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Ford extends production run of Ford GT supercar to 1,350 units through 2022

When Ford unveiled its new Ford GT nearly four years ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the supercar was received very well even through the US carmaker only disclosed a few details. When the company started to produce the Ford GT, one thing was very apparent – the demand for the supercar greatly outstrips the supply. Two years into the supercar’s production, Ford is building more units than previously earmarked.

Even before it started production of the Ford GT, the US carmaker had said only 1,000 units of the supercar will be built. Ford had set the annual production pace for the Ford GT at 250 units every year. This means that supercar would have a production run that would last for around four years.

But when the US carmaker started accepting orders for the Ford GT, the total number of applicants quickly grew to more than 6,500. This number was just for the 2016 iteration of the supercar. Unfortunately, Ford can only accommodate 1,000 of the applicants, which means that the Ford GT is practically sold out.

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2017 Ford GT production version officially rolls off the line

Ford has disclosed that the first ever production version of its 2017 Ford GT has gotten off the assembly line. This signals the start of production of a model that was first revealed during the 2015 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This means that the brand will be able to deliver to customers a model nearly two years after it was initially unveiled.

The 2017 Ford GT is being manufactured at the brand’s Multimatic facility located in Markham, Ontario. Regarding this important milestone, Ford Executive Vice-President for Global Product Development Raj Nair shared that at the start of 2016, Ford had two main objectives. The first is that the brand would be able to experience success during the Le Mans with the second being able to begin deliveries before the end of 2016. Nair said he is proud to say the brand has managed to achieve both. Aside from being VP, Nair is also the Chief Technical Officer at Ford.

Nair continued by saying that this indeed marks a celebration for everyone who was part of making this model a reality. This includes the design team and even all the employees as well as the suppliers. Through the Ford GT, the brand hopes to show that it remains committed to offering customers more and to prove how strong it is when it comes to innovation, Nair added. Examples include the EcoBoost engine technologies, aerodynamics, and use of lightweight materials.

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Annual production of Ford GT still at 250 units despite overwhelming interest

The all-new Ford GT supercar was first introduced during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The supercar was a sure-fire hit during the said event even when Ford released only a few details. The Ford GT prototype put on display during the event was just the concept version of the supercar but it already looked production-ready.

It has been Ford’s brainchild for quite some time already but has only been under a year of working progress. The car is expected to be out in 2017 which is quite amazing knowing that it is still in its developmental stage.

There’s not much information on the Ford GT but one thing’s for sure, the supercar will be powered by a mid-engine twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. Its engine is powerful enough to produce 600 horsepower. Ford isn’t aiming to earn top speed records for the GT but will definitely focus on ultimate handling and lap times. The automaker is planning on taking the GT to Le Mans for testing which apparently is a non-verbal threat to Ferrari.

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SEMA Show-bound Future Forty by Superformance is a GT40 replica with Ford GT engine

Visitors at the much-awaited 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 -- can expect a wide array of show cars that demonstrate not only various aftermarket parts and specialty services, but also the capabilities for various companies. One of these show cars is the Future Forty from MagnaFlow and Superformance.

Superformance is an American automobile company that creates performance components and full replicas, especially cars from the 1960s like the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT40, and the Corvette Grand Sport. The company and MagnaFlow – a firm that takes pride of its expertise in performance exhaust systems superior catalytic converter technology – have decided enter into a partnership and create a visually exciting fabrication that makes use of a Ford MkI GT40 replica and the engine of a modern Ford GT. The result is what is to be shown at the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show – the Future Forty.

The companies started the Future Forty project by getting a MkI GT40 replica from Superformance. This replica boasts of an exact recreation of the original monocoque and pressed steel roof of the GT40. However, this GT40 replica doesn’t feature the usual naturally aspirated V8 engine, and is instead powered by a mill derived from a modern Ford GT – a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powerplant.

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After confirming in 2017 that its midsize pickup would be coming back to the United States, Ford took the wraps off the 2019 Ranger early last year. It featured an all-new design especially made for the US, and is a bit different from the Rangers sold overseas. Now, Ford is finally commencing the production of the 2019 Ranger at its newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit.

To mark the kickoff of the production of the new Ford Ranger, the carmaker had special celebrations at its Michigan Assembly Plant. The celebrations essentially mark the rebirth of the Ranger, which is slated to return to the US early 2019 following an eight-year hiatus. Likewise, the celebrations mark the rebirth of the plant that has been a witness to the ups and downs of the American auto industry in the past six decades.

