June 2011

Range Rover Evoque to start at $43,995, get 28 mpg on the highway

(June 30, 2011) MAHWAH, N.J. (PRNewswire) — Land Rover revealed today that the all-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque will have a starting price of $43,995 for the five-door, and $44,995 for the coupe. Both prices include destination and delivery.

ClassicCars.com expands certification program to auto dealers

(June 30, 2011) PHOENIX (PRNewswire) — ClassicCars.com today announced the expansion of its first-in-the-industry Certified Classic Vehicle program to include dealer inventory. Initially, certification was available only to private sellers. 

VW Golf Cabriolet goes on sale in Europe

(June 30, 2011) The order books for the new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, which is back after a nine-year absence, have been opened in the UK and Europe. Prices for the new model range from £20,720 ($33,152) to £26,595 ($42,550). The new drop top will not be sold in the U.S.

Fall media blitz planned for all-new 2012 Toyota Camry

(June 30, 2011) There's always a certain amount of excitement when a new version of a popular vehicle is anticipated. But there seems to be an extra measure of excitement for the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry, still the best-selling car in the U.S.

And there's finally some news on the next-generation Camry. Toyota plans to position the redesigned car as "smart, safe and worry-free" during a fall media blitz, The Wall Street Journal reported.

A glimpse of tomorrow — folding steering wheel

(June 29, 2011) LIVONIA, Mich. (PRNewswire) — TRW Automotive Holdings, a global developer of active and passive safety, today unveiled a folding steering wheel concept which retracts into the dashboard to improve driver comfort getting in and out of a vehicle.

Ford's small EcoBoost engine proves popular in the UK

(June 29, 2011) BRENTWOOD, UK — Since the introduction of the 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine in late 2010, Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant in the UK has been working flat out to meet customer demand.

Available in the new Focus, Mondeo, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX, S-MAX and Galaxy, the versatile 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine has been a success thanks to its impressive performance, excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, according to Ford.

Toyota recalls certain 2006, 2007 Highlander Hybrid, RX 400h models

(June 29, 2011) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles from model years 2006 and 2007 sold in the U.S.

Infiniti EX35 joins M37/M56 as top safety pick

(June 28, 2011) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today awarded the 2011 Infiniti EX35 small crossover vehicle a “Top Safety Pick” rating. The rating is given to vehicles that achieve the Institute’s highest rating of “Good” in front, rear and side impact protection, are equipped with electronic stability control, and earn a good rating in roof strength.

Special edition 'High Voltage yellow' Scion tC announced

(June 28, 2011) TORRANCE, Calif. — Scion announced today that its first release series for the second generation tC sports coupe, the 2012 tC Release Series 7.0 (tC RS 7.0), will be available at dealer showrooms this summer. Scion also said that the 2012 tC sports coupe will come standard with a new Pioneer audio system that features Bluetooth hands-free, Bluetooth streaming audio and HD Radio technology.

Nissan sets May global sales record

(June 28, 2011) Nissan today reported that despite the after affects of the March earthquake in Japan and a steep falloff in Japanese sales, global sales increased 6.3 percent year-on-year to 344,934 units, marking an all-time record for May.

Including mini-vehicles, Nissan sold 37,981 units in Japan, down 12.9 percent year-on-year, due to effects of the earthquake.