In order to make weight in the Environmental Protection Agency’s CAFE standards race for fuel economy, automakers look to go with lighter, yet still durable materials. That’s why Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Dow Chemical Co.’s automotive division to develop cost-effective uses of carbon fiber in high-volume car and truck production, reports Reuters. Carbon Read on! →


Automakers know where their bread is buttered. That’s why Ford Motor Co. is making a move to close the distance on General Motors and Volkswagen AG by committing to build a new $760 million assembly plant in Hangzhou, China. China is the world’s largest automotive market. Ford expects to double production By building the Hangzhou Read on! →


Last week, U.S. News and World Reports released its 2012 Best Cars for the Money Award picks. Ford was the frontrunner, carrying five of the top bang-for-your-buck cars in 10 different categories. The best bargains were also selected for SUVs, minivans and trucks. Determining the best value The winners were selected for 23 automotive categories. Read on! →


Major automakers mostly produce vehicles for consumer use, as a daily driver is what a lot of people are looking for when they buy a new car. However, major auto firms also produce a lot of vehicles for fleet applications. Rental cars must be made, as well as vans and trucks for transportation purposes. Among Read on! →


Despite some of the positive sales signs that have flashed across the radar screen of the United States auto industry and auto loans landscape lately, economists wonder what could happen to the still-teetering auto industry if the current recession proves to be a “double-dip” or “w-shaped recovery” model. Will there be another government bailout if Read on! →


“I love you; I’m just not in love with you.” That appears to be General Motors’ stance when it comes to Facebook, reports Automotive News. On the eve of Facebook’s initial public offering, GM announced Tuesday that it will no longer buy Facebook ads, an advertising channel through which the automaker spent $10 million last Read on! →


Ford Motor Company is being sued over allegations that it sold pickups and full-size vans with faulty fuel tank linings. The lining could corrode with time and clog the fuel system. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a New Jersey federal court, further contends that Ford knew about the issue and kept quiet about it to Read on! →


Compact cars have not been huge sellers in the U.S. in the past. However, car makers think that may be about to change. Gas consumption and eco-consciousness have become part of the automotive landscape. People aren’t thinking of buying a brand new SUV the size of a house so much anymore. Automakers are starting to Read on! →


It may seem like an extraneous idea, but both Subaru and Ford are connecting their vehicles to the Internet. The 2011 Subaru Outback will have a built-in Wi-Fi option. Ford test-drove an “automatic tweeting” vehicle codenamed AJ. The guess of vehicle makers is that consumer’s connected lifestyle will extend to their driving habits. Subaru offers Read on! →


The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford is dissatisfied with its access to the South Korean market, thanks to the 2007 U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiated by then-President George W. Bush and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. Ford argues that Congress – which never approved the agreement in the first place – isn’t doing enough Read on! →