October 31, 2012

Boeing delivers 'Smiling Faces' 777 to Air China

Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane to Air China, the flag carrier of the People's Republic of China. The airplane livery features a distinctive blended paint design of 40 smiling faces of Chinese people, to represent the critical role that the Chinese

Ford Motor Company provides $50,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Ford employees and Ford Motor Company Fund are donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross and its chapters to assist with disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

"Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating impact on many states," said Jim Vella,

Scion FR-S named Hottest Sport Compact at the 2012 SEMA Show

The Scion FR-S earned industry recognition with the Hottest Sport Compact award on the first day of the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

The annual SEMA Show brings together specialty-equipment manufacturers and

Toyota Motor Sales announces pricing for 2013 Avalon in USA

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the all-new 2013 Avalon premium mid-size sedan. For 2013, this five passenger flagship sedan is available with gasoline V6 and Hybrid Synergy Drive power. The V6 Avalon and Avalon

Brazilian Government Awards large orders for more than 2,100 Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Vans

Daimler's subsidiary Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has won several tenders of the Brazilian government for a total of over 2,100 vehicles. The large-scale orders call for delivery of more than 1,700 Atego trucks, and 400 Sprinter of Mercedes-Benz. Among the decisive criteria for

Porsche SE becomes a financially strong holding company

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE), Stuttgart, and Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg, achieved their shared goal of creating the Integrated Automotive Group. In return for the contribution of its holding business operations, and therefore its remaining

Bernie Ecclestone signs the first copy of the Formula 1 Opus

Following the grand entry of Opus in India recently, the Formula 1 fans on the race day were delighted with a special ceremony at Buddh International Circuit. Bernie Ecclestone, CEO, Formula 1 himself signed the Champions Edition, along with Politician Omar

Fisker Karma owners converge in Santa Monica

Nearly 50 Southern California-area Fisker Karma owners drove their cars to Santa Monica Sunday to share their excitement and appreciation for the award winning Electric Vehicle with extended range (EVer).

Hosted by Fisker Santa Monica, 48 of the very first Karma owners were

Toyota produces 25-millionth North American-built vehicle

Toyota celebrated the 25-millionth vehicle manufactured in North America at a ceremony at its Georgetown, Ky., plant coinciding with the start of production for the all-new 2013 Avalon. The milestone vehicle - a Classic Silver Hybrid Avalon - represents 26 years of

Great Christmas gifts from the BMW Lifestyle Collection

It's almost that time of the year again... Time for socks and perfume... again? The latest products from the BMW Lifestyle Collection make it easy to
put some variety under the Christmas tree. And there's no need for trips to overcrowded shopping malls, either - you can

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Concept goes twin-turbo for SEMA debut

The Ford Racing Mustang Cobra Jet concept revealed at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show proves there is indeed a replacement for displacement.

In the perpetual quest to stay ahead of the competition, for the first time ever Ford Racing has

Ford Racing debuts new global motorsport identifier

From the original 999 of 1901 through the Le Mans winning GT40s of the 1960s to today's array of Ford-powered racing cars around the world,
competition has

October 30, 2012

Ford Mustang and F-series pickup named 'Hottest Car and Truck' of 2012 SEMA Show

Ford Mustang and F-series pickups are officially the 'Hottest Car and Truck' at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The SEMA Award recognises the most popular vehicles the organisation's members feature in their displays during the weeklong trade show.

Before this

Formula 1 OPUS makes a grand entry into India

Opus, the world's most pre-eminent luxury publication house, has made a grand entry into the Indian market with the global launch of the Official Formula 1 Opus. As Formula 1 fever is gripping the entire nation, timing couldn't have been

World premiere of the new Volkswagen Santana

With nearly four-million units sold, the Volkswagen Santana is one of the most successful models in China. The notchback saloon maintains a greater presence on Chinese roads than any other car.
In the mid-1980s, not only did Volkswagen introduce mobilisation to an entire country

Renault Kangoo Z.E. celebrates its first anniversary

On October 28, 2011, the very first Kangoo Z.E. went on sale at Renault dealerships. The launch of the zero-emission small van marked the official beginning of Renault's electric vehicle offensive. It was the first of the four models which now make up the brand's electric vehicle

Infiniti launches inaugural 'Inspired Performance' Award at Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours

True to its dedication to providing vehicles with Inspired Performance, Infiniti has been announced as the inaugural sponsor of the Infiniti 'Inspired Performance' Award at the 2012 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance, one of four events that make up the unique

Volkswagen Group India partners with Indo-German Urban Mela as a 'City Partner'

Volkswagen Group India continues its association with Indo-German Urban Mela (IGUM) as a 'City Partner' in New Delhi. Volkswagen Group India initiated this partnership by providing shuttle services for delegates participating in the Urban Mela in Bangalore and Chennai.

