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Archived Auto News and Events for March 2010

Ford, Microsoft Team for EV Management Application
The Ford Motor Co. and Microsoft have announced their plan to offer an online application geared toward helping owners of Ford's plug-in electric vehicles manage their home electricty as their cars recharge.
Cadillac to Unveil CTS-V Sports Wagon in New York
Cadillac will unveil the next addition to its V-Series at the New York auto show, the CTS-V Sport Wagon set to hit showrooms later this year with 556 hp under the hood courtesy of a supercharged, 6.2-liter V8.
GM to Increase Production of the Equinox Crossover
In response to increased consumer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox crossover, General Motors Co. will add a third shift to its plant in Oshawa, Ontario.
EMI Theory Suggested to Explain Toyota Acceleration Defects
Theories continue to abound to explain the unintended acceleration issues that prompted a massive recall of 8.5 million Toyota models globally, touched off a Congressional investigation, and created a public relations nightmare for the Japanese automaker.
Salaries for GM Executives to Be Curtailed
Kenneth Feinberg, the federal "pay czar" will release a list of 2010 compensation decisions this week affecting five U.S. companies, including General Motors, where pay is to be restricted due to their acceptance of government bailout funding.
Ford Places Well in Latest J.D. Power Rankings
In the latest reliability ratings issued by J.D. Power and Associates, Ford, Toyota, and Honda claimed the highest reliability rankings, with all three of Ford's domestic brands placing in the top eight.
Honda Recalls Select Odyssey and Element Models
Honda Motor Co. has announced the recall of approximately 344,000 Odyssey minivans and 68,000 Element SUVs spanning the model years 2007 and 2008 to repair potential issues with brake pedals feeling "soft" and slipping closer to the floor over time.
No Clues In March 8 Prius Acceleration Incident
Engineers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration drove a 2008 Prius allegedly involved in an incident of unintended acceleration last week in California, but have found no evidence either to support or disprove the driver's claims about the incident.
With Incentives, Toyota, GM See Improved March Market Share
According to a report by Edmunds.com, car sales for the month of March are moving briskly, thanks in part to new incentives offered by Toyota and General Motors.
Toyota Acceleration Incident in California Under Investigation
Two investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and representatives from Toyota Motor Corps. went to San Diego on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 to examine the details of an incident in which a Prius apparently sped out of control on a California freeway.
Toyota Denies Professor's Accelerator Theory
Two weeks ago David Gilbert, a professor of auto technology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, testified in Congressional hearings investigating the safety issues underlying the recent recalls of more than 8.5 million Toyota vehicles around the world.
Ford Touts Fuel Efficient 2011 Mustang
In the age of hybrids and EVs, Ford and Chevrolet remained locked in a contest of muscle cars, with the Chevy Camaro currently outselling the Ford Mustang.
GM's Bob Lutz to Retire on May 1
Controversial General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz will retire effective May 1, according to a statement released by the company. Lutz, 78, postponed his retirement in July in order to assist GM as it struggled to emerge from bankruptcy.
Toyota Woes Likely Slowed Industry Recovery for February
Although analysts predict that car sales for the month of February will be up from the 2009 figures, the series of Toyota recalls and subsequent bad publicity from allegations of long-term safety issues will most probably have slowed the rate of recovery in the auto industry.
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