March 2013

Fifth-generation Porsche 911 GT3 introduced in N.Y.

(March 31, 2013) ATLANTA — The completely redeveloped 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 made its North American premiere last week in New York Auto Show. The fifth generation GT3 is the sportiest model of the iconic 911 family with a new engine, transmission, body and chassis. The car now sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 195 mph.

GM earns environmental award for landfill-free program

(March 31, 2013) DETROIT — General Motors has been recognized for its environmental leadership by the Society of Plastic Engineers with an award acknowledging the company’s successful zero-waste program.

The Daniel Eberhardt Award for Environmental Stewardship is given to companies that make extensive use of recycled plastics in producing automotive interior components, and achieve large reductions in waste going to landfills. The award was presented at the 2013 Global Plastics Environmental Conference.

Farley: Demographic shifts, fuel economy reshaping auto industry

(March 31, 2013) NEW YORK — While the great recession has fundamentally reshaped the automotive industry over the past few years, the real game changer may come from a new post-recession consumer mindset, demographic shifts and how automakers respond.
“Just as everyone is breathing a huge sigh of relief about getting back to something resembling normal sales levels, the real news is that the great recession has dealt a fundamental change to the consumer’s mindset,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford.

Volkswagen Golf named 'World Car of the Year'

(March 31, 2013) The new Volkswagen Golf just keeps on winning: an international jury last week named the bestseller from Wolfsburg "World Car of the Year 2013." The globally sought-after prize was awarded at the New York International Auto Show. The "World Car of the Year" title is a further milestone in the growing list of awards for the Golf.

Diesel model to join BMW 3-Series lineup in U.S.

(March 30, 2013) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW debuted the new 328d Sedan at the New York Auto Show ushering in the next wave of BMW Advanced Diesel models in the U.S.  The 328d will feature BMW’s 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine.

Ford marks countdown to 50 years of Mustang with new products

(March 30, 2013) NEW YORK — The Ford Mustang will soon become the newest member of a very exclusive club — vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. To help mark this milestone, 50 companies will sell products including watches, T-shirts, model cars and more that celebrate the Mustang’s first 50 years.

VW survey finds diesel drivers have strong commitment to diesel

(March 30, 2013) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America has released the findings of its first annual Clean Diesel IQ Survey, which found that diesel drivers have an overwhelming commitment to clean diesel vehicles and are acutely aware of its benefits, but broad understanding of clean diesel technology remains uneven among non-diesel drivers.

Shelby American adds 'Shelby Magic' — 164 horsepower — to Raptor

(March 30, 2013) — Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., unveiled the new Shelby Raptor, one of the most powerful, exciting and collectible off-road production trucks, during the New York International Auto Show.

The Shelby Raptor marks the return of the Shelby muscle truck and is based on the 2013 Ford SVT Raptor with enhanced power and handling, topped with "Shelby Style" inside and out.

Subaru introduces its first production hybrid

(March 29, 2013) Subaru has unveiled the brand’s first-ever production hybrid vehicle, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, based on the XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013.

The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid model arrives in Subaru dealerships this fall. When the XV Crosstrek Hybrid goes on sale it will be the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions AWD hybrid crossover in America.

Infiniti prices new Q50 sedan $900 under outgoing G37

(March 29, 2013) NEW YORK — Infiniti has announced an introductory pre-order Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $36,450 for the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 sport sedan — formerly the G37 — which goes on sale in summer 2013 at Infiniti retailers in the United States.

The special introductory pricing is $900 lower than the 2013 G37 sedan starting M.S.R.P. The “popularly equipped” Q50 Premium model with an optional, advanced navigation system is introductory priced at $40,700.