January 2011

Audi's Stadler delivers keynote address at CES

(January 9, 2011) LAS VEGAS — In his keynote speech delivered at the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show here, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, outlined his vision for future developments by the brand.

Leaks may have compromised Nissan's battery blueprints

(January 8, 2011)  Suspected leaks of Renault electric-car secrets may have compromised Japanese affiliate Nissan Motor Co.'s battery blueprints, as well as designs by LG Chem Ltd. and Better Place, two people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News.

Ford unveils its first all-electric car with half the charge time of the Nissan Leaf

(January 8, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Company on Friday unveiled its all-new Focus Electric — the company’s first-ever all-electric passenger car.

The zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of Ford’s popular small car is the flagship of the company’s growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles coming to North America and Europe by 2013.

Audi A8 wins Technology Breakthrough Award

(January 8, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The 2011 Audi A8 is the winner of the second annual Edmunds.com Technology Breakthrough Award.

The Car Technology Breakthrough Award is presented to vehicles that set the standard for intuitive, practical and affordable technology that enhances safety and convenience for drivers and passengers. Any new vehicle available for sale in the U.S. within the last year is eligible.

Ford's China sales up 40 percent in 2010

(January 8, 2011) SHANGHAI, China — Ford had a record year in China selling 582,467 units in 2010, a 40 percent increase from 2009.  Ford Motor China sold 56,880 units in December, a 52 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Cadillac gains more than 1.6 points in market share

(January 7, 2011) DETROIT — Cadillac gained more than 1.6 points of share in 2010 in the U.S. luxury market, the greatest increase of any brand in that segment, as sales rose for SRX, CTS and Escalade.

Cadillac capitalized on a strengthening luxury market with new products and customer care programs. The overall U.S. luxury market grew 13 percent in 2010 to 1.4 million vehicles.

Racing legend, race-inspired car team up for charity at Barrett-Jackson

(January 7, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — A racing legend and a race-inspired car will team up to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz.

A spectacular, one-of-a-kind factory-painted Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca will be sold to the highest bidder with none other than racing great Parnelli Jones providing commentary from the auction stage with Ford’s Mustang team.

Holden Commodore top-selling vehicle in Australia for 15th year

(January 7, 2011) Holden Commodore has become Australia’s highest-selling vehicle for the 15th consecutive year, according to sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

The figures show 45,956 Commodores were sold throughout 2010, cementing the vehicle’s status as the number one car in the country, a record unbroken since 1996.

Chrysler minivans regain top sales positions

(January 7, 2011) Chrysler Group regained its historical leadership position in the minivan segment with its Dodge Grand Caravan claiming the world title, and the Chrysler Town & Country claiming the top spot in the U.S. during 2010.

Globally, the Grand Caravan out-dueled its sister minivan, the Town & Country, for the #1 ranking:

Audi sets sales record in 2010

(January 6, 2010) Audi set an all-time U.S. sales record of 101,629 vehicles sold in 2010, surpassing the prior record of 93,506 vehicles sold in 2007.

In December, Audi reported sales of 10,546 vehicles, a 16.8 percent increase over the 9,030 vehicles sold in December 2009.