April 2010

Early success of Cruze in Australia is promising sign for upcoming Chevrolet version

(September 17, 2009) Early success of the new Holden Cruze in Australia could be a promising sign for how Chevrolet's version of the small car will do in U.S. showrooms next year, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

During its first full selling month in July, the Cruze compact car rose to the eighth best-selling car, according to General Motors numbers.

The Ford C-Max is coming to North America in 2011

(September 15, 2009) DEARBORN, Mich. — In conjunction with the Frankfurt Auto Show, Ford Motor Company held a Dearborn version of the company’s announcement of an all-new Multi Activity Vehicle (MAV), the Ford Focus C-MAX. The “Focus” name will not be used in Europe where the vehicle emanates and at some point the name may be dropped from U.S. models but that remains to be seen.

Ford to debut new lineup of EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines early in 2010

(September 15, 2009) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford's high-performance, fuel-saving four-cylinder EcoBoost engine family is making its global debut early in 2010, marking a major milestone in the company's strategy to deliver greater fuel economy for millions, Ford announced on Tuesday.

Ford develops an all-new diesel engine for 2011

(September 13, 2009) DEARBORN, Mich. — With all the hoopla over the wonders of hybrid technology another form of technology seems to have unnecessarily taken a back seat — diesel power. Diesel engines have been around for about 100 years and accounts for over 50 percent of all new vehicle sales in Europe. As for the U.S., the major use of diesel engines has been in larger on-, and off-road trucks and work-related vehicles. The inherent power and high-torque of diesels create the perfect motor for this segment.

Mitsubishi recalling 7,000 Lancer models from 2008, 2009

(September 14, 2009) Mitsubishi is recalling almost 7,000 Lancer models from the 2008 and 2009 model years, according to  a finding of a safety defect from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Lancer Evolution, Ralliart, and Sportback Ralliart vehicles equipped with turbocharged engines are affected. The way the fuel return pipe is attached to the engine, in combination with frequent vehicle operation at certain engine revolutions, may result in a resonance that, if continued over time, may cause a stress crack to develop at the fixed portion of the fuel pipe.

Engineering students turn vintage MGB into electric car

(September 13, 2009) COLUMBIA, S.C. (US Newswire) — The year was 1984. Roger Dougal, a newly minted Ph.D. in electrical engineering, was beginning his career in the University of South Carolina's College of Engineering.

He was the new owner of a 1972 MGB - a red convertible, perfect for life in the Palmetto State, where he could zip along the highways and city streets with the car's top down practically year-round. Lightweight with easy handling, the MGB was a snazzy roadster for a young professor on the go.

GM offers 60-day, cash-back guarantee

(September 13, 2009) DETROIT — General Motors Co., trying to woo consumers after a trip through bankruptcy, will launch a new advertising campaign Monday touting a 60-day money-back guarantee featuring GM Chairman Ed Whitacre.

Honda Accord Crosstour will be built in the East Liberty, Ohio, manufacturing plant

(September 11, 2009) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Honda announced on Thursday that the all-new Accord Crosstour crossover utility vehicle will be built in the East Liberty Auto Plant.

The East Liberty plant recently earned the J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Gold Plant Award for having the highest quality of any auto plant in North America. Going on sale this fall, the Accord Crosstour will be positioned at the top of the Accord lineup.

Consumer Reports says active new car shoppers look for fuel economy first

(September 10, 2009) Consumer Reports says Americans are looking at American cars. The Yonkers, N.Y.-based firm says 81 percent of respondents to its recent survey are likely to consider a domestic brand. That number is far higher than the 47 percent considering Asian brands and the 46% considering European brands. The Consumer Reports survey, "Auto Pulse," was done in early August via telephone with 1,777 adults whose household owns at least one vehicle.

Ford teams up with Jay Leno for new show's 'Green Car Challenge'

(September 9, 2009) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Company is teaming up with "The Jay Leno Show" and providing an all-new battery electric Ford Focus that celebrities will drive as a way to showcase Ford's leadership on fuel efficiency and electrified vehicles.

Ford's electric Focus will be the exclusive vehicle for The Jay Leno Show in a segment the host calls the "Green Car Challenge." The battery electric vehicle, specially made for the show, foreshadows elements of the electric Focus that Ford will begin selling in North America in 2011.