2007

Compared: 2010 Ford Taurus vs. 2009 Ford Taurus
Compared: 2010 Ford Taurus vs. 2009 Ford Taurus

As we prepare to drive the 2010 Ford Taurus today (our first road test review is coming next week), it's important to have a frame of reference. A good comparison for the all-new 2010 Ford Taurus is the outgoing model. formerly known as the Five Hundred. Pitting these two sedans against one another...Read More»

Driven: 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser

I hate to admit that until last week, I had never driven a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The very capable off-roader with the funky look was introduced way back in 2006 as a 2007 model ... so I'm way behind the curve on this one. Perhaps the time gives me some added distance to judge this ready-for-anything...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup racer
EVs Won’t Be Affordable To Middle Class, Says VW’s Jacoby

In remarks to the automotive and environmental press last week in Seattle, Volkswagen of America president and CEO Stefan Jacoby said that while the automaker is considering electric vehicles along with other alternatives, he does not see EVs or advanced plug-ins becoming a significant portion of...Read More»

Ms. Mazda from the 2009 Moscow Motor Show
Link Love From The Car Connection: A Playmate's Mini Cooper, Eric Bana's Beast, And The Women Of Moscow Need Help

The A Train is hopping again -- Remember when we told you that Americans were driving less and causing fewer traffic snarls? Well, that might have something to do with the fact that more folks are riding buses, subways, ferries, and other forms of public transportation than they have in 52 years...Read More»

Zoomi Monterey Electric Bicycle
Link Love From The Car Connection: Electric Bikes, iPhone Fun, And Gigolo Becomes Butt Of Soap-Dropping Jokes

Well, there's always Michael Moore -- Fellow PBS fans, the Big Three meltdown has a nasty surprise in store: to cut back on expenses, GM will no longer fund the films of Ken Burns. We understand the rationale; we just wish M. Night Shyamalan's backers would make the same move. Like, yesterday...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen
Driven: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Achieved: 52.4 Mpg

Volkswagen has pumped huge time, effort, and money into its latest diesel offering, a 2.0-liter common rail, piezo-electric-direct-injected four. They call it good, clean diesel fun, but anyone with a memory that stretches back to the early 80s will immediately laugh hysterically at such a claim. I...Read More»

VW Polo BillBoard Geneva Motor Show
Giant 2010 Volkswagen Polo Revealed in Geneva

In a surprising change of product planning it seems that Volkswagen has decided to make the 2010 Volkswagen Polo (fingers crossed that it makes it here on time) the largest car they have ever built.  It's over one story high and appears to be nearly 40 feet long according to the image displayed...Read More»

2009 Bentley Azure T
Bentley Shows 2009 Azure T

According to Bentley, sales in their elevated realm (defined as the Ultra Luxury Segment) are down 20 percent worldwide. In an odd way, this news applied some sense of justice and equality to the woes we normal folks are feeling thanks to the economy's present (and temporary) condition. (Note to...Read More»

2009 Dodge Nitro SE
Chrysler Recalls 3,663 Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty SUVs

Some 3,663 '07 and '08 model year Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty small SUVs, which share a platform, have been recalled due to "various degrees of reduced effectiveness" of their parking brakes. So far, 24 incidents have been reported, with one alleged vehicle crash, says Edmunds. The recall involves...Read More»

2008 Bentley Arnage Final Series
Bentley Arnage Waves Good-bye with Final Edition

Bentley's storied past has been filled with exclusivity, and the firm figures that the ending of the Arnage line in its current iteration (extant some 10 years) deserves fanfare of the extra-exclusive variety. It is in this spirit that Bentley announces the aptly named Arnage Final Series, to be...Read More»

Chrysler EV, Jeep EV and Dodge EV
Chrysler Electric Cars Trump Chevy Volt, Prius--Or Do They?

After all the hoopla around the official reveal of the production Chevrolet Volt, preceded by equally breathless press around an apparent leak of unofficial photos, I was about to emit a strangled scream: "STOP already, the damn car won't be here for more than two years!" Well, this morning...Read More»

Car accident
Highway Deaths Down in 2007

More than 41,000 people died in car accidents on U.S. roads last year, the lowest number of fatalities in more than a decade. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 41,059 people died on the nation's roads, which is the lowest total since 1994 and a drop of more than 1,000...Read More»

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Chrysler Closing More Plants

Hit hard by the slump in sales of SUVs, pickups, and other light trucks - which normally account for two-thirds of its volume - Chrysler LLC plans to close an assembly plant later this year and sharply reduce production at another. Chrysler's St. Louis South plant, one of two producing minivans for...Read More»

2009 Cadillac CTS-V
Smackdown Alert: Cadillac CTS-V Does 60 in 3.9

What will the BMW M3, Lexus IS-F, and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG do now? Back in January, the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V hit Detroit's auto show with the promise of a supercharged V-8 with a prodigious 550 horsepower. Scratch that. The CTS-V makes 556 horsepower, according to the latest updates from GM. Not...Read More»

Buick Enclave
A "Dramatic" Marketing Shift at GM

Some news automatically generates a single-syllable response: Duh! Like the new report in the Detroit News that suggests General Motors’ mega-billion-dollar marketing program will undergo a “dramatic redesign” reflecting record fuel prices. As reporter Sharon Terlep points out, “after...Read More»

Can Chrysler Keep Its Grip on the Minivan Market

It should be a time to celebrate over at Chrysler. After all, the automaker’s two cross-town rivals have effectively abandoned the long-lucrative minivan market, leaving the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan the only two remaining domestic offerings. Unfortunately, despite the launch...Read More»

Will Bentley Go Green?

It takes plenty of green to buy a car like the Bentley Arnage. But is the British luxury maker about to go green in an environmentally-friendly way? That’s one of the big questions being asked as the automotive world gathers for the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Bentley is planning to gather a...Read More»

Supplier Could Bring Chrysler to Its Knees

It could be a tough week for Chrysler as it escalates a battle with the newly bankrupt supplier Plastech-engineered products. As of Monday, four Chrysler plants, including the factory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, that produce the Chrysler Sebring sedan, have been forced to close due to a lack of...Read More»

GM, Toyota Locked in Dead Heat

With both makers now reporting their year-end sales numbers, it appears that General Motors and Toyota wrapped up the 2007 sales sweepstakes in a global dead heat. In a release issued Wednesday, GM revealed it had sold 9,369,524 cars, trucks and crossovers worldwide. In rounded numbers, that would...Read More»

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