Archives for the Category: Charity News

The Process Of Creating A Car Before You Drive It Off The Lot

Posted by jg on December 2nd, 2015 in Category Car News, Charity News, News from Canada, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized (no responses)

When you go to purchase a car off the lot have you ever thought of what it takes for each car to get there? You may not be surprised to hear that cars do not spring all shiny and dew-studded from beneath lily pads, ready to hit the road. In fact, the car-creation odyssey makes NASA’s Journey to Mars program seem like a Caribbean luxury cruise. While we frequently address elements of the design and development process on this page, this is the first time we’ve presented the entire start-to-finish plan; this year’s 10 Best celebration seemed like the perfect time and place to do so. One domestic and one import manufacturer—both requesting anonymity for competitive reasons—helped compile this guide to how cars are made.

We gathered related tasks under five headings.

The time required is the most interesting and secretive part of a car’s gestation; a crash program to replace a dead-on-its-wheels product may take only half the time invested in a normal, full-redesign effort.

In our illustrations, the clock begins when the generals gather to spur their troops to action. The end is when the new model reaches showrooms. On average, the entire process takes 72 months. There’s overlap to save time, as revealed by the start and finish months listed in each of the five category headings. After-sale activities—including service issues, continuous improvement, and midlife face lifts—are not included in this account. That’s for another 10Best.

  1. INVENTION

MONTHS 0–72

Research market, including in-house and field investigations, to identify the role of this product and its components in the global portfolio; define separation from similar models sold by sister brands

Identify special features, advantages, and potential world, U.S., or segment firsts

Define competitive set, target customers; set curb-weight, fuel-economy, and performance goals

Competitive assessment

Powertrain selection

Budget, funding, pricing, investment considerations

Computer-aided-engineering (CAE) analysis

Customer, press, analyst clinics

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Starting Off The Fall Season With Big Discounts At Car Dealerships

Posted by jg on September 2nd, 2015 in Category Car News, Charity News, Donations, Go Green, News from Canada, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized (no responses)

With school starting, now is not a generally busy car-buying month for most people. However, car dealerships have been trying to rectify that, their silence seems to hint that big deals are on the horizon.

This makes for a buying opportunity.

Take Kia. The 2015 Soul qualifies for an extra $1,000 in bonus cash as part of Kia’s end of summer “Best-in-Class” 12-day sale. That brings the combined factory and dealer discounts to about $3,000 on a $22,195 wagon-like runabout.

Ford, of course, will wind down summer with its annual Employee Pricing extravaganza. The $2,551 discount on the Fusion sedan can be combined with 1.49 per cent financing for up to 60 months. Insiders suggest the savvy shopper will be able to squeeze out even more in hard negotiations.

Also consider models like the Hyundai Elantra, which is coming to the end of its current body style (Hyundai has released teaser illustrations of the next-generation Elantra). To keep interest healthy, Hyundai has slapped a $4,000 spiff on a $25,549 Elantra. And you should get at least another $1,000 in a negotiated dealer discount. That comes to at least a 20 per cent total discount on this Elantra.

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Ford Cools Down The Temperature To Test Winter Driving

Posted by jg on August 23rd, 2015 in Category Car Humor, Car News, Charity News, Go Green, News from Canada, News from the USA, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized (no responses)

Fall is just around the corner and winter testing for cars is already here.

It’s a steamy 35 C in this small city on the Florida panhandle. Meanwhile, I am inside a giant chamber, suited up in full winter gear and watching snowflakes fall from the ceiling onto a line of vehicles below.

It’s -28 C inside the McKinley Climatic Laboratory on the Eglin Air Force Base, and Ford is showing me how it tests its cars and trucks for winter compatibility.

“One of the things we’re looking at is cold starts,” says Rich Shimon, technical expert on gasoline powertrain calibration for Ford. “When drivers get into the vehicle, they expect it to start right away and have a comfortable idle speed. Our job is to make sure our vehicles do that under any conceivable condition and with any conceivable fuel, and now we’re doing the extreme cold-weather testing.”

