September 2010

Infiniti releases sketch of future luxury electric vehicle

(September 28, 2010) Infiniti has released a sketch of its first luxury electric vehicle, which is set to launch in the United States and other global markets in 2013. Befitting the brand’s promise of “Inspired Performance,” the Infiniti EV will be a stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.

Web documentaries showcase Ford EcoBoost torture testing

(September 28, 2010) DALLAS — To prove out the new EcoBoost truck engine, Ford is putting one randomly selected engine through a series of extreme durability tests, both in the lab and in the field.

The torture testing is being filmed for a web-based documentary series that offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the new EcoBoost truck engine that joins the lineup of the 2011 Ford F-150 early next year.

Volkswagen dealers get chance to visit Chattanooga plant

(September 28, 2010) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America met with its 582 U.S. and 130 Canadian dealers in Atlanta last week and following the meeting they drove more than 700 all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jettas to the company’s brand-new under-construction assembly facility in Chattanooga, Tenn..

Reservations for Nissan LEAF reach 20,000

(September 28, 2010) Consumer interest for the Nissan LEAF continues to grow, as Nissan last week marked its 20,000th reservation for the 100-percent electric car.

Nissan had anticipated reaching its stated target of 20,000 reservations at the time of the first U.S. Nissan LEAF delivery, in December. This achievement comes three months ahead of schedule and just days before Nissan kicks off the “Drive Electric Tour.”

GM, Nissan dominate 'Car of Year' candidates

(September 28, 2010) DETROIT — General Motors and Nissan dominate the list of 14 cars being considered for the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The list includes two electric vehicles, Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf.

The awards are unique in the United States because — instead of being given by a single media outlet — they are awarded by automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.

Toyota Highlander prices up for 2011

(September 27, 2010) The 2011 Toyota Highlander will receive a rather substantial increase in MSRP over the 2010 editions according to information released by Toyota last week.

The 2011 Highlander will begin at $27,390 for the base four-cylinder two-wheel drive model; the SE V-6 two-wheel drive will be $33,150, while the Limited V-6 four wheel-drive model will be $36,345.

Two Audi vehicles win magazine awards

(September 27, 2010) INGOLSTADT, Germany —  Audi vehicles earned a dual distinction in the “auto motor und sport” magazine reader survey. The Audi A5 Sportback and Audi A1 outpaced top-class contenders from Germany and abroad.

Tata Motors puts first hybrid bus on Delhi roads

(September 27, 2010) Tata Motors this month presented to the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) the first of four CNG-Electric Hybrid Low-floor Starbuses. This is the first time in India that hybrid buses will be used for public transportation.

Ford to build second engine plant in China

(Septembr 27, 2010) CHONGQING, China — Ford and its partners are building a new engine plant in China to support future products and ambitious growth plans.

Ford's joint venture, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Ltd (CFMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding  with the Chongqing Municipal Government to build a new, state-of-the-art engine plant in Chongqing.

Hyundai to recall 2011 Sonata sedans over steering issue

(September 26, 2010)  Hyundai will recall about 139,500 of its popular mid-sized 2011 Sonata sedans in the U.S. because of steering issues that could result in a loss of or reduction in maneuvering capability, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.