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Auto industry posts good sales despite bleak sentiment
New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Indian automobile industry Saturday showed good sales figures for September despite rising fuel prices, high interest rates and bleak global sentiment.

Auto industry posts good sales despite bleak sentiment
The Indian automobile industry Saturday showed good sales figures for September despite rising fuel prices, high interest rates and bleak global sentiment.

Auto industry posts good sales despite bleak sentiment
New Delhi, Oct 1: The Indian automobile industry Saturday showed good sales figures for September despite rising fuel prices, high interest rates and bleak global sentiment.

South Korea's Automobile, Oil Refining Industries To See Export Boom In Q4: Report
SEOUL, Oct 3 (Bernama) -- South Korea's automobile and oil refining industries are expected to enjoy a boom in exports in the fourth quarter of this year, underpinned by growing overseas demand, Yonhap news agency cited a report by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Monday.

Top car makers dole out discounts and free insurance this festive season
The automobile industry has witnessed serious slump in auto sales this quarter thanks to the rising fuel...

Fiat to build a 'baby' Jeep and a Fiat derivative in Italy
Fiat will build a "baby" Jeep in Italy to sell in Europe and possibly also the United States, two company sources told Automotive News Europe.

2012 Subaru Impreza, an Autoweek Flash Drive car review
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Women on top in the South
Whether it is in medicine, hospitals or the testosterone-dominated world of tractors, a surprising number of women have inherited the top job down south. Here is the first in a series on women who have taken charge of a traditionally male-dominated world.

Chrysler, GM sales jump on strong pickup, crossover demand
Chrysler Group and General Motors, overcoming economic jitters and aided by large pickups, crossovers and new models, posted higher September sales on Monday. Chrysler's sales rose 27 percent last month, while GM had a 20 percent gain.

Land Rover upgrades warranty program on pre-owned vehicles

Three Lexus special editions arriving before the new year
Lexus has rolled out three special-edition models. They aren't F-branded as we hoped, but they do come with some sporty touches.

Research and Markets: 2011 Report on the $150 Billion US Automobile Parts Manufacturing Industry
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Automobile Parts Manufacturing" report to their offering.

Research and Markets: 2011 Report on the $150 Billion US Automobile Parts Manufacturing Industry
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.co has announced the addition of the "Automobile Parts Manufacturing" report to their offering. The US auto parts manufacturing industry consists of about 4,000 companies with combined annual revenue of more than $150 billion. Large companies include ArvinMeritor, Dana, Delphi ...

FCoE, GPON markets surge Global TV firms support full HD 3D glasses initiative Cisco, VMware partner on network ...
The automobile industry has spent countless years and has devoted a great deal of resources to create efficient and sophisticated wired in-vehicle networks. Now, it is taking ambitious and innovative strides to integrate wireless technologies with existing wired in-vehicle communications.

Autoweek archives: Pontiac Firebird Type K wagon
This Autoweek archives piece comes from March 1980, when Bob Irvin and Bob Hall explored the fabled--and failed--Pontiac Trans Am wagon.

AUTOWEEK TV: The Chevy Caprice PPV is back on the beat
Also in this episode: Fiat plans to build a

Cuba loosens some limits on selling cars
For decades, driving down the streets of Cuba was like entering an automotive time warp. The streets are full of cars from the 1950s, and there's virtually nothing modern.

Producer explores the Buick Grand National in Black Air documentary
The Buick Grand National is one of those cars that most car fans have a story about. Its production numbers are some of the lowest in Buick history--today, they're rarer than ever.

2011 Lexus IS-F, an Autoweek Drivers Log Car Review
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: What a nice platform--ride and handling on this 2011

Nissan Juke-R: What happens when a GT-R and a crossover get too cozy
Shoehorning a twin-turbo V6 from a Nissan GT-R into the little

Tesla has room to grow with the Model S sedan, Calif. factory
We got a brief ride in a prototype of the Tesla Model S all-electric sedan, and as far as we could tell from the passenger seat, it seemed like a luxury performance bargain for just $57,400.

Ford to add, retain 12,000 jobs, invest $16B under UAW pact
Ford Motor Co. said today it will add or retain 12,000 U.S. jobs as part of $16 billion in planned investments under its new labor agreement with the UAW.

AUTOWEEK TV: The Lexus IS-F, a Video Drivers Log
Also in today's show: U.S. sales are in, Fiat heads to SEMA and Kasey Kahne looks to next season.

