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Bleeding Edge TV 514: 2015 Ford Edge revealed

We were on-hand in Detroit where Ford revealed the 2015 Ford Edge to the world during its 2014 Trends Conference. Check out this video and watch the intro video, followed by the unveiling of the rebuilt SUV. As you can see and hear, the 2015 Ford Edge has been rebuilt from wheel to roof--all new design, and a ton of new technology features.

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Bleeding Edge TV 383: How Ford SYNC Emergency Assistance will use GPS to break language barriers

In this episode we give you a look at the upcoming Ford SYNC Emergency Assistance feature, that is able to assist you even in areas where the native language is different than your own. It works by using GPS and cell tower locations to determine where you are in the event of an emergency. If SYNC knows you speak English, but you happen to need help in an area that speaks French, you will be contacted in English on your end, and SYNC will communicate to the responder in French, so that you can get the help you need.

Check out a video for a demo from #ForwardWithFord, which took place in Detroit, MI.

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U.S. Government Orders Hybrid Vehicles

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Transportation

Saturn AuraThe government will be spending about $285 million by June 1 in Detroit by trading in their older gas guzzlers to purchase about 17,600 new vehicles from GM, Ford and Chrysler. Part of the stimulus bill, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the beleaguered industry. About 2,500 hybrid sedans like the Chevy Malibu, Saturn Aura and Ford Hybrid Fusion have been ordered. Now if we could just get our local governments to follow suit.

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Internet Beats Newspapers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech

PEW ChartA report from PEW says that the Internet is second in use as a source for news. About 40% reported that they get their news there. That’s up from 24% in September 2007. The survey also stated that 70% still get their news from TV while only 35% read newspapers. (Yes, we know that is more than 100%, but some had multiple responses.) This diagram certainly reflects a change in those 18 to 29. We expect that the figure will keep going up. A couple of weeks ago both the Detroit Free Press and News were the first to end daily home delivery.

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Asimo is Coming to Town!

ASIMO

One of our fave robotic buds, Honda’s ASIMO, will be coming to Detroit May 13 to conduct the city’s Symphony Orchestra as part of a performance with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He will be performing to “Impossible Dream” to draw attention to the DSO’s music education program for younger listeners. He will also be on display to music students May 14, who get to learn what he can do as well as get a lesson from the Master of Strings. We will try to get a peek at the bot when he arrives, so if you plan on going, save us a seat.

 

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NAIAS 2008: More Images

Alfa Romeo

Okay, so we didn’t get all the facts and figures and stats of the major three players in the NAIAS, although they did get a major portion of the showroom floor. What we did get was a peek at some of the cars we could only covet, including this Alfa Romeo, the most expensive vehicle at the show at a cool million. After the jump, a few of the other sights we appreciated.

 

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Buick Riviera Concept

Buick Riviera

We didn’t really see anything to write home about with this Buick Riviera Concept, although it is obvious that they believe big grills will make a comeback. But when we looked around the back, we noticed some Chinese lettering. We were told that the car was made in China for the company and that the words translate into “Buick Future.” Be that as it may, we suspect that if American Car Companies spend more on concepts than on keeping their workers from losing their jobs, there won’t be much of a future left. More images after the jump.

 

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NAIAS 2008: Lincoln Goes Mainstream

Lincoln MKT

We were fortunate enough to chat with Steve, who told us all about the newest concept car from Lincoln. The 2010 MKT is destined to reach showroom floors in the fall of 2009 and will be made in Chicago. While we mistakenly assumed that concept cars were supposed to be something unique, Steve’s spiel was full of these comments:

  • It has same frame as the new Taurus X
  • It has a platform similar to the new Ford Flex.
  • There is a commonality here, “exactly like Toyota does.”
  • We are expanding our portfolio to include a crossover utility vehicle.

Ho-hum. Whatever happened to ingenuity? More shots after the jump.

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NAIAS 2008: Volkswagen Tiguan Printer

Tiguan Printer

There weren’t as many clever toys at the NAIAS this year. Almost everything was interactive touchscreen technology, cutting down on the paperwork and the need for real humans to talk to us. We did find a machine tucked away in the Volkswagen area that would print pictures and specs on demand of their new Tiguan.  You specify the options you desire, push print, and voila! We suspect that by next year, there will be no need for humans at all.

By the way, we did check out the newest Beetle, which an associate told us featured a built-in flower bud vase on the console last year. This year it is simply a roomy, clean-looking sedan at a MSRP of about $24,000. A couple of shots after the jump.

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NAIAS 2008: Honda S2000CR

Honda S2000CR

We were fairly impressed by Honda’s bright blue S2000CR (Club Racer,) which we were told has this title, “The S2000 CR is the closest thing you can get to a Honda-built racecar with license plate holders and a horn.” 

While this may not be the least expensive sportster on the block (about $37,000,) it did stand out as one of the brightest stars on the showroom floor and undoubtedly a speed trap of the future. Check out a couple more shots of the hot car after the jump.

 

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