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Volvo DRIVe Lineup Adds XC60, XC70, and S80 for Geneva
Volvo DRIVe Lineup Adds XC60, XC70, and S80 for Geneva

Following on its Paris Motor Show intro of a trio of highly efficient diesels dubbed DRIVe, Volvo adds more technology, one engine, and four models to the DRIVe portfolio. The point of these 1.6- and 2.4-liter diesel fuel sippers is economy and exceedingly low CO2 emissions; the smallest vehicle in...Read More»

2009 Saab 9-3 Convertible 2.0T
Saab's Bankruptcy Surprise: GM Scrambles

GM received another shock to its shaky operations last week when Saab suddenly and decisively filed for bankruptcy. Dealers were quickly invited to a phone-in conference, but reported that GM had only "sketchy" details and seemed to be working through the options and details - awkwardly - in real...Read More»

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Diesel Now Less Than Premium As Gas Prices Surge

As most figured they would do, gasoline prices are rising again. Not dramatically, mind you, but enough to push premium gasoline about one cent higher per gallon than diesel on average as of Monday. With a diesel engine's inherently higher efficiency (up to 30 percent more efficient than their...Read More»

2010 Hyundai i-20 3-door
45 mpg Hyundai i-20 Three-Door To Make Geneva Debut

We told you yesterday that Hyundai's set to roll out the concept form of its Tucson replacement, the HED-6 ix-onic, in Geneva. Today we learn that a spunky little three-door hatch, the i-20, will be joining in Geneva, itself the bite-size version of the i-20 five-door that was launched last year at...Read More»

2009 Maybach Zeppelin
2009 Geneva Show: Maybach Zeppelin Begs for Hydrogen, No?

Representing "the absolute zenith in the high-end luxury saloon segment," Maybach rolls out the ultimate in ultimate over-the-top luxury motoring, the Maybach Zeppelin. For the lady who has absolutely everything yet still wants more, the Zeppelin pampers with items like an available "highly...Read More»

Volkswagen New Mid-size Sedan
Chattanooga-Built VW NMS Sedan Sketch Revealed

We told you a while back that Volkswagen decided upon Tennessee as the site of a new plant that will build its new American market midsize sedan. Well now we have a sketch direct from Germany of the proposed sedan; TV station WRCB of Chattanooga got ahold of this sketch from Wolfsburg that was...Read More»

2008 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept
Sixth-Gen VW Rabbit To Reclaim Golf Moniker?

Sister site GreenCarReports claims that showgoers at the barely-noticed Toronto Auto Show got a sneak preview of the 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI. Yup, you read that right; in Canada, anyway, the sixth-gen vehicle goes from Rabbit nomenclature (introduced in the 5th-gen in 2006) back to Golf. Further...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera interior
2010 Porsche Panamera Interior Revealed

I think I'm about to forgive Porsche for giving its Panamera sedan an awkward hunchback. Just look at these interior photos: no less than stunning. I imagine that sitting coddled in all that leather, enjoying huge rear seat comfort (CEO Wendelin Wiedeking insisted that his 6'4" frame fit...Read More»

2009 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible To Bow At Geneva Motor Show

Mixing a touch of German engineering with a dash of quirky British diction, BMW's MINI brand announces its "object of stormy enthusiasm," the new John Cooper Works Convertible. While their description of the special high performance convertible may sound strangely akin to the results of a...Read More»

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How To Say 'Volvo' In Chinese? Geely Poised To Buy Swedish Firm

The politics of a recession, it seems, makes for strange bedfellows. Or exotic Asian ones, anyway. Today the Huffington Post reports that Ford is in talks with Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. to buy Volvo, the last remnant of the once-promising Premiere Automotive Group. It is said Ford has also...Read More»

2008 BMW X5-Series 3.0si
2009 BMW 335d, X5 xDrive35d Diesels Qualify For U.S. Tax Credits

Today BMW confirmed that its U.S. re-introduction of Ultimate Driving Machines with diesel engines will come with buyer incentives in the form of tax credits. Specifically, its 2009 335d sedan and 2009 X5 xDrive35d qualify for the Internal Revenue Service' Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Tax...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Mazda3 i-stop To Debut At Geneva Motor Show

We now know that Mazda's trick engine start/stop function will be dubbed "i-stop," and its world debut will be this March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will first be fitted to the compay's Mazda3 compact equipped with a 2.0-liter DISI (direct-injected) four-cylinder. Mazda will also be displaying...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
VW Announces Suite Of Efficient 'BlueMotion Technologies'

Calling their suite of fuel-saving technology "a new world of efficiency," Volkswagen today announced a wide range of technologies and engines designed to stretch mpg on many of its vehicles. Initially, these new fuel-saving models are available only in Europe, but pending their sales success we...Read More»

Porsche Carrera GT Lock Nut
Porsche Reports 14 Percent Sales Drop

Judging from preliminary results, Porsche reported at its annual general meeting that sales fell to about $3.9 billion for the first half of its fiscal year beginning August 1, a 14 percent decline from that period one year ago. Judged by sales volume, the decline represents a 27 percent drop to...Read More»

2010 Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche Debuts 2010 911 GT3 At Geneva Motor Show

Among all of the other high-performance goodies being unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche will release its new 2010 911 GT3, a model that the U.K.'s AutoCar calls "the hardest ever 911." A bigger flat-six spits out more power, and a host of electronic chassis aids help the driver...Read More»

2009 BMW X6
BMW Tries Hand @ SUV Psychology: 'You're Getting Very Sleepy...'

"Something new, full of character, 100 percent BMW..." That we can believe. "Not a sedan, not an SUV, not a wagon." Come on, BMW, you've tried the SAV (Sports-Activity Vehicle) thing already, and we ain't buying it. Last time we checked, 5,000+ lbs, a high roll center, four doors, and a hatch (not...Read More»

2009 Audi A6 4-door Avant Wagon 3.0L quattro Prestige Instrument Panel
Video: The Making Of Audi's 'Chase' Super Bowl Commercial

Oh to be Jason Statham, the bad-boy British star featured in Audi's upcoming Super Bowl '09 commercial. Not since Yul Brenner has bald been so sexy. Statham is the star in Audi's 60-second Super Bowl advertising extravaganza, "Chase" (60 seconds long! Someone has some cash reserves laying around)...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60 Pricing Starts At $37,200

Volvo announced yesterday its new premium crossover, the 2010 XC60, will be at dealerships this March with a base price of $37,200. This puts it right in line with its competitors that include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, and Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. Alas, its potent 3.0-liter...Read More»

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Italian Government Granting Fiat, Unions Assistance in 10 Days

We previously reported Fiat and Italian labor unions' warnings that without aid from the Italian government, up to 60,000 jobs are in jeopardy. Today the Italian government announces it will unveil a collection of measures in ten days to assist Italy's largest automaker as well as auto parts makers...Read More»

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