• Events, New

    Posted on October 28th, 2014

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    Aspirations Into Action

    JOHN BOZZELLA, president and CEO of Global Automakers, briefs the New England Motor Press Association on the status of ZEVs (zero emissions vehicles). By Bill Griffith John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers, drove his own brand new (picked up at dealer’s en route) Acura TSX to Automation Headquarters on Oct. 16 to brief […]

  • Events, New

    Posted on October 2nd, 2014

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    2015 Honda CR-V bows at NEMPA

    2015 Honda CR-V bows at NEMPA

    On September 30, the day before the ambitiously refreshed King of the Compact SUVs hit dealer showrooms, Honda brought a 2015 CR-V to Automotion HQ to introduce it to NEMPA. Neither the weather nor the traffic, both of which had turned nasty on Boston’s ring roads, discouraged members, who came to see the new Honda and also Automotion boss John Lawlor, who now has a leg to stand on, thanks to recent knee replacement.

  • Events, New

    Posted on August 14th, 2014

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    New Renegade to expand market for Jeep

    New Renegade to expand market for Jeep

    By Bill Griffith; photos by Bill Griffith, Kamil Kaluski, Josh Merva, Rich Taber Jeep has been so active with NEMPA this year that Lisa (“Wheels”) Barrow—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ East Coast communications czarina—joked that she might have to find an apartment up here. Maybe it’s paying off. Jeep’s July sales in New England were up 51 […]

  • Events, New, Uncategorized

    Posted on August 12th, 2014

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    Weather clears for 17th Ragtop Ramble

    Weather clears for 17th Ragtop Ramble

    Story & photos by Bill Griffith, NEMPA. December is reserved for Santa Claus at NEMPA’s annual Christmas party, but July is when we and our guests get to enjoy New England’s famous lobster claws. The occasion is always NEMPA’s time-honored summer driving and eating gala known as the Ragtop Ramble & Crustacean Crawl.

  • Events, New

    Posted on June 26th, 2014

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    Ground-breaking Fiesta Three at NEMPA

    Ground-breaking Fiesta Three at NEMPA

    You’d have thought Ford was unveiling an array of Shelby Mustangs, the way NEMPA members converged on the Automotion garage on June 17. Instead, Ford PR rep Vanessa Cook had brought a five-pack of Ford’s new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder Fiestas.

  • Events, New

    Posted on June 17th, 2014

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    Chrysler brings new 200s to NEMPA

    Chrysler brings new 200s to NEMPA

    Brand manager J.T. Delcamp, Kathy Graham of Chrysler communications and East Coast PR manager Lisa Barrow visited the Automotion garage on June 10 with the message that Chrysler is determined to be a serious player in midsize sedans.

  • Awards, New

    Posted on June 12th, 2014

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    Ford 2015 F-150 takes home coveted Yankee Cup

    Ford 2015 F-150 takes home coveted Yankee Cup

    The Yankee Cup, presented each year by NEMPA, with input from MIT’s automotive engineering faculty, to a “feature or system that significantly enhances the motoring experience, whether by making driving safer, more cost-efficient or simply more enjoyable.” For the first time, the Yankee Cup has been awarded to an entire vehicle—and a truck, at that: the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup.

  • Events, New

    Posted on June 10th, 2014

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    Engineering Safer Drivers

    Engineering Safer Drivers

    Distracted driving was on the agenda in the 1940s when Massachusetts state legislators wanted to ban automobile radios because people were singing in their cars. It was a concern in 1959 when Paul Evans’ pop tune reached No. 9 on the Billboard charts. And today distracted driving is becoming a critical issue, thanks to the growing volume of in-car infotainment, available through connected devices, and feedback from new active and passive safety systems.

  • Events, New

    Posted on June 6th, 2014

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    Visiting Manheim New England on sale day

    Visiting Manheim New England on sale day

    Visiting Manheim New England’s auto-auction facility during a sale has the feel of being at the track for a big stakes race.

  • Events, New

    Posted on May 15th, 2014

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    Hyundai introduces gen-two Genesis to NEMPA

    Hyundai introduces gen-two Genesis to NEMPA

    A small fleet of V-6 and V-8 2015 Genesis sedans rolled into the Automotion garage for introduction to NEMPA on May 14. Story & photos by Bill Griffith, NEMPA Hyundai’s Joe Guy Collier brought a mini-fleet of the company’s second-generation 2015 Genesis premium sedans to NEMPA headquarters on May 14. Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai senior group […]

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