August 2012

Dodge to withdraw from NASCAR at conclusion of 2012 season

(August 7, 2012) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — SRT Motorsports announced today that Dodge will withdraw from NASCAR competition at the conclusion of the 2012 season.

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports at Chrysler, made the announcement during a media teleconference call. The decision affects current involvement in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Ford to open flexible hybrid transmission assembly line

By Al Vinikour

(August 7, 2012) STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — There was an old Sam Cooke record that was titled “Bring It on Home to Me.” This could be the theme song for a recent announcement by Ford Motor Company that it will open a new, flexible hybrid transmission assembly line to support its new C-MAX Hybrid , C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

Chrysler starting to go Hollywood again

(August 7, 2012) The purse-strings at Chrysler appear to be loosening each day as Chrysler makes appearances in two summer blockbusters and takes the Dart on the road. The auto maker ventures into some light product placement this summer with features in two prominent popcorn flicks: “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Total Recall,” a revamp of the 1990 Schwarzenegger original.

Ford's new C-Max Hybrid — 47 highway, 47 city, 47 combined

(August 7, 2012) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford once again raises the hybrid fuel-economy bar with the all-new Ford C-Max Hybrid, which is now officially EPA-certified at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined — beating Toyota Prius v by up to 7 mpg.

zAutos introduces gas prices portal to help save money on gas

(August 6, 2012) IRVINE Calif. — The Gas Prices Portal allows users to compare prices at different gas stations in their area. By entering in a zip code or searching for a city, consumers will find a list of nearby gas stations and their corresponding prices. The price tool shows the gas stations offering the lowest prices at the top of the list, followed by the stations offering gas at higher prices.

Nissan unveils a new London taxi

(August 6, 2012) LONDON — Nissan has unveiled a bold new vision for the future of the London ‘black cab’ and its 300,000 daily users — the Nissan NV200 London Taxi. The NV200 London Taxi will offer significantly reduced CO2 outputs compared to current taxi models, a focus in line with the Mayor Boris Johnson’s Air Quality strategy for London.

GM sales in China set July record

(August 6, 2012) SHANGHAI — General Motors and its joint ventures sold a July record 199,503 vehicles in China, a 15.1 percent increase from last year’s previous high for the month.

Shanghai GM’s sales in China rose 5.7 percent on an annual basis to a July record 97,064 units. SAIC-GM-Wuling’s sales reached 98,694 units, an all-time high for July and an increase of 26.6 percent year on year. FAW-GM’s sales were up 3.1 percent to 3,379 units.

Team Viper achieves goal — Both cars finish La Mans Series race

(August 6, 2012) LEXINGTON, OHIO — SRT Motorsports' Team Viper was candid about its mission in Saturday's American Le Mans Series event at Mid-Ohio. The mission — have both SRT Viper GTS-R race cars running at the finish of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge in the GT class. Mission accomplished.

Team Viper was making its return to the ALMS series. Not only were both cars running at the finish, the performance improved throughout the two-hour, 45-minute timed event. As an added bonus, one of the Viper GTS-Rs had a top-10 finish.

Hunters, fishermen alert — Ram Outdoorsman to return for 2013

(August 5, 2012) TUNICA, Miss. — The Ram Truck brand has unveiled the new 2013 update of the popular Ram 1500 Outdoorsman model.

Ram Outdoorsman takes all of the features most useful to hunters, fishermen, campers and boaters, and packages them into one model. Outdoorsman combines convenience, off-road capability and trailer towing hardware in one package with a name that resonates among truck buyers.

Nissan gaining foothold in Australia

(August 5, 2012) VICTORIA, Australia — Nissan Australia has achieved a record sales result for the third month in succession after recording 6,148 sales in July, according to internal numbers announced today.

July 2012 was the strongest July for Nissan Australia as a full-line importer and was 18 percent above July 2011, compared with Total Industry Volume up by around six percent.