The week that was: Most important automotive headlines image

Here are the most important headlines from the automotive industry, for the week that has just past ( week 14 – march 1 – march 8 ):

March US Auto Sales up 17% – In the United States, most of the automakers including GM, Ford, Chrysler – all reported higher U.S. sales of new vehicles in March, helped by strong demand for models that …

Delphi Buys Back Stakes From GM – Auto parts supplier Delphi Automotive LLP said last week that the company is buying back ownership stakes from General Motors Co. and the federal government for more than $4 billion. Chief …

NASCAR Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 Results – Kevin Harvick succeeded to pick up his second-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win on Sunday as he held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. Two …

Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo to enter politics and leave Ferrari – Luca di Montezemolo is on the cusp of entering Italian politics and it could mean he vacates his role as Ferrari president. Mere days ago, the famous Maranello marque’s board …

Bugatti 16C Galibier sedan will enter in production – Bugatti, the maker of the world’s fastest production car, said it will produce the 16C Galibier sedan, adding a four-door model to its lineup. The Galibier, which premiered as a concept …

Toyota sold the one-millionth Prius in the U.S. – Toyota Motor Co. on Wednesday announced the sale the one-millionth sale of the Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid gas-electric vehicle, in the United States. Sales of the gasoline-electric hatchback, …

Say what? Ferrari Opus book to cost $275,000! – We all know that Ferrari is an expensive car. But how about a Ferrari book. What you’re looking at here is being called ‘the most exclusive book in the world’ …

JAPAN: Xirallic pigment available from June 1 – Germany’s Merck KGaA, the only producer of the metallic paint pigment Xirallic will resume production by June 1 in Japan. The factory in Onahama, is about 45 km from Tokyo Electric …

Elena Ford arrested for drunk driving – Elena Ford, director of global marketing, sales and service operations for the Ford Motor Company was arrested Sunday night for driving while intoxicated and child endangerment. The great-great granddaughter of Henry Ford …

Qatar may replace Bahrain on the F1 calendar - Qatar is in the picture as a permanent replacement for Bahrain. Qatar is ready to take the role as one of Formula 1-hosts in the Middle East and replace Bahrain. …

Mercedes Concept A-Class world premiere – Premium automaker Mercedes Benz has released the first images of its upcoming A-class replacement. First of all, the Concept A-Class is smaller than anything Mercedes has dared bring to …

Donald Trump to drive pace car at Indy 500 – Business magnate and potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump will lead 33 cars to the green flag as driver of the pace car at this year’s Indianapolis 500 on May 29. He’ll be …

Alert: Saab owes millions of Euros in unpaid bills – Several parts suppliers in Sweden have halted deliveries after Saab failed to pay them, according to the Swedish suppliers’ organisation FKG. “We’re starting to get really worried,” Christer Palm, chairman of …

Best ever March for BMW Group - The BMW Group sold more vehicles in March than ever before in a month. The company sold a total of 165,842 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles in the past month, …

Japan earthquake: Automaker to restart production at half of the capacity - Toyota, Nissan and Honda announced Friday that they would soon resume limited production at their plants in Japan, but the output would be at half of normal volume. On Thursday night, another big …