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Don Miller Employees Help Out Independent Living (WISC-TV Madison)
MADISON, Wis. -- It has been a rollercoaster year in the automobile industry, but employees from Don Miller Subaru found time to volunteer Thursday with Independent Living.

Geely Automobile mulls ways to collaborate with Volvo (The Borneo Post)
HONG KONG: Geely Automobile said yesterday it will look at ways to collaborate with Volvo once its parent group completes the acquisition of the loss-making Swedish brand from US auto giant Ford. Gui Sheng Yue, Geely Automobile’s executive director, said its parent initially planned to develop Geely Automobile and Volvo as separate brands.

Buys for a Buoyant Economy (Forbes)
I expect positive employment numbers to touch off consumer spending, home buying and automobile demand.

NEWS BRIEFS (Elk Grove Citizen)
The 25th docent training class for the California Automobile Museum will be begin on Thursday, Jan. 7 at the museum, 2200 Front Street in Sacramento.

Auto majors drive past sales targets (Express India)
The automobile industry has struck another positive note with major manufacturers reporting their best-ever sales in the year 2009.

James L. Goddard, Crusading F.D.A. Leader, Dies at 86 (New York Times)
Dr. Goddard helped revolutionize the government’s methods of evaluating drugs beginning in the 1960s.

NEWS BRIEFS (Elk Grove Citizen)
The 25th docent training class for the California Automobile Museum will be begin on Thursday, Jan. 7 at the museum, 2200 Front Street in Sacramento.

Geely Automobile mulls ways to collaborate with Volvo (Malaysian Mirror)
HONG KONG - Geely Automobile said Thursday it will look at ways to collaborate with Volvo once its parent group completes the acquisition of the loss-making Swedish brand from US auto giant Ford.

German car industry changes gears to suit global market (Deutsche Welle)
German car makers are bracing for a tougher year ahead after government subsidies helped them get through 2009. According to experts, the auto industy will be hit by a slump in sales in western Europe.

A bright new year in store for vehicle retailers (Wheels.ca)
I've never been very good at predicting the future. But, today, I'd like to share some thoughts about where I think our industry is headed over the next 12 months.

Domestic auto industry’s fuel for growth (The Economic Times)
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Prepare yourself: Insurance bills on the rise (The Houma Courier)
Jeremy Alford Capitol Correspondent BATON ROUGE — If you think insurance coverage is already complex enough, you probably don’t want to hear about the changes that will impact automobile coverage, hurricane deductibles, home-service contracts and fire policies. The changes went into effect Friday.

Suzuki drives into mid-size car market (Zawya)
03 January 2010 Kizashi offers ultimate driving experience in its classJEDDAH - Suzuki, traditionally revered as a strong player in the Japanese mini-car automobile industry, has made a giant leap forward when it unveiled Kizashi - its entry into the mid-size car segment.

Soda ash industry struggles (Casper Star-Tribune)
GREEN RIVER -- It was a year of declining production, increased competition from Asian producers and work force reductions for America's soda ash industry in 2009.

2009: Bumpy, exciting ride, but still a good drive (Malaya)
The year that is about to pass had some bumpy rides but automotive industry players and leaders steered the business well and came up with good drives.

3 new cars to hit Indian roads (Central Chronicle)
Agencies Chennai, Jan 3: The highly competitive entry level and hatchback segments in the Indian automobile industry is expected to go on an overdrive this year with the launch of three more cars in these categories.

Auto firms lead investments in TN (Business Standard India)
The Tamil Nadu government attracted investments worth Rs 15,000 crore during 2009, majority of which was driven by the automobile industry. According to government sources, since 2006, the state attracted investments worth Rs 46,100 crore.

The Hindu Business Line : Delhi show may have a lot under the bonnet (The Hindu)
Jaguar sedans at the Tata Motors pavilion waiting to be unveiled at the Auto Expo in the Capital. - Kamal Narang Over the next week, the who's who of the Indian automobile industry will gather at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, as the fifth edition of the biennial auto expo promises to be yet another exciting fare.

