Joe Hinrichs, Ford's President of The Americas (pictured above), announced today that in late 2014, the automaker will be building the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder at its Cleveland Engine Plant, a move requiring a $200-million investment and the hiring of 450 new employees. European-built Ford products will continue to source this engine from the Valencia, Spain plant where all of these EcoBoost four-cylinder engines are currently built, and the new Cleveland engines will be used for all Nor
There are undoubtedly hefty fines for passing a stopped school bus with its flashing lights on and stop sign deployed, so Shena Hardin, 32, of Cleveland, Ohio, thought it would be an acceptable alternative to use the sidewalk to pass instead. Back in September, Hardin was seen using the sidewalk as a bypass on multiple occasions, and a quick-thinking bus driver videotaped her doing so and alerted police. On September 11, police were able to catch her Jeep Compass in the act, and this week, a jud
Potholes. Crews are out now tamping new asphalt into the pockmarks that winter leaves on our roads, but what if there were a cheaper, easier way to quickly mitigate these wheel-eating voids? Students at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University may have the answer. In April, the team took first prize in a competition sponsored by Saint-Gobain, a global materials company. The goal was to use simple materials for an out-of-the-box product.
Detroit was once known as 'the Paris of the West,' counting itself among the most cosmopolitan cities in America. Its growth was propelled by a booming auto industry, which greatly influenced the city's design. Home to the first paved road and site of early interstate highway development, the Motor City was ahead of the curve in updating its infrastructure to meet the growing demands of a car-crazed culture.
In this case, "patriotic" refers to car shoppers who buy from domestic manufacturers regardless of where their products are actually built or designed. Not surprisingly, TheDetroitBureau.com reports that the Big Three are most popular in the Midwest, with more than two-thirds of car sales going to Ford, General Motors or Chrysler. Detroit and Saint Louis were rated the two cities with the largest slice of domestic car buyers with consumers choosing to buy American 67 percent of the time. Clevela
Last May, Ford began making the new, more efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine for vehicles like the Ford Flex, Ford Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKS sedan and Lincoln MKT crossover at its Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1. That plant was closed in 2007 (after opening in 1951) but was brought back from the dead in February 2009. Today, Ford announced it is investing $155 million in the plant and will add 60 jobs there. The money is split between $121 million for manufacturing investment at the plant and $34
This is a bit sad. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum collection, part of the larger Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, is selling off 19 of its 175 cars in order to climb out of debt. Among the cars being offered to buyers are a gorgeous seafoam green 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, a 1930 Belanger Indianapolis Racer with a 270 cubic-inch Offenhauser Dual Overhead Cam V8 good for 325 hp (installed in 1949) and a 1930 Bugatti Type 44 Phaeton Open Tourer, the only one thought to e
On the same day that President Obama announced tough new CAFE standards for new cars in the coming half-decade, Ford began production of its new, more efficient EcoBoost engine in Ohio. As Green Car Advisor says, Ford couldn't have picked a better day. The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine will first make its way into the Ford Flex, Ford Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKS sedan and Lincoln MKT crossover vehicles. The turbocharged engines deliver a fuel economy boost of around 20 percent without an expensiv
Being that I hate the local news in my home town, I had to find out from our friends at Jalopnik that Cleveland's own self-made messiah, LeBron James, got busted for breaking the century mark while driving home from the airport after an away game in New Orleans. An Ohio State officer pulled James over in his white Mercedes early in the AM on December 30th, which also happened to be the NBA superstar's 23rd birthday. James pleaded not guilty to the charge and could get a $150 fine. The story migh
Recently we had the opportunity to spend some brief time in Jaguar's latest offering, the XK. The timing couldn't be more perfect as rumors are swirling about Ford possibly putting the luxury marque up for sale. All we can say is that if every Jag were more like the XK the British company would be in a lot better shape right now.
Ray Holan is an accomplished auto mechanic, biofuel advocate, author of the book Sliding Home: A Complete Guide to Driving Your Diesel on Straight Vegetable Oil and regular feature contributor to AutoblogGreen.