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Carmaker off to roaring start
Guangzhou Automobile Group (2238) - which made its debut on the Hong Kong bourse on Monday - said first-half profit nearly quadrupled as automobile sales soared 35.5 percent to 348,677 vehicles.

India's auto sales go through the roof
Automobile companies have reported the highest ever monthly sales in India.

Car sales hit 47% in Japan
TOKYO - NEW vehicle sales in Japan jumped 46.7 per cent in Aug year-on-year, an auto industry group said on Wednesday, as buyers rushed to make the most of soon-to-expire subsidies for green cars. In the 13th straight monthly rise, new registrations for vehicles including cars, trucks and buses but excluding minicars totalled 290,789 in Aug, the Japanese Automobile Dealers Association said.

New car sales in Japan surge 46.7% in August
New vehicle sales in Japan jumped 46.7 percent in August year-on-year, an auto industry group said Wednesday, as buyers rushed to make the most of soon-to-expire subsidies for green cars.

Ford police utility vehicle set for patrol :
WITH VIDEO -- Do cops like crossovers? Ford is about to find out: It will offer a utility vehicle based on the 2011 Explorer as part of its police portfolio for forces across the nation.

Auto insurance reforms take effect Wednesday
The Ontario government and auto insurance industry say the reforms will lower premiums. Consumers are skeptical.

2011 Kia Sorento SX, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS: What I drove last night:
WITH VIDEO -- My needs were simple: The vehicle had to be able to hold a family of four, one medium-size rescue dog, stuff for a week, and it had to do some off-roading without whimpering and sniveling. What would you choose?

Future products: 3 new vehicles on the way for Jaguar, but don't hold your breath:
India's Tata Motors, which bought Jaguar from Ford Motor Co. two years ago, recently approved a product plan that gives Jaguar three new models: a small sports car, an entry-level sedan and a station wagon.

Future products: Geely must retool Volvo plans:
Ford Motor Co.'s sale of Volvo to Geely in August leaves doubt about the Swedish company's product plans.

The men and machines of the 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise, an AW video:
Sure, it rained. But that wasn't enough to keep classic-car enthusiasts and their machines away from this year's Woodward Dream Cruise in suburban Detroit. We walked around and met quite a few of them.

Toyota raises the pitch in hatchback market
It is a market which every automobile major is eyeing. The hatchback market in India, which is growing at 35 per cent annually, has quite a few superstars – Maruti Suzuki’s Swift, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen’s Polo, the Skoda fabia and Ford’s Figo.

Barry Meguiar released from hospital, spent 8 days in a coma:
Car enthusiast Barry Meguiar has been released from the hospital in Monterey, Calif., after 17 days of treatment for a rare form of viral pneumonia.

IHS's Magliano Interview About GM, U.S. Auto Sales
Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- George Magliano, director of North American research for IHS Automotive, talks with Bloomberg's Melissa Long about U.S. automobile sales for August and the outlook for Dan Akerson's tenure as chief executive officer of General Motors Co.

INS: Romanian economy up 0.3 pc in Q2
Industry went up by 5.9 pc, compensating for faster decline in constructions. Data of the National Statistical Institute (INS) confirm estimates published a few weeks ago. According to a release, the economy grew by 0.3 per cent in Q2 compared to Q1 of the year.

Totally Chevrolet
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AIAM Supports Agreement on California Brake Pad Bill
ARLINGTON, Va.--The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) supports passage of a bill by the California legislature to reduce copper dust from vehicle brake pads that can wash into urban watersheds.

Ford reveals Explorer-based police vehicle, and Chevrolet wants Cruze buyers to try rivals, in News Brake for Wednesday, Sept. 1:
In today's News Brake: Ford reveals an Explorer-based police utility vehicle, plans for Austin's Formula One track are revealed, and Chevrolet wants Cruze buyers to try the competition . . . But Wait, There's More!

Groups Request Congressional Hearings On EPA Action Regarding Ethanol In Gasoline
Thirty-nine environmental, food, motor vehicle, energy, power equipment and recreational industry groups today requested House and Senate hearings on a pending Environmental Protection Agency action that could sharply increase the amount of ethanol permitted in gasoline

S. Africa Vehicle Sales Increase In August
(RTTNews) - South Africa's total industry vehicle sales continued to increase in August. The total vehicle sales increased 36.9% year-on-year in August, a report by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa or NAAMSA showed on Thursday.

New vehicle sales up 36.9 percent year on year
South Africa's total industry vehicle sales increased by 36.9 percent year-on-year in August to 46 377 units.

South African Vehicle Sales Climb 36.9% as Low Interest Rate Spur Spending
South African vehicle sales surged an annual 36.9 percent in August as interest rates near a 30 year low spurred consumer spending, an industry group said.

More Americans expected to travel over Labor Day weekend
The Starting Point is a preview of the stories we expect to cover today and a snapshot of the news that occurred overnight.

