A New Way To Launch A New Vehicle

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The teasing is just about over. On Monday, we’ll know what the 2011 Ford Explorer really looks like.

2011 Ford Explorer (Obstructed View)

Ford is planning a unique launch for the important new vehicle, and they aren’t saying much about it. All we know is that it will include events in several cities, and a lot of “Social Networking.” More

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July 13, 2010

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The Worldwide Automotive Report is now online.

I produced a video on the Concours d’Elegance of America.

July 12, 2010

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Today’s Worldwide Automotive Report is now online.

I had the opportunity to speak today with analyst George Magliano of IHS Automotive about some big changes we’ve seen recently in the auto market.  That’s also the subject of my Car Chronicles pieces today.

July 9, 2010

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My Worldwide Automotive Report is now online.

I did a web story today on the end of the line for Chrysler’s PT Cruiser.

My Car Chronicles report is a test drive of the Ford Fiesta.

July 8, 2010

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My Worldwide Automotive Report is now online.

My Car Chronicles Report is on a new program from Smart, called Smart Expressions. There’s also a more in depth story, with video.

I had the opportunity to talk with a Chrysler spokesman about their new incentive plan.

First Impressions — Mercedes S Class

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We’re test driving the Mercedes S 550, and here are some of the first impressions. We haven’t finished our time in the vehicle, so we’ll be adding to this note as we go along. We also haven’t scheduled a time for airing a full review. So, this is a work in progress.

Mercedes S 550

Mercedes S 550

Obviously this is a beautiful vehicle, full of technology. The ride is silky smooth, and despite the large size, there’s not a bit of boatiness.

We’re still researching all of the atributes, so expect this to be updated.

The available technology includes night vision, backup camera, adapative cruise control. The onboard computer is not user friendly, but is much better than BMW’s I-drive.

This vehicle competes with the BMW 7-series, the Audi A8 (which has been redone) and the Lexus LS.

So far, neither Lincoln nor Cadillac has a vehicle that comptetes in this class, although there have been persistant rumors that Cadillac would like to be there.

People who pay 100 thousand plus for a vehicle like this expect the best, and so far I haven’t found anything that would be a glaring flaw.

If you own this vehicle, feel free to give me your feedback by commenting, or emailing me at jdgilbert@cbs.com.

More to come…a video walkaround is posted below.

July 7, 2010

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My Worldwide Automotive Report updates the Toyota recall, examines Chrysler’s decision to de-emphasize the hemi, and looks at Fiat’s plans for the U.S.

Here’s my story on Chrsyler’s new “Mopar 10” Dodge Challenger.

The same story is part of my Car Chronicles feature today.

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