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  • Auto News In 2 Minutes: Ford Concept Cars, AAA's Your Driving Costs in 2023

    Auto News In 2 Minutes: Ford Concept Cars, AAA's Your Driving Costs in 2023

    Each week, our veteran radio news journalist, Laura Reynolds, brings interviews with top auto industry execs to CarPro. You can hear her latest Auto News shorts right here. In a hurry? Then you'll love these 1-2 minute interview segments.

    Segment Transcript


    Ford Heritage Vault Adds Concept Cars

    Laura Reynolds: "Wanna see Ford’s concept cars from way back when? Ford’s Ted Ryan says they just keeps adding more and more images and brochures to the Ford Heritage Vault and there’s no signs that they’ll be stopping anytime soon."

    Ted Ryan: "We've uploaded high resolution images and high resolution brochures so that the file sizes are great. The photography is beautiful. I think we're gonna blow the traffic out of the water like you said, again. Last month we added our location photography so you can get pictures of the Rouge and Highland Park and we did that to celebrate Ford 120th.  And now we've added the concepts and there'll be another, our next big batch of stuff will be in November, which I can't talk about yet. But you'll, you'll, you'll begin to get that in November. But these concept vehicles we get countless requests for them, and so I'm excited to be able to make them available to the public for the first time."

    Laura Reynolds: "A cool fact about Ford’s concept cars, Ryan says about 50% of the tech in concept cars makes it out onto the streets in real cars."

    AAA's Your Driving Cost Study

    Laura Reynolds: "The price of owning a new car has gone up…a lot. AAA's Your Driving Costs calculator helps you determine how much it’ll cost for you to own and operate a new vehicle. The average cost of owning a new car has risen to $12,182 a year and that’s almost $1,500 bucks more than a year ago.When I told AAA's Greg Brannon that Hertz wants 25% of its rental fleet to be electric, he told me Hertz is a great way to find out if you want an EV parked in your driveway." 

    Greg Brannon: "That's a great way for someone that's interested in an electric vehicle to get some experience with it and not that just that test drive or you're all enamored with the whiz bang technology and they take you on a three mile loop and you know you spend $70,000 afterwards. But rent one for a couple of days or a week or a couple of weeks. And you know, spend some time with it and see how it fits in your life. Try charging it at home, try charging it in public. Try driving it to work, see what your range is. You know, there's a lot of things to consider both the heat and the cold all have impacts on it and there's, there's a lot of things to consider. And that's a, it's an excellent way for people to get either comfortable or decide that an EV 'snot for them. So it's, I'm happy Hertz is going down that path. "

    Laura: "With today’s Auto News, I’m Laura Reynolds." Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and get the latest car-buying news. Subscribe here!

    Photo:  Although it was probably never seriously considered for production as a Mustang, this hard-top variation of the Mustang 1 concept from 1962 did provide some inspiration for the GT40 MK I that would race at Le Mans and elsewhere beginning in 1964. Credit: Ford.