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Auto industry rebounds, eyes electric market
At the Paris Auto Show, the world's oldest industry showcase, optimism is growing after the disastrous drop in global sales last year.

Japan new car sales down
TOKYO - NEW vehicle sales in Japan fell 4.1 per cent in September from a year earlier, an auto industry group said on Friday, as subsidies for green cars ended earlier in the month. It was the first drop in 14 months, with new registrations for vehicles including cars, trucks and buses standing at 308,663 in September, the Japanese Automobile Dealers Association said.

Future products: Acura will push for luxury credentials without V8, rwd:
The dreams of getting a V8 engine, rear-wheel-drive platforms and a sports car to replace the NSX have died for Acura dealers.

Future products: Honda aims to build on Odyssey momentum:
Honda has run into a few problems with its new-vehicle introductions of late. The current Accord was a bit too large in this era of downsizing, the Accord Crosstour was knocked for its styling, and the Insight hybrid suffered disappointing sales.

Paris auto show: Porsche 911 Speedster may sell out fast:
The order bank for the new Porsche 911 Speedster is growing rapidly, making it likely that the car will sell out by the end of October, Porsche said on Friday.

Chevy will use World Series to pitch Volt's debut:
Chevrolet will use next month's World Series to launch ads for the debut of the Volt plug-in hybrid sedan, General Motors Co.'s marketing chief Joel Ewanick said.

2010 Infiniti G37S Convertible, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: An evening drive in the summer with the top down is one of my favorite things to do, and the G37 convertible was the perfect vehicle for a top-down drive home from the movies last night.

Paris auto show: AW editors pick the standouts:
Just a few weeks ago, the Paris motor show was looking as if it might become the Paris Electric Car Show. Several manufacturers announced EVs that would debut at the show.

Petit Le Mans: Peugeot continues to set the pace at Road Atlanta:
Peugeotand#8217;s two diesel-powered 908 HDi LMP1 prototypes kept up the pace at Road Atlanta with the fastest two times in Friday morningand#8217;s official practice session for Saturdayand#8217;s Petit Le Mans endurance race.

Ford sales rise 40 percent, Chrysler up 61 percent as industry rebounds:
Ford Motor Co. posted a 40 percent increase in U.S. sales last month and Chrysler Group soared 61 percent as the industry showed signs of rebounding from an August slump.

2010 Ford Fusion SEL, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: I thought the Fusion should have been voted 2006 North American Car of the Year (it lost to Honda Civic by 40 points that year), and the car has only improved since then. This 2.5-liter I4 (vs.

Automobile sales on the rise
SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. automakers basked in the glow of easy year-over-year sales comparisons on Friday, with Chrysler Group LLC’s 61 percent surge leading a trio of double-digit September gains. Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. also joined in the industry’s barrage of improved numbers. Toyota posted a 16.8 percent gain to 147,162 vehicles, while Nissan registered a 34 ...

We pick the best of Paris and Porsche's Speedster moves quickly, in News Brake for Oct. 1:
In today's News Brake, we pick the best of the Paris auto show, the Porsche Speedster is selling quickly and Porsche may be headed back to Formula One ... But Wait, There's More!

September brings ups and downs for new automobile sales
DETROIT - New models and Labor Day promotions didn't do much to fire Americans' appetites for new cars in September.

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

Automechanika ends with record numbers
Automechanika, the leading international trade fair for the automobile industry over the last 6 years, closed with record numbers with over 155,000 attendees from 180 different countries with a significant increase from outside of Germany.

Lithium-Ion Batteries to Drive the Future of the Automobile Industry, an Industrial Info News Alert
TOKYO--(Marketwire - 10/04/10) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- In Japan, one cannot go anywhere without spotting a hybrid vehicle , such as the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight. The Prius, released in 1997 in Japan, was ranked as the country's top-selling car for the 16th straight month in August, which saw domestic vehicle sales reaching more than 22,000 cars ...

Lithium-Ion Batteries to Drive the Future of the Automobile Industry, an Industrial Info News Alert
TOKYO--(Marketwire - October 4, 2010) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- In Japan, one cannot go anywhere without spotting a hybrid vehicle , such as the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight. The Prius, released in 1997 in Japan, was ranked as the country's top-selling car for the 16 th straight month in August, which saw domestic vehicle sales reaching more than 22,000 ...

Britain India's largest automobile export market
Britain India's largest automobile export marketBritain India's largest automobile export market

Britain India's largest automobile export market
Britain has emerged as India's largest automobile export market where the Indian auto industry sold passenger vehicles worth $481 million in 2009-10, a leading industry lobby said Monday.

FICCI calls for upping the auto export target
The Indian automobile industry is confident of achieving the 2016 export target of $12 billion a good two years ahead in 2013-14, an industry lobby said Monday, calling for a revision of the target.

Britain India's largest automobile export market
New Delhi, Oct 4 : Britain has emerged as India's largest automobile export market where the Indian auto industry sold passenger vehicles worth $481 million in 2009-10, a leading industry lobby said Monday.

Research and Markets: U.S. Automobile Gas Engine & Engine Parts Manufacturing Report 2011
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2011 U.S. Automobile Gas Engine & Engine Parts Mfg. Report" report to their offering.

