May 2012

New Lexus ES 350, ES hybrid introduced

(May 31, 2012) The introduction of the all-new 2013 ES 350 and ES 300h marks the sixth generation of Lexus’ popular luxury sedan since its introduction over 20 years ago. It features the signature Lexus spindle grille, a new design, enhanced handling and a new hybrid edition.
“Since its introduction in 1989, the ES has been the benchmark luxury sedan for quality, reliability, ride comfort and value,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The new ES 350 and the first ever ES hybrid raise the bar once again.”

Acura targets Gen Y audience with launch of ILX sedan

(May 31, 2012) TORRANCE, Calif. — Acura has launched a comprehensive marketing campaign to debut the ILX, an all-new compact luxury sedan positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand by targeting Gen Y buyers.

The Gen Y-focused campaign developed with rp&, Acura's agency of record, is "designed to help usher energetic, young consumers into the luxury market with TV, digital and print advertising."

Mopar Ram Runner beats Ford SVT Raptor in duel in the desert

(May 31, 2012) This showdown was at sunrise.

The Mopar Ram Runner and the Ford SVT Raptor met for a shoot-out at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, a state park in southeast California with 85,000 acres of nothing but dirt, dust and desert. When all was said and done, the Mopar Ram Runner was declared the winner.

Jaguar tops J.D. Power United Kingdom satisfaction study

(May 31, 2012) LONDON — Jaguar has been named as the top manufacturer in the annual J.D. Power and Associates/What Car? 2012 UK Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study (VOSS).
The study was based on the evaluations of nearly 18,000 people in the UK after an average of two years ownership.

Nissan's Taxi of Tomorrow visits company's Japan headquarters

(May 30, 2012) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan's Taxi of Tomorrow, New York City's next-generation cab, stopped off at the company's Yokohama headquarters Tuesday, showcasing the groundbreaking model to Japanese media.

The cab, based on Nissan's successful NV200 van, is set to debut on the streets of New York in October 2013, six years after the Taxi of Tomorrow project kicked off.

Quantum delivers plug-In hybrid electric F-150 to Florida Power & Light

(May 30, 2012) RVINE, Calif. — Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., a global leader in natural gas, hydrogen and hybrid/electric vehicle technologies, today announced that it has delivered the first pilot version of its plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) F-150 pickup truck to Florida Power & Light Company, in association with Dow Kokam, the lithium-ion battery system supplier for the PHEV F-150.

Honeywell estimates turbocharged engines to grow by a million in 2012

(May 30, 2012) PLYMOUTH, Mich., — As gas prices remain high this summer driving season, Honeywell Turbo Technologies is working with auto manufacturers to meet a dramatic increase in demand for affordable and fuel-efficient downsized turbocharged engines that save money at the pump without compromising performance.

Five teams selected for four-week Washington to Washington rally

(May 29, 2012) SKOKIE, Ill. — America, buckle up and get ready for the Best of the Road Rally! After a month-long call for submissions, Rand McNally and USA Today have announced the five team finalists who will embark on the ultimate four-week cross-country adventure from Washington DC to Seattle, Wash., competing to win the title of the Best of the Road Rally and $10,000.

Chrysler to drop Jeep Compass and Chrysler Town & Country minivan

(May 29, 2012) Automotive News has reported that Chrysler Group will drop the Jeep Compass and go to a "one minivan" plan by 2014. This according to Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. The changes are part of a long effort by Marchionne to give each Chrysler Group brand a more distinct identity and eliminate product overlaps common in the DaimlerChrysler era, the trade paper said.

Ford's new 3-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine off to fast start

(May 29, 2012) BRENTWOOD, Essex, England — How small can you go. Incredibly small according to Ford in Europe. The new Ford Focus 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost model accounted for 17 per cent of sales in April — its first full month of being on sale — which equates to almost 1,000 cars. Overall UK orders for this multi-award-winning engine in Focus currently stand at more than 25 per cent of sales.