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

2005 Chevrolet Blazer 2-door Open Doors
Can Cellphones Cause Car Fires, You Bet They Can

You want to know what a shame is? It's a shame when an editor of a major online automotive ezine or Blog comes out halfway for an issue and then almost as quickly when the pr people of the fuel industry rear their heads, the editor falls back to accepted orthodoxy because it's easier not to rock...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Tesla Motors and the Model S Prepare To Take on the World

When electric car company Tesla Motors officially arrived on the scene in March of 2008, their first offering, the Roadster, definitively put to rest the long held notion that electric cars cant make your pulse race.  Since its debut the six figure carbon fiber bullet has been busy dismantling the...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma S Concept
Automotive Technology: Where It's Been and Where It's Going in 2010 and Beyond

For decades, people have been making predictions about what life would be like in the 21st century.  Well, its been here for 10 years now, so what is it really like?  Specifically, what can the cars of the future really do?  They dont hover or travel through time yet, or even drive themselves...Read More»

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Kelley Blue Book Lists Most Researched Vehicles Of 2009

The year is drawing to a close and in the final days we can take a look back at which new cars have proven to be the most popular of the year. Thanks to the guys at Kelley Blue Book, we now have a list of the most-researched new vehicles of the year. Based on information gathered from the website...Read More»

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Toyota Wants Suppliers To Cut Costs By 30%

Toyota’s stellar profitability record took a major beating this year thanks to the affects of the global financial crisis and in response the automaker is looking to cut costs at every possible point. The savings will come from improved quality, reduced waste and human resources development...Read More»

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Spyker Refuses To Let Saab Slip Away, Renews Offer

Just a few days ago we were writing epitaphs for Saab, but it looks as if it may yet be a bit early to call the brand dead. Dutch carmaker Spyker has renewed its offer to purchase Saab in spite of GM's announcement last week that it would begin winding down the brand. GM said last week there were...Read More»

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GM CFO Ray Young Gets New Post

The managerial shakeup at GM shows no sign of slowing, with the automaker announcing this week that CFO Ray Young will be repositioned as the vice president of international operations. In this newly created role, Young, 47, will lead the international operations financial organization, in addition...Read More»

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
Electric Cars Are Inevitable, Might As Well Make Them Fun

Automotive industry like it or not is going to use new energy source. And it's not only automotive industry but all the industries and all the people really. It is the only way to go. Our energy sources are becoming scarce. You might think: "Well there is nothing new there". But that's not what I...Read More»

2009 Saab 9-3
Breaking: GM Sells Key Saab Assets To Beijing Auto

When Saab's sale to Koenigsegg flamed out in late November, many presumed it was the end of the line for the brand, much as Penske's withdrawal spelled the end for Saturn. It now looks like those pessimists may not have been far from the mark but there is some hope for the brand in the form of...Read More»

2008 Toyota Prius 5dr HB Base (Natl) Side Exterior View
Battery Performance: as Temperature Drops, Battery Performance Slides

One thing that you find interesting as you read blog posts about hybrid cars and battery technology is the amount of information that the average car owner does not have much knowledge when it comes batteries and battery technology. Indeed, it seems that people seem to take their car batteries for...Read More»

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Report: Renault Considering U.S. Return As Budget Brand

Renault bosses have hinted at a possible return to the U.S. market as the French automaker contends with one of the worst sales slumps in its history. Renault’s market share in Western Europe has dropped to just over 7% from the highs of 9.7% in 2005 when current CEO Carlson Ghosn stepped in...Read More»

2008 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX Angular Front Exterior View
Study: White's Top Here, But Elsewhere Other Colors Rule

Its funny that some things you take for granted in the good old U.S. of A. aren't necessarily true for the rest of the world. For example, DuPont recently released its list of most popular car colors for the American car market and the leading color, as it has been for years, is white, but not by...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid
VW Buys Into Suzuki, Kelley And J.D. Power Results: Today At High Gear Media

The big news in the industry today is Volkswagen's purchase of a 19.9 percent stake in Suzuki. The primary avenue for benefit to the German carmaker is access to Suzuki's low-cost small car production. Suzuki obviously benefits with access to VW's repository of engines, platforms and technologies...Read More»

1997 Chevrolet Suburban
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Problems - Pt. 3

Normal Process Raises Battery Concern Question 1 For the first time since I have owned my car, I checked the battery water level. My battery is three years old. When I removed the caps from the battery, I found three of the six cells had hard crystals at the bottom of the openings. I did some...Read More»

1997 Toyota Corolla DX
Car Recalls: It's Important for an Owner To Keep up

Theres a problem with the current way the public perceives and handles auto safety recalls that puts people in real danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as many as 25 percent of car owners whose vehicles have had safety recalls have ignored the...Read More»

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NHTSA Finds Many Owners Ignoring Safety Recall Notices

Heres an interesting paradox: even as the auto industry faced a record number of 2007 recalls 712 -- the physical number of cars recalled was well down from the record number of cars recalled only three years before.  In 2004 there were 620 recalls, involving 30.8 million vehicles, according to...Read More»

Bob Lutz and 50 Cent
General Motors' New CEO Is...Bob Lutz?

Bob Lutz is a controversial guy: a slick salesman/cheerleader who can get the public riled up about a new car, but also the kind of hothead who's been known to speak before considering the consequences -- like that time he called global warming "a total crock of" hooey. (We paraphrase.) However, at...Read More»

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