can get sport seats with the purchase of the Interior Package.

The 2015 GLA250 4MATIC will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0L engine producing 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0L engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The GLA250 4MATIC will be able to reach 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. The new GLA will use a next generation 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system. Fuel economy should be a high point of the GLA, with the use of the 7-speed dual clutch transmission, aerodynamic design, and standard Start/Stop feature.

Safety features such as Attention Assist drowsy-driver detection, and a radar based Collision Prevention Assist with Adaptive Brake Assist, which will protect against collision from a speed of 4 mph. Other safety features include Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist. If you're not confident with parallel parking, a Parktronic with Park Assist system will also be an option.

The Green Light: As more details emerge we will be sure to share them with you!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Interview: FIRST Robotics Competition w/ Tim Grewe, Director of the FIRST Program, General Motors, and James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors

School will be back in session and the FIRST Programs will begin. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) attracts hundreds of thousands of students each year as well as hundreds of major corporations like Google, Microsoft, Johnson and Johnson, Underwriter's Laboratories, Boeing, Infineon and General Motors who provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorship and support.

This year, General Motors will directly sponsor more than 70 teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition and provide additional sponsorship and event support to over 600 teams in other programs such as the FIRST LEGO League and the FIRST Tech Challenge.

Check out my interview with Tim Grewe, Director of the First Program, General Motors, and James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors as they talk about The FIRST Program, robots, why the program is important, and how its key for recruiting future talent.

About the talent:
Tim Grewe is a General Motors Electrification Chief engineer and Director of The First Program at General Motos. He has designed multiple electrification systems which are utilized in vehicles as large as a 60,000 transit bus down to the Chevy Volt. Tim deeply enjoys interacting with creative youth who go confidently in the direction of their dreams, realizing the life they imagined. Tim has a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MSEE from Syracuse University.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University.

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The Green Light: I wish the FIRST Program would have been available to me when I was in elementary school because I would have loved to be a part of the program. Did anyone participate in the FIRST Program? If so, what was your experience?

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Interview: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/ Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com Senior Analyst, and James Bell, Chevrolet Head of Consumer Affairs

The Corvette is the world's longest-running continuously produced sports car and the best-selling sports car in America and "Stingray" is one of the hallowed names in automotive history. The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will produce 455 hp and will deliver more than 29 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Corvette Stingray will be the most fuel efficient sports car on the market.

Check out my interview with Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com Senior Analyst, and James Bell, Chevrolet Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors as they discuss performance, fuel efficiency, and the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

About the talent:
Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Michelle Krebs has covered the automotive industry for 30 years, having written for publications ranging from The New York Times to Motor Trend. Before starting her own business in 1990, she was a staff writer for trade journal Automotive News, covering the financial beat and General Motors Corp. She has been an adjunct professor of business at Detroit College for Creative Studies. Krebs, who is an award-winning writer, has served as a president of the Automotive Press Association in Detroit, as a juror on the North American Car and Truck of the year as a juror on the Car of of the Century. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with an English degree and a degree in magazine Journalism from the Newhouse School.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Interview: Camaro Helps Rev Up DreamWorks' Summer Blockbuster 'Turbo'

In one of the most anticipated films of the Summer, a little snail named Turbo who has always dreamed of Chevrolet Camaro. Turbo puts his new found super-speed to good use pursuing his impossible dream of winning the Indy 500.
being fast, miraculously receives the speed he has always wanted after an encounter with a

Check out my interview with Steve Tihanyi, GM's General Director for Branded Entertainment, and James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors as they discuss GM's involvement in DreamWorks' film Turbo, the custom Chevrolet Camaro, and how you can win a chance to attend a premiere event.

About the talent:
Steve Tihanyi is responsible for strategic development and tactical execution of all GM branded entertainment initiatives working with major studios, television networks and producers. Global auto shows, licensing and vehicle management also fall under his preview. Additionally, he oversees key marketing alliances such as the NFL, Major League Baseball, NCAA and the GM Test Track at Disney's Epcot World. Prior to returning to GM's Detroit headquarters, Tihanyi had been in the North Central region serving as the Regional Divisional Marketing Manager for the Cadillac, Hummer and Saab brands managing all the marketing activity across 11 states working closely with the retail dealer network.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University.

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DreamWorks' Turbo arrives in theaters on July 17th, 2013.

I want to thank General Motors for this interview opportunity! I also want to thank Steve Tihanyi and James Bell for taking out the time to discuss and answer my questions.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Interview: How Much Car Can You Afford? w/ Alec Gutierrez and James Bell

Not sure how much car you can afford? Well check out my interview with Alec Gutierrez, Senior Market Analyst, Automotive Insights, Kelley Blue Book and James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors to learn some tips and gain valuable information before you purchase your next vehicle.

