US Auto Sales up 6%

U.S. auto sales picked up steam halfway through March and ended strong. 6% may not seem like huge growth. But after a 3% decline in January and a flat result in February, any sign of momentum is a good one for the industry.

Coming after many months of strong growth, the sluggish results earlier this year raised a troubling question in many investors’ minds: Was it just the weather keeping buyers away from car dealers, or was the economic tide starting to turn for the worse?

Several automakers made a point of saying on Tuesday that the pace of sales improved significantly in late March — a sign that maybe it really was “just the weather.”  As the weather continues to improve, hopefully auto sales do, too.

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Best Car Commercials of 2012

Some really awesome, creative ones in the running! Capitalizing on the popularity of car commercials, the advertising competition known as the One Show will make an appearance during the Detroit auto show next month to reveal its picks for the 10 greatest car commercials of the last 25 years.

A panel of more than 100 advertising and journalism professionals will judge 60 entries, and the top 10 will be announced on Jan. 15 during the press preview days for the Detroit auto show. The One Show will also announce a people’s choice award for the car commercial most loved by the public.

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Folding Car? Fact or Myth

These things are awesome! Ever tried to find a parking spot in New York City? If so, you’re probably still looking for one because your car is too big to squeeze into any of those tiny spaces that are available.

You might not have that problem if you had the Hiriko Fold city car, an uber-compact electric car that folds right up to shoehorn into the tightest of parking spots. If news of this pint-sized car quells your road rage with visions of vehicular bliss, brother, you’re in luck. The car is expected to hit the market next year.

Auto Recyclers Looking to National Program for EOLV’s

Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) is calling for a national approach to the environmental management of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in Canada.

In a submission to the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, ARC notes that although ELV processors are subject to a number of provincial and federal requirements, ELV management practices are highly variable.

“The lack of common processing standards for ELVs is significant,” the ARC submission states. “While used parts and scrap metal values are driving high recycling rates, ELVs also include a number of substances of concerns that incur costs when properly removed.

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