Hopes on faster growth (The Hindu)
Heartening rebound in industry and many other sectors. Robotic welding in progress at an automobile unit in New Delhi.

The Automobile Association, a private-equity owned car insurance and recovery firm, is “desperate” to keep its defined ... (eFinancial News)
The Automobile Association, a private-equity owned car insurance and recovery firm, is “desperate” to keep its defined benefit pension scheme open to new joiners – one of a handful of UK companies to stick by the expensive option.

We cannot afford to spurn the emerging investors (Financial Times)
Last month China's Geely settled commercial terms to buy the Sweden-based Volvo division from Ford of the US. If this deal receives government approval, it will become the latest in a series of acquisitions reshaping the global automobile industry.

India Auto Body: Expect 2010 Sales To Grow In Double Digits (Nasdaq)
NEW DELHI -(Dow Jones)- Automobile sales in India are expected to grow in double digits in 2010, the president of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, the apex industry group, said Monday.

Spyker would rebuild Saab around core products, put 9-1 plans on hold:
Spyker Cars NV will rebuild Saab around the 9-3, 9-5 and 9-4X models if it buys the Swedish brand from General Motors Co., Spyker CEO Victor Muller says. Plans for a Saab 9-1 entry-level car would be put on hold.

2009 Audi R8 V10, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: The extra 100 hp is exactly what this car needs to make it really terrific. With this much horsepower on hand, the R8 finally lives up to its sleek, race-car-like design.

Mopar releases exterior, interior dress-up kits for Dodge Challenger:
Feel the urge to dress up your Dodge Challenger? The boys at Mopar have a little something for you.

Auto makers unhappy about fuel efficiency rating of cars (Calcutta News)
Auto makers Monday said they were not comfortable with the government's move to rate cars on the basis of fuel efficiency. 'The industry is wondering what the star rating is all about,' said Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) director general Dilip Chenoy.

Spyker has a plan for Saab, and Dodge dresses up the Challenger, in News Brake for Monday, Jan. 4:
In today's News Brake: Spyker has a plan for Saab, Dodge dresses up the Challenger, and we test-drive the Audi R8 V10 . . . But Wait, There's More!

Autoliv Plant Destroyed by Fire - Avoided Stop of Automobile Production (The Auto Channel)
The building of one of the major steering wheel plants for the European automobile industry was completely destroyed due to a fire in connection with repair work over the Christmas Holidays.

Underground Racing's twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo tempts with 1,000 hp:
The only way to get rid of temptation, Oscar Wilde wrote, is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing.

Reportlinker Adds Future of PVC Industry in China (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

What extra info will star rating give, asks SIAM (rediff.com)
The Society of Indian Automobile Association on Monday wondered what additional information customers will get from a proposed 'star rating' of cars based on fuel efficiency, although it insisted that the industry was not opposed to any such move.

Faster Than a Speeding Carrot: A Racing Car Made Entirely from Recyclables and Vegetable By-Products (Scientific American)
A Formula 3 racing car made entirely out of recycled and renewable materials could be a sign of things to come in the automotive industry. At least, that is the hope of some British researchers who have built WorldFirst , an unusual automobile made mostly using recycled plastic water and juice bottles, potato starch, carrot fibers and other materials one normally expects to find in the recycling ...

Auto suppliers facing tough year (UPI)
DETROIT, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Slower production and tighter financing are lined up to create a tough year for the U.S. automobile supply industry, a trade group official said.

Coal trips India s electric car revolution (Hindustan Times)
With pressure growing globally on the automobile industry to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, it’s no coincidence that the 10th edition of India’s Auto Expo will open today with the biggest-ever showing of electric, hybrid and hydrogen-fuelled vehicles, reports Samar Halarnkar . See related pics

Japan Outlook: December Automobile Sales; Cabinet Meets (The Forex Market)
TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Here are the major economic events scheduled in Japan on Tuesday. All times refer to GMT.

