Cars

Ford Has Good News For GT Fans

For those of you who love the Ford GT you can smile a bit bigger today! Ford Motor Car Company plans to build the carbon fiber supercar for four production years, up from the previously announced 2-year-run.  The move comes on the heels of letters sent to potential customers notifying them of their application status. 6,500 people applied for the chance to own one of the 500 Ford GTs – Ford will only produce 250 of them a year. The third year of production will support those who were wait-listed. Previously deferred applicants and those who missed the initial application window will be served by production year four. The next application window opens in early 2018. Those who already applied will only need to update their request.

“While we can’t build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”

Year three of production will support applicants who were placed on the wait list; previously deferred applicants and those who missed the initial application window will be served by production year four. The application process for fourth-year production will reopen in early 2018. Those who already applied to own the car will only need to update their request.

Roger Federer Takes Us Through The History Of Tennis

Even though Roger Federer is not going to be competing in any matches for 2016, he is still on the court. Well sort of. One of the greatest tennis athletes of all-time will be on the court for an new ad that will be played during the US Open later this month. The video from Mercedes-Benz features Roger Federer, Rod Laver and Bill Macatee, celebrating iconic eras of tennis excellence: Roger Federer and the SL. Timeless Legends.

Federer is a true brand ambassador for MBUSA, using earnings from his first-ever tournament victory to buy himself a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle. This new “Timeless Legends” video campaign celebrates Roger as one of the best performers in the history of the sport with imagery of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible.

The Ford GT Gets A Breath Of Fresh Air

The Ford GT has been going through some serious testing. Ford is not messing around when it comes to design and development for the GT. The all new Ford GT is expected to go on sale before the end of this year. An innovation showcase in efficient EcoBoost engines, lightweighting and aerodynamics, the Ford GT is a study in functional design and active airflow management.

Ford engineering supervisor Nick Terzes takes us behind the scenes at Wind Tunnel 8 in Allen Park, Michigan, where a Ford GT pre-production verification prototype undergoes wind tunnel testing. The footage is of just one of multiple sessions to prove out the extensive computer aided aerodynamic models with physical wind tunnel data, at airspeeds approaching 125 mph (200 km/h).

Part of working on a program with compressed timing, Terzes and the Ford GT engineering team were in the Allen Park facility in the early a.m. hours of a Monday, demonstrating the non-stop nature of vehicle development. “Being the GT program,” Terzes said, “we effectively test 24/7.”

Mercedes-Benz Brings Sports And Entertainment Together

The stars from the entertainment world and sports world were out in full force earlier this week. Mercedes-Benz and Variety Magazine brought them all together for a star studded night. Variety’s Sports Entertainment Summit showcased some of the most noteworthy voices in sports and media in Los Angeles for a full-day of discussions about the state of the industry. The event included keynote speeches from Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, as well as appearances from Jamie Foxx, Hannah Storm, and many more.

As a presenting sponsor, Mercedes-Benz displayed a new 2017 S-Class Cabriolet outside the Vibiana in Los Angeles for athletes and celebrities to check out upon arrival.

Mercedes-Benz Style Introduces The Garia Golf Car

Mercedes-Benz has always been a fan of golf. Whether they are sponsoring athletes or tournaments Mercedes-Benz is present on the golf course. Now they introduce the Garia Golf Car. This new car transfers the unmistakable Mercedes-Benz automobile design to a premium-class golf cart. The show car is the result of a partnership between Mercedes-Benz designers, Daimler’s Think & Act Tank Business Innovation and the well-known golf cart manufacturer Garia.

The Garia Golf Car has integrated onboard touchpad that displays several car functions, as well as the layout of the golf course, current position and an electronic score card. There is a built in refrigerator under the bench seat and a storage tray under the dashboard to hold a row of golf balls at one time.

The hands-free system with Bluetooth connection and hi-fi speakers integrated into the rear roof frame, allowing music from any smartphone make all those who love tech and gadgets swoon. It has a range of up to 50 miles with a top speed of 19 mph and uses LED technology in headlamps, ensuring good visibility in any weather conditions. So who is ready to test it out on the course?

Find Your Own Road In The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

If you are in the market for a new SUV you got to look at the all-new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. The 2017 Pathfinder takes performance and style to a higher level with an aggressive new exterior look, increased power, and enhanced safety and technology.

The reborn Pathfinder has bold new styling that evokes a stronger sense of adventure, character and presence in one of Nissan’s best known nameplates. The refreshed exterior reflects Nissans latest signature design elements, including the new “V-Motion” grille and boomerang-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the 2017 Pathfinder features a new hood, front bumper, fog lights, and aerodynamic optimization efforts.

