June 2012

Bentley launches it fastest production model ever

(June 26, 2012) CREWE, England — Bentley is introducing a new performance flagship, its fastest production model ever, the Continental GT Speed coupe. The new 205 mph GT Speed will appeal to driving enthusiasts who place a high value on outright performance, agile handling, distinctive design and sporting luxury.

Indie rock band Metric headlines Acura ILX campaign

(June 25, 2012) TORRANCE, Calif. — Acura is collaborating with Indie rock band Metric as part of the marketing campaign developed to support the debut of the 2013 Acura ILX, the all-new compact luxury sedan that serves as the gateway to the Acura brand. 

Built around Metric, whose evocative tracks have been featured in several popular TV programs and films, Acura has planned an extensive experiential marketing and digital program to reach Gen Y customers who are now entering the luxury automotive marketplace.

Volvo to show world's first plug-in diesel hybrid

(June 25, 2012) Volvo show the all-new V40 and the world's first plug-in diesel hybrid V60 for the first time in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Volvo will be showcasing its latest offerings to the public with the first UK viewing of its new five-door hatchback, the Volvo V40, and the world's first plug-in diesel hybrid, the Volvo V60 D6 AWD, at this year’s Moving Motorshow and Goodwood Festival of Speed, held between the June 28 and July 1 in the grounds of Goodwood House.

Ford relaunches Mustang Customizer

(June 25, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Over its nearly 50-year run, the Ford Mustang has sold more than 8.5 million examples and earned status as an American icon. In the parallel world of social media, its presence is even bigger and about to get bigger still.

General Motors enters new era in Russia

(June 25, 2012) ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — General Motors broke ground on June 22 for the expansion of GM Auto, its wholly owned manufacturing facility in St. Petersburg, Russia. It will more than double GM Auto’s annual production capacity from the current 98,000 vehicles to 230,000 vehicles by 2015.

Detroit pushes 2013 auto show date back to avoid conflict

(June 24, 2012) The North American International Auto Show will mark its 24th anniversary as a global event next January, but will start slightly later in the month than it has in recent years. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association provided a peek at the plans for the 2013 show Thursday.

Guinness World Record: Scorimg a hole in one with a SLS AMG Roadster

(June 24, 2012) The absolute skill of Formula 1 legend and DTM driver David Coulthard, behind the wheel of the 571-horsepower SLS AMG Roadster, provided the ultimate "did that really happen?" moment for Mercedes-Benz United Kingdom.

Chrysler's teaching academy realizes over $1 million in savings

(June 23, 2012) PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Chrysler Group’s new World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Academy has only been open for about six months and already it has generated over $1 million in savings, according to Mauro Pino, the Company’s Head of World Class Manufacturing, speaking at a manufacturing conference in Plymouth this week.

Tesla Model S relies on aluminum to maximize electric vehicle's range

(June 23, 2012) DETROIT — As Tesla launched its new Model S sedan this week, the Aluminum Association's Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) applauded its intensive use of aluminum to help the all-electric vehicle save weight, allowing it to go farther while producing zero emissions and offering rapid acceleration and nimble performance.

GM to recall 413,418 Chevy Cruzes to modify engine shield

(June 22, 2012) DETROIT — General Motors will recall 413,418 Chevrolet Cruzes in the United States for the 2011 and 2012 model years to modify the engine shield under the vehicle. This change will help prevent any liquids from being trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire could start and spread.