April 2011

Audi plant builds 20 million engines in 18 years

(April 17, 2011) Audi Hungaria has produced high-tech Audi engines for 18 years and last week the 20 millionth engine rolled off the production line in Gyor, Hungary.

The unit was a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder common rail diesel engine with 170 horsepower that was installed in a white Audi TT Coupé in Audi Hungaria’s vehicle assembly facility. The sports car with the milestone engine is destined for the Belgian market.

Nissan set to fix software problem in electric Leaf

(April 16, 2011) Nissan is apologetic for a glitch that has turned up in its new electric car, the Leaf, and is prepared to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible. In some cases, the repairs can be made at a customer's home or place of work, Nissan said.

Acura provides TSX Sport Wagons for BMC Racing Team

(April 16, 2011) TORRANCE, Calif. — Acura on Friday announced that the brand is now the official North American vehicle sponsor of the BMC Racing Team, an American-registered professional cycling team headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Acura will provide the BMC Racing Team with a fleet of specially-equipped TSX Sport Wagons for use as team cars at all North American races.

Ford will bring 15 new vehicles to China by 2015

(April 16, 2011) SHANGHAI — On the eve of the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, Ford announced that it will introduce 15 new vehicles in China by 2015, as part of its unprecedented expansion in Asia.
“Together with our partners, we are leveraging the strength of the One Ford plan and our global platforms to bring 15 new vehicles to China by 2015, reinforcing our commitment to offer a full portfolio of vehicles for our Chinese customers," said Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa.

GM leads in clean-energy patents

(April 16, 2011) DETROIT — General Motors received more clean-energy patents last year than any other organization, according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of U.S. patents. GM’s 135 patents represent nearly 14 percent of the total 1,881 received by 700 entities.

Toyota production will continue to lag

(April 15, 2011) The effects of the March 11 earthquake continue to adversely affect Toyota. The world's largest automaker said today it would continue building cars in Japan at half of the original rate at least until June 3.

It's been estimated that this will cost Toyota another 120,000 vehicles in lost production.

UK truckers face exorbitant diesel prices

(April 15, 2011) Rising gas prices are definitely a concern in the U.S. And for truckers who are now facing diesel prices over $4 a gallon in virtually every corner of the country it has become a crisis.

But it could be worse. Much worse. You could live and work in the UK where the price of diesel rose to a new record high again this week.

Chevrolet introduces Z-Spec accessories for new Sonic

(April 15, 2011) DETROIT — Chevrolet today introduced the first production Z-Spec accessories for the 2012 Sonic, an all-new small car hitting the streets this fall. The Sonic is the replacement for the Aveo as the entry-level model in the Chevrolet lineup.

The Sonic Z-Spec portfolio — which will be showcased at the New York International Auto Show — includes “Color Out” accent packages with contrasting-color exterior parts and graphics that express the car’s performance characteristics.

Hertz to offer Mitsubishi's all-electric i-MiEV in UK rental fleet

(April 15, 2011) LONDON (PRNewswire) — Hertz has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK to add the pure-electric vehicle i-MiEV city car to the fleets of Hertz and car sharing club Connect by Hertz in the UK. The rollout starts today, with two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs now available for Connect by Hertz members to zip around London.

Ford expanding F-150 airbag recall

(April 14, 2011) Ford is expanding recall of F-150 pickup trucks for a possible short circuit that can cause airbags to deploy unexpectedly. Ford had previously recalled 144,000 trucks, but now has expanded the recall to 1.2 million pickups as well as some Lincoln Mark LT vehicles.