Inside the Industry

Nissan's Japanese factories gearing up for full production

(May 7, 2011) At Nissan factories across Japan, production is increasing as the automaker and country continue to recover. After the tragic events of March 11, Nissan's car output in Japan fell 52.4 percent and its exports fell 12.5 percent, although all factories are now back on line.

GM's China sales down in April, but up for year

(April 6, 2011) SHANGHAI — General Motors and its joint ventures sold 203,367 vehicles in China in April. It was the third time in 2011 that GM’s monthly sales in the world’s largest vehicle market have exceeded 200,000 units.

But April sales were down 4.6 percent from April 2010, after the government scrapped some tax incentives in the world's largest auto market this year.

Maserati gets another starring role

(May 6, 2011) Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper choose the Maserati GranTurismo for their latest movie thriller "Limitless," now being filmed.

The film tells the tale of a "magic" pill that is able to enhance the powers of the mind and in addition to De Niro and Cooper, co-starring is a Maserati GranTurismo in Grigio Granito with Avorio interiors.

Ford increases market share in UK

(May 6, 2011) BRENTWOOD, Essex — Strong sales of Ford's total vehicle range boosted its UK sales leadership in April with increased market share compared with April 2010. The Ford Fiesta was first in car sales while the Ford Transit continued its reign as the best-selling commercial vehicle.

330-horsepower Cayman S Black Edition limited to 500 units worldwide

(May 6, 2011) ATLANTA  — Following on the heels of the recently announced 911 and Boxster S Black Editions, Porsche introduces a new, sporty and limited edition Cayman S arriving late this summer. The 2012 Cayman S Black Edition features a 10-horsepower boost to 330 and a long list of standard equipment.

Quantum previews plug-in hybrid Ford F-150 pickup

(May 6, 2011) IRVINE, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide today announced that it has developed a new plug-in hybrid version of the highest volume selling vehicle in America, the Ford F150 pickup, and will be providing them directly to fleet customers. 

One million miles and counting in 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty

(May 6, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — People told Gary Mueller that he should probably think about getting a new truck when his 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty was nearing 300,000 miles.

That was more than 700,000 miles ago.

Today, Mueller says he has no plans — or reason — to retire the truck, even though it now has more than 1,020,000 miles on the clock.

Jaguar to launch million-dollar C-X75 hybrid supercar in 2013

(May 6, 2011) MAHWAH, N.J. — Jaguar today confirmed that the C-X75 hybrid supercar that stole the spotlight at the Paris motor show last year will become reality in late 2013.

The C-X75 will become the British marque's most advanced model.

Commemorating 50 years of Corvettes and astronauts

(May 5, 2011) DETROIT — On May 5, 1961, Alan B. Shepard became the first American to travel into outer space. When he returned to terra firma, Shepard got behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette — and the legends of America’s favorite sports car and spacemen have been intertwined ever since.

On May 7, 2011, approximately 30 of America’s surviving astronauts are expected to gather at Cocoa Beach, Fla., where they will participate in a parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of Shepard’s historic sub-orbital flight. Fittingly, they will be driven in Corvettes representing all six design generations built since the famed sports car’s 1953 debut.

Golf cars to be allowed on Georgia streets — golf clubs are optional

(May 5, 2011) AUGUSTA, Ga. (PRNewswire) — Golf cars will be allowed on many local Georgia streets effective Jan. 1, 2012, thanks to a bill signed this morning by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Known as Georgia Senate Bill 240, it creates a new class of motor vehicle called personal transportation vehicles (PTVs), which are built on "golf car-like" chassis.