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Penske Passes on Saturn Acquisition

Penske Passes on Saturn Acquisition

Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG) has just announced that it has terminated its discussions with General Motors Company to acquire the Saturn brand. In a statement the Penske Group said concerns “directly related to the future supply of vehicles beyond the...
DOT Secretary Opens Distracted Driving Summit

DOT Secretary Opens Distracted Driving Summit

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today challenged more than 250 safety experts, industry representatives, elected officials and members of the public to help put an end to distracted driving. “Every single time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road...
Toyota Motor to Rehire Some Workers in Japan

Toyota Motor to Rehire Some Workers in Japan

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced in Tokyo this morning that the number of fixed-term employees it plans to hire starting in October would be approximately 1,600. The largest Japanese automaker said the decision to increase the number of contract employees...
Click and Bye, Bye

Click and Bye, Bye

General Motors Company will today stop selling new cars and trucks in California online through eBay. The move comes as a surprise given previous executive remarks on the experimental program. During a press conference on September 1, GM said its nascent California...
UAW and CAW Join Forces in Washington

UAW and CAW Join Forces in Washington

The United Auto Workers and Communications Workers of America have joined forces in what the two unions describe as a “legislative alliance.” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and Larry Cohen of the CWA said each union would contribute staff and other...
Toyota Troubles Mounting, Reputation Slipping

Toyota Troubles Mounting, Reputation Slipping

These were supposed to be the best of times for Toyota.  Instead, they’re turning into the worst. It was just barely a year ago when the Japanese giant finally surged past its American rival, General Motors, to become the world’s best-selling automaker.  For years,...
Deadly Toyota Floor Mats to be Recalled

Deadly Toyota Floor Mats to be Recalled

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will soon launch a safety campaign on 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to remove floor mats that may have caused deaths because of a stuck accelerator pedal. Irv Miller, Toyota vice president of communications, said the recall is...
Ford Owned Volvo Tows Line on Cell Phone Use

Ford Owned Volvo Tows Line on Cell Phone Use

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) is placing full-page ads tomorrow in issues of USA Today and The Washington Post that call for distracted driving legislation. Publicly taking a position on the need for legislation is apparently a first for Volvo, and the...
GM Creates a Science Lab in China

GM Creates a Science Lab in China

General Motors Company has established a China Science Lab in Shanghai. The “unique” facility will carry out research projects in a number of automotive-related fields for General Motors. GM claims the first major science lab established by a global automaker in China...
Toyota Develops Self Repairing Clear Coat

Toyota Develops Self Repairing Clear Coat

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced today that it has developed a clear-coat paint with self-restoring qualities that it says is highly resistant to surface scratches usually caused by car wash brushes or fingernails. TMC plans to use the coat on the...
More New Car Shoppers Make Decisions on Web

More New Car Shoppers Make Decisions on Web

As Internet use among new-vehicle shoppers in India grows, increasing numbers of buyers are rejecting and selecting specific models before visiting dealerships, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2009 India Escaped Shopper Study released today. The study, which...
Instant Car Wash?

Instant Car Wash?

Hydro Engineering Incorporated has packaged its Hydropad above ground wash rack with water recycling and a pressure washer to provide an instant car wash. The company claims this is a breakthrough in “green” water technology. The car wash requires electric...