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Christopher Chapman To Head Design For Hyundai America
Christopher Chapman To Head Design For Hyundai America

Hyundai has announced that former BMW designer Christopher Chapman has been appointed to the position of Chief Designer at the Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI). In this role, he will have overall responsibility for new vehicle and concept vehicle design. Chapman takes over from Philip...Read More»

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GM Drops Big Fuel As Social Media Agency

After a short year-long relationship, General Motors is dropping Big Fuel as its social media agency of record. In early November, GM announced it would begin an overall agency review, in an effort to become more efficient in the way its agencies of record are handled. The review wasn't limited to...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Will Saab's Demise Draw Bargain Hunters To Dealers?

Despite repeated eleventh-hour lifelines, the week began with the end of Saab. After its petition for bankruptcy was approved by a Swedish court Monday, word traveled quickly. Here in America, a nine-minute conference call to the nation's 188 dealerships confirmed the 64-year-old automaker's fate...Read More»

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Saab Is Dead, Long Live... MINI?

In case you missed today's breaking news on Saab, the Swedish automaker filed for bankruptcy in Swedish District Court this morning. The move came after Chinese suitor Youngman withdrew funding commitments, following GM’s reconfirmation that it would block any purchase attempt by the Chinese...Read More»

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Alabama Nabs Honda Exec A Week After Jailing Mercedes Manager Under Immigration Law

Many of the people arrested under Alabama's new immigration law--immigrants from Central and South America, documented or not--get no media attention. A state that arrests or tickets executives from foreign automakers who provide thousands of jobs, however, makes the press sit up and take notice...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
November 2011 Car Sales: Ahead of the Curve

New vehicle sales continued their slow, steady improvement in November across most of the major brands, automakers reported along with monthly sales today. Projections had the month coming in at anywhere from TrueCar's estimated seasonally adjusted selling rate (SAAR) of 13.3 million units, to some...Read More»

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November Auto Sales Booming, On Pace To Hit Record High

U.S. auto showrooms are usually quiet in November. That's due to a combination of factors, including the colder weather (which keeps some folks indoors), the holiday season (which forces many shoppers to prioritize tchotchkes over cars), and of course, buyers patiently waiting for December's...Read More»

The Mercedes-Benz logo.
Alabama Immigration Law Leads To Arrest Of Mercedes Manager

Alabama’s complex and controversial new immigration laws don’t leave police with a lot of room for interpretation. If you’re stopped and can’t produce documentation, you go to jail until you can prove your identity (and nationality), or until you sit before a judge. The law...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Saab Sold To Chinese Investors, But Will Beijing Approve?

The strange saga of Saab has taken another hairpin turn this morning: in a short post to its website, Saab says that Chinese firms Pang Da and Youngman will now purchase 100% of the company. But the three parties still have a few hoops to jump through, including getting authority from Chinese...Read More»

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Suzuki Bails On Major Auto Shows In Los Angeles & Detroit

Suzuki fans, we have bad news: if you were hoping to glimpse your favorite automaker's newest rides at the upcoming Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows, you're in for some disappointment. For those who follow Suzuki, it's not surprising that the company is skipping Detroit. Suzuki hasn't appeared...Read More»

Toyota Suspends U.S. Production Due To Floods In Thailand

The floods ravaging Thailand have been back-page news in much of the U.S., but as the water continues to rise, it may finally saturate the headlines. The latest news is that Toyota plans to shut down production at U.S. facilities this weekend due to a shortage of parts from Thai suppliers. The...Read More»

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Toyota To Topple As World's #1 Automaker, VW & GM Ride To Top

Volkswagen is bound and determined to become the world's largest automaker, and it promises to do so by 2018. According to industry analysts, VW could meet its goal this year -- seven years ahead of schedule -- but it may not stay on top for long. In terms of sales volume, Toyota is the world's...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer Hits 100,000 Sales In 2011

When Ford introduced the new 2011 Explorer in July 2010, the automaker knew it had a potential sales hit on its hands. What Ford didn’t know was how many customers would quickly take to the completely revised mid-size SUV. The answer is in, and it turns out that over 100,000 Explorers have...Read More»

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Kia Wants To Be The 'People's Car', Eying Volkswagen As Benchmark

Kia, it seems, wants to be Volkswagen. Not only is the Korean rising star of the automotive world specifically targeting the Volkswagen brand, they’re also targeting the goal of becoming a beloved, “people’s car.” As Kia vice-president Hyoung-Keun Lee explained to Automotive...Read More»

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Will U.S. Permanently Own Fewer Cars, Drive Less? Could Be

There's good news and bad news for the auto industry. The good news is that car companies are leaner and meaner than they once were, and auto sales are slowly rebounding. The bad news? Fewer people want cars. According to Citigroup analyst Itay Michaeli, Americans own fewer cars and trucks than...Read More»

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan
Nissan Vows To Restore Consumer Confidence In Its Product Quality

Feeling the sting from low quality scores in recent J.D. Power and Associates surveys, Nissan Motor Co. is amping up plans to do something to restore consumer confidence in its products. Specifically, Nissan will concentrate its efforts on two key areas: perceived quality and so-called “soft...Read More»

2012 Nissan Juke
Nissan Works To Restore Consumer Confidence In Its Quality

Nissan is not at all happy with recent quality scores in the United States market, and the automaker has vowed to revamp its quality control to catch the competition. Nissan is focusing its efforts on two key areas: perceived quality and “soft quality,” which is the quality portrayed...Read More»

2012 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler’s New Product Plans: Reduce Duplication Among Brands

Streamlining product lines is nothing new among automakers, but Chrysler’s plans for future products may catch some consumers by surprise. The idea is to reduce duplication across brands, eliminate customer confusion and, obviously, increase sales. What’s on tap for Chrysler Group in...Read More»

Chevy's Colorado concept vehicle. Image: © GM Corp.
Confirmed: Next Generation Chevy Colorado Pickup Is U.S. Bound

If you’re a fan of midsize pickup trucks, we’ve got good news for you: Chevy has announced that the newly redesigned Colorado pickup will be built and sold in the United States. Unlike Ford, who opted not to bring its global Ranger pickup into the U.S., Chevy still feels that...Read More»

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