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Geneva Auto Show likely to focus on fuel efficiency
The automobile industry, it seems, just can't get a break.

Booming Global Auto Market Good For Many
Perhaps no industry has experienced a stronger recovery from the depths of the recession than the global automobile industry. Around the world, cars are rolling off the lot at a pace not seen in years.

Indian automobile sector's February sales soar
New Delhi/Chennai, March 1 (IANS) The Indian automobile industry Tuesday reported good sales numbers for the month of February, prompted by a growing economy, increasing disposable incomes and low interest rates.

Indian automobile sector's February sales soar
The Indian automobile industry Tuesday reported good sales numbers for the month of February, prompted by a growing economy, increasing disposable incomes and low interest rates.

Volkswagen Microbus reborn--again--at Geneva auto show:
Ten years after Volkswagen hinted at a return of the iconic Microbus, only to cancel the project, it's ready to try again.

Alfa 4C will be a global car, will come to U.S.:
Alfa Romeo says the production version of the 4C rear-wheel-drive coupe will be a sold around the world, including the United States.

Question of safety commitment rankles Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby:
Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby got a little testy in an interview at the Geneva motor show on March 1 when asked whether Chinese ownership could hurt Volvo's safety image.

Maserati CEO says momentum growing:
Italian dream-car maker Maserati posted a strong showing in 2010, as sales increased 20 percent around the world to more than 2,000 cars.

Jaguar won't look back, Forster says:
With Jaguar marking the 50th anniversary of the reveal of the celebrated E-type sports car at the Geneva motor show, speculation centered on what the brand's next great speedster might look like.

Industry urges lead time
Automotive companies should not be affected by changes in automobile tax structures because they are in line with the government's environmental strategy, says Industry Minister Chaiwuti Bannawat.

Peugeot unveils 908 HYbrid4 in Geneva:
Peugeot on Tuesday unveiled a hybrid version of its 908 HDi Le Mans contender during the Geneva motor show, and the French manufacturer could try out the energy-retrieval technology it plans to race at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans on the famous...

The 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: This car is spectacular in its unspectacularness. And maybe that's not fair.

Saab PhoeniX concept previews future design themes for the brand:
The rebirth of the Saab brand under Spyker Cars took a step forward on Tuesday with the reveal of the PhoeniX concept at the Geneva motor show.

Hey, AW readers, the boss wants to have a chat:
AutoWeek commander in chief Dutch Mandel wants to have a chat--with you, not us (whew!).

AUTOWEEK TV: Saab's PhoeniX takes flight in Geneva:
Geneva motor show debuts from Lamborghini, Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo, and Infiniti signs up for Formula One.

Car sales jump in February, but gas prices provide new worry
Middle East instability, surging fuel prices do little, so far, to cool U.S. automobile market

Hey, AW readers, the boss wants to have a chat:
AutoWeek commander in chief Dutch Mandel wants to have a chat--with you, not us (whew!).

Next Mustang to feature global design input, Ford says:
Ford Motor Co.'s design studios worldwide will provide styling ideas for an American icon: the next generation Mustang.

Car industry celebrates recovery at Geneva Motor Show
Two years after the height of the financial crisis that almost brought the automobile industry to its knees, manufacturers are on track to post pre-crisis earnings.

Car sales jump in February, but gas prices provide new worry
Middle East instability, surging fuel prices do little, so far, to cool U.S. automobile market

Cadillac looks for a fresh start in Europe; Geneva show notes:
Two new models and a fresh styling direction will try to kick-start Cadillac sales in Europe for the third time in 15 years as the General Motors luxury brand again hopes to crack Europe's premium-car market.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK250, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

Flat-four engine is the heart of Subaru, Toyota sports coupes:
Subaru is proud that Toyota picked a Subaru boxer engine for the rear-drive sports car the brands will share starting next year.

AUTOWEEK TV: Picking the standouts at the Geneva auto show:
The next Ford Mustang gets design input from around the world, and Dutch wants to chat with you on Friday.

Lamborghini Aventador takes AW honors for the Geneva auto show:
The Geneva auto show has something of a tradition as the home of unique and sometimes wacky cars. But the 2011 edition will go down as the year of the sports cars.

Research and Markets: Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Dealers in China - The Industry Report
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Dealers in China" report to their offering.

Geneva Motor Show reflects recovery; India’s potential
Geneva, Mar 2 : The 81st `Geneva Motor Show’ underway here marks the recovery of the automobile industry, reflecting the emphasis on green technologies and the upcoming models and those which will cater to the future.

Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 takes AW honors for the Geneva auto show:
The Geneva motor show has something of a tradition as the home of unique and sometimes wacky cars. But the 2011 edition will go down as the year of the sports cars.

The age of the automobile
 MANILA, Philippines – Although automobile technology developed more or less apace in Western Europe and North America, it was in the United States that the new technology first took root and flowered.   Henry Ford’s ingenious production approach, soon copied by other manufacturers, led to a rapid spread of automobiles throughout the country.   In 1900, there were 8,000 registered cars; by 1930 ...

2011 Chevy Cruze Eco, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: It's nice to fill a car from below half a tank and have the pump stop at less than 10 gallons--especially as fuel costs creep steadily upward.

2011 BMW 525d Touring, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

Honda recalls Civic hybrids for converter failure:
Honda is recalling 36,656 of its 2006- and 2007-model-year Civic hybrids to replace the DC-to-DC convertor.

VW night at Geneva teases us:
The Volkswagen Bulli concept, a retro design evolution of the original VW Bus, was the star of the company's preshow media preview.

EyesOn Design to honor Volkswagen design chief Walter de'Silva:
The 24th-annual EyesOn Design car show will honor Volkswagen Group design chief Walter de'Silva with a Lifetime Design Achievement Award, the organizers said.

AUTOWEEK TV: Mitsubishi battles reports that the Lancer Evo is near the end:
Bentley considers adding a third model to the lineup, Jackie Stewart needs some medical attention and we look at our experiences with the long-term Mazdaspeed 3.

Bristol Cars put into bankruptcy protection:
U.K. carmaker Bristol Cars was placed into administration on Thursday, the British equivalent of bankruptcy.

Mitsubishi weighs 'different direction' for Lancer Evolution:
The current generation of Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s Lancer Evolution high-performance sedan appears be its last as the automaker works to refashion itself as a leader in electrified vehicles.

Alfa 4C will be a global car, will come to U.S.:
Alfa Romeo says the production version of the 4C rear-wheel-drive coupe will be a sold around the world, including the United States.

Replay the chat with AW editorial director Dutch Mandel:
AutoWeek commander in chief Dutch Mandel was ready to chat--and so were you.

Mitsubishi weighs a 'different direction' for the Lancer Evolution:
The current generation of Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s Lancer Evolution high-performance sedan appears be its last as the automaker works to refashion itself as a leader in electrified vehicles.

2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid, an AW Drivers Log:
AUTOWEEK.COM EDITOR DALE JEWETT: This car is the and#8220;stealthand#8221; hybrid. Other than the badges on the sides and on the trunk, most people would not be able to tell the hybrid Fusion apart from its conventional-powertrain counterpart.

Fifth-generation BMW M5 teased in new video:
BMW is preparing a fifth generation of the high-performance M5 sedan.

AUTOWEEK TV: U.K.'s Bristol Cars files bankruptcy:
BMW teases the fifth-generation M5, Ganassi drivers will swap cars and Jackie Stewart gets an OK from his doctors.

Hyundai delays Sonata Hybrid deliveries for change in sound device:
Delivery to dealerships of most of Hyundai's initial Sonata Hybrids has been delayed until at least late March because the brand is altering the carand#8217;s device that emits an artificial engine noise at low speeds.

Ebrahim K. Kanoo launches the Toyota Plaza
Ebrahim K. Kanoo has dedicated itself to the progress and prosperity of the automobile industry in the Kingdom of Bahrain since its inception.

BMW brings back four-bangers :
BMW has revealed details of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine earmarked to appear in a wide range of North American models.

New study offers glimpse of auto industry in 2025
A new study from the consulting firm of Roland Berger offers a glimpse of what the automobile industry might look like by the year 2025. The study suggests three different paths for the industry.

New study offers glimpse of auto industry in 2025
A new study from the consulting firm of Roland Berger offers a glimpse of what the automobile industry might look like by the year 2025. The study suggests three different paths for the industry.

Ssangyong sees U.S. sales in 2-5 years:
Mahindra and Mahindra, the Indian truckmaker that has so far failed in its attempt to export pickups to the United States, may find its way to the U.S. market after all--through a Korean company, not an Atlanta distributor.

2011 Nissan Quest SL, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: I would dismiss the Quest in any discussion about minivans simply because of the CVT. The way it allows for the engine to rev practically to redline as you gain speed just drives me crazy.


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