Kia Motor Company plans to replace its under-performing Amanti sedan in the U.S. market with a new model, tentatively being called the Cadenza.
Tougher U.S. fuel efficiency standards, due to take effect in 2016, are forcing automakers like General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company to come up with creative ways to trim hundreds of pounds from their pickup trucks without sacrificing performance and towing capacity.
Korean automaker Hyundai-Kia and Germany’s Volkswagen AG are the big winners of this year’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash safety study.
Ford Motor Company will introduce its C-Max compact minivan to an American audience at next month’s Detroit auto show. J.D. Power & Associates estimates minivan sales in the U.S. will increase 52 percent, to 630,857 units, by 2012. Ford hopes the C-Max’s high fuel efficiency and low sticker price (starting below $27,220) will help it capture a share of that growing market.
The vehicles chosen as finalists for the 2011 North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards have been announced, and they reflect some interesting trends in the automotive industry.
Ford Motor Company predicts domestic, industry-wide sales to reach a seasonally adjusted annual rate of around 12 million vehicles this month.
Toyota Motor Corporation, BMW AG and Daimler AG may adopt Tesla Motors’ approach to powering their electric vehicles. Instead of the heavier, more expensive lithium-ion batteries produced specifically for electric vehicle use, California-based Tesla Motors Incorporated re-purposes lighter, cheaper lithium-ion batteries commonly used in laptop computers.
Instead of competing with Nissan, GM, Ford and others for its share of the electric vehicle market in the U.S., Fiat plans to push its natural gas engine technology. In Europe, Fiat owns the lion’s share of the natural gas powered vehicle market.
According to a new report by Bloomberg, nearly one quarter of all Ford and General Motors hybrids sold since President Barack Obama took office have been purchased by his administration in an attempt to offset waning consumer demand.