Research and Markets: U.S. Automobile Gas Engine & Engine Parts Manufacturing Report 2011
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.co has announced the addition of the "2011 U.S. Automobile Gas Engine & Engine Parts Mfg. Report" report to their offering. The Automobile Gas Engine & Engine Parts Mfg. report, published annually , contains timely and accurate industry statistics, forecasts ...

$12 bn auto export target may be achieved by 2014: study
India's automobile export target of $12 billion may be achieved by 2014, two years before the target year laid out in Automotive Mission Plan 2006-16 by the government, a study has said.

2013 Ford C-Max, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

2011 Buick Regal CXL, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: Initial impression: Not a cushy car.

Paris auto show: Electric cars create buzz:
It seems just about every carmaker at the Paris motor show had an electric car on the stand, and some had nothing but electric cars. The show floor was buzzing with them.

Gemballa's body found in South Africa:
The body of car customizer Uwe Gemballa, who had been missing for eight months, has been found in South Africa. He was 54 at the time of his disappearance.

Mopar reveals the Challenger Drag Pak, and we spend six months with the Subaru Outback, in News Brake for Oct. 4:
In today's News Brake: Mopar reveals the 2011 Challenger Drag Pak, Gemballa's body is found in South Africa, and we spend six months with the 2010 Subaru Outback . . . But Wait, There's More!

Bugatti Veyron is top seller at Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas:
Barrett-Jackson Auction Co.

Auto exports set to pick up speed
New Delhi, Oct. 4: Automobile exports are expected to shoot up to $12 billion by 2014 from $4.5 billion in the last fiscal, according to industry body Ficci.

?Auto sector may achieve $12 bn exports ahead of schedule?
?Auto sector may achieve $12 bn exports ahead of schedule??Auto sector may achieve $12 bn exports ahead of schedule?

Our view: Mandates have consequences
On the same day that the automobile industry announced sluggishsales in September despite new models to show off to customers, theObama administration proposed raising the fuel economy average forvehicles to 62 miles per gallon by 2025.

2011 BMW 335i Sedan, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This car is pricey but good. The excellent engine has little to no turbo lag. The brakes are awesome; the body is nearly perfectly controlled. I don't remember better steering, and the car just feels so tight and fluid.

Tesla recalls Roadster for short in power cable, fire risk:
Tesla Motors is recalling its electric Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 models because a power cable may short and catch fire.

Cadillac sets the base price for the 2011 CTS-V wagon at $62,990:
Prices for the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V wagon will begin at $62,990, including destination charges.

2011 Dodge Charger revealed:
After a few weeks of teasing, Chrysler has revealed the design changes to the 2011 Dodge Charger.

Optima Sports pushes two new tire innovations:
WITH VIDEO -- If John Scott has his way, every car on the road will be shod with tires featuring built-in camber.

Lincoln considers a successor to the Continental, and Tesla recalls the Roadster, in News Brake for Oct. 5:
In today's News Brake: Lincoln considers a successor to the Continental, a new Viper logo circulates on the Internet, and Tesla recalls the Roadster . . . But Wait, There's More!

NHTSA unveils new safety ratings; BMW and Hyundai first to get five stars:
The 2011 BMW 5-series and the Hyundai Sonata were the first two cars to achieve five-star ratings under NHTSA's revised safety ratings announced on Tuesday.

Neiman Marcus Christmas Book features Chevrolet Camaro convertible:
Sure, declaring the start of the holiday shopping season at the beginning of October might seem a tad early. But for enthusiasts who have seen pages 44-45 of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, the holidays can't come soon enough.

Forecasters see slow auto sales recovery through 2011:
U.S. auto sales in 2010 and 2011 will continue to crawl -- not walk or run -- out of last year's recession, according to forecasters at the Auto Industry Hot Topics Conference here.

Smart to sell rebadged Nissan in U.S. in 2011:
The U.S. distributor of Smart cars says it has a tentative deal with Nissan to sell a small, five-door car built by the Japanese automaker under the Smart brand, beginning in late 2011.

Research and Markets: 2011 US Automobile Parts & Supplies Wholesales Report
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2011 US Automobile Parts & Supplies Wholesales Report" report to their offering.

Research and Markets: 2011 US Automobile Parts & Supplies Wholesales Report
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.co has announced the addition of the "2011 US Automobile Parts & Supplies Wholesales Report" report to their offering. The report, published annually, contains timely and accurate industry statistics, forecasts and demographics. The report features 2011 ...

2010 Volkswagen Touareg TDI, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This is the second diesel in a row Iand#8217;ve driven in which I didnand#8217;t detect a whiff of diesel smell, nor did I hear any diesel clatter. This is among the smoothest diesels I can remember driving.

Aapico Hitech confident launch of new models will boost revenue
Autoparts manufacturer Aapico Hitech expects its revenue next year to do better than the targeted Bt10 billion this year thanks to the growing automobile industry, with at least four vehicle models to be launched next year.

Our thoughts on Smart's new car from Nissan and a compact Buick, in News Brake for Oct. 6:
In today's News Brake, our thoughts on Smart USA getting a car from Nissan and Buick's plan to add a compact car, and GM's garage charger for the Chevy Volt ... But Wait, There's More!

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited, an AW Drivers Log:
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR CHERYL L. BLAHNIK: For being a redesigned car, it still looks too conservative and not all that different from the old car at first glance.


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