July 2010

Ford wants Mercury gone by the end of the year

(July 12, 2010) DETROIT — Ford will begin the wind-down of Mercury production in late September, the Automotive News reports.

Ford wants to shutter the 71-year-old brand and dealer network by Dec. 31.

Fiat enthusiasts offered First Edition model

(July 11, 2010) ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Fiat fans attending the annual convention of the Club Fiat-Lancia Unlimited were given a special surprise when the head of Fiat North America arrived at their closing dinner and made them an exclusive offer.

Chevy Camaro wins Edmunds 2010 launch breakthrough award

(July 10, 2010) Edmunds.com on Friday announced the winner of the Edmunds.com Launch Breakthrough Award is the Chevy Camaro.

The Edmunds.com Launch Breakthrough Award is provided annually to a vehicle that earns the highest overall score in a thorough analysis of 18 factors associated with the launch of a new vehicle, including pricing, sales, market share, dealer profit margins, incentives, consumer consideration, consumer ratings, inventory levels and residual values for all eligible vehicles.

Potential bad brake line leads to Chrysler recall

(July 9, 2010) Chrysler has issued a safety recall involving more than 26,000 2010 model Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Liberty and Ram 1500 vehicles for a bad brake line connection from the master cylinder to the hydraulic control unit.

Some vehicles may have been built with a brake tube with an improperly formed flare that could leak fluid and lead to reduced braking performance.

Tata shows solid sales growth in June

(July 9, 2010)  Tata Motors’ total sales  — including exports — of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles in June were 67,730 vehicles, a growth of 49% over 45,440 vehicles sold in June 2009.

The Indian company’s domestic sales of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles for June 2010 were 62,602, a 45% growth over 43,284 sold in June last year.

Toyota to extend vehicle development time

(July 8, 2010) Toyota will extend the time it takes to develop its vehicles by an average of four weeks in a bid to ensure quality following a string of high-profile recalls, a top executive said today according to Reuters News Service.

"The fast growth of the past decade has been too much in some areas for the company to keep up with," Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada told a small group of U.S.-based reporters at Toyota headquarters on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Auto Show looks for record

(July 8, 2010) The Los Angeles Auto Show is gearing up for a record number of debuts this November. Sources tell MotorwayAmerica that about 33 world debuts are known to be heading towards L.A.

Los Angeles is the first major annual show in North America and the kick-off of the auto show season that ends with the New York Auto Show the following spring.

Ford improves SYNC for safer driving

(July 8, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — As the issue of texting while driving grows in prominence nationally, Ford Motor Company is expanding its SYNC technology with new features to give drivers safer alternatives to hand-held texting and keep them more focused on the road.

To help make the in-car connection safer, Ford is improving the SYNC text message readback feature and empowering drivers with a “Do Not Disturb” button so they can decide the level of connectivity and communications they want to manage while in the car.

New Chrysler program allows 60-day return

(July 8, 2010) Chrysler today announced its new pledge program which allows consumers to return a new vehicle within 60 days if they aren’t happy with the purchase, plus the company will make the first two months payments for the consumer (up to $500 per month, maximum of $1000).

Ford says 2011 Lincoln MKX ranks best in fuel economy

(July 8, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich., — Ford is touting the 2011 Lincoln MKX as the newest vehicle in the premium maker's lineup to offer best-in-class horsepower and torque and the best fuel economy of any luxury crossover vehicle on the market.