Inside the Industry

Subaru remains the only manufacturer with IIHS top safety picks for all models

(December 24, 2010) CHERRY HILL, N.J. (PRNewswire) — Subaru has some well-deserved bragging rights.  For the second consecutive year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recognized it as the only automotive manufacturer with a 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK winner in every vehicle class in which it competes.

Georgia-built Kia Sorento breaks 100,000 mark

(December 24, 2010) IRVINE, Calif. — Kia earlier this month celebrated the sale of its 100,000th Sorento CUV, the brand's first U.S.-built vehicle from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point, Ga.

Sonata reaches 200,000 sales, fuels big year for Hyundai

(December 24, 2010) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has sold more than 200,000 Sonatas in North America in 2010, a high point for the Sonata nameplate in a record-setting year in which Hyundai will sell more than 530,000 vehicles in the United States and more than 110,000 in Canada for the first time ever.

2005-2007 Cadillac CTS airbag sensor problem identified

(December 23, 2010) DETROIT— General Motors is recalling about 109,000 Cadillac CTS models from the 2005-2007 model years because of a kink, bend or fold in the front passenger presence system mat that can lead to the passenger air bag failing to deploy.

Honda to expand Ohio transmission plant

(December 23, 2010) RUSSELLS POINT, Ohio — Honda Transmission of America Mfg., Inc. has broken ground for a $70 million 200,000-square-foot expansion project that will create more than 100 full-time jobs and increase the plant's capabilities to manufacture Honda's latest transmission technologies when the new production line begins in 2012.

Honda to recall 10,800 Accords, Pilots over suspension problem

(December 23, 2010) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda will recall approximately 10,800 late model year 2010 to 2011 Accord and model year 2011 Pilot vehicles in the U.S. to prevent potential front suspension failure.

A potential problem with the machinery used to tighten the spindle nuts on the front axles of both vehicles, as well as the damper attachment bracket bolts for the Pilot, may cause the front suspension of a small number of these vehicles to fail.

New Mercedes C-Class to arrive this summer

The restyled 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in the summer of 2011.

The front and rear end of the popular entry-level luxury sedan have been enhanced with a more distinctive design. The luxurious interior is now emphasized by a stylish new dashboard, which features a premium, fine-grain finish and stylish trim elements, as well as a high-resolution color display in the instrument cluster.

MINI Paceman Concept will debut at the Detroit Auto Show

(December 22, 2010) In a never ending way to maximize the MINI, the brand is set to show the Paceman Concept at the Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show). 

It was 10 years ago that BMW re-launched the brand at NAIAS. And now the brand is also preparing to celebrate this landmark anniversary at the NAIAS – taking place January 10 -23, 2011 — with the world premiere of the MINI Paceman Concept.

Suzuki to launch major campaign to support Kizashi sport sedan

(December 22, 2010) MediaPost’s Karl Greenberg reports American Suzuki's Kizashi sport sedan has gone some ways toward raising awareness for the automaker whose name many people associate only with motorcycles and marine engines.

Volkswagen/Audi and Hyundai/Kia lead top safety picks

(December 22, 2010) ARLINGTON, Va. — The number of cars and trucks awarded top safety honors by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety more than doubled for 2011, with 66 vehicles cited as best for protecting occupants in front, side, rollover and rear crashes.