August 14, 2009

Auto Briefs

Nissan turns over a zero-emission Leaf and Ford's F-150 remains the top seller

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf. (Itsuo Inouye / AP)

Nissan's electric car takes center stage
Nissan debuted the zero-emission electric car it will bring to the U.S. next year at its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, last week. The Leaf -- a hatchback with a sporty design and a recharging opening in the front -- will have a range of 100 miles on a single battery charge. The company says it will be about the same price as a gas-engine car such as the $10,000 Versa. Nissan received a $1.6 billion loan from the U.S. Department of Energy to modify its Tennessee-based plant to produce electric vehicles and batteries to power them, with production starting in 2012.

--Associated Press

Ford F-150


F-150 remains top selling vehicle in July
The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold, with last's month rank in parentheses:
1. Ford F-series, 36,327 (1)
2. Toyota Camry/Solara, 33,974 (2)
3. Honda Civic, 30,037 (5)
4. Honda Accord, 29,774 (4)
5. Toyota Corolla/Matrix, 29,774 (6)
6. Chevrolet Silverado, 27,617 (3)
7. Ford Focus, 21,830 (-)
8. Ford Escape, 20,241 (9)
9. Nissan Altima, 19,252 (8)
10. Toyota Prius, 19,173 (-)

--Associated Press


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