Inside the Industry

Kelley Blue Book names Honda Odyssey 'Best Redesigned Vehicle'

(December 16, 2010) IRVINE, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Kelley Blue Book today announces the 2011 Honda Odyssey has been named 2011 Best Redesigned Vehicle. 

The editors praised the 2011 Honda Odyssey engineers and designers for successfully tackling the difficult task of improving and redesigning an already very-successful, hot-selling model that is widely regarded as the pinnacle of its class.

Honda to recall 143,083 Fits over headlight concern

(December 16, 2010) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda will recall approximately 143,083 model year 2007 and 2008 Honda Fit vehicles to avoid the potential loss of low-beam headlight functionality.

Audi breaks U.S. vehicle sales record on Monday

(December 15, 2010) HERNDON, Va. — Audi broke its annual vehicle sales record in the U.S. Monday evening when it recorded its 93,507th transaction of 2010. The sale eclipsed the old U.S. record of 93,506 vehicles sold in 2007.

VW recalls 377,286 cars for potential fire risk

(December 15, 2010) Volkswagen is recalling 377,286 cars in the United States citing fire risk from fuel-supply lines that may chafe and leak.

VW is recalling Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Golf, Rabbit, New Beetle and New Beetle Convertible cars, it said in a letter posted today on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site.

Chrysler recalls 367,350 minivans over airbag problem

(December 15, 2010) DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling about 367,350 model year 2008 Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, citing airbags that may inadvertently deploy.

GM, Nissan dominate Car of Year finalists

(December 15, 2010) DETROIT —  General Motors and Nissan dominate the list of 14 cars being considered for the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The list includes two electric vehicles, Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf.

The awards are unique in the United States because — instead of being given by a single media outlet — they are awarded by automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.

Automobile Magazine names its 'all-stars'

(December 15, 2010) Tis the season for automotive awards, and all the major automotive magazines and numerous internet sites jump on the end-of-the-year bandwagon.

Chrysler announces additional $85 million investment in Kokomo plant

(December 15, 2010) AUBURN HILLS — Following recent announcements that it would invest nearly $1.2 billion in its Kokomo, Ind., facilities, Chrysler Group confirmed that it is looking to invest another $85 million in its Kokomo Transmission Plant (KTP) for a variety of powertrain improvements.

Crashing the new Ford Focus

(December 15, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford safety engineers in the U.S. and Germany crash tested the new 2012 Ford Focus more than 12,000 times in real and virtual worlds to prove out innovative new technologies designed to protect occupants in crashes.

Ford plant to build gas-powered electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles

(December 14, 2010) WAYNE, Mich. — Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, which once churned out large SUVs, has completed a $550 million transformation that will make it the world’s first factory to build not only fuel-efficient gas-powered cars, but also three production versions of electrified vehicles including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.