Hyundai Motor India hikes prices up to Rs. 5,000

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) announced the price increase in all its models starting from Eon to Santa Fe.

"The price increase has been necessitated by a variety of input costs. We have tried to minimise the price increase to cause less inconvenience to our

IIT Kharagpur's Deepit Purkayastha is 'Nano Student of the Year'

IIT Kharagpur's Deepit Purkayastha was chosen as the Nano Student of the Year. Tata Motors launched the 'Nano Student of the Year' contest on September 14, 2012, for all college students in India, to mark its association with 'Student of the Year', a romantic comedy,

Ford Credit earns $355-million net income in the third quarter of 2012*

Ford Motor Credit Company reported net income of $355-million in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $350-million a year earlier. On a pre-tax basis, Ford Credit earned $393-million in the third quarter, compared with $581-million a year earlier.

Net income in

October 29, 2012

Ford brings first ever 'Quick Lane' service to India

Taking its commitment to provide a world-class service experience to its customers, Ford India launched its first Quick Lane service centre in India at Metro Ford in Yeshwantpur, Bangalore. With the launch of India's first Quick Lane service, Ford India will have 11 sales and

October 26, 2012

Gul Panag introduces 'Audi Q Life' at Women's Power Drive in Mumbai

Audi organised Women's Power Drive, an exclusive program to give women a chance to experience the driving pleasure of the Audi Q range in Mumbai as part of their roll-out of 'Audi Q-Drive' in the city. The 'Audi Q-Drive', is a one of its kind program which will give participants

October 25, 2012

Renault engines to power MRF Challenge

Highlighting its long association with Motor Racing, Renault India Pvt. Ltd. unveiled the Renault team car for the MRF Challenge during a special event in Greater Noida. The two Renault team cars will be driven by two young and extremely talented drivers Jon Lancaster

Europcar adds the Kia Optima to its fleet

Europcar is sustaining its commitment to giving drivers the widest possible choice of vehicles with the addition of the Kia Optima.

Positioned by Kia as the ideal car for business drivers, the Optima will complement the existing choice of executive saloons on the Europcar fleet. Having

McLaren Automotive strengthens Communications Team

McLaren Automotive is strengthening its Communications Team with the appointment of Amel Boubaaya as European PR Manager. She replaces Lena Siep who has been promoted to Global PR Manager. The moves follow the integration of the global PR and marketing functions

Nissan begins eMotor trials at Decherd Tenn. Plant

The eMotor that powers the Nissan Leaf has more than one mile of copper wiring inside. Currently those motors are assembled in Japan. Soon, however, Nissan's eMotor will be produced in Decherd, Tenn., about 70 miles away from where Nissan will build the 2013 Nissan

The Superb Outdoor - A rugged new look for Skoda's popular Estate

Skoda has boosted the appeal of the award-winning Superb Estate with a new variant designed to offer outstanding grip in the most demanding winter conditions.

With unpredictable weather on the way, the Skoda Superb Outdoor is the perfect car for the colder

Jaguar Land Rover offers the motor industry's most advanced digital vehicle showroom

Jaguar Land Rover has harnessed advanced digital technology to offer its customers virtual 'hands-on' access to its model ranges, breaking free from the limitations that dictate what can be displayed in a conventional showroom. The system, Virtual Experience, is

Volvo Car Corporation improves safety with communicating cars

Enabling vehicles to communicate with each other and with the traffic environment opens up fantastic possibilities. Vital information can be shared and exchanged - creating a safer and more comfortable drive.

This is why Volvo Car Corporation joined the Car 2 Car

Vauxhall launches van-tastic DAB upgrade

Vauxhall van drivers can now tune in to the latest audio entertainment, with Vauxhall's excellent value DAB upgrades, available for Astravan, Corsavan, New Combo, Vivaro and Movano.

Offering crystal-clear reception of national and regional radio stations, Digital

Swansea City FC has teamed up with Infiniti Centre Reading

Barclays Premier League Club Swansea City FC has teamed up with Infiniti Centre Reading, owned by RYMCO, to become their official vehicle supplier.

Perfect partnerships are made when both parties share similar goals and are shooting in the same direction. Swansea

October 24, 2012

Land Rover provides desert training for Race2Recovery wounded soldiers rally team

The Race2Recovery (R2R) team of wounded soldiers planning to enter the 2013 Dakar Rally with support from Land Rover, successfully conducted a major desert training exercise - code named 'Bedouin Adventure' - in remote regions of Morocco.

By undertaking

October 23, 2012

KTM teams up with Top Gear Live for world record attempt

KTM has teamed up with the fearless Top Gear Live Stunt Team in aiming to establish an astonishing world record by completing the first double loop-the-loop on a motorbike at this week's Top Gear Live show at Birmingham's NEC (October 25-28).

