December 2010

Ford plant to build gas-powered electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles

(December 14, 2010) WAYNE, Mich. — Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, which once churned out large SUVs, has completed a $550 million transformation that will make it the world’s first factory to build not only fuel-efficient gas-powered cars, but also three production versions of electrified vehicles including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

Cadillac returns to racing with the CTS-V

(December 14, 2010) DETROIT — Cadillac announced Monday it will return to racing in 2011 with a race-prepared version of its CTS-V Coupe competing in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge, North America’s top production-based racecar series.

First Chevy Volts head to dealers

(December 14, 2010) DETROIT — The first Chevrolet Volts have left the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant on Monday destined for initial retail launch markets.  Customers in California, Texas, Washington D.C. and New York could receive the new car in the next few days.

Toyota issues voluntary recall of 2011 Sienna minivans to replace switch bracket

(December 14, 2010) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota on Monday announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 94,000 2011 Sienna minivans produced before early November 2010 to replace the stop lamp (brake light) switch bracket. 

Jeep Compass gets updated for 2011

(December 14, 2010) Chrysler on Monday unveiled the 2011 Jeep Compass, a compact utility vehicle slated to be replaced in 2013.

The Compass is among 16 all-new or significantly updated vehicles and is one of the few that until Monday had been kept under wraps.

Honda shows sketch of Civic concept

(December 13, 2010) One of the most anticipated new car releases for the 2012 model year is the Honda Civic. The Civic is the heart and soul of Honda in North America, and its millions of owners will testify to the Civic's popularity over the years.

Ford shows slight gains in November European sales

(December 13, 2010) Ford of Europe sales across its 51 markets increased by 0.5 per cent in November due to strong sales momentum in Eastern Europe and in Russia and Turkey, offsetting a continuing weak market in Western Europe, particularly in the south of Europe.

GM says 52 percent of its facilities are 'landfill-free'

(December 13, 2010) DETROIT —  General Motors said today that 52 percent of its worldwide facilities are now landfill-free, meaning all waste generated from normal operations is reused, recycled or converted to energy.

GM now has 76 landfill-free facilities, achieving a global operations commitment established in 2008 to convert 50 percent of its 145 plants to landfill-free status by the end of 2010.

An 'Essence Sculpture' for the car buff who has everything

(December 12, 2010) Need a gift idea for the car buff who has everything? Infiniti has a suggestion.

Infiniti has announced the production of a Limited Edition Collector’s “Essence Sculpture,” which arrives just in time for the holidays. Available through Infiniti’s online merchandise center, the beautifully crafted artwork was inspired by the stunning Infiniti Essence concept car, which was unveiled last year in celebration of the automaker’s 20th anniversary.

Give the gift that will give $1,800 back — but hurry!

(December 12, 2010) Porsche indicates that this may be the perfect time to treat yourself to a 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid Christmas gift.

Porsche’s first production hybrid, the 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid sport-utility vehicle, has been certified as being eligible for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit as a Qualified Hybrid Motor Vehicle.