Inside the Industry

Whole Foods dedicates parking spaces at Austin store for car2go users

(January 20, 2011) AUSTIN, Texas —  Car2go and Whole Foods Market announced today that four car2go dedicated parking spots are now available at the natural and organic food retailer’s flagship store at 525 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin.

Whole Foods Market shoppers and who are car2go members will now have the convenience of parking and sharing car2go vehicles.

Mitsubishi to revitalize lineup in U.S. by 2014

(January 20, 2011) Mitsubishi is going to get a completely new look in the United States.

According to press reports today, the Japanese automaker is going to kill off its current lineup of U.S.-made vehicles, including the Eclipse sports car, Endeavor crossover and mid-sized Galant sedan, over the next three years and switch to producing global vehicles at its U.S. plant in Illinois.

It's easy to be green with Ford Focus electric

(January 20, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — The environmentally friendly reach of the Ford Focus Electric goes beyond its zero-emissions motor. Focus Electric combines recycled and renewable materials, green technologies and innovative manufacturing processes to make the car green from bumper to bumper.

GM Daewoo vehicles in South Korea will get Chevrolet nameplate

(January 20, 2011) SEOUL — In a move designed to enhance its presence in Korea and to bolster its domestic sales operations, GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. (GM Daewoo) announced today that it is replacing the current GM Daewoo nameplate with the world’s fastest-growing automotive brand, Chevrolet.

The Hard Way — Five Lexus vehicles suspended over runway

(January 20, 2011) TORRANCE, Calif. — There’s the easy way, and there’s the Lexus way. A lone crane slowly lifts the front end of a Lexus LS, then a second vehicle is attached using cables and stretch bars, then another and another and finally, a fifth Lexus vehicle is suspended in midair from the crane, using no support other than the strength of the LS.

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe hits the track at Sebring

(January 19, 2011) SEBRING, Fla. — The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe race car hit the track for the first time on Monday, driven by Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim, for tests at Sebring International Raceway.

Cadillac is reentering the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT series this year, beginning with the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 25-27.

Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car in Artic Lapland Rally

(January 19, 2011) Ford's all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car will make its debut in Finland's Arctic Lapland Rally Jan. 28 and 29.

Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila will drive a leg each in the two-day snow and ice rally based in Rovaniemi, as the final part of the squad's pre-season testing schedule.

Preuss out, Linda Marshall in at OnStar

(January 19, 2011) DETROIT — General Motors on Tuesday announced that Linda Marshall has been appointed president of OnStar, effective Feb. 1.  Marshall succeeds J. Christopher Preuss, who has elected to leave the company to launch a communications consultancy practice.

Audi launches research initiative to find solutions to urban mobility challenges

(January 19, 2011) A new research initiative launched by Audi, its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley and four top U.S. universities will develop technologies aimed at easing the congestion, dangers and inconveniences that often confront drivers in the world’s biggest cities.

The new three-year research initiative is called “Audi Urban Intelligent Assist.”

Ford to invest $400 million in Kansas City assembly plant

(January 18, 2011) KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ford today announced a further commitment to U.S. manufacturing with plans to build a new vehicle at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri after Ford Escape production moves to Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant and retooling of the Kansas City facility is complete.