June 2012

Infiniti announces 2013 G coupe, convertible pricing; slightly higher than 2012

(June 7, 2012) FRANKLIN, Tenn. —- Infiniti today announced pricing for the new 2013 IPL G Convertible, IPL G Coupe, Infiniti G Coupe and Infiniti G Convertible, all of which are on sale now at Infiniti retailers nationwide.

The 2013 prices represent slight increases ranging from $550 to $800 for the various models.

Even more powerful and usable —The enhanced McLaren MP4-12C

(June 7, 2012) McLaren Automotive, rather than resting on its laurels, has instead announced a package of enhancements that will make its McLauren MP4-12C high performance sports car even more invigorating to drive yet even easier to live with.

Headlining the changes is a 25 horsepower increase.  It takes the maximum output of the mid mounted, twin turbocharged V8 engine to 616 horsepower to give yet more vivid acceleration at track speeds with no loss in efficiency.

Ford Fund sends World War II veterans to visit World War II Memorial

(June 6, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — On the 68th anniversary of D-Day — the landing of 150,000 Allied troops on Nazi-fortified beaches in Normandy — Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring two Honor Flights for about 75 World War II veterans from Michigan and Kentucky to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The trips are organized as part of the Honor Flight Network.

Nissan continues fast-paced growth in Brazil

(June 6, 2012) SAO PAULO, Brazil — Nissan do Brasil has registered 8,848 vehicles in May, which represents an increase of 93 percent compared to same period of last year. This result represented a market share of 3.2 percent for the brand.

Saab owners take heart — You have not been abandoned

(June 6, 2012) Saab owners take heart. You have not been abandoned even though the company is no longer building cars, according to a story in Automotive News Europe.

The company's parts and service arm, Saab Automobile Parts AB, continued its expansion this week by opening a North American subsidiary to serve an estimated 500,000 Saab owners in United States and Canada. That's the largest concentration of Saab owners anywhere, the trade publication reported.

GM builds 'green construction' program

(June 6, 2012) DETROIT — A $200 million stamping plant at its Arlington, Texas, plant is one of five General Motors construction sites to follow a process that helps reduce waste and increase energy efficiency throughout construction. So far, GM has recycled 150,000 tons of waste at the five sites.

Honda Fit electric gains highest-ever EPA rating

(June 6, 2012) TORRANCE, Calif. — The 2013 Honda Fit EV, with a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe, has received the highest fuel-efficiency rating ever given by the EPA.

Further, with an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles and low EPA rated annual fuel cost of $500, the fun-to-drive 2013 Honda Fit EV can help consumers get more miles for each charging dollar.

Hyundai launches 'National Fuel Efficiency Month' initiative

(June 5, 2012) COSTA MESA, Calif. — As Americans hit the road this summer, Hyundai Motor America aims to bring more attention to the environmental and economic benefits of driving more fuel efficiently, with the launch of its initiative to make August "National Fuel Efficiency Month."

Chevrolet sedans, Wuling minivan lead solid gains for GM in China

(June 5, 2012) SHANGHAI — General Motors and its joint ventures sold a May record 231,183 vehicles in China, GM announced today. Demand was up 21.3 percent from the same month in 2011 and 1.7 percent from April of this year.

Shanghai GM’s domestic sales rose 7.1 percent from May 2011 to 99,113 units. SAIC-GM-Wuling sold 127,749 vehicles in China, an increase of 35.9 percent year on year. FAW-GM sold 3,756 vehicles in the domestic market last month, down 0.7 percent from last May.

Toyota reaches one million fans on Facebook

(June 5, 2012) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reached the one million fan mark June 4 on their Toyota USA Facebook page and is celebrating its loyal fans by highlighting them in various ways on the existing brand page.