Kia Racing Maintains Pirelli World Challenge Championship Lead

Kia Motors America 2014 Sonoma

Kia Racing showcased championship-caliber grit and determination in rounds 13 and 14 of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) at Sonoma Raceway, keeping Kia atop the Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Manufacturer Championship with a pair of hard-fought, top-five finishes.

With only two races remaining in the 16-race PWC season, Kia currently leads the title fight by an eight-point margin. Among rivals Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Nissan and Aston Martin, only Kia and Ford are mathematically still in the hunt. Meanwhile, Kia Racing pilot Mark Wilkins’ pair of fourth-place finishes at Sonoma set up a dramatic three-way battle for the GTS Driver Championship among Kia’s Wilkins, Lawson Aschenbach (Camaro) and Jack Baldwin (Porsche), which will be decided at the season finale doubleheader at Miller Motorsports Park September 12-13.

Located just outside Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah, Miller Motorsports Park features a fast, free-flowing layout that has been a good fit for Kia’s turbocharged Optimas in the past. In Kia Racing’s rookie PWC season in 2012, the team scored its first podium finishes in the series at Miller with a memorable second and third-place result.

NBC Sports Network will air the televised coverage of rounds 13 and 14 from Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch live streaming online at www.world-challengetv.com, and race fans can keep up-to-date with the team via the Kia Racing Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kiaracing and by following along on Twitter: @KiaRacing.

Green, Smart Technologies Are Key to Rebuilding Michigan Economy

At today’s Mackinac Policy Conference, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford calls for key policy reform and the need to foster innovation as critical to ensuring Michigan’s competitiveness and creating new, high-tech jobs.

Ford told delegates that the trends emerging in manufacturing, green technology and mobility demonstrate a great opportunity for Michigan to create a dynamic, diverse and growing economy that affirms the state as a global innovation center.

Ford discussed the need to not only diversify Michigan’s economy but also build on its manufacturing history.

While great strides have been made with green technology, Ford also discussed the pressures of a growing global population and the new challenge of global gridlock – the potential that the world will face a never-ending traffic jam that wastes time, energy and resources. Read more »

Summer Time is Travel Time — Is Your Car Road-Ready?

Before you pack your car and hit the road for your summer driving trip, the Car Care Council recommends conducting a pre-vehicle inspection to help avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home.

“A pre-trip vehicle check can determine how road-ready your vehicle is so you can take steps to have the problems fixed before heading out for vacation,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Having a thorough inspection done on your car will give you peace of mind as you travel and help make your journey safer.” Read more »

Land Rover Celebrates 25 Years

The iconic Land Rover Range Rover was officially introduced to the United States 25 years ago this year in 1987. To celebrate this milestone, Land Rover will host a special celebration in conjunction with the New York Auto Show and will invite consumers to an urban off-road adventure where they will drive 2012 model year vehicles at a custom-made course in the heart of New York City’s meatpacking district. In the past quarter century, the growth and acceptance of the Land Rover brand in the U.S. marks a true product and brand success story. That success is defined by loyal customers, a distinct authentic brand and consistent sales success. Read more »

10 Best Sedans Under $25,000

Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information, has announced the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000.

According to KBB, “the popular sedan segment for new cars is becoming more crowded with each passing year. While auto manufacturers continue to one-up each other with more feature-laden new sedans than ever before, ultimately it is the American consumer who wins with a plethora of new models from which to choose. However, with an influx of all-new or redesigned sedans in the marketplace, it can be difficult for consumers to discern the best model for their needs.” Read more »

FTC Takes Action to Stop Deceptive Car Dealership Ads

Five car dealers around the country have agreed to Federal Trade Commission settlement orders that require them to stop running ads in which they promise to pay off a consumer’s trade-in no matter what the consumer owes on the vehicle. Read more »

Toyota: 100 Cars to 100 Nonprofits in 100 Days

Toyota is fixing to give 100 Cars to 100 Nonprofits in 100 Days.

Do you know a nonprofit that could make great things happen with a new car? At 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT today (Monday), applications will open for Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, a major national philanthropy program in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. Winners will be selected each day through public voting on Facebook. Read more »

Sevcon and Flextronics Automotive to Provide Drivetrain Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Sevcon, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEV), a global manufacturer of microprocessor based controls for electric and hybrid vehicles, and Flextronics Automotive, a business of Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), a leading global Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider, have entered into a cooperation agreement to provide hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain systems to automotive OEM customers in Germany and other central European countries. Flextronics Automotive provides fully integrated lighting solutions, connectivity modules and power electronic applications for automotive manufacturers around the world. Read more »

Party in Ultimate Luxury and Safety This Weekend with KLS Transportation Services

You and your friends have worked hard during the week. You deserve a chance to kick back, relax, and cut loose. One luxury transportation company that has become a popular choice among young revelers is KLS Transportation Services, Inc. The appeal of a service like this is self-evident: with this company’s Los Angeles limousine or party bus, you can party to your heart’s content without having to figure out who is going to be the designated driver. KLS chauffeurs are known for being respectful and cordial professionals dedicated to the personal privacy of their clients. So this weekend, why not make the responsible choice to employ the services of a first-rate limo service in Los Angeles ? Let everyone participate in the festivities, and rest assured that you are in the capable hands of professionals who put a premium on your safety. Read more »

Jeep Reaches 2 Million Facebook Fans

The Jeep® brand is celebrating a major milestone today as its Facebook page has reached over 2 million fans. The brand is the first domestic automotive brand to hit the 2 million mark on Facebook, outpacing the next closest domestic brand by approximately 700,000 fans.

The Jeep brand Facebook can be viewed at www.Facebook.com\Jeep.

Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup includes Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.