th that publication with the negativity of the thread there. I know some of them. If Ralph is wrong here, fine if so or if you believe so--but then that incorrect smear of the innocent remains on the Internet for all to see. Expecting folks to read down in a thread to see the correction is much like the old newspaper method of 5 inch headlines on Page 1 and .25 inch retractions buried next to the ads for cat food on page 25. I suggest that the right thing to do is delete and restart the thread there. Thanks. Anyway, to the folks at Digital Dealer, I feel for you!…
embedded in the iOS 6. Capture not only locks up when you go to select which Twitter account to use, but when you restart Capture, it will have selected a Twitter account you did not intend to send your videos to. For example, I have repeatedly selected @RalphPaglia and the Capture App keeps selecting @SEOanimal to send videos to without my approval. In general, I believe if you have one profile in each social media network, Capture will work fine. But, for those of us who are managing multiple social media profiles and account (as Mike Myers pointed out) we will need to proceed with caution. …
back cover off and remove the battery to restart it... That damned hourglass symbol to indicate the processor is working goes round and round for 5 to 10 minutes at a time... The worst part is that if someone tries to call you when the processor is working, the phone call goes to voicemail!!! I have about a dozen other phones and must admit that I am wanting to go back to my Blackberry 8820 which also had the WiFi integaration with LAN, turning it into the equivalent of a land-line when I am at home... Has anybody had any experience with the Blackberry Storm? At least it has a real keyboard... My wife has an iPhone and the Mac Airbook, 30" iMac and all the other Mac fanatic stuff, and I refuse to get swallowed by THAT cult!…
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Send a note to Jim or give him a call to show your appreciation for his "voice" on ADM.
With that said, it is clear that "TrueCar.com" executives want to restart their engagement with car dealers after a number of false steps.
In any organization, leadership is the foundation for long term success.
As I try to understand all the commentary from recent TrueCar.com "hires" and dealers who defend the TrueCar model, I just have to ask if the leadership has changed?
Is the core philosophy that encouraged TrueCar CEO Scott Painter to "bash" car dealers changed? At the end of the day, car dealers WILL embrace any vendors that help them sell more cars and reach their business goals.
Has TrueCar.com done anything to convince car dealers that their model is in their best long term interests?
That, seems to be lost in all the banter...
products that save money longer term, as many drive slower and take other steps to conserve fuel
New 2013 Ford Fusion offers hybrid-based Auto Start-Stop technology that shuts off the engine at stops to reduce fuel consumption in stop-and-go driving conditions
If just 50,000 customers add the $295 Auto Start-Stop Fusion option, it could save more than 14 million pounds of CO2 emissions and nearly 1 million gallons of gasoline annually
New Fusion is the first vehicle ever to offer the power of choice with fuel-efficient EcoBoost®, EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 12, 2012 – Energy-efficient washers and dryers, solar panels, and the fuel-efficient 2013 Ford Fusion look to be hot green products this fall as a majority of Americans say they’re paying more upfront to save money over time.
The all-new Fusion provides the power of choice – an automotive-first lineup of fuel-efficient EcoBoost®, EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop technology, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain offerings.
The Fusion with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is Ford’s first gasoline-powered vehicle in North America to offer the Auto Start-Stop fuel-saving technology – derived directly from advanced Ford hybrids, and a $295 option – with the convenience of a six-speed automatic transmission.
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“As American consumers continue to get greener, Ford is rapidly introducing more fuel-saving technologies to expand the power of choice for leading fuel economy across our lineup,” said Ford group vice president for Global Product Development Raj Nair. “The new Fusion with Auto Start-Stop technology is an affordable way for consumers to enjoy some hybrid benefits including improved urban fuel economy and cleaner air.”
A Ford-commissioned survey by leading market research firm Penn Schoen Berlandalso found many American drivers are slowing down, coasting more to stops, and in some cases even slipstreaming behind larger vehicles to save gasoline.
Based on $1,000 of discretionary income to spend on energy savings, 25 percent of the survey respondents would buy a vehicle with hybrid technology, with almost equal numbers choosing energy-efficient appliances or solar panels.
The study shows the significance of this greener attitude shift, as seven out of 10 drivers have changed their driving habits to become more fuel-efficient.
This recently released research of American driver attitudes indicates the following trends:
Saving money and helping the environment are top drivers of energy-efficient purchases
Almost all respondents agree on the importance of fuel-efficient vehicles (95 percent), followed by energy-efficient appliances (93 percent) and light bulbs (85 percent)
Seven of 10 respondents have changed their driving habits to save fuel
Sixty-four percent drive less frequently, 41 percent have slowed down, and 10 percent say they draft behind larger vehicles to save fuel
Thirty-two percent have done research to find cheaper fuel
Twenty-one percent have purchased a new vehicle with improved fuel economy
How it works
Ford's Fusion represents the first North American non-hybrid Ford application of the Auto Start-Stop feature and the first to combine this technology with a gasoline engine and the convenience of an automatic transmission, making this accessible to the widest possible range of drivers.
Auto Start-Stop switches off the gasoline engine when the vehicle is stopped in congested traffic, at stop signs and traffic signals. Seamlessly restarting when the driver releases the brake pedal, the system helps to save fuel and conserve the environment.
Ford Auto Start-Stop can provide up to a 10 percent improvement in overall fuel efficiency, with a corresponding drop in tailpipe emissions.
“This affordable system can provide real-world benefits such as saving money and helping preserve air quality,” Nair said. “For urban drivers, the more they stop, the more they save.”
Start, stop, repeat, save
Auto Start-Stop saves the fuel typically wasted when a car is standing and running at idle. Savings vary depending on driving patterns, but owners who spend most of the time in urban areas and city traffic will benefit the most – up to 10 percent.
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On average, Auto Start-Stop improves fuel efficiency by about 3.5 percent. If 50,000 Fusions were equipped with Auto Start-Stop, the improved efficiency would reduce annual CO2 emissions by more than 14 million pounds and 1 million gallons of gasoline.
More broadly, a study by the United States Department of the Treasury estimates that congestion consumed an extra 1.9 billion gallons of fuel in 2011, approximately 5 percent of all the gasoline used. Studies show drivers encounter an average of 10 to 15 red lights and stop signs on a typical 20-mile commute, which can add from five to 15 minutes of idle time and wasted fuel.
“We expect the average Fusion driver with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and Auto Start-Stop can recover the $295 cost of this technology through real-world fuel savings in less than 18 months,” said Samantha Hoyt, Fusion Marketing manager. “That’s more cash in their pocket and more time saved with fewer trips to the pump.”
The Auto Start-Stop engineering team has filed more than 25 patent applications for innovations developed in the electronic control strategy to ensure smooth and robust restarts.
The system also monitors climate control settings and cabin temperature and humidity to ensure a comfortable environment for the driver and passengers.
Power of choice
On sale this fall, Fusion offers customers the power of choice with the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment – two EcoBoost-powered gasoline engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Fuel economy includes:
2013 Fusion 1.6-liter EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop: Delivering a projected 37 mpg highway
2013 Fusion Hybrid: Delivering at minimum a projected 47 mpg – 4 mpg better than the Toyota Camry Hybrid
2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Delivering at minimum a projected 100 MPGe-plus rating – making it the world’s most fuel-efficient midsize sedan when it becomes available early in 2013
The story behind the new Fusion
For more on the new Ford Fusion, check out http://FordFusionStory.com, a special mobile site featuring articles, videos and graphics that are easily shareable directly from a smartphone, tablet or computer browser to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and blogs.
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