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India's June Car Sales Hit By Strike, Interest Costs
The Indian automobile industry witnessed a bumpy ride with Hyundai Motors reporting a higher sales in June while Maruti sales were impacted due to workers' strike and maintenance shutdown. High inflation, increased interest on loans and price increases had also contributed to the fall in sales by Maruti and Tata Motors.

Mercedes-Benz Grabs Spotlight at Pebble Beach Tribute to Birth of Automobile
The 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance celebrates the 125th anniversary of the automobile and such storied vehicles as the 1902 Mercedes Simplex. | June 30, 2011 | 2010 by Riverview Media Photography, Tia Gemmell, Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Interest rates, fuel hikes dampen automobile sales in June
New Delhi/Chennai, July 1 (IANS) Production losses at industry leader Maruti Suzuki and a slump in sales because of high interest rates and rising fuel prices have resulted in a grim sales picture for the auto industry in June.

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Navi Sedan, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review:
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: After driving this 2012 Honda Civic EX-L, I'm beginning to understand why Honda delayed the car. It should have delayed it longer, because it's not up to the level of its competitors any longer.

AUTOWEEK TV: An exclusive interview with Chrysler design boss Ralph Gilles:
Also in today's show: Land Rover prices the Range Rover Evoque, Porsche eyes Le Mans in 2014 and U.S. car sales could be up for June.

Enormous Jaguar sculpture graces Goodwood:
A 91-foot sculpture of the Jaguar E-type serves as a striking centerpiece for this year's

2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T AutoWeek Long-Term Update: Yes, It's a Hyundai:
After three months in the AutoWeek long-term fleet, the 2011

Bugatti Veyron crafted in porcelain, an insurance adjuster's dream:
We've seen plastic in cars, steel, extruded aluminum, carbon fiber and plenty of other materials. But a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport in porcelain--that's a new one.

GM, Ford, Chrysler advance as market recovers from May dip:
Automakers, aided by a rise in pickup demand and new models such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Fiat 500 and Ford Focus small cars, posted higher U.S. sales in June.

Ending Medicare? Or saving it?
If you try to end something “as we know it,” are you effectively trying to kill that thing?

Auto sector gloom lifts as Japan output rises
THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY foresees a more stable supply situation at the very least following reports that Japanese parts production has picked up following March’s deadly earthquake and tsunami.

New Mileage Rules Debated by Carmakers and White House
The administration wants new American cars and trucks to average as much as 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025, roughly double the current level.

Porsches popular in April
Six Maseratis, 119 Porsches and one Hummer were among new vehicles sold in April, a month which saw industry-wide sales figures rise by eight percent from the same period last year, according to National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) figures released on Wednesday.

Vehicle sales rise 12.6%
New vehicle sales grew at a faster pace in June, registering 12.6% to 44,880 units on a year-on-year (y/y) basis from 39,874 vehicles sold during June last year, according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa).

Infiniti to get A3 fighter in product blitz:
Nissan plans to introduce a compact, entry-level Infiniti model below the G series to compete against such cars as the Audi A3 and

GM will prep plants in 2012 for next-generation pickups:
General Motors will begin retooling assembly plants next year to build the next generation of its full-sized pickups, GM's U.S. sales chief Don Johnson said.

Research and Markets: Turkey Automobile Sector Forecast 2014
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Turkey Automobile Sector Forecast 2014" report to their offering.

STV launches People’s Choice awards with industry forum
Attending Sunshine Television’s auto industry forum are (from left) Chevrolet’s Albert Arcilla, CATS Motors’ Greg Yu, Trade and Industry Undersecretary Cristino Panlilio and Lexus Manila’s Daniel Isla. At right is forum moderator Ray Butch Gamboa SUNSHINE Television (STV) recently launched its 2011-2012 Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards by holding a forum that was attended by [...]

Digital Automotive Marketing Leader Drives Local Traffic to Boost Auto Business
Auto Dealers around the Globe are finding it harder and harder to reach their audience. has turned dealership marketing into an art form. With their strategic focus on local markets and utilizing the latest technologies, they have carved out a much needed niche in the automobile industry and narrowed the field of competition for auto dealers to reach their local traffic ...

Inspecting Adhesive Beading on Car Windscreens
A new high-speed inspection system has been developed for the automobile industry, based on Micro-Epsilon's scanCONTROL 2710 system. It detects the quality of adhesive beads as soon as they have been applied during the vehicle assembly process. The BeadMonitor system, developed in the UK, measures the height and width of the polyurethane adhesive beads while they are being applied to the edges ...

Valeo completes acquisition of Niles
Valeo, a provider of integrated systems and modules for the automobile industry, has completed the acquisition of Niles, a manufacturer of automotive switching systems, from RHJ International and Nissan for EUR313m (JPY36bn).

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: Forget everything you ever thought you knew about Buicks, about Regals and about soft American near-luxury sedans. This 2011

Lamborghini Aventador video: The quality is built in:
Quality, precision, craftsmanship--those are the things that go into a Lamborghini Aventador. At least that's what seems to be the theme of this promotional video from Lamborghini. And check out the dramatic soundtrack.

