December 28, 2013

Dave Zuchowski named President/CEO of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America announced that President and Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik will step down upon the successful completion of his contract on December 31, 2013. Dave Zuchowski, Executive Vice-President of Sales, will assume the position of President

December 27, 2013

Honda begins motorcycle sales in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Honda Private Limited (BHL), Honda's motorcycle business joint-venture in Bangladesh, began sales of Honda motorcycle products in Bangladesh. Prior to the start of sales, BHL began local production of the CD80 in this October. These motorcycle models

Sahara Force India announces technical partnership with Motegi Racing

Sahara Force India announced the beginning of a new technical partnership with Motegi Racing, the high performance wheel brand.

The new partnership will see the team's 2014 car fitted with wheels carrying the iconic Motegi Racing brand. Sahara Force India

December 24, 2013

The all-new Lexus RC set to launch 'In the Red' at NAIAS 2014

Not even Rudolph's nose can compare to the striking red paint on the all-new RC Coupe. A more dynamic red exterior paint color is made brighter and with more contrast due to an entirely new painting process, using a two-color base of both silver and red.

Anders-Sundt Jensen to be Head of Marketing Communications with the Volkswagen Passenger Cars

Anders-Sundt Jensen (52) has been appointed as the new Head of Marketing Communications for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with effect from January 1, 2014. In this function, he is to succeed Giovanni Perosino (49), who has been appointed

December 23, 2013

Volvo S80 awarded a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

The Volvo S80 sedan has earned a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ accolade by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Previously, the Volvo S60, XC60 and XC90 received a 2013 Top Safety Pick+ ranking, when IIHS extended its scope by integrating the small overlap test

December 21, 2013

Paul Willcox appointed as Chairman for Nissan Europe

Nissan announced the appointment of Paul Willcox as Chairman for Nissan's Europe region.

The appointment is part of senior management and organisational changes designed to further strengthen operations in Europe and globally. Willcox will report to Trevor Mann,

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 make its world debut at Geneva Motor Show 2014

A new era is beginning for Automobili Lamborghini and the luxury super sports car segment - with the brand new Huracan Lamborghini is not only presenting the successor to the iconic Gallardo, but is also redefining the benchmark for luxury super sports cars in this segment.

First 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport delivered

The first Cadillac CTS Vsport produced has been delivered to the high bidder in an auction to benefit the SAE Foundation's support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM, education programs.

Tim and Pat Whited of Nederland, Colo.,

Honda to debut all-new 2015 Fit at North American International Auto Show 2014

Honda will take the wraps off the all-new 2015 Fit at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 13. Honda will showcase significant advancements designed to further extend Fit's status as the benchmark vehicle in the subcompact-car

Paul Willis to take over as Managing Director of Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd.

Paul Willis is to take over as Managing Director of Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd. from February 1, 2014, replacing Paul Willcox who leaves the company with immediate effect.

Willis headed up the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand between February

2014 Kia Soul earns National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 5-star safety rating

Kia Motors America's (KMA) popular urban passenger vehicle, the all-new 2014 Soul, has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) 5-star overall safety rating. With its extensive list of standard safety features and use of

December 20, 2013

Qoros opens its first flagship dealer in Shanghai

Qoros, opened its first purpose-built Shanghai dealership - Shanghai Guanshan Automobile Sales and Service Co., Ltd. As the company's first dealership in a first-tier city, the 4,000 m2 site spearheads a new phase of growth for the brand's developing dealer

McLaren North America expands retailer network with five additional locations

McLaren North America announced the continued expansion of the retailer network, with the appointment of five new authorised retailers. The four locations in the US and one in Canada will take the network to 15 retailers representing the North American market.

2014 Chevrolet Spark named a IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark is a Top Safety Pick in its first year of eligibility, and is the only vehicle in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety mini car segment to earn the rating in 2014 model year testing.

Spark achieved highest possible 'good' scores in the IIHS's

Aston Martin and Daimler sign technical partnership agreements

Daimler AG and Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. have signed an agreement for a significant technical partnership between Daimler, Mercedes-AMG GmbH, a 100 per cent subsidiary and high-performance brand of German automotive corporation Daimler

Lexus to introduce all-new F performance coupe at NAIAS 2014

Half the doors, twice the roar. Lexus will unleash its upcoming F model as a coupe, conceived with grit, an entirely new expression of design and uncompromising performance. The official name of this two-door F model will be released in early January 2014.

The next F will

Toyota appoints new communications leadership in North America

Toyota recently announced executive appointments within the North American corporate communications group, another major step in building a more unified and integrated function.

