2008

IIHS Criticizes Small Cars' Side and Rear Crashworthiness
IIHS Criticizes Small Cars' Side and Rear Crashworthiness

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was impressed with the significantly improved side crashworthiness offered by many new small cars, but it still feels that the segment should perform better overall. Eleven of the 21 current model small cars the agency has tested earn the agency's...Read More»

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TheCarConnection.com's Holiday Housecleaning Giveaway Extravaganza, Day 5

We've been rewarding you all week for kicking in comments on our blog--and today we've got some powerful fun for the next sassy-tongued contributor. But first, let's give a hand to BC, who commented yesterday during our holiday extravaganza on a post from earlier this year: “Boring, ugly, boring...Read More»

Motor City Dream Garages
Twelve Days of Christmas: Motor City Dream Garages

This Christmas, purchase the book that takes you on an intimate tour of 20 incredible garages throughout Detroit. In "Motor City Dream Garages," journalist Rex Roy gives you an intimate look at collections held by garages like Henry Ford's Fair Lane in Dearborn (referred to as "The First Dream...Read More»

Spare Change
Is GM's Biggest Problem Too Much Emphasis on Profit?

Were you aware that GM started development on the minivan a decade before Chrysler introduced that concept to the marketplace in the 1980s? Or that GM had invested considerable money into research and development of hybrid vehicles in the 1970s? The company also stopped development of a rotary...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Mercedes and Evonik Charge Forward With Lithium-Ion Technology, Research

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz, announced yesterday that it took a 49.9 percent stake in firm Li-Tec, a company that will produce lithium-ion battery cells for upcoming Mercedes electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Holding the other 50.1 percent is German firm Evonik. Both Daimler and Evonik...Read More»

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Detroit's Problems with Small Cars Started Decades Ago

The New York Times' Autos section provides great insight into U.S. automakers' storied inability to create, build, and market successful small vehicles. The article, "Detroit's Small Packages Arrived, and Left, Early," starts the story with the steep U.S. recession of 50 years ago. Answering the...Read More»

2007 TH!NK
Electric Automaker Th!nk Could Fail, Denied Assistance by Norwegian Gov't

Today, the Norwegian government denied electric carmaker Th!nk an estimated $15 to $30 million bailout. The automaker cited a severe shortage of working capital, putting them in "urgent financial distress." Th!nk's financial problems are shared by other startups around the world, including...Read More»

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Fed Assistance for Big Three Could Come Tomorrow

The Bush White House could give automakers access to the financial industry $700 billion bailout monies as early as tomorrow, according to Automotive News. A Treasury Department official only confirmed that the Big Three and the Treasury were continuing to review information concerning assistance...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150 Platinum
Ford F-150 Snags Motor Trend Truck of the Year

We already knew that Texans like the new 2009 Ford F-150; now the editors of Motor Trend add their vote to Ford's bread-and-butter pickup truck. The F-series--and the SUVs whose architecture it shares--was once Ford's lifeblood, and while it still sells in respectable numbers its sales are...Read More»

CIMIT incubator
Innovation the World Can Live With: Car-Based Incubators

From fuel cells to morphable frames, a lot of new car concepts cross our desks at TheCarConnection.com. We also witness plenty of developments on the green/eco front--most recently encapsulated in Colin's totally excellent cross-country biodiesel adventure. But it's rare to see a story that covers...Read More»

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TheCarConnection.com's Holiday Housecleaning Giveaway Extravaganza, Day 4

The holidays keep coming, and so do the prizes; we're like Drew Carey here at TheCarConnection these days, except without the brush cut and the hyperreal announcer. Our giveaway hits day four with the winner of our previous post--it's Mark, who gets a SEMA rolling backpack for his comment on our...Read More»

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U.S. Auto Slump Felt in Japan

A historically weak auto market in the U.S. is causing strong ripple effects for Japanese automakers. Toyota is making the most dramatic layoffs, ridding itself of 6,000 contract workers in all. More than 6,000 additional jobs will be cut by Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki, and Honda, all...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Collection
Twelve Days of Christmas: Mercedes-Benz Wintry White Collection

So while VW and Barneys New York are readying a bunch of feel-good flower power for this year's holiday season, The Mercedes-Benz Collection is cloaking its entire assemblage of toys, clothing, and other tchotchkes in snowdrift white. Whether you are a fashion-conscious cyclist, a miniature car...Read More»

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TheCarConnection.com's Holiday Housecleaning Giveaway Extravaganza, Day 3

We're on to Day Three of TCC's fabulous giveaways, and the prizes just keep getting better. Day Two's winner is R2dad for some sharp insight into the Southern senators' supreme lack of irony in canning the Big Three bailout: The governor of Michigan calls anyone against the bailout...Read More»

Detroit's Cobo Hall
Big Three Bailout: Loans Coming, With Strings

This morning, the status of the Big Three bailout seems a little more surefooted, as President Bush is promising that he won't let Detroit go bankrupt and that a deal on loans could be imminent. The total of money needed to prop up GM and Chrysler could be approaching $40 billion as the White House...Read More»

Detroit Tiger Stadium
Locomotive Theory: Weekend Edition

If you're lucky enough to live in an ideal world, you probably spend your weekends sleeping in, kicking back, and pondering the events of the past five days. And it's in that spirit of quiet, philosophical reflection that I offer the video below, which demonstrates an interesting phenomenon of...Read More»

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Volvo, Saab to Be Rescued by Swedish Government

Showing that economic troubles and auto industry woes are not confined to the U.S., Sweden just announced that it is releasing a 2.1 billion euro credit line/emergency loan for Volvo and Saab. AutoCar claim the money is both to help the automakers and safeguard Swedish jobs. A statement from the...Read More»

Cadillac CTS 2.9-liter turbodiesel V-6
Speaking of Great Cadillac Engines...

If you followed my trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles, just completed in an old Mercedes-Benz diesel running on veggie oil, you know I'm a fan of the diesel engine. And since I have great respect for the design, performance, and engineering behind Cadillac's latest CTS sedan (and stunning CTS Coupe...Read More»

GM 3.6-liter DI VVT V-6
GM 3.6-Liter V-6 Makes Ward's North American Ten Best Engines List

GM might be an ailing patient, but its technological heart beats strongly with engines like the 3.6-liter VVT, direct-injected V-6 found under the hoods of products like the Cadillac CTS, STS, and GM Lambda crossovers (Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Saturn Outlook, and GMC Acadia). This engine...Read More»

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