November 2010

14,245 Cadillac, Buick models recalled over power steering issue

(November 11, 2010) DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 14,245 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne cars with V-8 engines from the 2010 and 2011 model year because the vehicles can have a starter or alternator cable that comes in contact with the power steering return line.

Honda CR-Z wins Car of the Year honors in Japan

(November 10, 2010) TOKYO, Japan — The Honda CR-Z hybrid has been awarded the Car of the Year Japan 2010–2011 by the Japan Car of the Year Executive Committee.

The CR-Z hybrid brings together a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and Honda’s original Integrated Motor Assist.

GM reports third quarter net income of $1.96 billion

(November 10, 2010) DETROIT — General Motors posted third quarter net income of $1.96 billion on revenues of $34.06 billion, it was announced today.

The results were in line with a forecast issued last week. GM now has earned $4.16 billion on revenues of $98.71 billion through three straight profitable quarters this year — a dramatic swing after five consecutive annual losses.

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf named top vehicles at Miami auto show

(November 10, 2010) MIAMI — The Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan LEAF were named the top vehicles at the 40th annual South Florida International Auto Show (SFIAS) by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA), while Jeep’s funky “Lower Forty” was tapped as the Best Concept Vehicle in the Show.

GM unveils upscale minivan for Chinese market

(November 10, 2010) SHANGHAI —- General Motors has unveiled a few teaser shots of its new minivan for the Chinese market. Called the Buick GL8, the model will be fully revealed Nov. 28, and it is supposedly tailored for China's chauffeured elite.

The new vehicle will come with a choice of a 2.4-liter Ecotec engine or 3.0-liter V-6 SIDI engine, as well as a six-speed automatic-manual transmission, OnStar and Buick's Quiet Tuning system.

Ford Focus is vehicle of technology trade show

(November 10, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — With its global launch near, the all-new Ford Focus takes on the role of official vehicle for the 2011 International CES, considered the largest technology trade show in the world.

Automotive nostalgia alive on web site

(November 9, 2010) MotorayAmerica has discovered a web site that will delight all
automotive enthusiasts who love to look back at the "good old days" of American sheetmetal.

Hans Tore Tangerud of Norway has compiled a site that includes literally hundreds of newspaper and magazine automobile ads and automotive brochures dating back to the start of the 20th Century.

New small Nissan Serena minivan goes on sale in Japan Nov. 29

(November 9, 2010) YOKOHAMA, Japan — So what is Nissan doing for the Japanese market?

This month the automaker is releasing an all new version of the Serena MPV. The fourth generation Serena, for several years the most popular minivan in Japan,  goes on sale on Nov. 29.

Ford takes F-150 EcoBoost to 60 cities

(November 9, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich. — The best way to understand the power and performance of the new 2011 Ford F-150 with the much-anticipated 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ engine is to experience it firsthand.

That’s why Ford is taking the new EcoBoost-powered F-150 directly to customers’ doorsteps for individual test drives in a nationwide tour of 60 cities months before the truck is available for sale.

Mazda Japanese plant reaches 9 million units

(November 8, 2010) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda's Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi has reached a cumulative production volume of nine million units. This milestone was achieved in the 28 years and two months since vehicle production commenced in September 1982.

The cumulative volume rose from eight to nine million units in just 29 months due to high volumes of the Mazda Axela (known as the Mazda3 overseas), which commenced production in November 2008.