April 2011

Pictures offer a close up look at 2012 Beetle

(April 19, 2011) The new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle was revealed on Monday and now we can offer some more detailed pictures of the new car that will go on sale in the U.S. this fall.

Volkswagen says that only someone who knows and respects the Beetle’s heritage could produce a new generation of this storied vehicle. The task for Volkswagen engineers was clear.

Focus, C-MAX do well, but overall Ford sales down in Europe

(April 19, 2011) COLOGNE, Germany — Ford unit sales in March were down 13.5 percent in Europe from March 2010, and down 10 per cent in the first quarter compared with the same period last year.

Ford said that this was due to a weaker market in Western Europe than a year ago, plus the favorable impact of scrappage schemes in the early part of 2010 which helped to boost the sale of Ford's small car sales in the first quarter of last year.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu unveiled in United States and China

(April 19, 2011) The current-generation Malibu was a game changer for Chevrolet. The popular mid-sized sedan brought new-found style and a decent driving experience.

That was back in 2007 and Chevrolet has deemed it time to introduce an all-new vehicle a year ahead of its North American sales date. The problem last time was simply to build a better car that would attract buyers. Sales numbers over the last four years show that Chevrolet reached its goal.

Chevrolet brand has best first quarter ever worldwide

(April 18, 2011) DETROIT — Chevrolet sold 1.1 million vehicles worldwide in the first three months of 2011, a 15-percent increase over the first quarter of 2010 and the brand’s best first-quarter results ever.

"This is a great way to kick off Chevrolet’s Centennial year,” said Joel Ewanick, GM global chief marketing officer.

Winning team gets 2,564.8 mpg in Shell Eco-marathon

(April 18, 2011) HOUSTON (PRNewswire) — Going the farthest distance might sound like a foot race. But this past weekend, it meant stretching the boundaries of fuel efficiency as student teams competed in the fifth annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas, a challenge for students to design, build and test fuel-efficient vehicles that travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.

Fiat Gallery to showcase Italian vehicles, feature Italian lounge and cafe

(April 18, 2011) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat announced today that the Fiat Gallery at 18 Wooster — a destination for visitors to immerse themselves in the Fiat brand and culture — will open April 21 and run 11 days to coincide with the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle unveiled today

(April 18, 2011) NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — When the first Beetle rolled off the production line in December 1945, it was called simply the Volkswagen — "the people's car" — but its distinctive shape inspired nicknames across the globe: Beetle, Kafer, Vocho, Coccinelle, Fusca or Maggiolino. In total, 21.5 million cars were sold.

Mazda announces new crossover to be called CX-5

(April 18, 2011) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Mazda today announced that its new compact crossover SUV will be called the Mazda CX-5.  It is the production model derived from the Mazda MINAGI Concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show (81e Salon International de l'Auto de Geneva) in March of this year and will be shown at the New York International Auto Show that opens to the public on April 22.

Nissan to show off a racing Leaf in New York

(April 18, 2011) Hoping to show that electric can be cool, Nissan will show off a Leaf race car called the Leaf NISMO RC at the New York Auto Show opening this week.

The name on the back panel, just under the adjustable rear wing, says Nissan Leaf. The powertrain is an 100 percent zero emission advanced Lithium-ion battery design, just like that found on the company's mass market electric vehicle.

Hyundai, Kia thriving in current earthquake-affected car market

(April 17, 2011) While Toyota, Honda and Nissan are cutting back production, and several other automakers including the Big Three U.S. companies have been forced to trim production because of parts shortages from earthquake-ravaged Japan, Hyundai and Kia are moving full speed ahead.