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Japan vehicle sales up (Straits Times)
TOKYO - NEW vehicle sales in Japan rose for the first time in 13 months in August from a year earlier, industry figures showed on Tuesday - the latest sign of improvement in the battered auto industry. The Japan Automobile Dealers Association said 198,265 new cars, trucks and buses were sold last month, an increase of 2.3 per cent on the year.

Industry : Related News (TruckingInfo.com)
9/1/2009 - Trailer Orders Gain 16 Percent From July 2008 Commercial trailer orders were up 16 percent in July from the same month of 2008, the first recorded year-over-year gain in 2009...

GM to close 46 Canadian Saturn stores by the end of the year:
Canada's Saturn stores will wind down by the end of the year as a result of automotive entrepreneur Roger Penske's purchase of the brand, General Motors Co. spokesman Stew Low said today.

Japan auto sales rise for first time in 13 months (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The Japanese are finally buying cars again. The country's auto sales in August rose for the first time in 13 months, as government subsidies and tax breaks helped lift demand. New vehicle sales, excluding minicars, climbed 2.3 percent from a year earlier to 198,265 units, an industry report showed Tuesday.

Japan auto sales rise for first time in 13 months (Newsday)
TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese are finally buying cars again. The country's auto sales in August rose for the first time in 13 months, as government subsidies and tax breaks helped lift demand. New vehicle sales, excluding minicars, climbed 2.3 percent from a year earlier to 198,265 units, an industry report showed Tuesday. Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest automaker, sold 90,802 vehicles ...

Honda Accord Crosstour joins lineup for 2010:
Part wagon, part crossover, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour was revealed Tuesday ahead of its launch this fall.

Kamaz automobile plant starts work after month’s holiday (Itar-Tass)
KAZAN, September 1 (Itar-Tass) - The Kama Automobile Plant (Kamaz) on Tuesday resumed operations after a month’s holiday, director of the company's information policy department Oleg Afanasyev told Itar-Tass.

Winners named in teen-safety video contest:

Will Porsche downsize, and Honda reveals the Crosstour, in News Brake for Tuesday, Sept. 1:
In today's News Brake: A British magazine says Porsche is in line for some downsizing; Honda unveils the Accord Crosstour wagon; and Lexus and Volvo show off new cars headed for Frankfurt ... But Wait, There's More!

Toyota Adviser Joins Casesa Shapiro Group (New York Times)
Dennis C. Cuneo may not be a household name, but to officials of state development agencies around the country, he’s the equivalent of Elvis. On Monday, Mr. Cuneo joined the Casesa Shapiro Group , an investment and analysis firm with deep roots in the automobile industry.

BMW wants to sell 1,000 of its fire-breathing hybrids in the U.S. :
It's literally a grand strategy: BMW is aiming to sell 1,000 of its new hybrids based on the 7-series and the X6 in their first year in the United States.

Toyota, Honda lead rise in car sales (The Japan Times)
Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. led the first rise in domestic auto sales in 13 months as government incentives and new hybrid models boosted demand, industry data showed Tuesday. Sales of cars, trucks and buses but not minicars rose 2.3 percent to 198,265 vehicles, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said. Read the full story

Local buyers cool to Cash for Clunkers rebate program (The Reedley Exponent)
The CARS program that the federal government called a 'lifeline to the automobile industry' was a mixed bag of results at the local level.

Culpeper residents get break on taxes (The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Sagging new car sales have hurt the automobile industry over the past year, but Detroit's loss will be the taxpayers' gain. Yesterday the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors voted to up the county's personal property tax relief from 35 percent to 39 percent for this fiscal year....

1910-2010: The RV Industry Celebrates 100 Years of Exploration and Innovation (The Auto Channel)
RESTON, Va., Sept. 1, 2009; A century ago, the popularization of the automobile, improving roads, and America's passion for exploration gave rise to mass-produced, manufactured recreation vehicles, and the RV industry was born.

Industry : Related News (TruckingInfo.com)
9/2/2009 - Analysts Offer Class 8 Sales Predictions Class 8 retail sales for 2009 and 2010 are expected to be worse than previously forecast, based on weaker year-to-date industry statistics...

2009 Chrysler 300C SRT8, an AutoWeek Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This car is an old-school hoot with its rear drive and big honkin' V8. The 425 hp figure on Chrysler's M/AMG equivalent is magical. That was the power output of the mighty 426 Hemi through the 1960s and '70s.

Mercedes to sell Sprinter vans through its own stores:
Mercedes-Benz USA is getting back into the commercial van business Jan. 1 and will appoint up to 120 dealers to sell Sprinter vehicles.

Hyundai unveils sketch of next Sonata:
The drawings show that Hyundai's approach to the Sonata design has been completely rethought.

August new vehicle sales fall 23,2% (Mail and Guardian)
South Africa total industry new vehicle sales declined by 23,2% year-on-year to 33 867 units in August, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) said on Wednesday.

Porsche 911 Sport Classic to debut at Frankfurt:
Porsche is planning some sports-car candy for the Frankfurt motor show: the limited-edition 911 Sport Classic, which blends styling cues from the brand's storied past with the always intoxicating notion of more power.

Area news briefs: Auto industry discussion coming to Shelby (Mansfield News Journal)
Mansfield City Schools will use the first of three state-approved waiver days Tuesday to provide professional development for teachers and support staff. Students will not be in school.

GPS device maps typically two years old (ZDNet)
From the mapping of roads to getting the maps updated and onto distribution channels such as garages, people can expect their maps to be over two years old, even on new devices. User-generated data may be the answer to the GPS navigation industry's problem of outdated maps on user...

