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Hyundai chief named best automotive CEO in Asia
Seoul (The Korea Herald/ANN)- Hyundai Motor chairman Chung Mong-koo was selected as Asia's best automobile industry leader by the U.S.-based publication Automotive News on Wednesday.

Auto-industry's mixed results for November sales
New Delhi/Chennai, Dec 1 (IANS) Battling high interest and fuel costs coupled with a negative consumer sentiment, the Indian automobile industry Thursday came out with a mixed-bag of sales results for November.

Kasich 'pleased' by auto recovery, but won't take sides in bailout dispute
Orlando (CNN) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday he is grateful for the recovery of the American automobile industry, a cornerstone of Ohio's manufacturing sector for decades. But in an interview with CNN, the Republican refused to wade into an ongoing dispute between Democrats and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney over the federal bailout [...]

Auto-industry's mixed results for November sales
Battling high interest and fuel costs coupled with a negative consumer sentiment, the Indian automobile industry Thursday came out with a mixed-bag of sales results for November.

Auto-industry’s mixed results for November sales
New Delhi/Chennai : Battling high interest and fuel costs coupled with a negative consumer sentiment, the Indian automobile industry Thursday came out with a mixed-bag of sales results for November.

Chevrolet Volt leads satisfaction survey
The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid has topped Consumer Reports' latest owner-satisfaction survey after its first year on the market.

BMW and Toyota announce diesel, green technology tie-up
BMW and Toyota Motor Corp. said they will

Toyota rolls out new hardware in Tokyo--and Los Angeles
The world's sometimes biggest carmaker rolled out a lot of hardware at the Tokyo motor show, some of which we'd seen before and some of which was new.

2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT: Review notes: Ready for taxi service straight from the factory
NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: I like this 2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT for its size, interior spaciousness and even its quirky appearance.

Subaru stops sales of three 2012 nameplates for brake problem
Subaru of America stopped the sale of 2012 Impreza,

Ottomobiles: The memorable cars of Turkey, part one
Now that Thanksgiving is officially behind us, it's safe to get back to the business of Turkey--the country, in this case, rather than the poultry and, more specifically, its unique selection of homegrown vehicles.

Chrysler, Hyundai-Kia, VW lead industry to 14% sales gain
U.S. auto sales--led by big gains at Chrysler Group, Hyundai-Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen--rose 14 percent last month for their biggest increase since April.

TrueCar announces women's racing initiative
TrueCar, publishers of new-car-transaction data, revealed plans for a multiyear push into motorsports sponsorship but with a twist.

Lamborghini Newport Beach is first with new exhaust for the LP-700-4 Aventador
If the stock exhaust of your Lamborghini LP-700-4 Aventador isn't quite what you're looking for, Lamborghini Newport Beach has the solution.

Highlights from Ken Block's gymkhana tour: Autoweek TV
Also in this episode: The Chevrolet Volt tops Consumer Reports' owner-satisfaction survey,

Classic cars, planes and boats on display at Florida's Roar N Soar weekend
Vehicle fans brought nearly 150 antique, classic, resto-mods and sports cars to join antique boats and aircraft at Fantasy of Flight's fifth annual Roar N Soar weekend, Nov. 12-13 in Polk City, Fla.

Taking a ride in the 2012 Porsche Boxster
Porsche is gearing up to launch its third-generation

2013 Subaru BRZ: Drive Review
What is it?

International Nameplate Automobile Dealers Announce Monthly Sales
November Sales Rate Best Since August 2009  ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) today released November 2011 sales figures for the international nameplate automobile industry. AIADA...

Volvo gives T6 engine the Polestar treatment
Just weeks after announcing its Polestar performance kits for the T5-engined cars, Volvo is now offering packages for the

Traxxas XO-1 is the 100-mph supercar you can afford: Autoweek TV
Also in this episode: Honda expands its recall for an airbag fix,

Prototype 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 to hit Scottsdale auction block
Shelby American's original 1965 Shelby 427 Street Cobra prototype will be up for auction at the 2012 Russo and Steele auction on Jan. 18-22, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ferrari 599XX evolves with more power, less weight and a movable wing
Ferrari used the Bologna motor show to unveil an evolution of the 599XX sports berlinetta. It's an enhanced version of the 599

Juke-R gets finishing touches before testing
We're slowly winding to a close on the Juke-R video build series. Now, it's time for the finishing touches.

Watch the Race of Champions live on the Web
The 2011 Race of Champions will be streamed live on the Web , free of charge, on Saturday and Sunday.

