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Exports up 30% (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
AUTOMOBILES :The value of Thailand's automobile exports rose 30.3% year-on-year in May with strong demand in most markets despite high global oil prices, according to the Federation of Thai Industries.

Tennessee Valley Authority megasites lure automobile industries (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
For the second time in as many years, the leading candidates for a major new automobile plant were gleaned from a list of “megasites” certified by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Cory Farley: The simple ride
The more complicated life gets, the more stories you see about how to simplify it.

Zap!(ed) - Electric car hits Henderson streets (The Gleaner)
Denny Branson has quietly declared his independence from the oil and gas industry.

Chery powering ahead in eco-friendly tech (China Daily)
Chery Automobile Co has been in the headlines since the end of last year when it entered into agreements with Quantum LLC, Daimler Chrysler and Fiat.

DuPont signs 3 year agreement with Nissan Middle East FZE (AME Info)
DuPont, one of the world's leading market-driven science companies and a partner of choice for the Middle Eastern automotive industry, has announced that it has recently signed a three year agreement with Nissan Middle East FZE to supply DuPont's three leading refinish brands; Standox, Spies Hecker and DuPont Refinish, at the body repair facilities of all Nissan Service Centres across the Middle ...

Ha Noi backs spare auto parts industry (Việt Nam News)
HA NOI — Ha Noi is ambitious to become a centre of support industries for Viet Nam’s car makers, despite the fact that the car industry is operating below potential.

Automotive Weight Reduction and Size-Based Standards Vital to Improving Fuel Economy and Emissions, Aluminum Industry ... (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
The Aluminum Association's Auto and Light Truck Group issued the following statement today in response to the Association's comment submissions for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Notice of Proposed Rule Making for Passenger Car and Light Truck Corporate Average Fuel Economy.

Auto industry beats fuel price hikes; grows in June (The Economic Times)
Beating the fuel prices blues, automobile industry continued to show signs of recovery from last year's downturn with major companies.

European Automobile Manufacturers Welcome Progress Made With ESC Safety Technology (The Auto Channel)
BRUSSELS - July 1, 2008: The European automobile manufacturers welcome the progress made in increasing consumer awareness and market take-up of ESC (electronic stability control), as highlighted today at the ‘Choose ESC’ campaign evaluation event in Brussels.

Ganassi shuts down Dario Franchitti's Sprint Cup program:
Dario Franchitti's NASCAR Sprint Cup career is over--at least for now.

Automakers Hit Hard by High Gas Prices and Slowdown ( via Yahoo! Finance)
June was the worst month yet in a miserable year for the automobile industry, as Ford, G.M. and Toyota posted double-digit declines in their sales.

Ha Noi backs spare auto parts industry (Vietnam Net)
VietNamNet Bridge - Ha Noi is ambitious to become a centre of support industries for Viet Nam’s car makers, despite the fact that the car industry is operating below potential.

Local Car Dealerships Weather Auto Industry Crisis (WISC-TV Madison)
Local auto dealers are riding out the auto industry storm, some better than others.

Ganassi shuts down Dario Franchitti's Sprint Cup program:
Dario Franchitti's NASCAR Sprint Cup career is over--at least for now.

Auto industry beats fuel price hikes (Chennai Online)
New Delhi July-2: Beating the fuel prices blues, automobile industry continued to show signs of recovery from last year's downturn with major companies, led by Hyundai and Maruti along with Hero Honda and Bajaj Auto, reporting jumps in their sales during June.

New car sales down in June in SA (SABC News)
The South African motor industry has suffered another massive sales decline in June. Sales figures released by Automobile Manufacturers Association Naamsa show new passenger car sales have decreased by 26% in June compared to the corresponding month last year.

Dongfeng move to buy Hafei clouded by merger-source (The Economic Times)
Dongfeng Motor Corp's move to buy control of minivan maker Harbin Hafei Automobile Industry Group faces an uncertain future after Hafei's parent company agreed to merge with a larger rival

NHRA cuts race distance to 1,000 feet: Move made to enhance safety after Kalitta's death:
The NHRA has cut the race distance for its Top Fuel and Funny Car classes to 1,000 feet--320 feet short of a quarter-mile--as a safety measure in the wake of the death of racer Scott Kalitta nearly two weeks ago.

International Automobile Dealers Announce Monthly Sales (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
Second Quarter Sales Increase for International Industry

International Automobile Dealers Announce Monthly Sales (The Auto Channel)
ALEXANDRIA, VA - July 3, 2008: The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) released June 2008 sales figures yesterday for the international automobile industry.

REVS: Survival of the fastest: Displaying seven decades of sports-car evolution
If anything sticks with you after visiting the Simeone Foundation Museum (www. simeonefoundation.

Recent Toyota Motor Corporation News (Japan Corporate News)
Tokyo, July 3, 2008 (Jiji Press) - Toyota Motor Corp. maintained its top sales position in Australia's new automobile market in June, with sales of 25,624 units for a market share of 24.1 pct, industry data showed Wednesday.

David Coulthard announces retirement from Formula One:
Formula One veteran David Coulthard announced today (July 3) his decision to retire from F1 at season's end.

Rice, tobacco, automobile parts imported from Laos to enjoy free tax (Nhân Dân)
Rice imported from Laos within tariff quota in 2008 to enjoy 0% import tax. Nhan Dan Online - Rice, tobacco leaves and stems and automobile parts imported from Laos within the tariff quota in 2008 will be subjected to preferential import tariff of 0%.

