February 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

February 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
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Well, another dumpy winter month is in the books. The season that just won’t end is at long last winding down; the light of spring is visible at the end of this frigid tunnel. Continue Reading...

Rally North America 2014 Rally US 50

Rally North America 2014 Rally US 50
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Rallying for a Cause Rally North America (RNA) is quickly becoming one of the premiere charity road rally organizations in the country. Now in the organization’s fifth year of existence, the 2014 Rally US 50 is set to begin today as 80 cars line up at the starting line in Martinsburg, W.Va. For the next… Continue Reading...

Toyota Investing $28 Million in Michigan Facilities

Toyota Investing $28 Million in Michigan Facilities
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Michigan, it’s more than just Great Lakes, the Big Three and the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. To the surprise of many, GM, Ford and Chrysler aren’t the only games in town. Practically every major OEM and supplier company has offices, technical centers or test facilities in the mitten state, and Toyota is making… Continue Reading...

Range Rover Diesel Hybrid Might Reach US Soon

Range Rover Diesel Hybrid Might Reach US Soon
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Land Rover will launch a diesel hybrid version of its Range Rover in Europe shortly after the truck debuts during the Frankfurt Motor Show. It might not be so long until it reaches the U.S. either. Continue Reading...

Lexus Eco Challenge Grand Prize Winners Announced

Lexus Eco Challenge Grand Prize Winners Announced
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Toyota supports environmental consciousness by holding the annual Lexus Eco Challenge competition, encouraging middle and high school students to practice eco-friendliness in creative ways. Since the program’s inception, $4 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded to middle and high school students for their distinguished projects. “Through this program, more than 25,000 participants have demonstrated… Continue Reading...

Half of Rolls-Royce Ghost Buyers Ordered Bespoke Vehicles

Half of Rolls-Royce Ghost Buyers Ordered Bespoke Vehicles
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It turns out that owning a Rolls-Royce isn’t rare enough on it’s own for the majority of people buying these ultra-luxury cars. No, the people willing and able to shell out for the best of the best seem to be afraid the valet will confuse their Ghost with the others outside the country club. According… Continue Reading...

Audi North American Plant Coming In The Future, No Date Set

Audi North American Plant Coming In The Future, No Date Set
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Cutting costs these days seems to be all about building factories in the country meant to buy your products. Audi is following that mantra by announcing designs to build a plant in North America. Doing so would help the brand avoid the pitfalls of the European economy and make the actual act of bringing vehicles… Continue Reading...

Canada’s Auto Sector Losing Ground To Mexico

Canada’s Auto Sector Losing Ground To Mexico
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Automobile manufacturing is a big part of the Canadian economy. 10 percent of the country’s manufacturing output is related to the auto industry. Things have been changing for a few years already, and the future is not looking good for Canada.  Thanks to their lower labor rates and production costs, more and more car companies… Continue Reading...

2012 Mitsubishi i Ranks Best In Fuel Economy

2012 Mitsubishi i Ranks Best In Fuel Economy
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  Behold, the new bar for fuel economy: 126 highway miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). Which car is championing these figures? The Mitsubishi i electric vehicle. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Economy Guide ranked the Mitsubishi i electric vehicle at the top for fuel consumption. The competing Nissan Leaf stacks up 13 MPGe lower at a still… Continue Reading...

Audi Cutting Back On Manuals For Europe

Audi Cutting Back On Manuals For Europe
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Audi drivers across the pond are getting the short end of the stick, or to be more precise: no stick at all. What’s all this stick business, you may ask? The new version of the Audi S4 and S5 will only be available with an automatic transmission in Europe, cue the snickers and sneers from North American… Continue Reading...

Toyota to Export US-Built Sienna Minivan to South Korea

Toyota to Export US-Built Sienna Minivan to South Korea
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Toyota has announced today that the made in the U.S.A. Toyota Sienna minivan will soon be sold in South Korea. Produced at Toyota’s Princeton, Indiana plant, the Sienna has long been a top seller in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Now, scheduled early this November, South Korea will mark the Sienna’s first distribution outside… Continue Reading...

BYD Grand Opening Launches U.S. Operations

BYD Grand Opening Launches U.S. Operations
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There’s a new kid in Los Angeles, BYD. The Chinese battery and electric car manufacturer opened its California office today. BYD says it will bring 150 green-collar engineering and management jobs to the city. The event highlight, however, is a deal between BYD and Hertz to provide airport shuttles to the rental agency. This could prove… Continue Reading...

