2006

Letters to the Editor: March 6, 2006
Letters to the Editor: March 6, 2006

More Letters to the Editor Car washers strike back On December 17, 2005, you posted an article authored by Bengt Halvorson in TheCarConnection.com that makes several statements about the professional carwash industry that demand a response. Mr. Halvorson cleverly uses language designed to distort...Read More»

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New Products: March 2006

Corgi iCar, $34.99 Your iPod gets lonely, too. And no, all those half-clothed videos you've downloaded on it won't keep it company. What you need is something almost totally useless-something like Corgi's iCar, a desktop totem that plugs into your iPod and turns an ordinary model of an Escalade or...Read More»

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Industry Report: Mar. 6, 2006

Feb. Sales: Chrysler, Japanese Strong Japanese manufacturers continued to gain ground in February auto sales, despite a relatively strong showing by the Chrysler Group, which saw sales increase in what was basically a flat market.General Motors and Ford reported another decline for February...Read More»

Quail 2010: A Pair of Packards
Daily Edition: Mar. 3, 2006

GM, Toyota Extend Partnership The research consortium between GM and Toyota that was written off as dead in some reports last month is still very much alive. The world's two leading automakers have agreed to extend their cooperation on research and development projects in key areas for another two...Read More»

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2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part IV

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Toyota Aims for One Million European Sales Toyota wants to sell a million vehicles in Europe each year, according to Toyota Motor Europe’s Executive Vice President and COO, Thierry Dombreval. Dombreval put the goal on the record at the...Read More»

2006 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door Coupe S Steering Wheel
2006 Geneva Show, Part V

Saab Aero-X: Born From the Corvette Is it the face of Saab's future? Don't expect to see the Aero X concept vehicle in your nearby Saab showroom anytime soon, but it still says a lot about the struggling Swedish automaker's future, according to company officials. Appropriately surrounded by 55 tons...Read More»

2006 Volvo S80 2.5L Turbo Auto Open Doors
2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part VII

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Volvo S80 Volvo Cars is facing the most new-car launches ever in the company’s history, starting with the new C70 coupe-convertible just issued. Over the next three years Volvo will introduce seven new models and, according to Fredrik Arp...Read More»

2006 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door Coupe S Angular Rear Exterior View
2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part VI

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Saab Aero X Concept Saab has a stunning surprise for Geneva crowds: the Aero X Concept. The study, Saab says, explores design themes and features we will see in future Saab products. The two-seater coupe has been designed under the guidance of...Read More»

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part VIII

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Porsche 911 Turbo The only useful feature not included with Porsche’s new 911 Turbo is the name of a good lawyer. You might need one if you push the latest variant of the 997-series sports car to its limits. The Turbo adds another 60...Read More»

2006 Kia Sorento 4-door LX Auto 4WD Open Doors
2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part IX

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Kia Carnival Korean automakers are pushing hard to go mainstream in the already crowded European market — in Kia’s case, for good reason. The automaker saw its global sales soar 22 percent last year, and 28 percent in Europe, which has...Read More»

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part I

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Smart Turning a Corner? The Brabus SBR is set to become the next in a series of niche products from the struggling smart division of Mercedes-Benz.The racing-style spinoff of its forfour model boasts a 210-horsepower engine and a top speed of...Read More»

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2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part II

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) BMW Has Carrera Fighter in Z4 M Coupe Faster than the Porsche Carrera, but less expensive than the Boxster. No wonder BMW officials were smiling during the preview of their new Z4 M Coupe on Tuesday. The hardtop version of the Z4 roadster will...Read More»

2006 Saturn Sky
2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part III

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Lexus Gaining Traction in Europe While Honda officials may be questioning the role of hybrids, Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota , has no such qualms. Gasoline-electric technology could soon account for a quarter of Lexus sales in Europe...Read More»

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News of the Weird: February 2006

More News of the Weird InJackson, Mo., in December, Jacob Vandeven, 27, was caught by his judge at lunch, having a drink, one hour after the judge had convicted Vandeven of DUI and sentenced him to alcohol rehab with a do-not-drink order. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch-AP, 12-29-05] David Mulligan, 21...Read More»

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TCC Trivia: Feb. 24, 2006

by Murray Jackson Get more TCC Trivia 1. Which company introduced the slogan "The most well-traveled vehicles on earth"? 2. In which state is the exciting Mt. Washington toll road found? 3. Which car line was the first GM nameplate? 4. Until 2004, this car line was the oldest in the GM family. 5...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 23, 2006

Honda Prepping Hybrid Fit? The next Honda hybrid to join the company's lineup may be a gas-electric version of the new Fit subcompact. A report inJapan's daily newspaper, the Nihon Keizai, suggests that Honda will adapt the Fit to hybrid power, while keeping the price under $12,000 in its home...Read More»

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 2-door 4 Cabriolet Side Exterior View
2006 Geneva Show Preview, Part II

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Geneva Brings New 911 Turbo The upcoming Geneva Motor Show will be the setting for the launch of Porsche’s sixth-generation 911 Turbo. The new Turbo model will show up at the Palexpo in March, powered by a 480-hp version of the classic...Read More»

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Racing Results: February 17-19, 2006

It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were lamenting the end of the racing season. In fact, it wasn’t. But now NASCAR is back full-time, the NHRA is back, the World Rally Championship is rolling and it’s time to resume our weekly racing results. NASCAR: Johnson Wins Daytona 500 Despite the fact...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 21, 2006

Street Names Contest Winners! Apparently, a lot of you went nuts over TheCarConnection's Wild, Weird, and Wacky Street Names Contest, at least if we judge by the number of entries that flooded into our digital mailbox - more than 2500 arrived since the competition was launched last December. And...Read More»

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