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TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Oct. 15, 2003
Spy Shots: 2005 Chevy Corvette
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Spy Shots: 2005 Chevy Corvette (10/14/2003)
Fenders flares and more flair for the sixth-gen Corvette.
Spy Shots: 2005 Maserati Spyder/Coupe
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Spy Shots: ’05 Maserati Coupe/Spyder by Hans Lehmann/Hidden Image (10/13/2003)
A shot in the styling arm for an Italian semi-exotic.
Spy Shots: 2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
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Spy Shots: ‘05 Mercedes M-Class by Brenda Priddy (10/13/2003)
Shaping up in Alabama and Germany.
Honda Previews Three Tokyo Concepts
Honda says of the nineteen vehicles it will show at next week’s Tokyo Motor Show, three will be advanced concepts that push Honda’s hybrid and green technologies. They are:
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the IMAS, another hybrid sports car with an emphasis on light weight and aerodynamics;
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and the KIWAMI, a showcase for fuel-cell technology.
Ford Earnings Seen Lower As Europe Drags
subscribe Sales at Ford Europe dropped 5.1 percent in September despite a strong month for the automobile market as a whole, making Ford the worst performer among Europeans last month. Ford reports third-quarter earnings this week, and Wall Street is expecting a loss of 12 cents a share, according to Bloomberg, compared with earnings of 15 cents a share predicted by Ford. Ford has already installed a new CEO, Louis Booth, at Ford Europe. The company is slashing jobs and material cost and is mulling a new round of sales incentives to reduce bloated inventories. The only hope for Ford meeting its earnings target this quarter is a better-than-expected sales run in North America in August and September.—Jim Burt
Book Review: “End of Detroit” by Jim Burt (10/13/2003)
End of Detroit provocative, if not always sound.
Bugatti Gets New Head
The new man in charge at VW’s Bugatti brand is Thomas Bscher, a former racecar driver and banking executive. Reuters reports Bscher will take the place of Karl-Heinz Neumann, who is retiring after 30 years with Volkswagen. Bscher takes charge in December; the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is still rumored for production sometime in 2004.