April 2012

Nissan rolls out global sedan in China, says it will be basis for 2013 Sentra

(April 23, 2012) Nissan unveiled an all-new global sedan at the Beijing Motor Show today, the Sylphy, and Nissan North America announced that this new model will be the basis for an all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra. In conjunction with the announcement, Nissan released teaser video clips and images of the North American market's uniquely styled 2013 Sentra SR.

Rolls-Royce concept imparts a new level of sensory indulgence

(April 23, 2012) Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has introduced the Ghost Six Senses concept, a luxury model that encapsulates the richness of experience that comes as standard with any Rolls-Royce and takes it to a new level of sensory indulgence.

Approaching this luxurious Rolls-Royce and opening its coach doors immediately ignites the senses for sight, taste, touch, sound and aroma. And the sense of surprise and delight continues as guests encounter the lavish use of soft, sumptuous leathers, finest veneer detailing and special enhancements.

Ford EcoBoost Sport — A fuel-efficient SUV for the urban world

(April 23, 2012) BEIJING — Ford has revealed the production version of the all-new Ford EcoSport and announced plans to build the compact, fuel-efficient urban SUV in China, in addition to India, Thailand and South America.

Self-driving car in Cadillac's future

(April 22, 2012) DETROIT — Cadillac is road testing a semi-autonomous technology it calls “Super Cruise” that is capable of fully automatic steering, braking and lane-centering in highway driving under certain optimal conditions. The system could be ready for production vehicles by mid-decade.

Volkswagen lifts lid on the electric E-Bugster concept

(April 22, 2012) Volkswagen is lifting the lid on the E-Bugster concept car at the Beijing Motor Show, which opens its doors to the press on April 23. The E-Bugster made its debut as a coupé at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but this time the electric concept’s hard-top has been removed, giving the best hint yet of the look of the future Beetle Cabriolet, and also showing the potential for Volkswagen’s future all-electric drivetrains.

EcoBoost gives Ford lead in reducing engine size, performance

(April 21, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — For decades, size meant everything when it came to engines — bigger was better and there was no replacement for displacement. But volatile gasoline prices and growing consumer interest in clean technologies are turning that notion on its head.

Auto leases expected to grow by 50 percent by end of 2017

(April 20, 2012) — New separate auto loan and lease data from CreditForecast.com, a provider of consumer credit data and forecasts, shows that most consumers looking to buy a new vehicle are still financing their purchases with loans rather than leases, but the volume of leases is expanding rapidly and expected to grow approximately 50 percent by the end of 2017.

Chevrolet kicks off ''Diamond & Dreams' baseball field program

(April 20, 2012) DETROIT — Chevrolet today kicked off its 2012 “Diamonds & Dreams” program, encouraging participants across the country to visit www.chevybaseball.com and enter to win a refurbished baseball field for their community or one they feel is deserving.

One winner will be chosen each week for up to 12 weeks through July 22 and be eligible to win the Grand Prize: an all-new, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO.

2013 Acura ILX to start at $25,900

(April 20, 2012) TORRANCE, Calif. — The all-new 2013 Acura ILX will go on sale at Acura dealerships May 22 starting at $25,900, Acura announced today.

"The 2013 Acura ILX will serve as the gateway to the Acura brand," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "At the leading edge of a new, sporty compact segment, the ILX delivers style, value, performance and connectivity to younger buyers looking to move into the luxury market.

OnStar by the numbers

(April 20, 2012) DETROIT — Originally developed as an airbag deployment notification system on three 1997 Cadillac models, OnStar has evolved to offer unmatched safety and security services. Today OnStar also provides everyday services like Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Hands-Free Calling and the RemoteLink Mobile App, leading to more than 439 million interactions — and counting.