Out of Touch' Auto Industry Asks for Weaker Fuel Economy Standards (Kansas City InfoZine)
Industry Recommendations Would Hurt Auto Dealers And Consumers, Says Science Group

Mark Webber extends Red Bull F1 contract:
Following news earlier today that Red Bull Racing Formula One driver David Coulthard will retire at season's end, RBR announced that its other driver, Mark Webber, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the team until the end of 2009.

Transporters' strike to hit auto cos (The Economic Times)
The automobile industry, already reeling under high interest rates and rising input costs and fuel prices, is up against another blow due to the transporters' strike.

Automobile Gets The Skinny On Truck Planning At Dodge [Industry News] (Jalopnik)
Given the current sales climate, it was probably about time somebody sat down with an automaker and asked them what the heck their plan was for trucks. Automobile's Phil Floraday interrogated the...

In-Depth Analysis of China's Fiberglass Industry for 2008 (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "China Fiberglass Industry Report 2008" report to their offering.

In-Depth Analysis of China's Fiberglass Industry for 2008 (Centre Daily Times)
Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "China Fiberglass Industry Report 2008" report to their offering.

ESCAPE ROADS: 1967 Iso Grifo: Italian beauty, American horsepower
Like the movie characters Forrest Gump and Leonard Zelig, Martyn L. Schorr had a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

MARKET: 1988 Lamborghini LM002 Sport/Utility:
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British GP moving to Donington in 2010:
After a 17-year absence, the British Grand Prix will return to the Donington Park track in 2010, the FIA and track owners said on Friday.

Mark Martin to drive for Hendrick in 2009:
Hendrick Motorsports on Friday confirmed that veteran driver Mark Martin will join the team full-time in 2009, taking over the seat Casey Mears will vacate at season's end.

Paul Menard leads DEI front-row at Daytona:
The irony of the moment was not lost on anyone: Chevrolets from Dale Earnhardt Inc. qualified 1-2 on Friday afternoon for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Castroneves extends Penske IndyCar contract:
Team Penske IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves has extended his contract and will remain in the series. Castroneves and Team Penske president Tim Cindric confirmed that the world's most famous dancing driver will continue in the team's No.

New Holland gears up for antique auto show (Lancaster Online)
On Oct. 1, the automobile industry will mark an auspicious occasion — the 100th anniversary of the Model T Ford.And on July

Kudos (The News & Observer)
Blo hair salon in Raleigh was selected from more than 3,000 salons around the world to receive the industry's highest business honor at the 2008 Global Salon Business Awards.

Heikki Kovalainen grabs British GP pole:
The British Grand Prix starting grid has an unusual look, with McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen on pole and Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber second. Kovalainen’s teammate, Lewis Hamilton, is fourth after a frustrating day in front of his home crowd.

Ryan Briscoe on Watkins Glen IndyCar pole:
Team Penske drivers are at both ends of the starting grid for Sunday's IndyCar Series race at Watkins Glen International.

General Motors: The death of the auto industry in Wisconsin (Isthmus)
For southeastern Wisconsin, the auto industry became a foundation of working-class prosperity and power, producing excellent wages and benefits that allowed thousands of workers to send their kids to college, secure a stable retirement and develop a strong voice inside the plant and in Wisconsin politics.

Renault chief expects car industry consolidation (International Herald Tribune)
Carlos Ghosn said problems in the United States, like high gas prices and tighter credit, could spur deals in the automotive industry.

Vehicle exports display robust growth (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
Thailand's vehicle exports grew 27.5% year-on-year to 320,880 units in the five months to May 31, with the value rising 30% to 144.82 billion baht equivalent in foreign exchange, according to Suraphong Phaisitpattanaphong, spokesman for the Federation of Thai Industries' industry automobile club.

Consolidation in China's steel industry (Asia News Network)
China is the world's biggest producer and consumer of steel, fuelled by its export-driven manufacturing sector and booming construction and automobile industries.

2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed--Great gets better: The Speed is not your average Flying Spur:
It doesn't sound like much, but 48 hp is enough to get the $198,500 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed past the velvet rope that separates 600-hp production cars from the rabble.

Kevin A. Wilson: Here We Go Again
I just explained to another smart friend why the guy with the car that runs on water--you've probably seen the video in endless e-mail circulation, where he first uses a torch and then shows a car running on the same gas (hydrogen and oxygen) from...

Texas Medical Center takes a lesson from the automotive industry (BizJournals)
The Texas Medical Center is improving the quality and safety of health care by using ideas derived from an unusual source -- the automotive industry. Toyota Motor Sales originated the management techniques, often simply called "lean," which aim at improving quality and reducing costs by improving processes.

Trek put cars on map (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
This year marks the centennial of a wealthy Pennsylvanian's historic, cross-country automobile journey. Highway repairs, traffic-clogged roads, and $4 gas probably make this summer a poor time to emulate Jacob Murdock.

Middle East plastic industry projected to record 30% annual growth over next five years (AME Info)
More than 550 exhibitors from 31 countries are expected to gather at the Cairo Fair Ground, Egypt, from October 23-26, 2008, to take part in PLASTEX 2008, the eleventh international African-Arabian exhibition for plastic industries.

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