December 2010

GMC All-Terrain HD concept takes heavy-duty to the max

(December 18, 2010) DETROIT — We have entered the age when smaller seems to be better. When fuel-sipping engines rule the day and big fuel guzzlers are on the outs.

But at GMC, designers are bucking the trend with an in-your-face concept truck.

GM issues recall over seatbelt anchor problem

(December 17, 2010) DETROIT – General Motors is recalling 111,136 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX 2011 model year crossovers because of seat belt buckle anchors that could fail to perform as designed in a crash.

Another recall by Honda — This time its 1998-2002 Passports

(December 17, 2010) Honda has announced another recall on the heels of a recall of Fit models earlier this week.

This recall involves thePassport SUV, sold at the turn of the decade. Honda will recall 35,984 Passport vehicles from model years 1998-2002 in the U.S. to inspect the front brackets of the rear suspension lower trailing links.

Saturn Ion probed for power steering problem

(December 17, 2010) General Motors's Saturn Ion is being investigated by U.S. auto-safety regulators following at least 633 complaints about sudden loss of power steering.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating about 384,000 Ions from model years 2004 to 2007, after reports of crashes involving injuries, the agency said today on its website.

GM names Ewanick global chief marketing officer

(December 17, 2010) DETROIT — General Motors today announced that Joel Ewanick has been appointed Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective immediately.

"As we continue our rapid growth in major global markets, it is important that we take a more customer-focused view of our overall marketing strategy,” said Dan Akerson, Chief Executive Officer. 

Volkswagen Golf continues its winning ways

(December 17, 2010) HERNDON, Va. — Far from resting on its laurels after being named the 2010 “World Car of the Year,” the Volkswagen Golf continues to garner accolades from a variety of industry groups. The Golf will close out the calendar year with three additional awards headed for its trophy case.

Nissan, Mitsubishi expand scope of cooperation

(December 17, 2010) TOKYO/PARIS — Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced that the two companies agreed to expand their current scope of cooperation, especially in the Japanese mini car and global commercial vehicle businesses.

Additionally the two companies agreed to study new opportunities which would generate additional synergies.

Honda launches electric vehicle demonstration program

(December 16, 2010) TORRANCE, Calif. — On the heels of introducing the Honda Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Honda has launched an Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program with the city of Torrance, home to Honda’s U.S. headquarters.

Volt, Leaf, Sonata finalists for North American Car of Year

(December 16, 2010) The Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Sonata today were named finalists for 2011 North American Car of the Year, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango were named Truck of the Year finalists.

The awards are judged by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada representing magazines, newspapers, Web sites, television and radio.

Ford Figo named Indian Car of Year

(December 16, 2010) MUMBAI, India — The Ford Figo was selected as Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) earning the country’s top automotive award in the fiercely competitive and rapidly growing Indian market. Now in its sixth year, the ICOTY is awarded to a new vehicle after comprehensive testing by a jury of leading automobile journalists in India.