March 2013

Chrysler begins delivery of 242 natural gas pickups to Oklahoma

(March 7, 2013) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler has begun the delivery of 242 new 2013 Ram 2500 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pickup trucks to the state of Oklahoma, the company’s largest customer order since production of the unique trucks began in October.

Ford China sales up 46 percent for the year

(March 6, 2013) SHANGHAI, China — Ford China sales grew steadily this month, as year-to-date sales rose 46 percent to 105,209 wholesales sold compared with 71,954 during the same period last year. February sales increased seven percent, with 43,642 wholesale vehicles sold compared with 40,978 in 2012.

New Sprinter Care Lease plans designed to minimize unforeseen liabilities

(March 6, 2013) INDIANAPOLIS — Using a new Sprinter Van will become easier and more cost‐effective in 2013 for business owners who need peace of mind when it comes to managing their fleet of vans, according to Sprinter, a Mercedes-Benz company. Sprinter Care Lease, a fixed‐payment, comprehensive leasing and maintenance package, is now available from authorized Mercedes‐Benz and Freightliner dealers in the United States selling Sprinter Vans.

Audi suits up to reprise its leading role in Marvel’s Iron Man 3

(March 6, 2013) Audi has joined forces with Disney and Marvel Studios for the release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 due in theaters on May 3. The brand will once again be highlighted throughout the entire film. The Audi R8, R8 Spyder, A8, S5, and Q7 were all featured in the first and second installments.

GMC Sierra 1500 shows its fitness with 46 push-ups

(March 6, 2013) DETROIT — The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup has a hydroformed steel frame designed to withstand years of abuse. But how does it withstand the force of four heavy-duty dock winches – the kind that moor massive cargo ships – tugging the truck in opposite directions?

The answer: Just fine, thank you.

General Motors sells 215,070 vehicles in China in February

(March 6, 2013) SHANGHAI — General Motors and its joint ventures sold 215,070 vehicles in China during February. Sales were down 10.6 percent from the same month last year due to the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday falling in February this year.

Ford Fusion sales surge in February

(March 7, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — With car inventories just beginning to meet consumer demand, the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion posted its best February sales month since the midsize sedan was introduced in 2006. Ford Fusion posted record February sales totaling 27,875 vehicles, a 28 percent gain over last February’s record.

World Car of the Year finalists announced

(March 6, 2013) GENEVA — Fifty auto writers from around the world have selected four finalists for World Car of the Year to be named at the New York International Auto Show on March 28. The world car finalists are the Volkswagen Golf, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and as a combined entry, the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT 86.

Kia provo, a muscular modern hybrid coupe concept, introduced in Geneva

(March 6, 2013) GENEVA — Looking every inch a road-legal racer, Kia’s new provo concept, unveiled in Geneva, mixes ultra-modern technology with a self-confident and agile look to deliver an exciting new B-segment car for enthusiasts.

Aston Martin celebrates 100th anniversary in Geneva

(March 5, 2013) GENEVA — The luxury British sports car maker Aston Martin — which is marking its centenary in 2013 — takes center stage in Switzerland with cars both from its illustrious past and its exciting future. The latest luxurious addition to the now fully-replaced or refreshed sports car range that will be the brand's star attraction is the forthcoming Rapide S.