Ford Fusion Energi with Coke Bottle Interior

The Ford Fusion Energi is the first vehicle to use Coca-Cola's PlantBottle Technology in its interior fabric.

The Ford Fusion Energi is the first vehicle to use Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Technology in its interior fabric.

The Ford Motor Co. has teamed with Coca-Cola to build a Ford Fusion Engeri model with Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Technology. Basically, this car’s seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints and door panel and headliners are made entirely from renewable materials.

This Ford Fusion Engeri research vehicle is the first to use PET plastics in the fabric of a vehicle. PET is a durable, lightweight plastic also known as polyethylene terephthalate. It’s used by both Ford and Coke in a variety of products including plastic bottles, fabrics and carpets. According to Coca-Cola and Ford, PlantBottle Technology is a plastic bottle made from plants, and more than 400,000 barrels of oil have been saved thanks to this technology.

Ford says if PlantBottle fabrics were used in the majority of Ford models, it would save 295,000 gallons of gasoline and 6,000 barrels of oils.

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Ford F-150 EcoBoost Sales top 400,000 in Sales; Saving Millions in Fuel

Sales of Ford F-150 with EcoBoost have exceeded 400,000 units.

Sales of Ford F-150 with EcoBoost have exceeded 400,000 units.

The Ford F-150 with EcoBoost topped 400,000 in sales since its introduction three years ago. With the advanced Fuel Technology in this engine, drivers are using 45,000 fewer gallons of fuel.

Ford F-150 with EcoBoost launched in 2011 and helped lead to a transformation in the brand. The EcoBoost is a great combination of fuel economy and engine power.

Estimated fuel savings are based on the EPA-estimated combined ratings for 2011-13 F-150 EcoBoost models and for the same mix of 5.4-liter V8-equipped 2010 F-150 models, across 400,000 units and 15,000 miles of driving a year. F-150 EcoBoost sales are comprised mostly of 4×4 trucks with EPA-estimated ratings of 15 mpg city and 17 mpg combined, and a smaller percentage of 4×2 trucks with EPA-estimated ratings of 16 mpg city and 18 mpg combined. Ford has had success transitioning many customers to the new EcoBoost offering.

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Voted Best Snow Vehicle

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus, making it the best of the best for car safety.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus, making it the best of the best for car safety.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE with Super All Weather Control was voted the most Safe SUV in the Snow by WallStCheatSheet.com.

The list comes just in time for winter with snow in the forecast. The Outlander debuted this year, and the website put the SUV at No. 1 thanks to its score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests.

As wallstcheatsheet.com says: “The IIHS is wild about the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, which landed Top Safety Pick Plus designation after scoring the highest rating in all five crash tests.”

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Review: 2014 Ford Escape

 

The 2014 Ford Escape is the perfect blend of great technology and great choices under the hood.

The 2014 Ford Escape is the perfect blend of great technology and great choices under the hood.

The 2014 Ford Escape arrives at George Waikem Ford with the style and technology that helped it become one of America’s most favorite SUVs.

Ford uses four words in its brochure to describe the Escape: Quality, Green, Safe and Smart. We’ll go over all four further later in the blog, but let’s just say that the Escape is gorgeous, it uses Eco-friendly materials, and the technology is both genius and safe.

The current Escape styling debuted last year, and the public loved it. It often broke sales records in the debut year and often challenged for the top vehicle in its class. In fact many publications made it award winning. The Escape has won Popular Mechanic’s Car of the Year Award among other.

VIDEO: 2014 Ford Escape

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Mitsubishi working with Nissan-Renault on Joint Vehicles

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Mitsubishi and Nissan announced Tuesday they are joining forces on two future vehicles, including a new mid-sized that will hit the American market.

The yet-unnamed vehicle will be released under the Mitsubishi brand name as a Renault based vehicle. A second electric vehicle development will be developed by this new joint venture.

Osamu Masuko, President of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation commented: “As a result of the development of collaborative projects with Nissan Motor up to now, Mitsubishi Motors is pleased to work again with Nissan and now Renault towards achieving further collaborations. The new opportunities could be described as evidence that the ongoing collaborative projects between Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan have brought positive results, and Mitsubishi Motors hopes that any new collaborative projects with the Renault-Nissan Alliance would bring us further merits”

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David Waikem Featured in the Canton Repository

Waikem Auto Family President David Waikem was featured in Tuesday’s Canton Repository. The local newspaper did a story on his nomination for Time’s Dealer of the Year award. 

Waikem, dealer principal of Waikem Honda and co-owner of the seven franchise Waikem Auto Family, is one of 54 dealers nationwide to be nominated for Ally’s Time Dealer of the Year Award. David will travel to New Orleans in January, the winner will be announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Exposition.

Read the Canton Repository’s story on Dave’s nomination. 

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