Check out the interview below:



I want to thank General Motors for this interview opportunity! I also want to thank Alec Gutierrez and James Bell for taking out the time to discuss and answer my questions.

About the talent:
Alec Gutierrez is charged with providing timely data analysis and market insight on the global and domestic events that shape the automotive industry. Gutierrez also is responsible for tracking, trending, and forecasting vehicle valuation trends for new and used cars on KBB.com,vehicle sales and economic trends that impact the car market. Gutierrez often speaks on behalf of KBB to various media outlets, such as CNBC, Fox Business Network, The Wall Street journal, MSNBC, USA Today, Automotive News, Reuters and Market Watch. Alec Gutierrez graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Finance and MBA.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

2014 Jeep Cherokee Pricing

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee received a big back-lash because of the exterior design. But for the those people who like the look of the '14 Cherokee, pricing starts at $22,995. The Cherokee, will be in Jeep dealerships in the third quarter of this year.

Two engine choices are available: a 2.4L Tigershark I-4 engine and a 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine. The 2.4L Tigershark engine taken from the Dodge Dart is standard and produces 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. The 3.2L V6 engine produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both engine will be paired with a ZF sourced 9-speed automatic transmission.

The '14 Cherokee is front-wheel drive, but buyers can add four-wheel drive for $2,000. There are three
different four-wheel drive systems offered: Sport trims use Active Drive I, Latitude and Limited trims use Active Drive II, and the Trailhawk trim use a Active Drive Lock system. Drivers can choose their 4x4 settings using Jeep's Selec-Terrain electronic knob.

'14 Jeep Cherokee Pricing (Does not include destination charge):

Sport 4x2: $22,995
Sport 4x4: $24,995
Latitude 4x2: $24,495
Latitude 4x4: $26,495
Limited 4x2: $27,995
Limited 4x4: $29,995
Trailhawk 4x4: $29,495

The Green Light: I really love the look of the '14 Jeep Cherokee and the starting price is very attractive. It will be interesting to see how the new Cherokee competes against the rest of the compact crossovers. I can't wait to see the new Cherokee in person and get behind the wheel.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com Reveal The 10 Best Family Cars For 2013

Parents and Edmunds.com revealed their list of 2013's 10 Best Family Cars. For the sixth year in a row, car experts from both Parents and Edmunds.com took a look at hundreds of vehicles, to pick the best-in-class vehicles. "The Best Family Cars of 2013" will appear in the July issue of Parents magazine, which will be on newsstands June 11th.

For 2013, the panel of judges focused on safety, each vehicle on the list tops the crash tests ratings and are equipped with at least six airbags, and electronic stability control. Fuel-efficiency technology was also considered, along with dashboards, infotainment systems, and exterior designs.

"With Summer road trips on the horizon, we are thrilled to present this comprehensive list," said Parents magazine Editor-in-Chief Dana Points. "Given the amount of time that American families spend in their car, we feel it's important to highlight the safest, most affordable and family-friendliest that the industry has to offer."

"As a father who loves to drive, I can appreciate all the variable that parents take into account when shopping for a new car," said Edmunds.com Editor-in-Chief Scot Oldham. "The list shows off some of the year's best choices for the everyday carpool and the family road trip."

For more information on the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 click this link: http://www.parents.com/best-family-cars

Check out Parents and Edmunds.com, 10 Best Family Cars of 2013:

Hybrid: Toyota Prius C ($19,080)

Budget: Subaru Impreza ($17,895) & Honda Civic ($18,165)

Sedans: Ford Fusion ($21,900) & Honda Accord ($21,680)

Crossovers: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ($22,700) & $Honda CR-V ($22,795)

SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse ($30,510) & Nissan Pathfinder ($28,650)

Minivan: Toyota Sienna ($26,585)

Parents was founded in 1926 and, along with American Baby, FamilyFun, and SerPadres, makes up tThe Meredith Parents Network Portfolio of parenthood brands. Parents is dedicated to engaging and inspiring moms with the information they need, where-ever they go.

Edmunds.com is a car-shopping website committed to helping people find the car that meets their every need. Almost 18 million visitors use their research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next new or used car.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Maserati Levante Details

The Maserati Levante will arrive in showrooms in 2015. The Levante will take design cues from the Kubang concept that was revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new SUV will ride on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.



Buyers will be able to choose from the same engines found in the new Ghibli and Quattroporte: 3.0L V6 producing 410 hp, a 3.8L V8 producing 530 hp, and a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel engine producing 275 hp. Each of these engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Power from the engines will be sent to all four wheels using Maserati's all-wheel drive system.

