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India's Car Sales Zooms; Maruti Crosses 100,000 Mark
The Indian automobile industry registered a robust growth, with Maruti reporting, for the first time, more than 100,000 unit sales in May. Tata Motors and Hyundai Motors also achieved a higher sales growth for the month under review. On export front, Maruti edged up.

Machine Tools Get a Thrust From Recovering U.S. Economy
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - 06/01/10) - www.rothmanresearch.com - Emerging from the brunt of a recession, the machine tools industry is starting to see an upwards, improving trend as the U.S. economy continues its recovery course. This industry is heavily dependent on some key industrial sectors, like manufacturing, automobile and housing, which require ...

Machine Tools Get a Thrust From Recovering U.S. Economy
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - June 1, 2010) - www.rothmanresearch.com - Emerging from the brunt of a recession, the machine tools industry is starting to see an upwards, improving trend as the U.S. economy continues its recovery course. This industry is heavily dependent on some key industrial sectors, like manufacturing, automobile and housing, which ...

Akio Toyoda: Toyota's top car guy has a lifelong driving passion:
As Akio Toyoda climbed the ranks at the automaker his grandfather had founded, many Toyota Motor Corp. managers treated the scion with kid gloves.

Mustang ad blitz aims to beat Camaro:
Chevrolet Camaro sales have blazed ahead of the Ford Mustang through April. To catch up, Ford Motor Co. plans an aggressive advertising campaign.

Nissan says the Leaf electric car will snag Toyota Prius owners:
Owners of Toyota Motor Corp.'s fuel-efficient Prius hybrid will succumb to the charms of the Nissan Leaf electric sedan, predicts Nissan Division Vice President Al Castignetti.

Dealer's belief in Porsche led to $5 million store:
Car dealer Jack Daniels IV is used to seeing the grins on people's faces when they hear his name. And he's OK with it.

The 2010 Cadillac CTS Performance, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: The first thing I'd do is opt out of these seats. Yeah, I know they're Recaros and I guess to some that's supposed to mean performance or something, but frankly they're not that good.

2011 Nissan Juke, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

Analyzing the aftermath of F1 and Indy-car crashes, and GM's bankruptcy a year later, in News Brake for Tuesday, June 1:
In News Brake: We take another look at significant crashes at the Indy 500 and Turkish Grand Prix, Mercury products will likely melt away, and another look at the General Motors bankruptcy with the benefit of hindsight . . . But Wait, There's More!

Consumer Reports ranks the Kia Sorento third among small, midsize SUVs :
The 2011 Kia Sorento EX V6 now ranks third in the Consumer Reports ratings for small and midsize SUVs.

James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin featured at London auction:
Two 1964 Aston Martin DB5s were featured in the James Bond Goldfinger and Thunderball movies. One survives, and it's up for grabs at the RM Auctions Automobiles of London sale on Oct. 27.

Golden Bid: '007 Aston Martin to cross the block at London auction:
The sole surviving 1964 Aston Martin DB5 featured in the James Bond Goldfinger and Thunderball movies is up for grabs at the RM Auctions Automobiles of London sale on Oct. 27.

Government checks Ford sedans for gas pedals trapped by floor mats:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into reports of accelerator pedals being trapped by floor mats in the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans.

Saleen Sneak Peak:
With the magical five-point-oh menacingly back on the quarter panels of 'Stangs, it didn't take long for tuners to saddle up performance steeds for 2011.

Modern Vinyl: Ford rocks custom cladding for Mustang and F-150:
Looking to wrap your ride in a new identity? Ford is offering custom vinyl graphics for two of its spotlight vehicles--the Mustang and the F-150.

Market Commentary and Intraday News
(RTTNews) - South Africa's new vehicle sales continued to increase in May, a latest report by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NAAMSA) showed on Wednesday.

Research and Markets: Smart Grid Electric Vehicles: The Future of the Automobile Industry
DUBLIN----Research and Markets has announced the addition of GlobalData's new report "Smart Grid Electric Vehicles: Future of Automobile Industry" to their offering.

New BMW Art Car--the 17th--revealed for Le Mans:
WITH VIDEO -- Another BMW Art Car has been created and it's a stunner in the tradition of Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. It was revealed on Wednesday in Paris.

Research and Markets: China automobile manufacturing industry, 2010
DUBLIN----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "China automobile manufacturing industry, 2010" report to their offering.

Lexus LFA supercar is sold out, Toyota says:
Toyota has sold all 500 copies of the Lexus LFA supercar that it plans to build.

2010 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SL, an AW Drivers Log:
ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: Nissan gave the Sentra a light refresh for 2010 with new front fascia, grille, front and rear light housings and body-side molding with chrome inserts.

James Bond's Aston Martin will hit the auction block, and the new BMW Art Car is set for Le Mans, in News Brake for Tuesday, June 2:
In News Brake: James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 hits the auction block, Ford wraps its cars in modern vinyl, and BMW reveals a new Art Car . . . But Wait, There's More!

Mercury fading: A look back at some milestone cars:
Rarely do we at AutoWeek like to see a nameplate get deep-sixed. When one does, we enthusiasts get a little nostalgic.

