A new scholarship fund was recently announced for automotive design students.
William Clay Ford, Sr. passed away earlier this month, now Ford has announced that the name and design legacy of Henry Ford’s grandson will live on in the form of scholarships for the next generation of minds conceiving the future of transport. For the next 20 years, the $1 Million William Clay Ford Automotive Design Scholarship will award $10,000 each year to five college sophomores and juniors working toward degrees in automotive design.
During Ford’s 57 years with the company, he oversaw the design of the Lincoln Continental Mark II and was the first chairman of the company’s design committee, a position he held for 32 years until his retirement.
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When it comes to detecting objects, rearview cameras outperform parking sensors.
In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, which, among other things, required that all new cars sold in the U.S. come equipped with devices to enhance rear visibility. According to the terms of the bill, the Department of Transportation had until 2011 to set standards for those devices and establish an implementation policy.
Mandating the devices was a noble act, designed to prevent hundreds of accidental deaths and injuries — often those of children too small to be seen by drivers in large vehicles like SUVs. Unfortunately, despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s repeated insistence that rearview cameras are coming, the rollout keeps being delayed. Last fall, in the wake of reports that the DOT wouldn’t issue a ruling on the matter until 2015, safety advocates sued the agency for dragging its feet.
Part of the DOT’s reluctance to address the issue may be lingering concerns about the effectiveness of rearview cameras versus other technological solutions to backover injuries and deaths. If so, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety should put those concerns to rest.
While luxury cars get the most attention, the vehicles below are equally disserving. Check out these great cars at great prices.
There are plenty of great cars available on luxury dealers’ lots. Harder to find are really great, fun cars at prices starting below $25,000. The car critics at Kelley Blue Book chose these as their 10 favorite cars at below-average prices.
The Scion FR-S, a bare-bones rear-wheel-drive sports car designed and engineered by Toyota and Subaru, takes the top spot in this list for the second year in a row. It’s far from the fastest or most powerful car in the world, but that’s not the point.
“The FR-S is a perfect example of how finesse can be more fun than brute force,” KBB says.
All prices in this gallery are Kelley Blue Book’s “Fair Purchase Price” for a base model without options. This price, which is calculated based on what buyers actually pay, is usually lower than the sticker price.
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If you own a Volkswagen Passat, please read the information below.
Vehicles Affected: About 150,201 model-year 2012-2013 Volkswagen Passat sedans.
The Problem: When the hood is closed roughly, or dropped from a certain height, the resulting vibration or impact could cause a low-beam headlight bulb to lose electrical contact; failing illumination of the low-beam bulb may lead to reduced visibility. In its voluntary-recall announcement, Volkswagen noted that if the low beam loses electrical contact, a warning in the instrument cluster will immediately alert the driver. No crashes or injuries related to the problem have been reported, according to the automaker.
The Fix: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an improved bulb fitting, and inspect and adjust the hood bumpers if necessary to prevent the hood from contacting the headlight assembly when dropped during closing; dealers will do the work for free. The automaker did not specify a timeline for notification.