Inside the Industry

Volvo adding 200 workers in preparation for higher demand

(December 30, 2010) Expecting higher demand in 2011, Volvo will hire 200 workers in Sweden through March, a spokesman told Bloomberg News. Volvo was acquired from Ford in August by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co.

New car sales expected to grow by 1.1 million in 2010

(December 29, 2010) Pent-up demand is driving new vehicle sales to their highest level since 2008, an auto dealers trade group said.  Sales of light vehicles, on the decline since at least 2006, have accelerated this year, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Chinese auto sales expected to grow despite the end of tax incentives

(December 29, 2010) Automotive tax incentives are ending in China, and that might stifle the world's biggest vehicle market.

Not so says executives of General Motors Co., Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. and BYD Co. The view from the three Chinese automotive giants is that the country's demand for cars will outweigh the impact from the elimination of incentives that have boosted sales, according to Bloomberg News.

2000-2002 Mercedes M-Class vehicles probed for faulty warning light

(December 29, 2010) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into concerns that 2000-2002 Mercedes Benz M Class vehicles have a defective warning light that could result in drivers being unable to disengage the cruise control, the Detroit News reported today.

Ford's MyKey technology allows parents to block radio content

(December 29, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is preparing to debut a new version of its breakthrough MyKey technology that — for the first time — will allow parents to block explicit satellite radio content in the vehicle, much like parents are able to prevent children from viewing certain types of television and Internet content.

Sanyo to increase output of auto lithium-ion batteries

(December 28, 2010) TOKYO — The surge in hybrid and electric car production has benefited at least one battery maker.

Sanyo Electric Co. plans to raise its annual output capacity for automotive lithium-ion batteries by 150 percent, by investing about about $180 million (15 billion yen) in a key plant, the Nikkei business newspaper reported last week.

Ford Raptor video wins top honor at Dean Batchelor Awards

(December 28, 2010) IRVINE, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Kelley Blue Book's popular 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor video recently won the "Best Audio-Visual" award during the 2010 Dean Batchelor Awards from the Los Angeles-based Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America.

Ford will give public chance to watch engine being disassembled

(December 27, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford powertrain engineers will tear down an engine that has gone a distance equal to six times around the earth and three quarters of the way to the moon. Or put another way: the engine has the equivalent of 160,000 miles and 10 years of rugged use.

Jeep Rocks & Road Tour ending in San Diego

(December 27, 2010) The Jeep brand is bringing the “Jeep Rocks & Road Tour,” an off-road driving experience, to consumers attending the 2011 San Diego International Auto Show, Dec. 30 – Jan. 2 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

Tata Nano wins international design award

(December 27, 2010) The Tata Nano has received the GOOD DESIGN Award for 2010, which is given annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.