August 2011

New wind turbine erected at Ford plant in the UK

(August 15, 2011) COLOGNE, Germany — Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly Line in the UK will be fully powered by wind come the end of the month, thanks to the erection of a third electricity-generating turbine.

The turbines on the Ford Dagenham estate convert wind energy into electricity to power production at the DDC.

Guinness world record set for 'largest parade of Jaguar cars'

(August 15, 2011) The 2011 Silverstone Classic in the UK over the July 22-24 weekend broke several records, and the biggest involved the iconic Jaguar E-type. The Guinness World Records has just confirmed that a new record was set for the "largest parade of Jaguar cars" when 767 Jaguar E-types took part in a special parade lap of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

2012 Buick LaCrosses, Chevrolet Impalas recalled over steering issues

(August 15, 2011) General Motors is recalling more than 16,000 2012 model year Buick LaCrosses and Chevrolet Impalas in the U.S. and Canada for two separate defects related to steering.

GM is recalling 4,293 LaCrosses, including 4,077 in the U.S., because of an incorrect calibration of the StabiliTrak electronic stability system.

Intriguing Volkswagen Bulli concept moves closer to reality

(August 14, 2011) Volkswagen's Bulli concept vehicle, a modern interpretation of the original VW Microbus, may be getting the green light for production. The Bulli was a hit at the Geneva Auto Show is March.

Thanks to a lot of positive feedback, VW’s top officials claim that they are “very serious” about giving the Bulli electric MPV concept the green light for production. The plans are now for the Bulli to sell next to the Beetle in a proposed “heritage range.”

Ford's China growth continues in July

(August 14, 2011) SHANGHAI, China — Despite slower industry growth rates in an increasingly competitive market, Ford Motor China reported sales of 306,830 wholesale units from January to July, up 13 percent from the same period last year.

Ford Motor China sold 32,320 wholesale units in July, a three percent increase over July 2010.

Iconic Chevrolets illustrate brand's 100-year history

(August 13, 2011) DETROIT — Throughout its 100-year history, Chevrolet has created hundreds of different cars and trucks.  Many have their passionate fans and collectors.  Some stand out as iconic — personifying the spirit, style, and dependability that have defined Chevrolet.

So with apologies in advance to fans whose favorites missed the cut, here is a selection of iconic cars and trucks from Chevy’s first century in the United States. The GM Heritage Center collection includes representative examples of most of these vehicles.

Toyota releases teaser shot of new Camry

(August 13, 2011) With the exception of a couple of close-up teaser photos, we will have to wait until Aug. 23 to get a look at the 2012 Toyota Camry, which will probably hit showrooms in October.

Toyota has been playing it very close to the vest with its completely revised 2012 model. This picture, a tightly cropped rear three-quarters close-up of the left taillight with the Camry badge just below, was released this week on Twitter.

Toyota to show production version of Prius plug-in hybrid at Frankfurt

(August 13, 2011) Toyota will debut the production version of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Sept. 15.

The new Prius Plug-in Hybrid features a new, more compact lithium-ion battery which has been developed to meet Toyota’s rigorous standards for reliability. The new battery offers extended EV (electric power only) range, enabling the Prius PHEV to achieve remarkable fuel efficiency.

Ford, SunPower team up to 'Drive Green for Life'

(August 13, 2011) DEARBORN Mich. — Ford and SunPower Corp. have teamed up to offer customers a rooftop solar system that will allow Focus Electric owners to “Drive Green for Life” by providing customers with enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity used to charge the vehicle.

Honda to build new plant in Mexico for subcompact vehicles

(August 12, 2011) EL SALTO, Jalisco, Mexico — Honda de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., (HDM), Honda's production and sales company in Mexico, today announced that it will build an automobile plant for production of fuel-efficient subcompact vehicles for the Mexican and North American markets.

Honda will invest approximately $800 million to build the plant, which is scheduled to begin operation in 2014.