July 2012

Nissan has record June sales in Brazil

(July 7, 2012) June was a historic month for Nissan do Brasil with record June sales of 13,275 units. In a strong market where industry sales increased 19% versus June 2011, Nissan do Brasil had very strong sales results with sales 163% higher than from June 2011, with a market share of 3.9%.

Orange anyone? That's the color of Lime Rock Park Edition BMW M3 Coupe

(July 7, 2012) WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ — BMW of North America has announced the 2013 M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition, of which 200 copies will be built this summer. Priced from $70,995 including $895 destination charge, the M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition will be “…a classic car for a classic track,” as described by Skip Barber, owner of the historic Lime Rock Park racing circuit located in northwestern Connecticut.

Fisker Automotive partners with Leonardo DiCaprio

(July 6, 2012) Fisker Automotive and Leonardo DiCaprio have announced that they will work together to promote Global Sustainability, a cause to which both are deeply committed.

As an equity investor in Fisker Automotive, DiCaprio will participate in conversations on the auto manufacturer’s future plans for the advancement of sustainable, responsible vehicles. He will work closely with Fisker on marketing and promotional initiatives aimed at bringing attention to sustainability and environmental awareness.

TrueCar, Yahoo end exclusive partnership

(July 6, 2012) Automotive News reports that TrueCar Inc., an online car-shopping service, has ended after just six months its exclusive relationship with search engine Yahoo to send auto shoppers to auto dealerships. Yahoo Autos plans to keep TrueCar and sign other sales-lead generators, Yahoo confirmed in a statement.

Chrysler finds success in Canada, too

(July 6, 2012) WINDSOR, Ontario — Chrysler Canada has announced the company’s 31st consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth, representing the longest sales streak in the company’s Canadian history. June sales were 23,705 compared with 23,576 in June 2011, representing a 1 per cent increase.

Calendar-year-to date, Chrysler has sold 130,286 vehicles in Canada, representing a 7 per cent increase over the same period in 2011.

New BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon coming to U.S. next spring

(July 6, 2012) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — The favorite wagon of enthusiasts, the all-new 3 Series Sports Wagon. will again offer the flexibility and utility one would expect from a premium wagon combined with the driving dynamics of the quintessential sport sedan, the BMW 3 Series.

Bentley gauging demand for exotic SUV releasing pictures of EXP 9 F

(July 6, 2012) CREWE, England — Fresh from a successful UK debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley is releasing new dynamic images and video of its luxury performance SUV design concept, the EXP 9 F.

The new material reaffirms the concept’s innovative fusion of contemporary, crafted luxury, advanced technology, commanding driving position and all-terrain capability. EXP 9 F also highlights Bentley’s intent to build the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world.

Ford sets sights on Prius v with C-MAX Hybrid

(July 6, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford’s new C-MAX Hybrid soon will make a big statement in the largest hybrid segment with projected leading fuel economy of 47 mpg city – beating the Toyota Prius v by 3 mpg, plus a $1,300-lower base price.

Ford has 25 patents pending for auto start-stop on new Fusion

(July 6, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — In the quest to deliver better fuel efficiency for millions of drivers, Ford engineers have more than 25 patents pending for the $295 Auto Start-Stop on the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion. The best technology improves your life by doing its job effectively and then getting out of the way.

Ford Fiesta best-selling car in UK

(July 5, 2012) BRENTWOOD, Essex — Ford has extended its UK market leadership with increased car sales and share for the first six months of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011, Ford reported today.

Ford car sales were up 3.6 per cent for the first half of 2012, compared with 2011, while the car market as a whole was up 2.7 per cent, according to the official figures released today from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).