2008

Madoff Loses Lexus And Other Luxuries
Madoff Loses Lexus And Other Luxuries

Poor Bernie Madoff. First the feds accused him of running a Ponzi scheme bigger than the the pyramid racket that took down Albania. (They're right.) Then people started razzing him for his name--which, in case you haven't heard, is pronounced "MADE-off". And now, another insult: Bernie's forfeiting...Read More»

2007 Lexus LS460
Lexus Recalls GS, IS, And LS For Possible Corrosion In Fuel System

If you own a 2006-2008 Lexus GS350 nee GS300, Lexus IS250/IS350, or Lexus LS460/460L, please check with Lexus to see if your car qualifies for an important recall. In addition, Lexus will be sending you mail notifying you if you have an affected vehicle. Lexus found that fuel delivery pipes on...Read More»

2008 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept
VW Group Ekes Out Small Sales Increase For 2008

While not quite the killer 20 percent sales boost enjoyed by BMW-owned Rolls-Royce, VW Group enjoyed a 0.6 percent sales increase overall for 2008. That seems like a scant victory, but for 2008 it's actually pretty fantastic news. Broken down by group, VW worldwide sales were as follows for 2008...Read More»

Scene from 'Cars 3' teaser trailer
Holiday Speed-Cam Coverup: Thanks Santa!

What's the best Christmas present ever, other than a new sportscar in the driveway under a big bow? How about a rogue crew of Santas covering up speed cameras, letting scofflaws have a holiday break? That's what happened in Tempe, Arizona, according to the AP. A quartet of Santas took over three...Read More»

Paris Hilton
Link Love From The Car Connection: Monday Edition

Here are a few recent stories that got away: Toyota's president cancels plan to attend Detroit Auto Show. Maybe he was trying to emulate his U.S. counterparts who motored to D.C. a few weeks back. Add "crossing the Pacific" to that list of things the Prius can't do. Technological innovation can...Read More»

Honda ASIMO robot
Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto: Honda Goes Robo For Rose Bowl

On Thursday Honda tested a 49-foot replica of its ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot in a rehearsal for the Rose Parade. The giant robot will be joined by Honda's Rose Parade float; the Honda FCX Clarity fuel-cell pace car will be leading the parade, which makes it the...Read More»

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Chrysler Plants Donate $65,500 to Toys for Tots

Despite a month-long shutdown looming, Chrysler manufacturing facilities chose to participate for the 14th year in their annual Toys for Tots campaign. Factories donated both $65,500 and hundreds of toys from factory worker's families to the 2008 Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. Toys for Tots...Read More»

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Right Turn: The UAW Moves In for the Kill

This morning's $13.4 billion giveaway to the UAW by the Bush Administration wasn't so much a rescue for Detroit, as it is a time-out in the Big Three bailout drama--and a way for the UAW to escape the right-sizing haircut it deserves. In the space of a day, the story's gone from a sitcom to an...Read More»

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Ford Not Shopping for Chrysler

Fox News' Neil Cavuto just suggested that Ford and Chrysler are talking about a possible merger. Until now, pundits have posited that GM and Chrysler would re-engage in merger talks with any bailout plan offered by the government. This morning, President Bush gave the OK for massive loans to GM and...Read More»

Detroit's Cobo Hall
Big Three Bailout: Bush Offers Loans with Bankruptcy Strings

President Bush announced this morning that the government will pump nearly $14 billion into GM and Chrysler to ensure their survival into the new year, with an additional $4 billion to be made available in the spring. ABCNews reports the White House has signed off on low-interest loans for GM and...Read More»

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Jaguar, Land Rover: The Latest Companies Asking for Gov't Assistance

AutoCar report that British business secretary Lord Mandelson confirmed yesterday that the British government is in talks with Jaguar and Land Rover to provide financial assistance to the tune of 1 billion pounds. An interesting twist is that ultimate financial responsibility rests with JLR's...Read More»

Rolls-Royce Santa Sleigh
WWSD? CAR Asks Automakers to Design St. Nick's Sleigh

Now Dasher! Now Datsun, now Peugeot and Vauxhall! On Comet! On Cooper! On Kia and Bristol! Thanks, CAR magazine, for providing a bit of levity and some smiles despite a dreary economy, layoffs, and plant closures galore. CAR tapped automakers' design studios to create interpretations of what...Read More»

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White House Hints at "Orderly Way to Do Bankruptcies"

This morning White House spokeswoman Dana Perino claimed that the Bush administration is very close to a decision on how to prevent further disaster to the Big Three who represent a significant portion of the flailing U.S. economy. Whether the decision will steer away from -- or toward --...Read More»

Infectious stickers
Twelve Days of Christmas: Infectious Car Stickers

Do you dream of tricking out your K-car with a wack custom paint job? Do you awake to the gloomy reality of 9-to-5 life in a squaresville office gig? Well, worry no more; thanks to the friendly folks at Infectious.com, now you can bling up your ride for special occasions, then revert to employee...Read More»

Audiovox picture frame
TheCarConnection.com's Holiday Giveaway Grand Finale!

We've been rewarding you all week for kicking in comments on our blog--and today we're firing off 10 fabulous prizes in our Holiday Giveaway so we can ship them out tomorrow in time for Christmas. But first, yesterday's winner is JKD, who had an unfortunate experience with another iGo: Yes, it’s...Read More»

abandoned factory
Massive Chrysler Holiday Shutdown: 31 Days, 30 Plants

The end of the year is fast approaching, as is the end of the road for a solvent Chrysler if federal assistance is not forthcoming. Today Chrysler announced that it will extend its holiday break to now span one month, ceasing operation in 30 plants from December 19 through January 19. We can only...Read More»

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Abandoning Ship in Extreme Winter Weather

With snow drifting down gently on Las Vegas Wednesday night, we thought it might be a good time to remind winter drivers how to abandon their vehicles if the going just gets too tough. PEMCO insurance of Washington State advises that there is a right way and a wrong way to abandon your vehicle, and...Read More»

Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept
"Death to the Embargo:" TechCrunch Draws Line in Sand

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, fed up with the press release embargo game of hot and cold played between PR folks and journalists (especially online journalists), is taking the bold stance of completely ignoring embargoes altogether. His post excoriates a system that encourages media outlets to...Read More»

Offshore Oil Rig
Oil Production Cut, Prices to Rise. Maybe.

In Algeria today, there was an OPEC meeting, and anyone who's bought gas in the past few months can guess what was on the agenda: the price of oil. Specifically, how low it's gone. Not owning an oil-rich barony myself, I wasn't invited, but I like to imagine the various heads of state in an uproar...Read More»

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