Land Rover begins production of the Range Rover Evoque:
Land Rover started production of its Range Rover Evoque on Monday, as the first production vehicle was driven off the line at Land Rover's U.K. Halewood plant in Liverpool.

Saab says three new models are in the works:
Saab says a new financial deal with Chinese companies Pang Da and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus gives it the cash to plan three new models.

BMW recalls the X3 for steering fix:
BMW is recalling 50 units of the 2011 BMW X3 for a potential power-steering problem.

Subsidising auto pollution
Increased competition in the automobile market is contributing to squeezed profit margins, on the one hand, but better deals for the consumer, on the other, including the introduction of newer models by smaller players, threatening the auto biggies’ hold on the market.

AUTOWEEK TV: Lamborghini Aventador stars in new video:
Also in today's episode: Infiniti plans a new small car, Saab says three new models are on tap and the Williams Formula One team renews a partnership with Renault.

Flying car gets regulatory clearance:
The Jetsons' futuristic vision of a flying car is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Toyota, Honda continue to dominate car sales:
The Japan earthquake in March left many U.S. dealers scrambling for cars, yet the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord continue to top the chart in car sales after six months.

2011 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson SuperCrew, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review:

DealerTrack Completes Acquisition of eCarList
DealerTrack AAX, Inc., a subsidiary of DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. , today announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of eCarList LLC, a leading provider of inventory management and merchandising solutions for automobile dealerships. Â The agreement to acquire eCarList was announced on May 25, 2011.

New RNCOS Market Analyses and Forecasts Recently Published by
LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- Market Publishers Ltd informs that new in-demand RNCOS market analyses and forecasts have been added to its catalogue. Global Biosimilars Market Analysis. The global biosimilars ...

Car manufacturers overwhelmingly oppose new EPA-approved E15 fuel
The automobile industry has responded to a rule authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allows E15 fuel – 85 percent gasoline, 15 percent ethanol – to be sold at gas stations across the country. In short: the response is anything but supportive.

GM sued for not recalling nonpolice Chevrolet Impalas to fix spindle rods:
General Motors has been sued by the owner of a Chevrolet Impala who claims the company recalled police versions of the sedan to fix a tire-wear issue but did not recall civilian Impalas for the same problem.

White House downsizes auto industry panel
President Barack Obama is downsizing his automobile-sector working group to include just the Secretary of Labor, according to a new executive order released midday.

Auto industry, seeing new life, on hiring spree
Two years after the end of the Great Recession, the auto industry is hiring again — and much faster than the rest of the economy.

Ken Auster named AFAS guest artist for 2011 Pebble Beach concours:
The Automotive Fine Arts Society has chosen Ken Auster, an impressionist artist from California, to be its guest artist for this year's exhibit at the

1966 Austin Healey BJ8 joins Sports and Muscle lineup at Monterey:
A 1966 Austin Healey 3000 Mark 111 BJ8 is set to cross the block during the 11th-annual Russo and Steele Sports and Muscle Monterey Auction Event, Aug. 18-20.

AUTOWEEK TV: Honda Odyssey joins the long-term fleet:
Also in this episode: Mitsubishi rolls out two new versions of i-MiEV electric car, IndyCar heads back to Auto Club Speedway in California, and the flying car clears another rules hurdle.

2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review:
What is it?

Auto industry, seeing new life, is on hiring spree
Volkswagen opened a plant in Tennessee last month with 2,000 workers. Honda is hiring 1,000 in Indiana to meet demand for its best-selling Civic. General Motors is looking for 2,500 in Detroit to build the Chevy Volt.

Ford, Ken Block launch Gymkhana World Tour:
Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Ken Block to make the 2011 Gymkhana World Tour a live-audience motorsport event.

Auto industry on a hiring spree
DETROIT — Volkswagen opened a plant in Tennessee last month with 2,000 workers. Honda is hiring 1,000 in Indiana to meet demand for its best-selling Civic. General Motors is looking for 2,500 in Detroit to build the Chevy Volt.

Auto industry, seeing new life, is on hiring spree
Volkswagen opened a plant in Tennessee last month with 2,000 workers. Honda is hiring 1,000 in Indiana to meet demand for its best-selling Civic. General Motors is looking for 2,500 in Detroit to build the Chevy Volt.

Why Gujarat can be India's biggest automobile hub
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi dreams of making Gujarat an automobile hub.

Why Gujarat can be India's biggest automobile hub
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi dreams of making Gujarat an automobile hub.

BMW leads Audi, Mercedes-Benz in June global luxury-sales race:
BMW AG's core brand topped rivals Audi and

2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged, an AutoWeek Drivers Log Car Review:
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: I came out of our long-term Infiniti QX56 into the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged, and the first thing that struck me was how (relatively) small the Range Rover Sport was.

Aston Martin confirms limited production of the V12 Zagato:
Aston Martin on Thursday confirmed that it will put the gorgeous V12 Zagato into production.

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