January 2014

Worldwide sales of Toyota hybrids top 6 million units

(January 15, 2014) TOYOTA CITY, Japan — Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the 6 million unit mark by the end of 2013, reaching 6.072 million units. The latest million-unit milestone was achieved in the fastest time yet for Toyota, taking just nine months.

ClassicCars.com acquires key competitor, continues major expansion

(January 15, 2014) PHOENIX — ClassicCars.com, the world's largest online marketplace devoted to classic and collector cars, today announced the acquisition of similarly named competitor ClassicCar.com and its associated websites serving Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland.

Subaru to offer 2015 WRX STI Launch Edition in U.S.

(January 15, 2014) DETROIT —  Subaru of America will usher in the new-generation 2015 WRX STI by offering the STI Launch Edition, designed to appeal especially to loyalists who have made the STI a high-performance icon. Exclusive features amplify the special nature of the STI within the performance-car community. Subaru will offer 1,000 of these models in North America.

GM delivers 9.7 million vehicles globally in 2013; Chevrolet sets record

(January 15, 2014) DETROIT — General Motors dealers delivered 9,714,652 vehicles around the world in the 2013, up 4 percent compared with 2012. Among GM’s top five global markets by volume, China and the United Kingdom posted the largest year-over-year sales increases on a percentage basis, with each up 11 percent.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class heralds new chapter in success story

(January 15, 2014) DETROIT — The all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class displayed at the North American International Auto Show this week heralds a new chapter in the Mercedes-Benz success story and sets new standards in the premium mid-range class. Thanks to an intelligent lightweight design concept boasting weight savings of up to 220 pounds, excellent aerodynamics and new, economical engines, the C-Class establishes new benchmarks in its class.

Nissan Sports Sedan Concept points toward future products

(January 15, 2014) DETROIT — According to Nissan, design has long been a differentiator between Nissan and its competitors — along with performance, innovation and technology. Now, as the company celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is doing so with the world debut of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

'Future Toyota' with FT-1 concept revealed at auto show

(January 14, 2014) DETROIT — Toyota virtually blew the doors off the North American International Auto Show with the reveal of the stunning FT-1 sports car concept.  First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, FT-1 leapt from the screen to the stage in a race-inspired press conference at COBO Hall.

Acura points direction for TL replacement with TLX Prototype

(January 14, 2014) DETROIT — Acura today unveiled the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype showcasing the design and performance direction for the all-new 2015 TLX performance-luxury sedan launching mid-year at Acura dealerships nationwide.

All-new Ford Mustang to make Its movie debut in ‘Need for Speed’

(January 14, 2014) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Mustang has been a star of the silver screen and the small screen for nearly 50 years, with more than 3,200 appearances in movies and television shows. Now, the all-new Mustang is getting off to a quick start with its movie debut in “Need for Speed” on March 14.

Porsche introduces Targa edition for 911

(January 14, 2014) DETROIT — Porsche introduced two new models to the 911 range — the 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S — this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These models are the first to combine the classic Targa concept with cutting edge, innovative roof technology.