In Durban, South Africa

Ducati opens subsidiary in Brazil

To further boost its growing success, Ducati has founded a subsidiary in Brazil, terminating its business relationship with the Izzo Group and starting 'Ducati do Brasil Industria e Comercio de Motocicletas Ltda.' This will enable the company to fully manage the distribution

Volkswagen and BASF present the first 'Science Award Electrochemistry'

The first international 'Science Award Electrochemistry' from BASF and Volkswagen goes to Dr. Naoaki Yabuuchi, Tokyo University of Science, Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan. The jury of experts from BASF, Volkswagen and representatives from

Ford Fiesta Van ECOnetic claims Green Award

Ford's Fiesta Van ECOnetic is the winner of the Green Van category at this year's British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards (BISVA), run by Thatcham. The Ford Fiesta Van has been awarded the top spot in the category for three years running.

The Green Van Award is

Craig Morrow wins Southern Group award for top service to the industry

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Southern Group of Motoring Writers (SGMW), Craig Morrow was given an Award for the 'Best Press Fleet Administrator' in the business.

"What journalists want in a car company's Press Fleet Administrator is good

West Midlands Fire Service adds Toyota Hilux to fleet

The West Midlands Fire Service is putting the Toyota Hilux Invincible to the test as part of a review of its fleet of Brigade Response Vehicles.

The fire service, which provides a fire and rescue response to a population of more than 2.7-million across an area of 350 square miles,

World premiere of the Volkswagen 'Taigun' concept at Sao Paulo International Motor Show

At the 2012 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil, Volkswagen is presenting the concept of a newly developed SUV in compact format in a world premiere, the Taigun.

Technically, the Taigun resembles the very contemporary New Small Family by Volkswagen, which

BMW Group plans plant in Brazil

The BMW Group plans to build a new plant in Brazil.

"We welcome the new framework for investments in Brazil, based on the recently adopted 'Inovar Auto' legislation. We have submitted an investment proposal for our planned new plant to the Brazilian Government," said

Ford opens major solar panel installation in Germany

Ford has opened a major solar panel installation in Merkenich-Cologne, Germany.

The solar panels installed on the roof of Ford's European Parts and Distribution Centre generate enough electricity to power 370 homes, producing 1,100 megawatt hours per year, and

Jaguar XF named Car of the Decade

The Jaguar XF has been awarded Car of the Decade by the Southern Group of Motoring Writers (SGMW), adding to its collection of more than 100 awards. The SGMW is made up of 30 motoring journalists, editors and authors, and the XF was awarded Car of the Decade at an

Ford Credit Chairman and CEO Mike Bannister to retire; Bernard Silverstone named as Successor

Ford Motor Company has announced that Mike Bannister, Executive Vice-President and Chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Credit Company, has elected to retire effective January 1, 2013, after 39 years of service.

Bannister, 62, will be succeeded by Bernard Silverstone,

Nissan increasing global motorsport presence, names Darren Cox and Jerry Hardcastle to key positions

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced two appointments for its motorsport activities covering global strategy and marketing communications.

Darren Cox will take on the role of Director, global motorsports for Nissan. The role has been specially created to reflect Nissan's continuing

Iveco named LGV Manufacturer of the Year

Iveco UK has been named LGV Manufacturer of the Year at the GreenFleet Awards 2012, beating off competition from joint runners-up Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Trucks.

Iveco secured the highly prestigious award, which focuses on the large goods vehicle segment

Honda (UK) takes Gold at 2012 Digital Impact Awards

Honda (UK) is celebrating a successful haul at the 2012 Digital Impact Awards - held at the well-known and prestigious, The Brewery, in central London.

Against strong competition from rival consumer brands, Honda scooped the Gold award in the

Volvo appoints Wakefield as its new Sales Director

Volvo Car UK has announced the appointment of Jon Wakefield to the position of Sales Director, effective October 22.

Wakefield joins the business from Fiat and Alfa Romeo where he was sales director. He will report to Volvo Car UK managing director Nick Connor.

October 22, 2012

BMW wins the 2012 DTM title

A dream come true - A fourth win of the season at the wheel of the BMW Bank M3 DTM in the tenth and final DTM race of the year saw Bruno Spengler (CA) win the drivers' title and cap an outstanding comeback season for BMW Motorsport. BMW also won the manufacturers'

Get behind Pudsey's Dream Wheels and help Peugeot Drive Funds for BBC Children in Need

Have you ever dreamt of building your dream wheels? Well now is the chance to design your very own set of dream wheels this month with Peugeot's online game designed to raise over £150,000 for BBC Children in Need. Thousands of children - along with all the family,

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