October 2011

Renault to increase Brazil production by 100,000

(October 7, 2011) CURITIBA, Brazil — In 1998, one year after the founding of Renault Brazil, Renault opened its first production plant in Curitiba. While visiting the site on Wednesday, Carlos Ghosn announced that production capacity will be increased 100,000 units by 2013.

The production increase is expected to add 1,000 new jobs in the process. The plant's annual capacity — passenger cars and LCVs — will be increased to more than 380,000 units per year.

European motorists say fellow drivers too easily distracted

(October 6, 2011) BRENTWOOD, UK — European motorists are too easily distracted behind the wheel, according to the results of a survey commissioned by Ford Motor Company.

A poll of more than 4,300 drivers from Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Britain reveals that a worrying number continue to regularly put themselves and other road users at risk, by using handheld mobile phones, eating and drinking and, in some cases, even applying make-up while on the move.

Mercedes-Benz has best September ever in U.S.

(October 6, 2011) MONTVALE, N.J. — Mercedes-Benz has reported September sales of 23,897 vehicles, a 15.6 percent improvement over September 2010 (20,666) and the company's highest September volume on record. 

On a year-to-date basis, the 183,711 vehicles sold represent an 11.1 percent increase over the 165,355 vehicles sold during the same period last year. 

2012 Chevy Colorado makes debut in Thailand

(October 6, 2011) BANGKOK — The all-new Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck made its global debut Wednesday in Thailand.

The Colorado range is the product of a five-year, $2 billion vehicle program developed across five continents for customers in more than 60 markets around the world.

GM enters carsharing business

(October 5, 2011) DETROIT – Your car sitting idle. Perhaps your unused vehicle can put some cash in your pocket. General Motors is betting on it.

GM and RelayRides, the world’s first peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, today announced an exclusive relationship that will allow millions of GM vehicle owners to leverage the OnStar system to rent out their idle cars through the RelayRides marketplace.

Nissan September sales up 25 percent over 2010

(October 5, 2011) Nissan reported September U.S. sales of 92,964 units versus 74,205 units a year earlier, an increase of 25.3 percent. It was the strongest showing for any Japanese auto manufacturer.

Nissan division sales increased 28.2 percent for the month with 84,485 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles increased 2.1 percent from the prior year, to 8,479 units.

Hyundai builds on fuel economy reporting

(October 5, 2011) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Hyundai Motor America has begun disclosing both its sales-weighted Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) results and its average window-label fuel economy results. Hyundai is the first automaker to disclose both of these important fuel economy data points.

“At the beginning of the year, we began reporting monthly sales-weighted Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) results, to allow journalists, policy-makers, and consumers the ability to judge our progress against the evolving CAFE standards,” said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America’s president and CEO.

Ford discontinues Escape hybrid as it gains EcoBoost engines

(October 5, 2011) Although it’s not set to be revealed to the public until November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we are told the new Ford Escape will offer two EcoBoost engines for 2013; both four-cylinders: the 2.0-liter now offered in the Edge and Explorer, and a new-to-the-U.S. 1.6-liter. T

he 1.6-liter EcoBoost is currently available in Europe on the Focus and on select C-Max vehicles. Also available will be the 2.5-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder.

Ford, UAW reach tentative agreement on new contract

(October 4, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford and the United Auto Workers union (UAW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contract covering approximately 41,000 UAW-represented employees in the United States.
The agreement — which is subject to ratification by UAW members — calls for 12,000 hourly jobs to be added in Ford’s U.S. manufacturing facilities through the term of the contract in 2015.

Juke meets GT-R in Nissan's newest concept

(October 4, 2011) Nissan is asking a very provocative question. Question: What do you get when you cross a Nissan Juke with a Nissan GT-R? Answer: The fastest, most exciting and daring compact crossover in the world.