Ford Motor Co. has hired a top lobbyist in Washington as the automaker continues to avoid seeking government assistance. Pete Lawson, 43, will begin work as Ford’s vice president of government relations in early May. Lawson last worked as the U.S.Read more
Julio Panama has resigned as president of Nissan Mexicana and will be replaced by Jose Munoz, the current director of Nissan’s Spanish business unit.Read more
The hop from Bahrain to Kuwait City was not all that great, but it was long enough for some to take naps and for others to give a final consideration to what was about to go on in their world.Read more
The prospect of General Motors avoiding bankruptcy is becoming “less likely,” and that may be pushing bondholders to pursue separate bankruptcy strategies, two sources close to government talks said today.Read more
Jaguar increases the power without increasing fuel consumption in its sumptuous convertible.
What’s better than an all-new, supercharged V-8 engine that makes 90 hp and 48 lb-ft of torque more than its predecessor while improving the Jaguar XKR’s 0-to-60-mph time from a claimed 4.9 to 4.6 seconds? An all-new, supercharged V-8 that does all that without a concomitant increase in fuel consumption, that’s what.
First comes the BMW 5-series Gran Turismo, with a 3-series Gran Turismo to follow in 2012.
The new BMW 5-series Gran Turismo is (almost) here – displayed as a thinly veiled concept in Geneva. The nearly identical production version is scheduled to make its debut in Frankfurt this fall; it should be in showrooms before the end of the year. But that’s not the entire BMW GT story. The company isn’t talking about it yet, but we’ll see the same theme again with a 3-series Gran Turismo coming three years from now.
Its perhaps anticlimactic when a production car stays true to an eye-catching concept–except when its an Aston Martin. And the Rapide revealed today is a dead ringer for the stunning show car from 2006.Read more
Noble International Ltd.’s top two executives have resigned from their posts at the financially troubled auto supplier.Read more
Stuttgart’s newest gem isn’t a car-it’s an ultramodern museum.
Rising from the hallowed ground of the company’s Stuttgart headquarters, the new $130 million Porsche Museum deploys an imposing 60,000 square feet of stark white display space, enough to exhibit about eighty cars. The structure, expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors annually, employs more oddly angled struts than a Le Mans racer.
In today’s News Brake: The safety of small cars isn’t great; the Ford Explorer is spied for 2011; and more electric cars, too…But Wait, There’s More!Read more
A partnership between Johnson Controls Inc. and France’s Saft will build its first U.S. plant in Michigan to supply lithium-ion batteries for hybrids and electric vehicles, the companies announced on Tuesday.Read more
Four battery manufacturers today announced plans to invest nearly $1.7 billion to launch advanced manufacturing operations in Michigan, aided by some $543.5 million in tax breaks.Read more
General Motors is facing a lawsuit in Canada from unsecured bondholders after it paid dividends from a small local unit even as it hovered on the brink of insolvency.Read more
Shares of Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors rose after the government offered tax breaks to stimulate domestic vehicle sales.Read more
Canada’s automotive manufacturing industry has been uniquely and strongly profitable in recent decades, a new report from the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) said.Read more
In an effort to go green, many tire manufacturers are introducing new products to the market that provide less rolling resistance, which helps boost fuel economy.
In an effort to go green, many tire manufacturers are introducing new products to the market that provide less rolling resistance, which helps boost fuel economy. It’s a fine line being walked between ride quality, performance, and handling. Trying to get all three in one tire is nearly impossible. The fine folks from Goodyear were nice enough to stop by our office this week and give us a presentation on the new Assurance Fuel Max tire that went on sale in February 2009.
Diverse autoparts maker ArvinMeritor has achieved savings of about US$430m on an annual basis since last October.Read more
Take a look at what else was on offer at the New York Show, besides the headline cars…Read more
1. Mini Cooper Convertible OpenometerRead more
Michelin North America will close its BF Goodrich tyre manufacturing plant in Opelika, Alabama by 31 October with the loss of about 1,000 jobs.Read more