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Opel to Build Mini Car Without German Incentives

Opel to Build Mini Car Without German Incentives

Opel/Vauxhall will build its latest model, an all-new car smaller than the sub-compact Corsa, at its Eisenach plant in the East German state of Thuringia, General Motors Company has confirmed. Earlier this year the German government – facing a taxpayer revolt and big...
Ford Will Build a Second Engine Plant in China

Ford Will Build a Second Engine Plant in China

Ford Motor Company and its government dictated partners are building new engine plant in China that is due to open in 2013. With the additional capacity of 400,000 units at the new facility, Ford’s joint venture, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Ltd (CFMA), is more...
Toyota Ups 2011 Prius Pricing

Toyota Ups 2011 Prius Pricing

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., has just slightly raised the price of its Prius hybrid in an attempt no doubt to raise revenues as the Japanese Yen remains strong. Year to date the Japanese-produced Prius has posted sales of 91,940 units, down from 93,810 in...
Mini Scooter E Debuts at Paris Motor Show

Mini Scooter E Debuts at Paris Motor Show

Mini will introduce a Scooter E Concept at the Paris International Motor Show next month. It could be the premium small car brand’s first two-wheel vehicle. The electric drive unit, concealed beneath a painted cover inside the rear wheel, is powered by electricity...
New VW Engine Plant Confirmed in Mexico

New VW Engine Plant Confirmed in Mexico

The Volkswagen Group confirmed this afternoon that it will build a new engine plant in Silao, Mexico as part of its long-term expansion strategy in North America. (See Paul Eisenstein’s New Mexican Engine Plant to Support VW’s Chattanooga Assembly Line ) Beginning in...
Ready For Two-Cylinder Cars? Fiat Thinks So

Ready For Two-Cylinder Cars? Fiat Thinks So

At the center of the Fiat display at the upcoming Paris Motor Show will be four of the diminutive 500 models equipped with two-cylinder engines. That’s right two. Fiat Powertrain Technologies has developed a 900 cc engine with direct injection and turbocharging that...
Honda CR-Z Debuts in 3-D in Times Square Thursday

Honda CR-Z Debuts in 3-D in Times Square Thursday

Honda will hold what it says is the first-ever takeover of Times Square with  3-D technology to launch the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe tomorrow. The marketing event marks the first time 3-D footage will be broadcast to the public space, in this case five blocks of Times...
LaHood Opens Second Distracted Driving Summit

LaHood Opens Second Distracted Driving Summit

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off the 2010 Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, DC today by announcing new anti-distracted driving regulations for drivers transporting hazardous materials, commercial truck and bus drivers, and rail operators....
Vehicle Thefts Post Sixth Straight Yearly Decline

Vehicle Thefts Post Sixth Straight Yearly Decline

The FBI’s just-released 2009 Uniform Crime Report shows that vehicle theft is once again down significantly in 2009, the sixth consecutive year of reductions.  In 2008, 956,846 vehicles were reported stolen – the lowest annual total in more than 20 years....
Cadillac Recalls CTS, CTS-V for Bad Knee Bolsters

Cadillac Recalls CTS, CTS-V for Bad Knee Bolsters

Cadillac is recalling more than 20,000 CTS all-wheel-drive and CTS-V models from the 2009-2010 model years because of a defective knee bolster on the front passenger side. In an accident the front passenger’s legs could be injured if he or she is small in stature, not...
Toyota Settles Saylor Suit. Takes on LA Times

Toyota Settles Saylor Suit. Takes on LA Times

Toyota Motor Corporation has settled a lawsuit with the Saylor and Lastrella families that resulted in four deaths in August of 2009. The accident called attention to floor mat entrapment, a safety issue that eventually led to recalls of millions of Toyota and Lexus...