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Auto Industry Begins to Embrace the Green Shift
NEW YORK, NY-- - The high price of oil and an increasing consumer focus on environmental impact has given significant momentum to electric cars. Companies have begun boosting electric car production in ...

India's Car Sales Sluggish In October
Barring Tata Motors, the Indian automobile industry witnessed a sluggish trend with Maruti and Hyundai posting a lower sales in October. Maruti Suzuki sales were affected due to labour unrest at its Manesar plant during the month.

Strike, interest rates dampen automobile sales
New Delhi/Chennai, Nov 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 October.

COPO Camaro is Chevrolet's Halloween SEMA show treat
Chevrolet officially celebrates its 100th anniversary on Nov.

Reviving the rotary: Two roads to redemption for Mazda's Wankel engine
Mazda is killing production of its famed rotary engine when the last

Subaru BRZ coupe set for Los Angeles debut
Subaru will use the

Volvo designer Peter Horbury moves to China's Geely
Volvo Car Corp. styling chief Peter Horbury is moving to the Swedish automaker's sister brand, Geely Group, as senior vice president design.

Kia rolls out Rio racer, concepts at SEMA show
Kia debuted four tuner cars, one race car and a pace car at this year's SEMA show.

SoCal Streamliner is reborn at SEMA show
The original SoCal Streamliner was destroyed in a bad crash at Daytona in 1951, the year after Dean Batchelor drove it to 210.92 mph at the second Bonneville Nationals.

Chrysler sets the pace as industry sales climb 8 percent: Toyota Motor sales off 8 percent last month; Honda dips 1 percent
U.S. light vehicle sales--led by Chrysler--rose 8 percent in October to an estimated 1.02 million units, matching forecasts and enough to keep the industry's rebound on track despite ongoing economic uncertainties.

Toyota seeks the waves at SEMA show with the Oakley Surf Tacoma
Beach-bum surfers have no reason to be grimy anymore, at least if Toyota has anything to say about it. With help from Oakley, the company installed a shower in its new surf truck.

Honda reveals hot Civics, supercharged Accord coupe at SEMA
Following the launch of the new 2012 Civic, Honda used the

Ford celebrates 110 years of racing at SEMA

Hyundai Veloster concepts, V8 Genesis coupe wow SEMA show crowds: Genesis RMR500 is joined by six Veloster tuner concepts
Hyundai pulled out every Veloster they could find for the SEMA show, and threw in a couple of

Lexus rolls out GS 350 F Sport at SEMA
Yes, we've driven the Lexus GS 350F Sport, but we hadn't seen it in person, sans camouflage, until now. Lexus revealed the new fire-breather at

Jeg Coughlin Jr. returns to NHRA Pro Stock with Mopar
Well, that didn't last long. Four-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will

Camaros, Sonics fill the Chevy stand at SEMA
Camaros and Sonics lead the way at the Chevystand at

South Africa: Vehicle Sales Record Growth
Vehicle sales grew by 18.9% year-on-year in October, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) said.

2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan: Review notes: Thoughts on driving the 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan.
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: I came out of perhaps our most ostentatious vehicle--the

Infiniti sets up global HQ in Hong Kong
Nissan Motor Co. is establishing a new global headquarters for its

GM sells trucks through Costco program
Membership warehouse retailer Costco has launched a deal with General Motors allowing its members to buy certain Chevrolet and

SEMA highlights hottest trends in auto industry
This year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas is highlighting some of the hottest cars and gadgets in the automobile industry.

Bloomberg index: Pace of Michigan recovery surpasses all but North Dakota, thanks to autos
William Selway Bloomberg News - Michigan's economy is recovering from the recession at the second-fastest pace in the U.S., lifted by reviving carmakers and local manufacturers, according to a new Bloomberg index that tracks the pace of state growth.

2011 SEMA show: Day one highlights
-- Lexus revealed the 306-hp GS 350 F Sport, which will go on sale in February. It uses a direct-injection 3.5-liter V6, paired with the same paddle-shifting six-speed automatic transmission used in the IS-F.

Wray Ford Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Today marked an historic milestone for a local family business. Wray Ford celebrated its 100th year in the automobile industry.

Highlights from the first day of the SEMA show: Autoweek TV
Editors Mark Vaughn and Greg Migliore recap the highlights of the first day of the

Aftermarket tuners build Honda Civic project cars for SEMA: Video
Alongside the Honda Factory Performance and Honda Racing Development hardware at its SEMA stand,

Chip Foose talks about custom Challenger at SEMA show: 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is designed for WD-40 and SEMA Cares charity
A 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8, designed by Chip Foose for WD-40 and SEMA Cares, was revealed to show attendees on the first day of the

Ford opens online reservations for the 2012 Focus electric
People can now place their online orders for the 2012 Ford Focus electric, Ford's first all-electric passenger car.

