April 2010

Volvo braking technology will stop car for pedestrian in roadway

(September 25, 2009) A ball bounces out into the street. Without thinking, the child who dropped it runs after — just in front of an approaching car and driver facing the most dreadful situation...

The next generation of preventive safety technology from Volvo has a groundbreaking function that can detect a pedestrian who has walked into the roadway — and automatically avoid collisions at speeds below 15 miles per hour if the driver does not react in time.

Hummer to keep headquarters in Michigan

(September 24, 2009) Although its new owners will be Chinese, Hummer will still retain its headquarters in Michigan.

If the sale of Hummer to the Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company is finalized, the brand will invest up to $9.4 million to create a new global headquarters in southeastern Michigan. The facility will be responsible for all design, engineering, product planning, and marketing of Hummer vehicles and will create approximately 941 new jobs, including 300 with the company itself.

Land Rover to build small SUV to go on sale in 2011

(September 24, 2009) Land Rover has confirmed today that a production version of its exciting LRX concept car will be built.  The new car will debut next year and join the Range Rover line-up in 2011. Designed and engineered at Land Rover's state of the art Gaydon facility, the new Range Rover will be the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced.

'Cash for Clunkers' fuels sales of trucks, crossover SUVs

(September 22, 2009) The Associated Press reports that pickups and sport utility vehicles were big sellers under the "cash for clunkers" program, despite the federal government's focus on replacing gas guzzlers with more fuel-efficient cars.

New stylish Hyundai Sonata unveiled in South Korea

(September 18, 2009) Hyundai skipped the busy Frankfurt Motor Show this week, opting to unveil its sixth-generation Sonata in the company's homeland, South Korea.

The stylish new Sonata is poised to give the carmaker an upgrade in the ultra-competitive midsize-sedan segment when it hits the U.S. market in 2010, probably as a 2011 model.

GM reportedly drops plans for unibody pickup truck

(September 21, 2009) AutoWeek reports that General Motors is dropping plans to develop a new unibody pickup truck similar to the Honda Ridgeline.  As gasoline prices rose and pickup sales fell, GM sought an alternative to the standard body-on-frame pickup.

A mid-sized unibody pickup on GM's mid-sized, front-drive platform had been intended for buyers who do not need the hauling and towing capabilities of full-sized models. Honda's mid-sized Ridgeline is the only unibody pickup sold in the United States.

Indiana-built Civics to be exported to Mexico, Latin American nations

(September 21, 2009) GREENSBURG, Ind. — Less than a year after starting mass production, the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana plant will begin building Honda Civic sedans for sale in Mexico and export to 22 Latin American and Caribbean nations and U.S. territories.

The first Civics destined for export were shipped last week. Until now, the more than 50,000 Civics built at the Greensburg plant had been sold exclusively in the United States.

Edmunds.com predicts Cash for Clunkers fallout may lead to worst sales month

(September 17, 2009) SANTA MONICA, Calif — As the auto industry recovers from perhaps the biggest aberration in its sales history, Edmunds.com analysts are watching closely.

"The best month of the year for car sales is being quickly followed by what could be the worst month of the year," noted Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl. Cash for Clunkers was supposed to prime the pump, but that is a physics concept, and economics is quite different. Demand has dropped off significantly since the program ended."

Mazda to launch sub-compact Mazda2 in U.S. in fall 2010

(September 17, 2009) Mazda will enter America's rapidly expanding small-car segment when it launches the Mazda2 here in fall 2010, according to Automotive News.

General Motors looking to ramp up production of four hot-selling models

(Septermber 17, 2009) Reuters reported on Wednesday that General Motors is exploring ways to ramp up production of four newer models that are selling well above its expectations, according to a GM spokesman said.

All four models are greatly revamped from previous versions and one, the Chevrolet Camaro, was resurrected five months ago after being out of production for seven years.