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

2012 Audi A7 3.0T
Motor Press Guild Announces Vehicle Of The Year Finalists

The Motor Press Guild (MPG) is the largest automotive media association in North America, and it’s membership includes some of the best known names in automotive print and broadcast journalism. While other media associations have awarded “Car of the Year” trophies for decades, the...Read More»

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
Chrysler's Upcoming Product Plan Calls For Less Duplication

In an effort to reduce product overlap and customer confusion, Chrysler will kill off the Dodge Grand Caravan in 2013, leaving the Chrysler Town & Country as it’s sole remaining full-size minivan offering. Big changes are coming to other parts of the Chrysler portfolio as well, as CEO...Read More»

GM corrosion engineer Christa Cooper inspects a Cruze body shell for rust. Image: © GM Corp.
GM Using Forensic Science To Build More Durable Cars

You can learn a lot by tearing a car down to its individual components, especially if that car has been force-aged to simulate years of life in the harshest possible environment. By applying forensic science to the automotive world, GM is doing just that with the new 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. Rust is...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X Aero
Saab Still Awaiting Funding From Chinese Partners

In mid-September, amidst the chaos surrounding the potential bankruptcy of Saab, the automaker received what it thought was good news. Chinese partner Youngman agreed to front Saab a bridge loan worth some $95 million, in exchange for the production rights to Saab’s next generation sedan...Read More»

2012 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Finds A Home In Michigan

Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant, also know as AutoAlliance International, currently builds the Ford Mustang and the Mazda6 sedan. We previously reported that Mazda will no longer build the Mazda6 at this joint venture, and will build the Mazda6 in Japan, which leaves Flat Rock with quite a...Read More»

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport. Image: American Honda Motor Co.
Honda: Ridgeline Here To Stay, Stop Writing Its Obituary

It’s hard to say just where or when the rumor got started, but various media outlets have been speculating on the death of the Honda Ridgeline pickup for some time now, Honda’s been oddly silent on the matter, dismissing the off-hand comment with a terse “we don’t discuss...Read More»

Ford workers build Focus models at the Michigan Assembly Plant. Image: Ford Motor Company
Ford, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement: 12,000 U.S. Jobs Added

Ford Motor Company has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union on a new four-year labor contract. The agreement still needs to be ratified by UAW members, but Ford stresses the deal is fair to its employees while improving the automaker’s competitiveness in the United...Read More»

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible
Volvo To Shutter C70 Hardtop Convertible Manufacturing Plant

Volvo’s C70 folding hardtop convertible is getting on in years. Originally launched in 1997 (or 1998 in North America), the C70 has been through just one significant design change, and that now dates back to 2006. Demand for the luxury convertible has been waning, and Bloomberg reports that...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
September 2011 Car Sales: The Needle Creeps Higher

Monthly sales numbers for September 2011 are being reported today by car makers, and the slight progress made in August seems to be continuing with upticks at all the major brands except for the two most affected by the Japanese earthquake earlier this year. According to market analysts at J.D...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Ups The Ante, Announces Ten-Speed Automatic Transmission

For the 2012 model year, Hyundai is launching an eight-speed automatic transmission in its Genesis and Equus luxury sedans. The transmission, developed by Hyundai in-house, promises to improve acceleration, boost fuel economy and deliver a smoother ride than more traditional six-speed...Read More»

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Ford Yanks TV Ad Critical Of Bailouts

Just two weeks ago, we told you about a Ford television commercial critical of GM and Chrysler for taking bailout money. The unscripted ad, filmed in a mock “press conference” format, featured an F-150 owner named Chris who supported Ford for “standing on their own; win, lose or...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
Suzuki Demands Apology For VW Lawsuit

Divorces, be they between previously consenting adults or major corporations, rarely end on an amicable note. Such is the case between once-happy newlyweds Suzuki and Volkswagen, and the breakup between the two is starting to look like fodder for grocery-store tabloids. Suzuki is demanding...Read More»

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Ford's 'Press Conference' TV Spot Critical Of GM, Chrysler Bailout

Ford’s recent “press conference” television ads have a fairly simple premise: grab real life Ford owners and put them into an unscripted press conference setting, to get their feedback on Ford’s products. The problem with unscripted television, however, is that you often get...Read More»

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