April 2012

Subaru Canada introduces new 500,000-km maintenance schedule

(April 3, 2012) MISSISSAUGA, ON — Subaru Canada, Inc. has announced the introduction of a brand new 500,000-kilometer (310,685 miles) maintenance schedule for Subaru owners. According to Subaru's Canadian sales data and R.L. Polk Canadian registration data, 95.4 percent of Subaru vehicles sold in Canada over the last 10 years are still on the road today.

New distributor announced for Fiat vehicles in Australia

(April 3, 2012) Beginning May 1 Chrysler Australia group will act as the distributor for Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Fiat Professional brands in Australia.

Under the new agreement, the current Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealer group, which numbers 17 passenger dealerships with 22 commercial vehicle outlets across the country, will report into the Melbourne-based Chrysler Australia group.

New MKZ starts Lincoln's revitalization

(April 3, 2012) NEW YORK — The all-new Lincoln MKZ makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, marking a key milestone in Lincoln’s reinvention. “The new Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance,” said Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

GM expects to sell 100,000 30 mpg vehicles in March

(April 2, 2012) DETROIT — Combined U.S. sales of the 12 General Motors vehicles that get an EPA estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway are expected to reach 100,000 units or more in March, the highest total in company history. GM will release its total March sales on April 3.

Government begins probes of Chevy Cruze, Jeep Wrangler for engine fires

(April 2, 2012) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened two separate investigations into vehicles made by General Motors and Chrysler Group following reports of engine fires that engulfed the vehicles in flames.

NHTSA last week began probes of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact car and 2010 Jeep Wrangler SUVs. NHTSA received two complaints about the 2011 Cruze and eight reports about the 2010 Wrangler.

Flying car makes successful first flight (watch video)

(April 2, 2012) RAAMDONKSVEER, The Netherlands — The Dutch company PAL-V has successfully concluded test flights of its flying car, PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle). During the past two weeks, several test flights were conducted.

Fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop priced at only $295 in 2013 Ford Fusion

(April 2, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — With the national average price of gasoline nearing $4 a gallon, the new Ford Fusion offers yet another way for consumers to save money at the pump as the first non-hybrid midsize sedan available with Auto Start-Stop.

Refreshed 2013 Chevrolet Traverse to make appearance at N.Y. Auto Show

(April 1, 2012) NEW YORK — The new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse crossover-utility vehicle offers families a new gathering space with greater style, refinement and safety. It goes into production later this year, building on the space, comfort and efficiency that have made Traverse popular. It will be unveiled this week at the New York Auto Show.

“The new Traverse is a family vehicle without compromise,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy.

BMW to show third vehicle in its i range, the i8 Concept Spyder, in N.Y.

(April 1, 2012) BMW has revealed pictures of its BMW i8 Concept Spyder, the third model in the automaker's expanding environmentally friendly i range, a two-place convertible with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can power the front or rear wheels, or both. It will be shown at the New York Auto Show this week.