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MobileAria to Bring Hands-free Internet to the Automobile Next Year

MobileAria, Inc., a company formed to develop a new hands-free mobile Internet service platform for the automobile, has launched with investments from Delphi Automotive Systems, Palm, Inc., and Mayfield Fund.

Diversified Software Introduces Software Promoting Driver Safety

New software which will manage information flow into the vehicle and provide safety solutions to the driver while minimizing distraction has been introduced by Diversified Software Solutions, Inc.

ACVL Website Provides Consumer Information on Leasing

The Association of Consumer Vehicle Lessors (ACVL) has launched, a consumer Website which compares vehicle leasing to buying.

Acura MDX Goes On Sale Today

Acura has announced that its all-new MDX luxury SUV will be priced starting at $34,370 when it goes on sale today.

Toyota Announces Prices on Tacoma Double Cab

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc., released manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for its 2001 model-year Tacoma Double Cab pickup truck and redesigned RAV4 SUV.

Saturn Unveils First SUV

The Saturn division of General Motors Corp. is unveiling its as-yet unnamed SUV model today at the South Florida Auto Show in Miami.

GE Capital Launches New Trucking Industry Portal

GE Capital has launched a new Website ( featuring financial and service solutions for companies' transportation needs.

DaimlerChrysler Announces Hybrid Vehicle Division

DaimlerChrysler AG's U.S. arm is creating a new division to develop vehicles powered by a combination of gasoline and electricity, according to company officials.

Jaguar Reports 18th Consecutive Month Sales Increase

Jaguar North America reported today that monthly sales show an increase for the eighteenth consecutive month.

Nexterna Announces Record Production Orders for OptiSoft In-Vehicle Computers

Nexterna, a provider of wireless data solutions, has announced orders to manufacture more than 2,600 Pentium-based, Windows-compatible communication computers known as ARCs for distribution of its OptiSoft(TM) product suite and to fill existing orders.

American Honda Sets New Model-Year Sales Record

American Honda reported an all-time record for 2000 model-year sales of 1,162,342, up 8.9 percent compared to last year, according to figures released by the company.

Mercedes-Benz Makes Tele Aid Systems Standard on All Model-Year 2001 Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is offering the Tele Aid telematics system as a standard feature on all model-year 2001 Mercedes Benz vehicles.

EPA's Top 15 Most Fuel Efficient 2001 Vehicles in U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its annual list of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the U.S.

Telematics to Become $8 Billion Industry by 2005: ABI

The telematics industry stands poised for tremendous growth will be one of the most lucrative segments of the intelligent transportation sytems business, according to a new study from Allied Business Intelligence (ABI).

Volvo Joins with AOL for World's First Digital Car Launch

Volvo Cars of North America and America Online, Inc. have teamed up to launch a new vehicle in a revolutionary new way.

New Toyota SUV Debuts

Toyota's first Sequoia rolled off the line today to mark the beginning of production for the all new, full-sized sport utility vehicle.

TRW and Michelin to Cooperate in Development of Tire Monitoring Devices

TRW Inc. and Michelin announced today that they have signed a cooperation agreement to develop and market tire pressure monitoring devices for the passenger car and light truck industries.

Power: Record Number of All-New and Redesigned Vehicles Boosts APEAL Scores

All-new and redesigned vehicles serve as the catalyst for the automotive industry's most appealing lineup in recent history, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2000 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

GM to Add Third Row of Seats to Mid-Size SUVs

The latest "must-have" feature in SUVs is a third row of seats.

Microsoft, Others to Develop Windows CE for Cars

A unit of Microsoft Corporation and five Japanese companies have agreed to develop software for automobile computers, greatly enhancing the functions of car navigation systems.

U.S. Mercedes Models Offer Web Services

DaimlerChrysler AG's Mercedes-Benz unit says it has become the first automaker to offer factory-installed Internet capability in cars in the United States, with service available on many 2001 models in showrooms now.

GM to Add Tire Monitoring Systems on SUVs, Pickups

General Motors has announced it plans to add tire pressure monitors to its sport utility vehicles, pickups and minivans beginning with 2003 models.

BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle Outperforms All Other Utility Vehicles in Safety Test

The BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle far outperformed a number of SUVs in a recent 5 MPH bumpter test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Accessing the Internet With Your Cell Phone

For most of us, cell phones are just, well, telephones. But technology buffs want cell phones with instant access to the Internet -- with both e-mail and browser capability.

Ford, Volvo Studying Drowsy Driving

New products are scheduled to debut in one or more Volvo vehicles late in the decade and then, possibly, on other Ford brands, according to AP.

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