September 2010

2011 Honda Odyssey prices to range from $27,800 to $43,250

(September 9, 2010) TORRANCE, Calif. — The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan is set to debut at dealers on Sept. 30 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price ranging from $27,800 for the value-oriented Odyssey LX to $43,250 for the ultra-premium Odyssey Touring Elite, plus a destination and handling charge1 of $780 per model, Honda announced today.

Chevy Cruze starts coming off assembly line

(September 9, 2010) LORDSTOWN, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Ted Strictland pressed an inked thumbprint against the roofline of a red Chevrolet Cruze on Wednesday, signifying that the all-new compact was a world-class vehicle produced in the state he leads.

Car buying takes a turn

(September 9, 2010) George Jefferson (of the TV Jeffersons) used to pride himself about “movin’ on up,” and the Reagan administration praised the Trickle Down theory of economics. Today the world is moving in different directions – at least the automobile buying world according to analysts at the Santa Monica, California based automotive information, research and marketing company.

Torture testing in the white-hot sands of Dubai

(September 9, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — The 2011 Ford Explorer has been redesigned from bottom to top, inside and out to meet the needs of SUV drivers from Dubuque to Dubai. While the atmospheric conditions of eastern Iowa can be closely replicated in Ford’s Dearborn, Mich., facilities, there’s no substitute for being there when validating vehicle capabilities for Dubai customers. 

Chrysler announces new leasing agreement

(September 8, 2010) Chrysler announced today that it has entered into an agreement with U.S. Bank to provide consumer leases on select 2010 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.

Production-ready Chevrolet Aveo to appear in Paris

(September 8, 2010) There is no shortage of world firsts for Chevrolet at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, and joining the Orlando MPV and Cruze hatchback show car will be the all-new Chevrolet Aveo 5-door.

The car will go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2011.

Bentley reveals 2012 Continental GT

(September 8, 2010) Bentley unveiled the successor Tuesday to the Continental GT coupe that revitalized the luxury brand when it was introduced in 2003.

The all-new 2012 Continental GT bears a close resemblance to its predecessor, but features interior and exterior refinements, redesigned headlamps and an updated touch-screen navigation and entertainment system.

Consumer Reports fires up pony car wars

The battle of the pony cars continues.

Consumer Reports' October issue once again pits the Ford Mustang against the Chevrolet Camaro. In last year's faceoff between V-8 versions of the two muscle cars, the magazine gave the nod to the Mustang — despite its older design. In a recent comparison, the magazine said a new V-6 engine did not dilute the “fun factor” in driving the Mustang, but it did for the Camaro.

BMW ends production of the M6 coupe, V-10 engine

(September 7, 2010) BMW has announced the end of production of the BMW M6 Coupé and the BMW M6 Convertible. The two high-performance models provide the most exclusive opportunity to experience on normal roads the hallmark athleticism of M vehicles combined with drive and chassis technology inspired by the world of motor racing.

BMW wants to expand sales by 55 percent over next decade

(September 7, 2010) BMW, the world's largest maker of luxury vehicles, will expand the BMW and Mini model ranges to boost annual sales 55 percent over the next decade and fend off Volkswagen and Daimler, Bloomberg News reports.

A new factory and expansion of existing facilities may be needed to underpin growth in the long run, CEO Norbert Reithofer said.