The Acura Concept TL debuts at the 2003 New York auto show on April 16, 2003, previewing the third-generation, 2004 TL sedan. The Concept TL was several inches shorter and smaller than the outgoing TL production model to generate a sportier sedan with a tighter package.
Chevrolet plans to unwrap the next-generation Corvette, featuring a midengine layout for the first time, in July. GM President Mark Reuss, who also heads the automaker's global product development programs, posted an image of the eighth-generation Corvette -- the C8 -- on his Facebook page late Thursday.
The auto industry headed into the key spring selling season on a down note, with U.S. sales falling 3.1 percent in March. But there was one big green shoot: The SAAR came in at 17.42 million, well above forecasts and up sharply from February's 16.61 million rate.
- FORD: Trucks can't overcome car slump
- GM: Sales fall 8.3% in March, 7% in Q1
- FCA: Sales dip 7%; Ram tops Silverado
- TOYOTA: Brand off 5.1%, Lexus up 8.2% on mixed sedan results
- HONDA: 4.3% gain sets March record
- LUXURY: BMW overtakes Mercedes in March, Q1
- NISSAN: Sales down 7.2% amid strategy to dial back on fleet
- HYUNDAI-KIA: Crossovers deliver again
- VW: A 14% gain; Audi up, too
- SUBARU: Outback, Ascent drive record March
- CANADA: March sales dip 1.4% as losing skid hits 13 months
Jaguar's XK8 convertible makes its world debut April 4, 1996, at the New York auto show. The XK8 coupe was introduced a few weeks earlier at the 1996 Geneva auto show. Billed as "a new breed of Jaguar" -- under a new owner, Ford Motor Co. -- the XK8 replaced the aging XJS, the British company's longest-running and best-selling sports car at the time.
The Datsun brand returns March 19, 2014, when Nissan Motor Co. launches sales of the Datsun Go in India. The Go was the first Datsun car sold in the 21st century and heralded the return of the brand that made car ownership mainstream in Japan and numerous other countries.
BMW and Rover introduce two Mini concepts March 5, 1997, at the Geneva auto show. The Spiritual and the larger Spiritual Too were introduced as studies for the modern Mini, launched in 2001, that would pay homage to Alec Issigonis, creator of the original Mini.
U.S. light-vehicle sales fell 2.9 percent in February as severe winter weather, lingering effects of the temporary U.S. government shutdown and anxiety over federal tax refunds curtailed showroom traffic. And in the latest sign the market downturn may be gaining speed, the seasonally adjusted, annualized sales rate – 16.61 million – dropped below 17 million for the second straight month.