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In rural Mississippi, awaiting a green dream car (Los Angeles Times)
A hybrid and electric auto plant was promised in Tunica County last year -- welcome news as the recession takes a toll on the vital casino industry here. But the automotive developer has been quiet. Here in this Mississippi Delta county, they are waiting for the return of the slender man in the elegant suit -- the one who spoke, in a heavy Chinese accent, of a promise that couldn't have been ...

Transport Canada admits GPS is safety risk but fails to regulate (CBC.ca)
Transport Canada has identified the use of GPS devices as a threat to road safety but after six years of consultation with industry and safety groups has done nothing to regulate them, a CBC news investigation found.

Spirit of cautious optimism about economy emerges, especially in auto industry (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
As the U.S. moves out of one of the worst recessions experienced in decades, positive signs are on the increase. Financial conditions are improving and consumer confidence, though not completely revived, is encouraging. Federal and state stimulus monies continue to flow into the economy, and the real estate market is expected to enjoy a relatively strong spring. Like many sectors, a spirit of ...

Toyota says dealers will begin repairing faulty pedals this week:
Toyota Motor Corp. has developed a dealer remedy to fix faulty accelerator pedals in 2.3 million recalled vehicles and will start repairs this week.

S Korea to expand investment in original tech R&D (People's Daily)
South Korea is expected to invest 1.6 trillion won (1.37 billion U.S. dollars) in research and development (R&D) to beef up its original technology and clean energy sector in 2010, the government said Monday. According to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, it seeks to pour the planned fund into the original technology sector, including automobile, information technology (IT), robot, and material ...

With Increasing Urbanization And Growing Demand For Quality Food, The Food Processing Industry Is Growing At Rapid ... (OfficialWire)
De-licensing in 1991 put the Indian automobile industry on a new growth trajectory, which attracted foreign auto giants to set up their production facilities in the country to take advantage of various benefits it offers.

Grand National Roadster Show 2010: Possessed for victory--and just in time:
The car that won almost didn't make it to the show.

Japan's auto sales grow at fastest pace in decades (AFP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
Japan's new automobile sales rebounded in January at the fastest pace in decades thanks to government incentives to buy fuel-efficient cars, an industry group said Monday.

10 Years at AW, 10 Favorite Cars:
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of my having a desk at One AutoWeek Tower. Looking back on the past decade, I thought about all of the greats cars I've had the chance to drive.

Geneva auto show: Mazda announces 20th Anniversary MX-5 :
In true Mazda fashion, the Japanese carmaker will celebrate its latest MX-5 milestone with another special-edition model. The MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition will make its world debut at the Geneva auto show in March.

The 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i, an AW Drivers Log:
COPY EDITOR CYNTHIA L. OROSCO: This Subie got a lot of looks over the weekend from family and friends at a party. Many were surprised when they found out it was a Subaru; they thought it was a luxury car.

Silicon Valley and the Rust Belt – A Combined Solution to Separate Problems (Renewable Energy World)
While the solar industry continues to grow, it has faced serious obstacles to large-scale adoption. Obviously, given the current economic climate, financing is still a major hurdle. Still, a lingering issue from before the economic collapse is scalability -- the U.S. still lacks the facilities needed to churn out solar systems on a nation-wide scale.

Toyota ready to fix gas pedals, and who grabbed the AMBR, in News Brake for Monday, Feb. 1:
In today's News Brake: Toyota says its dealers are ready to fix gas pedals, a dark horse is victorious at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, and the winner of this year's AMBR trophy almost missed the show . . . But Wait, There's More!

Toyota in Chicago: Full steam ahead:
With all of Toyota's trials and tribulations, the company said it still plans to hold a press conference at the Chicago auto show, scheduled for Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. Toyota officials told AutoWeek they are "still working on the details."

Car sales in Japan rebound at fastest pace in decades (Business Times (Malaysia))
TOKYO: Japan's new automobile sales rebounded in January at the fastest pace in decades thanks to government incentives to buy fuel-efficient cars, an industry group said yesterday. Sales of new cars, trucks and buses in Japan came to 238,362 vehicles, marking a rise of 36.8 per cent from a year earlier, excluding mini-vehicles with engines up to 660cc, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association ...

