Chrysler Group reported that its net profits have quadrupled in the first quarter of 2012, compared with the first quarter of 2011, for a total of $473 million. It was the company’s largest quarterly profit in 13 years. It is another strong indication that the post-bailout automotive industry is heartily rebounding. Steepest gain of any Read on! →


The 2012 Beijing International Auto Show is all dressed up in chrome, reports the Wall Street Journal. Chinese automotive enthusiasts like chrome grilles, “the more garish and Gothic the better,” notes WSJ. The vehicles that will be on display until May 2 have grille “bling” in spades. Putting on the fancy face David Goggins, an Read on! →


Nissan Motor Co. recently said “no” to producing Infiniti vehicles in Japan, but as Automotive News reports, China has received a resounding yes. Nissan has announced that it will begin building its premium Infiniti brand in China by 2014, in order to gain ground on the competition that has already established a foothold in the Read on! →


Despite being more fuel efficient than their gasoline counterparts, American buyers haven’t traditionally opted for diesel-fueled vehicles. However, a growing number of people are starting to buy them, as clean diesel cars sales are up 35 percent so far this year. Oil burners catching on Diesel cars haven’t really caught on in the United States Read on! →


Robert Davis, senior vice president of Mazda U.S. operations, met with Car and Driver recently to discuss the Japanese automaker’s future research and development plans for its trademark rotary engines. He also talked about the phasing-out of V6 engines, among other topics. Synonymous with rotary engines Davis made it clear that the rotary engine is Read on! →


Ever the social media maven among automakers, Ford has done it again. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford has produced an application for Facebook entitled Plug N Play in Electric City with the 2012 Focus Electric. The app allows consumers to take a virtual trip in a Focus Electric, with the hope that it Read on! →


For parents, there are few things more important than safe-guarding their child’s safety while driving. A British company has created a new seat, called the Carkoon, which uses an airbag to shield the occupant in the event of a crash. The hidden danger Thousands of people die every year from injuries sustained in car crashes, Read on! →


Self-driving vehicles will be a reality by 2020, according to former General Motors research and development chief Larry Burns. At the University of Michigan’s Robotics Day, Burns spoke of the not-too-distant day when fleets of self-driving cars will transport people wherever they need to go, then immediately travel to the next destination to serve another Read on! →


Many have been wondering whether Tesla Motors is going to deliver on its promise of electric cars beyond the Roadster. Despite a few corporate wobbles, the company says the Model S electric sedan is on schedule for delivery. Gearing up for expansion Tesla Motors made a name for itself some years ago with the Roadster, Read on! →


General Motors, the world’s leading automaker, said Tuesday that it will hold back production of Chevrolet’s plug-in hybrid hatchback Volt for three weeks this summer. This is in addition to the current hold on production, which continues until April 23. Business as usual, in part This is business as usual, at least in part. Many Read on! →