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Production of the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander stopped last month and now the brand says it knows what caused the crossover’s batteries to overheat.¬†
Update: The price referred to in this story does not reflect American pricing. We now know that the Juke-R will cost around $590,000 in U.S. dollars.
The new Pagani Huayra continues the brand’s unique design language from its insect feeler-like mirrors to the unmistakeable afterburner-style exhaust.
The video featured below is packed with details perfect for car geeks. It dives into detail about the production process, telling you about the complex materials that the Huayra is made up of, and the important safety of the¬†fuel-tank (It cuts off fuel as soon as it detects a collision), among many other tech-heavy details.
If mechanical specifics aren’t your thing, you can just look at the borderline car-porn of the fully finished product and the sheet-metal underneath it. You also get plenty of wonderful motor sounds as the Huayra zips around the track. Click the jump to see for yourself.
Production for major automakers numbers in the millions every year, but that doesn’t mean it’s insignificant for Maserati to increase production to 50,000¬†units¬†by 2015.
Last year the company only managed to sell 6,159 cars, which was actually an 8.5 percent increase. No doubt the ambitious marketing strategies and business savvy Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne brings to the company has something to do with the rapid growth.
In order to meet the high ambitions, the brand says it will introduce three new models in distinct market segments. Managing that massive production jump will take significant resources, some of which will come from Fiat’s recently-acquired Turin production plant, where Maserati vehicles will also be assembled.
If it meets the goal, it will represent an increase of almost 812% over 2011, something the company might struggle to meet. It failed to meet growth goals in the past which were significantly smaller, but maybe new models and Marchionne’s leadership will be the magic beanstalk Maserati needs to climb.
[Source: Detroit News]
The Chevrolet Volt has had its fair share of teething problems. Soon after its birth, there were reports of some vehicles spontaneously combusting.
This obviously had an effect on the cars reputation, and sales fell. To save money and rid themselves of backed up inventory, General Motors decided to halt production of the Volt at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for five-weeks.
However, the Volt’s fortune quickly changed. March was its best sales month ever, as GM sold 2,289 examples of the plug-in range extended EV.
Caring about concept cars takes a lively sense of wonder and a little bit of short-sighted foolishness, at least in most cases.
These sleek, snazzy models appear long enough to tantalize the public and capture imaginations, only to disappear with the show just like a stage performer. What happens, then, when the crowd chants an encore, when they insatiably demand another taste? Sometimes nothing. On the other hand, the flattered performer may return to deliver.
The LF-LC hybrid concept that garnered lavish praise and the EyesOn award for its striking design is proving to have lasting popularity. So much so that Lexus is taking notice.
‚ÄúThis is just a concept at this point, but judging from the fantastic reception it received at the recent Detroit auto show, people want us to build it.,‚ÄĚ¬†Yoshi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America said.
For anyone who missed out on what was undeniably one of the most striking scenes in Detroit this year, the LF-LC hybrid concept car featured striking exterior styling with the opposing Lexus “L” grille that is already making its way into new models. The interior featured wild, organic, curvy designs that integrated new technology like speed-sensitive touch pads to lower and raise the windows.
It’s true that the car isn’t headed for production yet, but maybe Lexus can be coaxed if the crowd keeps chanting.
GALLERY: Lexus LF-LC concept
Americans are saying “yes” to the 2012 Volkswagen Passat and the German giant is responding in kind by boosting production and adding jobs.
200 more positions are being created at the Chatanooga, Tenn. plant that already manufactures the car. According to Automotive News, the company will achieve this goal by increasing the number of cars produced per hour from 31 to 35. The plant opened in 2011 as part of VW’s plan to boost American sales to 800,000 by 2018.
We’re certainly not complaining about more Passats being available. Changes to the 2012 model make it feel a lot more like a luxury car. Some folks may struggle with the $33,000 price tag for the top-end model, but the base S starts at just $19,995. Read our review here and decide for yourself.
GALLERY: 2012 Passat SEL¬†V6
[Source: Automotive News]
General Motors halted production at the Lordstown, Ohio plant of the globally distributed sedan, citing problems with a parts supplier, though the company didn’t disclose specifics.
“A further process review shows¬†General Motors is not ready to resume production¬†of the Chevrolet Cruze at the Lordstown Complex as announced earlier,” said the company in a statement.
The Cruze isn’t the only car being affected by the shortage: the Buick Verano (pictured above), which uses many of the same parts and shares its platform with the Cruze is also being stalled. The Verano is manufactured at a different plant near Detroit, but is suffering the same production delays.
GM remains tight-lipped about what is causing the delay, but according to Automotive News sources close to the situation say struts shared by both car’s suspensions are a likely culprit.
Production will resume at the Lordstown plant at 10:30 p.m. today after production of the popular car sat stagnant for four days.
There is no information so far on when the Michigan plan will resume production.
Gallery: 2012 Buick Verano
[Source: Automotive News]
General Motors halted production of their popular Cruze sedan yesterday after a supplier issue hampered production.
Chevrolet says they plan to resume production as soon as possible, though they declined to disclose what the issue was. Production officially stopped around 1 p.m. EST according to a spokesperson for the Lordstown, Ohio, factory where the Cruze is produced.
Currently the Cruze is the second-best selling small car in the U.S. and the 10th-best overall. Chevrolet has been able to¬†capitalize on consumer demand for more fuel efficient cars, given that the Cruze can achieve up to 42 mpg.
Expect whatever issue is postponing production to be addressed soon, after all the car is a hot seller and one that GM hopes to push beyond current sales to be a market leader.¬†At the moment, it outsells the Honda Civic, though the Toyota Corolla still boasts better numbers.
Gallery: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Honda announced today that they would use excess capacity at their Alabama plant following a $300 million investment in the facility. The investment will allow for a total of 340,000 units anually.
Rising exchange rates are forcing Honda to devote more resources to North American production while reducing exports. Honda will shift their Acura MDX luxury SUV to the plant from their Canadian factory in Ontario, and use their Ontario plant to produce the 2012 Honda CR-V crossover.