Car News Catch-Up June 29 2015

Front Runners in Car News this Past Week 

 

No Car? No Problem! Rent a Ford from a Friend

 
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It’s not quite like Uber, but this App will definitely make it easier for Americans to get around in a car when they need to. The GoDrive app from Ford first made its debut in Britain, where customers with credit agreements can now “rent” a car for a specified price.

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As of June 24,  Ford expanded its services, “inviting 12,000 Londoners and a further 14,000 US customers from Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago and Washington D.C. to join its new scheme” (EnGadget.com). Are you among one of the six lucky cities?

Not only is Ford leading the race for this new idea, but they seem to really be taking the initiative to keep up with the industry-wide self-driving car competition as well. Even Forbes announced June 23 that Ford is taking steps “closer to the self driving car”. Now that means Ford is definitely doing something right.

Engadget.com

Chevy’s New 2016 Chevy Cruze has People ☺

Chevy got creative on June 23 when they announced the new 2016 Chevy Cruze to the world.  Chevy used the widely known text language of “emojis” for their press release because “word alone [couldn’t] describe the new 2016 Chevy Cruze” (Wired.com).

What a brilliant way to promote the new car; using a universal pictorial language, much like the ancient language of hieroglyphics, but in a modern way. Check out the Wired.com article to get a glimpse of the press release. Can you guess what it means?

Wired.com

Spyder Be Gone

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If this were a real spider, you probably would be happier that it is gone. In the case of the Porsche Spyder, you might be sad to hear that the last 918 unit has been built. Its history on the market was short lived, only appearing at the Geneva Auto Show in 2010 and finally produced in 2013.

After hearing this announcement on June 19, Porsche enthusiasts may think of reserving one of the last Spyders for their collection. However, a Spydert may be difficult to acquire as Porsche admitted that all 300 units in the United States are spoken for.

CarAndDriver.com

“Braking” News from Dodge

For all those Dodge Dart drivers out there, this may affect you!

As of June 22, it became public knowledge that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started a brake investigation on over 121,000 Dodge Darts . The braking problem could increase the stopping distance of the affected units which is a serious safety concern for drivers.

Steven J. Erwin from Autoblog.com explains that drivers have reported hearing an unusual hissing or popping sound when braking. Drivers then noticed that when this noise occurs, the pedal felt hard and a their brake effectiveness was reduced.

Have you noticed this problem while driving? Keep your ears open next time you’re in your Dart.

AutoBlog.com

So You Think You Can Talk Cars – Now’s Your Chance to Prove It!

After Chris Evans was announced as the official presenter for Top Gear by BBC News on June 16, Evans got straight to work. The talk of a co-host trended on social media and on June 19, a published email by Evans turned rumor into reality.

On the official audition page, Evans is asking for applicants to send in a 30-second video (anything longer “will not be accepted”). You must be 17 years or older to apply, but applications from all over the world will be accepted! Do you think you have what it takes?

Autoweek.com

Don’t forget to check back next Monday for another round of car news!