Archive for October 27th, 2011

Group 1 profit up 13 pct on higher new car prices – BusinessWeek

Group 1 profit up 13 pct on higher new car prices
BusinessWeek
Group 1 Automotive's net income jumped 13 percent during the third quarter, the company said Tuesday, thanks to higher prices for new cars and record profits from its finance and insurance businesses. The Houston auto dealership chain posted earnings
Group 1 Forecasts Healthy U.S. Auto SalesWall Street Journal

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NHRA: Ron Capps brings a new car to Las Vegas – Motorsport.com

NHRA: Ron Capps brings a new car to Las Vegas
Motorsport.com
LAS VEGAS, October 24, 2011 – Ron Capps hopes his new NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car carries him into the winner's circle at the conclusion of this weekend's 11th-annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals here on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor

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New Study Finds Younger Generations Not as Loyal as Parents – Auto Remarketing

New Study Finds Younger Generations Not as Loyal as Parents
Auto Remarketing
The Gfk Automotive Intentions and Purchases Study — which monitors consumer demand for vehicles — showed that car buyers from the X and Y generations may be more concerned with new technology and electronics than automobiles. Moreover, according to
Younger Automobile Buyers Not as Brand Loyal as Older CounterpartsMarketWatch (press release)

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Scion 2012 iQ review: Everything’s compact except the price – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times
Scion 2012 iQ review: Everything's compact except the price
Los Angeles Times
But its base price of $15995 is higher than for bigger cars such as the Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota's own Yaris. The 2012 Scion iQ's 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine makes 94 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque,

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Daimler Q3 hit by weak cars business in Europe – Reuters


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Daimler Q3 hit by weak cars business in Europe
Reuters
DE) reported weaker than expected third-quarter operating profit as sales of its luxury cars in Western Europe were hit by the economic downturn. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) dropped 19 percent to 1.97 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in the
Daimler Profit Falls for First Time Since 2009Bloomberg
Daimler Remains on Course: Very Successful Third Quarter, Group EBIT From MarketWatch (press release)
Daimler Q3 Profit Drops On ChargesRTT News

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Plastic, Fantastic $36000 Lexus Hybrid Outdrives Prius: Cars – BusinessWeek


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Plastic, Fantastic $36000 Lexus Hybrid Outdrives Prius: Cars
BusinessWeek
The car nearly constitutes its own brand — you hardly have to mention that it comes from the Toyota Motor Company. The Prius stands for an age of pragmatism where technology rules over passion. Nobody would call the Prius a joyful ride;
Review: 2012 Lexus CT 200h offers pleasing fuel-economy with a little excitementeGMCarTech
VIP Auto Salon Lexus IS 350CMotorward

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Green Car Journal Names Finalists for 2012 Green Car of the Year Award – Utility Products


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Green Car Journal Names Finalists for 2012 Green Car of the Year Award
Utility Products
Green Car Journal announced its five finalists for the 2012 Green Car of the Year award. For the seventh consecutive year, the Company said the Green Car of the Year honors environmental leadership in the automotive field, with the winner being
Envelope, please: The Green Car of the Year awardsMother Nature Network (blog)
Phelan's cornerDetroit Free Press

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Car tech: The connected car arrives – Computerworld


Computerworld
Car tech: The connected car arrives
Computerworld
Computerworld – Automobile technology has become so advanced that today's cars are essentially computers with wheels. So why aren't we using them to surf the Web, communicate with other cars or order food at nearby restaurants?

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Plate racing is ‘Jersey Shore’ on wheels – ESPN (blog)

Plate racing is 'Jersey Shore' on wheels
ESPN (blog)
"It's real easy for these cars to get outside of tolerance. "It's a tight tolerance that we're held in. It doesn't take much to be a few thousands [of an inch] off and have NASCAR raise an eyebrow. Just being proactive, I just told Jimmie, 'Look,

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2011 Annual Car Reliability Survey: Most reliable American cars – ConsumerReports.org


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2011 Annual Car Reliability Survey: Most reliable American cars
ConsumerReports.org
(Of course, defining what is an “American” car can be a challenge.) The results show that there are some very reliable US-branded models, but they also remind of potential risks with buying first-year models. Below is a list of vehicles with the
Japan Cars Top Consumer Reports 2011 RankingsABC News (blog)
Consumer Reports' Most Reliable Cars of 2011MSN Autos
Consumer Reports cars 2011 finds Ford droppingProduct Reviews
Chicago Tribune –MotorTrend Magazine (blog)
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