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Ford And Chevy Unite For Joint Duramax Diesel Project
Ford And Chevy Unite For Joint Duramax Diesel Project

Proving that the threat of bankruptcy proceedings makes for the unlikeliest of bedfellows, we found out from folks at PickupTrucks.com that the Blue Oval and the Bow Tie are getting together to make a diesel love-child. Yup, the 4.5-liter Baby Duramax that site Chevrolet Reports recently reported...Read More»

Obama drives by Tesla, via Edmunds
Link Love From The Car Connection: Obama Waves At Tesla, Hyundai Gets Conceptual, Plus Videos For The Toyota Aygo And Electric Cars

Elon gets a drive-by -- President Obama loves electric cars--but apparently not quite enough to get out of his non-EV limo to look at 'em. [Edmunds, h/t John V] Meddling kid has mettle -- Who says today's kids are a bunch of slackers? Nicholas Stone just graduated from Detroit's College for...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150 Spied; Powered By New 6.2-liter Boss V-8

According to Detroit News, Ford will be fitting its upcoming large displacement 6.2-liter V-8 to a greater variety of 2011 F-150s than originally planned. Their spy pic reveals twin pipes supposedly unique to this new engine; not known is whether this is a true dual exhaust setup or simply twin...Read More»

Photo of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre
Link Love From The Car Connection: Detroit In Pictures, Self-Healing Paint Jobs, And Car Wraps, Japanese Style

Pretty city -- Despite the hits Detroit has endured in recent months, there are plenty of people willing to take those lemons and make lemonade--and by "lemonade", we mean sumptuous, four-color photographs of the city's former industrial glory. She may look a little rough around the edges, but...Read More»

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Ford Celebrates Production Of 100,000th Hybrid SUV

Further proving that Ford is the one domestic carmaker that understands the brave new world of automaking, today its Kansas City assembly plant spit out their 100,000th hybrid SUV in five years of production. The plant produces the 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrid small SUVs. The 2009...Read More»

Jay Leno
Jay Leno To Perform Free Concert, Humiliate The Unemployed

Jay Leno is coming to Detroit with something called "Jay's Comedy Stimulus Plan". Sources indicate that this is a comedy concert and that it is, in fact, funny. TCC is unable to verify those allegations. The concert will take place on April 7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and Leno is offering free...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Obama's Auto Task Force Drive Chevy Volt, Visit Ram Plant

Today members of President Obama's autos task force head to Detroit to scrutinize GM and Chrysler's viability plans. A test drive of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and tour of the plant that assembles the 2009 Dodge Ram will provide a chance for the companies to prove they can use fed assistance to...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram
HEMI V-8 A No-Cost Option For Dodge Ram In March

Even cash-strapped buyers of the new Dodge Ram won't be heard muttering, "I coulda hada V-8." The Dodge boys are slammin' hoods and makin' deals; March is "Dodge truck month" and you can order a variable-valve timed, happily burbling HEMI for no extra cost in the Dodge Ram 1500. The free HEMI is a...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
2010 Ford Fusion Pricing Announced - A Touch More Than Camry

Ford's 2010 Fusion, which has been earning accolades in hybrid form from car publications far and wide, will ring in under $20,000 when it goes on sale later in March. The base vehicle's MSRP will be $19,270, while the hybrid version will retail starting at $27,270. Ford is taking aim squarely at...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Cruze And Volt 'Family 0' engines Share Space

Yesterday General Motors announced that despite massive cutbacks, it will still be investing $250 million to make the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will power (or help power) the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The catch: no new plant or production facility space will be...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang GT500
10 Millionth ROMEO V-8 Headed For 2010 Ford Mustang

Ford announces production of the 10 millionth V-8 engine produced at its ROMEO plant in Michigan. It will be installed - in 4.6-liter, three-valve-per-cylinder variety - in a 2010 Mustang produced at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant. Romeo Engine Plant  produces V-8 engines at...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Ford Gets $55 Million Tax Incentive For Electric Development

Today Ford announced it is the recipient of a $55 Million tax incentive - a refundable tax credit - from the state of Michigan. The money will be channeled through the newly formed Michigan Advanced Battery Credits initiative, with the stipulation that Ford use it to continue development of...Read More»

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Chrysler Cuts Clocks, Snowplows, Turns Down Thermostats

Taking a line from former president Jimmy Carter's admonitions to the American people during the energy crisis of the late 70s, Chrysler is turning its thermostats down in hallways from 72 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit at its Auburn Hills headquarters. They're also removing most wall-mounted clocks...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus
Fours Reign At Ford; 4-Cyl Production Doubles With EcoBoost

Ford plans not only to double production volume of four-cylinder engines but also to offer a four-cylinder in every one of its cars and crossovers by 2013. Helping make that plan a reality is Ford's EcoBoost system, which combines direct injection and turbocharging to yield an engine with small...Read More»

1976 Lincoln Mark IV Emilio Pucci Designer Edition
Detroit Forced To Ditch Excessive Trims, Packages, Options

Buyers of Big Three cars will soon be constrained to mainly trim packages (I.e. Honda's DX, LX, and EX) as opposed to picking and choosing from a litany of individual options. A part of the domestic automakers' desperate scramble to build vehicles in more efficient ways, it's surprising they've...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Assembly Line
2010 Chevrolet Camaro Rolling Off Oshawa, Ont. Assembly Line

Economy-be-damned, GM is now ramping up production of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro musclecar at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. Yesterday Chevrolet sent these tantalizing pics of the new vehicle on the assembly line to enthusiast site 5thgen. Over in our Car Reviews section, we noted that auto...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
GM Paves Way For Chevy Volt Infrastructure At D.C. Auto Show

Yesterday GM announced an initiative at the Washington Auto Show aimed at preparing "early-adopter" cities around the U.S. for plug-in electrics like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Specifically, GM hopes to drum up support from city officials and raise public awareness of the benefits of and concessions...Read More»

2009 Dodge Viper SRT10
Three Suitors For Dodge Viper

Niche cars and roadsters are a tough sell in this market - especially niche roadsters with honking pushrod 8.4-liter V-10s. Chrysler reports it is performing due diligence on three offers for its Dodge Viper, but has revealed neither details nor the identity of those making offers. Recently, the...Read More»

Smoldering Impala
January Auto Sales Portend A Glum '09

Well, folks, here are the numbers to show you just how bad U.S. auto sales are tanking. From a sobering 55 percent decrease at Chrysler LLC to a surprising eight percent increase at Subaru, we've listed below all the companies who have reported January sales from worst to best. All sales were in...Read More»

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