August 2011

GM's Chinese-only Baojun 630 begins national launch tour

(August 10, 2011) SHANGHAI — The Baojun 630, the first model from SAIC-GM-Wuling’s (SGMW’s) new Baojun passenger car brand, began its national launch tour today in Chengdu.

Baojun is one of four brands being offered by GM’s joint venture partnerships with SAIC in China, joining Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac.

GM uses historic Woodward Avenue for transmission testing

(August 10, 2011) PONTIAC, Mich. — Woodward Avenue became the first concrete highway in the world in 1909. Three years later, the first electric traffic light was installed on the road that runs from downtown Detroit to downtown Pontiac.

A lesser known historical fact is that Woodward Avenue driving styles have helped improve transmission durability by inspiring a test procedure based on the rigors of strip driving.

New Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 takes specialty truck to the next level

(August 10, 2011) STURGIS, S.D. — The 2012 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 delivers on the custom cool design the lineup is known for, with new snakeskin leather interior accents and a stylized bodyside graphic. Also new are the wheel design and a premium paint color.

Combine that with a standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine and plenty of technology, and it delivers power, capability and style like no other.

New line of Sony in-dash receivers will stream Pandora

(August 10, 2011) SAN DIEGO (PRNewswire) — Sony is expanding its mobile audio lineup with eight new in-dash CD receivers from entry-level units to advanced receivers and digital media players that offer SiriusXM satellite radio and Pandora internet radio connectivity in the car.

"Consumers want their audio choices personalized to match their individual needs and preferences, especially while they are in their cars," said Mike Kahn, director of the Audio Product Division at Sony Electronics.

Subaru to unveil the XV crossover in Frankfurt

(August 10, 2011) Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., parent company of Subaru Automobiles, today confirmed the world production premiere of the all new Subaru XV (European specification) at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show, Sept. 13.

The Subaru XV defines a whole new generation of Subaru crossover vehicles.

Toyota Yaris all new, to begin at $14,875

(August 10, 2011) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota has announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the all-new 2012 next-generation Yaris subcompact.

The Yaris liftback enters its second-generation with an all-new redesign. The new Yaris will again offer the Toyota Star Safety System as standard equipment and an array of enhancements including a new SE model with an enhanced tuned suspension.

GM introduces China-only entry-level sedan

(August 9, 2011) SHANGHAI  — General Motors has introduced its first sedan under a new China-only brand to cater to entry-level buyers in the world's largest auto market. The four-door 1.5-liter Baojun 630 sedan starts at 62,800 yuan ($9,750), according to the company.

The car will be available in three variants and sold to 120 dealers in eight cities, including Zhengzhou, Nanning, Changsha and Harbin.

Ford F-150 V-6 EcoBoost outselling all competitors' V-6 trucks combined

(August 9, 2011) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford's 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, the 365-horsepower Ford F-150 EcoBoost, is outselling all other competitive six-cylinder trucks combined according to July sales statistics.

The new EcoBoost V6 is one of four new more fuel-efficient engines Ford introduced in the F-150 for 2011. Another of those new engines — a 3.7-liter, 302-horsepower V-6 — also outsells all other competitive V6 engines in full-sized trucks from Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge and Toyota.

Interest in 4X4 vehicles soars in UK, research finds

(August 9, 2011) LONDON (PRNewswire) — The demand for new 4x4 vehicles has reached an all-time high, according to new research by, a leading UK motoring website for new car search.

Hyundai Accent best-selling sub-compact in July

(August 9, 2011) COSTA MESA, Calif. (PRNewswire) — The 2012 Hyundai Accent was America's best-selling sub-compact car in July outselling the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.

"The all-new Accent outsold two great small cars we really respect in July," said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America.