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MPG names 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Awards at the L.A. Auto Show

November 19, 2014 — For its 2nd year, MPG hosted the Motoring Invitational Breakfast at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Gourmet food trucks were once again on site serving complimentary breakfasts and some of the most stunning vehicles from influential automotive icons, collectors and celebrities were on view to celebrate Southern California’s coveted car culture. The big news of morning was the announcement of the MPG 2014 Innovation Vehicle (IVY) Awards. The winners were recognized for segment-busting technology, engineering, and other significant factors that move the industry in a notable direction. This year, the Ford F-150 took the honor in the Under $30,000 category and the BMW i8 won for the $30,000 and over category.

When nominated, each manufacturer provides MPG with a statement on why their respective cars deserved to win the award.

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Photo by Myles Regan, Regan Digital Images

Ford F-150 Manufacturer’s statement: The 2015 F-150 delivers an impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency – from advanced materials that improve durability and inhibit corrosion, to faster processors that enhance driving performance, to breakthrough cargo management and towing solutions. High-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys – already used in aerospace – are used throughout the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance and saving weight. Overall, up to 700 pounds of weight have been saved, helping F-150 tow more, haul more, accelerate quicker and stop shorter, and contributing to efficiency. Features includes a 360-degree camera to help the driver park, maneuver in tight spots and navigate down narrow trails; a new 8-inch LCD productivity screen; and available second-row inflatable safety belts.  A range of four engines provides power to meet almost any customer need including the 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop, a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine.

Motor Press Guild 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Award

Joni Gray presents Chantel Lenard, Lead Marketing executive for Ford Trucks, with the 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Award in the Under $30,000 category. — Photo by Myles Regan, Regan Digital Images

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Photo by Myles Regan, Regan Digital Images

BMW i8 Manufacturer’s statement: BMW i8 – SPORTS CAR OF THE FUTURE.
Introducing a new era of sustainable performance with its futuristic design and groundbreaking technology, the i8 is the world’s most forward looking sports car made out of carbon fiber.

Purpose-built.
The BMW i8 was purpose-designed as BMW’s first plug-in hybrid sports car with agile performance attributes and exceptional efficiency, and features a bespoke version of the LifeDrive architecture developed for BMW i cars. The combustion engine and electric motor, battery pack, power electronics, chassis components and structural and crash functions are arranged together in the aluminum Drive module, while the central element of the Life module is the CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) passenger cell.

Sustainable from the ground up.
An all-embracing sustainability concept is running like a thread through the value chain. The carbon fiber production and vehicle assembly is using 100-per cent renewable electricity. The all-encompassing approach of the BMW i brand also includes the extensive use of recycled, renewable raw and naturally treated materials.

The accent strips on the seats, the door trim, roof liner, floor mats, body pillar trim and floor covering use materials from an innovative recycling process including recyclable PET combined with 40 percent virgin wool to create a high-grade cover fabric.

Motor Press Guild 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Award

Joni Gray presents Jacob Harb, Head of BMW i8 for BMW of North America,with the 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Award in the $30,000+ category. — Photo by Myles Regan, Regan Digital Images

MPG thanks YOU —  our members — for helping to select the 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Award winners as well as the 2014 Nominations Jury: John Dinkel – Chairman, Patrick Hong, BJ Killeen, Mary Lowry, Steve Mazor, Rex Parker, Nate Schroeder and Greg Whale.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

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  • MPG Membership Renewals
    It’s that time of year again to renew your membership for 2015. MPG memberships run the course of the calendar year, January 1- December 31. Please be sure to renew by the December 31st deadline to prevent a lapse in MPG communications. To be listed in the yearly Membership & Media Guide, you must renew by March 31, 2015.
    Thank you for your support and we look forward to another great year in 2015!
  • 2015 Board of Directors Election
    The nominees are in and a ballot will be distributed soon to vote for our new 2015 Board of Directors members. Keep an eye on your inbox — voting will open shortly and end by Friday, December 26th.

