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Geneva auto show: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG's changes are subtle but potent:
Mercedes-Benz has revealed a facelifted version of the four-year-old C63 AMG in a series of official photographs prior to its first public outing at the upcoming Geneva motor show--along with the rest of the reworked...

Anniversary-edition Shelby Cobra sells out within 48 hours of its debut:
All 50 copies of the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Street Car sold out within 48 hours of its official introduction, Shelby American said on Monday.

Geneva auto show: Chevy Cruze hatchback set to debut:
The production version of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is set for a debut at the Geneva motor show in early March.

Auto recovery gains momentum with surging January sales in Canada
TORONTO - Canadian automobile sales grew 3.6 per cent in January from a year ago, a signal that momentum is building as the auto industry slowly recovers from the recession.

Mercedes-Benz exposes the new C63 AMG:
GM floods Dallas with cars, ads for the Super Bowl, January was a good month for car sales, and Ford gets cars to talk with each other to improve safety.

Auto industry sees healthy start to '11
Sales of 10 leading car companies rise 14%.

GM, Ford, Toyota sales rise on demand for big pickups, new models:
Automakers reported higher U.S. auto sales for January--helped by fresh models, easing credit terms and strong demand for crossovers and big pickups--in another sign of the industry's continuing recovery.

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Solera Holdings, Inc. Acquires New Era Software LLC; Strengthens Product Offering with Next Generation Bodyshop ...
Solera Holdings, Inc. , the leading global provider of software and services to the automobile insurance claims processing industry, today announced that it has purchased New Era Software LLC, a U.S.-based provider of bodyshop management systems.

U.S. Auto Industry off to a Solid Start in January
Sales of cars and light trucks in the United States rose 17 percent from a year earlier.

McLaren MP4-12C launches into production:
It's finally happening. Perhaps the most anticipated British sports car in at least a decade--the McLaren MP4-12C--has gone into production.

Alfa Romeo plans 'affordable' halo car:
Alfa Romeo plans to build a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe that would become the brand's halo car.

Rolls-Royce snags new designer:
From one famous British luxury-car maker to another--that's the bespoke transition ahead for Giles Taylor.

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: This is the kind of car that can change people's perception of Buick. It's handsome, has a nice interior with controls that are laid out in an intuitive manner, and it has a great little engine.

AUTOWEEK TV: A special report on traffic cameras:
In today's show: Chevy hatches another form of the Cruze for Geneva, Formula One testing is under way, and most car companies report solid January sales.

Porsche to produce Boxster S Black Edition:
The new 2012 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition will be available this spring, the automaker said Wednesday.

Asia Stocks to Watch: India auto shares rebound but face headwinds
Indian automobile shares rebound to recover some of the big losses they suffered after an ugly start to this year. But they could struggle to continue rising on expectations difficult business conditions and high stock valuations will restrict earnings growth, despite improving sales volumes.

Hitachi quarterly profit surges
Japanese high-tech firm Hitachi said Thursday its net profit nearly tripled in the quarter to December from a year earlier on demand from emerging Asia and a recovery in the automobile industry.

Charging future transportation — today
Industry tycoons had a clear view of the where the automobile industry was headed when the first Chicago Auto Show premiered in 1901.

2011 Volvo S60 T6, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This is a refined and comfy sedan, and with 300 hp, it's borderline sporty with so little turbo lag. The chassis is rock solid, and the AWD means it will go darn near anywhere.

Hitachi quarterly profit surges
TOKYO : Japanese high-tech firm Hitachi said Thursday its net profit nearly tripled in the quarter to December from a year earlier on demand from emerging Asia and a recovery in the automobile industry.

The car-commercial players for Super Bowl XLV:
WITH VIDEOS -- Cash-strapped auto companies stood on the sidelines of the Super Bowl for a year or two, but they're about to make up for it in a hurry.

AUTOWEEK TV: Historic Ferrari hits the auction block:
In today's show: Alfa aims for a halo car, Fernando Alonso paces Formula One testing, bad weather hits the car world, and the Cadillac CTS-V gets a "Black Diamond" edition.

Reflections on winning the Rolex 24:
Editorand#8217;s note: Scott Pruett, 50, is one of North Americaand#8217;s most successful race-car drivers, with multiple wins and championships in kart, Trans-Am and Grand-Am racing, as well as victories in IMSA and CART, plus...

Get the picture, Ford says:
Ford Motor Co. is ready to deck out your garage, workroom or--if your wife lets you--the living room. The company has brought thousands of images out of its archives and is now selling them at www.fordimages.com.

Geneva auto show: Volkswagen offers a look at its restyled Tiguan:
Volkswagen has issued official photographs of the facelifted Tiguan. The pics follow the compact SUV's premature unveiling on VW's own German sales Web site on Friday.

