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India Car Sales Sluggish In July
The Indian automobile industry reported sluggish sales last month with all the major auto makers reporting lower sales due to higher interest rates after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised its key lending rate by 50 basis points and frequent increase in fuel prices. Export-wise, Tata Motors leads the table.

July auto sales slump as interest rates, fuel prices rise
New Delhi/Chennai, Aug 1 (IANS) Indian automobile industry Monday reported a slump in July sales, caused mainly by the rising interest rates and fuel prices.

July auto sales slump as interest rates, fuel prices rise
Indian automobile industry Monday reported a slump in July sales, caused mainly by the rising interest rates and fuel prices.

Automakers announce $19 bi investments in Brazil; country will be the world's third-largest auto producer
Brazil’s automobile industry is booming. Investments in projects to expand existing plants and build new ventures are expected to reach $ 19 billion by 2017. Brazil’s production capacity will jump from the current 3.6 million units per year to 6.2 million by 2025, according to estimates of Vanzolini Foundation, Sao Paulo. If the prediction is confirmed, the country will overtake Japan as the ...

Automakers Announce $19 Bi Investments In Brazil; Country Will Be The World's Third-largest Auto Producer
Brazil’s automobile industry is booming. Investments in projects to expand existing plants and build new ventures are expected to reach $ 19 billion by 2017. Brazil’s production capacity will jump from the current 3.6 million units per year to 6.2 mi by 2025, according to estimates of Vanzolini Foundation, Sao Paulo. If the prediction is confirmed, the country will overtake Japan as the world’s ...

Automakers announce $19 bi investments in Brazil; country will be the world's third-largest auto producer
Brazil's automobile industry is booming. Investments in projects to expand existing plants and build

2011 Toyota Corolla LE, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review
COPY EDITOR CYNTHIA L. OROSCO-WRIGHT: The first thing I noticed when I jumped into this 2011 Toyota Corolla LE for the drive home on Friday was the cloth seats.

Nissan recalls Altima sedan for suspension fix
Nissan is recalling about 20,000

Ford lowers Sync price
Ford is cutting the price of its Sync software, the company said on Monday. The price will drop from $395 to $295, and Sync will be available on base trim levels for the first time.

Chicago tuner breaks 9-second mark with Nissan GT-R
AMS Performance of Chicago, holder of the fastest quarter-mile time in a Nissan GT-R, has set the bar higher with an 8.97-second run at 169 mph.

OnStar to test Family Link vehicle-tracking system
OnStar is launching a pilot program for a new Family Link system that will let subscribers track their vehicle's location on a Web site.

Ford names Courtney Force to represent teen-driving program
Drag racer Courtney Force has been hired to represent Ford's teen-focused Driving Skills for Life program.

VW poised to crank up Passat production
Volkswagen of America is prepared to expand production of the U.S. Passat less than four months after building its first one.

Ford, NHTSA investigate wheel studs on Fusion, Mercury Milan
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded an investigation into complaints about the 2010 Ford Fusion and

Ford recalls trucks to fix fuel-tank straps
Ford is recalling 1.1 million pickups to fix fuel-tank straps that can corrode and possibly break.

Research and Markets: Vietnam Automobile Forecast 2014 - Report Out Now!
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Vietnam Automobile Forecast 2014" report to their offering.

Research and Markets: Vietnam Automobile Forecast 2014 - Report Out Now!
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.co has announced the addition of the "Vietnam Automobile Forecast 2014" report to their offering. Vietnam automobile industry has been witnessing continuous development. Driven by rising domestic demand and tax reforms implemented proactively by the ...

GM begins Chevrolet Sonic production at suburban Detroit plant
General Motors Co. today launched production of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact at its Orion Township assembly plant in suburban Detroit.

2010 Audi S4 AutoWeek Long-Term Wrap-Up: Sweet Sorrow
Some cars are harder to part with than others. We loathed handing in the keys in for the 2000

Video: Tesla Model S Alpha undergoes on-track testing
The electric-car wizards at Tesla have released a sneak peek of the upcoming

Consumer Reports slams new Honda Civic
Honda Motor Co.

Jaguar to show coupe concept in Frankfurt
Jaguar is expected to reveal a new sports car in concept form at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

Mazda CX-5 to bow at Frankfurt motor show with SkyActiv technology
The Mazda CX-5 crossover will make its debut at the

U.S. auto executives show some optimism
DETROIT, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Auditing firm KPMG LLP said a survey of U.S. automobile industry executives indicates optimism concerning revenues and hiring for 2012.

