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China has overtaken the US to become the biggest car market in the world as government policy initiatives spur demand.

China sold more than 13.5m vehicles last year, the official Xinhua news agency said today, compared with 10.4m cars and light trucks sold in the US, the lowest level in 27 years.

10 Cool concept cars

Posted: November 10, 2009 in News

Concept cars came back – with a vengeance – after World War II when America entered a golden age of prosperity and rising expectations. Nothing said “New!” like the annual GM Motorama shows, where the public caught a glimpse of radical new designs and often bizarre trends. Today, concept cars are like fixtures of the automotive world, showcasing new ideas, designs and features, but most of them never make it to the street. What if they did?

Let’s look at a collection of 10 very cool concept cars from the past few years unveiled at motor shows around the world, and dream a little…

Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) said it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States, the company’s largest-ever U.S. recall, to address problems with a removable floor mat that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash. The recall will involve popular models such as the Toyota Camry, the top-selling passenger car in America, and the Toyota Prius, the best-selling gas-electric hybrid.

Toyota said it was still working with officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find a remedy to fix the problem and said owners could be notified about the recall as early as next week. Toyota spokesman Irv Miller said until the company finds a fix, owners should take out the removable floor mat on the driver’s side and not replace it.

Hero E-Sprint electric scooter launched

Posted: September 29, 2009 in News

Hero Electric, a Hero Group company owned by the Munjals, have announced the launch of what they call a high-speed electric two-wheeler – the Hero E-Sprint.

Considering that most electric scooters in India are low-powered contraptions that can touch 25-35 kmph and often do not need a license to ride, the Hero E-Spint is considered high-speed.That does not mean that this little electric scooter is a Kinetic / Mahindra Blaze. The E-sprint electric can touch a top speed of 45 kmph – that is it.

Foreign manufacturers widened their lead in overall “cash for clunkers” sales, with Toyota Motor Corp. increasing its share of overall sales.

Detroit’s Three automakers’ share of sales fell from 42.1 percent as of Aug. 14 to just 41 percent as of this morning in the $3 billion program.

We’ve all seen the potential havoc that an iPod can wreak — either through misuse or some general explosiveness — and it looks like we now might have yet another cautionary tale out of Sweden, where a Saab 9-3 recently met an unfortunate end.

While the exact, official cause of the blaze hasn’t quite been pegged down, investigators seem to strongly suspect that an iPod left in the car is to blame. (more…)

More than half of U.S. highway fatalities are related to deficient roadway conditions – a substantially more lethal factor than drunk driving, speeding or non-use of safety belts – according to a landmark study released. Ten roadway-related crashes occur every minute (5.3 million a year) and also contribute to 38 percent of non-fatal injuries, the report found. (more…)

Less than one week before Transformers 2: Rise of the Fallen goes into wide release in China, fans of the morphing vehicle-turned-robot movie franchise took to the streets of Beijing in full Bumblebee regalia.

What looks to be a well-organized event was put on by website, and it appears that they even managed to get General Motors’ Chevrolet division in on the act, with a new Bumblebee-spec Camaro to lead the procession of like-painted fan cars.

Toyota to become #1 in U.S.

Posted: June 22, 2009 in News, Toyota

The bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler are changing the landscape of the auto industry. The two U.S. companies are shuttering plants, shedding dealers and reducing their product lines.

As a result, Toyota Motors will become the largest seller of light vehicles in the U.S. It has held the top spot globally since last year.The Japanese auto maker won’t be the only beneficiary of the two companies’ woes. But in terms of status, market clout and bragging rights, Toyota will be the No. 1 winner. (more…)

Peugeot wins at Le Mans

Posted: June 15, 2009 in News, Peugeot

This year’s Le Mans event was won by French manufacturer Peugeot, whose three works entries dominated the event and took first and second place, finally breaking Audi’s five year reign.

Le Mans is Europe’s most famous and significant 24 hour racing event and to win it earns manufacturers and drivers an enormous amount of prestige. German manufacturer Audi has been top dog in the Le Mans series’, both in Europe and in America, but Peugeot took it to the German giant this weekend and snatched first and second positions from them.