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Indian automobile firms close 2010 with stellar sales figures
Prompted by a growing economy, increasing disposable incomes and low interest rates, Indian automobile manufacturers Saturday reported stellar sales figures for the calender year 2010.

Automobile firms close 2010 with stellar sales figures
Automobile firms close 2010 with stellar sales figuresAutomobile firms close 2010 with stellar sales figures

Car sales pick up speed in Dec
6 carmakers sold 101,934 units in Dec, compared to 90,959 units last year.

China's auto market to slow in 2011
BEIJING - CHINA'S automobile market is expected to end its skyrocketing growth next year. That's after the government decided to cease incentive measures and began to curb the booming auto market in big cities in a bid to ease congestion.

U.S. Auto Sales May Match 2010 High, Complete First Annual Gain in 5 Years
U.S. automobile sales may have continued at the fastest pace since 2009 in December, carrying the industry to its first annual increase since 2005.

Detroit auto show: Debuts range from the practical to the exotic:
Automakers are pouring billions of dollars into fuel-efficient powertrains. But shapely sheet metal still sells cars--which is why fresh design statements will be abundant at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Ferrari Galleria showcases racing history:
It's cold in Maranello, Italy, and the crowds at the Ferrari Museum are at their smallest. It is more properly called Galleria because this small display is not designed to be a comprehensive museum, with row after row of rare Ferraris.

U.S. Auto Sales Probably Rose, Completed 2010 Rebound
U.S. automobile sales may have continued at the fastest pace since 2009 in December, carrying the industry to its first annual increase since 2005.

2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ, an AW Drivers Log:
COPY EDITOR CYNTHIA L. OROSCO-WRIGHT: The Malibu was a fine car to have over the weekend. I like the sheetmetal on this car; itand#8217;s much better-looking than that on previous generations.

A look back at Alfa Romeo racing:
Vittorio Jano provided Alfa Romeo with engineering leadership that produced a series of all-conquering racing cars, beginning with the P2 Grand Prix car.

GM, Ford Rally Ahead Of Auto Sales Figures
Analysts expect 2010 sales exceeded 12 million vehicles.

Previewing the Detroit auto show, an AW daily video for Jan. 3:
What to look for in Detroit next week: Ford C-Max and SUV concept, Chrysler 300, Jeep Compass, Chevrolet Sonic, GMC Sierra concept, Audi A6, BMW 1-series M Coupe, Mini Paceman, Volkswagen sedan, Mercedes-Benz C-class, Porsche sports car, Toyota...

US vehicles sales set for pace rise
US automobile sales may have continued at the fastest pace since 2009 in December, carrying the industry to its first annual increase since 2005. Total sales probably ran at an annual rate of 12.3 million vehicles last month, the average of seven analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Reportlinker Adds Opportunities in Saudi Arabia Automobile Market
Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Consumer Reports: No to Chevy SUV, Ford crossovers, MyFord Touch:
Consumer Reports said Monday it will not recommend the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV and Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers because of low scores in the magazine's tests, and panned Ford Motor Co.'s MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch technology.

GM kills Cadillac SRX turbo:
General Motors has stopped making the Cadillac SRX turbo crossover because of low sales.

Fiat may hike Chrysler stake to 51% before IPO, sees no merger:
Fiat SpA, the Italian carmaker that owns 20 percent of Chrysler Group LLC, may boost the holding to more than 50 percent before an initial public offering by the U.S. automaker, the companies' chief executive officer said.

2011 Nissan Juke SV, an AW Drivers Log:
COPY CHIEF WENDY WARREN KEEBLER: Most notable is the bold exterior, a daring design in the compact-SUV segment, where convention dictates a two-box form.

Automakers rack up solid gains to finish 2010:
Fueled by holiday and year-end discounts, as well as the introduction of new models, automakers finished 2010 on a high note by posting the yearand#8217;s best monthly sales in December.

Mercury rolls into history with build of final Grand Marquis:
The last Mercury--a Grand Marquis--rolled off the production line Tuesday at Ford Motor Co.'s assembly plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, marking the official end of another Detroit brand.

Cadillac SRX loses its turbo, an AW daily video for Jan. 4:
Ford and Toyota go to Las Vegas for debuts at the Consumer Electronics Show, and American Le Mans Series fans can watch races live on the Internet and Xbox.

Sales jump surprises automobile industry
Auto sales rose to the highest rate in 16 months in December, topping industry and Wall Street expectations as major automakers forecast the recovery would gather momentum in 2011.

OnStar to be sold separately:
Not sure what to do with those extra Best Buy gift cards left over from the holidays? Consider picking up OnStar as a stocking stuffer for next year.

OnStar and Verizon reveal camera-laden Buick :
OnStar and Verizon are debuting a prototype Buick LaCrosse at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that offers a range of futuristic technologies.

OnStar units to be sold separately from vehicles:
Not sure what to do with those extra Best Buy gift cards left over from the holidays? Consider picking up OnStar as a stocking stuffer for next year.

OnStar and Verizon reveal camera-laden Buick :
OnStar and Verizon are debuting a prototype Buick LaCrosse at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that offers a range of futuristic technologies.

