July 2012

Infiniti gets boost from new JX crossover, June sales up 66 percent

(July 5, 2012) FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Infiniti has reported U.S. sales of 10,436 units for June, an increase of 66.1 percent versus 6,282 units a year earlier. Calendar year-to-date Infiniti sales of 54,377 vehicles are up 15 percent compared to the 47,268 units sold during the same period last year. 

2013 Nissan Altima stars in holographic water show

(July 5, 2012) MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — In celebration of Canada's 145th birthday, Nissan Canada presented a 3D holographic water show in four cities across Canada earlier this week. With shows in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, thousands of spectators were treated to the innovative spectacle that showcased the new 2013 Nissan Altima.

Volkswagen to buy remaining 50.1 percent stake in Porsche

(July 5, 2012) Volkswagen will buy the 50.1 percent stake in Porsche SE's automotive business that it doesn't already own for 4.46 billion euros ($5.6 billion), ending a seven-year takeover saga that divided two of Germany's most powerful families. VW was able to proceed with the transaction after reaching an agreement with German tax authorities, it said.

Ford engineers leave no detail in the shade

(July 5, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Can you look cool without sunglasses? Maybe not, so they are consistently among the top 10 items drivers carry in their cars, and accommodating this accessory is a priority for these Ford engineers.

Mini enthusiasts begin cross-country tour today

(July 4, 2012) The 10th anniversary of Mini's arrival in the USA has triggered some very special celebrations in the most important sales market for the British premium small car brand. The highlight of this landmark year is an event experienced best at the wheel of a Mini, and whose slogan, “Let’s Motor,” sums up how the brand has taken the U.S. car market by storm over the past decade. The Mini community embarked upon the Mini TAKES THE STATES coast-to-coast rally today in New York.

Led by Toyota and Honda, June sales come in above forecasts

(July 4, 2012) Paced by Toyota and Honda, U.S. vehicle sales rose 22 percent in June compared to June 2011. Automakers sold 1.29 million cars and light vehicles as the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate rebounded from May's 13.8 million to hit 14.1 million, well above forecasts.

Toyota and Honda continued to rebound strongly from last year's earthquake with sales gains of 60 percent and 49 percent, respectively.

SRT brand takes its high-performance vehicles on the road

(July 4, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand is hitting the road with its second annual “SRT Tour” featuring the entire 2012 vehicle lineup–including the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8–visiting more than 30 locations over the next three months.

Toyota sales increase more than 60 percent over June 2011

(July 3, 2012) TORRANCE, Calif. —  Toyota today reported June sales results of 177,795 units, an increase of 54.3 percent compared to the same period last year on a daily selling rate basis. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 27 selling days in June 2012 compared to 26 selling days in June 2011, Toyota sales were up 60.3 percent from the year-ago month.

Volvo fined $1.5 million by government for failure to report safety defects

(July 3, 2012) Volvo Cars North America has agreed to pay $1.5 million in civil penalties in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's assertion that the automaker failed to report safety defects and noncompliances to the federal government in a timely manner.

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act requires all auto manufacturers notify NHTSA within five business days of determining that a safety defect exists or that the manufacturer is not in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards — and to promptly conduct a recall.

Chrysler has best June sales since 2007

(July 3, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler today reported U.S. sales of 144,811 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in June 2011 when 120,394 units were sold, and the group’s best June sales since 2007.
The Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck, and Fiat brands each posted sales increases in June compared with the same month a year ago.