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Toyota FT-1 Concept could signal the return of the Supra

Toyota FT-1 Concept could signal the return of the Supra

Toyota FT-1 Concept

By Anthony Alaniz

The Toyota FT-1 Concept revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show could signal the return of the legendary Toyota Supra. While not many details are known about the concept, it is still an engine-less design visualization. It was designed at Toyota’s Calty design studio in Southern California in cooperation with Sony’s Polyphony Digital, makers of the Gran Turismo video-game franchise.

While rumors about the return of the Supra have been swirling since the mid-2000s, when Toyota introduced the Scion FR-S, it got many thinking that Toyota could be making a valiant push back into the sports car arena.

An interesting aspect of the FT-1 Concept is that it has likely been born out of a recent partnership with BMW that is supposed to yield a new sports car jointly designed by the two companies. It is unclear right now which company will lead the design and engineering, but even with Toyota bringing this concept to fruition and revealing at the auto show, there is hope that some sort of production vehicle based on this concept could be seen in the future.

It’s also best to remember that when Toyota was working with Subaru to bring the FR-S/BRZ to market, they released numerous concepts before the final, toned-down production version was revealed, leaving many bored with the styling.

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2015 Ford F-150 revealed

2015 Ford F-150 Revealed

2015 Ford F-150

By Anthony Alaniz

Ford has unveiled the 2015 Ford F-150 at this year’s North American International Auto Show. This is an important vehicle for Ford. While continuously being the brands biggest seller, it has a long history of being the number one selling vehicle in America. So, when Ford set out to design the 2015 model, the pressure was on to create a vehicle that was not only true to the “Built Ford Tough” mentality, but revolutionary as well, especially with ever increasing fuel economy standards.

One of the biggest, and most controversial improvements to the 2015 F-150, is its extensive use of aluminum, which has cut nearly 900 pounds from the previous model’s weight. That’s a huge improvement, letting the vehicle’s weight slip beneath the 5000-pound mark.

Styling is reminiscent of the Atlas Concept from last year’s North American International Auto Show—and that’s a wonderful thing. It looks powerful, yet elegant, and that mentality seeps into the restyled interior. The interior looks rugged, yet luxurious. It will look wonderful in the higher-trimmed models.

2015 Ford F-150 Revealed

2015 Ford F-150 interior

The engine lineup gets a reshuffling as well. Only one V-8 engine is available, the 5.0-liter Coyote engine. The base V-6 engine is downsized to 3.5-liters from 3.7, and the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is still available. New to the lineup is a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. No power figures for any of the engines are available yet.

Power will be sent through a six-speed automatic transmission, yet the new 10-speed transmission being developed jointly with General Motors should make an appearance in the truck in the next few years.

Another addition to the F-150 is features. Safety features like lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, second-row seatbelt airbags, and its signature Curve Control electronic stability control program are all available. Other neat features include adaptive cruise control, LED spotlights for the bed and side mirrors, a 360-degree parking camera, trailer-hitch assist, and a remote-locking tailgate.

Ford hasn’t released the pricing for the 2015 F-150, but the truck should be on dealership lots later this fall.

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Deceptive advertising charges filed against Los Angeles County dealerships by FTC

Los Angeles County car dealerships settle with FTC over deceptive ads

Source: Forbes

By Anthony Alaniz

The Federal Trade Commission has charged four Los Angeles Cunty car dealerships alleging they used deceptive advertising tactics. The deceptive ads were an apparent tactic to lure customers into showrooms.

Casino Auto Sales, of La Puente, Rainbow Auto Sales, of South Gate, Honda of Hollywood, in Los Angeles, and Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos, were among the car dealerships charged, according to the FTC.

No fines or penalties were brought against the dealerships, though a violation of the consent order will result in a $16,000 fine per violation per day, said the FTC.

Allegedly, some of the advertisements would promote low cost vehicles, but the fine print would hide hidden fees, taxes, and down payments.

“You should never have fine print disclaimers that are inconsistent with any prominent claims your making, that’s deceptive,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. “It doesn’t cure a misrepresentation to have fine print disclaimers that nobody can read or understand. It’s still deceptive.”

An Advertisement from Casino Auto Sales, provided by the FTC, stated a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe LS was priced at $17,995. Buried in the fine print was a $5,000 down payment, though it was unclear if the down payment was part of the $17,995 price or an additional fee.

This is part of a larger operation by the FTC called “Operation Steer Clear.” Six other dealerships across the country have been charged.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

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Electric cars may become solution for power storage

2014 Ford Focus Electric

2014 Ford Focus Electric (Source: Ford)

By Anthony Alaniz

A pilot program out of the University of Delaware hopes to turn electric cars into energy-grid storage units, allowing the car owners to get paid for the electricity taken from their cars when they are plugged into the grid.

This would be a way to control the flow of electricity into the system when other forms of renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, are sometimes unstable.

“This is a fascinating option,” said Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “The technology works. You can do this. The question is … what do we need to do to make it happen?”

One issue with the concept is convincing automakers of the potential to create a value proposition for the car owner and boost sales, said Tom Gage, chief executive of EVGrid, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

Automakers are not in the business of stabilizing the electric grid. There are also concerns about voiding a vehicle’s manufacturer warranty.

Another hurdle is utility regulations and the companies. Typically, utility companies invest in large-plant technologies that make money by charging the customers. There are no large storage plants to invest in with vehicle storage so they may shy away from this type of emerging technology.

“There is momentum behind this idea,” Willett Kempton said, the brainchild behind the program, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “These batteries are a huge resource, and we are going to need them.”

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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