2006

2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part VIII
2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part VIII

  2006 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/7/2006) Compass Shows the Way to Jeep With another seemingly random surprise drop-in by an actress — this time, former Law and Order star Angie Harmon — the Chrysler sales and marketing chief Joe Eberhardt revealed the production version of the new...Read More»

2006 Chrysler Imperial concept
2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part I

2006 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/7/2006) Lexus LS460L Gets Eight Speeds Lexus is determined to outdo its German rivals -- that much became apparent at the world launch of the LS at the Detroit show, at which Lexus showed the long-wheelbase version of the car. The new vehicle gets a...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part IV

2006 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/7/2006) Turnarounds Are Easy It’s what happens next that’s difficult, said Brad Bradshaw, general manager of the Nissan Division. “It’s always easier to turn around a company than to sustain it, and that’s where we find ourselves now,” he...Read More»

2006 Detroit auto show logo
2006 Detroit Auto Show Index

Show Coverage 2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part I by TCC Team (1/8/2006)Car and Truck of the year, Lexus LS has eight speeds, Enclave concept.. 2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part II by TCC Team (1/8/2006)Shelby GT500, Ford Reflex, predictions for 2006 and Lutz on GM financials.2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part III...Read More»

2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
2006 Los Angeles Show, Part II

2006 Los Angeles Show Index by TCC Team (1/4/2006) Chrysler-VW Minivan Deal A Go Two erstwhile rivals will team up on the development of a new line of minivans. Confirming long-running rumors, Chrysler will provide Volkswagen with a version of its next-generation people carrier. “The logic is...Read More»

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP
2006 Los Angeles Auto Show, Part III

2006 Los Angeles Show Index by TCC Team (1/4/2006) Solstice Goes Turbo Though it’s barely begun to satisfy pent-up demand for the hot new Pontiac Solstice roadster, General Motors will add a second, high-performance version to the lineup. The turbocharged Solstice GXP will bump horsepower to 260...Read More»

2007 Ford Edge
2006 Detroit Auto Show Preview

Detroit’s annual auto show is a love-it and hate-it event. The timing couldn’t be worse: the city’s settled into the bleakest trough of the winter, and though the downtown renaissance continues apace, there’s still more to recommend Motown in the middle of summer than in the earliest days...Read More»

2006 Hyundai Accent 4-door Sedan GLS Auto Instrument Panel
Daily Edition: Nov. 30, 2005

TCC Drives: 2006Toyota RAV4 There's big news for the new RAV4, headed to dealerships soon: V-6 power and third-row seats. V-6 power in the RAV is a long time coming, but third-row seats? Really? That's what we thought when we first heard the news. How could they cram in that third row? But the RAV4...Read More»

2006 Volkswagen Phaeton 4-door Sedan V8 6-spd Auto Open Doors
Daily Edition: Nov. 15, 2005

Phaeton Dumped from VWoA Lineup The $70,000 Phaeton sedan will exit Volkswagen'sU.S. sales lineup early next year as the German automaker realigns its future product plans with the vision of its new leader, former Chrysler exec Wolfgang Bernhard. The Phaeton move will also reconcile VW's lineup...Read More»

2006 Ford GT 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View
Any Color You Want...Including Black

Lets start with a bit of trivia: automotive pioneer Henry Ford is famous for telling customers they could order a car "in any color, as long as it's black?" Do you know why? I'll explain in a moment, but these days, it seems, you can find just about any color in the rainbow, including the sexy...Read More»

2006 Honda Insight CVT with A/C Door Controls
What Do the Japanese Know That We Don't About Hybrids?

What do the Japanese know about hybrid-electric vehicles that Americans don't? Or is it the other way around? HEVs had a several-year head start in the Japanese market, and there are more versions on sale there. Yet sales there are all but nonexistent. Even adjusted for the comparative size of the...Read More»

Phaeton Goes To The Drive-In

VW has found a new use for all those Phaetons it is finding difficult to sell – in Britain, one is being used as a mobile theater. The Phaeton in question is set to continue its supporting role in what VW describes as “one of the major successes of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005.”...Read More»

2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe 2-door Sport Open Doors
2006 Infiniti

FX35/45 Infiniti’s comfortable and stylish crossover vehicle continues for 2006 with only minor changes. The FX35 comes powered by a sufficiently peppy 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, while the FX45 ups the ante with a 315-horsepower 4.5-liter V-8 engine and added features. Both powerplants...Read More»

Pre-1940 Sports, Racing, and Touring Cars: 2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
2006 Mercury

Grand Marquis Mercury’s largest sedan continues to provide traditional American-car values, with rear-wheel drive, a V-8 engine, and a spacious passenger cabin with a roomy trunk. A 224-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission; dual exhausts included with...Read More»

2006 Volvo S60 2.5L Turbo Auto Door Controls
2006 Volvo

S40 Volvo’s stylish though pricey S40 sedan is based on the Mazda3 platform and comes powered by either a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder powerplant, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, or — in the performance-minded T5 model — a 218-horsepower, turbocharged engine that comes...Read More»

American Cancer Society Auctioning Ford GT

Detroit is getting ready for the 2005 American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball Saturday, September 10, at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. One deep-pockets bidder can take home what is arguably the hottest car of the year – a one-of-a-kind Ford GT with a $156,595 MSRP. “Auction...Read More»

2006 Volkswagen New GTI
Paris Auto Show: The Highlights

Paris Auto Show: The Highlights Get all our Paris coverage here: 2004 Paris Auto Show, Part I (9/23/2004) Chevy goes global, S3X slips under Freudian radar, Opel Astra GTC clears the air, and Ford's new Focus takesaim. 2004 Paris Auto Show, Part II (9/23/2004) BMW goes 185 mph on H2, the GTI makes...Read More»

1948 DeSoto
2004 Woodward Dream Cruise, Part III

The weather both cursed and blessed the past week’s Tenth Annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Officially, the Dream Cruise only happens all day the third Saturday of August. Because it is still a spontaneous "people" event — despite numerous corporate sponsorships and hangers-on — the parade of...Read More»

2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4-door Sedan Front Seats
2004 New York Auto Show, Part IV

2004 New York Auto Show Index (4/5/04) INFINITI’S NEW “BLUEPRINT” Infiniti’s M Concept car is “the blueprint” for what’s to come from Nissan’s up-market division, declared general manager Mark Igo. In this case, that means the next-generation M45 sports sedan, which debuts about a...Read More»

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