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Archived Auto News and Events for April 2011

Volt, Leaf Return Outstanding Safety Test Performance
In comprehensive testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2011 Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt both garnered the highest rating (good) in each of four categories: front, side, and rear impact and rollover crashes.
Ford Expected to Post Best Quarterly Profit Since 1998
The Ford Motor Co. will report its first-quarter profit tomorrow and may well post the biggest number the automaker has garnered since 1998. That gain will be due, in part, to an infusion of fuel-efficient models that are attracting buyers among consumers struggling to meet escalating gasoline prices.
Toyota Expects to Resume Full Production in November
In its first public announcement of a projected timetable for the resumption of full production capacity following the March 11 earthquake, Toyota has said it will be November before it can return to "business as usual" at home and abroad.
Chevrolet Malibu Line Gains an Eco Model
The next generation of the General Motors Chevrolet Malibu has gained an Eco version, which was unveiled by the automaker today. The car will get an estimated 38 mpg, putting it in a competitive class with many hybrids currently on the road.
Refreshed 2012 VW Beetle to Debut This Week
Volkswagen will debut the newly refreshed 2012 Beetle at auto shows in New York and Shanghai this week as well as at an exclusive, by-invitation-only Berlin event.
Resumption of Full Production Delayed Again at Toyota Plants
Toyota Motor Corp. has announced that it will build cars in Japan until June 3 at half its original estimated output, a move in response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that will likely cost the automaker an additional 120,000 production units.
Chrysler To Sell CNG Cars by 2017
During an interview with Bloomberg at the SAE 2011 World Congress on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, Bob Lee, vice president for engine and electrified propulsion systems for Chrysler Group LLC said the automaker plans to start selling vehicles powered by compressed natural gas by 2017.
Auto Industry Bracing for Months of Disruption
One month after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, three major automakers have curtailed their production in North America and ordering options are being restricted as entities throughout the industry brace for tight months ahead.
Toyota Set to Open Plants in Japan
According to a report by Bloomberg, Toyota will begin production at all of its factories in Japan on April 18 after halting operations in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
GM Idling Texas Plant on Friday
General Motors announced late this afternoon that it will be idling its SUV plant in Arlington Texas on Friday due to a shortage of parts. .

According to Enrique Flores, Jr, president of UAW Local 276, the union representing the Arlington workers, GM said it was cancelling two ten-hour overtime shifts that had originally been scheduled for April 8th.
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