July 2010

Porsche to experiment with electric vehicles

(July 27, 2010) Porsche, which now offers a Cayenne S Hybrid and has produced a 911 GT3R hybrid racer and plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder concept, on Monday announced its first dive into pure electric vehicles with a trio of experimental battery-electric Boxsters.

The Stuttgart automaker said in a statement that "these three electric Boxsters are to provide an initial first important insight into new electric drive components and battery systems for all-electric vehicle drive."

Elegance on a grand scale – Audi A7 Sportback bows in Munich

(July 26, 2010) Audi joins Jaguar and Aston Martin in targeting a new vehicle class with the A7 Sportback introduced today in Munich.

The large, elegant five-door model combines the emotional character of a grand coupe, the comfort and prestige of a sedan and the active practicality of a station wagon.

Some Volvo SUVs being investigated for electronics defects

(July 26, 2010) Volvo SUVs are being investigated by U.S. safety regulators for intermittent electronics defects in components such as headlights and turn signals, which may raise the risk of a crash, Bloomberg News reported today.

Buick LaCrosse reaches 100,000 sales in China

(July 26, 2010) Less than a year after its launch in China, sales of the new Buick LaCrosse have reached 100,000 units.

The LaCrosse is the fastest-growing member of China’s premium upper-medium sedan segment. In the first six months of 2010, the LaCrosse 3.0-liter SIDI model accounted for nearly 80 percent of the segment (upper-medium sedans priced over RMB 300,000, or roughly $44,200).

Nissan recalling 46,000 Cubes for potential fuel leak

Nissan is recalling model year 2009-2010 Cube vehicles manufactured from Jan. 30, 2009, through July 30, 2010. About 46,000 Cube models are affected.

An independent crash test conducted for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that Nissan Cube models do not comply with a Federal motor vehicle safety standard that limits the amount of fuel that can leak in a rear crash.

2011 Ford Explorer makes 10-city preview

By Ted Biederman

(July 26, 2010) Ford Executive Vice President Mark Fields talks about reinventing the SUV for the 21st century, and the ability to take advantage of a 96-percent name recognition of Explorer by consumers in North America.

Lincoln prices MKZ Hybrid same as conventional MKZ

(July 25, 2010) Dearborn, Mich. — Lincoln’s new MKZ Hybrid — the most fuel-efficient luxury car in America — will be a standout in the marketplace for another unique distinction when it goes on sale this fall: It will be priced the same as its conventional gas sibling.

Honda's larget engine plant celebrates 25 years

(July 24, 2010) ANNA, Ohio — With employment of 2,400, the Honda of America engine plant here  has produced more than 17 million engines in 25 years. Cumulative capital investment in the plant exceeds $1.7 billion, including a $140 million series of expansion projects, completed in 2008, for the production of steel engine components previously sourced overseas.

GM working on environmentally friendly refrigerant

(July 24, 2010) WARREN, Mich. — General Motors Co. will introduce a new greenhouse gas-friendly air-conditioning refrigerant in 2013 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models in the U.S. that  keeps vehicle interiors as cool as today while reducing heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere by more than 99 percent.

Ground broken from GM China Advanced Technical Center

(July 21, 2010) SHANGHAI — As part of the completion of its corporate campus, which opened in 2009, General Motors broke ground this week for the GM China Advanced Technical Center.

The new facility, which will be adjacent to the GM China International Operations and GM China Headquarters in Shanghai, will develop advanced vehicle designs and technology solutions for GM on a domestic and global basis.