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GM Finally Considering Entering The Compact Pickup Market In The U.S.
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»

European ad for the Nissan Cube 'Symmetry Sucks' campaign
Nissan Says, 'Symmetry Sucks'

Last year, the Nissan Cube shoehorned itself into what's become a very crowded field. Technically, that field is known as that of the "mini multi-purpose vehicle" (aka, the mini MPV), but given the youth-oriented styling and social-networking features of the Cube and its competitors, we sometimes...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Cadillac Returns To Europe, But With Modest Expectations

The past 18 months or so haven't been easy for General Motors, here or abroad. In Europe, GM endured much tense talk about its Opel brand, and the Kroymans Group fell prey to the global economic meltdown, leaving GM without a European distributor in over the half the markets it serviced. Now, a new...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon 5dr Wagon 3.6L Premium RWD Grille
Cadillac Returning To Europe In A Big Way

The economic collapse has not been kind to General Motors: four of its brands have been killed off (we're not holding our breath for HUMMER), the company was chunked into bankruptcy, and GM is now missing a handful of key staff to give it direction. Across the pond, things have been only slightly...Read More»

2010 Kia Sedona 4-door LWB LX Angular Front Exterior View
Kia To Kill Sedona in the U.K. After 2011; U.S. Discontinuation Possible.

    Kia has confirmed it plans to phase out the Sedona minivan in the U.K. after the 2011 model year. Kia cites its large size has contributed to slow sales. Slow sales are resulting in the minivans removal from the market.     "With the current trend being towards downsizing, there is no...Read More»

Fiat's Sergio Marchionne
Marchionne Weighs The Future Of Chrysler, Lancia, Alfa Romeo

One month ago, a popular rumor suggested that Jeep would soon be the only Chrysler brand sold overseas. Now, a contradictory bit of gossip says that Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne may ditch the Lancia nameplate and sell those vehicles in Europe as Chryslers. There's also talk of potential...Read More»

Volvo Acoustic Design Lab
Geely Intends To Keep Volvo Production In Europe (Maybe)

We've been keeping a close eye on the evolving Ford/Volvo/Geely saga. So far, the biggest point of contention in the brou-ha-ha has been Ford's concerns about intellectual property, which Geely might or might not respect after the ink dries. (China hasn't exactly been at the forefront of IP law.)...Read More»

Alfa Romeo MiTo Turbo GPL spot from Fabbrica Virali
AdWatch: Alfa Romeo MiTo Video Is Simple, Clever, Jeans-Free

Last time we heard from Alfa Romeo, we wondered what new drugs had found their way to Europe. (Seriously, that genes/jeans campaign from London's Performance PR was terrible.) The latest ad for the Alfa Romeo MiTo comes from Milan's Fabbrica Virali agency, and it's equally bizarre -- but in a...Read More»

Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn: Auto Sales Have Bottomed, Nowhere To Go But Up

Speaking at a World Economic Forum in New Delhi, Carlos Ghosn -- head of Nissan Motor Company and Renault SA -- had some interesting things to say about the global auto industry. Among the most notable and encouraging items, Ghosn believes that the international sales slump has ended and that the...Read More»

Saab 9-3
Upcoming Concept Vehicle Will 'Define The New Saab'

The good news for Saab keeps on rolling: last month, we mentioned that the company's sale to Koenigsegg was looking like a done deal (thanks to a €400 million loan from the European Investment Bank), and now comes word that Saab is developing a new, small concept vehicle to presage the company's...Read More»

2009 Opel Insignia Sedan
General Motors Channels Its Inner Gollum: Hangs On To Opel

In a move that was almost telegraphed, General Motors has announced today that it will keep its European subsidiary Opel/Vauxhall. In a press release from GM, CEO Fritz Henderson spoke about the decision, While strained, the business environment in Europe has improved.  At the same time, GMs...Read More»

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Rumor: Jeep To Be The Only Chrysler Brand Sold Overseas

Tomorrow marks the big unveiling of Chrysler's five-year recovery plan. There's been a lot of speculation about the company's new strategy, and now comes a bit more: sources familiar with the recovery document say that CEO Sergio Marchionne will scrap plans to sell most Chrysler brands outside...Read More»

2011 Mazda2 interior
The Wooden-Bodied Ryan Travit

The Wooden-Bodied Ryan Travit Ken Ryan is not your typical car guy. Having spent a number of years abroad in Europe and around the world he has owned more interesting and rare cars then most of us could dream of. Having been a woodworker, building musical instruments and furniture, Ken was always...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Polo
First Drive: 2010 Volkswagen Polo

Is it 1973 all over again? Volkswagen is amping up for a fuel-economy battle with Honda and Ford, right here in America, with a new hatchback. Only this time, some of the names have changed, and so have the rules. Come 2011 or so, it's the VW Polo readying for a fight with the Honda Fit and Ford...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Video: Volkswagen Launches 'The Fun Theory' Campaign

Speaking of marketing campaigns, DDB Stockholm recently launched an interesting one for Volkswagen called "The Fun Theory". The campaign encourages people to alter lazy behaviors by showing that acting responsibly can be -- yes -- fun. The best stunt so far involves a subway station, where DDB...Read More»

Ad for the SEAT Ibiza
WTF Foreign Ad Of The Day: The SEAT Ibiza

We don't talk much about foreign-only models on TCC, but every so often, one of them catches our eye. Usually, that's because a variant is heading to America, or sometimes, it's because the car's ad campaign is so out there. We don't know what the Parisian agency known as Grey was thinking when...Read More»

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