Inside the Industry

Dodge Viper will return for 2013 model year

(December 1, 2010) Reports have been circulating across the automotive landscape that the Chrysler Group, which has revised its entire lineup for the 2011 model year, is going a step further in 2012 with an all-new iconic Dodge Viper.

Chrysler plans to hire 1,000 new engineers, technical people

(December 1, 2010) Spurred by the company’s five-year business plan and additional expansion into the small- and mid-range vehicle segments, Chrysler Group plans to hire 1000 new engineers and other technical personnel by the end of first quarter 2011.

First Ford Transit Connect taxi delivered

(December 1, 2010) BOSTON — The first Ford Transit Connect Taxi in the United States was delivered today to Boston Cab Dispatch at the New England International Auto Show.

Brett Barenholtz, CEO of Boston Cab Dispatch, received the keys to the Transit Connect Taxi and said he is eager to put it into service.

Toyota sues 'old' GM over Nummi plant

(December 1, 2010) Toyota said it has filed a lawsuit against Motors Liquidation Co., the company responsible for the discarded assets of the former General Motors Corp., seeking $73 million in damages related to the closure of their joint factory.

Morgan still builds cars by hand

For more than 100 years the Morgan Motor Company in England has been building roadsters by hand. And with a liberal use of wood.

The process is interesting and Morgan's craftsmen are still busy filling customer orders for the company's numerous offerings from classic to modern.

Toyota says it will fix coolant pump glitch in Prius models

(November 30, 2010) Toyota has announced that it will pay to fix about 650,000 Prius models worldwide for a coolant pump glitch that could cause the top-selling hybrid to overheat and lose power.

The repair campaign covers Prius cars for the model years 2004 to 2007. The bulk of the cars — 378,000 units — are in the United States.

Recycled clothing found in new Ford Focus

(November 30, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Old clothes turn up in plenty of places — the hamper, the bottom of a closet, behind the washing machine. They’re also found in the next-generation Ford Focus, albeit in different and more useful forms.

The 2012 Focus, on sale early next year in North America and Europe, uses these cottons from recycled clothing in areas such as carpet backing and sound-absorption materials for interior quietness.

GM to add 1,000 engineers and researchers to develop electric vehicles

(November 30, 2010) HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — Beginning today, General Motors will add 1,000 engineers and researchers in Michigan over the next two years to expand its development of electric vehicles.

The commitment by GM CEO Dan Akerson coincides with preparations for delivery of the first Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles with extended-range capability to customers in key states.

GM completes sale of global steering business to Chinese company

(November 30, 2010) DETROIT — General Motors today confirmed the completion of the sale of Nexteer Automotive to Pacific Century Motors, effective today.

The sale of Nexteer’s business includes global steering and halfshaft operations including 22 manufacturing facilities, six engineering facilities and 14 customer support centers located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. 

Nissan Leaf named European Car of the Year

(November 29, 2010) In an historic moment for Nissan Motor Company, the all-electric Nissan Leaf was named 2011 European Car of the Year.

This is the first time in the 47-year history of the annual competition that the award has gone to an electric vehicle.