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April 1st recall: 200 million bicycles
Congress voted today to enforce a mandatory recall of 200 million bicycles, effective April 1st. The action, which covers all bicycles sold within the U.S. for the past 10 years, is being taken in cooperation with the automobile industry, the petroleum industry, and the National Manufacturers Association. The surprise vote came as the 182 members of the Congressional Bicycle Caucus, headed by ...

Diesel Cars To Cost More From Today
A price increase of 1-2 per cent is expected across the board by the car makers due to BS-IV this April. This will be the third price hike by the automobile industry after January and post-budget in February, amounting together to around 3-4 per cent.

Ford unit sales jump 84 percent in 1st quarter
Ford Motor says sales in China by the company and its local partners jumped 84 percent in the first quarter, fueled by higher demand for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The jump highlights China's key role in driving demand for global automakers,... Ford Motor Company - Automobile - Automotive industry - China - People's Republic of China

Research and Markets: China Automobile Body, Trailer Manufacturing Industry, 2010
DUBLIN----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "China automobile body, trailer manufacturing industry, 2010" report to their offering.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to start at $183,000 when it debuts in May:
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a rare blend of top-shelf performance and iconic styling that comes along perhaps once in a generation.

New York auto show: Subaru revises STI for 2011 and adds a four-door model:
In the past couple of years, if you were looking for a turbocharged, AWD rally-bred sedan with an oversized rear wing, you were really limited to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

New York auto show: 2011 Kia Optima revealed with fresh design and engines:
Kia has made strides in recent years with dramatically upgraded products, and the Korean car company appears to be hitting full stride with the 2011 Optima midsize sedan revealed on Thursday at the New York auto show.

New York auto show: 2011 Hyundai Equus hits North America:
Hyundaiand#8217;s latest and most upscale foray into the luxury segment was revealed on Thursday at the New York auto show when the 2011 Equus sedan hit North America.

US, Canada finalize new auto fuel economy standards
The US government Thursday finalized new automobile fuel economy standards starting with 2012 models, a move officials said would save billions of barrels of oil and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Outlander Short: Mitsubishi reveals entry model at New York show:
Mitsubishi revealed a new variant of the 2011 Outlander at the New York auto show, one that is shorter and lighter overall compared with its standard siblings.

Canada will not go solo cutting industry emissions
Canada will not unilaterally impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from industry, saying on Thursday that it will work in tandem with the United States, as it is doing with vehicle standards.

Infiniti QX56--and beyond: A look at whatand#8217;s next for the luxury brand:
Infiniti, Nissanand#8217;s luxury division, has been busy in recent months, rolling out the all-new M sedan at the Los Angeles auto show last December, and the QX56 full-size SUV at the New York auto show this week.

The 2011 Kia Optima is revealed, and Daimler and Renault are teaming up, in News Brake for Thursday, April 1:
In News Brake: The 2011 Kia Optima is revealed at the New York auto show, the Mercedes SLS AMG is priced, and Daimler and Mercedes are working together . . . But Wait, There's More!

Jumpin' Jeeps: Jeep Design and Mopar roll out new treats in Moab:
Jeep and Dodge treat the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, the same way Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche approach the Frankfurt motor show--it is a serious event deserving of its own concepts and visits by top executives.

Sweet deals lure car buyers, lift sales in March
It's a buyer's market for car shoppers, with good deals expected to last at least another month as automakers continue to match Toyota discounts that lured thousands of buyers in March. Seeking to repair the damage from a series of safety recalls, Toyota... Toyota - Automotive industry - Automobile - Makes and Models - Autos

Ford, Toyota, GM sales soar in March:
General Motors Co. posted a 21 percent increase in March U.S. sales while Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. rose more than 40 percent as higher incentives industrywide helped lure buyers to showrooms.

New York auto show: Mitsubishi announces small-car plans:
Mitsubishi announced plans for an all-new small car that will be coming to market in 2012.

Video: The Return of Auto Ads
For months, even years, the advertising industry was hampered by the troubled automobile industry. Now, as Ben Tracy reports, car commercials are making a U-turn back to television.

New fuel-efficiency rules require 35.5 mpg average by 2016
The Obama administration unveiled final rules Thursday that set a 35.5 mpg average for the U.S. auto industry by 2016.

EPA finalizes automotive fuel economy rules
Nearly a year ago, the Obama administration announced a deal that settled a long-running dispute which, over the years, has involved over a dozen states, the federal government, the Supreme Court, and the automobile industry. The deal would see a rapid rise in the CAFE standards, which set the average fuel efficiency of the US' automobile fleet. Today, the EPA announced the finalized version of ...

Car & Automobile Manufacturing In The US - New Report Published
This is the replacement for the June 2009 edition of Car & Automobile Manufacturing in the US report.

Solera Holdings, Inc. Announces John J. Giamatteo to Become Chief Operating Officer; Start Date April 12, 2010
SAN DIEGO, April 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Solera Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLH), the leading global provider of software and services to the automobile insurance claims processing industry, today announced that it has hired John J.

2010 Dodge Power Wagon: An AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

Hyundai Equus customers: Prepare for pampering by dealers--and you get an iPad:
Hyundai's upcoming flagship Equus sedan is packed with features to pamper owners and passengers: a rear-seat footrest, rain-repellent window glass, power sun shades, and massage systems built into the driver's seat and rear seat.

