General Motors Regains Sales Crown

After three years of being bested by Toyota, General Motors is once again the world’s best selling automaker. General Motors sold 9,025,942 in 2011, a 7.6 percent increase over last year’s figures. General Motors even bested Volkswagen, who have made it a public goal to become the biggest automaker on the block. Toyota trailed both GM and VW though, whose sales dropped 6 percent in 2011.

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ACB: Scion FR-S’ Predecessor

With Toyota’s new sports car arriving in dealers soon, it’s time to showcase the car that served as inspiration for the new Scion FR-S: the Toyota AE-86. If the Scion FR-S can have half the impact the AE-86 has on a generation of car enthusiasts, it will be a smashing success.

  

20 Cars to Look for in 2012

With the New Year brings new sheet metal and Bullz-Eye has identified 20 Cars to Look for in 2012!

Dodge Dart
Following the daft Dodge Caliber, Dodge is looking to redeem itself in the small car segment with the Dart. The Dart also marks the first fruit of Chrysler’s merger with Fiat, because underneath the Dodge skin lies Italian bones. And not just any bones either, but the platform of the Alfa Romeo Guilietta. The Dart will be powered by a host of new engines and transmission choices, also supplied by Fiat. No hatchback version will be offered, unfortunately, but the Dart is shaping up to be a serious contender in the small car marketplace.

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2012 Toyota Camry earns approval from Consumer Reports

Toyota’s 2012 Camry comes out of the gate with a recommend from Consumer Reports. Just a few years ago this wouldn’t be news but the world certainly has changed in the last few years! Regardless the new Camry could be the car that gets Toyota back on track and if recent sales figures are any indication things are looking up for Toyota in 2012.

From AutoNews.com:

LOS ANGELES (Bloomberg) — Toyota Motor Corp.’s revamped Camry, the best-selling sedan in the U.S., won a “recommended” review from Consumer Reports magazine, which has been critical of some of the Japanese automaker’s models.

The 2012 Camry, which went on sale in October, was evaluated for the February 2012 issue of the magazine published by Consumers Union, a non-profit group.

“The Camry has a nicer interior, more responsive handling, and better fuel economy than before,” the review said. “In fact, the four-cylinder model’s 27 mpg overall ties with the Hyundai Sonata for the best fuel economy among conventional gasoline-powered family sedans.”

Carmakers seek favorable reviews from the magazine as they are considered among the most objective because of its policies of accepting no advertising and buying every vehicle it tests. While Toyota has historically fared well in Consumer Reports reviews, the magazine said in 2007 it would scrutinize the brand more closely due to problems it found in the Tundra pickup, Lexus GS luxury car and previous V-6 engine Camry sedan.

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The competition has certainly changed for Toyota, as companies like Hyundai have really set the bar high, and older competitors like Ford and GM are also gunning for leaders like the Camry. American Toyota dealers and Toyota Canada dealers must be happy to get this positive news about the Camry.

  

More Prius, More Giving: Last Chance to Donate a Toy on Behalf of Toyota to Toys for Tots

Wanted to let everyone know that Toyota’s “More Prius. More Giving.” toy drive on Facebook is closing this Friday (12/23) and it’s your last chance to donate a toy on behalf of Toyota to Toys for Tots! And with participation as easy as a simple click and share on the Toyota Prius Facebook Page, there’s no excuse not to. If you haven’t already….

Donate A Toy With A Click.
Visit the “More Prius. More Giving.” tab on the Prius Facebook page (www.facebook.com/prius) and click to select one of five toys to donate on behalf of Toyota (completely free on your end!). The toy will then be virtually loaded into the Prius v and added to the total donation count. That’s it!

  

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