June 2010

Ford to expand Lincoln lineup

(June 3, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Company will expand and enhance its Lincoln brand lineup with seven all-new or significantly refreshed vehicles in the next four years as part of an aggressive growth plan focused on standout product design, class-leading technology and new powertrains – all aimed at competing with Cadillac and Lexus in North America.

Auto sales up 19 percent from May 2009

(June 2, 2010) All major automakers except Toyota reported double-digit U.S. sales gains in May, as the light-vehicle sales rate hit its highest level since December.

Sales rose 19 percent from May 2009, marking the eighth-straight monthly increase, the longest such streak since June 2000, according to Bloomberg Data. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate hit 11.8 million, beating analysts' predictions for demand in the low-11-million-unit range.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets 'Top Safety Pick'

(June 2, 2010) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Chrysler Group announced today that the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has received a Top Safety Pick award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) — the highest rating the organization bestows.

“The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first production vehicle to launch since our alliance with Fiat and a ‘Top Safety Pick’ is a great way to start our 2011 product offensive,” said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President – Engineering.

Ford year-to-date sales up 25 percent in Canada

(June 2, 2010) OAKVILLE, Ontario — Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited saw sales increase 19 per cent compared to last May with year-to-date sales up 25 per cent.

Strong sales of the Ford Taurus, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX which saw an increase of 242 per cent, 65 per cent and 74 per cent, respectively, helped to drive the positive results. With sales of 101,054 units year-to-date, Ford of Canada continues to lead the market.

GM hits 1 million sales in China by the end of May

(June 1, 2010) SHANGHAI — General Motors and its employees today celebrated the sale of 1 million vehicles by the automaker in China in 2010.

The millionth customer, Lu Weiwei from Shanghai, purchased a new Buick LaCrosse equipped with OnStar.

Ford Fusion investigated for floor mat problem

(June 1, 2010) DETROIT — Ford's Fusion and Mercury Milan cars are under investigation by U.S. regulators because floor mats may trap the accelerator pedals, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

About 249,300 cars from the 2010 model year may be affected, NHTSA said today on its Web site.

Tata says Nano fires unrelated, finds no problem with tiny car

(June 1, 2010) India's Tata Motors says there is nothing wrong with its tiny, inexpensive Nano. Those findings after completing an investigation of two Nano fires, both of which received extensive press because of dramatic pictures showing the cars fully involved in fire.

Tata said it has undertaken a comprehensive investigation related to the cause of fire in the two Nanos.