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*UPDATED* Chrysler Tweets The F-Bomb "By Mistake"
*UPDATED* Chrysler Tweets The F-Bomb "By Mistake"

UPDATE- Chrysler confirms the profane tweet came from an NMS employee, and also confirms the employee has been terminated. Social media is a double-edged sword: tweet too fast and you might make a mistake. A bad one. The official Chrysler Twitter account made a mistake of haste this morning, by...Read More»

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The Luv For Eminem's Detroit (Chrysler?) Ad: Bizarre & Wrong

Maybe it's just basic TV advertising 101: Commercials are too short to make a logical appeal, so they rely on emotion. Unfortunately, emotion often trumps both logic and reason. And the much-discussed, much-searched, 2-minute Super Bowl starring Eminem promoting Detroit's grit is a stunning example...Read More»

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The Road Ahead: Auto Insiders Predict Big Gains For Detroit's Big Three

Yesterday, we spent a little time looking back at 2010, so it's only fair that we now turn 180 degrees and look at what the future holds for America's automakers. Thankfully, the folks at KPMG LLP are one step ahead of us: they've already distributed their annual questionnaire about tomorrow's auto...Read More»

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Just Launched: Snazzy Mobile Site For 2011 Detroit Auto Show

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner, and this time around, event organizers have made it even easier for attendees to keep up on the action. Gone are the days of schlepping around guides and maps; for owners of smartphones and tablets, Detroit has launched a mobile site that...Read More»

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Today in Car News: American Resurgence, Car Chargers and David Byrne

Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Jeep Grand Cherokee: America's automakers may have won back their place in the consideration queue. [New York Times] Electric cars might be the hot topic this week, but automakers still have low expectations for sales. [CNet] Ecotality and Coulomb Technologies say...Read More»

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Sometimes, Texting And Driving Are A Great Combination

We've written a lot about the dangers of distracted driving, particularly texting and driving. Say what you will about Oprah Winfrey, but she's right when she insists that no one can safely text and drive. However, there are a couple of instances where texting and driving make for a good...Read More»

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Ford Flex And Fickleness

Our relationships with our cars tend to be just like our personal relationships, some are made in heaven, others survive many reversals of fortune only to end unexpectedly, and others end quite abruptly. This comparison came to mind when I read on Freep, the online edition of the Detroit Free...Read More»

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Passed And Future: Jerry Flint And Chrysler Cars Ads

Having had the chance for an afternoon nap and time to dream about my ideal Miata roadster, I felt relaxed when I woke up and took time to look at all that was going on in the world of the automobile and two things struck me today as I surfed the Web, one interesting and one sad. As Tough As Flint...Read More»

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Obama: Auto Industry Bailout To Be Repaid To Taxpayers

One year ago, America's automakers were facing one of the worst sales slumps to ever hit the industry, the effects of which even caused two of them to file for bankruptcy. In response, the government attempted to bailout struggling firms in the auto industry by providing them with cheap loans...Read More»

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Digital Death? Facebook Feud Ends In Fatal Car Crash

  Alesha Abernathy, 21, of Pontiac, Michigan was killed and her passenger Danielle Booth, 20, also of Pontiac, is in critical condition after a fatal car crash Wednesday afternoon near Rapid Drive and Woodward Ave. The accident stemmed from an ongoing dispute on Facebook when a 23-year-old Pontiac...Read More»

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The Bailout, One Year Later: Where Are They Now?

One year ago, America's auto industry was going through very tough times. Caught in the quagmire of recession, two of Detroit's Big Three had filed for bankruptcy, and they'd brought a few of their pals along for the ride. Americans were mixed about the federal government's bailout of the sector...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee: First Impressions

Last week I had the opportunity to join Mark Phelan, auto critic for the Detroit Free Press, as he reviewed the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is well crafted and vital to the future of the company. Chrysler is betting a lot on its first new vehicle since entering...Read More»

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2011 Chevrolet Corvette: Great Car, Tired Ad. Not Like Old Spice

So, are there any original ideas left out there? Is the well of human creativity as dry as a slice of salted Melba toast being chewed on by a dour German philosophy student? Is the world of fantastically creative souls who flirt about the automotive advertising world nothing but a tired and spent...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta: Marketing Mundo

I recently blogged about a great, very slick, very well choreographed Ford Fiesta ad that put a huge smile on my face. It was an ad meant to impress the world, and leave you with the idea that this car is something special, despite being a sub-compact. And first and foremost, it was the slickness...Read More»

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Beijing Lowers The Great Wall, But Will Detroit Invade?

Over the weekend, China did something fairly extraordinary: the country's central bank allowed China's currency, the yuan, to increase in value against the U.S. dollar. That could open some important doors for Detroit automakers, who've all been working overtime to grab a slice of China's robust...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
It Looks Like The Big Three Are Back

There's no denying that Detroit automakers have had a rough couple of years. It was about this time in 2008 that gas prices began climbing toward $4 a gallon, which brought about a dramatic change in vehicle demand and explains why there are so many hybrids and compacts in the pipeline these days...Read More»

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Where Do Americans Spend The Least On Cars? You'll Be Surprised

Where do people spend the least on their cars, gasoline, and getting around? Surprisingly, among major cities, it's Detroit. Those in the Motor City know how to keep automotive costs down; Detroit residents spent a total of $2,124 on average in vehicle-related costs, including gas, topping even...Read More»

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Baltimore Tops List Of Most Dangerous Cities For Drivers

The city of Baltimore is known for many things, from its delicious crab cakes to its eclectic neighborhoods to its amazingly high murder rate. Now, according to Insurance.com, the Charm City has another feather in its cap: it’s the most dangerous driving city in America. Baltimore beat out...Read More»

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Survey Shows Renewed Trust In American Cars, Especially Ford

In recent months and years, U.S. automakers have rallied that American cars are now on equal or better footing than Japanese (and Korean) cars in terms of quality, reliability, and durability. The campaigns, along with sea-change improvements in some of the products coming from Detroit, as observed...Read More»

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