October 19th, 2012 at 12:25pm
Lincoln opened the doors to media members on their new design center yesterday. See what their doing in hopes to rebuild the Lincoln brand. We get our look at Nissan’s all-new Sentra. And see how one company hopes to make the next-generation of connected car. All that and more, plus on Autoline This Week we take a look at Kia, a brand most car buyers don’t even know about.
Hooray, we’re through another week. Welcome to the Friday edition of Autoline Daily, I’m John McElroy and here’s the news.
FIRST STEP TOWARD REBRANDING
Last night Lincoln opened up its new design center to members of the media. The whole idea is to convince the world that the Ford Motor Company is serious about rebuilding the Lincoln brand, and the company trotted out some of its top level execs to show how important this is to them. Interestingly, the Design Center is the first design studio dedicated to Lincoln since the 1970’s. It will house the design of all Lincolns models, including both interior and exterior design. It also houses the color and materials people as well as the engineering design staff. Ford knows it’s going to take years and a lot of money to pull this off, but the Design Center certainly represents an important first step.
GETTING THE AXE
Last month, Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby took a leave of absence after suffering a stroke. Now they’re dumping him altogether. Volvo just appointed current board member, Hakan Samuelsson, as its new President and CEO effective immediately. Volvo says it did not like its lack of progress in China, and that’s why Jacoby was sacked.
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ALL-NEW NISSAN SENTRA
Nissan just introduced its all new Sentra and here’s a good overview of what the car’s about.
This seventh generation Sentra is gets better fuel economy thanks to an all-new 1.8l, 4-cylinder engine, a CVT and three different drive modes. But even with all the upgrades in the car, Nissan knows it’s a challenge to get the word out.
Nissan tells us that its dealer body is very excited to finally have what they feel is a great one-two punch with Sentra as well as the new Altima to go up against the other compact–midsize competition. If you want to check them out for yourself both are in dealerships now.
But even with all those improvements, Nissan still has a battle royale on its hands with Toyota. And now we’ve learned that the Prius is the number one vehicle in California. Toyota sold over 46,000 Prius’s so far this year, accounting for a quarter of all Prius’s sold in the U.S. Toyota now has the Prius v, Prius c, and a plug-in version, which has also helped boost sales of the hybrid.
NETWORKING MADE EASY
Hyundai teamed up with a company named Broadcom to install an ethernet system in its vehicles. The goal is not to allow the consumer to communicate faster it’s to make the vehicle communicate faster. The idea is to be able to integrate multiple systems of the vehicle into one network. This would allow a less complex electronic system, at the same time allowing greater electronic capabilities. Not to mention a whole lot less wiring which could mean a large reduction of weight. And we all know manufactures love that
ELECTED FOUR MORE YEARS
Hey Formula 1 fans. No more F1 on Speed. NBC picked up the racing series for the next four years. Four of the races will be broadcast on NBC while the remaining 16 will be on NBC Sports Network.
Coming up next, did you know that most car buyers have never heard about Kia?
Kia is one of the fantastic success stories in the automotive industry. But in the U.S., at least, most car buyers don’t even know the brand exists. That’s one of the topic’s on Autoline This Week. Take a look.
That’s Michael Sprague and Tom Loveless from Kia and you can watch that entire show on our website at Autoline.tv
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And with that we wrap up another week’s worth of reports. Thanks for watching, we’ll see you on Monday.