"Toyota is fortunate to have such talented leadership on our communications team,"

December 19, 2013

Seat UK appoints Peter McDonald as Head of Fleet

Seat UK has appointed Peter McDonald as Head of Fleet, starting in January 2014. Peter moves to the role having been Head of Planning for Seat UK since 2009.

Born and bred in Australia, Peter studied commerce at the University of Western Australia, Perth, graduating

Toyota Fuel Cell Concept Sedan debuts at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will debut the FCV, a sedan based fuel cell vehicle, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The reveal will feature the North America debut of the concept vehicle as well as an introduction to the fuel cell 'test mule', which logged

North American International Auto Show announces 2014 poster contest winners

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced the winners of its annual high school poster contest held in conjunction with the upcoming 2014 show, which takes place January 13-26 at Cobo Center in Detroit. This year's contest drew a record 989 entries from

Hyundai Grand wins the 'Indian Car of Year 2014' award

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. has won the most coveted Indian Car of the Year 2014 (ICOTY) award for the newly launched Grand. Grand has created a new benchmark in terms of quality, features and technology offering higher value proposition to Indian customers.


Kia to unveil sports concept in Detroit at NAIAS 2014

Kia is set to unveil a stunning sports car concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Conceived and designed by Kia's California-based team at Irvine, the 2+2 sports car is aimed at delivering head-turning looks whilst providing superb

BMW of North America announces corporate communications leadership change

BMW Group in the US announced a change in its North America senior management team effective January 1, 2014.

Alexander Bilgeri, currently Head of Business, Finance and Sustainability Communications for the BMW Group in Munich, will become Vice-President, Corporate

Zenos Cars to reveal ultra-lightweight sports car at Autosport International

The world will meet the brand new ultra-light Zenos E10 sports car for the first time next month at Europe's largest dedicated motorsport trade show, Autosport International.

On January 9-12, 2014 at Birmingham's NEC, the first model from Zenos Cars, a partnership between

December 18, 2013

Joe Eberhardt appointed President, Jaguar Land Rover North America

Joachim W. (Joe) Eberhardt has been appointed to the position of President - Jaguar Land Rover North America effective. Eberhardt comes to Jaguar Land Rover North America with global industry and retail experience, including executive leadership sales, marketing and service

Aston Martin to launch in Mexico

Aston Martin is set to add to the company's dealership reach across the Americas by opening a new dedicated showroom in Mexico City, marking the British brand's first foray in the country.

Opening for business in quarter one 2014, Aston Martin Mexico City will launch

December 17, 2013

Nissan establishes new joint-venture in the Philippines

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML) announced the establishment of Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), a new joint-venture formed with long time partners Universal Motors Corporation (UMC) and Nissan Motor Philippines, Inc. (NMPI).

NPI, to be headquartered in Manila,

2014 Buick LaCrosse earns five-star NHTSA safety score

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse has received the highest possible 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program.

"Safety is one of the pillars of the Buick brand and our flagship continues

Groundbreaking ceremony for new BMW Group plant in Brazil

BMW Group has hosted an official function to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new plant in Brazil. The event took place at the new plant grounds in Araquari, Santa Catarina with participation of Michel Temer, the Vice-President of the Federative Republic

General Motors invests nearly US$ 1.3-billion for five US plant upgrades

General Motors will invest nearly US$ 1.3-billion in five manufacturing sites in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to produce new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, enhance vehicle quality and streamline logistics. The investments combined will create or retain about 1,000

Renault signed new joint-venture with Dongfeng in China; will establish new manufacturing plant

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault, and Xu Ping, Chairman of Dongfeng Motor, signed a contract for the creation of a new joint-venture company for localised production in China - Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC).

Hyundai Motor India to hike prices across all models

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) announced the price increase across all its models.

"In these adverse market conditions there is continuous increase in input costs on account of rupee depreciation and inflationary trends, this has made the price increase inevitable.

December 13, 2013

BMW Group to provide 1,000 new permanent contracts in its UK manufacturing plants

BMW Group has announced the provision of 1,000 new permanent BMW contracts across its four UK manufacturing plants.

The Group's Mini plant in Oxford is set to benefit from the majority of the new contracts but the Group's pressings plant in Swindon, engine

December 12, 2013

Renault India opens new showroom in Bangalore

Renault India Pvt. Ltd. expanded its sales network with the inauguration of Renault J. P. Nagar in Bangalore. With this, Renault dealerships in the garden city have reached to four. The state-of-the-art showroom is spread across 5,000 sq ft for customers to choose from Renault's

Ducati to enter the Indian market

In response to growing demand and in order to reorganise its distribution network, Ducati has decided to establish an official presence in the Indian market, an important step to further boost its global presence and position amongst the world's premium motorcycle manufacturers.