2010 Chevrolet Traverse 2LT, an AW Drivers Log:
COPY EDITOR CYNTHIA L. OROSCO: I walked by the Mazda CX-9 on my way to the Traverse, and I noticed some similarities.

Mercedes confirms C-class coupe to launch in 2011:
Buyers seeking a blend of sportiness and luxury will get another choice in 2011: Mercedes confirmed this week it's adding a C-class coupe to its portfolio.

Maserati names McNabb commercial director :
Maserati North America president and CEO Mark McNabb has been named the Italian automaker's worldwide commercial director. He will keep the North American title as well.

Jeep shows off its product mojo, and a test drive of the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, in News Brake for Friday, April 2:
In News Brake: We put several impressive Jeeps through their paces in Utah, U.S. sales are up, and a test drive of the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse . . . But Wait, There's More!

2010 Toyota Venza, an AW Drivers Log:
SENIOR WEB REPORTER GREG MIGLIORE: This is a nice iteration of the modern station wagon. It's roomy, comfortable and has a fairly strong powerplant.

New standards for auto industry
Some major changes are coming to the automobile industry. The Obama administration, the Environmental Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency have set new standards for auto manufacturers.

Steelmakers, dependent on iron ore, seek investigation of mining industry
Steelmakers are fighting attempts by the iron ore mining industry to raise the cost of their main raw material, calling for an investigation of what they claim is an "oligopoly" that inflates prices.

US, Canada finalise fuel standards
The US government finalised new automobile fuel economy standards starting with 2012 models.

AIAM Comment on CAFE and GHG Regulations
ARLINGTON, Va., April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) issued the following statement by its President and CEO, Michael J. Stanton, regarding regulations on CAFE and greenhouse gas emissions.

Automakers Welcome GHG/Fuel Economy National Program
WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Automakers today welcomed the final release of coordinated NHTSA and EPA regulations for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, saying the national regulations mark the beginning of a new integrated approach to reducing automobile fuel use and carbon emissions.

GM, Ford burning billions in cash; merger talks die amid worsening losses
General Motors Corp and Ford Motor Co reported far deeper-than-expected quarterly losses on Friday, and said their rate of cash burn was accelerating, as an extended slump in car sales raised questions about the future of the U.S. auto industry.

Fuel economy rule calls for 35.5 m.p.g. by 2016 for U.S. vehicles
NEW YORK -- The Obama administration unveiled its historic rules Thursday, setting a 35.5 m.p.g. average for the U.S. auto industry by 2016, which the government said would cut fuel consumption by 40% and generate $130 billion in benefits.

Next Generation Automotive Gets Revved up for Multi-Media Networks
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - 04/05/10) - Micrel Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRL - News ), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, today introduced the KSZ8873MLL AM , a highly integrated 3-port switch on a chip IC, with low power dissipation, efficient power management and sophisticated QoS features (e.g., IPv6 priority classification support). The solution is ...

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What a difference a year makes. Primed by stimulus spending and improvement in the automobile industry, a range of shipments tied to the steel industry is showing signs of recovery a year after a

GM to expand use of brake override system
General Motors announced Monday that it will expand the use of brake override technology to increase safety and ease concerns about defects across the automobile industry.

Mercedes S-class to go hybrid-only?:
To meet tightening global fuel-economy standards, Daimler executives in Germany are considering a radical plan: make the flagship S-class a hybrid-only lineup.

2010 Lexus IS 250C, an AW Drivers Log:
SENIOR EDITOR FOR NEWS BOB GRITZINGER: It seems nearly impossible to properly style the rear end of one of these hardtop convertibles without it looking butt ugly. The IS 250C, from certain angles, is no exception.

Mazda diesels on the way:
Word at the New York auto show has Mazda bringing its Sky-D direct-injection diesel engines to the United States in 2012. The first Mazda oil-burner here will be a Mazda 6-size vehicle, said Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi.

Russia, Ukraine in 'private' summit: officials
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev Monday on his second trip to Moscow in a month, as the former Soviet republic tries to rebuild ties with Russia.

CV sales zoom in March, to take year's tally to record level
The commercial vehicle (CV) industry in India is set to create history. While numbers from the industry body are not out, it is estimated that total sales of CVs in the country would have been a little over 520,000 units in the just-concluded financial year (2009-10), the highest till date.

Mercedes-Benz considers all hybrids for the S-class, and a test drive of the Lexus IS 250C, in News Brake for Monday, April 5:
In News Brake: Mercedes-Benz may make the S-class all hybrids, F1 teams take aim at Red Bull, and a test drive of the 2010 Lexus IS 250C . . . But Wait, There's More!

General Motors expands brake-override safety feature :
General Motors is significantly expanding the use of a brake-override safety feature in its cars through the end of 2012.

2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL Hatchback, an AW Drivers Log:
SENIOR WEB REPORTER GREG MIGLIORE: I was actually surprised with my drive experience in this hatch, and I'd rate it as very acceptable.

U.S. seeks record $16.4 million fine against Toyota:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking a historic $16.

Older tractor-trailers are given new life
Some companies find it cheaper to refurbish aging models, contributing to a sales drop for big rigs. It's not the prettiest truck in the lot, but its time has come to shine.

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