2012/07

2013 Lexus LS (US model)

2013 Lexus LS Photo Gallery

July 31, Lexus unveiled the 2013 LS in San Francisco for the first time to the public.
It's above-average customer satisfaction ranking industry brand

J.D. Power Report: Japanese brands top 3 in Chinese after-sales service customer satisfaction

J.D Power and Associates conducted a customer satisfaction survey for automotive service in China for 2012. Japanese brands dominated the top three in the overall satisfaction rankings.
Mitsubishi's road to Pike's Peak 2012

2012 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb: Mitsubishi's development

Mitsubushi Motors is planning on competing at this year's Pike's Peak International Hill Climb.
New Nissan Pathfinder debut on Nissan North America's official Facebook page

New Nissan Pathfinder Picture Gallery

Nissan Motors has released images of the Pathfinder, which originally debuted as a concept vehicle at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January.
And as Chairman of the ACEA (Association of European motors) from 2012, Fiat and Chrysler Group Sergio Marchionne-CEO

VW asks for the resignation of ACEA president, Marchionne

Sergio Marchionne is the president of the ACEA (European Automotive Manufacturers Association) as well as being the Fiat CEO and in charge of the Chrysler Group. News surfaced that the Volkswagen Group has requested ACEA president, Marchionne, to resign.
Ferrari CEO, Luca di Montezemolo

Ferrari CEO, Montezemolo, expresses gratitude towards journalists

Even now, after Fernando Alonso won his third race this season, Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo's concern about the team's chances this season remains strong. After Alonso had his second win in Valencia, Montezemolo made comments emphasizing the need to avoid being overconfident and being careful not to underestimate Ferrari's opponents. After Alonso's third win at Hockenheim, he warns against disregarding the potential of the other teams.
Honda Jazz Hybrid

Honda begins sales of Jazz Hybrid in Thailand

On July 26th, Honda Automobile Company, Ltd. (HATC) announced the release of the Jazz Hybrid (sold in Japan as the Fit Hybrid) in Thailand. The Jazz Hybrid is the second Honda hybrid vehicle to be manufactured abroad, following the U.S.-produced Acura ILX.
North America Toyota's new Camery

Toyota ranks highest in new car sales for first half of 2012, leaves GM behind

Toyota Motor Corporation announced on July 25 the figures for their worldwide new car sales for the first half of 2012 (January through June). With the results from GM and the Volkswagen Group also released, it was shown that Toyota retook the top spot for the first time in two years.
Lotus Elise S

Did Volkswagen propose to acquire British Lotus Cars?

News surfaced that Volkswagen Group has proposed the acquisition of Lotus Cars, a company that has recently reported a decrease in profitability.
Kia Karens

2012 Paris Motor Show: Kia may debut new compact MPV, Carens

An affiliate of South Korea's Hyundai Motors, Kia Motors may announce the new model Carens at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which opens in September in France.
Toyota Spade Modellista

New Toyota Spade Debut: Wild and Solid Customization by Modellista

Toyota Modellista International has a new lineup of customized items with the theme "Wild and Solid," along with a full model change for the Toyota Spade.
VW Polo

VW Polo Review: "Greener Technology for greener gas mileage" by Hiroshi Matsushita

The Polo added a model that uses Blue Motion technology such as a start/stop system (idling stop mechanism) and a brake energy regeneration system to its 1.2 liter TSI engine.
Toyota Prius PHV

Toyota Prius PHV: "Peace of Mind Doesn't Rely on Electric Power" by Tomohiko Tsutsumi

I test drove the Prius PHV for a few days. The hybrid-type car itself has high praise on a daily basis for being a smart car, but I was more interested in the PHV.
Aston Martin Vanquish

Rumors of Aston Martin to run Toyota engines in the future, LFA V10 a possibility

UK-based supercar maker, Aston Martin, may start using Toyota engines for its cars in the future.
Nissan Note Medalist

New Nissan Note Announcement: "Medalist" to be top grade

Nissan held a debut event of its new Note for the media in Yokahama on July 16.
New Nissan Note world premiere

New Nissan Note Announcement: VP express confidence in car line-up

July 16 - Takao Katakiri, executive vice president of Nissan, showed his confidence in the new Note, which premiered in Yokohama, to compete in the compact car market saying, "Our new model will put up a good fight as it top top-class fuel efficiency and functions built-in covering all areas."
Subaru Exiga tS

Subaru Exiga tS, an STI tuned MPV

Subaru Technical International, the motor-sports division of Fuji Heavy Industries, will began the sales of the Exiga TS on July 3, a limited edition complete car based on the Exiga 2.0 GT with only 300 vehicles available.
The Mazda RX-8's real world fuel consumption rating

Real World Fuel Consumption Ranking: Discontinued sports car showdown

Production of the rotary sport RX-8 has come to an end this past month. With the contraction of the market, fuel efficiency regulations that get stricter by the year, and countermeasures for exhaust fumes, etc., the situation surrounding sports cars is strict.
Chevrolet Beach Party

Chevrolet Beach Party Picture Gallery

From July 14 to 16, GM Japan set up a beach party at Koshigoe bay in Kamakura city.
Honda Fit Hybrid based Pucheko

Honda Smile Mission: The talking car, Pucheko

Pucheko is a car that conducts conversations through linking Google's voice recognition system and its own independent pronunciation system. The vehicle is based on the Honda Fit Hybrid.
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