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Leasing program helps business at Jim Martin Chevy dealership
The automobile industry has undergone major changes during the past few years due to the sluggish economic conditions and dealerships have had to cope with a lot of uncertainty during the transition just to survive.

Survey shows domestic vehicles top foreign in automobile appeal
Domestic cars continue to gain ground on import brands in terms of popularity.

France: brands that stand alone
Can you imagine an international automobile show promoting cars as French? Most probably not. The French car, as a label, has little marketing value in the brand-driven automobile industry. In this sector, brands create the image of the products.

WATCH: Just Married: Chelsea's Special Night
Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky tie the knot along the Hudson River. Chelsea Clinton - Hudson River - United States - New York - Hillary Rodham Clinton

Logistics operators interested in bulk auto transport plan
Leading third-party logistics operators are eyeing the countrys first railway ministry-initiated project for the bulk transport of automobiles through rail. Transport Corporation of India, Adani Logistics, CONYK CARTRACK (a joint venture between NYK and CONCOR) and Arshiya International Ltd, in association with Titagarh Wagons, made a presentation to the Society of Indian Automobile ...

PFI profit up 16.7% before non-cash tax charge
August 2 (BusinessDesk) - Property for Industry reported a large bottom-line loss due to government tax changes but its distributable net profit rose 16.7% for the six months ended June 30.

France: brands that stand alone
Can you imagine an international automobile show promoting cars as French? Most probably not. The French car, as a label, has little marketing value in the brand-driven automobile industry. In this sector, brands create the image of the products.

HK stocks may trade flat; eyes on China stocks, HSBC
HK stocks may trade flat; eyes on China stocks, HSBC

European Automaker's Stocks Downgraded at UBS; Insurance Companies Raised
UBS AG downgraded the European automobile industry to underweight from neutral, saying the stocks have been the best performing sector since April and lead indicators are rolling over.

Japan new car sales up 15%
TOKYO - NEW vehicle sales in Japan jumped 15 per cent in July year-on-year, an auto industry group said on Monday, just months before the government is due to end subsidies for green cars. New registrations for vehicles including cars, trucks and buses but excluding minicars, totaled 333,403 units last month, the 12th straight monthly rise, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said. Toyota ...

Maruti Reports Highest-ever Sales In July
The Indian automobile industry continues its robust growth, with Maruti reporting the highest-ever sales in July-the -second time in this fiscal. Tata Motors and Hyundai Motors also achieved a higher sales growth for the month under review. Export-wise, Tata Motors leads the table.

Nigeria: Encouraging Local Auto Industry
Our laws mandate the National Automotive Council, NAC, to initiate policies that would aid the growth of our domestic automobile manufacturing base. NAC generates billions of Naira to carry out its duties from tariffs on imported vehicles.

US making profit in automobile sector, but my administration not getting credit: Obama
Washington, August 2 : United States President Barack Obama has highlighted the growth of the country's auto industry as an evidence of broader economic good news for the first time since 2004, but stressed that his administration is not given the credit it deserves.

Maserati Is The 2010 Tuscan Sun Festival's Automobile Partner
Just like last year, in 2010 Maserati is the Tuscan Sun Festival's Exclusive Festival Automobile Partner, and Maserati cars will be used to drive around the artists performing in the event.

China's Geely completes Volvo buy
China's Geely on Monday completed its purchase of Ford Motor Co's Volvo unit, marking China's biggest acquisition of a foreign car maker and reflecting the nation's rapid rise in the auto world.

China's Geely completes acquisition of Volvo
Geely Holding Group completed its acquisition of Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo unit Monday in a $1.5 billion deal that gives the small-but-ambitious Chinese automaker a global brand and huge management challenges. The legendary Swedish automaker is China's biggest... China - Ford Motor Company - Geely Automobile - Volvo Car - Automotive industry

Ford completes sale of Volvo to China's Geely:
Ford said today it has completed the sale of Volvo Cars to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for $1.8 billion.

Future products: The new Ford has learned to think small:
Ford Motor Co., long known for pickups and SUVs, will emphasize cars, crossovers and fuel-efficient engines in the next few years.

2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

2010 Audi TTS coupe, an AW Drivers Log:
MANAGING EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: This is a beautiful car, in styling and trim, with a sweet and strong turbo powertrain, but for some reason, it leaves me wanting more.

France: brands that stand alone
Can you imagine an international automobile show promoting cars as French? Most probably not. The French car, as a label, has little marketing value in the brand-driven automobile industry. In this sector, brands create the image of the products.

Infiniti shows us the M35 prototype, and Ford has big plans for its future lineup, in News Brake for Monday, August 2:
In today's News Brake: A look at Infiniti's new hybrid system, Geely takes over Volvo, and Ford has big plans for its future products . . . But Wait, There's More!

2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback, an AW Drivers Log:
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR CHERYL L. BLAHNIK: This sticker just feels a little too steep for this car. I was expecting this to around $3,000 less.

SIA: Global Chip Sales Jump on PC, Cell Phone Demand
Global chip sales jumped in the second quarter on robust demand for PCs and wireless handsets, the Semiconductor Industry Association said on Monday.

Harbin Int'l Automobile Industry Exhibition kicks off
A car model poses with a car to be photographed in the 13th Harbin International Automobile Industry Exhibition 2010 in Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 2, 2010. The 13th Harbin International Automobile Industry Exhibition, which kicked off on Monday, has attracted 458 manufacturers over eleven countries and regions.

Motor industry creates jobs as sales recover
The motor manufacturing industry is once again creating jobs after the severe cutbacks during the financial crisis, when both domestic and export vehicle sales plummeted.