I really liked the design of the Kubang concept and hope that the Levante keeps that aggressive look.


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Heisman Winners Join Nissan and Habitat For Humanity to Build Homes in New Orleans

Nissan and Heisman Trophy Winners have collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for victims of hurricane Katrina.



New Orleans neighborhoods are still impacted by the destruction of Katrina. Heisman Trophy alums Danny, Wuerfell (QB, Florida, 1996), Eric Crouch (QB, Nebraska, 2001), Johnny Rodgers (RB, Nebraska, 1972), Mike Rozier (RB, Nebraska, 1983), George Roger (RB, South Carolina, 1980), and John Lattner (HB, Notre Dame, 1953) lent their time to the project. Danny Wuerffel painted his signature onto the home's new mailbox, while the other alums donated self-portraits and hidden autographs in addition to elbow grease. Check out the build progress at http://www.nissanusa.com/habitat-for-humanity.



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Friday, May 10, 2013

Interview with Brandy Schaffels and James Bell: How To Give Mom's Car A Makeover for Mother's Day

Just in time for Mother's Day, I had the opportunity to interview Brandy Schaffels, Chief Editor AskPatty.com, and James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors.

Brandy Schaffels has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist supporting the automotive industry. In her role as Chief Editor at AskPatty.com, she writes a variety of informational female-focused content on on car care, maintenance, vehicle reviews, and news. AskPatty.com is a website, blog and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to connect with Certified Female Friendly automotive retailers.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Revealed: 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

Today, Ford reveals the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition, the ultimate high-performance off-road
pickup truck. The Special Edition includes Ruby Red Metallic and Tuxedo Black Metallic exterior colors and box-side graphics. The interior receives upgrades such as Brick Red seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, and center stack and door panel applique accents.

SVT Raptor is powered by a 6.2-L V8 engine producing best-in-class 411 hp and 434 lb. ft of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and SelectShift Automatic functionality. The 4WD system features electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case. The front axle in the SVT Raptor features a Torsen differential with 4.10 to 1 gearing. The rear axle is also 4.10 to 1, with an electronic-locking differential.

"Raptor owners are looking for a high-performing off-road pickup truck with the features and luxuries found in today's premium trucks," said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. "Since its launch in 2009, we've continually moved Raptor forward in a capability and design, and the 2014 Special Edition is the best Raptor yet."

Ford sold more than 13,000 Raptors in 2012. SVT Raptor sales are up 14 percent in 2013. The 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor goes on sale this fall.


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Friday, March 29, 2013

'13 NY Auto Show: Interview with James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors

I recently interviewed James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors during the 2013 New York International Auto Show. With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University.



My questions:

What can you tell us about car sales?

Why do you think sales are up and can we consider this to be an economic indicator?

What are some of the most anticipated models being unveiled at this year's show?

What kinds of trends are developing in new cars? What are people looking for?

You get a ringside seat to these auto shows-stuff most of us never get to see. Tell us what goes on?

For someone who has never considered a GM product before, why should they consider one now?



I want to thank General Motors for this interview opportunity! I also want to thank James Bell for taking out the time to discuss Cadillac CTS, Chevy Corvette, the refreshed Buick Regal and LaCrosse. GM please send me some to review!!!
time to answer my questions. General Motors have great products on the market right now and I hope to get into the new

Which new vehicle from General Motors are you excited about?


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2013 NY Auto Show: 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Regal

The Buick Regal and LaCrosse have been refreshed for the 2014 model year. Both models will be on display at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The Regal and LaCrosse receive styling changes, and other adjustments for 2014.

The 2014 Regal and LaCrosse get a revised chrome grille and standard LED daytime running lights. New
safety and alert systems include: forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a following-distance indicator.

The Regal will be available with two engine choices. The base engine is a 2.4L direct injection 4-cylinder engine with eAssist. The 2.4L engine is good for 182 horespower and 172 lb-ft of torque. The Regal Turbo and Regal GS will use a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, that now produces 250 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Compared to last year's models, the Turbo gains 39 hp and 35 lb-ft of torque, while the GS loses 11 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard and a 6-speed manual is optional on turbocharged Regals. Models with 2.0L engine and 6-speed automatic transmission is now offered with the Haldex AWD system.

The LaCrosse's power will carry over from last year's model. Buyers will be able to choose from the 3.6L V6 or the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with eAssist. All LaCrosse models get improved aerodynamics with the use of active grille shutters.

What are your thoughts on the refreshed 2014 Buick Regal and LaCrosse?


