February 2013

Land Rover to demonstrate 9-speed automatic in Geneva

(February 27, 2013) WHITLEY, UK —– Land Rover will demonstrate the latest in a long line of technical firsts at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with the announcement of  the world’s first 9-speed automatic transmission for a passenger car. 

Cadillac begins XTS production in China for China

(February 26, 2013) DETROIT — Cadillac this week began production of the new XTS luxury sedan in China,   the latest and most important milestone in the brand’s growth in the world’s largest auto market.

Shanghai joins Oshawa, Ontario, as an assembly location for the XTS, marking the brand’s biggest step in its expansion since arriving in China in 2006.

Toyota to export U.S.-built Venza to Russia and Ukraine

(February 26, 2013) NEW YORK — Toyota today announced that it will begin exporting U.S.-assembled Venza vehicles to Russia and Ukraine in 2013. These shipments are expected to build upon Toyota's all-time record export of more than 124,000 U.S.-assembled vehicles to 21 global markets in 2012, an increase of 45 percent over the prior year.

Ford Is first to launch new streaming music service Spotify

(February 26, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Spotify, the leading on-demand music streaming service providing access to a catalog of more than 20 million songs globally is now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink for simple hands-free, voice-activated entertainment while driving.
Spotify is the largest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally, available in 20 countries including the United States, and with more than 20 million active users and 5 million paying subscribers.

McLauren crunches the numbers for McLaren P1 hybrid supercar

(February 26, 2013) McLaren Automotive has released the final numbers, images and information relating to its phenomenal McLaren P1 ahead of a global reveal in just a few days at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show. The race-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) gives the McLaren P1 astonishing performance. 

New image shows the Rolls-Royce Wraith to be a fastback

(February 26, 2013) Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today confirmed that its new model Wraith will be a fastback, and has issued the final image, in the series of teaser images, before Wraith’s launch in Geneva. This illustrates the three lines that underscore the car’s striking profile. The Wraith will be unveiled next week at the auto show.

Nissan launches new era for NISMO performance brand

(February 26, 2013) YOKOHAMA, Japan  — Nissan Motor Co. today kicked off a new era for NISMO, confirming it as Nissan's exclusive global performance car and motorsports brand and officially opening the new NISMO global headquarters and development center in Yokohama, Japan.

Tim Mahoney named chief marketing officer for Global Chevrolet

(February 25, 2013) DETROIT — General Motors today named Tim Mahoney as chief marketing officer Global Chevrolet and Global GM marketing operations leader, effective April 1. Mahoney joins Chevrolet from Volkswagen, where he has been chief product and marketing officer since 2011.

He will report to Alan Batey, GM vice president, U.S. Sales and Service, and interim GM global chief marketing officer.

Nissan to announce new direction for NISMO performance

(February 25, 2013) YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan is planning a major announcement around future plans for performance when it opens a new factory for its NISMO motorsports and performance tuning arm on Feb. 26 near Yokohama.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will headline the announcement, which is expected to reveal a new direction for NISMO's core mission.

GM announces in-vehicle deployment of 4G LTE services

(February 25, 2013) BARCELONA — General Motors today announced a broad global strategy to deliver a new generation of connected cars and trucks with embedded 4G LTE mobile broadband, the largest deployment in the automotive industry to date. The first GM cars, trucks and crossovers to get 4G LTE will be most 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models available in 2014 in the United States and Canada delivered through AT&T.