Monthly Archive: June 2014

Jun 28

2015 Ford Mustang will tell authorities how you crashed and if you were belted [w/video]

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2015 Ford Mustang

When the 2015 Ford Mustang hits dealers, it will be with a new batch of features that will power up Sync's 911 Assist feature, and provide an even greater degree of information to first responders in the event of an accident.

911 Assist will already make a phone call, via a Bluetooth-connected phone, should you bin your car. The automatic message to first responders is a pre-recorded blurb from Ford. With the new enhancements, though, emergency personnel can learn about the maximum change in velocity and whether the crash involved a front, rear, side or a rollover impact. 911 Assist will also send information about how many seat belts were in use and if airbags deployed, allowing more accurate dispatch of resources.

"Sync will only broadcast relevant information to save time, and it constructs a very efficient message for the operator," said David Hatton, the global project leader with Ford Connected Services. "After the introductory message, the voice line opens automatically and occupants can speak directly with the operator via Sync's hands-free functionality."

Take a look below for the official press release from Ford, as well as a video of 911 Assist in action.

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Jun 25

Autoblog Podcast #386

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Episode #386 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert and George Kennedy from Boldride.com talk about Morgan Stanley calling Tesla the most important automaker of the moment, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, more executive turnover at Cadillac, and rumors that a Chinese-built Volvo S60 will arrive in the North American market. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #386:



Topics:
In the Autoblog Garage:
Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Paukert
Guests: George Kennedy
Runtime: 01:41:51

Rundown:
  • Intro and Garage - 00:00
  • Tesla Morgan Stanley - 29:00
  • Hyundai Sonata Eco - 44:35
  • Cadillac Executive Turnover - 55:40
  • China-Built Volvos - 01:07:03
  • Q&A - 01:16:03

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Autoblog Podcast #386 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jun 25

Shelby American cleans house of 14 concept cars

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Shelby American Enthusiast Collection

Typically when an automaker rolls out a concept car or pre-production prototype, it does its tour and then disappears into the company's archives. Maybe it will be displayed for the public to see in the company's own museum or maybe it will spend most of its time under covers in a warehouse somewhere, but every once in a while, an automaker will open up its history and start selling off its concept cars. For Shelby American, "once in a while" has just rolled around.

The House that Carroll Built is moving from its previous headquarters at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to a new facility off of the Las Vegas strip, and in the process is liquidating fourteen of the rarest cars in its collection. That presents a tremendous opportunity for muscle car collectors to bring one or more of these snakes home.

As you might expect, the catalog is composed mostly of Mustangs, but not exclusively. There's a pair of 289 Cobras: the last of the 50th anniversary slab-sided continuation cars and an original development vehicle, offered at $200,000 apiece. At the other end of the spectrum you'll find the 2013 Shelby Raptor concept for $125k and Focus concept for $50k. And of course there are the Mustangs.

The collection on offer includes three Super Snake concepts from 2010/11, a 2007 Shelby GT prototype, a 2011 GTS concept, a quartet of GT350 prototypes from 2012/13 and a 2012 Shelby GTS Wide Body prototype - prices for which range from $99,000 to $200k. Scope out the entire catalog in the gallery above.

Shelby American cleans house of 14 concept cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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