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Detroit Electric Holdings And Dongfeng Ink Partnership To Develop EVs in China
Detroit Electric Holdings And Dongfeng Ink Partnership To Develop EVs in China

The American marketplace may be sluggish right now, but manufacturers and investors are betting big on China. Not only is there a fair amount of money floating around that country--the new home of Hummer and Volvo--but China is also set to become the world's biggest auto market in the very near...Read More»

1994 Buick Park Avenue, by Flickr user Rienk Mebius
Senate Passes Cash-for-Clunkers Bill, President To Sign Soon

It's a done deal now. Yesterday evening, the US Senate passed a $106 billion war spending bill that includes $1 billion in funds for roughly three and a half months' worth of "Cash for Clunkers" tax credits. The goal is to assist automakers by boosting US car sales, at the same time encouraging...Read More»

2009 Volvo XC90 I6
Report: Geely Buys Volvo from Ford

Ford and Volvo haven't made any official announcements, but the Chinese media and Britain's Autocar are reporting that automaker Geely has agreed to purchase Volvo Car Corporation. The deal has been in the works for some time, as Ford auctions off its formerly vast empire. In the past two years...Read More»

2012 Buick Enclave
2012 Buick Enclave: CBS Blows an Embargo?

General Motors is pounding the airwaves with positive messages while it tries to discreetly machete its way through a Chapter 11 filing. Today's question--are they putting the 2012 Buick Enclave out there as a sex object, to distract from court proceedings with an old-fashioned lift of the kimono?...Read More»

Renault Laguna
Irony Alert: Four Renault Models Banned From China Over Safety Issues

It's only Wednesday, but get ready for a Freaky Friday switcheroo: China has banned four Renault models from import due to 'serious safety risks' and failure to comply with Chinese regulations and standards. The Laguna, Scenic, Megane and Megane Coupe-Cabriolet are all part of the ban. China's...Read More»

Coda electric sedan
Take Car, Add Batteries: Tesla's Latest Sedan? Nope, It's The Coda

So here's an idea: Take an existing car, re-engineer it with a large lithium-ion battery pack, rebrand it, and sell it in the US as the first all-electric car of its kind. Aha, you say! The 2009 Tesla Roadster! Errrrr ... well ... no. It's the Coda, a new four-door, five-passenger electric sedan...Read More»

Prowler limo
Link Love From The Car Connection: Tesla Roadster Recall, U.K.'s Cash-For-Clunkers, And New Zealand's Goats-For-Pickups

♦ Someone smarter than us once said that nothing succeeds like excess. If that's true, the converted ragtop, scissor-doored, six-person Prowler limo up for auction on eBay is America's next Bill Gates. It didn't make the reserve bid this go-round, but we're guessing the pimper/owner will find...Read More»

BYD M1
Volkswagen, BYD To Work on Electric Cars

Many automakers have tried--now Volkswagen will give its longstanding partnership with China's automakers a boost as it cooperates with Chinese automaker BYD on electric cars. In a statement released today, Volkswagen says it's signed a memorandum of understanding with BYD--a company charged to...Read More»

2007 Buick Riviera Concept (China)
GM Driving Toward Chinese-Made Cars For America

GM says it will be building more cars abroad after it completes its reorganization, inside or outside of Chapter 11. Automotive News, following on this morning's press conference in which GM CEO Fritz Henderson said the automaker was more likely to file for bankruptcy than not, reports that the...Read More»

Money makes the world go 'round
Link Love From The Car Connection: Money Makes The World Go 'Round Edition

No, you're eyes aren't deceiving you: we're posting two Link Loves in just one day. Why? Because we know your time is valuable. Yeah, sure, we could post individual, well-written research articles on every bailout-related news item that comes our way, but who has time for that? Life is better in...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: AMG Has Its Way in Shanghai

There's more word today from the 2009 Shanghai auto show and Mercedes-Benz. This time, it's AMG that takes the mike, with twin versions of the subtly revamped S-Class. We told you about the 2010 S-Class' modified looks and interior and updated COMAND controller. For AMG's part, they're taking those...Read More»

Ghost the Movie
Moore is Less? Rolls-Royce Picks Ghost for New Sedan

Rolls-Royce is flashing back to its own past for the name of its new sedan--the "Ghost," according to CEO Tom Purves. Purves announced the name for the new small Roller at the Shanghai auto show today. It's the first use of the name, though there have been Silver Ghosts in the Rolls lineup. (Then...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
2010 Porsche Panamera: Live At Last from Shanghai Show

We've told you about it oodles of times before--let us count the ways--but now, the 2010 Porsche Panamera has been revealed in more locally colorful photos prior to its real-life showing at this week's Shanghai auto show. The press conference is set for 11:30 a.m., Shanghai time, but Porsche's...Read More»

Shanghai skyline
2009 Shanghai Auto Show Coverage

Doom and gloom have had their day--when it comes to auto shows, that is. The 2009 Shanghai auto show just might pull off what all the American and European auto shows held this year couldn't. It may keep the sense of optimism that's evaporated on the Continent and in the U.S. China, after all, is a...Read More»

Rental Car Rally
Link Love From The Car Connection: Mercedes Sneak Peak, Rally For Rentals, And What Is Up With All These Pod Things?

  Looking for something fun to do this summer? How's about signing up for the annual Rental Car Rally, which will run this June from San Francisco to Yuma, Arizona. Clearly a race of a different sort, points are awarded for low odometer readings, team style, and "random tomfoolery" (e.g. getting...Read More»

scrap heap
Great Britain, China Seek Out Subsidies For Sales

You might recall that Germany instituted a "Cash for Clunkers" program weeks ago,  and subsequently saw a 21% jump in car sales. Lawmakers in Great Britain are rightly intrigued by the success of their EU colleagues, and word on the street is that bigwigs are cobbling together a bill to offer...Read More»

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How To Say 'Volvo' In Chinese? Geely Poised To Buy Swedish Firm

The politics of a recession, it seems, makes for strange bedfellows. Or exotic Asian ones, anyway. Today the Huffington Post reports that Ford is in talks with Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. to buy Volvo, the last remnant of the once-promising Premiere Automotive Group. It is said Ford has also...Read More»

2008 Honda Accord Sedan 4-door I4 Auto EX-L Mirror
China Helps Honda To New Sales Record; Russia Does Same For VW

Honda and Volkswsagen are two notable auto manufacturers with far-flung markets that are helping them weather - and thrive despite - the tough sales downturn. Honda's sales in China, up 11.7 percent for 2008 due to strong sales of its Accord and CR-V, actually helped it post record high global...Read More»

EDAG light Car concept
Link Love From The Car Connection

UK crackdown: Britain is planning to enact tougher auto insurance laws, with penalties for simply owning an uninsured car. That's good news for insurance premiums, bad news for tinkerers with lawns covered in "projects". [Autocar] Best headline of the week: We can't believe we missed this headline...Read More»

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