2009

Fiat Laying The Groundwork For Chrysler's European Future
Fiat Laying The Groundwork For Chrysler's European Future

Fiat may have concerns about its new bride's housekeeping and checkbook-balancing skills, but it's making aggressive plans for Chrysler's future in Europe, and CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced that Euro-market Chryslers will soon be manufactured at an Italian facility Fiat acquired from Bertone...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150
The Interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 Makes a Bold Design Statement

The first time I sat in the interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 a thought occurred to me. This is the first car I could actually live in. And that is really saying something when you consider the ill-fitting cheap plastic and mouse fur upholstery that made up the inside of the 1997-2004 model. The...Read More»

Drew Barrymore in 'Whip It'
Drew Barrymore First Driver In Leno's Green Car Challenge

We've mentioned that Jay Leno will use a specially built all-electric Ford Focus during his new show's "Green Car Challenge" segment. We've mentioned that Tom Cruise has already taken a spin in that vehicle and asked for a second lap. And now we're happy to announce that the show's first featured...Read More»

2009 MINI Roadster Concept
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show: MINI Roadster Concept

With a new Coupe Concept already revealed, and a BMW X1-based crossover in the works, MINI needs another follow for its unique cult of speed. The next convert--actually, a convertible--arrives today at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in the form of the 2009 MINI Roadster Concept. All but...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
Expecting First Baby? Which Mid-size SUV?

We're expecting our first baby, and hence thought it necessary to get our first family-friendly car. While hubby instantly ruled out minivans (though we test-drove the Toyota Sienna and thought highly of it), we narrowed down the SUVs to the Acura MDX, Audi Q5, and Lexus RX. Here are our thoughts...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
New Top Safety Picks: 2010 Journey, MKT, and Mazda3

Three new sets of crash-test results released late this week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) appear to leave very little, if any, room for improvement. All three of these vehicles—the 2010 Dodge Journey, 2010 Lincoln MKT, and 2010 Mazda Mazda3—achieved top ratings in all...Read More»

Jamie Lee Curtis is one of a select few chosen to lease a Honda FCX Clarity.
Honda Still Hopes To Meet FCX Clarity Goals

Since the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle launched over a year ago, it's gotten a good bit of coverage here at TCC, even though there are only about 10 models on the highways of America and Japan. That's a long way from Honda's goal of leasing 200 units in the Clarity's first three...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Car Review: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Hybrid or diesel? For car buyers seeking the highest possible fuel economy, this is one of the most basic questions that must be asked. Both powertrains offer higher mpg ratings and fuel-tank ranges than conventional gasoline engines. Of course, both also offer different driving experiences...Read More»

2009 Dodge Sprinter
Sprinter Van Sprints From Dodge Back To Mercedes

It’s official; as of January 1, 2010, the much-loved Sprinter van, made by Daimler, will once again have the three-pointed star in the U.S.—and be sold by Mercedes-Benz rather than Dodge. Automotive News reports that the Sprinter will be sold by 120 appointed dealerships as part of Daimler Vans...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen GTI
Volkswagen, Audi Do The Right Thing With Transmission Issue

Volkswagen late last week issued a service program covering several Volkswagen and Audi models equipped with Direct Shift Gearboxes (DSG). In a release, Volkswagen Group of America reported that some owners of vehicles with the DSG transmission have reported “performance issues, due to a faulty...Read More»

2009 Volvo XC70
Reports: Geely Interested in Volvo

Volvo is for sale,  and according to Automotive News, the only currently interested buyer is Chinese automaker Geely. Automotive News reported that Volvo, which has been on sale since December, is being targeted by Geely, and that Geely is the lone bidder for the company, which parent company Ford...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
Spied: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Autoblog has posted spy shots of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta sedan on its Web site. The new Jetta was caught hot-weather testing in Arizona by KGP Photography wearing camouflage over its front and rear portions. The Jetta has been wearing the same sheetmetal since 2004, so by 2011, it will be time...Read More»

2009 GMC Acadia SLT1
GM to Combine GMC and Buick Dealerships

As General Motors continues to reorganize after its emergence from bankruptcy protection, the company has announced that it will combine all of its Buick, Pontiac, and GMC stores into Buick and GMC dealerships. Stand-alone Buick and GMC stores will no longer exist, and of course, Pontiac is going...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell
Mercedes-Benz Introduces First Series Fuel Cell Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz is joining the fuel cell crowd: the company has announced plans for its first series-produced fuel cell vehicle, called the B-Class F-CELL. (MB alluded to the vehicle back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, but this makes it official.) The F-CELL will be available in the U.S. and...Read More»

2009 Cadillac CTS-V
Driven: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V

While crawling along in traffic or responsibly setting the cruise on a pockmarked Interstate, it's quite possible to forget that you're in the fastest American sport sedan ever, with more than 550 horsepower on tap. That's a huge compliment, as most high-performance cars let themselves be known in...Read More»

Catfight
Chrysler Sues Daimler Over Supply Shortcomings

Having just come through a complicated series of bankruptcy proceedings, you might think Chrysler would want to take a break from courtrooms for a while. However, on August 21 the company filed suit against its former parent, Daimler AG, in U.S. bankruptcy court. According to Chrysler, Daimler has...Read More»

2009 Dodge Nitro SE
Taking the 2009 Dodge Nitro RT Around the Block

Plenty of Cargo Space and great styling. Not so great gas mileage. Test driving the 2009 Dodge Nitro RT gives you a smooth ride with its 5 speed automatic transmission. The mileage leaves a lot to be desired though, as with most SUVs. I was interested in getting a car that could carry all the...Read More»

hummer h2 black chrome motorauthority 008
Hummer Auto Insurance: What To Know Before Buying America’s Hippest Road Hog

They get less than 15 miles per gallon. Just over six thousand units were sold in 2007 (sales have been dropping since 2002). Tough new emissions laws and a bad economy have made it expensive for GM to keep up. The Hummer SUT holds the number 6 spot on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety...Read More»

1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe - Mecum Monterey 2009
Monterey Verdict: Collector-Car Market Surprisingly Strong

Many investors and auto hobbyists alike are understandably still pretty shaky about putting money down on the stock market. But that hesitation hasn't shown any lasting sign of translating to the top of the market for collector cars. That's the verdict after last weekend's big Monterey auctions...Read More»

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