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Polk's annual auto sales chart

Polk predicts auto sales will climb 6.7 percent in 2012, to 77.7 million globally

The automotive authority Polk expects new vehicle sales in 2012 to rise 6.7 percent over 2011 volumes to 77.7 million vehicles, even as sales of light vehicles in the U.S. slow. Polk analysts believe the global economy will come through the current European debt crisis and buyers will return to showrooms worldwide in 2012.
The Fisker Karma sedan

Fisker claims to be near completion of Karma battery recall

A123, the company that supplies the battery packs for the gorgeous new Fisker Karma recently discovered a possible coolant leak that could lead to electrical fires in the high tech sedan and today, Fisker issued a statement claiming that the majority of Karma electric sedans built thus far have had new battery packs installed through the new recall – just two weeks after the automaker was made aware of the problem.
Iron City Beer aluminum bottles

New investment strategy: fill your garage with compacted aluminum cans

In the process of complying with CAFE requirements automakers will essentially need to spend about $157 billion to double their fleet’s fuel efficiency. This will likely lead to years of rising sales for makers of aluminum body panels, turbochargers and other light weight components.
Ford Lincoln MKS

Ford taking 30 percent of the water out of auto manufacturing

Ford is beginning 2012 with an aggressive plan to reduce the amount of water used in the fabrication of vehicles and continue the drive to efficiency not only in their vehicle lineup, but the manufacturing process as well. The new goal calls for a 30 percent reduction globally by 2015 of the amount of water used per vehicle in 2009.

LA’s New Year’s arsonist arrested

The first arrest has been made in Los Angeles thought to be the person responsible for 50 different incidents of setting vehicles on fire, some spreading to nearby structures, now estimated to have caused $2 million in damage. So far, no one has been injured in the incidents caused by the New Year’s arsonist. A reward of $60,000 has been set for information leading to the capture and prosecution of the perpetrators.
Honda is the mfgr with a CNG model, a version of the Civic.

Natural gas fueling to get boost in 2012

The use of natural gas as a fuel for vehicles has not gotten far primarily due to the lack of refueling stations that deliver the compressed or liquid fuel. During 2012 and the next couple years, T. Boone Pickens, famed industrialist and proponent of natural gas usage, intends to install pumps at 150 truck stops nationwide to service the growing number of commercial vehicles capable of running on the liquid form of the gas.
The Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec Concept

GM issues 2012 Chevy Sonic recall for missing brake pads

General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced a fresh recall of select 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models because they may have been assembled without the proper number of brake pads – which could potentially lead to more damage to the braking system and decreased braking abilities.
The Lincoln Town Car was a standard limo from 1981 to 2011.

Termination of the Lincoln Town Car marks the end of an era

The Lincoln Town Car has been the standard bearer for the limousine industry in the U.S. and Canada for the last 30 years. Since its introduction in 1981, in standard production models and modified chauffeured variations, the Lincoln Town Car has delivered countless executives, officials and dignitaries to their respective destinations in elegance, comfort and style.

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