Up for sale: Saab's heritage collection
More than 100 Saabs, from a 1947 Ursaab prototype to a 2010 9-5 sedan, are to be taken from the company's museum in Trollhattan, Sweden, and sold to the highest bidder. As part of an effort to liquidate the assets of the Swedish automaker, whose parent company declared bankruptcy in December, a Swedish law firm handling the bankruptcy process recently began soliciting bids for specific cars or for the whole collection. Included in the auction are a bright-red 95 station wagon with fins from 1959, a pearl-white 900 convertible from 1983, the 9X concept car from 2001 and the very rare 1956 Sonett sports car (shown).
— New York Times News Service
Auto-sale growth slows down in China
Vehicle sales in China rose a scant 2.5 percent in 2011, the slowest growth in over a decade, as higher prices and traffic controls kept buyers out of showrooms. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Thursday that total vehicle sales rose to 18.5 million last year, up from 18 million in 2010, when sales rose 32 percent. In contrast, U.S. auto sales jumped 10 percent to 12.8 million vehicles in 2011. China overtook the U.S. in 2009 as the biggest market by number of new vehicles sold.
— The Associated Press
Total recalls in U.S. fell in 2011
Overall car and truck recalls fell to the lowest level since 2008 last year, the government recently announced. In total, automakers called back 15.5 million vehicles — down from 20.1 million in 2010. The number of recall campaigns fell to 593 from 648 in 2010. Honda had the most recalls, followed by Toyota and Ford.
— Detroit News