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Friday, March 8, 2013

2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

 Infiniti will unveil the 2014 QX60 (formerly JX35) Hybrid at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The new QX60 Hybrid will use a new gas-electric hybrid system that Infiniti calls Direct Response Hybrid. Infiniti is ditching the 3.5L V6 for a 2.5L supercharged 4-cylinder engine paired with a 15 kw electric motor. The 4-cylinder engine and electric motor is expected to produce around 250 horsepower. Like the non-hybrid version Infiniti will use a CVT. Buyers will be able to select either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The QX60 Hybrid will achieve 26 miles per gallon combined city and highway driving. The battery pack is placed under the third row to allow as much cargo space as the non-hybrid version.

The 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid will go on sale this summer. The hybrid QX60 is expected to cost around $3,000 more than the non-hybrid version. The QX60 Hybrid will be the second hybrid in Infiniti's lineup, joining the Q70 Hybrid (formerly M35 Hybrid). More details will be revealed at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public on March 29th.


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Revealed: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been revealed! The look of the new midsize crossover is definitely different than the Liberty model it replaces. The Jeep Cherokee will deliver 45 percent better fuel economy over the Liberty. It has been rumored that the Liberty's replacement would receive a 4 cylinder engine and/or a toned down version of the Pentastar V6 engine. A 9-speed automatic transmission may also debut in the new Cherokee model. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will make its official debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will go on sale later this year.

The Green Light: I LOVE the look of the new Jeep Cherokee! The Nissan JUKE must have been on the designer's minds when the Cherokee was designed, which isn't a bad thing. As a JUKE owner I do not have a problem with the quirky design. I've had a chance to look at some comments and a lot of people seem to be split on the design which doesn't shock me. Many people who dislike the design feel that it is the worst designed Jeep which I disagree with. But people are entitled to their opinions and not everyone have the same tastes. With the way that the automotive industry is going, I am not surprised with the changes that were made to the Cherokee. I think the changes will help the Cherokee achieve the sales that Chrysler is looking for. I can't wait for all of the specs and to get behind the wheel of the new Jeep Cherokee.

What do you think of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee?


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Interview: (Chevy Cruze 2.0TD) James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors

I recently interviewed James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors during the Chicago Auto Show. Our interview focused on the new 2014 Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel. With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University.


                         


My questions:

There are so many alternative fuel vehicles available, how can consumers determine what's best for them?

Diesel engines have been around for quite some time, why do you think the evolution of clean diesel may be something consumers embrace?

Diesel cars make up 50% of car sales in Europe? Why have Europeans embraced diesel vehicles so much quicker than us?

Tell us about the new Chevy Cruze 2.0TD. What does it offer consumers that other alternative fuel vehicles do not?

In what scenario, would diesel be a better option than gasoline for a family?



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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kia's "Space Babies" Ad

Kia's Super Bowl ad features the all-new 2014 Kia Sorento Limited. The ad answers the age-old question: "Where do babies come from?"

Check out Kia's commerical:




2014 Kia Sorento features:
-An all-new 290 hp 3.3L GDI V6 engine
-New FlexSteerTM tunable electric steering available on SX and SX Limited
-Available full-time AWD with locking center differential and Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC)

The 2014 Kia Sorento goes on sale this Spring.

What did you think of Kia's ad?


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Friday, February 1, 2013

Is Lincoln's Super Bowl Commercial a Let-Down?

Lincoln recently released it's Super Bowl commercial which will air during the Big Game this Sunday!

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The Green Light: Over the past year I have written a number of posts on Lincoln. Once Ford decided to put all their "effort" into Lincoln I thought things would finally change for their luxury brand. While many people do not like the new designs, I think the MKZ is a good looking vehicle as well as the MKC Concept. I've watched the commercial and I found it to be boring and all over the place. Nothing about the commercial made me want to be interested in Lincoln. I've been told by a few people from Ford that there is a good plan for Lincoln. But after seeing this commercial I am still convinced that Ford has no idea what they are doing with Lincoln. Nothing about this commercial screams LUXURY. If Ford wants Lincoln to be a luxury automaker again then they need to go back to the drawing board. I am really rooting for Lincoln because I think competition is always great. I am not giving up on Lincoln yet!

What are your thoughts on the commercial?

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Mercedes-Benz CLA Super Bowl Commercial

Mercedes-Benz released its new Super Bowl commercial, which features Willem Dafoe, Kate Upton and Usher.

The all new Mecedes-Benz CLA; is a new front-wheel drive four-door coupe. The CLA is powered by a turbocharged inline 4-engine producing 208 hp.

Check out the commercial:


The Green Light: Mercedes-Benz is trying to bring younger buyers into the brand with the entry level CLA. The CLA has a starting price under $30K! Would you consider buying one?


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