Invited in the celebrations aren’t just leaders from Ford, but also from United Auto Workers. A large of number of the plant’s workforce – numbering more than 3,000 employees – was also present. These employees, as well as media members and others, were given an opportunity to ride in the new Ford Ranger a custom-built, off-road course in the plant’s parking lot.

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SEAT SA is commencing production of an all-new car at its Martorell facilities in Spain. However, its plant won't be assembling a new SEAT car. The Spanish carmaker is now assembling the next generation of Audi’s small city car – the new 2019 Audi A1.

The sight of SEAT producing Audi vehicles isn't surprising as both carmakers are members of the larger Volkswagen Group. In addition, the A1 isn't the Audi vehicle produced at SEAT’s Martorrel site. In the middle of 2011, the VW Group assigned the SEAT facility to produce the Audi Q3 luxury subcompact crossover. Since then until July 2018, the Martorrel site had been producing the previous generation of the Audi Q3 and total Spanish production of the subcompact crossover reached nearly 800,000 units.

When the second generation of the Audi Q3 was unveiled, it was decided that the production of the subcompact crossover will be moved from Martorell to the Gyor facilities in Hungary. On the other hand, the previous generation of the A1 was assembled in Brussels. The idle manufacturing capacity at Martorrel left by the Audi Q3 might have prompted the VW Group to transfer the production of the second generation from Brussels to Martorell.

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The new Porsche Taycan is considered as revolutionary at the German sports car maker as the upcoming model is its first all-electric vehicle. Nonetheless, the new Taycan four-door EV will also be the starting point of a new revolution in the company. As Porsche is committing itself to electric mobility, it also has to undergo a significant change, especially in terms of production.

Porsche is currently building its conventionally powered vehicles, including its 911 sports car, using the traditional principle of an assembly line. But when it commences the production of the Taycan, Porsche will be implementing major changes for the production and assembly facilities of the new EV.

Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche, remarked that starting 2025, more than 50 percent of the Porsche models delivered are expected to be electrified. While this will require substantial investments in development, production, and staff training, Porsche believes that the carmaker will still be able to achieve a target profit margin of at least 15 percent.

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By the start of the new decade, customers won't be able to buy a new Opel Adam. Opel Karl and Opel Cascada won't also be available. This is because Opel will stop selling the Adam and Karl city cars as well as the Cascada compact convertible starting 2020 as the carmaker shifts its focus and comply with future emissions regulations.

According to Opel, it will not replace the current iterations of the Adam, Karl and Cascada when they reach the end of their life cycles. However, the Adam, Karl and Cascada will still be sold until the end of 2019. That gives customers planning to acquire any of these to-be-ditched models more than a year to make their plans a reality. Opel said the decision was meant to help the carmaker comply with future carbon dioxide emissions guidelines and to help it shift its focus to high volume segments.

This decision to discontinue the Adam, Karl and Cascada forms part of greater scheme at Opel -- the PACE! Plan. This PACE! Plan is essentially a new product offensive meant to meet the needs of customers while ensuring compliance with the stiff carbon dioxide guidelines that will take effect in 2020.

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The Chevrolet City Express small cargo van has been in the market since 2014 (2015 model year). Designed for customers seeking a small fuel-efficient, cargo vehicle, the City Express has silently reached the end of the road, as General Motors has already stopped taking orders and building of this small work van.

While it is now too late for the Chevrolet City Express to make a sales comeback, GM was literally silent about the fate of Chevy’s small cargo van. According to a report by the Automotive News citing a spokesman from GM, dealers were informed of plans to drop the City Express as early as Summer 2017. Chevrolet received orders for the small cargo van only until September 2017, with the production of the last units of the 2018 City Express officially ended in February 2018.

In 2013, GM and Nissan Motors inked an agreement for the Japanese carmaker to build a small cargo van – the Chevrolet City Express – as based on the Nissan NV200. The Nissan NV200 is a compact yet spacious commercial boasts of low cost of ownership. Designed as both a passenger and a commercial vehicle, the Nissan NV200 is being sold in several markets around the world, including in the United States and Canada.

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The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 (Porsche 993) is already considered as an icon. Gunther Werks, a company from Southern California, has dedicated itself into re-mastering this icon by embedding modern technologies and features. Its Gunther Werks 400R is seen as a modern yet classic masterpiece, and the company has already commenced the limited production run of this bespoke 993 conversion.

