June 2010

Tata's global sales grow by 50 percent in May

(June 20, 2010) The Tata Motors Group global sales, comprised of Tata, Tata Daewoo and Hispano Carrocera range of commercial vehicles, Tata passenger vehicles along with distributed brands in India, and Jaguar and Land Rover, totaled 79,819 in May, a gain of 50 percent over May 2009.

Sales of all commercial vehicles were 36,689 in May, a gain of 45 percent.

4,400 Chevrolet Volt owners eligible for free charging stations

(June 19, 2010) DETROIT — The first buyers of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capability will be eligible for one of 4,400 free home charging stations. The program will provide Volt owners with a 240-volt charge station from either ECOtality, Inc. or Coulomb Technologies. In many cases, it will include the cost of home installation.

The projects are made possible with a grant of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Lincoln says its MKZ hybrid most fuel-efficient luxury sedan

(June 19, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid — the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid — is now officially the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America with an EPA-certified 41 mpg rating in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.

“The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid provides a real choice in the marketplace for customers looking for a vehicle that not only makes a statement about who they are but also reflects their ideals,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development.

Detroit automakers surpass rivals in quality survery

The Detroit News

(June 18, 2010) It has taken 24 years, but Detroit's Big Three beat their foreign rivals for the first time ever in J.D. Power and Associates' influential annual study of initial vehicle quality.

Even if just barely.

Domestic brands averaged 108 problems per 100 vehicles, compared to an average 109 problems for foreign brands, according to the results of this year's survey, released Thursday.

Honda unveils all-new 2011 Odyssey minivan

(June 18, 2010) Honda unveiled its all-new 2011 Odyssey minivan in a global webcast Thursday.

The dramatically restyled minivan will be lower and wider than the outgoing model when it arrives this fall. The fourth-generation minivan resembles the concept vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show, Honda officials said during a presentation of the Touring Elite model.

Genral Motors to forego summer shutdowns

(June 18, 2010) DETROIT — Most General Motors U.S. plants will forego traditional summer shutdowns to help meet buyer demand for popular Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac cars, crossovers, and trucks.

Nine of the 11 assembly plants will continue to operate during the traditional shut-down period from June 28 to July 9. 

Larger 2011 Voklswagen Jetta revealed

(June 17, 2010) HERNDON, Va — Volkswagen has announced the world debut of its all-new 2011 larger Jetta at a starting price about $2,000 less than the current model.

The announced starting price is $16,000, but the actual starting price will be $17,00, if you include the optional automatic transmission that most Americans prefer.

All-new Volvo S60 will visit more than 150 U.S. cities beginning in July

(June 14, 2010) ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Volvo has announced the start of its upcoming Naughty Volvo Tour to launch the all-new 2011 Volvo S60. The Naughty Volvo Tour, which will stop at Volvo retailers across the U.S. and in Canada, kicks off on July 6 in Cranston, R.I., Tulsa, Okla. and Tucson, Ariz., and will conclude in the fall.

Mercedes gears up for onslaught of new products

(June 14, 2010) STUTTGART — Mercedes-Benz is in the fast lane. Since the beginning of 2010 Mercedes-Benz has sold 16 percent more cars worldwide than in the same period last year.

And the groundwork has already been laid for further growth thanks to the current model offensive. Sixteen new or upgraded models will be launched during 2010 and 2011, including two vehicles in a soon-to-be family of four in the compact segment.

Ford to offer natural gas, propane conversion for Super Duty trucks

(June 14, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. —  Last week Ford told some 500 North American fleet customers that it will begin offering an alternative-fuels engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab.

At the annual Ford Fleet Product and Business Conference in Dearborn, Ford presented details of the conversion option, which will become available this fall and enables the use of efficient, clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas).