March 2013

GM’s U.S. sales increase 7 percent in February

(March 1, 2013) DETROIT — General Motors announced today that it sold 224,314 vehicles in the United States in February, up 7 percent compared with a year ago. Retail sales and fleet sales were both up 7 percent. The fleet mix was 25 percent of total sales, equal to a year ago.

Ford records best February in six years; Fusion, Escape set records

(March 1, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford's U.S. February sales grew 9 percent with 195,822 vehicles sold. This marks Ford's best February sales in six years — with cars up 6 percent, utilities up 21 percent and trucks up 4 percent.

Prices set for Chevrolet Trax, small SUV for the European market

(March 1, 2013) Chevrolet UK has announced its prices of the eagerly anticipated new small SUV, the Chevrolet Trax, starting from £15,495 ($23,552). It will be available in Chevrolet dealerships starting in July.

Chevrolet Malibu label provides ecologic scorecard

(March 1, 2013) DETROIT — Most Chevrolet Malibu customers say they want to know just how green their car is, regardless of its exterior color. Now they can find out what was done to reduce its environmental impact from an at-a-glance Ecologic window label.

“We’ve seen an increase in customers looking specifically for fuel efficiency, but many people are intrigued by reading their vehicle also is made in a responsible way,” said Matt LaFontaine, general manager, LaFontaine Automotive Group in Dexter, Mich.

Toyota's Prius family tops California new vehicle registrations for 2012

(March 1, 2013) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota's Prius-badged vehicles proved to be the most popular new vehicles with California drivers during the 2012 calendar year.