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Archived Auto News and Events for February 2011

Ford Issues Smaller Recall Than NHTSA Requested
On Tuesday, February 22, 2010, Ford Motor Co. announced the recall of 150,000 F-150 pickups in both the United States and Canada for a potential airbag issue.
Contest Chooses Prii as the Plural of Prius
From the introduction of the Prius hybrid a decade ago, Toyota has worked to make drivers feel they are part of a special "club." In keeping with that tradition, the company launched its Prius Goes Plural online campaign on January 10 at the North American International Auto Show, asking the public to help choose the appropriate plural form of the word "Prius.".
Nissan Leaf Rollout Slowed by Excessive Demand
When Nissan resumes orders for the all-electric Leaf, the company may still be forced to grapple with allocation issues that are slowing the rollout of the vehicle in its target markets.
Most Energy Efficient Cars in America Named
According to the annual list compiled by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the 2011 Honda Civic GX, which runs on compressed natural gas, is the "greenest" car in America, followed by the fully electric Nissan Leaf in second place, the Smart ForTwo in third, and the Toyota Prius in fourth.
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe to Appeal to New Customers
Next month at the Geneva auto show, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe will debut before going on sale in the U.S. in September. The four-seat coupe will be available with two engines, as the six-cylinder C350 and the four-cylinder C250.
Study Clears Toyota Electronics in Cases of Unintended Acceleration
On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, federal officials released the findings of a study conducted over the past ten months by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration into incidents of unintended acceleration in vehicles produced by Toyota Motor Corp.
Ford Sues Ferrari Over F150 Name
On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, the Ford Motor Co. filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Detroit against Ferrari S.p.A. and its American sales arm, charging misuse of the F-150 name as well as cyber piracy.
Voluntary Recall of Some 2011 Ford Explorers
In a voluntary recall by the Ford Motor Co. more than 1,800 Ford Explorers from the 2011 model year are being recalled due to a potential problem with the second row seats.
Mitsubishi to Build Outlander Sport at Illinois Plant
Starting in the summer of 2012, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will begin building the Outlander Sport crossover at the company's Normal, Ill. plant, a production investment of $100 million.
January Sales Gains Point to a Better 2011 for the Auto Industry
Auto sales in the United States rose 17 percent in January buoyed by the introduction of new models, a relaxation of credit terms, and renewed demand for larger vehicles including crossovers and big trucks.
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