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Who Wants Higher Gas Taxes? That's Ford. Bill Ford.
Who Wants Higher Gas Taxes? That's Ford. Bill Ford.

Ask most energy analysts how to cut US petroleum usage, and they'll point to Europe, where gasoline costs more than double the price in the States. For decades, European countries have taxed gasoline heavily, and the laws of economics work: Consumption per capita is much lower. Now Ford Motor Co...Read More»

Fiat's Sergio Marchionne
Fiat: The New Overlord

The rest of the auto industry may be flatlining, but Fiat is going horizontal in a very different way: horizontal integration. Yesterday the Italian automaker confirmed that in addition to the merger it's arranging with Chrysler, Fiat is also hoping to acquire GM Europe, including the Saab and Opel...Read More»

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Fiat, Magna Eyeing Opel

Though it's still short of bankruptcy, the parting out of General Motors' corporate structure is underway, and the latest word has Fiat and Magna emerging as rivals over a majority stake in Opel. The gang over at Motor Authority have dug up word from several German officials that shows a clear...Read More»

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Bentley Shows Continental GT Supersports In New York

Even the purveyor of the gas hog six-and-three-quarters-liter V-8 is now joining the green movement. The Bentley Continental Supersports you see here is powered by E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline), thus Bentley Motors' one and only claim to eco-friendliness thus far. Here...Read More»

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Cash For Clunkers Boosts European Car Sales

Germany and France are reporting impressive increases in new vehicle registrations for March. Registrations for March increased a whopping 40 percent in Germany and the French automobile association (CCFA) is reporting an 8.1 rise in that country's vehicle registrations. Though a scant 0.24...Read More»

Bentley Continental GT underwater
Totally Dynamic Bentley Continental GT Goes Underwater

"Something was wrong with the brakes" said Scott Coleman, boss man at London car graphics shop Totally Dynamic, about a hapless Bentley Continental GT that screeched across a rotary, blew through a metal post, and plunged lemming-like into the River Lee north of London. While the driver escaped...Read More»

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Bentley Motors Builds 47th U.S. Dealership In Austin, Texas

Today Bentley Motors announces its 47th U.S. dealership and its third in Texas. Bentley Austin, which will ultimately provide both sales and service in the hill country of Austin, Tex., is set to open its doors onto Research Boulevard in early April. It will be owned and operated by John Eagle...Read More»

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Opel Assistance Deal Thin On Details Says German Gov't

Yesterday German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, on his way from Germany to the U.S. for talks with GM and U.S. government officials, called upon more information from GM regarding its proposed solution for ailing Opel. He claims that GM's plan for Opel, its German division, is thin on...Read More»

2009 Lotus Exige S
Lotus Exige S Sports Improved Aerodynamics, Reduced Mileage

Looks like fuel price instability has had a permanent effect on automotive design, even where high performance cars are concerned. Lotus is no different, announcing at the Geneva Motor Show that its new Exige S now earns 26 mpg on the highway. The lightweight Exige has never been an extremely...Read More»

Ferrari 599X concept
Ferrari Reveals 599X Concept Details At Geneva Motor Show

Based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, Ferrari's 599X concept draws on new technology to become an extreme track star. Just like Aston Martin's One-77, this Ferrari went on a diet to reduce engine weight as well as the weight of other components. The engine uses carbon fiber pieces in the intake system and...Read More»

Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion Concept
VW Polo BlueMotion: World's 'Most Efficient 5-Passenger Sedan'

As if its new Polo wasn't already extremely efficient, Volkswagen is displaying a concept BlueMotion variant of the small hatchback. Volkswagen heralds the Polo BlueMotion as "the most fuel-efficient five seater in the world" and touts a hybrid-killing 71 mpg. Likelihood of production, exclaims...Read More»

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700 Hp Aston Martin One-77 Debuts At Geneva

Sexy and confident as Connery, but appropriately muscled up like Daniel Craig, Aston Martin's 007-mobile, a supercar dubbed One-77, makes its Geneva debut today. In the utmost proper British fashion, Aston claims the car "will be on display as an exposé throughout the show detailing the...Read More»

Nissan Qazana Concept
Nissan Qazana Concept at Geneva: Return of the AMC Eagle?

Nissan confirms that it will build a produce a car based on this, the Qazana concept, at its Sunderland plant in the UK starting 2010. The Qazana is a tall four-door coupe with rear-opening rear doors in the vein of Toyota's FJ Cruiser, but without that vehicle's gargantuan blind spots or heavy...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Polo
New Volkswagen Polo: Safety Up, Weight And Consumption Down

We told you earlier about the next-gen VW Polo billboard advertisement hanging above a Geneva Motor Show exhibition hall. Volkswagen has released details of its latest-generation Polo, a tiny hatchback its maker is calling one of the safest cars in the world. VW makes a big deal about the safety of...Read More»

Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
Lambo Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce Stomps Into Geneva

The Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce charges into Switzerland, bringing all of 670 hp in a lightened chassis to the Geneva Motor Show. A power-to-weight ratio of 5.1 lbs. per hp and all-wheel drive mean a 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 212 mph. The LP...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Spark
2010 Chevrolet Spark Full Unveil Prior To Geneva Motor Show

Teased last month, official photos of the new Chevrolet Spark have now been released prior to its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Check out a slideshow of the Spark by clicking here. In direct opposition to GM's quickly-dying bigger is better philosophy, the Spark is a true microcar, set to do...Read More»

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Mercedes SLS Resurrects Spirit Of Iconic '50s 300SL

Mercedes is reviving the spirit of its hugely famous 300SL ("Gullwing") roadster of five decades ago in a new roadster set to debut in the fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show and go on sale mid-2010. This new car, the SLS, replaces the former McLaren joint-venture, the SLR, of which Mercedes will be...Read More»

VW Polo BillBoard Geneva Motor Show
New Volkswagen Polo Makes Geneva Debut

A huge billboard rounding a curve on the exhibition hall housing the Geneva Motor Show features an advertisement for the new Volkswagen Polo. According to WorldCarFans, the new Polo is still a very small car, its length has been extended by slightly over one inch. Quality and feel of the new model...Read More»

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GM Wants $4.2 Billion European Aid For Opel Restructuring

Today GM of Europe announced a restructuring plan that would spin Opel off into a separate business unit to save "as many jobs and factories as possible" according to Automotive News. But GM can't do it alone; they claim to need 3.3 billion euros in state aid (approximately $4.18 billion). This in...Read More»

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