Ford Supports Second HCBU Community Challenge

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Ford Motor Company, along with the Ford Motor Company Fund, combined forces to support the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HCBU) Community Challenge, which is in its second year. The annual academic competition pits teams of students from different schools against each other as they create and present programs that will satisfy a definite need they observe in the surrounding community. Spelman College won the competition for 2014, which comes with $75,000 in scholarships and grants to help transition the program from a plan and into a reality. The students from Spelman developed a way or people in the West End Atlanta community to grow vegetables inside their house, which would act as a source of inexpensive and nutritious food.

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Infiniti Gives Glimpse of Future with Gran Turismo Concept

INFINITI CONCEPT Vision Gran TurismoInfiniti is giving everyone a glimpse of what the future might hold for the luxury brand by unveiling its Concept Vision Gran Turismo. The unique supercar was created with the help of the makers of the Gran Turismo video games, Polyphony Digital, which have racked up 72 million sales around the globe. The new vehicle is now available to play in Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation 3 via download, allowing gamers to check out its virtual performance on a variety of tracks.

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Good & Bad News for Chevy Fans

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28There’s both good news and bad news for Chevrolet performance fans around the world, which largely depends on where you live. The first piece of news, which probably won’t be too much of a surprise to the team at Chevrolet Dealer Sacramento, is that the incredible Camaro Z/28 has recently been named as one of AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s 2015 All-Stars and will be featured along with the others to make the grade in the January 2015 issue of the publication. However, in what is likely to be a big blow to Camaro fans in other parts of the world, it now seems that a right-hand drive version is no-longer on the cards, which will leave the all-new Ford Mustang as the only U.S. muscle car to be officially sold in many of those markets.

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BMW Group Reports Strong Third Quarter Sales

BMW 2 series convertibleBMW Group has reported its third quarter sales, which rose 5.8 percent when compared to the third quarter of 2013, thanks to strong demand for BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce vehicles. Total units sold during the quarter were 509,669 vehicles, versus the 481,657 units delivered to consumers during the third quarter of the previous year. The company was able to maintain a commanding position globally as a leader in the premium vehicle segment, despite fierce competition from multiple others. The Group also saw increases in its net profit, profit before tax, and profit before financial result figures, helping boost its financial position.

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Nissan Continues to Champion EV Cause

2015 Nissan LEAFAlthough one giant Japanese automaker in the shape of Toyota has now abandoned the EV as a part of its vision for the future of sustainable mobility, Nissan is continuing to champion the cause of EVs with sales of the segment-leading LEAF continuing to soar. Even though many manufacturers are still struggling to make a mark with their electric-only vehicles, the folks at your Kingston Nissan Dealer will tell you that the LEAF is now closer to being a mainstream part of the business than many people would have believed so soon in its life.

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New Chevrolet Propulsion System to be Unveiled

2016 Chevrolet Volt Voltec Propulsion System ComponentsThere are a number of key challenges that face manufacturers when trying to develop vehicles that use electricity either exclusively, or as part of a hybrid propulsion system. With models that are able to run exclusively on electricity, like the Volt that you can buy from the team at Chevrolet Waipahu, range is one of the most difficult issues to address. That’s why it will be great news for Chevy dealers that a new propulsion system for the Volt is being unveiled by the U.S. auto giant at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in January.

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Kia Pushes Teen Driver Safety Program

KKia Motors America is helping push a joint teen driver safety program it has put together along with Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe (Brakes). The two organizations are actually expanding their cooperative agreement so that even more classes can be given to teens in the United States, covering a larger geographical portion of the country. Officially, Kia is the presenting sponsor and Official Vehicle of the Brakes Teen Pro-Active Driving School. Tacoma Kia points out that during National Teen Driver Safety Week, about 200 teens received defensive driving instruction behind the wheel of a new Kia model. So far, about 12,000 teenagers have graduated from the Brakes training program. Included in the instruction is an emergency braking training, distracted driving exercise, skid-control practice, and evasive maneuvering instruction.

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New MX-5 Miata: A Lesson in Design from Mazda

Springfield Mazda imageIt’s always exciting to hear about an all-new generation of a great car coming out, especially when it’s a two-seater sports car. But how often are you disappointed when even an ‘all-new’ model turns up looking like little more than a modest updating of the old car? That scenario is often the case these days, especially when the car is a very successful model already. However, the folks at Springfield Mazda don’t have to worry about any such reactions when they finally get hold of the next generation of the iconic MX-5 Miata, as the new look has already been revealed by the manufacturer, and it really is quite a looker.

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Hyundai Holds Run/Walk Cancer Benefit

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Through Hope on Wheels, Hyundai is holding a 5K Run/Walk event as part of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds from the event go toward pediatric cancer research efforts that are being conducted at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s. The event has been planned for Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 a.m. and will be held at the Fountain Valley Sports Park that is in Miles Square Park.

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Hyundai Announces New Loyalty Program

Hyundai Dealer San Francisco imageLoyalty schemes are nothing new to most of us, but with the auto industry always ready to jump on just about any bandwagon that looks successful, it’s surprising that automakers haven’t been running them since the outset. Hyundai is renowned as a manufacturer that likes to step away from the crowd from time to time, which is why it probably won’t have been too much of a shock to the guys at your Hyundai Dealer San Francisco that it has announced its own program. Called somewhat unimaginatively, Hyundai Rewards, the comprehensive engagement program is designed to reward owners for shopping online and servicing their vehicles at dealerships participating in the scheme.

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