Motor1: Ford Ends Print, Digital New Vehicle Brochures Starting July 1

Motor1: Ford Ends Print, Digital New Vehicle Brochures Starting July 1. “New vehicle brochures have been a staple in the auto industry for decades, but that long tradition could be coming to an end at Ford starting July 1. The automaker is reportedly ending the creation of brochures in both print and digital format, leaving Ford’s official website as the only source for current vehicle information.”

The Drive: Waste the Workday Looking Through Ford’s New Online Heritage Vault

The Drive: Waste the Workday Looking Through Ford’s New Online Heritage Vault. “The collection features various articles from Ford’s past, officially stated as spanning from 1903 to 2003. However, there’s plenty of more recent material available too. It includes model brochures, information sheets, and various other documents from Ford’s archives. The historical assets are being made available to the public as free downloads for personal use.”

Renovated Mazda Museum Grand Reopening in May: New virtual museum opening today (Mazda)

Mazda Newsroom: Renovated Mazda Museum Grand Reopening in May: New virtual museum opening today. “Due to open to the public on May 23 this year, the museum’s spatial design and displays have seen a complete makeover with the aim to provide customers and people in the community with a space in which they can grow closer to Mazda, as well as to strengthen the Museum’s role as a base for communication of the Mazda brand. Additionally, an online Mazda Museum was launched today on our official website to allow many more visitors to browse through the museum’s displays.”

Motor Authority: Sit back and tour the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Museum from home

Motor Authority: Sit back and tour the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Museum from home. “If you’re a fan of Toyota’s iconic off-roader, the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a must-see. With the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, that may not be possible for many people, but the museum now has an online virtual tour that lets you check things out from the comfort of your home.”

Daily Record: Haynes offers new AutoFix digital help for motorists

Daily Record: Haynes offers new AutoFix digital help for motorists. “AutoFix has been designed to ensure that people new to motoring DIY can build skills over time as they get to grips with maintaining and repairing a car. So it covers simple but essential maintenance tasks such as identifying what warning lights mean, learning how to replace bulbs, guidance around monitoring tyre pressures and advice on fluid checks and top-ups.”

Daily Mail: Autocar turns 125! World’s oldest car magazine’s archive goes online

I mentioned this in March as being in-progress but it looks like it’s about ready to go. Daily Mail: Autocar turns 125! World’s oldest car magazine’s archive goes online. “Over the past six months, more than a million pages spanning 125 years of automotive history have been ‘digitised’ for posterity…. The Autocar motor archive… goes live next month with podcasts narrating the first 52 pioneering editions in their entirety and the most visually attractive front covers available as prints and posters.”

Marketing Dive: Volkswagen targets Pinterest auto shoppers with virtual test drive

Marketing Dive: Volkswagen targets Pinterest auto shoppers with virtual test drive. “Pinterest’s digital offerings also allow Volkswagen to create a completely virtual shopping experience, another move that could help widen the brand’s reach. Instead of catering to only the consumers who can and are willing to physically visit a dealership and take the ID.4 on a test drive, Volkswagen is allowing people everywhere to operate the vehicle through a virtual simulation, and with 360-degree viewing capabilities that aim to lend further realism to the experience.”

Autocar: Work begins to digitise 126 years of Autocar magazine

Autocar: Work begins to digitise 126 years of Autocar magazine. “It’s believed that the only interruptions were during the General Strike in 1926, the Fuel Crisis in 1973 and print-related issues in 1975. That means around 6500 issues and 700,000 pages will be digitised as part of the project – enough paper to cover the 130 miles from Autocar’s London offices to Archive Digital’s Coventry facility.”

Vintage Motorsport: The Henry Ford Achieves Digitized Artifacts Milestone

Vintage Motorsport: The Henry Ford Achieves Digitized Artifacts Milestone. “For nearly a decade, The Henry Ford has worked to digitize its unparalleled collection of artifacts that tell the story of America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation in order to make them more accessible, to educate and inspire those around the world. The organization has now digitized its 100,000th artifact – fittingly, a photograph of the 100,000th Fordson Tractor.”

TechCrunch: Track autonomous vehicle testing in your state with this new tool from the US government

TechCrunch: Track autonomous vehicle testing in your state with this new tool from the US government . “The official name of the online tool — Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative tracking tool — is a jargony mess of a word salad. Fortunately, its mechanics are straightforward. The online tool gives users the ability to find information about on-road testing of automated vehicles in 17 cities throughout the United States. The public can find out information about a company’s on-road testing and safety performance, the number of vehicles in its fleet as well as AV-related legislation or policy in specific states.”

Roadshow: America, your cars are old and COVID-19 will likely accelerate their age

Roadshow: America, your cars are old and COVID-19 will likely accelerate their age. “Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the research already concluded that Americans are holding onto their cars for a longer period of time: nearly 12 years, the highest figure in almost 20 years. IHS Markit released its latest study analyzing the age of vehicles on US roads on Tuesday, and while you may think it has everything to do with boosting new car sales, an old vehicle fleet on the road also does no good for emissions regulations. Newer cars are (generally) far more fuel efficient than older vehicles.”

Central Maine: Transportation museum launches web series ‘Shifting History’ June 30

Central Maine: Transportation museum launches web series ‘Shifting History’ June 30. “After a year-long production effort, the Owls Head Transportation Museum has announced the release of its first-ever web series, ‘Shifting History,’ set to premiere on Tuesday, June 30, according to a news release from Sophie Gabrion, communications manager for the museum. Written and directed by Assistant Curator Thomas Goodwin, this nine-episode mockumentary follows one millennial’s quest to care about America’s most influential car — the Model T.”