October 8, 2010

Auto Briefs

Car of the Year finalists; Sabbs with BMW engines



Journalists name Car of the Year finalists
General Motors and Nissan cars lead the list of 14 vehicles being considered for the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The awards are unique in that they are awarded by automotive journalists from an array of media in the U.S. and Canada, rather than one publication. A Truck of the Year will also be named. The winners will be announced at January's Detroit auto show.

The car finalists: Audi A8, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata/2.0T/Hybrid, Infiniti M37/56, Jaguar XJ, Kia Optima (shown above), Mazda Mazda2, Nissan Juke, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen Jetta and Volvo S60.

The truck finalists: Dodge Durango, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Tucson, Infiniti QX56, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Lincoln MKX, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Sienna and Volkswagen Touareg.

--The Associated Press



Saabs may soon have BMW engines
Spyker, the new owner of Saab, says it has signed a deal with BMW for the German company to supply it with engines for future models. Spyker has been looking for an engine supplier for the upcoming Saab 9-4X SUV (shown at right) and a more general technology partner for an as-yet unnamed mini line. The deal would be a boon to Spyker, which lacks the resources to develop new lines without help from larger partners.

--The Associated Press


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