Inside the Industry

Honda to begin production of CR-Z for Japanese market

(July 2009) We can only hope the space-age looking Honda CR-Z two-seat hybrid sports coupe will make it to the United States. Honda isn't saying at this point.

Giant Audi TT statue finds permanent home in Ingolstadt, Germany

(July 2009) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Visitors to this German city will be amazed at a new landmark that was unveiled on July 13.  Marking Audi’s 100th anniversary, a giant Audi TT was unveiled in the grassy area within the Audi roundabout by Dr. Werner Widuckel (left above), a board member at Audi, and Ingolstadt Mayor Dr. Alfred Lehmann.

Dodge Viper SRT10 will live on

(July 2010) Chrysler announced today that production will continue for the legendary Dodge Viper SRT10. Originally slated to cease production in December 2009, the Chrysler Group Connor Avenue Assembly Plant — the exclusive home of Dodge Viper production since 1995 — will continue to build the V-10 powered sports car.

Formula One loses BMW

(July 2009) Last December Honda made a strategic move to leave the famed Formula One race series;considering the economy and the need to redirect dollars (yen) to vehicle development to meet exacting new rules regarding mileage and CO2 in both the U.S, and European markets respectively.

Suzuki introduces new mid-sized sedan, the Kizashi

(July 2009) Suzuki is betting that an all-new mid-sized sedan, called Kizashi (pronounced “Kee-Zah-Shee”), will revitalize its sagging American lineup. In Japanese the name means "great things coming."

GM to expand its brake override system to all passenger cars

(April 6, 2010) General Motors will expand use of “enhanced smart pedal” technology globally to all passenger cars with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control, providing an additional safeguard to enhance customer confidence.

Record high month for Toyota incentives, Edmunds.com reports

Edmunds.com has estimated that the average automotive manufacturer incentive in the U.S. was $2,742 per vehicle sold in March 2010, up $100, or 3.8 percent, from February 2010, but down $423, or 13.4 percent, from March 2009.

Toyota, Ford show big March gains; GM leads in March sales with 188,011

(April 2, 2010) Toyota and Ford  posted big U.S. sales gains in March as industry wide incentives and improving consumer confidence brought buyers back to showrooms.

Total U.S. sales advanced 24 percent from the depressed levels of March 2009. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 11.7 million was lower than analysts' forecasts but still marked the year's strongest.

First pre-production Chevrolet Volt comes off assembly line

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (April 2, 2010) — Validation of the production process for the Chevrolet Volt passed a major milestone on March 31, when the first pre-production Volt rolled off the line at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant. 

These pre-production versions of the Volt will not be sold at dealerships, but will be used to assure all steps in the production system will meet the quality targets set by the Volt engineering team.