Car sales in Japan rebound at fastest pace in decades (Business Times (Malaysia))
TOKYO: Japan's new automobile sales rebounded in January at the fastest pace in decades thanks to government incentives to buy fuel-efficient cars, an industry group said yesterday.

Business › January auto sales in Japan rise 36.8% (Japan Today)
Japan's new automobile sales in January rose 36.8% from a year earlier to 238,362 units for the sixth consecutive month of growth, an industry body…

Auto sales surged 37% in January (The Japan Times)
New automobile sales jumped 36.8 percent to 238,362 units in January, logging the sixth consecutive month of growth, an industry body said Monday. Compared with a year ago, sales of cars, excluding minivehicles with engines smaller than 660cc, surged 42.8 percent to 219,844 units, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said.

Business Highlights (San Francisco Chronicle)
Toyota tells dealers parts on way to fix pedals WASHINGTON (AP) _ Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its dealers should get parts to fix a sticky gas pedal problem by the end of this week as the automaker apologized to customers and tried to bring an end to a... Toyota - Automobile pedal - Associated Press - Automotive industry - Business

The AW list: 10 best cars to modify:
For many, a car right off the showroom floor just isnand#8217;t good enough. Luckily, thereand#8217;s the aftermarket to help cars make more power, handle better and (sometimes) look better.

Spyker announces future product plans for Saab:
Spyker revealed its product plans for Saab on Monday, and they envision a core lineup of three or four model lines rooted in a premium image.

The 2010 Honda Insight EX, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I liked the old Insight two-seater with the weird rear-wheel skirts and the funky styling. This car drives like a long-wheelbase version of that, which is essentially what it is.

Car sales rev up industry hopes (News 24 South Africa)
A big swing of 41.28% in new vehicle sales between December 2009 and January 2010 has caught experts by surprise as data exceeded market expectations.

Leading Edge Measurement Technology Helps to Prevent Product Recalls (ThomasNet)
Monitoring the screwdriving assembly process to detect errors sooner Product recalls are the fear of every industry. Automobile defects are especially in the public eye. An automobile recall is mandatory when stemming from an unforeseen, unavoidable and imminent threat to personal safety. When a particular vehicle type is identified as a risk, the original automobile manufacturer will initiate a ...

Hyundai throws one to Favre for Super Bowl ad:
It's easy to be funny in a Super Bowl ad when things are going good. And things are going good for Hyundai, so it's bringing the funny this Sunday.

A preview of future Saab products, and the Ferrari 599XX hits the track, in News Brake for Tuesday, Feb. 2:
In News Brake: Saab has products in the pipeline, an Apple cofounder weighs in on Toyota, and the Ferrari 599XX hits the track . . . But Wait, There's More!

Feds look at Toyota electronics as source of acceleration defects:
The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into whether Toyota Motor Corp.'

Parts of O'Quinn car collection to be sold at RM auctions:
Batches of cars from the extensive collection of Texas attorney John O'Quinn--one of the most impressive collections of classic sheetmetal since William Harrah's--will cross the auction block this spring at a pair of RM Auction events.

US Jan. auto sales rise; safety fears trip Toyota (San Francisco Chronicle)
The U.S. auto industry rebounded from last January's sales collapse with one big exception: Toyota, which lost an estimated 20,000 sales after it stopped selling eight models because of defective gas pedals. Last month, U.S. sales of cars and light trucks... Toyota - Automobile - Ford Motor Company - Automobile pedal - Sport utility vehicle

AP Interview: LaHood Says Toyota Slow to Respond (ABC News)
AP Interview: US Transportation chief says Toyota 'a little safety deaf' on gas pedal problems Toyota - Ray LaHood - Automobile pedal - Recreation - Autos

US auto industry revs up in January, but safety worries put brakes on Toyota (The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News)
DETROIT - The U.S. auto industry rebounded from last January's sales collapse with one big exception: Toyota, which lost an estimated 20,000 sales after it stopped selling eight models because of defective gas pedals.

US auto industry revs up in January, but safety worries put brakes on Toyota (Canadian Business)
DETROIT - The U.S. auto industry rebounded from last January's sales collapse with one big exception: Toyota, which lost an estimated 20,000 sales

Euklid CAD/CAM Is Latest Application To Benefit From Siemens PLM Software's D-Cubed 2D DCM (PlantAutomation.com)
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and Euklid CAD/CAM AG, a leading provider of specialized computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) solutions, recently announced the release of Siemens PLM Software's 2D Dimensional Constraint Manager (2D DCM ...