Nissan Takes Advantage Of Toyota Camry Launch

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Nissan Takes Advantage Of Toyota Camry Launch
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Toyota officially launched the all-new Camry last week, and Nissan took advantage of this situation in a very 21st century method of subterfuge. When the sedan was unveiled, Toyota found that the word “Camry” had been acquired on social media service Twitter by rival Nissan North America. Anyone searching the Camry on Twitter during the… Continue Reading...

New Suzuki Swift Sport To Debut At Frankfurt Auto Show

New Suzuki Swift Sport To Debut At Frankfurt Auto Show
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The next-gen Suzuki Swift Sport will debut at the 64th Frankfurt Auto Show on September 13. Compared to the standard Swift, the Sport model has a more aggressive exterior and promises a “high-quality” interior with, “features that heighten excitement about the driving experience.” Powering the Swift is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 134-hp, with… Continue Reading...

New 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback Same as The Old One: Priced from $14,380

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New 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback Same as The Old One: Priced from $14,380
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Today, Nissan North America announced U.S pricing for the 2012 Versa Hatchback, a model that is carried over from the previous year, despite the fact that the 2012 sedan is all-new. Continuing on the popular first-generation design, it is available in 1.8 S and 1.8 SL models. The 1.8-liter S hatchback model has been priced… Continue Reading...

Lotus Evora GTE To Be Raced In The States With Lotus Sport USA

Lotus Evora GTE To Be Raced In The States With Lotus Sport USA
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Today, Group Lotus Motorsport announced the formation of Lotus Sport USA led by Team Principals Ian Dawson and John Pritzlaff. The factory endorsed team will focus on the GT2 and LMP2 classes sanctioned by the International Motor Sport Association. The new team will race with the Lotus Evora GTE for the North American and International… Continue Reading...

Audi To Build Vehicles In the U.S.

Audi To Build Vehicles In the U.S.
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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has confirmed that the company will build a vehicle assembly plant in North America. In an interview with Automotive News, Stadler explained specific details about models, location and capacity will be made within three years. Audi may also be building a plant to specialize in the construction of engine and transmissions. “It is totally… Continue Reading...

Nissan Begins Global Proving Tests For NV200 Based Electric Vehicles

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Nissan Begins Global Proving Tests For NV200 Based Electric Vehicles
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Nissan has launched a global proving test program for their compact electric commercial vehicle NV200. The Japanese automaker began the test with Japan Post Service. The postal service will be provided with the NV200 to carry out postal collection for two months in Yokohama. The vehicle will be tested in real world conditions to help fine tune small aspects of the… Continue Reading...

Sales Climb For Fiat 500 In US

Sales Climb For Fiat 500 In US
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y Sales for the Fiat 500 are picking up after a slow start in the US market. The Mexican built US version was off to a slow start after only selling 3,141 units through the end of May, but the cute Italian car is gaining momentum. Chrysler has just 70 Fiat dealerships nationwide however there… Continue Reading...

Ford To Introduce Eight New Models in First Quarter of 2012

Ford To Introduce Eight New Models in First Quarter of 2012
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Ford is planning to blitz the auto-market for the first quarter of 2012. According to a source inside Ford, no less than eight all-new or refreshed models will start production for Q1. Ford’s largest project is the all-new midsize Fusion/Mondeo, which is currently scheduled to start production in January. Ford hopes for a 50-percent sales improvement for… Continue Reading...

Fiat’s U.S Expansion Plans Revealed

Fiat’s U.S Expansion Plans Revealed
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Fiat is hoping to build a strong U.S-market demand for the 500 by expanding its line-up with a successor to the Bravo compact hatchback. Concerns have be raised about relaunching Fiat in the United States, however early sales figures of the 500 have exceeded expectations. A cabriolet version of the hatchback is now appearing in… Continue Reading...

Toyota Hands Over Development Clout to U.S. Operations

Toyota Hands Over Development Clout to U.S. Operations
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Toyota is taking product development authority away from Japanese bosses and putting it in the hands of North American executives as part of a larger change aimed at fixing quality control issues that hurt the automaker’s reputation last year. Until now, vehicles produced and designed and developed in North America had to be approved by… Continue Reading...
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