August 2012

Suzuki to show crossover concept in Paris

(August 10, 2012) The S-Cross, a concept car heralding a C-segment crossover model from Suzuki will be making its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show from Sept. 27 to Oct. 14. Suzuki teased the concept with a drawing released this week.

California now home to largest fleet of Frito-Lay electric trucks

(August 10, 2012) PLANO, Texas — PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division announced on Aug. 9 the growth of Frito-Lay's California electric truck fleet. Once all of the vehicles are deployed by the end of 2012, Frito-Lay California will be home to 105 all-electric delivery trucks, the largest deployment in any state.

GM invests $460 million in Spring Hill engine plant

(August 10, 2012) SPRING HILL, Tenn. — General Motors literally started from the ground up in building its new $460 million engine plant where the Ecotec 2.5L engine that debuts in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be assembled. It is the latest milestone in the plant’s 23-year history of 4-cylinder engine production.

Hyundai wins three design awards in Europe

(August 9, 2012) OFFENBACH, Germany — Hyundai has received three awards at the second edition of the Automotive Brand Contest, organized by the German Design Council. The New Generation i30 won "Best Interior" and "Best Exterior," while the "Best Concept" title was awarded to the i-oniq show car.

Domino's asks customers to help design 'Ultimate Delivery Vehicle'

(August 9, 2012) ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After pioneering pizza delivery with innovations such as the Heatwave Bag, corrugated pizza box, magnetic car topper and Domino's Tracker, Domino's Pizza is looking to revolutionize delivery once again.

Beginning Monday, Domino's is launching a national campaign as unique as anything in its 52-year history, asking consumers to contribute to a whole new pizza delivery experience by helping design the Ultimate Delivery Vehicle.

2013 Buick Verano Turbo with 6.2-second time priced at $29,990

(August 9, 2012) DETROIT — The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo sedan will be priced at $29,990, including a destination charge of $885. The turbocharged Verano uses an Ecotec 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing to produce 250 horsepower.

Nissan gains market share in Europe

(August 8, 2012) ROLLE, Switzerland — Nissan has announced European sales of 53,323 units for July 2012, posting an increase in market share for the second successive month. With monthly overall customer demand down 3.8% compared to July 2011, Nissan maintained its market share above 3.9% supported by strong sales in Eastern markets where sales jumped 15.3% to 14,540 units.

Dutch town named most 'switched on' in Europe

(August 8, 2012) ROLLE, Switzerland — The Dutch town of Linschoten has been named the most "switched on" in Europe, after receiving the greatest number of pledges of support for electric driving of any town or city in Europe during Nissan's campaign, The Big Turn On.

To mark the victory, Nissan is donating a number of its Quick Chargers, which allow owners of vehicles compliant with the international CHAdeMO charging standard to recharge the battery to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.

Governors unite in support of auto growth policies

(August 8, 2012) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A bipartisan group of governors announced the formation of the National Governors Auto Caucus today at an annual industry conference sponsored by the Center for Automotive Research. The Governors Auto Caucus was formed to support a robust auto manufacturing sector that is vital to a healthy U.S. economy.

Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI), Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO), Governor Bill Haslam (R-TN) and Governor Pat Quinn (D-IL) are the founding governors launching the caucus.

Honda reveals images of all-new Accord

(August 8, 2012) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda today revealed the first images of the much anticipated all-new 2013 Honda Accord sedan and Accord coupe, set to go on sale this fall. The most sculpted Accord ever delivers an even more spacious and luxurious passenger cabin wrapped in an upscale, sophisticated exterior designed to stand the test of time.