Detroit auto show: Cadillac CTS-V coupe is ready to hit the road:
Want a bit more oomph for your Cadillac CTS coupe? No problem, General Motors says, with the rollout of the CTS-V coupe in time for the Detroit auto show. The car goes on sale in early summer.

Auto Expo starts, showing India's growing clout as industry hub (Calcutta News)
The 10th Auto Expo flagged off at the Pragati Maidan exposition grounds here Tuesday, attracting over 2,100 participants from 30 countries in a growing testimony to India's emergence as a major market and hub for the global automobile industry.

Auto Expo starts, showing India's growing clout as industry hub (The Economic Times)
Auto Expo starts, showing India's growing clout as industry hubAuto Expo starts, showing India's growing clout as industry hub

Consumer Electronics Show: Rockin' the Electron in Las Vegas:
The average passenger car sold in the United States has about 100 cubic feet of interior volume. That's a lot of room for electrons.

The 2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible, an AW Drivers Log:
SENIOR WEB REPORTER GREG MIGLIORE: This is a lavish car with plenty of get-up. What impressed me most was how well the transmission shifted gears quickly and proficiently low in the band.

Lajdziak replaces Schembri as the president of Smart USA:
Jill Lajdziak, Saturn's former top executive, was named president of Smart USA just three days after starting with the company.

Auto Expo starts, showing India's growing clout as industry hub (New Kerala)
New Delhi, Jan 5 : The 10th Auto Expo flagged off at the Pragati Maidan exposition grounds here Tuesday, attracting over 2,100 participants from 30 countries in a growing testimony to India's emergence as a major market and hub for the global automobile industry.

Japan auto sales plunge to lowest in 38 years (AP via Yahoo! News)
Auto sales in Japan declined to their lowest in 38 years, slumping 9 percent to 2.9 million vehicles for 2009, an industry group said Tuesday.

Cadillac's CTS-V coupe and BMW's iPhone app, in News Brake for Tuesday, Jan. 5:
In today's News Brake: The Cadillac CTS coupe gets the V treatment, Saab fans rally outside General Motors' HQ, and BMW makes your iPhone more fun . . . But Wait, There's More!

Canadian Automobile Association Calls On Q9 For Energy Efficient Data Centre Solution (CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance)
Q9 Networks Inc. today announced that it has been selected by the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario to provide a comprehensive data centre co-location solution. CAA SCO is the largest CAA organization in Canada and provides numerous mission-critical services to its 1.8 million members, including 7x24 emergency roadside assistance, travel services and home and auto insurance ...

Research and Markets: Indian Auto-Component Industry: After Market Study Of Automotive-Chains (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Indian Auto-Component Industry: After Market Study Of Automotive-Chains" report to their offering.

Ford, Hyundai, Subaru lead U.S. gainers; GM drops 6%:
Ford Motor Co. posted a 33 percent rise in December sales, assuring its first annual gain in U.S. market share in 14 years and providing more evidence of an industry on the mend.

Saab fans gather outside GM headquarters:
The 60-plus-year history of Saab may come to an inglorious end in the next few days if General Motors and Dutch supercar maker Spyker--or perhaps a dark-horse bidder--fail to reach an agreement to save the iconic Swedish maker of premium cars.

Taiwan's automobile industry set for roaring good time (Channel NewsAsia)
TAIPEI: Taiwan's supercar market is set for a roaring good time in 2010, with some automakers expecting a double-digit growth.

Atlantic Tires Michael Scheetz Achieves Automobile Service Consultant Certification (dBusinessNews.com)
Cary , N.C. — Atlantic Tire & Service, a locally owned automotive repair center with three locations in the Triangle, is pleased to announce that Michael Scheetz has been certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as an Automobile Service Consultant.


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