Law to require backup cameras in new vehicles delayed until 2015

Law to require backup cameras in new vehicles delayed until 2015

Autonews.com reports that a rule that would require backup cameras in new cars sold in the U.S. is being pushed back to 2015.

According to the story, regulars are considering giving incentives in their safety ratings to vehicles that are in compliance.

Automakers have expressed concerns about the proposed rule, saying that the additional cost of the camera would be put on the consumer, and that backup cameras should only be installed on larger vehicles.

Gloria Bergquist, a spokesperson for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in the story that automakers are providing cameras in cars today for greater vision and for new driver assists, and consumers should decide how to best spend their safety dollars on these technologies.

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Next-Gen Mustangs could sport GT350 nameplate

Next-Gen Mustangs could sport GT350 nameplate

Rumors continue to fly as bloggers, experts and enthusiasts try to uncover details about the next generation of Ford Mustangs, and the latest buzz going around the auto community claims that the new nameplate has been revealed.

Mustangs Daily, as well as several others, are reporting that the much-anticipated Ford muscle car will hold the Shelby GT350 name. Autoblog says to expect the new GT350 to be quite a bid different than the current GT500, saying it will be all-motor and use a V8 that’s derived from the naturally 5.0-liter Coyote engine.

Of course one can expect it to produce more power.

Mustang Daily says Ford will offer the GT350 as a 2016 model and that a new Mach 1 Mustang will also be coming for that year.

A 50th anniversary edition is expected for the 2015 year.

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Spy shots capture 2015 Ford Mustang

Muscle car enthusiasts are paying close attention to the 2015 Ford Mustang, as it will be the sixth generation of the brand’s pony car and be the first to be sold world-wide.

The photos here were captured by KPG photography. What are you wanting to see from the sixth-gen Stang?

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Ralph Gilles announces debut for 2015 Dodge Challenger

Torque News is reporting that Ralph Gilles has released a few details about the 2015 Dodge Challenger.

“The Challenger is about to go under the knife…It’s actually under the knife as we speak,” said Gilles. “We’re doing a lot to [the Challenger] and were going to come with an answer for [the Camaro Z/28] and for our friends at Ford.”

The site also quoted Gilles saying that by this time next year, you will see the 2015 Challenger at the 2014 New York Auto Show. However, it has been unconfirmed whether or not the 2015 would be the start of the next-gen Challenger.

Torque News also said that there was also a rumor that SRT is working on a supercharged Hemi that will increase more power than the current offering, and the new blown Hemi is supposedly named the “Hellcat.”

From here, we can probably expect to see renderings, spy photos and teaser videos, but until anything official comes from Dodge, everything going forward is just speculation.

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Four-cylinder Mustang won’t be offered in the U.S.

The concept in the picture above is a rendering of the European 2015 Mustang from autoguide.com.
The concept in the picture above is a rendering of the European 2015 Mustang from autoguide.com.

Edmunds is reporting that one concept 2015 Ford Mustang will be getting a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, but it will only be sold in Europe.

Ford made the announcement last summer about the four-cylinder pony car being offered in Europe, but Edmunds says that it isn’t expected to be offered in the U.S. Well, at least not at this time. Earlier this week, PowerBlock told you about the possibility of four-cylinder muscle cars being produced because of government fuel efficiency standards. What we do know for now, is that the 2015 Mustang here in the U.S. will carry more power under the hood.

The European mustang is likely to put out 300 horsepower, and is based on the 2013 Ford Focus ST, Edmunds says.
Pricing hasn’t been announced at this time.

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PowerBlock has the latest rumors on the 2015 Ford Mustang platform!

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According to MustangsDaily.com, the next-gen 2015 Mustang will be called the S550 platform by Ford.

Though the past few model years have seen significant design and powertrain changes, the 2015 Mustang is expected to exhibit several differences that prompt an entirely new platform, the fifth for Ford in five decades.

According to the site, the Mustang will finally be getting an independent suspension for 2015. As far as the powertrain, Mustangs Daily says that the big news will be the addition of an EcoBoost engine, and possibly a turbocharged four-cylinder engine could be in the works at the expense of the V6. It appears that the 5.0-Liter V8 will remain an option, but maybe not for the European market.

MustangsDaily reports that Ford’s Chief Creative Officer, J Mays, has said that the design will be less retro and “Bring the brand forward.”
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Ford to steal spotlight by debuting 2015 F-150 concept at Detroit Auto Show

This sounds like a broken record, but one of the biggest challenges faced by automakers in the coming years is how to produce powerful vehicles that meet fuel efficiency standards being put in place by the federal government.

Starting in 2025, American-made passenger cars and light trucks will be required to produce an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon. It would more than double the current average fuel economy.

There are many things that have to be taken into consideration from cost, to weight to durability, and you would think that pickup trucks would face the tougher challenges to meet those standards.

But leave it to American automakers to being on top of their game and making it a full-blown competition among themselves. According to Auto123.com, Ford is preparing to steal the spotlight from GM and its other competitors at the Detroit Auto Show in January by unveiling a concept of its 2015 F-150.

The site says the popular Ford pick-up could shed from 700 to 750 pounds, thanks to an extensive aluminum use as well as redesigning components, such as brakes and axles.

But do you think it stands a chance against GM’s C7 Corvette, also expected to debut? Tell us what you think, PowerBlock fans. Send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV, or leave us a comment on our Facebook page.

 

 

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2015 Mustang could see EcoBoost Engine

Rumors are buzzing around the social media atmosphere about the future of the Ford Mustang after it was spotted being test driven in broad daylight.

It’s been rumored for awhile that the EcoBoost Engine will appear in the Mustang, but how far is Ford from making it happen?

A few sources are saying that it already features a tachometer with 6,500 rpm redline. As a result, it’s rumored that the car’s front-mounted intercooler hypes up the speculations that it was tested using ST’s force-induction, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, according to amog.com.

At this time, the EcoBoost is offered as a four and six-cylinder option, so it’ll be interesting to see what Ford has planned.

As long as we don’t stop seeing burnouts like this, we’re ok with it. (Ignore the irresponsible person running around the car.)