Inside the Industry

Nissan, Mitsubishi expand scope of cooperation

(December 17, 2010) TOKYO/PARIS — Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced that the two companies agreed to expand their current scope of cooperation, especially in the Japanese mini car and global commercial vehicle businesses.

Additionally the two companies agreed to study new opportunities which would generate additional synergies.

Honda launches electric vehicle demonstration program

(December 16, 2010) TORRANCE, Calif. — On the heels of introducing the Honda Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Honda has launched an Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program with the city of Torrance, home to Honda’s U.S. headquarters.

Volt, Leaf, Sonata finalists for North American Car of Year

(December 16, 2010) The Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Sonata today were named finalists for 2011 North American Car of the Year, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango were named Truck of the Year finalists.

The awards are judged by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada representing magazines, newspapers, Web sites, television and radio.

Ford Figo named Indian Car of Year

(December 16, 2010) MUMBAI, India — The Ford Figo was selected as Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) earning the country’s top automotive award in the fiercely competitive and rapidly growing Indian market. Now in its sixth year, the ICOTY is awarded to a new vehicle after comprehensive testing by a jury of leading automobile journalists in India.

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.