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Remembering Steve Parker

132141_1714257306627_6104796_oSteve Parker, automotive journalist, radio/TV personality has passed away at fifty-nine due to complications from crohn’s disease. He is survived by a brother, John, and a sister, Roberta Saffran.
Steven Samuel Parker was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Rockville Centre, NY. He spent his teenage and adult years in Southern California. As a passionate youth he worked for some storied local and national political campaigns. He went on to have a successful, thirty-year career as an automotive journalist. If you’ve ever read a car, truck or motorcycle magazine or website, including those ranging from Motor Trend to Cycle World to The Huffington Post, you’ve probably read his work or seen his photos. Steve was honored with two Los Angeles-area Emmy Awards for his work as a television reporter at KTLA/TV5 and KCBS/TV2 in Los Angeles, created, produced and hosted, with Mike Anson,  the first automotive radio show on a national commercial network, America On The Road, wrote a weekly car column for the national Times-Mirror Syndicate, and worked on the staffs of Automotive Fleet as well as Popular Mechanics, Petersen’s Four Wheel Off-Road and Race Boat and Industry News. He also hosted and produced a weekly automotive TV show for Time-Warner in Palm Springs, CA. Other high points of his career include doing PR for Mickey Thompson, interviewing Jackie Stewart, doing PR and marketing for Gale Banks and Jim Wangers (marketer of the original Pontiac GTO), as well as ghost-writing Wangers book, Glory Days. Steve was also a successful freelance general interest writer, contributing to most of the airline in-flight magazines, collectible publications and health and fitness monthlies.
Services were private.
Editors note: This was originally submitted for the November 2014 issue of MilePost by Steve’s brother, John Parker. Apologies for the oversight and sincere condolences.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear MPG Members:

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to each of you for believing in and supporting this organization in 2014. My biggest fear associated with taking on the Presidency was that I would have to deal with many complaints and demands from members, but what I actually experienced was overwhelming positive encouragement and kind words from so many of you — thank you.

Your shared affection for MPG has inspired me to accept a nomination for the MPG Board of Directors again this year and, if voted in, I hope to do more service in future years and continue the momentum we’ve begun as a board on your behalf. I think you will be pleased with what we have in the pipeline and we truly believe things can only get better.

As a final thought for the year, I just want to thank each person on the board and the extended volunteers and staffers for their hard work and determination. They put their time, talent and energy into making the Motor Press Guild a better, stronger and more relevant professional organization. We have so much to be proud of and so much improvement to make that the potential for positive change is downright motivating!

Thanks again and please have a wonderful Holiday Season. I wish you a prosperous and fulfilling New Year in 2015 too.

See you next year!

All the Best,

— Joni Gray
President, Motor Press Guild

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NEW MEMBERS

Journalist

  • Christopher Alan, Electric Car Insider
  • Rick Debruhl, ESPN
  • Benjamin Hunting, Autobytel
  • Tom Loeser
  • Michael Alan Ross
  • Steve Sturgess, Sturgess Associates
  • Jeff Zurschmeide, Falstaff Publications

 

ALL MEMBERS: Note that you alone are responsible for managing your profile and contact info in MPG’s database. Log-in to your account at www.motorpressguild.org: Find the “Profile” tab and then click on “Edit.” Make sure to click the “Save” button (bottom left) when you’re done. This is the data published in MPG’s annual Media Guide/Membership Roster and you are the only one that checks its accuracy.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR MilePost

Any member is welcome to submit items to this monthly newsletter that are of specific interest to fellow members:

  • Member Chronicle stories
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Job Openings

Acceptance and revision are at the discretion of the Editor. MilePost does not publish general industry PR or paid ads. Member Chronicle stories can be adventures you’ve had, special talents you possess, what you drive, your first car, a car you crashed, one you lived in, epic (or not so epic) drives, etc. In other words, think freely and keep things in good taste. Shoot for 400-800 words and include some images if you have them.

Deadline is seven days before the end of the month. Send both words and pictures (small JPEGs, please) to: milepost@motorpressguild.org

NOTE: Members who wish to publicize non-MPG events or announcements may do so themselves on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/motorpressguild. And be sure to “like” our page while you’re there.

Motor Press Guild, P.O. Box 4215, Redondo Beach CA 90277 • 323-374-3674[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1431038828070{padding-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”milepost-sidebar” css=”.vc_custom_1437764490459{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”]MilePost is the monthly online newsletter of the Motor Press Guild

CONTENTS

MPG 2014 IVY Award Winners
Important MPG Announcements
Job Opportunities
Remembering Steve Parker
President’s Message
New Members
Contribute to MilePost

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joni Gray, President
Jason Fogelson, Vice President
Darryll Harrison, Treasurer
Jeff Glucker, Secretary
Mike Antich
Shad Balch
Brendan Flynn
Michael Harley
Deb Pollack
Doug Stokes
Chris Woodyard

MPG STAFF

MPG Web/Communications Manager
Carrie Kim

Media Guide Manager
Pete Evanow

ABOUT MPG

The Motor Press Guild is the largest automotive media association in North America. This exclusive, non-profit organization is dedicated to upholding the highest ideals in automotive journalism and promoting education and information exchange within the motoring press. Members include print journalists, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals, as well as public-relations representatives, consumer groups, and governmental bodies tied to the automotive industry. Student memberships are available as well.For more information, please visit www.motorpressguild.org.

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