June 2012

Volkswagen passenger car sales up 9.4 percent worldwide

(June 12, 2012) WOLFSBURG — Worldwide deliveries by the Volkswagen passenger cars brand increased by 9.4 per cent in the period from January to May to 2.29 million units. The brand handed over 476,900 vehicles to customers in May, a 9.3 percent increase over May 2011.

Ford Focus ST features factory ‘overboost’ turbo engine

(June 12, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Pilots might call it the Focus with afterburners. Everyone else will call it really fast. The new Ford Focus ST features a four-cylinder, direct-injected turbocharged engine with an “overboost” feature that extends peak torque for up to 15 seconds at a time.

Chrysler recalling additional Jeep Liberty SUVs over corrosion issue

(June 11, 2012) Chrysler has expanded a recall regarding corrosion on Jeep Liberty SUVs to include the 2006 and 2007 model years after recalling the 2004 and 2005 model years in March, U.S. safety regulators and Chrysler said today. The report came from Reuters.

BMW records best-ever worldwide sales in May

(June 11, 2012) MUNICH — BMW Group sales recorded solid worldwide growth again in May. With 156,957 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles delivered worldwide (compared to 147,565 in May 2011), the BMW Group achieved its best-ever May sales result.

A total of 728,029 vehicles have been delivered to customers since the start of the year, exceeding the previous year’s first five months by more than 60,000 units.

2013 SRT Viper GTS-R completes first track test

(June 11, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — SRT Motorsports recently completed the first on-track test of the new 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R with team driver Marc Goossens at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C. “The first on-track test of the new SRT Viper GTS-R went extremely well. Even after all the hard work by the team, it’s still incredible how fast everything has come together in the development process," said Beth Paretta, director of marketing and operations, SRT Brand and Motorsports.

Nissan to expand exports of Altima to about 100 countries

(June 10, 2012) FRANKLIN, Tenn. — As the first 2013 Nissan Altimas came off the line at Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., Nissan announced that it was going to expand exports of the mid-sized sedan.

"Altima is our highest volume vehicle. And as we look to the future we are going to look to expand to ship from 40 countries to maybe closer to 100 countries for this vehicle," said Nissan's Director of Export Operations Jerry Brickett.

Nissan gains market share in Europe

(June 10, 2012) ROLLE, Switzerland — Despite the economic uncertainty in some European markets, which continues to impact all manufacturers, Nissan reported last week that it has maintained sales momentum. Nissan in Europe had sales of 52,354 units in May, lifting volume for the first five months of the year to over 300,000 units.

Buick's design and engineering teams include avid photographers

(June 10, 2012) DETROIT — The debut of the new 2013 Buick Enclave luxury crossover in April defined a new course for Buick design language while completing a full circle of design cohesion now evident across the brand’s products.  

“Sculpted, graceful design is part of the Buick brand identity,” said Dave Lyon, executive director for Design. “Each model has details that make it unique, but a Buick can be recognized by its elegant waterfall grille, flowing lines, and complementary interior colors and materials.”

Chrysler to debut 300C diesel and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT in London

(June 10, 2012) LONDON — Chrysler’s new luxury 300C executive saloon (sedan) powered by a diesel engine and the powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will make their UK show debuts THIS week at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo, Britain’s largest auto show.

Ford sets May sales record in China

(June 9, 2012) SHANGHAI, China — The all-new Ford Focus helped drive Ford passenger car sales to a new record in China last month. With almost 13,000 wholesale units of the all-new Focus sold in May, Ford’s passenger car joint venture, Changan Ford Mazda Automotive Ltd. (CFMA) achieved record sales of 34,550 wholesale Ford-brand cars, a 23 percent increase compared to May 2011.