Inside the Industry

Chevrolet Cruze Eco achieves segment-leading 42 mpg

(November 12, 2010) DETROIT — The official fuel economy numbers for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco are in and they’re good. Segment-leading good. It delivers an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway (manual transmission models), with equally impressive city fuel economy of 28 mpg.

Lincoln expands maintenance program

(November 12, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Lincoln Complimentary Maintenance Program has become a permanent staple for all new Lincoln customers with the beginning of the 2011 model year. First announced last summer as a promotion for select model year 2010 Lincoln lease and retail customers, the program became permanent for all model year 2011 vehicles in fall 2010.

Honda Accord gets best possible crash safety score

(November 12, 2010) TORRANCE, Calif. — The 2011 Honda Accord sedan has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) best-possible Overall Vehicle Score of five stars, Honda announced on Thursday.

Helping the Accord achieve the top score were five-star ratings for overall frontal crash safety, overall side crash safety and rollover resistance.

Nissan recalling 650,000 vehicles worldwide

(November 12, 2010) TOKYO — Nissan is recalling about 605,000 vehicles worldwide for flaws in steering-column shafts and the batteries, according to a report by Reuters News Service.

Nissan said it will recall about 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks, 283,000 Xterra sport-utility vehicles and 18,500 Sentra cars, primarily in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

Chrylser to recall 2008 Jeep Libertys over windshield wiper problem

(November 11, 2010) Chrysler reports it plans to recall 16,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs to fix faulty windshield wiper systems.

Chrysler said the wiper problem involves certain 2008 Jeep Liberty SUVs. Chrysler said water could get into the windshield wiper motor of the Jeeps and stop the wipers.

Chrysler releases prices for new 200, revised Town & Country

(November 11, 2010) Chrysler has good news and not so good news when it comes to prices for two revised and reworked 2011 products.

Chrysler today announced that the 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan, replacement for the slow-selling and much-criticized Sebring, will start at $875 less than the sedan it replaces. At the same time, the reworked Chrysler Town & Country minivan will start at nearly $5,000 more than the base 2010 model.

Pick a key, choose your Mustang performance

(November 11, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — You hold two keys: One has a black Boss logo, the other red: Either will start your 2012 Mustang Boss 302. Slide the all-black key into the lock cylinder, give it a twist and you’re treated to 444 ponies worth of smooth, streetable driving joy. Or choose red — the TracKey — and you have a competition-ready track car.

14,245 Cadillac, Buick models recalled over power steering issue

(November 11, 2010) DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 14,245 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne cars with V-8 engines from the 2010 and 2011 model year because the vehicles can have a starter or alternator cable that comes in contact with the power steering return line.

Honda CR-Z wins Car of the Year honors in Japan

(November 10, 2010) TOKYO, Japan — The Honda CR-Z hybrid has been awarded the Car of the Year Japan 2010–2011 by the Japan Car of the Year Executive Committee.

The CR-Z hybrid brings together a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and Honda’s original Integrated Motor Assist.

GM reports third quarter net income of $1.96 billion

(November 10, 2010) DETROIT — General Motors posted third quarter net income of $1.96 billion on revenues of $34.06 billion, it was announced today.

The results were in line with a forecast issued last week. GM now has earned $4.16 billion on revenues of $98.71 billion through three straight profitable quarters this year — a dramatic swing after five consecutive annual losses.