End of the road for Mercury:
Mercury has stood for hot-rodding, performance, style and even feminine appeal during various points in its 72-year history. But ultimately, the failure to stand alone in the Ford Motor Co.'s family of brands spelled its demise.

New life for Lincoln from the ashes of Mercury:
The demise of Mercury has one potentially positive outcome for car world: a revitalization of Lincoln.

Mobile Digital Television Launch Gives Detroit Automakers Ideal Mobile Video Test Bed
With the Detroit television market among the leaders in the nation now launching Mobile Digital Television , product development teams in the automobile industry now have a local resource for testing reception of Mobile DTV -- the groundbreaking new service that delivers favorite broadcast TV programs to Mobile DTV devices including specially-equipped in-vehicle infotainment systems, mobile ...

Mobile Digital Television Launch Gives Detroit Automakers Ideal Mobile Video Test Bed
WDIV and WXYZ Among Leading Broadcast TV Stations in the Nation to Transmit Programming to Mobile DTV Devices read more

U.S. car sales surge 19 percent in May:
All major automakers except Toyota reported double-digit U.S. sales gains in May, as the light-vehicle sales rate hit its highest level since December.

2010 Subaru Tribeca Touring, an AW Drivers Log:
COPY EDITOR CYNTHIA L. OROSCO: I was impressed with this little ute as I walked up to it in the garage. Nice exterior lines. The Tribeca looks sporty, but it's also roomy inside.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze starts at $16,995:
The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, the next significant salvo into the small-car segment, will arrive in September with a base price of just $16,995.

New life for Lincoln, and test-driving the 2010 Subaru Tribeca, in News Brake for Thursday, June 3:
In News Brake: The end of Mercury spells a new path for Lincoln, U.S. sales look solid, and test-driving the 2010 Subaru Tribeca . . . But Wait, There's More!

Supercar Sunday is a high-octane breakfast treat:
WITH VIDEO -- There's always something cool to see at Supercar Sunday, usually a few hundred cool things to see.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga gets 2010 Chevrolet Corvette from GM:
Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga may have just missed a perfect game on Wednesday night, but General Motors tried to help make up for it--with a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

2010 Saab 9-5 Aero XWD, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

There's still hope for U.S. buyers who want a Lexus LFA:
Still dreaming of buying a Lexus LFA supercar? There's hope.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage price set:
The V12-powered version of the Aston Martin Vantage arrives in U.S. dealer showrooms late this year, toting a base sticker price of $181,345, which includes shipping charges and a $3,000 gas-guzzler tax.

LG Electronics Demonstrates Mobile DTV Receiver, Related Technology to Detroit Automaker Audience
DETROIT, June 3 -- With two local broadcasters in Detroit among the first in the country transmitting Mobile Digital Television signals, LG Electronics today demonstrated its industry-standard mobile DTV technology to representatives from the automobile industry and discussed how easy it will be to integrate Mobile DTV reception into existing and future car "infotainment" systems.

YCCD awarded $500,000 in stimulus dollars for automobile technology grant
MARYSVILLE This past month the North Central Counties Consortium (NCCC) was notified that it was one of five agencies awarded a grant to provide innovative employment and training services funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

7 amazing advances in new car technology
New car gadgets are driving the auto industry, including these amazing features coming soon.

Research and Markets: China Automobile Repairing Industry, 2010
DUBLIN----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "China automobile repairing industry, 2010" report to their offering.

2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X, an AW Flash Drive:
What is it?

BMW X3 reloaded:
BMW has revealed the first official details of its second-generation X3 prior to its world debut at the upcoming Paris motor show.

Driving the Dodge Viper ACR-X, and sticker prices for the Chevy Cruze, in News Brake for Friday, June 4:
In today's News Brake, we turn some hot laps in the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X race car, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage comes in at less than $200,000, and Chevrolet sets the sticker price on the Cruze . . . But Wait, There's More!

N.J. decal law upsets teens, parents:
A New Jersey law--the first of its kind in the country--requiring drivers younger than 21 to put a small red decal on their license plates has both teens and adults upset, according to a story on the Wall Street Journal Web site.

Latest GM shakeup shuffles execs in product planning, development:
General Motors Co. has reassigned dozens of product development executives and appointed new heads of global product planning, powertrain engineering and quality in its latest departmental shakeup.

Demand for construction machinery to soar as huge regional development continues
Demand for construction machinery in the Middle East is set to soar as the construction industry recovers from the economic downturn and the region forges ahead with major development.

Free of GM, Saab declares its independence:
Saab Automobile AB is reinventing itself as an independent automaker.

2010 Ford Taurus SEL, an AW Drivers Log:
COPY EDITOR CYNTHIA L. OROSCO: Being a former owner of a 1999 Taurus, I have to give props to Ford for the revamping. The new Taurus is a larger car, but all the good things remain in this incarnation.

Chrysler recalls Town and Country, Jeeps:
Chrysler is recalling 600,000 vehicles spread out over five models for a wide range of problems. The potential issues are doors that could catch on fire, brake troubles and sticky accelerators, Reuters reports.


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