AUTOWEEK TV: A special report from the Concours d'Elegance of America
Also in today's show: Ford issues a major truck recall,

Video: Chevrolet engineer Oppenheiser talks 2012 Camaro ZL1
What we have here is a little teaser video of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 featuring chief engineer Al Oppenheiser.

GM, Ford and Chrysler sales advance on crossover, small-car demand
General Motors, Ford and

Video: 40 years with a Dodge Charger
Marlowe Boyd could be your typical 71-year-old. He's a retired school teacher, a collector, an artist and an appreciator of classic automobiles. He even owns a bright-green 1971 Dodge Charger 440 R/T.

Research and Markets: Global Automotive Semiconductors Industry Forecast 2010-2014 - The Market is Expected to Reach ...
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Automotive Semiconductors Industry Forecast " report to their offering.

Ford's Farley apologizes to GM for comments in upcoming book
Jim Farley -- head of global marketing, sales and service at Ford Motor Co. -- is trying to smooth things over with the folks at General Motors.

Ford to reveal design concept, Focus performance variant at Frankfurt
Ford is staging four global reveals in September at the

Output to reach 1.8mn units
The local automobile industry is expected to achieve solid manufacturing growth of 12 per cent to 1.8 million units this year, despite facing supply-chain disruption following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March.

2011 Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I shocked myself by not loving this 2011 Audi R8 Spyder with the 4.2-liter V8.

Marchionne says he'll likely step aside from Chrysler in 2015 or 2016
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne on Wednesday hinted that he will be stepping aside from the helm of the U.S. automaker within five years.

Sergio Marchionne Is Rockin' the Free World--and More
Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne is the biggest rock star in the automotive world today, and when he talks, the automotive world listens.

AUTOWEEK TV: A close-up of the Maserati GranTurismo convertible sport
Also in today's show: Car sales are on the upturn, Mazda reveals the CX-5 and Danica Patrick is poised for a NASCAR future.

Go coast to coast in Need for Speed: The Run
The Cannonball Run, the Gumball 3000, Paris to Dakar--these are the journeys most of us will never get to make, until now.

Honda adds auto headlamps and rear camera, drops Accord name from Crosstour wagon
Honda has made minor changes to the Crosstour wagon for the 2012 model year. The Crosstour was introduced for the 2010 model year.

Toyota offers peek at redesigned 2012 Camry
A redesigned Camry sedan is coming this fall--and Toyota is cranking up the marketing machine.

CEATEC JAPAN 2011 to Collaborate with the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011
The CEATEC JAPAN Organizing Committee and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association have agreed on a collaboration between CEATEC JAPAN, which represents the IT & Electronics industry and the Tokyo Motor Show, which represents the automobile industry.

Thailand's car output to reach 1.8mn units
Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - Thailand's automobile industry is expected to achieve solid manufacturing growth of 12 per cent to 1.8 million units this year, despite facing supply-chain disruption following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March.

Thailand's car output to reach 1.8mn units
Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - Thailand's automobile industry is expected to achieve solid manufacturing growth of 12 per cent to 1.8 million units this year, despite facing supply-chain disruption following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March.

Used cars to be recycled near Chennai
New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) For the first time in India, a recycling facility for used cars was launched in Tamil Nadu, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said Thursday.

Used cars to be recycled near Chennai
For the first time in India, a recycling facility for used cars was launched in Tamil Nadu, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers SIAM said Thursday.

2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: This 2011 Porsche Cayenne S hybrid is a better hybrid than it is a

Chrysler recalls minivans for airbag fix
The Chrysler Group is recalling about 300,000 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans to fix airbags that might deploy without warning.

Infiniti FX gets new grille, limited-edition variant for 2012
The Infiniti FX crossover gets a light makeover and a small price increase ($100) for the 2012 model year, plus a limited-edition model.

Cadillac ATS and XTS sedans coming in 2012
Two new Cadillac sedans will join the brand's lineup in 2012, the full-size

Buick Regal can save fuel, go high-performance or stay the same for 2012
Choices double for Buick Regal buyers this fall, as the sedan will be available with eAssist light-hybrid technology for 2012 and in a performance-oriented GS variant.

2012 Buick Regal GS, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review
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