U.S. Auto-Industry Recovery May Continue With 12.9 Million Sales This Year
U.S. automobile sales may rise to 12.9 million vehicles in 2011, the second straight year of gains, showing investors that the market’s recovery is legitimate.

Enprecis Partners with WhatCounts to Increase Customer Engagement and Survey Response Rates in Automotive Industry
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Enprecis, a leading provider of online information services to global automobile manufacturers, has launched a new partnership with WhatCounts, a leading email service provider.

Global Automotive Radiators Market to Reach 148.8 Million Units by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry ...
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on automotive radiators market. Although the prolonged severity of the economic slowdown and depressed automotive industry have elicited decline in volume sales of automotive radiators, the market is nevertheless expected to recover poise in the short to medium term period to reach 148.8 million units by 2015. While growth in the OEM ...

AutoWeek Best of the Best 2011: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Jeep Grand Cherokee:
Several decades have passed since we handed out an award whereby AutoWeek editors picked the best new vehicles in a given model year.

2011 Kia Sportage EX, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: A wonky seat heater is not what I want when it's 20 degrees outside. I couldn't get it to stay on last night, and I couldn't get it to turn off this morning. Disappointing.

Kanika Datta: Driving the safety agenda
When the world’s cheapest car was launched to global fanfare at the 2008 Delhi Auto Expo, a Singaporean journalist asked Ratan Tata whether he had considered the traffic implications once the Nano hit the roads. Tata returned a slightly irate answer about being a businessman, not a social worker. It was a valid answer; but the journalist’s question was no less so.

Ford gains ground in customer perception:
The Ford brand gained ground in consumers' minds this year as Toyota slipped, though the Japanese juggernaut still leads the pack by a slight margin.

Global Automotive Radiators Market to Reach 148.8 Million Units by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry ...
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on automotive radiators market.

Telematics--Itand#8217;s Whatand#8217;s For Breakfast: Hyundai, Toyota latest to connect their drivers :
Two more carmakers have connected their customers to the cloud. Hyundai introduced its Blue Link platform at the Consumer Telematics Show, held the day before the Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas.

Ferrari sets personal best in China:
It was a solid year for Ferrari in the burgeoning Chinese car market in 2010, as the Italian dream maker racked up its most impressive sales in that country with a tally of 300 cars.

TomTom unveils latest navigation system:
TomTomand#8217;s Go 2505 M Live navigation system debuted on Wednesday at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Ferrari is bringing a wagon to Geneva, an AW daily video for Jan. 5:
We name the AutoWeek Best of the Best car and truck for 2011, IndyCar may be shopping for new tires and 2010 was a good year for car sales.

Many enthusiast rides post strong sales in 2010:
The fast and the luxurious models from a wide range of carmakers sold briskly in 2010, offering heart to enthusiasts that their favorite drives have bright outlooks and that the auto business is on the rebound.

Global Automotive Transmission Systems Market to Reach 86.5 Million Units by 2015, According to New Report by Global ...
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Automotive Transmission Systems. Although the prolonged severity of the recent economic slowdown and depressed automotive industry have elicited decline in volume sales for Automotive Transmission Systems, the market is nevertheless expected to recover poise in the short to medium term period and register 86.5 million units in volume ...

Detroit auto show: 2012 Buick Verano loads the luxury into a smaller package:
Smaller sedans have not been the forte of General Motors recently, but the newest Buick entry appears to have solid footing.

AutoWeek Best of the Best 2011: Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Jeep Grand Cherokee:
Several decades have passed since we handed out an award whereby AutoWeek editors picked the best new vehicles in a given model year.

Many enthusiast rides post strong sales in 2010:
The fast and the luxurious models from a wide range of carmakers sold briskly in 2010, offering heart to enthusiasts that their favorite drives have bright outlooks and that the auto business is on the rebound.

Ferrari sets personal best in China:
It was a solid year for Ferrari in the burgeoning Chinese car market in 2010, as the Italian dream maker racked up its most impressive sales in that country with a tally of 300 cars.

Telematics--Itand#8217;s Whatand#8217;s For Breakfast: Hyundai, Toyota latest to connect their drivers :
Two more carmakers have connected their customers to the cloud. Hyundai introduced its Blue Link platform at the Consumer Telematics Show, held the day before the Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas.

Global Automotive Transmission Systems Market to Reach 86.5 Million Units by 2015, According to New Report by Global ...
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Automotive Transmission Systems.

Some GM vehicles to get Powermat cordless chargers:
General Motors Co. says that Powermat USA will design cordless charging systems for use inside future GM vehicles.

2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport, an AW Drivers Log:
NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: This is a solid people hauler and with big tires and a Christmas red paint job, very apt for the season. The I4 was respectable.

Detroit auto show: Cadillac CTS-V race car gets a debut:
Cadillac on Thursday gave us a first look at the CTS-V coupe it will campaign in the SCCA's World Challenge GT series this year. The car will debut at the Detroit auto show next week.

Eric Schwab Named Publisher of Motor Trend and AUTOMOBILE Magazine
Source Interlink Media, LLC. , one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences, announced today the promotion of Eric Schwab. Schwab was named Publisher of Motor Trend and AUTOMOBILE Magazine as well as Senior Vice President of Integrated Sales for SIM.


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