The Gunther Werks 400R is essentially a high-performance, bespoke vehicle that pays tribute to the naturally aspirated Porsche 993. Featuring both the silhouette and soul of the classic 993, the 400R is lighter yet stronger and more rigid than the original model. This is thanks to the use of carbon-fiber composite for the body panels, roof, deck lid and spoiler.

Gunther Werks ultimately decided to limit the production run of the 400R to 25 examples. However, each example is completely bespoke. Providing their own 993 as a base, customers could choose from a limitless palette of exterior finishes and even personalize the interior according to whims, choosing their choice of colors, patterns and materials. Even the suspension setup could be configured to the preferences of each Gunther Werks client. As Gunther Werks founder Peter Nam puts it, each 400R is tailored to its owner like a handmade suit.

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In 2017, actor and wrestling legend John Cena got in trouble when he purchased a brand new Ford GT, and then decided to sell it to another buyer. Because of this, Ford sued Cena for half a million dollars for violating the contract that stipulated that any Ford GT owner must not sell the unit within two years after purchasing it.

Cena decided to countersue Ford and this case is presently winding its way through court. Now, it seems like someone has not gotten the memo, as Motor Authority has noticed that a new Ford GT was put up at the Mercum auction block in Indianapolis this week. Of course, Ford had already begun investigating the situation.

Ford has revealed that they are aware of this and that they are looking into the situation. However, they will not comment on individual customer matters. Ford spokesman Matt Leaver pointed out that Ford GT customers come in to sign contracts, which include an agreement to not sell the car for at least two years.

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It was back in 1899 when Fiat was first established in Turin, Italy. It has remained in one form or another for over a century. However, current CEO of the company, Sergio Marchionne, has said that the company will soon get rid of mass market vehicle production in the country. This June, the CEO will introduce new measures that will most Fiat production out of Italy.

Bloomberg has said that the Turin plant, which was inaugurated in 1939, will have the most major changes. What will happen is that the facility that presently produces fewer than 50,000 vehicles annually will have to accommodate a Maserati SUV together with the Levante, as well as several more Jeep products - this seems like a lot to handle.

As for Fiat models, the Panda will be moved to the Poland plant, while the MiTo’s production will have to be stopped. Its future has yet to be determined. The people who are in charge of this project do not want to be named since it is not meant to be public.

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Mercedes-Benz’ mother company, Daimler, is very optimistic about the company’s performance. And it is pretty obvious because the company plans to increase production this year, assuming to boost their sales up to three million vehicles annually.

We can’t blame them though, because last year, the company sold approximately 2.4 million units. So if they could produce more vehicles yearly, then they will be able to deliver more too.

According to German weekly Automobilwoche, Markus Schaefer, the Daimler board member in charge of manufacturing and procurement at Mercedes-Benz said that the sites in their global production network are running high on usage rates. And this is mainly their reason for expanding their capabilities, also when basing it on market demand, that is already moving towards 3 million units.

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With all the issues going around the automotive industry, car makers have to be more mindful of their moves, especially when it comes to the development and production of cars.

Like now, European spec cars had just been given a new set of requirements, and this will mean a production shutdown for BMW’s flagship 7 Series sedan for an entire year. To be more specific, this shutdown really only affects gas powered vehicles, and diesel engine will still be produced. This is quite an odd thing considering that diesel variants have a reputation of being the more polluted engines, especially with the Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal.

The decision to shut down engines began when the new requirements of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (also known as WLTP) were implemented. These rules began in 2017 after new forms of emissions testing has been done, and apparently, these are a better way to measure vehicle emission in real world driving.

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In today’s world, there are a lot of pros and cons that this highly digital world has brought to us. We’ve become so used to instant gratification that having to wait for something we really want can be excruciating. When most things can arrive in what seems to be a blink of an eye, a wait of nearly two years to get your hands on the Ford GT must feel terrible. That is indeed a serious type of punishment.

This is the experience of about 6,500 car enthusiasts from all over the world who applied to purchase one of the first 500 Ford GT supercars. Yes, this model has been available in the United States for quite some time now. That’s why it’s a big deal when you’re one of the first persons in Europe to get the keys to the GT.

The lucky customer who is the first to receive this GT in Scandinavia is Jason Watt. He used to be a racing driver in Denmark. Back in 1999, he got into a major motorcycle accident, which resulted to his body being paralyzed from the chest down.