Accurate testing depends on stable conditions, which is why McKinley was constructed in the first place. Many fighter planes wouldn’t start in the cold during the Second World War, and since it couldn’t count on consistent weather outside, the U.S. government commissioned the facility for testing during equipment development. It was finished in 1947, and following a major renovation that wrapped up in 1997, it was then opened up to outside companies. It runs 24 hours a day and is fully booked for the next three years.

Its five chambers can reproduce any type of weather, except tornadoes and lightning strikes. It’s the largest in the world at 5,110 square metres, can go from a high of 48 C to a low of -65 C overnight, and can replicate hurricanes, fog, freezing rain and sandstorms.

Depending on the chamber used and the type of weather requested, rental costs range from $8,000 to $30,000 (U.S.) per day.

Ford uses the big chamber for three weeks each year, primarily because of its capacity. “We’re able to get 72 vehicles and 54 engineers into the chamber,” Shimon says. Back in Michigan, his team has to share Ford’s four smaller test chambers with other departments, and it would take months to do what he can achieve in Florida in three weeks.

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Car Sales New Technique Is To Focus On Tech

Posted by jg on July 30th, 2015 in Category Car Humor, Car News, Charity News, Donations, Go Green, News from Canada, News from the USA, Odd News, Site News, Uncategorized (no responses)

The new generations of car buyers love their social media, smart phone and tablets and having a car with compatible technologies is right up their ally.

Targeting techies is an important marketing strategy for automakers, according to a study released today by J.D. Power.

The company’s 2015 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report — Summer edition found that 30 percent of new-vehicle drivers cited their vehicle’s latest technology as a reason for purchasing.

 

J.D. Power has released the report twice a year since 1987, but this is the first time respondents were asked about technology features as a reason for purchase.

 

Among luxury-brand new-vehicle drivers, 43 percent said cutting-edge technology features influenced their purchase. Lincoln, Infiniti, Cadillac and Audi drivers had the highest proportions of respondents who cited technology features as a reason for purchasing.

 

Among non luxury-brand new-vehicle drivers, 28 percent were looking for the latest technology. Mazda, Buick and Chrysler drivers were the most interested in technology when deciding on a vehicle.

 

“Targeting these technology seekers with the right messaging is critical to using marketing dollars effectively to reach consumers who will actually buy new vehicles because of technology,” Arianne Walker, J.D. Power’s senior director of automotive media and marketing, said in a statement today.

 

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Canadian Auto Makers Show Support for Movember

Posted by jg on November 10th, 2014 in Category Charity News, News from Canada (no responses)

Movember madness is in full effect and Canadian car makers are facing off to fight prostate cancer.

Inside the Chrysler assembly plant, a wall is lined with 134 plaques bearing the name of an employee who passed away before retirement.

“We also have a wall for our retirees,” said Wayne North, union lead at the plant, “but not everybody makes that wall.”

The issue of men’s health hits home for North in a number of ways. Aside from the “scares” his brother-in-law has had with prostate cancer, North spends his days working in a factory of 3,000 people, average age 47. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, one in 38 men are diagnosed with the disease between the ages of 40 and 59 , and North says it’s not uncommon to encounter co-workers going through scares of their own.

North himself was “stubborn” about getting tested before he got involved with the Movember campaign five years ago. Now he spends the month encouraging his co-workers to get a checkup as part of captaining the Chrysler Brampton Assembly Plant’s Movember team. As with many men around the world, he’ll be growing a mustache in November as part of the campaign to promote men’s health issues.

Last year, he and his co-workers raised $7,500, finishing third in the Great Canadian Auto Challenge, a network of 2,292 participants spanning every brand, dealership, manufacturing plant and service centre in Canada’s automotive industry.

Canada has been a major contributor to the international Movember fundraising campaign since its launch here in 2007, finishing top among all countries the past three years (excluding funds matched by other governments). Movember Canada raised a combined total of $33.9-million in the 2013 campaign..

