April 2011

Larry the Cable Guy will be Coca-Cola 600 pace car driver

(April 26, 2011) CONCORD, N.C. (PRNewswire) — Blue-collar comedian and the voice of Mater in the upcoming Disney-Pixar summer comedy "CARS 2," Larry the Cable Guy will "git-r-done" as the honorary pace-car driver for the 52nd running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ward's names its 10 Best Interiors for 2011

(April 26, 2011) SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (PRNewswire) — Ward's Auto magazine editors have announced the Ward's 10 Best Interiors of 2011, a list that runs the gamut from high-priced luxury vehicles to affordable small cars.

Toyota recalling 51,000 model year 2011 Tundra pickups

(April 26, 2011) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota today announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 51,000, 2011 model year Tundra trucks to inspect the rear drive shaft. The rear drive shaft in an estimated 0.05 percent of the vehicles may include a component (slip yoke) that could break due to improper casting during the foundry process. 

Vauxhall announces production version of stunning Astra GTC Paris concept

(April 26, 2011) Here's a stunner that will never reach North American shores.

These first images of the Vauxhall Astra GTC may show it in a virtual landscape, but as it races down an imaginary road, real test cars are now running final validation drives — that’s right, the Astra GTC is officially a production reality for Europe.

Ford earns $2.6 billion in first quarter

(April 26, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford today reported first quarter 2011 net income of $2.6 billion, or 61 cents per share, an increase of $466 million, or 11 cents per share, from first quarter 2010 as fuel-efficient new products, continued investment in global growth and the strengthening of Ford’s core business boosted results.

Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf earn top safety ratings

(April 26, 2011) The two mainstream electric cars now sold in the U.S. have earned top crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS has awarded the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt its highest safety ratings. 

Toyota production down 29.9 percent worldwide in March

(April 25, 2011) Domestic production at Toyota, the world's largest automaker, fell 62.7 percent in March.

Toyota said today its domestic production in March was 129,491 vehicles — the lowest since 1976 when Toyota began maintaining production figures. Worldwide, Toyota saw a 29.9 percent March decline in output.

Washing cars for Make-A-Wish

(April 25, 2011) OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (PRNewswire) — What do 2,000 volunteers, mounds of soap suds, 140 CARSTAR stores and more than 4,000 vehicles add up to?  Dreams come true for Make-A-Wish kids and children with cystic fibrosis across North America.

Buick LaCrosse receives five-star government safety rating

(April 25, 2011) DETROIT — The 2011 Buick LaCrosse has received a five-star safety rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program, the agency has announced.

Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA has introduced tougher tests and more rigorous requirements for its five-star ratings that provide more information about safety feature performance and crash-avoidance technologies.

Infiniti plans a luxury crossover for 2013 model year

(April 25, 2011) Infiniti has announced an all-new three-row luxury crossover designated the Infiniti JX that will go on sale at its retailers in spring 2012 as a 2013 model.

A hazy sketch of the new vehicle was released by Infiniti last week just ahead of the New York Auto Show. Infiniti says it will be a seven-passenger vehicle citing the need for another luxury people hauler.