2010 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium, an AW Long-Term Wrap-Up:
Our long-term fleet recently welcomed a new member, a burgundy-and-chrome leviathan otherwise known as the Infiniti QX56.

Mazda Miata roadster passes 900,000-built milestone :
Mazda on Friday built its 900,000th MX-5 Miata, raising the bar on its Guinness World Record for best-selling two-seat sports car.

AUTOWEEK TV: Test-driving the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta:
In today's show: Automakers invade the Super Bowl, Lexus has a tuner car for Chicago and Ford recalls the F-150.

Mitsubishi to make Outlander Sport at Illinois plant:
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Friday it will invest $100 million to build the Outlander Sport crossover at its Normal, Ill., plant starting in summer 2012.

Chicago auto show: Hyundai Veloster has rally ambitions:
The Hyundai Veloster, which just debuted at the Detroit auto show in January, looks to have rally intentions.

Lamborghini teases new car in and#8216;tornadoand#8217; camo:
Lamborghini has released a photo of its next supercar that will replace the Murciélago, and itand#8217;s wearing and#8220;tornado camouflageand#8221; in this close-up. The car debuts at the Geneva motor show.

Super Bowl Sneak Peek! Mercedes teases new cars:
So Aaron Rodgers has 300 passing yards and four touchdowns, and the Packers are killing the Steelers. Or maybe Ben Roethlisburger is keying in on this third Super Bowl title en route to a Pittsburgh smashing.

NADA: Auto Retailing Will Help Lead the Economic Recovery
SAN FRANCISCO Feb. 4, 2011; Ed Tonkin, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), highlighted several factors that will lead to a strong year in auto retailing, the topic of an industry forum held today.

Honda launches heritage-collection clothing line :
If a Honda Accord or Civic, or maybe even a Goldwing motorcycle, isn't enough of a fashion statement for you, Honda has a new line of clothes rolling out this spring.

Honda launches heritage-collection clothing line :
If a Honda Accord or Civic, or maybe even a Goldwing motorcycle, isn't enough of a fashion statement for you, Honda has a new line of clothes rolling out this spring.

India committed to growth of automobile industy: S Narayanan
Tiruchirapalli, Feb 5 : India was committed to the growth of automobile industry and the growth of automobile industry was a corollary to the progress of manufacturing sector, according to S Narayanan, Head R&D, WABCO TVS India Limited, Chennai.

2011 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: I'm not sure this MKT is my cup of tea, mostly because of its monstrous weight, odd styling and tough sightlines.

FordDirect Debuts New Online Video Services for Dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 4, 2011 ; FordDirect announced today the launch of DealerConnection Premier Advanced Inventory Service (DCPAIS), which provides Ford and Lincoln dealers with new digital marketing tools such as customized video for an enhanced online consumer experience.

John Lennon's Ferrari won't be sold:
The John Lennon Ferrari, a Blue 1965 "Quad Headlight" 330 GT 2+2, reported as serial number 06781GT, will not be offered for sale on Saturday as scheduled.

Fiat and Chrysler to completely merge?:
Chrysler Group and Fiat Group's auto division could become a single company based in the United States, Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne told an industry conference here Friday.

Cars of the future will spur sales, J.D. Power says:
A flood of new-model introductions this year will help pump sales volume for the industry, according to forecasts from J.D. Power and Associates.

Selling cars with a French twist at the Artcurial Auction:
If you are one of those people who have trouble following the auctioneer when you are at an auction, have I got news for you.

NADA Chairman: Auto Dealers 'On the Way Back'
SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 5, 2011) – With auto sales expected to reach nearly 13 million units in 2011, the outgoing chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) said today that the nation’s auto dealers have a renewed sense of optimism about the auto industry.

NADA Chairman Says Auto Dealers âOn the Way Backâ
SAN FRANCISCO Feb. 5, 2011; With auto sales expected to reach nearly 13 million units in 2011, the outgoing chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) said today that the nation’s auto dealers have a renewed sense of optimism about the auto industry.

John Lennon's Ferrari won't be sold:
The John Lennon Ferrari, a blue 1965 "Quad Headlight" 330 GT 2+2, reported as serial number 06781GT, will not be offered for sale on Saturday as scheduled.

New models to spur sales, J. D. Power says:
A flood of new-model introductions this year will help pump sales volume for the industry, according to forecasts from J.D. Power and Associates.

2011 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: I'm not sure this MKT is my cup of tea, mostly because of its monstrous weight, odd styling and tough sightlines.

Selling cars with a French twist at the Artcurial auction:
If you are one of those people who have trouble following the auctioneer when you are at an auction, I have news for you: Try following it in French. When you don't speak the language.


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