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VW, Audi to Build More Cars in U.S., for U.S.
VW, Audi to Build More Cars in U.S., for U.S.

Like its sister brand Volkswagen, Audi is leaning toward adding vehicle production in the United States, something it's been toying with since the 1980s. Said Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn in Automotive News: "The new mid-sized car which we want to build in America, we want only to sell in...Read More»

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VW Profits Up 28 Percent for Third Quarter

Product and market diversity--that's the name of the game for one of the world's largest automakers. That savvy strategy is giving VW solid profit growth even in the midst of troubled times. It was sales in emerging markets like China, Russia, and India, reports Detroit News, that helped the...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Ford Applies EcoBoost to Fiesta; ST Edition, Anyone?

Ford of Europe announces a "multi-pound investment" in its Wales Bridgend factory that will produce the upcoming 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, low-emissions engine. The new investment, totaling 70 million pounds, includes 13.4 million pounds from the Welsh Assembly Government. We are not sure...Read More»

2009 Hummer H3
How You Vote Vs. What You Drive

Having a hard time telling if your neighbors are voting Obama or McCain? Kelley Blue Book suggests that the vehicle they drive may be a strong indicator of whom they plan on casting a ballot for next week. Wow, the pollsters really are delving into the minutiae this year. Just like animals can tend...Read More»

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Porsche Increases Stake in VW to Nearly 75 Percent

Today U.K.'s Autocar announced that Porsche has bought more shares of Volkswagen Group, giving it a nearly 75 percent stake in the company. This will, says Autocar, "allow the sportscar maker to gain full control of VW's cash flow." The 75 percent stake should allow Porsche to enact a "Domination...Read More»

2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo
Alfa Romeo U.S. Launch Delayed Again

Sad news for Alfisti; Fiat announced today that it's pushing back a return of Alfa Romeo to the United States until 2011 at the earliest according to the U.K.'s Autocar. Originally, Fiat had planned to reintroduce the sleekly styled Italian brand in 2009, but market realities have forcefully...Read More»

2008 Maybach Landaulet
Rumored: Mercedes Association with Aston Martin

The rumor-mill department over at Carscoop reports that U.K.'s CAR magazine claims a possible association between Mercedes-Benz and hallowed British marque Aston Martin. Apparently CAR claims the two icons have been in discussions for quite some time, and the benefits would include joint work on...Read More»

Mazda RX-8 RE
Mazda Hydrogen RX-8 Program Is a Go for Norway

Oh, those Europeans. With their miserly diesels, minuscule four-cylinders, and stringent air-quality standards, it would seem they're a couple of decades ahead in critical efficiency/air-quality measures compared to us here in the United States. They get most of the cool, experimental technology...Read More»

2006 Opel GT
European Automakers Ask EU for $54B Low-Interest Loan

In yet another sign that the current financial crisis is quickly spreading worldwide, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association recently asked the European Union for a 40-billion-euro low-interest loan ($54.5 billion) in part to help them meet increasingly stringent emissions requirements...Read More»

2008 Mitsubishi Colt
Mitsubishi Introduces New Colt: For Europe Only

Mitsubishi Motors uses the Paris Auto Show to formally announce its next-generation Colt, a Europe-only sub-compact model that it last redesigned in 2004. Eschewing the "MPV-like high stance of its predecessor," Mitsubishi says that the Colt's aggressive new nose and a more athletic stance now make...Read More»

Smart fortwo "ed" Is Lithium-Ion Electric Testbed

Marking the 10th anniversary of adorable (if slow) little smart cars roaming the streets, Daimler AG has teamed with NASA and equipped the fortwo with solid rocket boosters enabling the vehicle to launch into space and orbit the earth. A moon landing is planned for 2011. In another zinger, Dr...Read More»

2008 Mercedes-Benz concept FASCINATION
2008 Mercedes-Benz Concept FASCINATION Hits Paris

Long the purveyor of impossibly elegant hardtop coupes like the CL550, Mercedes takes "sense and sensuousness"--Jane Austen is surely rolling in her grave--to a new level in its concept FASCINATION coupe, an early predictor of the next E-Class lineup due in 2010. The mechanicals are based on a...Read More»

2009 Volvo C30
Volvo Confirms 300-HP, AWD C30

Think Volvos are just for soccer moms? Think again. The Swedish purveyor of "safe" has just confirmed plans for a 300-horsepower, all-wheel-drive edition of the Kammback-cool C30 hatch. This is a nice antidote to increasingly bland entries like the V70 (no longer with turbocharged power), and...Read More»

Isetta
Awkward Designs: GEM Peapod vs. Isetta vs. BMW 600

This isn't the first year that pinched pocketbooks and a faltering economy have forced automakers to re-invent and downsize. After WWII, according to Wikipedia, short-distance, economically minded transportation was a huge need in Europe. Enter the Isetta, designed originally in Italy, and...Read More»

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Porsche Claims Control of VW

It's a case of Wolfsburg vs. Stuttgart over in Germany, where privately held automaker Porsche claims "de facto" control over the world's third-largest auto company, VW AG, having gained control of 35.1 percent of voting rights in the German conglomerate. VW, its union workers, and its...Read More»

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BMW Microcar Development Confirmed

Driven both by European and U.S. demands, BMW has confirmed development of a car BMW CEO Robert Reithofer has dubbed a "mega city" car that will slot below the 1 Series, currently BMW's smallest offering with its own badge. Quoted in the U.K.'s Autocar, Reithofer claimed that two engines will be...Read More»

Offshore Oil Rig
Question: So, Which Is It, Recession or Speculation?

Citing over-production, OPEC says production will be cut by 520,000 barrels a day over a 40-day period. The oil-rich nations are doing so because of a dramatic and fast slackening in demand for oil, which begs the question: is speculation egging them on, or is the whiff of a deep global recession...Read More»

2008 Volvo C30 DRIVe Concept
Volvo DRIVe to Make Efficient Splash at Paris

We Americans tend to measure how green a car is by miles per gallon; Europeans are all caught up on emissions. CO2, to be exact. And with minimal CO2 emissions being a central theme at the Paris Auto Show next month, Volvo thought it would be a good time to introduce its new green DRIVe cars. The...Read More»

2008 Subaru Impreza 5dr Man WRX Angular Rear Exterior View
New Subaru Diesel Bows in Paris

Cautious in its decision to go diesel in the U.S., Subaru is releasing its new 2.0-liter turbodiesel horizontally opposed (boxer) four-cylinder in the Euro-spec Forester and Impreza, which will be previewed at the Paris auto show. European buyers will be able to get their hands on the Forester...Read More»

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