2007

Great Drives: Cape Town, South Africa
Great Drives: Cape Town, South Africa

After 18 hours in the air, with a short stop on the western bulge of Africa for fuel, you descend toward South Africa sick and tired of recycled air and Ice Age 2. You are cranky. That is, until you blink through jetlagged eyes on left side of the aircraft as you gently bank down toward Cape Town...Read More»

What Happens Now to the Town Car?

Ford's Wixom plant ceased operations today after 50 years of building Lincolns. So while my '66 Thunderbird is now something of an orphan, I'm wondering more about the future of three very old vehicles that still bring in pretty good business for Ford. We're talking about the Town Car, and its...Read More»

Cerberus/Chrysler Deal a Snow Job?

In "Chrysler at the Gates of Hell," on the Huffington Post blog, Automobile Magazine’s Jamie Kitman ventures to say that after Cerberus Capital LLC, the owners of the newly named Chrysler Holdings LLC, is through with Chrysler and the UAW, publicly traded companies — often maligned for...Read More»

Mazda's Rotary Turns 40

What is it about anniversaries that always draw our attention, well, mine, anyway? Considering all the news releases that cross TheCarConnection.com’s threshold each day, I might have ignored one from Mazda had it not noted that today marks the 40th anniversary of the Japanese...Read More»

The Ultimate Get Out of Jail Free Card?

We here at TheCarConnection.com have run a couple of contests on the best excuse you've used to get out of a speeding ticket. But we have to take our hats off to "Barbie Cummings," the nom de porn of a gal pulled over for a ticket in Tennessee, who apparently fellated her way to scot-free status...Read More»

Lutz Plugs Volt on Quiz Show

This past weekend, GM vice chairman Bob Lutz was one of the guests on National Public Radio’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. The comedic weekend quiz show regarding recent news events often takes the show on the road, and this show was recorded in Lutz’s home turf — at Ann Arbor’s Michigan...Read More»

We Drive Chrysler’s 2007 Concepts

Chrysler's recent crop of concept cars haven't been approved for production-but that didn't stop the company from letting the press get their hands on them for a spin. The automaker brought an assortment of show cars - a handful from each category - out on a warm spring afternoon, some just to sit...Read More»

N2A: A Corvette-Fifties Chevy Mashup

A lot of strange and intriguing e-mail crosses my digital transom. There are the rants and the raves, the corrections and the questions, and of course, plenty of press releases. You learn whose notes you want to read first—the e-mail hors d’ouevres, if you will—and those always...Read More»

PODCAST: Letters to the Editor – May 17, 2007

What’s going on in Detroit on fuel economy? What’s the best General Motors publicity campaign on wheels? And why are the French suddenly our favorite people in the world again? Listen up to the latest podcast of TheCarConnection.com’s letters to the editor, where this week...Read More»

Left-Lane Hogs: Here’s What You Can Do

We’re all frustrated by drivers who don’t respect the most abused law of traffic: keep right, except to pass. But someone’s finally doing something about it, in the form of a grassroots group that seeks to point out those piggish drivers and change their habits into better driving...Read More»

2007 Audi TT clubsport quattro concept
Audi Clubsports the TT

Audi continues its quest to grab a headline every few weeks with the new TT clubsport quattro concept, a sporty rendition of the new roadster now on sale in theU.S. The concept strips down the TT roadster to an essential racing form, most obviously by cutting away the car’s windshield and...Read More»

2009 Jaguar XF – Is It the “HM?”

When we saw the latest photos of the Jaguar XF this morning, a colleague reminded us that this could be the last new Jaguar interior we see for a while. Even our spy photographers refer to the XF as the Hail Mary for Jaguar – a last chance before Ford loses its final bits of patience for a...Read More»

Wash. Outlaws Driving and Texting

Add typing to the list of distractions being outlawed across the country. CBS5.com from Seattle reports that the Washington state legislature has followed through with a bill that bans text messaging while driving. Washington’s not alone. While handheld cellphones are banned in several...Read More»

Chrysler: Who Took Whom for A Ride?

Some years back, my old friend, Bill Vlasic, collaborated on an excellent book about the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to that, ahem, “merger of equals,” DaimlerChrysler. The bottom line of that effort, Taken for a Ride, was that the skillful and Machiavellian maneuvers of former...Read More»

VW Focused on Prices, Quality

Have you driven a VW lately? Okay, so I’m mixing ad metaphors here, but the point remains, when did you last drive a Volkswagen? If it’s been awhile, Adrian Hallmark can’t really blame you. The CEO of Volkswagen of America admits the company generated a lot of “venom” with...Read More»

Cargirl: On CO2, Something’s Gonna Give

While the rest of TCC's braintrust argues over whether global warming is real, and whether it's caused by cars, Cargirl says it really doesn't matter. "I never thought I'd pay eight bucks to see Al Gore give a slide presentation, but I did," Lee Iacocca said to me the other day. He knows that time...Read More»

Are Our School Buses Safe?

I’ve always wondered why schoolbuses didn’t have to conform to the rules of other passenger vehicles. My own experience riding in the hard seats to school – sideways, because that’s the cool way to roll – never ended in injury, but several times on the high-speed bus...Read More»

Motorists Rave for GM’s Minicar “Triplets”

GM executives may be stunned, but it’s no surprise to anyone else that the automaker has scored a big hit with the three minicars it unveiled at the New York Auto Show, last month, the Chevrolet Beat, Groove and Trax. So, will the automaker actually get it right this time and, with fuel...Read More»

When Charged with DUI, Hit the Right PR Note

Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriguez, George Michael - there's a growing roster of celebs who've been convicted of driving under the influence and managed not to hurt anyone else. And each one of them could take a lesson from TV's Ty Pennington. Hilton finds herself facing jail time for not knowing...Read More»

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