June 2012

Kia to introduce luxury cars by 2017

(June 9, 2012) Kia plans to introduce luxury vehicles by 2017 and participate in more sports sponsorships, according to The Korea Herald. The new models have names like Kia Cadenza and K9. While Kia has performed well in the U.S. and other markets in terms of sales, the brand's reputation has lagged, especially when compared with its kin Hyundai.

Toyota brings electric technology to Pikes Peak

(June 9, 2012) Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will demonstrate its high-performance electric powertrain technology on one of North America’s most demanding motorsport events — the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on July 8.

Last year TMG set a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the road-legal TMG EV P001 car, a record which still stands today.

First Thailand-built Chevy Trailblazer comes off the line

(June 8, 2012) RAYONG, Thailand — The first production units of the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer are now rolling off General Motors Thailand’s (GM) production line in Rayong.

The range-topping LTZ model fitted with the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine was greeted by the facility’s 5,200 employees, key suppliers and Chevrolet dealers from across the country. The Rayong plant is the first in the world to build the new Trailblazer, which will be sold in Thailand and exported to more than 50 markets across Southeast Asia and beyond.

LaHood unveils blueprint to combat distracted driving

(June 8, 2012) WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued a "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" Thursday saying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration isn't looking at new regulations to address distracted driving, but rather is calling on automakers to step up voluntary efforts to combat risks with new technologies and education.

Ford growth outpaces UK market

(June 8, 2012) BRENTWOOD, Essex — UK market leader Ford benefitted from a surge in commercial vehicle sales in May to ensure that Ford’s total vehicle sales and share were up for both the month and for the year to date, compared with 2011.

Kia's worldwide sales continue to grow

(June 8, 2012) Kia keeps on hitting new records as its stylish, quality range of vehicles keeps on attracting new customers to the brand. Kia saw a 15 per cent growth year on year worldwide with total sales for May at 240,000 and total sales so far in 2012 reaching 1,106,041 units.

‘High Gear’ chosen as concept for SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women

(June 8, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Thousands of fans voted for a satin-black, luxury Ford Mustang concept in the first-ever SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women. The project — a collaboration between Ford Motor Company and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) — invited the public to view three concepts online and vote for the one they would like to see built by a group of women volunteers.

Chinese-led consortium completes deal to buy Saab, reports say

(June 7, 2012) Automotive News Europe reports a Chinese-controlled consortium has completed a deal to buy the assets of bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab. Automotive News Europe bases its story according to other outside media reports.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) will pay 1.5 billion to 1.8 billion kronor ($210 million to $250 million) for Saab, excluding spare parts company Saab Automobile Parts AB, according to reports in Sweden.

2013 Chevrolet Volt EV range boosted to 38 miles

(June 7, 2012) DETROIT — The all-electric vehicle range of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt will be 38 miles on a single charge, providing owners with a three-mile EV range increase from the 2012 model. The miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) will increase from 94 miles to 98 miles and the total range, including extended range operation, will be 380 miles.

100,000th Fiat 500 sold in United Kingdom

(June 7, 2012) Further proof of the Fiat 500's success in the UK was revealed today with the news that the 100,000th example was sold here last month — just four and a half years since its launch.

Fiat says that the passing of this milestone demonstrates beyond doubt that the Fiat 500 is still high on customer shortlists when it comes to choosing a new supermini. It follows on from April’s official UK sales figures in which the 500 was placed inside the top 10 best sellers with 2,600 vehicles sold.