February 2012

Ferrari Formula One drivers each get red Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

(February 3, 2012) MARANELLO, Italy — Two specially prepared models of the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 — the most powerful Jeep vehicle ever — were delivered yesterday to Scuderia Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the Fiorano circuit in Maranello, Italy.

Special edition Mazda MX-5 Miata to be shown in Chicago

(February 3, 2012) IRVINE, Calif.  — Mazda will unveil its 2012 MX-5 Miata Special Edition at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show.  The limited-run model features a black-only Power Retractable Hard Top — the first time a non-body-colored hard top is available in North America — as well as other exclusivities such as two new exterior colors, new 17-inch black gunmetal alloy wheels, black exterior accents, black heated leather seats and piano black interior finishes.

Kia 'Drives the Dream' with Optima Super Bowl ad (watch video)

(February 2, 2012) IRVINE, Calif. — Dreams have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout history, and Kia is tapping into the idea of dreams revealing true desires in a new 60-second commercial set to air during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday.

Soul-based Track'ster concept to be revealed in Chicago by Kia

(February 2, 2012) Kia today unveiled its latest concept based on the Soul city car called the Track'ster. It will be shown at the Chicago auto show, which opens next week.

Powerful, dynamic and aggressive, Kia’s new concept car displays yet again the distinctive design direction that the South Korean manufacturer is taking. Track’ster is intended to be the ultimate sporting representation of Kia’s Soul B- segment SUV.

GM remains top automotive innovator

(February 2, 2012) DETROIT — General Motors remains the No. 1 innovator for the fourth-consecutive quarter among 183 companies ranked by the Patent Board in its quarterly automotive and transportation industry scorecard. 

GM was granted 1,123 U.S. patents in 2011 applied to global product engineering, global powertrain engineering, global research and development and OnStar organizations. 

Fiat 500L to debut at Geneva Motor Show

(February 2, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Fiat brand released the first images of the Fiat 500L, an all-new model that expands the appeal of the brand’s iconic Fiat 500.

With its Italian design and city-friendly functionality, Fiat's new five-passenger model expands the brand’s style and efficiency in the growing B-segment. Making its formal introduction at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th, the new Fiat 500L — the L stands for "Large" — will follow the U.S. introduction of the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth this spring and a full-electric version of the Fiat 500.

Small cars, SUVs pace Ford sales in January

(February 2, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford's U.S. sales totaled 136,710 vehicles in January, a 7 percent increase versus year-old levels. The Ford brand totaled 131,589 vehicles in January, making it the best January sales month for the Ford brand since 2008.

“January started off with solid sales versus year-ago levels,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford saw the same solid month, with smaller vehicles in higher demand. Escape continued its record-setting run, and Focus set the pace for car sales in California, Texas and the Southeast.”

Honda announces $98 million investment in Ohio engine plant

(February 1, 2012) ANNA, Ohio — Honda announced today that it will invest $98 million at its Anna, Ohio engine plant as part of a strategy to build the company's next-generation powertrain technologies in Ohio. The move is aligned with a $120 million investment, announced last year, for the production of a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) in Russells Point, Ohio.

Volkswagen reports January sales 47.9 percent better than a year ago

(February 1, 2012) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen today reported 27,209 units sold in January, a 47.9 percent increase over prior year sales. 

"We ended 2011 strong and are seeing the momentum continue into 2012 with a 47.9 percent increase, demonstrating our growth strategy continues to take root," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Chrysler shows profit for 2011

(February 1, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler Group today reported preliminary net income of $183 million for the full year 2011, up from a net loss of $652 million a year ago, exceeding the objective set in November 2009.

It marks the first annual profit since the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.