takes a look at some of the top automotive related articles from 2012.
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NASCAR Has a New Champ
Brad Keselowski, the No. 2 team for Penske Racing
organization, captures the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
Brown Races to the Top
NHRA Top Fuel driver, Antron Brown, wins the 2012 NHRA Top
Fuel title. This makes Brown the first African American to win a
championship in any NHRA pro series in the sport’s 61-year history.
New Refrigerant Gets Cold Shoulder
Volkswagen joins Daimler in the fight against using A/C
in new vehicles.
MA Voters Like Right to Repair
In November, Massachusetts voters "resoundingly"
pass the Right to Repair ballot measure in their state.
BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen publicly state
that their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by the use of
E15. GM, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have also
stated that the use of E15 does not meet the fuel requirements in their owner’s
manuals and may void warranty coverage.
1 Million Hondas and Growing
In December, 25 years after the first U.S.-made Honda automobile was exported to overseas markets, associates at the company's
Marysville Auto Plant recently marked production of the 1 millionth Honda
automobile to be exported from the U.S. The silver 2013 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan
will be shipped to South Korea.
AAPEX Show Numbers Improve
The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) opened with
a colorful splash of orange and ended on a similar celebratory note with an
increase in the number of exhibitors and exhibits at the 2012 event.
WIX Crowns New Top Tech
Kim Brant from Joe’s Tire & Auto Sales (www.stjoeautoservice.com)
in St. Joseph, Mo., is named the second-annual WIX Filters Best Tech.
Toyota’s Window/Fire Recall Hits 2.5 Million Vehicles
In October, Toyota Motor Sales USA (TMS) has announces a
safety recall involving approximately 2.5 million vehicles to inspect and apply
a special fluorine grease to the driver's side Power Window Master Switch
(PWMS) to avoid a possible fire to the switch assembly.
In celebration of October Fall Car Care Month, more than 100
vehicles were inspected on Sunday, Oct. 7, during the first-ever consumer
vehicle check-up event hosted by the Car Care Council in conjunction with the
Northwood University International Auto Show in Midland, MI.
The states of California and Washington enact legislation to
limit the amount of copper and other constituents used in brake friction
MPG Standards Increased
The Obama Administration finalized groundbreaking standards
that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and
light-duty trucks by model year 2025.
Cruising into a Recall
In June, General Motors began recalling 413,418 Chevrolet
Cruzes in the U.S. for the 2011 and 2012 model years to modify the engine
shield under the vehicle. This change will help prevent any liquids from being
trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire could start and spread.
Focusing on Engine Efficiency
Ford's 999cc three-cylinder turbo engine is put to good use
as the powerplant in the Ford Focus, and is named the overall winner of the
International Engine of the Year Award.
Coming to a Pump Near You?
On June 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
gave approval to about 57 companies to begin selling gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15). Consumer reaction to the fuel
has been “mixed.”
Safebraking.com Hits the 'Net
a news website that tackles the difficult issue of safety in brakes with a
message that keeps visitors engaged, becomes the latest collaboration between
NUCAP and Babcox Media and harnesses the power of targeted and unique content.
Most Anticipated Car Museum Opens
In June, following two years of design and construction, the
Pacific Northwest’s newest attraction, the
LeMay America’s Car Museum
(ACM) debuts as thousands of people flowed into the 165,000-square-foot,
four-level museum with sweeping views above Tacoma, WA.
Losing a Legend
Carroll Hall Shelby, a man whose vision for performance
transformed the automobile industry, died at age 89 on May 10 in Dallas. Born
on Jan. 11, 1923, Shelby was one of America’s greatest success stories championship-winning
racecar driver, “flying sergeant” wartime pilot, philanthropist, entrepreneur,
car manufacturer and racing team owner.
Based on an analysis of U.S. vehicle registrations by Polk, a leading
global market intelligence firm, the average length of ownership of
vehicles that were purchased new has risen to a record 71.4 months, or
nearly six years.
Merging Print with Video
Babcox Media Inc. acquired Automotive Video Inc. (AVI), effective Jan. 1,
2012. AVI’s broad range of educational products for technicians and video
production capabilities adds to Babcox Media’s portfolio of media properties
and marketing services and allows the company to extend its reach farther throughout
the automotive aftermarket, tire, performance, collision, commercial trucking,
engine building and powersports markets.