Another new Porsche heads for Frankfurt and Hyundai sketches the Sonata, in News Brake for Wednesday, Sept. 2:
Porsche will bring the 911 Sport Classic to the Frankfurt motor show, the Sprinter changes brands, and Hyundai shows us the future of the Sonata . . . But Wait, There's More!

The Last Truck (Review) (Cincinnati CityBeat)
Area filmmakers document the closing of a GM plant The recent automobile industry narrative reads like a case study in stunning incompetence coupled with a complete disregard for the storied innovations and the hard work necessary to build such a legacy.

FE Editorial : Driving on momentum (Express India)
The recovery seen in the automobile industry over the past few months has now gained further momentum with all key companies reporting impressive sales in August.

International Automobile Dealers Announce Monthly Sales (The Auto Channel)
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) today released August 2009 sales figures for the international nameplate automobile industry.

Chery to Offer First Plug-In Electric Car in China Around June (Bloomberg)
Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Chery Automobile Co. , China’s largest maker of own-brand cars, will start selling its first plug-in electric model around June, as the government encourages automakers to offer more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Teen driving: Choosing a driving school:
Most states now require that a novice driver younger than 18 complete a driver's education program, so you need to sign up with a state-certified school.

Teen driving: Can computers teach us to drive?:
Can technology help us do a better job of training novice drivers? Note the term "novice," which is coming to replace "teen" as the focus of national concern about inexperienced drivers.

10 great and safe rides for teens:
Thinking about what's the best car for your teen when he or she faces the real word of driving? Here are some suggestions:

Ferrari exec to take over top post for Lotus:
A top executive is trading in his Ferrari red for the green of Lotus. Dany Bahar will take over as the CEO of the British sports-car maker on Oct. 1.

Fisichella will wear Ferrari red, and Cadillac's new wagon is a new standard, in News Brake for Thursday, Sept. 3:
In News Brake: Giancarlo Fisichella is the new man for Ferrari, Americans do like American cars, and we review the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon . . . But Wait, There's More!

Mini to showcase and#8216;Mission Control,' anniversary cars at Frankfurt:
Mini is celebrating its 50th birthday at the Frankfurt motor show with a nod to the past and a glimpse of the future.

Ford's maximum C for Frankfurt:
Ford will introduce the redesigned C-Max, which uses the automaker's first global C-segment platform, at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show.

Industry : Related News (TruckingInfo.com)
9/2/2009 - Analysts Offer Class 8 Sales Predictions Class 8 retail sales for 2009 and 2010 are expected to be worse than previously forecast, based on weaker year-to-date industry statistics...

Alabama gov plans industry hunting trip to Germany (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has announced plans for a five-day industry hunting trip to Germany. Riley announced plans for the trip Thursday after meeting with Germany's ambassador to the United States, Klaus Scharioth, and Counsel General Lutz Goergens.

Riley plans industry hunting trip to Germany (NBC 13 Birmingham)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has announced plans for a five-day industry hunting trip to Germany.

Alabama gov plans industry hunting trip to Germany (Boston Globe)
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has announced plans for a five-day industry hunting trip to Germany.

BMW Named Most Sustainable Automobile Company for 5th Year Straight (Auto Spies)
The SAM Group today published its latest evaluation for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). For the fifth consecutive year, it rated the BMW Group as the leader in its industry, making it the world’s most sustainable automobile manufacturer.

Bike makers helped to inspire auto industry (The Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
It was not the horse and buggy, locomotive or the steamboat that inspired the growth of the automotive industry. It was the bicycle and men who saw the worth of fast personal transportation.

Ferrari 458 Italia is the latest masterpiece from Maranello:
Ferrari has drawn from the visual spirit of the Enzo to create a power-packed replacement for the F430 that shuns the rounded curves of its past V8s in favor of chiseled, unmistakable aggression.

Audi A5 Sportback joins a growing lineup, but only in Europe for now:
Audi is shoehorning another model into its ever-expanding lineup--the A5 Sportback.

Ford's maximum C for Frankfurt:
Ford will introduce the redesigned C-Max, which uses the automaker's first global C-segment platform, at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show.

BMW's Vision EfficientDynamics concept bound for Frankfurt:
BMW has revealed a radical vision for its future performance-oriented models in a spectacularly styled concept car whose combination of M3-rivaling acceleration and Mini Cooper-beating fuel economy will likely make it one of the stars of this year's...

Mazda MX-5 roadster distilled to Superlight concept for Frankfurt:
Mazda's design and engineering team in Germany has taken the MX-5 roadster and boiled it down to its pure speedster form to create the Superlight concept. We'll get a close look at the car at the Frankfurt motor show.

Maserati GranCabrio is set for a Frankfurt debut, will go on sale this year:
Maserati will debut the GranCabrio, its first four-seat convertible, at the Frankfurt motor show.

BMW expands Mini lineup with two-seat coupe, roadster models:
Mini is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its original model by confirming plans for a new compact performance-oriented coupe.

Porsche 911 Sport Classic to debut at Frankfurt:
Porsche is planning some sports-car candy for the Frankfurt motor show: the limited-edition 911 Sport Classic, which blends styling cues from the brand's storied past with the always intoxicating notion of more power.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: The gullwing takes flight:
Before we reveal what it is like to hot-lap a prototype version of Mercedes-Benz's 6.2-liter V8-powered SLS around the 2.2-mile Sachsenring in eastern Germany, let us tell you one thing that puts the big rear-wheel-drive coupe into clear perspective.


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