July 2012

Chrysler launches redesigned careers web site

(July 22, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler has announced it is rolling out the proverbial red carpet to prospective talent by launching a redesigned careers web site that provides an enriched multimedia experience for prospective job candidates.

Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid expected to deliver 550-mile range

(July 21, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — The new Ford C-MAX Energi is expected to achieve more than 20 miles of electric-only range — nearly double the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid — and a 550-mile overall range to become the first hybrid vehicle ever that can be driven from Sacramento to San Diego on a single tank of gas and make the average American commute without gasoline.

Honda delivers first Fit electric to Los Angeles area couple

(July 21, 2012) WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Honda delivered the first all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV to a couple in Southern California, the company announced Friday. The 2013 Honda Fit EV is the latest in Honda's portfolio of alternative-fuel vehicles, earning a combined adjusted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 118 MPGe1, and an unprecedented low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles.

BMW Art Car Collection on display in London

(July 20, 2012) LONDON — ART DRIVE! The BMW Art Car Collection 1975-2010 exhibition opens in the NCP car park on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, London on July 21 and runs for two weeks. In partnership with the ICA, the Mayor of London and the London 2012 Festival, the free admission exhibition brings together for the first time in the UK the collection of BMW cars transformed by 16 of the world's leading international artists.

Renault-Nissan Alliance invests $160 million in South Korea

(July 20, 2012) BUSAN, South Korea — The Renault-Nissan Alliance will invest $160 million in Korea to meet anticipated demand for the next-generation Nissan Rogue and to accelerate growth of Renault Samsung Motors.

Production of the Nissan Rogue crossover in Busan will begin in 2014, with an annual capacity of about 80,000 units. This year the plant aims to build about 180,000 vehicles for sale in Korea and 60 other countries.

Philippines to get two Ford Mustang variants

(July 20, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — The new Ford Mustang made its much anticipated debut in the Philippines today at a launch event in Manila. The Mustang will be available in the Philippines in two variants: the 3.7-liter Mustang V6 Premium and the 5.0-liter Mustang V8 GT Premium.
Customer deliveries will start in September.

Cadillac ATS adventures debut on television during Olympics

(July 20, 2012) DETROIT — Cadillac will introduce the all-new 2013 ATS via a series of dynamic films in which the new luxury sport sedan confronts some of the world’s extreme roads and treacherous driving conditions.

“Cadillac ATS vs. the World,” debuts online this week and includes 60- and 30-second television spots airing during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27.

BMW erects two-story river pavilion at Olympic Park

(July 20, 2012) LONDON —The final countdown to London 2012 has begun and BMW Group on Thursday unveiled its Olympic Park Pavilion, expected to draw thousands of visitors each day of the Games. Conceived by an award-winning British architecture firm, the BMW Group Pavilion represents a significant architectural addition to the Olympic Park, showing an exciting range of the company’s latest vehicles against the backdrop of the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.

Ford recalls 2013 Escapes with 1.6-liter engine for fuel line issue

(July 19. 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford today announced a voluntary safety recall of 2013 model year Ford Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine built through July 11. Ford estimates that there have been approximately 11,500 of these vehicles produced and distributed for sale in North America, with most in the U.S. market.

Former NBA, Michigan basketball star Chris Webber visits Volt plant

(July 19, 2012) DETROIT — Former NBA and University of Michigan basketball star Chris Webber dropped in on General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck plant, home of the Chevrolet Volt, on Wednesday to gather video footage for a documentary of his life. Webber’s father, Mayce, worked at the plant for 30 years before retiring.