July 2011

New Toyota Yaris to arrive late this year with updated styling

(July 13, 2011) An all-new third generation Toyota Yaris, which appears considerably more stylish than the current generation, will go on sale in the UK and Europe around Sept. 1, Toyota announced this week.

The sub-compact 2012 Yaris probably won't hit U.S. showrooms until near the end of the year.

GM invests $129 million in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan plants

(July 13, 2011) DETROIT — General Motors Powertrain plants in Ohio and Indiana that make transmissions for Buick and Chevrolet models with eAssist fuel-saving technology will get the bulk of a $129 million investment GM announced Tuesday.

The money is part of $2 billion being invested in 17 facilities in eight states over the next 18 months and will create or retain 4,000 jobs.

Crashing for cash in the UK

(July 13, 2011) Recession-hit drivers in the UK are resorting to dangerous measures to make extra cash, according to moneysupermarket.com. Research from Britain's top comparison site reveals one in 20 younger drivers admit to successfully staging or inventing a car accident to claim on their insurance.

Ford hits hatchback sweet spot

(July 13, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — Customers seeking more versatile vehicles with better fuel economy are finding what they’re looking for in hatchbacks and U.S. sales of these popular five-door cars continues to skyrocket.

It’s a trend reflected in sales of two of Ford’s hottest-selling cars. Approximately 50 percent of retail sales of the 2011 Fiesta have been for hatchbacks.

A sister act in the world of motorspot

(July 12, 2011) British sisters Leena and Teena Gade have two of the most important jobs in world motorsport.

Leena Gade is the No. 1 engineer responsible for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race-winning Audi R18 TDI; while her younger sister, Teena, is in an identical role, engineering Kris Meeke’s MINI John Cooper Works WRC in the World Rally Championship.

Nissan takes 'Drive Electric' experience to 26 cities

(July 12, 2011) FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Nissan is bringing test drives of the all-electric Nissan Leaf to 26 cities across the United States, as part of Nissan's "Drive Electric Tour." The second phase tour kicked off this past weekend in Long Island on the heels of the Nissan Leaf achieving the milestone of 4,000 U.S. deliveries.

Ford sales up 31 percent in Russia

(July 12, 2011) MOSCOW — Ford sales in Russia increased 31 per cent in June to 12,900 units, and marked a return to sales levels last seen before the global economic crisis.
The strong performance in June boosted half-year sales to 53,550, a 36 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Toyota opens European proving grounds in Belgium

(July 11, 2011) Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has opened a new proving ground at the TME Technical Centre, in Zaventem, Belgium. The state-of-the-art Zaventem Proving Ground, aimed at strengthening Toyota’s European vehicle research and development, took two-and-a-half years to complete.

TRW expands electric steering production in Poland to meet growing demand

(July 11, 2011) LIVONIA, Mich. (PRNewswire) — TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. last week announced plans to expand its electrically powered steering systems manufacturing in Poland, in support of growing demand from a range of vehicle manufacturers. 

Ford team's mission to develop innovative new tires

(July 11, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has established a unique cross-functional team whose mission is to develop innovative new tires that improve safety, boost fuel economy and enhance vehicle handling.
Located at Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, the dedicated tire team works closely with Ford's Chassis Engineering and Vehicle Engineering functions, as well as leading tire companies, to test new compounds, new tread designs and other innovations.