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If you were not able to reserve yourself a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and think that perhaps you could get your hands on a brand new 2019 model year of the car, we are now telling you that it is impossible. This is because the automaker has no plans to produce more than what they initially announced. It will be limited to 3,300 units only. This number has not changed since they first announced the vehicle. The company now reiterates that there won’t be an extension.

This is because over the last few weeks, Demon enthusiasts have been spreading rumours that their local Dodge dealerships are talking about another model year for the Dodge. This is why the company wants to clarify things now, saying that the Demon will not get a 2019 version.

In fact, Tim Kuniskis, Dodge boss said in his interview with Allpar.com that “2018 only, one and done”, meaning to say that those who did not get the 2018 model year missed out because there will not be a 2019 version if that is what they expected. Furthermore, he told the media several times last year that the Demon will remain to be a 2018 model only, so it is not his fault that Dodge enthusiasts assumed otherwise as he made it very clear.

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BMW has been steadfastly working on developing the all new version of the 3 Series and M3. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the existing model’s production will end when the new version comes along. But then, it seems like production will end sooner than we expected. In fact, there have already been reports of the discontinuation of the current F80 M3 taking place in a few months.

It was actually BMWBlog that announced this, as they said that the F80 M3’s production will be capped off as early as May 2018. One of the reasons for this is because of the introduction of the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle. This new procedure will act as the new standard when determining levels of pollutants, C02 emissions, fuel or energy consumption for cars worldwide.

Once this becomes effective, BMW will have to fit the M3 F80 with a complex new Otto particle filter beginning in June. But instead of doing this, they have decided to just completely stop production in May, also so that they may focus on developing the 3 Series and the M3 - both models are slated to begin production within the next couple of years. Production will only be halted for the M3 though, as the M4 will remain unaffected by this change. Therefore, production of the M4 will continue for a few more months after May.

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Unlike about a handful of automakers out there, Ford claims that they do not care about breaking lap records. Recently, the GT supercar shattered the fastest lap time at Virginia International Raceway. In fact, they were able to achieve this in “less than ideal circuit conditions”, and with only a small support crew, and a driver (Billy Johnson) who has never lapped that circuit before.

The Ford GT came home with a record time of 2:38.62 after their recent visit to the Virginia International Raceway, but the automaker claims that they do not intend on building on that record - sorry GT fans.

Ford also recently told the Drive that they will not be going to the Nurburgring (or any other track) anytime soon to compete with vehicles like the Viper ACR and Corvette Z06. Right now, the GT may be the fastest car out there, but Ford would rather focus on building new vehicles than spending their time trying to prove to be better than the rest.

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Volkswagen recently launched a teaser video of what they will be launching in the next 12 months. And one of the models they featured was the T-Cross. This confirms that the production version of the model will finally be able to join us later this year as the automaker’s smallest crossover to date.

Here is the thing, the video is merely a brief teaser of each of their upcoming cars and that they did not provide specific details about when or where the T-Cross could make an official debut. However, based on the latest speculations, it might come out sometime earlier in the year. We might actually be able to see it debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. If you remember, it was back in 2016 that VW first premiered the T-Cross Breeze concept as a preview for their smallest crossover.

However, unlike the concept that we saw two years ago, the production version will not be a droptop. And from the spy shots we saw earlier, the road-going variant has been going through tests in the snow. The vehicle looks like a smaller version of the Tiguan, the automaker’s existing SUV. While it does share the same MQB platform as the polo, it is a shorter version of it.

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It appears that the Volkswagen e-Golf is doing really well. A couple of weeks ago, they announced that the production of the e-Golf with increased range will have to be doubled because of its strong demand. One major factor is the move by several automakers to offer rebates for drivers who get rid of their old cars in exchange for environmentally friendly cars, which is a good move - not just for the car manufacturer, but also for the environment.

To meet the rising demand, the German automaker will have to switch from single-shift operation to 2 shifts at their Transparent Factory Dresden so that output can be increased from 35 units per day to 70 cars daily. If you add that up, that will give you a total of 2,100 per month as opposed to the original figure of 1,050 only. The increase is said to be gradual with the additional shift to begin only in March 2018.

The e-Golf, as we know, comes equipped with a 35.8 kWh battery that is capable of reaching 125 miles (201 kilometers) EPA. That is a huge improvement (83 miles / 134 kilometers) from the previous version that comes with a 24.2 kWh battery.

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