2009

HUMMER Still Has American Bidder Interested
HUMMER Still Has American Bidder Interested

  General Motors (NYSE: GM) says it will proceed with the shutdown of the HUMMER brand, but TheCarConnection has confirmed that an American company has twice expressed interest in a HUMMER deal--both before and after a failed bid from a Chinese company. Raser Technologies (NYSE: RZ) is a...Read More»

NUMMI plant in Fremont, California
Toyota-GM Joint Venture Now Shuttered, But Lessons Remain

NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.), the manufacturing plant set up in the 1980s as a revolutionary venture between GM and Toyota, has closed its doors, with the last vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, rolling off the line last week. Over the years, the plant has assembled a number of vehicles...Read More»

2009 Mitsubishi Raider 2WD Double Cab Auto LS Front Exterior View
Automobile Magazine Identifies a Couple of Now-extinct 2009 Hold-over Pickups for Bargain Shoppers

A couple of cancelled 2009 pickup models are still on dealer lots and could represent a bargain for prospective shoppers looking for a good deal!   Automobile Magazine recently published a list of eight 2008 and 2009 model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs that have each hit the end of their respective...Read More»

2009 Dodge Journey AWD 4-door SXT Angular Front Exterior View
Ask TCC: How Can I Empower My 2009 Dodge Journey Keys?

  We're all about empowerment here at TheCarConnection. We give you a voice in the car world by asking you to write for High Gear Media Web sites--and we're also here to answer the questions that come up while you're researching, shopping and driving your new car. Which brings us to the Dodge...Read More»

Zombie Driver
Zombie HUMMER H3, Saturn Outlook Rise From the Dead, Briefly

Sometimes the dead just won't stay dead. If you see some slightly ghoulish looking HUMMER H3s or Saturn Outlooks haunting your neighborhood, it's because each one has risen from the grave and re-entered production ... briefly. Though Saturn production ended last October, General Motors actually...Read More»

2011 Shelby GT500
Ford Mustang Timeline: The Good, The Bad, and The Muscly

The Ford Mustang is one of a handful of cars rightfully called icons. Since its first spin on a car-show turntable at the World's Fair in 1964, it's been the auto industry's standard measure of overnight success. And for at least some of its wild youth, it was the cautionary tale of what happens...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz ESF Safety Car: More, Better, Smarter Airbags!

Last summer we wrote briefly about the Mercedes-Benz ESF-2009 experimental safety concept vehicle, including its remarkable under-car airbag, which deploys only during a crash to help slow it down. It's a 2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid full-size luxury sedan that's been fitted with several new and...Read More»

2009 Saturn Aura
2005-2010 Saturn Models Added To GM Certified Used Roster

General Motors has just added Saturn models from the 2005 through 2010 model years to its Certified Used Vehicles program. Although the brand is no more, and most Saturn showrooms have closed, you'll find the certified Saturn models wherever GM Certified Used Vehicles are on offer—that's at 3,400...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
Chevrolet Cobalt Under Investigation For Power Steering Flaw

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating 1,132 customer complaints about the Chevrolet Cobalt. Drivers have reported a sudden loss of power steering in the 2005-09 Cobalt and the 2008-09 Cobalt SS, which has "resulted in difficulty controlling the vehicle, such as...Read More»

2009 Ford Ranger
Ford Still Mulling F-100 Versus New Ranger Pickup for U.S.

While the rest of the world recently got a new generation Ford Ranger compact pickup, the U.S. soldiers on with the long-in-the-tooth Ranger that many Ford fans know and love. But what can we in the U.S. expect with regard to a replacement for this venerable compact workhorse? Recently, fellow High...Read More»

2009 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 5.7L V8 6-Spd AT LTD (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Toyota Tundra Recall Update - Turns Out Toyota Had to Halt Sales and Production

Here we thought Toyota was just halting sales and production of all recalled Toyota Tundra pickups and other affected models out of concern for customer safety. Now it looks like Toyota actually had to suspend sales and production per National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regs.   The...Read More»

MINI E Schematic
BMW Evaluates MINI E Testers, Says Most Are Happy

In theory, the MINI should do well as an electric car: not only is its small size appropriate for a battery electric vehicle, but its target market of youthful, adventurous drivers are exactly the kind of eco-friendly early adopters who'd dig a plug-in ride. Unfortunately, when the MINI E arrived...Read More»

2009 Toyota Tundra Reg 4.7L V8 5-Spd AT Grade (Natl) Grille
Toyota Tundra Recall Update - Production of 2010 Models and Sales of 2007-10 Models Halted

Toyota has announced a halt to sales and production of all recalled Toyota Tundra pickups.   As a follow-up to a recent post HERE at  AllPickupTrucks.com regarding Toyota’s recent recall of 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra pickups for repairs to the accelerator pedal assembly, the company has now...Read More»

ASIMO robot by Honda, featured in 'Living With Robots'
Video: Honda's 'Living With Robots' Screens At Sundance

Gearheads and their tech cousins, propellerheads, often run in the same circles. Both are possessed by a love of tinkering, futzing, and generally crafting bits of metal and plastic into useful and/or awesome stuff. Honda's (NYSE:HMC) research team is no exception to the rule, being known not only...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150
Ford F-Series Posts Positive December Sales Figures. Gains Market Share.

There's no doubt that 2009 was a disastrous year overall for the U.S. auto industry. In spite of that, some automakers have a less bleak story to tell. Ford reported definite glimmers of hope with December 2009 sales gains. The company's sales were up a third from December 2008 and up a whopping 50...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Azera
Hyundai Azera Recalled For Seatbelt/Airbag Malfunction

Over 65,000 Hyundai Azeras from model years 2006 - 2009 are being recalled due to a malfunction in the driver's-side seatbelt, which can affect deployment of the driver's airbag. In a nutshell: the wiring harness on the seatbelt's tension sensor may get damaged over time, and if the tension sensor...Read More»

Honda Dealership
2009 Auto Sales: Have We Hit Bottom Dead Center, Yet?

As the auto industry prepares for another year of auto shows, new-car introductions and crossed fingers, sales numbers for 2009 will be announced today, by most major automakers. The question rolling around in CEO offices from Tokyo to Stuttgart to Detroit: have we hit bottom dead center yet? It's...Read More»

2009 Saab 9-7X AWD 4-door Aero Front Exterior View
2009 Saab 9-7X May Be an Investment for the Future

If you are into collecting, need a new SUV and want to save some money, then you may just want to take a look at the 2009 Saab 9-7X. Introduced only three years ago, the 2009 model is likely to become a classic in the not-too-distant future. If you can still find one, the 9-7X, which really has...Read More»

2009 Nissan Quest 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View
Nissan: No 2010 Quest Minivan in the Plan

Large SUVs and minivans have fallen on the hardest of times in the industry's late downturn, and casualties of the recession mount daily. Nissan today confirmed in an email to TheCarConnection that it would be bringing U.S. production of the Quest minivan to an end later this year, and will not...Read More»