Gilt Groupe promotes Land Rover deal
The Gilt Groupe puts people in glamorous gowns and swanky hotel rooms at steep discounts. Now, the e-commerce site is putting customers in the driver's seat of fancy cars.

September sales hint at improvement
A 10 percent increase in new-vehicle sales in September is sparking optimism that the year will have a strong finish.

Ford shifts redesigned Escape to all four-cylinder engine lineup
Serious changes are in store for the Ford Escape SUV when the redesigned model rolls out at the Los Angeles auto show in November.

South Africa: Strong Gains for Vehicles in September
Vehicle sales in September registered strong gains, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NAAMSA) said.

2011 Dodge Caliber Rush, an Autoweek Drivers Log Car Review
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: I'm willing to throw a "most improved player" award to the Dodge Caliber.

Rocky Mountain High: Stretching out an Aston Martin Rapide around Aspen
Like many middle-age married men, most of the year is spent working, running kids around to various events and successfully dodging the long list of home projects that never seem to get done.

Mercedes-Benz buys naming rights to the Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans' Louisiana Superdome, home at one time or another to Super Bowl champions and Hurricane Katrina refugees, is now home to a luxury-car brand. The arena was renamed the

2012 Chevrolet Colorado revealed in production trim
Chevrolet staged the global reveal of its next-generation midsize pickup truck, called the Colorado, on Wednesday in Thailand.

Electric-car guru steps down from AC Propulsion
Electric-car innovator Tom Gage resigned the morning of Oct. 5 from California company AC Propulsion, Autoweek has learned.

GM, regulators, settle gas gauge glitch
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. automobile industry regulators said they have reached a settlement with General Motors Co. concerning faulty fuel gauges in 867,337 SUVs.

GM to offer car sharing via mobile app and OnStar
General Motors has partnered with a San Francisco-based start-up company named RelayRides to enter the car-sharing business.

White is the most popular car color
White is the most popular vehicle color in the world, followed by black and silver, according to car-paint supplier PPG Industries.

Concours d'Elegance of America selects 2012 classes
The Concours d'Elegance of America has announced classes for its 2012 event in Plymouth, Mich., where more than 300 cars are expected to be on display.

2012 Ferrari 458 Spider, an Autoweek Flash Drive Car Review
What is it?

AUTOWEEK TV: Breast-cancer fundraiser is a smashing success
Also in this episode: RM plans to auction off a rare Packard, Nissan transplants the heart of a GT-R into a Juke, and Ferrari is rolling on its 2012 Formula One car.

Argentina's September Automobile Production +9.1% To 79,977 Units
Argentina's September Automobile Production +9.1% To 79,977 Units

Novitec ups the ante on the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale
The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale might be leading in the vowels-per-word category, but on power it's slightly down--especially when you put it next to its Italian brethren. German tuner Novitec has a 646-hp solution for that.

McLaren slows MP4-12C production for fixes
British supercar maker McLaren has slowed production of the MP4-12C because of quality issues. The company says that the problems are not safety- or performance-related.

Porsche names Norbert Singer grand marshal for Rennsport Reunion
Porsche has named longtime race-car engineer Norbert Singer the grand marshal for the Rennsport Reunion IV on Oct. 14 at the Mazda Raceway.

Danville concours honors Phil Hill
"Cool Cars for a Cause" is the slogan for the Danville (Calif.

Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles top road frustration study
Weather, crashes, traffic and attitude--these are the things that make our commutes unbearable. Now, the RoadIntel.com Web site has ranked cities based on its "road frustration index."

Mini and Miles Ahead team up for teen driving school at Indy
Mini has teamed up with new teen driving school Miles Ahead to bring licensed youth to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and train them to drive properly.

Auto firms keep target
The local automobile industry still believes vehicle production will reach earlier forecasts of 1.8 million units this year despite the effects of widespread flooding, including in manufacturing areas.

Video: Track-day fun in the Lexus LFA
As promised, the third installment in our supercar video extravaganza--after the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the

Video shows Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 lapping the Nürburgring in 7 minutes, 41.27 seconds
General Motors has been in Germany, testing the most powerful Chevrolet Camaro ever produced.

AUTOWEEK TV: First impressions of driving the Ferrari 458 Spider
Also in this episode: McLaren slows production of the MP4-12C to fix glitches, Ford shifts to an all four-cylinder lineup for the

Hershey auction and swap meet gets under way
The Hershey Auction in Pennsylvania is in full swing on Thursday, and our friends from Hagerty Insurance are there.


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