Buick at 800k in China; Mitsubishi opens store

It drew a second look from me – the press release right out of Detroit a couple days ago that Buick sold more than 1 million vehicles in 2013.

When Buick unveiled its new Encore compact crossover at the Detroit auto show last year, I remembered, officials said they expected it to push the company to 200,000 annual sales in the U.S.

Where did the other 800,000 sales come from?

China, where Buicks have been strong in acceptance.

Buick last sold 1 million vehicles in 1984; most of those were in the U.S.

Mitsubishi opens in Fort Collins

New models of the Lancer and Outlander are drawing attention at the recently opened Fort Collins Mitsubishi, 2712 S. College Ave., in the northern Colorado city.

The Mitsubishi dealership is part of the Tom Wood Automotive Group, based in Indianapolis.

General manager is Steve Pardue, formerly sales manager at Fort Collins Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

Sales of Mitsubishi in the U.S. increased 8 percent during the past year, led by the Lancer compact sedan, the seven-passenger Outlander crossover and the five-passenger Outlander Sport.

Fort Collins Mitsubishi can be reached at 888-409-6157.

‘Air-Cooled VWs’ planned by Forney

The Forney Museum of Transportation’s newest exhibit, “Air-Cooled VWs,” will open February 1 and continue through April 30.

Concluding at the end of this month at the longtime car museum, 4303 Brighton Blvd., is one featuring Ford F-series pickups and military vehicles of World War II.

Forney is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for kids. For more information, visit forneymuseum.org.

Boulder Nissan gets fast-charger

Ribbon-cutting will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Boulder Nissan, 2285 28th St., for a new DC fast-charging station.

The ABB 480V DC fast charger uses 480 volts to provide an electric vehicle such as the Nissan Leaf an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes, according to Nigel Zeid, Leaf specialist at Boulder Nissan.

This will be the fourth fast-charging station along the Front Range, Zeid said.