December 2010

MINI Paceman Concept will debut at the Detroit Auto Show

(December 22, 2010) In a never ending way to maximize the MINI, the brand is set to show the Paceman Concept at the Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show). 

It was 10 years ago that BMW re-launched the brand at NAIAS. And now the brand is also preparing to celebrate this landmark anniversary at the NAIAS – taking place January 10 -23, 2011 — with the world premiere of the MINI Paceman Concept.

Suzuki to launch major campaign to support Kizashi sport sedan

(December 22, 2010) MediaPost’s Karl Greenberg reports American Suzuki's Kizashi sport sedan has gone some ways toward raising awareness for the automaker whose name many people associate only with motorcycles and marine engines.

Volkswagen/Audi and Hyundai/Kia lead top safety picks

(December 22, 2010) ARLINGTON, Va. — The number of cars and trucks awarded top safety honors by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety more than doubled for 2011, with 66 vehicles cited as best for protecting occupants in front, side, rollover and rear crashes.

Volkswagen gives away three Jettas in a blink of an eye in support of charity

(December 22, 2010) Using as a conduit to reach a target of young, social media users, Volkswagen literally gave away three new Jettas that turned into a charitable gift during this season of giving.

Magical hands-free tailgate available on Ford C-Max

(December 22, 2010) DEARBORN, Mich.  — Gesture or motion technology employed in today’s video game systems is coming to the new seven-passenger Ford C-MAX crossover, designed with families in mind.

Largest used car retailer reports $82 million profit

(December 21, 2010) DETROIT — CarMax Inc.has reported that its third-quarter profits improved by 10 percent over the same quarter last year because of stronger wholesale vehicle sales.

The nation's largest used car retailer, which competes with America's Car-Mart Inc., said it expects to open five superstores in 2012.

Nissan unveils new global sedan

(Decembr 21, 2010) Nissan has unveiled an all-new sedan model at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. Using the famed "Sunny" name in China, the new model will go on sale first in China in January 2011 and then progressively across 170 countries worldwide under different vehicle brand names.

Navy takes delivery of GM fuel cell vehicle

(December 21, 2010) HONOLULU — The U.S.  Navy is among the first customers to take delivery of a GM fuel cell vehicle as part of the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative,  which aims to integrate hydrogen as an essential building block for a sustainable energy ecosystem in the Aloha State.

Toyota agrees to pay $32.4 million in government fines

(December 21, 2010) Toyota announced Monday that it has reached two settlement agreements with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration related to the timeliness of recalls conducted by the company in 2005 to address potential concerns with steering relay rods and from 2007 to early 2010 to address the potential for pedal entrapment by unsecured, incompatible or improperly installed floor mats. 

Laurence Fishburne to be voice of Cadillac

(December 20, 2010) DETROIT — Award-winning stage and screen actor Laurence Fishburne will lend his voice to television advertising for Cadillac. Advertising will launch in the Rose Bowl game telecast on Jan. 1.