Updated 2013 Volkswagen CC set for L.A. show debut
The stylish Volkswagen CC four-door is in line for a mild makeover for the 2013 model year. The public gets a first look at the makeover at the

Atom cars to be launched in India at Rs 85 lakh from InterGlobe group
Now the Indian automobile market has seen the influx of some of the very best names in the automobile industry...

Ford plans L.A. debuts for Fiesta ST concept, redesigned 2013 Escape
Ford has revealed the first two bits of information about its wares, and both foreshadow bigger things to come.

Chevrolet Sonic SEMA concepts show the feminine touch
Chevrolet showed off a stable of Sonic concept cars at the

Opel sees painful cooling of Europe's auto market
FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - General Motors' European arm Opel warned that demand for cars will weakensignificantly in Europe next year, according to a Germanmagazine."We expect that the ...

South Africa: LPGas Shortage Briefing to Economic Development Select Committee
Addressing the sitting of the Economic Development Select Committee in the presence of oil industry players including National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa and South African Petroleum Industry Association today, the Department of Energy's (DoE) Tseliso Maqubela, Deputy Director General (DDG) for Hydrocarbons, informed the committee of the DoE's heightened concerns at ...

GT Academy winner Heitkotter's next step is the 24 Hours of Dubai
It all culminates in January at the 24 Hours of Dubai: That's when video-game player and

2012 Scion iQ: Review notes
WEST COAST EDITOR MARK VAUGHN: I am somewhat predisposed to like dinky cars. OK, not even somewhat. I like the things.

Matte-paint finishes shine at SEMA
A tour around the halls that make up the SEMA show confirms the growing popularity of the matte finish for car exteriors.

Flying Baldini Brothers take grand prize in Autoweek America Adventure
After five days of food, fun and friendly competition, the big prize in the

Project Car Hell, Classic Toyota Wagon Edition: Crown or Cressida?: What you need to go with last episode's Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo is one of Toyota's early luxury station wagons!
After starting the new Project Car Hell series with the Pricey Rat Rod Engine Swap Edition, we found ourselves

A sporty Lexus GS and a bevy of Hyundai Velosters at SEMA: Autoweek TV
More highlights from the SEMA show in Las Vegas, including a customized Chevrolet Chevelle from Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Lexus GS 350 F Sport sedan and confirmation of a turbocharged engine for the Hyundai Veloster.

Simraceway, McLaren team up for free multiplayer video game
The online multiplayer racing game Simraceway has partnered with the McLaren Group to bring virtual models of every McLaren made to gamers, developer Ignite Game Technologies said on Tuesday.

Who said butchers can't inspire?
Remember the famous Henry Ford and the butchers’ story? Ford saw the overhead trolley that the Chicago butchers used in dressing beef and how they prepared the cuts as the carcass passed by. We all know what happened next, right? The legendary assembly line at Ford was born, which revolutionized the automobile industry in 1914 by producing 260,720 cars with just 13,000 people, while the rest of ...

2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ: Review notes: It's as big as a house, but the Suburban remains a staff favorite
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: My Suburban love is well documented over the years. Yes, I wish we would have purchased the long-termer we ran for a year a while ago. I loved that truck, and I love this 2011

NHTSA report: Audi S8 tops 2009 theft rates
The Audi S8 and the Toyota Camry stood out among the most stolen 2009 passenger vehicles in a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Touring the garage of Texas collector Rich Atwell: Autoweek TV
Also in this episode: Ford opens the order book for the electric-powered Focus,

Hyperion by Pininfarina is a luxury yacht on wheels
Hyperion is the name of a titan from Greek mythology, known also as the lord of light. He was one of 12 titans, which makes him a bit less exclusive than the Pininfarina vehicle that bears his name.

Island tour kicks off Hilton Head weekend
Intermittent sun and cool temperatures greeted the several dozen participants in the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours dand#8217;Elegance and#8220;behind the gatesand#8221; driving tour Friday, kicking off the concours weekend.

Danica Patrick unveils Dan Wheldon tribute helmet
Danica Patrick and her sponsor,, this weekend are honoring the late Dan Wheldon during the NASCAR Nationwide Series 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Autoweek in review: This week's highlights
Here's a rundown of what you might have missed at the past few days:

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