Inside the Industry

Chevy Malibu continues racking up honors

(December 19, 2010) DETROIT — The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu sedan was recently named a 2011 Consumers Digest Automotive “Best Buy” and a Top Safety Pick for 2010 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The two awards add to Malibu’s growing list of more than 40 industry honors since it was launched all-new in 2007 as a 2008 model.

Road racing veteran to help host consumers at Focus test drive

(December 19, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford confirmed on Friday that consumers attending the Focus Global Test Drive in February in Madrid will be hosted and coached by road racing veteran Justin Bell. With a career stretching more than 20 years, Bell will bring a wealth of experiences and skills to the Global Test Drive program.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid to start at $25,795

(December 19, 2010) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Hyundai has announced pricing for its all-new Sonata Hybrid, featuring Hybrid Blue Drive technology and lithium-polymer batteries.

In keeping with Hyundai’s simplified approach to product packaging, the Sonata Hybrid comes in just two flavors from the factory — the very well-equipped Sonata Hybrid at $25,795, and the tech-feature-packed Premium version at $30,795. 

Chevy turns to ham radio geek for antenna solution

(December 18, 2010) DETROIT — When spy shots surfaced of the pre-production version of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, an outcry went up among Camaro enthusiasts over the AM/FM whip antenna positioned on the rear deck lid.

THINK delivers its first U.S.-built electric cars

(December 18, 2010) INDIANAPOLIS — THINK, a dedicated electric vehicle maker formerly owned by Ford Motor Company, has delivered its first U.S.-built cars to Indiana for use in its government fleet. The 15 vehicles, which were shipped from THINK’s manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Ind., will be the first electric passenger vehicles with American-made, Lithium-ion batteries used in an American fleet operation.

MINI gives young talents an extra push with lifestyle promotions

(December 18, 2010) MUNICH, Germany — The 2011 winter season will see MINI intensifying its involvement in lifestyle sporting events on snow and ice. As a cooperative partner to renowned snowboard manufacturer Burton, MINI will for the first time assist in the organization of the Burton Global Open Series.

GMC All-Terrain HD concept takes heavy-duty to the max

(December 18, 2010) DETROIT — We have entered the age when smaller seems to be better. When fuel-sipping engines rule the day and big fuel guzzlers are on the outs.

But at GMC, designers are bucking the trend with an in-your-face concept truck.

GM issues recall over seatbelt anchor problem

(December 17, 2010) DETROIT – General Motors is recalling 111,136 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX 2011 model year crossovers because of seat belt buckle anchors that could fail to perform as designed in a crash.

Another recall by Honda — This time its 1998-2002 Passports

(December 17, 2010) Honda has announced another recall on the heels of a recall of Fit models earlier this week.

This recall involves thePassport SUV, sold at the turn of the decade. Honda will recall 35,984 Passport vehicles from model years 1998-2002 in the U.S. to inspect the front brackets of the rear suspension lower trailing links.

Saturn Ion probed for power steering problem

(December 17, 2010) General Motors's Saturn Ion is being investigated by U.S. auto-safety regulators following at least 633 complaints about sudden loss of power steering.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating about 384,000 Ions from model years 2004 to 2007, after reports of crashes involving injuries, the agency said today on its website.