April 2013

Honda reports increase in quarterly profit

(April 26, 2013) Honda reported today a 6.6 percent rise in quarterly net profit, helped by the yen's rapid depreciation and strong sales of its Accord and CR-V models the United States. In the quarter ended March 31, Honda recorded a net profit of 75.7 billion yen ($760.88 million), compared with 71.5 billion yen in the same period last year.

Ford, Schaeffler test car powered by electric motors in rear wheels

(April 26, 2013) LOMMEL, Belgium — Ford Motor Company and Schaeffler today demonstrated the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car, a drivable research vehicle that could lead to improvements in urban mobility and parking by making possible smaller, more agile cars.

Powered by independent electric motors in each of the rear wheels, eWheelDrive technology offers space under the hood that in conventional cars is occupied by the engine and transmission, and in electric cars by a central motor.

Geely, Detroit Electric form partnership to build electric cars for Chinese market

(April 25, 2013) SHANGHAI — Geely Automobile Group, a prominent China-based global car manufacturer, and Detroit Electric Inc., an electric vehicle manufacturer, have announced at the Shanghai Motor Show that the two companies have entered into strategic partnership to co-develop pure electric vehicles and related electric drive systems for the Chinese market.

Toyota's Arizona proving ground celebrates 20 years

(April 25, 2013) WITTMANN, Ariz. — Toyota Arizona Proving Ground (TAPG), Toyota’s largest vehicle evaluation investment in the U.S., today celebrated its 20th anniversary with team members and executives. TAPG is located about 40 miles outside Phoenix.

Breaking down Cadillac’s new headlamp design

(April 25, 2013) DETROIT — A deep look into the next generation of Cadillac models reveals new approaches to how designers are streamlining the form and function of headlamps, what designers call the “eyes” of a car.

The upcoming all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS luxury sport sedan combines light-emitting diode and high intensity discharge lights to create a sleeker new “face” for Cadillac, befitting the new sedan’s distinction of being the lightest car in its class.

Volvo completes testing of kinetic energy recovery

(April 25, 2013) Volvo has completed extensive testing of kinetic flywheel technology on public roads — and the results confirm that this is a light, cheap and very eco-efficient solution.

"The testing of this complete experimental system for kinetic energy recovery was carried out during 2012. The results show that this technology combined with a four-cylinder turbo engine has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent compared with a six-cylinder turbo engine at a comparable performance level," says Derek Crabb, vice president Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Car Group.

GM says Chevrolet Spark most efficient U.S. retail electric vehicle

(April 25, 2013) NEW YORK — General Motors says the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is  the industry benchmark in retail electric vehicle efficiency with a combined city/highway EPA estimated range of 82 miles when fully charged and an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 MPGe fuel economy equivalent.

New study: Motorcycle deaths spike in 2012

(April 24, 2013) WASHINGTON — In a new report released today, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is projecting that motorcyclist deaths increased approximately 9 percent in 2012, to more than 5,000 lives lost. This is greater than the overall traffic fatality increase projected by the federal government and would be the 14th out of the last 15 years in which motorcyclist deaths increased.

Ford profits rise to $1.6 billion in first quarter

(April 24, 2013) Ford's profits rose to $1.6 billion during the first quarter, led by the highest profit in North America since at least 2000. Profits rose for the 15th consecutive quarter, up 15.4 percent to 41 cents per share, compared to last year's first quarter, when the company posted a $1.4 billion profit, or 39 cents per share.

Designs for Infiniti

(April 24, 2013) SHANGHAI — Infiniti showcased a total of 13 cars at Auto Shanghai 2013, emphasizing the importance of the Chinese market for the premium brand. On the sidelines of the show, the brand's new executive design director, Alfonso Albaisa, shared his plans for the brand with the Global Media Center, underlining the need to integrate Chinese consumers' preferences into Infiniti design.