Ford Recreating Empire State Building Promotion

The 2015 Ford Mustang was a big hit at the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show.

The 2015 Ford Mustang was a big hit at the 2014 Cleveland Auto Show.


In 1964, Ford celebrated the debut of the Ford Mustang by placing one atop the Empire State Building. As they celebrate the grand debut of the 50th Anniversary model, Ford is recreating the promotion.

The Ford Motor Co. announced Tuesday it will place the 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible atop the Empire State Building in the New York Skyline. The all-new convertible model will sit atop the New York City skyline for 54 hours starting on April 16.

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Ford Moving Truck Production from Mexico to Ohio


Ford is shifting production of F-650 to F-750 trucks from Mexico to its Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, according to the Detroit News.

Ford spokespeople did not comment on the Detroit News’ story, but the paper says the company is planning next Friday to announce more details of the shift to America. The paper says the switch is likely to take place late 2014 or early 2015.

The Avon Lake Plant currently makes E-Series Vans, but these vans will soon be replaced by the new Ford Transit. In 2011, Ford announced a plan to invest $128 million in Northeast Ohio to support production of F53 and F59 commercial stripped chassis. In Jan. 2014, UAW Workers and the Ford Motor Co. agreed to protect 1,4000 jobs at the plan.


Review: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

The much-hyped 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has made its way to Waikem Mitsubishi. We were excited to see this all-new redesign in person, and our first spin was everything we hoped it would be.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is more fuel efficient and lighter than past models. Add in a redesigned, upscale interior, and the Outlander is primed to be a top choice in the Crossover segment.

So what’s new? Everything really. Let’s start with the body. Outside the Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a lighter, more sleek body. In fact, Mitsubishi says the new Outlander is 220 pounds lighter than previous body. Through wind tunnel testing, the Outlander is 7% less wind resistant. Up front you’ll notice a new fascia and all new super-wide HID headlights. It will come in 6 different exterior color option.

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Study Show Northeast Ohio has Lowest Used Car Prices



Northeast Ohio dealerships like the Waikem Auto Family in Massillon, Ohio, report the lowest prices of used cars in America, according to NADA.

The National Automobile Dealers Association and say Northeast Ohio is the most affordable area to buy a new used car.

NADA and recently released it study earlier this month, reporting that if you are looking for a used car in Northeast Ohio,  you are getting one at the lowest cost in the country. According to their study, used cars in Cleveland, Ohio, cost on average nearly 6 percent less than the national average. Used cars in Akron, Ohio, cost 4 percent less than the national average. Many other Great Lakes Cities, such as Buffalo, NY, Detroit, MI and Toledo, Ohio, also made the list of least expensive cities to buy a new car.

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Ford Announces New Jobs in Cleveland


Ford announced it will create 450 new jobs in Cleveland building the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The engine is already found in the 2013 Ford Escape.

The Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday it is expanding production and adding new jobs to the EcoBoost Engine Production Plant in Cleveland.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, spoke at the Cleveland, Ohio plant Thursday. Ford will invest nearly $200 million and add 450 jobs at the Cleveland Engine Plant. The workers will build the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which is in 95 percent of the Ford lineup.

“This is our One Ford plan at its best – giving customers the power of choice to decide which fuel-efficient engine is best tailored to their needs,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Cleveland Engine Plant was the first to produce EcoBoost engines and will continue to be a cornerstone of Ford’s strategy to deliver affordable fuel economy for millions.”

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Cleveland Auto Show Returns for 2013

Cleveland Auto Show Logo

With more Ride-N-Drives than ever, the Cleveland Auto Show returns on Feb. 23.

The Cleveland Auto Show is returning to the IX Center from Feb. 23 to March 3. While the full schedule is yet to be determined, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association announced last week that there will be more Ride-N-Drives than Ever before.

The Ride-N-Drives are your chance to drive all of your favorite top models with a trained professional. All the top franchises are offering the Ride-N-Drive, including Subaru, Hyundai and Kia.

“There is simply no better way to evaluate a vehicle than to get behind the wheel and take it out on the road,” says Dan Sanders, chairman of the Cleveland Auto Show, in a release. “The Cleveland Auto Show pioneered the Ride-N-Drive concept, which has become one of the most popular facets of the Show.”

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The Cleveland Auto Show is almost here

It’s almost time for the Cleveland Auto Show! This year’s show takes place between Feb. 25 and March 4 at the IX Center, and there are many fun events planned for the show.

Your one-stop place for all latest news is Go there today and get a feel for what to expect from this year’s show.

Your friends from the Waikem Blog will be at the show all-day Friday, Feb. 24, so make sure to follow along all day, and keep the conversation going on Twitter under #ixautoshow, and follow live updates on Facebook. Enjoy the show!

Waikem Auto Family Vlog 2-14-12: Cleveland Auto Show Tickets


We talk about what to expect at the Cleveland Auto Show. Watch to see how you can win tickets.

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The Cleveland Auto Show is a little more than one week away, and there’s only place to find out all the news leading up to the event:

The top manufacturers have tons of special events planned, and don’t forget you can meet your favorite NASCAR drivers and Cleveland Browns athletes at this year’s event.

We will attend this year’s event to latest news straight from the floor, so don’t forget to add to your list of bookmarks.