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Audi U.S. Plant: So Is It 2012, Then?
Audi U.S. Plant: So Is It 2012, Then?

With today’s news that Audi plans to take over a Volkswagen plant in Brussels, we can now officially begin speculating that Audi will build a plant in the U.S. Why’s that? Last week in Geneva, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told TheCarConnection that a U.S. plant wasn’t needed now...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

We’re so glad to be home from Geneva. In our short 48 hours on the ground, we saw a BMW M3 lightly guised as a concept, a passel of hookers on the formerly respectable Rue du Berne, and experienced five Academy Award-nominated movies, only one of which we really “got.” So, can anyone tell us...Read More»

If Magna Takes Chrysler, Benz is a “Fat Turkey”

While pocket protectors from supplier Magna and hedge funds Cerberus and Blackstone crawled all up into Chrysler Group’s underwear this past week and read their labels, one thing became apparent to everyone involved—including unions on both sides of the Atlantic. If there’s a...Read More»

Bugatti’s Bscher Out: Veyron Plus None

The Wall Street Journal confirms that Bugatti’s head Thomas Bscher has resigned. Bscher had been head of the Volkswagen Group’s most exclusive brand. His departure comes on the heels of that of Wolfgang Bernhard, once thought to be in line to be chairman of Germany’s largest...Read More»

MINI Clubman: The Name Sounds Familiar

For almost two years, reports out of Oxford said the long-wheelbase MINI was going to be called the Traveller. Concepts came and went—and we waited, and waited, and the blogs came up with Clubman as the putative name of the stretched MINI. This week in Geneva, no less than Dr. Michael Ganal...Read More»

Sebring: Two Tops, Two Continents

Chrysler intends to launch the new Sebring convertible in Europe about the same time it debuts in the home, North American market, part of the company’s effort to grow long-modest worldwide sales. With the Sebring, Chrysler is set to joint the fast-growing list of makers offering a hardtop...Read More»

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Daihatsu Plays Scion xB Again

Europeans are aware of the success of Scion in theUnited States, even if the brand isn’t sold on the Continent. The Scion xB has been especially noted, since there is nothing quite like the boxy compact in Europe. Europe won’t get the Scion after all, but in Geneva, Toyota showed off the latest...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

And the winner is…Tupelo, Miss. For all the states that missed on Toyota’s latest plant—don’t worry, they’re like trains, there’s another one coming in six months. Is Ford finally getting its act together? Some sales are getting stronger, and a subcompact is...Read More»

TVR Out of Russian Hands, Again

The convoluted saga of Britain’s TVR sportscars has taken another U-turn, as Russian owner Nikolai Smolenski says he will sell off the company to a pair of Florida-based investors. Last week, it was revealed that Smolenski, who had lost control of TVR at the end of last year, sending the...Read More»

Saab Recalls 60 Years of Cars

GM’s Swedish arm Saab is celebrating 60 years of car-making this summer. The first vehicle, the “Ur-Saab” (pictured), was revealed to the automotive world on June 10, 1947 in a staff canteen at the aircraft company’s Linköping headquarters. To mark the start of the celebrations...Read More»

Will the U.S. Get Just One Smart?

Smart is bringing its two-seat city cars to the U.S. via UnitedAutoGroup. And in Europe, all sorts of special-edition smarts are offered - like the BRABUS twins coming to the Geneva show in a couple of weeks. But what will the U.S. smart fortwo look like? We can't imagine a pricetag of less than...Read More»

As if the 911 Turbo Needed More Power...

Geneva's annual motor show draws design concepts and (mostly) European production cars to the city's crowded, formerly smokey Palexpo hall. This time around, tuner TechArt is bringing an outrageous 630-horsepower version of the 911 Turbo. Dubbed the GTStreet, the modified Porsche will rush to 62...Read More»

Kia cee'd Cabriolet Takes to Geneva

Kia's just released this image of the cee'd concept cabriolet they're bringing to the Geneva show next month. The brand's first ragtop has been penned under Peter Schreyer, ex-VW designer now leading the Korean company's efforts. More on the ex_cee'd concept - TheCarConnection.comRead More»

Saab Reskins the 9-3 Ragtop

Saab's working hard on what to do with the aged 9-5 - but the relatively spry and chipper 9-3 Convertible, just four years old, is already getting a major reskin. We haven't confirmed yet with Saab whether the revamped 9-3 Convertible will appear at the Geneva motor show or the following month in...Read More»

Next Jaguar XJ Goes The Way of XF

Britain’s Autocar magazine says that a coming revamp of the big Jaguar XJ sedan could be the brand’s last shot at life under Ford. The magazine, in its online edition, reports that the replacement for the current XJ – dubbed X351 internally – will keep the current...Read More»

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Rinspeed at Geneva - eXasis Video

While we breathlessly await the Geneva Motor Show in two weeks, we'll keep scanning the YouTube airwaves for more videos like this one of the Rinspeed eXasis. The eXasis sports a transparent plastic body that Rinspeed likens to a 3-D effect. The plastic is tinted yellow, from its windshield down to...Read More»

Renault's Geneva Gamut

Renault's taking the dog's-breakfast philosophy to Geneva in two weeks. Maybe there won't be any blockbusters on the show stand, but a quintet of new editions could take some of the heat off the French automaker and off Carlos Ghosn, who's faced with slowing sales in Europe and a worldwide...Read More»

Ghosn Gets Knighted

We know lots of Knights we admire – Knight Rider, Bobby Knight, but most of all Christopher Knight, a.k.a. Peter Brady, who overcame middle-Brady syndrome to get buff in his mid-40s and proceed to whomp Lingerie Bowl star Adrianne Curry. Now we can also look up to Carlos Ghosn, who was...Read More»

Get 'Em While They're Hot: VW Fahrenheit GTI

Volkswagen reminds us today that the special-edition GTI it promised late last year is on sale at dealers now - and if you like the color orange, consider it a great day. The Fahrenheit GTI comes with electric-orange paint and Fahrenheit badging, along with a three-spoke steering wheel, stiffer...Read More»

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