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 |  Oct 24 2013, 12:09 PM

Ford-Focus-Sales-Main-ArtAccording to Ford its C-Segment Focus was the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world last year. If things continue to go the way they are this popular car could earn that title again for 2013.

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 |  Oct 04 2013, 2:05 PM

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With its little-loved Matrix axed for the 2014 model year, Toyota might be considering a five-door version of the Corolla as a replacement.

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 |  Aug 06 2013, 7:06 AM

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Toyota has confirmed that the Matrix will officially be discontinued after the 2013 model year.

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 |  Jul 04 2013, 10:02 AM

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When the refreshed Audi A8 arrives in America next fall, it won’t be boasting the German automaker’s Matrix LED headlights.

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 |  Apr 12 2013, 5:15 PM

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There’s a new measuring stick for what constitues and “American” car this year and it gives the crown back to U.S. makers.

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 |  Apr 12 2013, 2:15 PM

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Sorry Matrix fans, it doesn’t sound like Toyota’s compact hatchback is going to be around much longer.

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 |  Jan 03 2013, 7:02 PM

10. Ford Escape - 261,008 Units Sold


2012 was the best-selling year for automakers since 2007, marking the third year in a row that sales have increased. So now is a great time to look back at the best-selling vehicles from last year.

Coming in 10th place with 261,008 units sold is the Ford Escape which was updated for the 2013 model year. Earlier last year, AutoGuide.com had the opportunity to review the 2013 Ford Escape and we came away surprised by its sleek new look, engine selection, and its great handling. It wasn’t without its cons, but overall the crossover delivered a vastly improved driving experience.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Escape Review – Video

[Source: Cars.com]

 |  Dec 17 2012, 2:02 PM

Toyota might be nixing the Matrix after two generations of building the Corolla-based hatchback. 

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 |  Sep 17 2012, 8:32 AM

Slumping sales over the last couple of years are putting a future for the Toyota Matrix in doubt. Now, the Japanese automaker has ruled out the possibility that its Auris would make its way to America as a Matrix replacement.

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 |  Aug 01 2012, 3:35 PM

Toyota’s next generation Corolla is expected to hit American dealerships next year, and the automaker is suggesting that the styling update will be an even more dramatic shift than what was seen with the unveiling of the brand new Avalon. Continue Reading…

 |  Jul 16 2012, 4:32 PM

Toyota has announced new prices for several 2013 models. While most are going up in price, they are getting new equipment along with it. Continue Reading…

 |  Jul 11 2012, 2:45 PM

This prototype Auris was spotted in Europe by our spy photographers today. The Toyota Auris is essentially a hatchback/wagon variant of the Corolla and its release brings with it an all-new platform.  Continue Reading…

 |  Mar 03 2012, 9:01 AM

Toyota is giving college students a sweet graduation present – a $1,000 rebate off a new car.

This rebate will come in handy, especially now that you have all those student loans to pay off. Running through Jan. 2, 2013, the rebate program will be available to students that meet certain education requirements. Open to recent college graduates and students who have graduated in the past two years, you’ll need proof of your college status to get that grand back.

As well as a diploma or degree, you’ll also need proof of employment. It does make sense… you do need to pay for that new ride. We’re not sure if your head fryer position at McDonald’s counts as steady full-time employment.

If you’ve got all that going for you, it’s time to pick your car. Grads will have their choice of the Toyota Camry (gas only), Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, Tacoma, Yaris, and all of the Scion models.

There’s one more thing – even if you qualify for the rebate, you’ll have to buy your new Toyota from one the 175 Toyota dealers serviced by Southeast Toyota Finance in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

You can check out all of the requirements in full detail at the Southeast Toyota Finance website.

[Source: The Car Connection]

General Motors Planning To Leave NUMMI

Struggling automaker wants out of joint project with Toyota

 |  Apr 28 2009, 7:39 PM

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With the Pontiac brand gone, GM is looking to get out of its arrangement with Toyota that spawned the Vibe/Matrix models

In stark contrast to official statements by General Motors reps (and to a story we ran yesterday) the struggling U.S. automaker does indeed want out of the joint project with Toyota that saw the creation of the Vibe/Matrix.

Word comes at GMInsideNews reports that it has obtained a list of four of the six plants General Motors plans to shut down or idle as a part of its new viability plan. Included on that list are the Wilmington, Orion and Pontiac plants… as well as the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) facility in Fremont, CA.

Just yesterday Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson stated that GM is in talks with Toyota about the shared NUMMI project and that ideally GM would like to collaborate on another vehicle.

“We’re clearly not backing away from our partnership at NUMMI,” Hopson said. “There’s no issue of us backing away from NUMMI.”

But apparently there is.

GMInsideNews is reporting that their sources say GM wants out of NUMMI entirely. And to stoke the flames of that fire even further the source claims that were GM to go into bankruptcy, its part of the NUMMI facility would wind up in the “BadGM” pile.

[Source: GMInsideNews]

 |  Apr 27 2009, 7:21 PM

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With news today that the Pontiac brand will in fact be eliminated, General Motors is eager to get working with Toyota to build a new shared platform to replace the Vibe.

The Vibe is to GM what the Matrix is to Toyota, and both models come from an evenly shared joint venture known as New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. or NUMMI.

Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson told Automotive News that the company is currently in talks with Toyota to develop a new platform and says General Motors will stand behind its commitments to the NUMMI project.

“We’re clearly not backing away from our partnership at NUMMI,” Hopson told Automotive News. “There’s no issue of us backing away from NUMMI.”

The plan is to develop another shared platform with Toyota that would be sold under one of the four remaining GM brands: Chevy, GMC, Buick or Cadillac. There is no word on what sort of a vehicle this new model might be, especially as the Vibe/Matrix fit a perfect nice segment for both companies, situated somewhere between a compact sedan, a mid-sized sedan and a crossover/SUV.

The obcvious solution, in the mean time, would seem to be a rebadging of the Vibe as a Chevy model, but for some reason General Motors isn’t interested. Instead GM is set on washing its hands of the vehicle despite how successful it has been for the company.

There’s really nothing wrong with the Vibe,” Hopson said. “Its only problem right now is that it is a Pontiac.”

 

[Source: Automotive News]