Inside the Industry

Chrysler's decision leaves Nissan with no Titan pickup replacement

(August 27, 2009) Chrysler's decision announced on Wednesday to terminate plans to share vehicles with Nissan Motor Co. leaves Nissan with no replacement for its aging Titan full-sized pickup.

Volkswagen recalling 16,000 Volkswagen, Audi vehicles

(August 28, 2009) Volkswagen is recalling 16,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles manufactured between September 2008 and August 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects the 2009-10 Audi A3, 2009 Audi TT, 2009 Audi TT roadster, 2009 Volkswagen Eos, 2009-10 Volkswagen GTI, 2009-10 Volkswagen Jetta and 2009-10 Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen.

Volkswagen initiates service program to address Direct Shift Gearbox issues

(August 29, 2009) HERNDON, Va .— Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. announced it would initiate a new customer service program to address concerns raised by its customers with certain Direct Shift Gearboxes (DSG) in Volkswagen and Audi models, and to affirm its confidence in the sophisticated technology represented by those components.

New Saab 9-5 to be built on General Motor's Epsilon 2 platform

(August 27, 2009) Saab has released details of its new 9-5 flagship, a car crucial to the brand's success as an independent automaker under new ownership, AutoWeek reported on Thursday.

Earlier this month, General Motors Co. reached a deal to sell Saab to Koenigsegg Group AB, a consortium of private investors that includes Koenigsegg Automotive AB, a tiny Swedish maker of $1 million supercars.

GM increasing production at several North American assembly plants

(August 18, 2009) General Motors is increasing production at several North American assembly plants in response to increased sales. The company will add shifts, overtime and reinstate forecasted down weeks at select facilities. As a result, GM will add about 60,000 vehicles in the third and mainly the fourth quarter production forecast, ensuring a wide selection of high-quality, fuel efficient cars, crossovers and trucks for customers.

Bentley unveils the Mulsanne, the company's new flagship sedan

(August 17, 2009) Bentley Motors unveiled the Mulsanne, the company’s all-new flagship grand tourer, at Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, California.

The new Bentley will retail for close to $300,000.

Infiniti shows 2011 M series with 400 horsepower V-8

(August 17, 2009) Infiniti this past weekend provided a look at the all-new 2011 Infiniti M performance luxury sedan at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  This is the third generation of Infiniti’s popular M and the first to be sold across all of Infiniti’s 32 markets around the world, including Western Europe.  

GM says Chevrolet Volt will achieve 230 miles per gallon in city driving

(August 11, 2009) WARREN, Mich. —The Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is expected to achieve city fuel economy of at least 230 miles per gallon, based on development testing using a draft EPA federal fuel economy methodology for labeling for plug-in electric vehicles, General Motors announced at a news conference today.

BMW will introduce hybrid models at Frankfurt Motor Show

 (August 14, 2009) BMW has announced the production versions of the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and the ActiveHybrid 7 will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. 

General Motors, Koenigsegg reach agreement on sale of Saab

(August 18, 2009) General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it has signed an agreement to sell its unit Saab Automotive to Sweden's Koenigsegg Group AB, confirming an announcement in June, although government officials warn that more capital is needed before the deal can be closed.