Ford Rumored to be Killing Off Mercury
According to a report by Bloomberg, Ford Motor Co. will begin taking steps to phase out the Mercury line, a staple on lots since 1939 when it was created by Edsel Ford.
House Committee Passes Stringent Auto Safety Bill
On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a sweeping auto-safety bill that would require, among other changes, the installation of brake-override systems and event data recorders similar to the "black boxes" used in airliners.
Chevy Volt to Interface with Google Smartphones
At Google's I/O developer conference held in San Francisco the week of May 17, General Motors and OnStar announced the integration of smartphone technology into their existing systems to provide remote car features including emergency services and anti-theft measures.
Obama Orders Development of Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation received directions today from President Barack Obama to begin to develop more stringent standards for fuel efficiency and emissions in cars and large trucks that would take effect in 2017 to both reduce pollution and to cut the country's dependence on imported oil.
Ford Tours 50 Cities with New Safety Tech
As part of its "Future of Safety" tour, scheduled to stop in more than 50 U.S. cities, Ford has unveiled technology that will disable a car's stereo system unless the seat belts are engaged, a feature aimed solidly at teenage drivers.
GM Posts Impressive 1Q Profit of $865 Million
From January through March 2010, General Motors posted an operating profit of $1.2 billion, matching the industry's 16 percent sales growth for the quarter in the United States and tallying a net profit of $865 million.
Ford Says Mulally Has Job Security
Speaking to shareholders at the company's annual meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, on May 13, 2010, Ford executive chairman, Bill Ford, said that CEO Alan Mulally, who will turn 65 in August, has a job as long as he wants one.
Second NHTSA Fine for Toyota Still Possible
During a visit to Toyota Motor Corp.'s headquarters in Japan, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he could not rule out the possibility of a second fine relative to Toyota's recent recalls.
Consumer Reports Lifts Don't Buy Warning on Lexus SUV
Consumer Reports issued a statement on Friday, May 2, 2010 removing the "don't buy" label the magazine placed on the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV in April when the vehicle failed to perform satisfactorily in handling tests.
Toyota Planning Retail Fuel-Cell Sedan by 2015
According to Yoshihiko Masuda, managing director for advanced autos at Toyota , the company has cut the cost of producing fuel-cell vehicles by 90% over previous estimates and hopes to debut a retail hydrogen model in the $50,000 price range.
VW to Debut All-Electric Golf in 2013
Volkswagen AG will bring a plug-in electric, the Golf Blue-E Motion, with zero emissions and lithium-ion batteries to North American in 2010.
The car's introduction is part of a broader plan for electrical vehicles, including a Jetta for Mexico and a Lavida for the Chinese market.