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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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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... read more December 16, 2008 by 0

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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... read more December 16, 2008 by 3

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... read more December 16, 2008 by 3

Jeep American Flag

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... read more December 16, 2008 by 2

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... read more December 16, 2008 by 2

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 We also witness plenty of developments on the green/eco front--most... read more December 16, 2008 by 0

Audiovox picture frame'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... read more December 16, 2008 by 1

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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... read more December 15, 2008 by 0

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... read more December 15, 2008 by 0

SEMA bag'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'... read more December 15, 2008 by 0

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... read more December 15, 2008 by 5

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... read more December 15, 2008 by 0

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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... read more December 12, 2008 by 2

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... read more December 12, 2008 by 0

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... read more December 12, 2008 by 2


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