June 2010

Edmunds.com announces used car best bets for 2010

(June 27, 2010) Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, has announced the Used Car Best Bets for 2010.

The annual Used Car Best Bets are chosen based on reliability, safety, value, and availability. This year all cars and trucks from the 2003 to 2008 model years are eligible.

Toyota to recall 17,000 Lexus HS 250h vehicles for potential fuel leakage

(June 26, 2010) Toyota said on its Web site Friday that it plans to recall 17,000 Lexus HS 250h vehicles from model year 2010 after discovering excess fuel leakage during government rear-impact crash tests.

It is the latest safety setback for the world's largest automaker.

55 years of Thunderbird celebrated this weekend

(June 25, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Thunderbird is known for its classic design cues and the character of a true American sports car. But it also has 55 years of history to go along with that, and owners across the country are coming together to celebrate.

Nearly 300 Ford Thunderbirds and their owners will be heading to Dearborn to honor the 55th anniversary of the classic car with a car show at Ford World Headquarters on Saturday. Drivers will be coming from more than 30 states, with several coming from Canada.

Jaguar to show special XKR at Pebble Beach in August

(June 25, 2010) MAHWAH, N.J. — Two new exclusive Jaguar XKR sports cars — the XKR175 and the XKR 75 — will make their debuts this summer. The XKR 75 will first be shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 2 while the North American market will first see its XKR175 at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August.

The small Mazda2 will go on sale in the U.S. in August

(June 25, 2010) The new Mazda2, a small five-door hatchback, the smallest and lowest-priced vehicle Mazda will sell in the United States will arrive in August.

The 2 is Mazda's new B-segment contender, takes on the likes of the Honda Fit, the Toyota Yaris, the Nissan Versa and its platform mate, the Ford Fiesta.

Edmunds predicts all major automakers to be down from May

(June 24, 2010) This month's new vehicle sales (including fleet sales) are expected to be 992,500 units, a 16.6 percent increase from June 2009 but a 9.5 percent decrease from May 2010, according to Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information.

Edmunds.com analysts predict that June's Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) will be 11.2 million, down from 11.6 in May 2010.

Believe it or not — Mustang V-6 averages 48.5 mpg

(June 24, 2010) BRISTOL, Tn. — The 2011 Ford Mustang, which made history when it became the first car ever to deliver more than 30 mpg and 305 horsepower, has set a new record by running 1,457 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway while averaging 48.5 mpg.

2011 Honda Accord gets updates, improved gas mileage

(June 24, 2010) Set to go on sale in mid-August, the 2011 Honda Accord sedan and coupe receive updates including improved fuel economy, enhanced exterior and interior styling and the addition of a new leather-equipped Special Edition (SE) trim level.

Weakness in June new-vehicle retail sales partially offset by fleet replenishment

(June 24, 2010) An increase in fleet sales in June is not strong enough to fully offset weaker-than-expected retail sales, resulting in a decline in the total new-vehicle selling rate from May, according to J.D. Power and Associates, which gathers real-time transaction data from more than 8,900 retail franchisees throughout the United States.

Toyota's top test driver killed in Lexus LFA supercar

(June 24, 2010) The top test driver for Toyota was killed in a road accident in Germany while testing a prototype super car, the car maker said on Thursday. Hiromu Naruse was testing the Lexus LFA sports car when it collided in western Germany on Wednesday. The mishap took place near Nuerburgring race track.

The spokesperson of the auto giant said that the company is grief stricken on the sad demise of their chief Hiromu Naruse. Naurse was 67 and worked with the company since 1963.