“The Great Canadian Auto Challenge officially started last year, and it was a result of seeing so many companies reaching out to us, so much enthusiasm within that industry, and a few leaders … wanting to showcase the greater industry’s effort through a challenge,” said Jeff Lohnes, business engagement manager of Movember Canada.

In its first year competing, the auto sector finished third behind the oil and gas industry and the financial services community by raising $401,022.

“It’s just a hyper-competitive environment, and I think Movember likes to see the hyper-competitiveness put toward a good cause such as prostate cancer awareness,” said Steve Kisic, an after-sales operations co-ordinator for Mercedes Benz Canada, and captain of the “Mo’cedes Benz Canada” team. Kisic led his dealership to victory last year by raising $15,000, which was matched by Mercedes Benz Canada. Honda workers at dealerships and plants raised close to $14,000.

“Movember made a trophy for the automotive competition, which we have right now in our trophy case, and we really want to keep it this year,” Kisic said. “There are a few members of our team who have been affected one way or another – maybe their father or brother or husband – and they really spearheaded the competition.”

The Brampton Assembly Plant has set an optimistic goal of $10,000 this year.

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Charity Bike Ride Halted by Theft

Posted by jg on August 1st, 2013 in Category Charity News, News from Canada (no responses)

News like this is really sad and frustrating! A man riding his bicycle across Canada for a charity has received a surly welcome in Winnipeg. His bicycle was stolen on Wednesday night in the 800 block of Leila Avenue.

Winnipeg police said the bike is a dark blue touring bike with silver accents and the word ‘Napoli’ written on the frame. There were two black/grey saddle bags on the rear of the bike and one on the front.

Bike owner Anas Cheema was travelling through Winnipeg on his fundraising ride for SOS Children’s Villages charity, an international charity helping orphaned and abandoned children. Cheema said he has served as a volunteer with the organization in Pakistan. His trip started in Victoria, B.C., on June 14 and was expected to conclude in St. John’s, Nfld.

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Band Focuses on Charity and Music

Posted by jg on July 11th, 2013 in Category Charity News (no responses)

We love seeing local bands support charity and this is the perfect mix. The band Rhino Halo has organized a diabetes fund raiser to support two of its members who are affected by diabetes. The evening will include a series of musical sets, a bit of comedy between each one, and a silent auction — all to support the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Local NHL Stars Supporting Charity

Posted by jg on June 17th, 2013 in Category Charity News (no responses)

Hockey fans who just can’t get enough hockey in June might want to make the trip to the CIH (Canadian International Hockey) Arena in Rockland Sunday afternoon to see, and mingle with, many of the top area pros in the second annual Kevin Lalande Foundation Hockey Classic.

Lalande, the former Belleville Bulls netminder and Calgary Flames draft (fifth round, 2005), has played the last three seasons in the KHL in Russia, the last two with Minsk Dynamo.

Fundraising Directory School Coming Up in May

Posted by jg on May 9th, 2013 in Category Charity News, Donations (no responses)

Many people know that I try to help fund-raising peers who are skilled and passionate, get ahead in career and life.

But there comes a point, where you hit a wall. Because you can’t learn more, or don’t know what you need to learn. Or no one will let you be more where you are. AFP Fundraising Day in Toronto is coming up. Many people will get a chance to reconnect with mentors at this important event, maybe you’ll meet a new mentor there….

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Winnipeg Jets Plates Raise $800k for Charity

Posted by jg on April 4th, 2013 in Category Charity News, News from Canada (no responses)

The sale of special Winnipeg Jets license plates has raised more than $800,000 so far for children’s charities.

Premier Greg Selinger said on Friday that 27,000 of the specialty plates have been sold in the last year by more than 300 Autopac agents. The plates cost $70 and $30 of that goes to the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.

That money is then passed on to programs that provide opportunities for disadvantaged kids.

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