February 2012

Two top Ford executives to retire April 1

(February 10, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford has announced that Lewis Booth, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development, have elected to retire effective April 1. Each has served the automaker for more than 30 years.

830,000 Toyotas affected by fire investigation

(February 10, 2012) DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into consumer complaints of driver's side door fires in 2007 model year Toyota Camry sedans and RAV4 crossover SUVs.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said an estimated 830,000 vehicles may be affected. This probe is short of a recall but may lead to one.

Hyundai adds coupe, hatchback to Elantra lineup

(February 10, 2012) CHICAGO — Two new variations of the award-winning compact Hyundai Elantra sedan were unveiled this week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Introduced were a sport coupe edition and an Elantra GT five-door hatchback. 

Mazda's new CX-5 crossover to start at $20,695

(February 9, 2012) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda has announced pricing of its all-new 2013 CX-5 five-passenger compact crossover SUV, the first vehicle in the Mazda lineup to fully encompass SkyActiv technology, the brand's all-new fuel-efficient and performance-oriented engineering philosophy. 

Kia off to strong 2012 start in the UK

(February 9, 2012) The United States was not the only region that got Kia off to a strong start for 2012. Kia has just released UK sales results for January showing that it out-performed the UK car market with registrations up 38 per cent compared to 2011. The total UK car market was up by only 0.03 per cent.

In the U.S., Kia's January sales were up 27.8 percent over January 2011.

Hagerty Insurance lists Buick Regal GS as future collectible

(February 9, 2012) DETROIT — The choice of the Buick Regal GS to endure the test of time and become an automotive classic places the new sport sedan in the company of bygone Buick classics.

Hagerty Insurance, the classic car insurance firm, placed the Regal GS on its “2012 Hot List” for mass-market vehicles with a suggested retail price below $100,000. The company thinks the Regal GS will be a future collectible.

Toyota giving away Camry replica pace car at Chicago Auto Show

(February 8, 2012) CHICAGO — The 30 dealers who comprise the Chicagoland Toyota Dealers are offering area residents an opportunity to win a replica of the 2012 Toyota Camry Pace Car that will be gracing the track at the historic Daytona 500 later this month.

Clemson University participating in testing plugless power technology

(February 8, 2012) GREENVILLE, S.C. — Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) has announced that it will participate in the 2012 Apollo Launch Program hosted by Evatran, the developer of Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle recharging systems. The Apollo Program aims to encourage electric vehicle adoption across the United States through the launch of a convenient recharging alternative to the repetitive plug-in, unplug process.

Mazda takes innovative approach in new television spots

(February 8, 2012) IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), the company known for such iconic vehicles as the Miata and the RX-7, engineering marvels such as the rotary engine and innovative SKYACTIV Technology, and the only Asian car company to ever win the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance car race, today announced the debut of a new television commercial called "Revolution."

Ford to triple EcoBoost vehicle production capacity in 2012

(February 8, 2012) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Now that record sales of 127,683 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in 2011 are on the books, Ford aims to more than triple production capacity of cars, utilities and trucks using this fuel-efficient technology in 2012.