To beat traffic China may roll over cars
Struggling under mounting congestion problems and facing an explosion in automobile sales, China may build a novel bus-train hybrid people-mover that rolls over cars.

Future products: Thanks to GM, new Saab has product plan in place:
Spyker Cars inherited an extensive product plan when it acquired Saab from General Motors Co. in February.

China's Chery mulling auto plant in Spain: officials
China's largest home-grown carmaker Chery Automobile Co. is considering building a plant in Catalonia, the government of the northeastern Spanish region said Thursday.

Future products: Land Rover will get hybrids, smaller vehicles:
New owner Tata Motors promises that Land Rover will add smaller vehicles and hybrid powerplants, but it hasn't said much about the timing.

RM's Auburn auction caters to car enthusiasts over Labor Day weekend:

2011 Aston Martin DB9 Volante, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

Paris auto show: Jaguar concept to reveal future sports-car styling:
Jaguar will preview a new styling direction at the Paris motor show later this month with a sports-car concept that also celebrates the company's 75th anniversary.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway welcomes Shelby's new shop:

Old is new again: Will a floor-hinged throttle pedal be in your future?:
If you think that every little nut, bolt, switch, gear or widget in your new car wasn't scrutinized by a team of highly educated, overworked car geeks (read: engineers), think again.

Paris auto show: Hyundai to debut small van:
Hyundai will debut a small van called the ix20 at this year's Paris auto show.

Ferrari 458 Italia recalled because of fires:
Ferrari is recalling 1,248 copies of the 458 Italia to replace an adhesive prone to catching fire.

2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan, an AW Drivers Log:
ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: Nothing like an automatic transmission to put a damper on the party. All of my Cadillac CTS-V experiences up until a month ago were with the automatic transmissions.

2011 Dodge Durango revealed:

Detroit tops auto industry customer satisfaction
Ford and General Motors claim two top spots on a new AICS consumer-satisfaction survey, amid weakening consumer satisfaction.

The Ferrari 458 Italia is recalled, and Jaguar concept reveals future in design, in News Brake for Thursday, Sept. 2 :
In today's News Brake: The Ferrari 458 Italia is recalled after fire reports, the 2011 Dodge Durango is revealed, and Jaguar concept shows future in sports-car styling . . . But Wait, There's More!

Strand-Craft 122: It's a boat and a car:
Feel like boating this holiday weekend? Here's what every AutoWeek reader needs: Mega-yacht builder Strand-Craft has introduced its extravagant 122, which the company calls a "high-performance streamlined Open super yacht."

2010 Volkswagen Golf Four-Door, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I was impressed with this car and frankly, I didn't think I would be. It is, in my opinion, one of the best-driving small cars on the market, driving like a much bigger car.

Zoning in
Abu Dhabi has the money, space and access to cheap energy to attract medium and heavy industry to the emirate. But has it happened yet?

Steel industry outlook still hazy
Despite the prospects of lower iron ore prices for the fourth quarter of this year, the overall outlook for domestic steel mills still remains hazy due to weak demand from downstream sectors, industry sources said on Thursday.

2.5 million Southern Californians expected to travel on Labor Day
Thousands of Ventura County residents are expected to be among the more than 2.5 million Southern Californians leaving home today to celebrate the last long holiday weekend of the summer. Although the estimate represents an 11 percent increase from the 2.26 million Labor Day travelers last year, it marks only a partial recovery for the recession-weary tourism industry, said spokeswoman Marie ...

Chrysler Jeep dealers group not sponsoring Boomsday this year
Economic fallout from the U.S. automobile industry - hit hard by the recession - has reached Knoxville's Boomsday celebration, which will be minus its Chrysler Jeep major sponsor this year.

Travel industry expects Labor Day recovery
The travel industry is expecting to recover slightly from a dismal 2009 this Labor Day weekend, a pattern that should continue into the autumn.

Detroit tops auto industry customer satisfaction
Ford and General Motors claim two top spots on a new AICS consumer-satisfaction survey, amid weakening consumer satisfaction.

Toyota Technician Institute in China Marks 20 Years
Beijing, Sept 3, 2010 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that the Liaoning Toyota Jinbei Technician Institute (the Technical Training Center of Toyota Jin Bei of China Automotive Industry until 2009) held a ceremony here today to mark the 20th anniversary of the institute's establishment.

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor gets engine upgrade, crew cab:
A larger standard engine and more seating capacity are the big changes for the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor pickup.

Fuel-efficient cars will help autos recover
The dust still hasn’t settled from the earthquake that shook the automobile industry to the core during the past couple of years.

CSAA Sells Colorado Data Center for Almost 13M
September 3, 2010 -- California State Automobile Association Inter-Insurance Bureau announced on Wednesday it has sold its data center in Broomfield, Colorado to Columbia Industrial Properties Midwest for $12.85 million, according to a report by DailyCamera.

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