U.S. auto industry rebounds (The Post and Courier)
DETROIT -- The U.S. auto industry rebounded from last January's sales collapse with one big exception: Toyota, which lost an estimated 20,000 sales after it stopped selling eight models because of defective gas pedals.

Automobile industry perched for exceptional growth (Zawya)
MUSCAT -- The automobile industry is all set to gallop into an unprecedented growth given the fact that the economic scenario is slowly but steadily recovering globally, says Shaikh Ahmed Suhail Bahawan, Chairman, Al Jenaibi International Automobiles.

Toyota ordered by Japan to address Prius brake complaints:
Toyota Motor Corp., already grappling with recalls totaling 8.

The 2010 Nissan GT-R Premium, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT JONATHAN WONG: It's been nearly a year since I drove a GT-R, and the memory of its performance had faded enough for me to not lust for it as I sit in my cubicle at work or drive less superior cars home and not constantly...

Geneva auto show: Kia Sportage set for reveal:
The world premiere of the all-new Kia Sportage is set for the Geneva motor show in March. The Sportage sports a dramatic makeover that helps should bolster the Korean brand's image.

Czech Republic Automobile Sector (OfficialWire)
Automobile sector is an integral and important part of the Czech Republic economy. The geographical proximity of the country with other European countries provides it an inherent advantage for companies to tap the regional automobile market.

2011 Audi A8: An AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

A first look at the new Kia Sportage, and more troubles for Toyota, in News Brake for Wednesday, Feb. 3:
In today's News Brake: The new Kia Sportage is set for a Geneva debut, Ford and GM post sales gains in January, and there's more trouble for Toyota . . . But Wait, There's More!

The 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3, an AW Drivers Log:
MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC MORRISON: I had a lot of fun in this car over the holidays.

Hertz Selected as MOTOR TREND and AUTOMOBILE Magazine Exclusive Car Rental Partner (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. & PARK RIDGE, N.J.----The Hertz Corporation and Source Interlink Media, owner of MOTOR TREND and AUTOMOBILE Magazine, today announced an agreement for Hertz to feature MOTOR TREND’s 2010 Car of the Year®, the Ford Fusion, in its consumer rental and leasing fleet.

EPA on Track to Release Automobile,' Tailoring' Rules in March (New York Times)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- U.S. EPA's air chief said today the agency would roll out greenhouse gas emission standards for automobiles...

Toyota: Vehicles with no sticky pedals are safe (San Francisco Chronicle)
Toyota says recalled vehicles that have not experienced problems with their accelerator pedals are safe to drive. The automaker's comments come after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that Toyota owners should stop driving recalled Toyota cars and... Toyota - Ray LaHood - United States Secretary of Transportation - Automotive industry - Automobile

Industry hopes govts role as growth catalyst will continue (Express India)
The Indian auto sector has witnessed a much stronger growth in the first nine months of the last fiscal year, as compared to the American and European markets.

Porsche to Sponsor Upcoming 'The Allure of the Automobile' Exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum of Art (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
When a nationally renowned fine art museum is showcasing cars as masterpieces of art in your home town you pay attention. Â When you are Porsche you become a patron and help welcome the cars that represent the industry's most incredible designs.

Auto show kicks off in Grand Rapids Thursday (WWMT 3 Kalamazoo)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The 2010 Michigan International Auto Show is kicking off Thursday in Grand Rapids. The event will last four days at DeVos Place, and is being called the largest show in the automobile industry.

Porsche to Sponsor Upcoming 'The Allure of the Automobile' Exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum of Art (The Auto Channel)
ATLANTA, Feb. 3 -- When a nationally renowned fine art museum is showcasing cars as masterpieces of art in your home town you pay attention. When you are Porsche you become a patron and help welcome the cars that represent the industry's most incredible designs.

Toyota conducted fix of Prius brakes but didn't notify drivers:
Toyota Motor Corp., under fire from fresh quality complaints about its popular Prius hybrid, says it conducted a software fix to address reports of slipping brakes.


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