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Win A Ford Fiesta In The Ford, Instagram #Fiestagram Contest
Win A Ford Fiesta In The Ford, Instagram #Fiestagram Contest

Would you like a new Ford Fiesta? Do you own an iPhone? Do you happen to live in Europe? If you answered "yes" to all three of those questions, we've got good news for you. Ford has partnered with the popular photo-sharing app, Instagram, to launch the #Fiestagram Photo Competition. Instagram users...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
J.D. Power: Chinese Avoid Chinese Car Brands (But Love GM)

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned a survey that showed Americans' growing dissatisfaction with domestic brands. On the other side of the Pacific, there's a similar story to tell in China's burgeoning, booming auto market. According to a recent study from J.D. Power, Chinese shoppers are wary of...Read More»

Infiniti Digital Art Competition
Infiniti Launches Art Competition To Tout Its Design DNA

Calling all artists: Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti is sponsoring a digital art competition. Be forewarned, however, that it comes with strings attached. The gist: Infiniti has partnered with the high-concept art magazine Designboom to create a "Digital Art Competition". Contestants have three...Read More»

That's not a car transporter... Image: CEN
Borat's Brothers Bungle Budget Bring-Back

If we learned nothing else from Borat, we learned this: life in the glorious nation of Kazakhstan is different than life in the United States. Borat and his brothers have a more sensible approach to problem-solving than many of us, who worry too much about rules, regulations and personal safety...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
VW's Math Shows U.S. Passat No Bargain For E.U. Buyers

At first glance, the difference is obvious: a U.S. market 2012 Volkswagen Passat, now built in VW’s Tennessee plant, is quite a bit cheaper than its E.U. counterpart, which is built at VW’s Emden or Zwickau plants in Germany. An enterprising German buyer could, in theory, pay $25,995...Read More»

Screencap from Citroen 'Dating 2.0' campaign
Citroen Aims For The Funny Bone, Misses By A Mile, With Build-A-Date Campaign

Europe can be a confusing place for Americans. The streets are narrower, the coffee is stronger, and everything seems historic. The cars are different there, too -- and so are the car ads. Case in point: the latest campaign from Citroen, called "Dating 2.0". At heart, the campaign's conceit is...Read More»

Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo logos
Rumor: Volkswagen Wants To Purchase Alfa Romeo

According to an article in Germany's Automobilwoche, the Volkswagen Group wants to bring another child into its already-crowded family of brands: Alfa Romeo. Citing an unnamed senior VW manager, the report says that Wolfsburg would jump at the chance to sign adoption papers if the brand were to...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus (Korean-market vehicle)
Hyundai Sees Global Resurgence

With Hyundai’s recent, and successful, resurgence here in the U.S., it is no surprise that India’s second largest automaker, Hyundai India is predicting a 20 percent increase in domestic sales. Hyundai has began to reap the benefits of its turnaround with better reliability and a new emphasis...Read More»

Screencap from Porsche's YouTube channel
Battle Of The Brands: Which European Automakers Bare All On YouTube?

Yesterday, we launched a little friendly competition: a comparison of automakers' YouTube channels. We were curious to see which qualify as must-see web TV and which ought to be canceled ASAP. Monday was devoted to U.S. brands, and today, we're moving across the pond for a look at their "European"...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class 2-door Roadster 5.5L V8 Front Exterior View
German Luxury Brands Are Putting On The Blitz

  The global economy is giving mixed signals right now. On the thumbs-down side, unstable unemployment numbers and see-saw stock markets. On the upside, job creation, the return of venture capital, and slowly increasing GDPs (at least in most parts of the world). In the auto industry, GM and...Read More»

Cast of 'Live Every Litre' by Honda
Honda Debuts A New Documentary For The 2011 CR-Z: 'Live Every Litre'

In these days of flashmobs, crowdsourcing, and other clunky neologisms, many automakers have turned to consumers for their ads. Yesterday, we talked about Hyundai's "Uncensored" campaign, which bears more than a few similarities to Ford's "Swap Your Ride" campaign (among others). Now Honda has...Read More»

Pink MINI
Style, Not Alarms, Stops Car Thieves

A new study in the Netherlands suggests that choosing an unpopular color for your car can be as effective at stopping car thieves as using an expensive alarm system. The study discovered that thieves are more concerned about the resale value of the cars they steal than the fear of being caught. So...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
The Golf, Again, Or Who Framed The Volkswagen Rabbit?

The word Golf has had an intriguing year. The word conjures up an immediate mix of unfortunate associations, from the media sensation of the Tiger Woods scandal to the heartbreaking oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico--yes, just change one letter and you have a car name that sounds exactly like the...Read More»

2011 Toyota Auris Hybrid - European model
Video: Toyota Auris Hybrid Takes Test Driving To The Web

Debuting a new car is tricky business: timing and placement is everything. Traditionally, launches have taken place at major auto shows, accompanied by dry ice, booming techno, and saucy, sexy dancers. But over the past couple of years, we've seen models making grand entrances on Facebook and other...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Give Me Some (Fiat) Panda Love

Many, many years ago, on a continent far, far away (Europe), I got a ride in a Fiat Panda, the original one, which I think had a rousing total of 45 horsepower, and possessed such poor build quality that it would have made  a vodka-soaked, Communist era Lada line worker recoil with socialist...Read More»

2006 GMC Canyon Crew Cab 126.0" WB 2WD SLE1 Angular Front Exterior View
GM Finally Considering Entering The Compact Pickup Market In The U.S.

According to sources leaking information to PickupTrucks.com, GM is considering entering the compact pickup truck market. The Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon twins are due for replacement, possibly in 2012. It’s unknown at this time if the rumored compact truck is a replacement for the...Read More»

Indian market Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet, nee Heartbeat of America, Goes Global: Can It Work?

As we enter Memorial Day weekend--which commemorates the U.S. men and women who have died in military service, most of them overseas--it's worth highlighting the increasingly global nature of that all-American car brand, Chevrolet. From 1986 to 1992, Chevy's ad slogan was "the heartbeat of...Read More»

Brilliance BS6 crash test, before modifications, 2007
BMW's Chinese Partner Isn't So Brilliant, Pulls Out Of Europe

Yes, China is on track to become the world's largest single car market. And yes, one or more native Chinese carmakers will likely become fully competitive in the global market within 10 or 20 years--as Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota have done over time. But there will be fits and starts along the way...Read More»

GPS satellite
Smile For The Camera: Big Brother Is Watching You Speed Via Satellite

Satellites do many awesome things: they allow us to communicate with friends and family, they help us find our way home when we're lost, and of course, they bring us television -- delicious television. But there are a few downsides to those hunks of metal and circuitry floating above the surface of...Read More»

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