March 2012

New Chevy Malibu 4-cylinder makes 197 horsepower

(March 8, 2012) DETROIT — The all-new Ecotec 2.5-liter debuting on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan this summer is one of the most-powerful naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines in the midsize segment, topping the output from the new Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry.

Lexus unveils new 2013 RX in Geneva

(March 8, 2012) GENEVA — Featuring the new bolder, signature Lexus spindle grille and upgraded interior, Lexus predicts the new 2013 RX will continue to be the most popular choice in the luxury crossover segment it created over 10 years ago.

The 2013 RX gets a fresh sportier look at the front with a new bumper, complemented with new headlamp design, LED daytime running lights and distinctive fog lamp bezels. The power back door and USB iPod/mp3 control are now standard. Tail lamps and the rear license plate surround get updated looks.

Anti-texting law to take effect March 8 in Pennsylvania

(March 7, 2012) HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's new law prohibiting text-based communication while driving will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 8, making texting while driving a primary offense carrying a $50 fine.

Ram to build compressed natural gas-powered pickup

(March 7, 2012) INDIANAPOLIS— Ram Truck has announced it will become the only manufacturer in North America to offer a factory-built compressed natural gas-powered (CNG) pickup truck. The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty CNG pickup is designed for fleet and commercial customers and offers cost and emissions benefits, using an abundant, domestically sourced fuel while reducing America's dependence on foreign oil.

Ford says connectivity systems driving traffic to Ford showrooms

(March 7, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — While the Ford SYNC and MyFord Touch connectivity systems are getting pummeled by such automotive testing outlets as Consumers Reports, Ford announced this week that they are helping drive more than half of new Ford owners to purchase Blue Oval vehicles.

Infiniti EMERG-E concept gives glimpse into brand's future

(March 7, 2012) The Infiniti EMERG-E Concept, which makes its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, is a highly advanced, mid-ship extended range electric sports car capable of a 0-to-60 time of 4 seconds that provides an exciting glimpse into Infiniti’s future.

Gas prices ease for first time in 27 days

(March 6, 2012) The nationwide average for gasoline prices eased Tuesday, marking the first decline after 27 straight days of increases, according to the motorist group AAA. The average price of regular unleaded gasoline fell three-tenths of a cent to $3.76 a gallon, AAA said.

GM sets February sales record in China

(March 6, 2012) SHANGHAI — General Motors and its joint ventures sold 240,554 cars and trucks in China in February, setting a record for the month. Sales rose 30.4 percent from February 2011 and were the third highest for any month in GM’s history in China.

Audi to unveil third-generation A3

(March 6, 2012) INGOLSTADT, Germany — In 1996, Audi launched the premium compact segment with the A3 — now the third generation of the successful model is ready at the starting line. The new A3, which will debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, is a high-tech car full of innovations in all areas.

Toyota FT-Bh concept takes efficiency to new heights

(March 6, 2012) Toyota’s new FT-Bh concept is a vehicle designed to take the efficiency of full hybrid vehicles to new heights. Making its debut at the Geneva motor show, it is an ultra-light concept, weighing less than 1,800 pounds, which demonstrates what can be achieved in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in an affordable family supermini.

Thanks to its low weight, exceptional aerodynamic quality, very low driving resistance and its highly efficient powertrain, FT-Bh can achieve an average 134.5mpg fuel consumption.