September 2011

GM, UAW reach tentative contract agreement

(September 17, 2011) DETROIT — The UAW and General Motors agreed late Friday on a tentative, four-year labor agreement covering wages and benefits for about 48,000 workers.

Specific terms of the deal were not immediately available, but the union said it "successfully fought back efforts to make major changes — and weaken — our retirement plan."

VW says it will invest $86 billion in bid to become world's largest automaker

(September 16, 2011) It's full steam ahead for Volkswagen. Today the company announced a huge five-year investment plan to become the world's biggest automaker. The German automotive giant will invest $86 billion over the next five years as it seeks to supplant General Motors and Toyota at the top of the industry.

VW's 20-member board today approved the spending on plants, vehicles and research and development for VW's nine brands, including Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bentley and the core VW marque, from 2012 through 2016, according to press reports.

Create your own Mustang — Dream something up for your pony car

(September 16, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is putting design in the hands of enthusiasts with a new customizer website that features the 2012 Mustang.

Ford launched the site at to let Mustang enthusiasts take advantage of the classic design with limitless possibilities.

New Porsche 911 to make North American debut at Laguna Seca

(September 15, 2011) ATLANTA, Ga. — Hot on the heels of its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, the new seventh-generation Porsche 911 will make its North American debut at Rennsport Reunion IV Oct. 14-16 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

“As the 911 race car and street car histories are completely intertwined, it is fitting to show our latest 911 at a motor racing extravaganza,” said Bernd Harling, who is heading up Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV for event host Porsche Cars North America.

Edmunds opens pricing and vehicle spec data to Web developer community

(September 15, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — today made available its full database of new car and used car specifications and pricing to the online applications community. The much-anticipated release of's application programming interface (API) is the first ever by a major automotive website and will allow developers full access for designing and enhancing their own online car shopping applications.

Turbocharged Chevy Sonic rated at 40 mpg highway

(September 15, 2011) DETROIT — The 2012 sub-compact Chevrolet Sonic with the Ecotec 4-cylinder 1.4-liter turbo has been rated by the EPA at 40 mpg on the highway with a six-speed manual transmission, and 29 mpg in city driving.

The Sonic's highway fuel economy makes it one of the most fuel-efficient small cars in the market, on par with the 2012 Ford Fiesta SFE and the 2012 Hyundai Accent. Along with getting 40 mpg, the 1.4L turbo Sonic can reach 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, according to General Motors.

Hemmings and ClassicCars.Com collaborate on classic car photo gallery

(September 15, 2011) BENNINGTON, Vt. and PHOENIX — Hemmings Motor News, the classic and collector car magazine, and, an online classic vehicle marketplace, today announced the public release of a co-branded, interactive photo gallery devoted exclusively to the beauty of classic vehicles.

Honda's FCX Clarity at world hydrogen conference

(September 15, 2011) Honda's hydrogen powered car, the FCX Clarity made a star appearance in Scotland this week at the World Hydrogen Technologies Conference in Glasgow, at the SECC where more than 150 experts from around the world discussed the future of clean energy with hydrogen power playing a key role.

New campaign for Audi A6 strives to make the road more intelligent place

(Sept. 15, 2011) Audi of America has announced a new campaign for the 2012 Audi A6 that puts focus on the increasingly challenging road conditions American drivers face today.

The message for the all-new Audi A6 centers on “making the road a more intelligent place” and will appear in print, online and broadcast advertisements beginning this month. The ads will call attention to jarring facts about today’s driver, as well as the obstacles presented by today’s American road.

Mitsubishi auctioning final Eclipse, proceeds to Japan Red Cross

(September 15, 2011) CYPRESS, Calif. — Mitsubishi Motors North America will be selling a one-of-a-kind 2012 Eclipse Coupe SE — the last production Eclipse that rolled off the assembly line earlier this month at the company's manufacturing plant in Normal, Ill. — to the highest bidder at the Mecum Auctions annual St. Charles Auction at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., on Sept. 17.