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Raising The Gas Tax: Auto Execs Push An Unpopular Solution
Raising The Gas Tax: Auto Execs Push An Unpopular Solution

We’ve been here before. The government mandates more fuel-efficient vehicles across the board, yet the American public continues to gravitate toward what’s big and powerful. Barring this era of greater responsibility and restraint, which might pass like a fleeting fancy with the recession, why...Read More»

Euro-spec 2011 Ford Fiesta in New York City
North America To Become New Export Base For Ford

Ford’s new Fiesta sub-compact is about to go on sale across the country and just around the corner is a new global Focus. Both of these European designed cars will be manufactured in North America for the first time and there is much more to come, including exporting these locally built...Read More»

1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe - Mecum Monterey 2009
Historic Dream Cars: The Shelby Daytona Coupe

In 1963, Carroll Shelby's Cobra racecars had dominated almost every race on United States tarmac. This included overtaking the Ferrari GTO racecars at the 12 Hours of Sebring. However, the Cobra roadster could not compete with the mighty GTO when the races moved into the European battlegrounds. You...Read More»

Toyota Prius gas cap
Fuel Fillers - left or right?

CrasherCarl:  EDGR Engineering, Design and Government Regulations Why are some fuel fillers on the opposite side from the driver? Maybe the first question is: Where is the gas tank? Years ago, about the time cars became smooth-as-soap streamliners without separate fenders, there was one solution...Read More»

Alfa Romeo Mito
Preview: 2012 Chrysler Lineup Will Be Joined By Fiat And Alfa Romeo

• Chrysler: New mid-sized sedan, 300 sedan, • Jeep: New compact car, Grand Cherokee, • Fiat: 500 Minicar • Alfa Romeo: Mito, Milano, Giulia Chrysler’s newly formed ties with Fiat will soon see a raft of new models introduced into the U.S., and we'll be able to get our...Read More»

1960 Chevrolet Corvair
Whistle Blowing or Switching Sides

With recent news about certain floormats in certain Toyota models earning great media attention, there has been a lot of maligning of big auto companies for failing to take care of small issues, such as producing effective floormats. In our experience, auto manufacturers have always been a little...Read More»

Honda Crash Test
Why Cow-Catchers Are Helpful In A Small-Vehicle/Large-Vehicle Collision

Remember those things called cow-catchers on the front of steam locomotives? Of course, you are probably too young to have seen one in person, but cowboy movies show them. Oh, you havent had a cowboy movie lately? If you do see a choo-choo train, note that they look like they have pointed snow...Read More»

late model racecraft street stalker engine
How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Even though the Clunkers for Cash program provided a momentary shot-in-the-arm for the auto industry, the auto market still remains very soft. Indeed, when Edmunds.com polled new-car buyers recently, 100,000 respondents said they planned to keep their cars much longer than they would have normally...Read More»

North American Car of the Year
2010 North American Car of the Year: Your Ballots, Please

It's almost that time--if it were the Academy Awards, the accounting team from PriceWaterhouseCoopers would be sidling up to the podium with an envelope for Whoopi or Billy or Steve or, God forbid, Dave, to open. It's just a few weeks before the 50 jurors on the committee cast their ballots for the...Read More»

Volvo C30 electric car after crash testing. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
National School Bus Safety Week: Prevention

Lets talk about something that is near and dear to every Road Warriors heart proper etiquette around school buses. If you are not aware of these protocols, learn them. If you know them, read them again! School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 19-23) is here again so listen up. Its when we give a weeks worth...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Sedan
Honda Considering Faster Model Updates To Beat Competition

The new car market is starting to get just a little overcrowded with quality vehicles, and in a time where customers all around the world are cutting back on their spending, things like performance, fuel-economy and overall value is now more important than ever. Today, it’s hard to find a...Read More»

Bob Lutz
Lutz: Just One Car Returned Under 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

In September, GM launched a program putting its cars up against the industry's best, offering a 60-day money-back guarantee on all 2009 and 2010 model-year Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles. So far, it looks to be going well for GM, with just one customer taking the car in for a...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
GM Ramps Up For 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt Production

General Motors is investing more than $230 million in four plants in the greater Flint, Michigan area to support the production of the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2011 Chevrolet Volt, a move that will form more than 500 jobs. The four plants include Flint Engine South, Flint Metal Center...Read More»

Porsche Panamera
Porsche Wants You--On Twitter and Facebook [Social Media]

Follow us on Twitter: @highgearmedia @carconnection @therealma @greencarreports and join our Facebook fan page Follow Porsche on Facebook and Twitter @porschenewswire Maybe the whole world of social media is second nature to you--MySpace, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, you're everywhere, dude. But...Read More»

Chrysler headquarters
Chrysler Profitable In Two Years, Says CEO

The recently announced alliance with Fiat notwithstanding, Chrysler's current position in the market is regarded as precarious by buyers and analysts alike. New CEO Sergio Marchionne is more optimistic, however, stating that Chrysler will be profitable within the next two years. Early next month...Read More»

2009 Hummer H2
HUMMER Sale To China's Tengzhong Official

The saga of GM's sale of HUMMER has finally come to a close. With the sudden collapse of the Penske-Saturn deal last week, many feared a similar fate would befall HUMMER, but today's announcement of the sale agreement between GM and China's Tengzhong puts those fears to rest, at least for the...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Chrysler Set To Announce New Five-Year Business Plan

Chrysler is scheduled to unveil a new five-year business plan November 4 at its Auburn Hills headquarters, most likely outlining how the company will operate under the guidance of new CEO Sergio Marchionne and as a part of the Fiat Group corporate umbrella. The next couple of years are crucial for...Read More»

Susan Docherty
Mark LaNeve Replaced By Susan Docherty As Head Of Sales At GM

General Motors has named Susan Docherty its new vice president of U.S. sales, replacing Mark LaNeve immediately. LaNeve elected to leave GM from the 15th of this month to pursue another opportunity with a non-automotive company, with Docherty set to fill his shoes the day after. Docherty will be...Read More»

2009 Toyota Corolla
The 2010 VW GTI Will Get You to Work on Time and In a Very Good Mood

Price: Starting at $25,000 Mileage: 24 city/31 highway The average person spends 9.2 days a year commuting to and from work. Take a moment to absorb that number and remember that this doesn't even take into account the poor souls we all hear about who spend something ridiculous like four hours a...Read More»

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