Autoweek in review: What you might have missed
Rally driver Ken Block spent his summer on a three-continent tour of car trickery, and his highlight video can be viewed here.

EV car maker Aptera shuts down
Automotive startup company Aptera Motors, promoter of the weirdly styled, three-wheeled 2e electric car, shut down on Friday, saying it was out of money.

Great races inside November's car-sales numbers
November was a big month for car sales in the United States, up 14 percent from November 2010 to 994,786 units. Analysts expect car sales to total 12.8 million units for the year.

Austin Healey involved in racing's deadliest crash sells for more than $1 million
The Austin Healey 100 that was involved in motorsport's deadliest crash during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans sold for more than $1 million during Bonham's December Sale at Mercedes-Benz World in England on Dec. 1.

Japan reports 20 percent growth in auto output in October
It has been reported that Japanese automobile production climbed 20.3 percent in October from a year earlier...

Taft notable as early auto advocate, initial car-driving commander in chief
Thought for YOUR day: William Howard Taft was the first Motoring President, 1908-1913. Taft was proud to remark, “I am sure the automobile coming in as a toy of the wealthier class is going to prove the most useful of them all to all classes, rich and poor.”

Wine industry succeeds in recession-weary Michigan
A state thirsting for good economic news is toasting the success of an up-and-coming industry: winemaking.

Up-and-coming wine industry a symbol of agriculture’s success in economically ailing Michigan
LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. — A state thirsting for good economic news is toasting the success of an up-and-coming industry: winemaking. Vineyards and tasting rooms are springing up rapidly in Michigan, where fertile hillsides near the Great Lakes provide ideal settings for cool-weather varieties such as riesling, pinot grigio and chardonnay. Grape growing and wine making still have only a fraction of ...

Michigan Wine
Wine industry succeeds in recession-weary Michigan

Chinese bank may join Saab rescue deal
Saab's owner, Swedish Automobile, said on Monday it is discussions with a bank in China and Chinese automaker Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile over a rescue deal for Saab.

2011 Nissan Juke SV: Review notes: Funky and fun helps make up for ugly
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: If ever there was an automotive equivalent of the "butterface," the 2011 Nissan Juke SV is it.

Japanese automakers sweep Autoweek awards at Tokyo show
Press days at the Tokyo motor show have wrapped up, which means its time to announce Autoweek's editors' choices for the best of the show.

Japan freeway clogged by supercar pileup
Nearly $2 million worth of vehicles were wrecked in a 14-car crash in Japan on Sunday. The pileup involved eight Ferraris, a

Nissan recalls Rogue for power-steering problem
Nissan is recalling 7,365 copies of the 2011 Rogue to fix a problem with the power steering.

China’s Auto Repair Industry: IBISWorld Forecasts a Renewed Growth Stage for the Industry
With over 165 million licensed car drivers and 93 million civilian-owned cars in China, the need for automobile repair services is vast. In a nation with ever-growing disposable incomes, the Automobile Repair Services industry is poised for strong growth over the next five years to total $9.12 billion in 2016, according IBISWorld, America’s largest publisher of industry research.Los Angeles, CA ...

A look inside Nicola Bulgari's garage: Autoweek TV
Also in this episode: We pick the best of the Tokyo motor show,

Porsche 911 testing in the extreme: Video
The new Porsche Carrera 911 may not look much different from the last generation. It may not even look much different from the first generation.

Nissan Leaf wins Car of the Year in Japan
The Nissan LEAF electric car has won Japan's Car of the Year award. It's the first time in the award's history that the honor has gone to an electric car.

News from across the country and from around the globe
LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. -- A state thirsting for good economic news is toasting the success of an up-and-coming industry: winemaking.

Chevrolet Stretch? Collegian's idea wins design contest
Ever heard of the

Vineyards yield success
ºWine industry succeeds in recession-weary Michigan. LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. -- A state thirsting for good economic news is toasting the success of an up-and-coming industry: winemaking.

International Nameplate Automobile Dealers Announce Monthly Sales
ALEXANDRIA, Va. , Dec. 2, 2011 The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) today released November 2011 sales figures for the international nameplate automobile industry.

2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Review notes: A green SUV with too many tradeoffs
EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: If fuel economy is your primary concern, the 2011

Autoweek Design Forum returns for 2012
Last year, Pixar gurus gave attendees an early preview of their hit summer blockbuster, Cars 2, five months before it premiered in theaters.

Ford begins the search for CEO replacement, report says
Ford Motor Co.


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