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GM to Extend Most Warranties for Saab
Honda Targets Aggressive U.S. Growth in 2012
How America Started Selling Cars Again
In a First, Chinese-Built Cars Arrive in North America
Wave Goodbye as These 2011 Car Models Vanish in 2012
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GM to Extend Most Warranties for Saab

General Motors Co. said Tuesday it will extend warranty coverage to owners of thousands of Saab vehicles sold before February 2010, while Saab's North American board met to decide its next steps. Saab spokeswoman Michele Tinson said the company has also stopped dealer incentive payments for vehicles at showrooms. Only a few thousand Saab vehicles are at its 188 U.S. dealer showrooms. GM spokesman Jim Cain said GM is working to notify Saab customers that it will step in. "In the event Saab cannot or will not fulfill its obligations to administer the warranty programs with its U.S. and Canadian dealers through Saab Cars North America or otherwise, GM will take necessary steps to ensure that remaining warranty obligations on Saab vehicles marketed by GM in the United States and Canada will be honored," he said.
Source: The Detroit News

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Honda Targets Aggressive U.S. Growth in 2012

Honda is eager for 2011 -- a year filled with trauma, tragedy and criticism -- to come to an end and has aggressive plans for growth next year, top executives said Tuesday. "Full speed ahead," is how John Mendel, executive vice president at American Honda, characterized the plan. The sales gains will be fueled by the new cars and trucks -- including an early revision of the Honda Civic -- as well as a full recovery from inventory problems it faced in 2011. In August, Consumer Reports magazine removed the Civic from its widely followed "recommended" list.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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How America Started Selling Cars Again

Ask any of the 11,000 people bustling around the Auburn Hills, Mich., headquarters of Chrysler Group why the automaker the U.S. government thought couldn't possibly survive now can't possibly fail, and the answer is "Because we have Sergio." Cross the Atlantic to Torino, Italy, and ask a similar question about the future of Fiat, Chrysler's majority owner, and you get this: "Because we have Marchionne." The difference is purely cultural--Americans use first names to refer to colleagues; Italians prefer last names. But they are talking about the same guy: Sergio Marchionne, the Man Who Saved the Car Business.
Source: TIME (subscription required)

Editor's note: For a PDF version of this TIME magazine cover story on the U.S. auto industry revival, click here. TIME, in partnership with NADA and Ally, will name its 2012 Dealer of the Year at the NADA-ATD Convention and Expo in Las Vegas Feb. 4.

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In a First, Chinese-Built Cars Arrive in North America

Chinese-made cars have quietly arrived in North America for the first time, but without the bamboo dashboards and quirky names that have adorned them at recent auto shows. The cars, in fact, are not even from the myriad Chinese automakers whose North American ambitions have been stymied by inferior quality and sometimes laughably poor performances in crash tests. Instead, the Japanese automaker Honda is crossing the threshold by importing subcompact cars into Canada from one of its plants in China. This month, Honda Canada began receiving its smallest model, the Fit, from China instead of Japan, as part of a strategy to produce more vehicles outside its home country.
Source: The New York Times

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Wave Goodbye as These 2011 Car Models Vanish in 2012

The last Ford Ranger rolled off the assembly line last week, but it's not the only model that's going to fade into automotive history. There's a pretty good list of 2011 models taking their final bows, not to be replaced by newer versions of the same model. And there could be more to come: It's looking a lot like the whole Saab line will be gone as well. For now, let's stick with these. Josh Max, reporting for the New York Daily News, has put together this list, to which we elaborate...
Source: USA Today

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"Full speed ahead."

     -- John Mendel, executive vice president at American Honda, characterizing the company's aggressive plans for growth next year, Detroit Free Press, Dec. 20




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