South African Vehicle Sales Climb 20% as Low Interest Rates Spur Spending
South African vehicle sales climbed an annual 20 percent in July as interest rates at their lowest in almost 30 years spurred consumer spending, an industry group said.

SA's vehicle sales up 20 percent year-on-year in July
South Africa's total industry new vehicle sales increased by 20.0 percent year-on-year in July to 41 367 units.

S. Africa Vehicle Sales Increase In July : NAAMSA
(RTTNews) - South Africa's total industry vehicle sales continued to increase in July. The total vehicle sales increased 20% year-on-year in July, a report by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa or NAAMSA showed on Tuesday.

Escalade is car most likely to catch thieves' eyes
The blinged-out Cadillac Escalade SUV, a favorite of A-listers like Tiger Woods, is once again the vehicle voted most likely to be stolen, according to an insurance industry group. Insurance - CadillacEscalade - Sport utility vehicle - Automobile - Tiger Woods

Analyst Research on Tesla Motors and Toyota -- Auto Industry Slowly Adopting Green Tech
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - August 3, 2010) - www.stockcall.com/ offers investors comprehensive research on the 'Auto Manufacturers - Major' industry and has completed analytical research on Tesla Motors Inc. ( NASDAQ : TSLA ) and Toyota Motor Corp. ( NYSE : TM ). Register with us today at www.stockcall.com/ to have free access ...

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) and Xinyi Automobile Parts (Wuhu) Co. Ltd. to Explore Joint Venture to Supply Automotive ...
PGW LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and Xinyi Automobile Parts Co. Ltd. have entered into discussions relating to the potential formation of a joint venture company, or other cooperative effort.

US auto sales rise in July, thanks to ads, credit
Summer promotions and easier credit lured shoppers back to car buying last month, a relief to an industry worried about June's sales slowdown. Every major automaker except for Ford and Daimler said their July sales topped those in June. The biggest monthly... General Motors - Automobile - Autos - Recreation - Makes and Models

Chrome, Horsepower and Hemis: Cadillac Escalade tops most ripped-off list:
Just when it seems as if all we are hearing about are Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs (Leaves?), turns out thieves still love their performance cars and monstrous SUVs and trucks.

2010 Audi S4, an AW Long-Term Update:
The latest month spent in our long-term Audi S4 found us joyful for the little things. Not that we we're sick of the big ones by any means--the brakes, steering, engine and transmission were fantastic as usual.

FireBreather Camaro is on sale now from Classic Design Concepts:
Chevrolet fans, start scratching off lottery tickets: A Detroit-area customizer has devised a creation based on the Camaro SS dubbed and#8220;FireBreather.and#8221; And, it has a bit of star power.

Ford upgrades diesels for Super Duty pickups:
Ford Motor Co. is enlisting its dealers as it fires back in a horsepower battle between diesel-powered heavy-duty pickups.

SMS 570 Challenger, an AW Driver's Log:
People really liked this thing. Seems the more Los Angeles Lakers window flags in an area, the more enthusiastic the response to the car. Guys with Carhartt gear would stop whatever they were doing and just stare. Women swooned. Dogs barked.

PART III--2011 Ford Explorer, an AW Product Profile:
AW's Bob Gritzinger explains the interior of the 2011 Ford Explorer with chief engineer Jim Holland.

Strong auto sales fuel KK loan upturn
Kiatnakin Bank expects strong growth of 20% growth for its automobile loan business this year, thanks to the sharp rebound in local vehicle sales with the economic recovery.

France: brands that stand alone
Can you imagine an international automobile show promoting cars as French? Most probably not. The French car, as a label, has little marketing value in the brand-driven automobile industry. In this sector, brands create the image of the products.

Ford upgrades its diesel engine, and IndyCar penalizes Helio Castroneves, in News Brake for Tuesday, August 3:
In today's News Brake: Ford upgrades its diesel engine, Jack Roush is in fair condition, and IndyCar puts Helio Castroneves on probation . . . But Wait, There's More!

U.S. auto sales rise 5% in July:
General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. posted their smallest U.S. sales gains of the year, while America Honda Co. and Toyota Motor declined as July results fell short of forecasts.

$40 million Bugatti on exhibit: Mullin museum models its masterpiece:
Remember the Bugatti that sold a few months ago for somewhere between $30 million and $40 million? It is still the world's most expensive car. And now you can have a look at it at the fabulous Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif.

Automobile sales sizzle in July
Summer promotions and easier credit lured shoppers back to car buying last month, a relief to an industry worried about June's sales slowdown.

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI Two-Door, an AW Drivers Log:
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR CHERYL L.

INDUSTRY & ECONOMY
ECONOMY: Pranab defends Govt's efforts in curbing inflation Lok Sabha adopts motion on price rise. The Lok Sabha on Wednesday adopted a motion on price rise and its impact and urged the Government to take further effective action to contain ...

Hyundai vows 50 mpg for U.S. lineup by 2025:
Hyundai's entire U.S. vehicle lineup will achieve an average of 50 mpg by 2025, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik pledged on Wednesday.

News Release: Museum Announces First Extravaganza Automobile for Auction
AUBURN CORD DUESENBERG AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM NEWS RELEASE - 8/4/2010 For Immediate Release CONTACT: Kendra Klink, Operations Director August - 2010 260-925-1444 / [email protected] For More Photos or Photos of Different Quality Please Contact Us Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Announces First Extravaganza Automobile for Auction AUBURN - The Fifth Annual ...

Research and Markets: This Latest Report on Automobile Parts Wholesale-Retail in the US is Now Available
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.co has announced the addition of the "Automobile Parts Wholesale-Retail" report to their offering. First Research is the leading industry intelligence company that helps sales teams perform faster and smarter, open doors, and close more deals. First ...


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