As we welcome a new year, FPH takes a step back to reflect on a tumultuous 2010. Courtesy of Autoblog, FPH presents to you an extensive time line of 2010.
December 30, 2009 : Toyota leads automakers for the highest number of recalled vehicles
January 11, 2010: Ford sweep North American Car & Truck of the Year
January 26, 2010: GM sells SAAB to Swedish company, Spyker
-Toyota halts sales of select models, pedal recall becomes global
February 3, 2010: Toyota admits Prius had a braking problem. (Not unintended
acceleration) Dealers remain open for extended hours.
February 11, 2010: Ralph Gilles, Dodge CEO and Chrysler Group design head, announces
the FIAT 500 of North America, to be sold by the end of 2010
March 6, 2010: First spy shots of the monster Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
March 25, 2010: Mercedes Benz announces full-hybrid next gen S-Class (sans AMG variant)
March 28, 2010: Ford completes sale of Volvo to Chinese automaker, Geely, for $1.8 Billion
April 1, 2010: New Federal CAFE standards sets bar at 34.1 MPG by year 2016
April 2, 2010: USF1, Formula 1 team hopeful, closes doors for good.
April 13, 2010: Lexus GX460 receives Consumer Report's "Do Not Buy." Toyota suspends the
sale of said model.
April 27, 2010: Ford earns $2.1 Billion profit for Q1
May 20, 2010: Tesla to partner with Toyota on further electric vehicle development
June 2, 2010: Ford ends the Mercury brand to expand Lincoln line-up
June 5, 2010: Valentino Rossi suffers a highside during Mugello practice, later losing
championship battle to teammate Jorge Lorenzo
June 23, 2010: Hiromu Naruse, Chief Test Driver for Toyota, is killed in a traffic
accident on Highway 419, near the Nurburgring circuit. Naruse has
been a part of Toyota since 1963.
July 4, 2010: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport sets a new land speed record at 267.81 mph
July 26, 2010: Audi introduces the A7
July 28, 2010: Porsche approves the 918 hybrid sports car for production
August 6,2010: Harley Davidson sells MV Agusta to Claudio Castiglioni
August 15, 2010: Ducati confirms signing Valentino Rossi
-California 200 kills eight
September 5, 2010: SSC unveils Ultimate Aero II
September 15, 2010: Fiskar unveils their factory built Karma
murdered in South Africa
October 10, 2010: Toyota FT-86 to be rebadged as a Scion. Starting at $25,000.
October 13, 2010: Gran Turismo delayed. Again.
November 3, 2010: Ford introduces Rally ready Fiesta R2, customer kit car for the
Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship
November 7, 2010: Jenson Button and Team Sauber attacked during Sao Paulo F1 Weekend
November 11, 2010: Travis Pastrana to try his hand at NASCAR. (Pastrana/Waltrip Race Team)
November 14, 2010: Team Redbull's Sebastian Vettel becomes youngest World Champion
in F1 history
November 18, 2010: First public trading day of GM IPO
November 21, 2010: History Channel airs Top Gear (USA)
November 24, 2010: Gran Turismo 5 is in stores
December 1, 2010: Cracker Barrel announces installation of high speed plug-in EV
charging stations at 24 Tennessee restaurants. Nissan's Tennessee
plant is responsible for Leaf EV production
December 10, 2010: Formula 1 2011 enacts 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engines
-Audi R18 fully revealed
December 31, 2010: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is caught testing at Abu Dhabi