Inside the Industry

Historic Tornado Attack Vehicle for sale on eBay

(May 3, 2011) CANTON, Ohio (PRNewswire) — The first man to intentionally drive into a tornado, Steve Green, said he is placing his famed bright red Tornado Attack Vehicle up for sale.

Green said that the purpose for the sale is to fund his "Walk into a Tornado Project." The project is being done to further his endeavor of raising worldwide awareness to his well-researched and thought-out Yellowstone Energy plan.

Volkswagen has strongest sales month in eight years

(May 3, 2011) HERNDON, Va. (PRNewswire) — Volkswagen today reported  28,542 units sold in April, a 23 percent increase over prior year sales and the company's best sales month since November 2003.  Year-to-date sales are up 17 percent. 

Nissan NV200 selected as New York City's 'Taxi of Tomorrow'

(May 3, 2011) NEW YORK — New York is “hailing” a new era of urban mobility today, as the city with the nation’s largest taxi fleet has selected Nissan to design and supply the next-generation “Taxi of Tomorrow.”

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) selected the Nissan NV200 as the exclusive taxi of New York City beginning in late 2013.

Hyundai, Kia flex muscle as U.S. April sales show surprising strength

(May 3, 2011) South Korea’s Hyundai and Kia were the big U.S. gainers in April with a combined increase of 47 percent, according to automovtive sales figures released today. Their three biggest Japanese rivals — Toyota, Honda and Nissan — all lost share as they battled product shortages following the March 11 earthquake.

General Motors and Chrysler boosted share gaining 27 percent and 23 percent respectively in April over April 2010. Ford was up 13 percent.

Ford's rear inflatable seat belts win safety award

(May 3, 2011) NEW YORK — Ford’s industry-exclusive rear inflatable seat belts — one of the 2011 Explorer’s breakthrough safety innovations — earned the 2011 Traffic Safety Achievement Award from the New York International Auto Show’s World Traffic Safety Symposium.

Ferrari introduces free maintenance for seven years

(May 2, 2011) MARANELLO, Italy — Ferrari is taking the lead in the luxury supercar segment with the introduction of the Ferrari Genuine Maintenance program that covers all the scheduled maintenance for the first seven years, regardless of vehicle mileage.

Corvette performance tweaked for 2012

(MAY 2, 2011) DETROIT — Chevrolet has announced that it will once again elevate Corvette’s performance capabilities with a series of improvements for the 2012 model year that improve on-track performance and on-road comfort.

They include enhancements to the high-performance Z06 and ZR1 models as well as interior upgrades across the Corvette lineup.

Audi offers look into the future of urban transportation in New York City

(May 2, 2011) The Audi Urban Future Initiative — a long-term project that brings together different visions on how mobility, urban living and the role of the transportation will change in the coming years — debuts in New York City at Openhouse Gallery, May 7 through 9.

Ford EcoBoost engines — Conserving fuel, adding sales

(May 2, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — The EcoBoost engine family isn’t just giving some Ford vehicles a bump in fuel economy. The engines also are giving Ford sales a boost by attracting customers who had not previously considered a Ford brand product.

Chevrolet will build and sell new Malibu in South Korea

(May 1, 2011) Fresh off the global debut of the all-new Chevrolet Malibu at the New York and Shanghai auto shows, Chevrolet today announced it will build and sell the mid-sized sedan in South Korea.

Malibu, Chevrolet’s first midsize sedan to be sold globally, was named last week as the Most Eye-Catching Car at Auto Shanghai 2011. It will be sold in nearly 100 markets on six continents.