MG appoints new dealer in Spalding

MG's latest dealer in Spalding took an order for an MG3 even before being appointed!

W.H. Brand has now been officially appointed as the MG dealer covering the Spalding and Peterborough areas of Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.

"We were MG Rover dealers for many

December 11, 2013

Dan Akerson to retire in January 2014, Mary Barra to become next GM CEO; more senior changes too

General Motors announced that Dan Akerson, who guided today's GM to record profits and dramatic improvement in vehicle quality while closing the chapter on government ownership in the company, will step down as Chairman and CEO on January 15, 2014.

Bajaj launches Pulsar 200NS with new range of colours

Bajaj Auto has launched the Pulsar 200NS with new range of dual-tone colours. The new range is all set to re-define the sporty & sought-after design of the Pulsar 200NS.

The new Pulsar 200NS range will now offer Pulsar enthusiasts four colour options to choose from; full

Renault India set to increase price in January

Renault India Pvt. Ltd. announced the plans to increase price on its existing product range from January 2014. The hike will be in line with industry standards. The hike is due to the swelling inputs cost, which has further driven up the cost of components.

"Due to unavoidable

December 10, 2013

Huston-Tillotson University students win Ford HBCU Community Challenge Competition

Armed with four unique proposals and an infectious passion for building a sustainable community, student team finalists from Fayetteville State University, Howard University, Huston-Tillotson University and Tuskegee University descended on Ford World Headquarters last

Lexus Eco Challenge finalists conquer conservation and climate issues to win US$ 10,000

Trading cell phones for calculators, and fashion trends for lab coats, 32 middle and high school teams were selected as finalists for the Lexus Eco Challenge - claiming a US$ 10,000 prize to be shared among the team, teacher and school. The winners will now compete in the

Renault and Orange partnerships to explore uses for 4G on future vehicles

The partnership provides Renault and Orange with a real-life testing framework for exploring new connectivity applications on vehicles using high-speed technologies.

Tomorrow's vehicles will be hyper-connected. Everywhere, where driving circumstances permit,

December 08, 2013

Volvo Cars appoints Bodil Eriksson as Executive Vice-President Marketing, Brand & Communications, Volvo Cars North America

Bodil Eriksson, currently Senior Vice-President Corporate Communications for Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars), has been appointed Executive Vice-President for Volvo Cars North America (VCNA), in a new role as overall responsible for Marketing, Brand

December 06, 2013

Apollo Tyres introduces its premium European brand Vredestein in India

Apollo Tyres announced the introduction of its premium European brand, Vredestein into India. Vredestein brand, known for its designer and high quality tyres, is entering India with tyre sizes of 15-inch to 20-inch, primarily catering to the luxury coupes,

December 05, 2013

GM announces US$ 24-million landfill gas investment

General Motors announced a US$ 24-million investment in electrical generation equipment that will allow the company to use more landfill gasat its Fort Wayne (Ind.) and Orion (Mich.) assembly plants.

The new equipment will generate more than 14 megawatts of electricity

Zydrunas Savickas pulls 12 Nissan Notes weighing 12,941 kg five metres; sets world record

The world's strongest man Zydrunas Savickas set a new Guinness world record for the 'Most Cars Pulled By One Man' when he towed 12 new Nissan Notes weighing in at a total 12,941 kg.

Savickas, five-times World Strongest Man champion and widely regarded as the one

Porsche launches special Platinum Edition of Cayenne in India

Porsche is upgrading the Cayenne six-cylinder models through a special series known as the Platinum Edition. The Cayenne and Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition come with unique exterior design features in Platinum Silver and a wider range of standard equipment.

The enhanced

Lotus Cars opens new Dubai showroom

Lotus Cars Middle East (the distributor for Lotus cars in the Middle East) is partnering with Trading Enterprises (part of the Al-Futtaim Group) to open the new showroom in Dubai called Lotus Dubai.

It is the latest showroom in the Lotus Cars Middle East portfolio,

Nico Hulkenberg returns to Sahara Force India with multi-year deal

Sahara Force India confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg will return to Sahara Force India in 2014 after agreeing a multi-year deal.

The 26-year-old German is no stranger to Sahara Force India having spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the team. The already strong working

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