The roomy, refined interior will have a number of updates focusing on convenience and connectivity. The biggest change is the adoption of new-generation information technology, including improved Advanced Drive-Assist Display, voice recognition, and NissanConnect Services. Furthermore, the 2017 Pathfinder steps up its adventure credentials with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, allowing for more power, torque and towing capacity.

Lincoln Looks To Pick You Up

Lincoln just added something very cool to their car buying experience. Today Lincoln announced their new Pickup and Delivery Service across all 2017 nameplates starting with the all-new Lincoln Continental. The exclusive standard service builds on the brand’s commitment to providing a human, warm and personal experience at all Lincoln dealerships.

Lincoln Service Valet will pick up a client’s vehicle at an agreed location and, provide a complimentary Lincoln loaner vehicle, and then take the client’s vehicle to the dealership for service. Once complete, clients can arrange for their washed and serviced vehicle to be returned to them at the location of their choice.

“Lincoln Pickup and Delivery service revolves around complementing our luxury vehicles with outstanding luxury experiences,” says Andrew Frick, Lincoln North American director of sales and services. “This kind of Quiet Luxury provides an exclusive and personally crafted service experience that enhances their lifestyle and saves them what is a true luxury item – their time.”

This exclusive Pickup and Delivery marks another milestone in Lincoln Motor Company commitment to merge great products, an outstanding experience and impeccable service – part of its original 2012 business plan. Since Lincoln began this journey, it has delivered four all-new products in four years, established a dealer network in China, built brand awareness, and increased volume for the brand and Lincoln products.

As part of Lincoln’s ongoing client experience efforts, these successful programs have already been implemented:

Lincoln Concierge: A trusted personal advisor – like the most attuned hotel concierge – assists clients 24/7 online at www.lincoln.com. While other luxury brands offer similar services, only Lincoln provides clients with an opportunity for video chat with a live person.

Black Label: Started in 2015, the number of participating dealers has increased to more than 90 committed locations. Black Label provides personalized shopping with dedicated personnel in the showroom, online, or in locations convenient to clients. Specially trained Black Label experience liaisons meet prospective clients at their home, office, or anywhere within 30 miles of the showroom to begin the experience. Acting as a personal shopping assistant, the liaison helps clients identify their ideal vehicle by sharing paint and wood trim samples, as well as material swatches. Lincoln Black Label owners enjoy special privileges – ranging from extended premium service and maintenance coverage on wear items to Culinary Collection membership that provides access to a curated list of restaurants from coast to coast.

Date Night: This extended test drive allows qualified buyers the chance to experience a Lincoln vehicle for up to 48 hours. In 2015, Date Night resulted in more than 11,000 sessions at select dealers, prompting nearly an 11 percent increase in Lincoln purchases. The program attracted nearly 70 percent of clients who had been with other luxury nameplates.

Lincoln Institute: Training for key client-facing individuals is provided through Lincoln Institute. The program, which combines all of the brand’s training efforts under one umbrella, has been expanded to include all Lincoln dealers. Lincoln Institute includes not only hospitality training, but an all-new series of workshops that provide participants with tools to help local teams develop and execute processes consistently for luxury clients.

Pickup and Delivery is an important milestone in Lincoln’s commitment to providing personal client services to match its unique luxury products, coming at the perfect time as Lincoln prepares to launch the much-anticipated 2017 Lincoln Continental.

The all-new Lincoln Continental returns as the brand flagship this fall, offering first-class travel for clients in America and China through warm, human touches and a contemporary design. The full-size sedan is designed to appeal to culturally progressive clients who define luxury on their own terms – craving superior quality, craftsmanship and safety.

Ford Celebrates The Le Mans Winners From The Past

If you already loved the 2017 Ford GT you will get even more excited when you see the latest edition. Ford recently announced that the all-new 2017 Ford GT will be available in a limited edition Heritage edition, honoring the GT40 Mark II driving at Le Mans in 1966 – part of the historic 1-2-3 Ford GT sweep.

The Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition features a Shadow Black exterior in either gloss or matte finish with silver stripes and exposed carbon fiber package. The car sports Frozen White #2 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in a gold stain clear coat with black lug nuts. All-New 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition Pays Homage to Historic Livery on 1966 Le Mans Winner.

This edition will have the  unique black and silver-stripe livery celebrates 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark II race car driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. The Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition honors the historic No. 2 race car limited to 2017 model year only and features exclusive race-number graphics, and unique interior colors, materials and appointments.