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Mercedes BlueZero for Detroit Auto Show: Three Concepts
Mercedes BlueZero for Detroit Auto Show: Three Concepts

Over at the Mercedes display in January in Detroit's Cobo Hall, the luxury brand will be displaying its new BlueZero concept cars, according to WorldCarFans. One concept relies exclusively on electricity for propulsion, and the other two add gasoline and hydrogen to the electric motivation...Read More»

Mercedes SPLITVIEW
Mercedes SPLITVIEW Shows Different Images Simultaneously

A cool, new piece of technology from those brainy German engineers is Mercedes' SPLITVIEW technology, to be offered in the S-Class beginning summer 2009. SPLITVIEW allows viewing of two different "programmes," as they say, on the central COMAND display screen at the same time due to some pretty...Read More»

Bosnia speed sign
The Rules of the Road: Bosnia, Herzegovina Go Graphic

You have to admit, the U.S. has a hit-and-miss record on consumer safety. On the one hand, we don't allow melamine in our dog food. On the other, we have warnings on our cigarette packs like--and I paraphrase--"Smoking may cause lung cancer. Just saying," while other countries devote half the...Read More»

2009 BMW X6
BMW M Engines Going Turbo

Citing tougher emissions regulations, better fuel efficiency, and greater torque production from a smaller package, "well placed Munich insiders have said" that naturally aspirated BMW M engines will gradually give way to turbocharged units, said the U.K.'s Autocar. The new M engines will be based...Read More»

Assembly plant
Volkswagen AG: "No Regrets" About New Tennessee Assembly Plant

Despite the worst U.S. auto market in 25 years, Volkswagen says it has no regrets about the decision to build a new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In fact, they are going full speed ahead, currently moving huge piles of dirt as the first phase of the project that was formalized last July...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible
MINI Introduces New Cooper Convertible

First seen at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, today the BMW Group officially rolled out its latest four-seat MINI Cooper Convertible featuring, as they say, "improvements in the areas of design, quality, handling, performance, efficiency, and functionality." Built on the latest-gen MINI platform...Read More»

Carlsson CD32
Carlsson CD32: Semi-Responsible SUV Bling?

Wait, a blinged-out diesel SUV? And introduced in flashy Miami Beach, no less. GGI European Tuning, the exclusive North American importer of the Carlsson brand, announced its latest offering yesterday, based on the Mercedes ML 320 BlueTEC diesel SUV. Apparently even the bruisers, rap stars, and...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
2010 Mazda3 5-Door Released in Bologna

Proving that Americans are in love with neither 5-door hatches nor diesel engines, Mazda chose the Bologna Auto Show (Motor Show di Bologna for those of you fluent in Italian) to introduce the cheeky five-door hatchback version of its new Mazda3. The vehicle is powered by, among other engine...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
2010 Porsche Panamera: Does It Look Better in Motion?

For those of you appalled or delighted with the 2010 Porsche Panamera, there's more video fodder to back up your strongly held opinions. Head over to YouTube and watch the new Porsche Panamera in motion. I think it looks a bit better and more sporting while moving, though I'm even more certain that...Read More»

2010 Volvo S60 Concept
Volvo S60 Concept to Show at Detroit Auto Show in January

To be introduced in 2010, the next-generation Volvo S60 presents a smooth evolution of the current vehicle's "coupe-inspired" silhouette. Sigh. It seems every automaker is calling its sedan a coupe these days, but in the case of the S60, we'll buy a little bit of the hype, as their recent vehicles...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
Porsche Panamera Sedan Launched, Shows

The five-door hatchback liftback has never been very well-received by American buyers. Yet Porsche intends to buck that trend with some 20,000 projected annual sales of its new Panamera, a grand touring sports saloon that's been talked about for months as Porsche has coyly leaked cryptic photos...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
VW Jetta TDI Is First Diesel Named "Green Car of the Year"

The first diesel ever to take the title "Green Car Of the Year," Volkswagen's '09 Jetta TDI clean diesel was awarded the title at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The VW beat out a pair of hybrids, a clean diesel sport sedan, and a trendy microcar. Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Rabbit
VW Announces September '09 Introduction for GTI and Rabbit

Americans love VWs GTI, as evidenced by '07 sales of that model that were 15,000 strong, more than a third of total '07 Rabbit sales. Due to that fondness for the GTI, explains Edmunds, VW pursued a quick schedule to get the car on sale in the U.S. after its June sale date in Germany. VW hopes to...Read More»

2009 Porsche Cayman
2009 Porsche Boxster and Cayman Make World Debut

Porsche is serious about its current birthday. Lots of fun people showed up at the L.A. Auto Show to celebrate, including marque aficionado Jerry Seinfeld and notable Porsche racer Hurley Haywood. This year, 2008, marks the brand's 60th year of production (that would mean the first Porsche was...Read More»

Mercedes Star
Mercedes-Benz Invests $30 Million in Flagship NYC Store

While other companies struggle for their existence, fat cats like Mercedes are expanding their premiere dealerships in halo markets like New York City. Mercedes announced Sunday a new Manhattan store, to be located on 53rd Street, will replace the current 41st Street location and come online in...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5 (Euro Spec)
2009 Audi Q5 Takes the Brass Ring

Audi proudly announced its win of Europe's "Golden Steering Wheel" award for the special SUV class, giving the brand an industry high of 17 awards total. Calling it "one of the most prestigious accolades in the automotive industry," Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG...Read More»

Abandoned Chevy, by TBurton
Domestics Slide While Germans Ride

The story just keeps getting worse for the domestic auto industry. According to Automotive News, Detroit's Big Three are now asking for total Federal assistance exceeding $50 billion. GM's Wagoner, Ford's Mulally, and Chrysler's Nardelli met in closed-door meetings with Congressional leaders to...Read More»

Hyundai diesel R-engine
New Hyundai Diesels to Hit Market in 2010

Yet another round of uber-efficient, squeaky-clean new diesel engines is set to hit the European market. This time from Korean automaker Hyundai, the new "R-engine," reports Autocar, will come in two displacements and boast surprising levels of horsepower. Torque is the bigger diesel story and is...Read More»

2009 Audi A4
Taxpayers Help Automakers: Whom Would You Bet Your Money On?

In the December issue of Automobile Magazine, editor Jamie Kitman excoriates American auto manufacturers. He claims they should've seen the handwriting on the wall with the energy crisis of 1973 and started making better small cars then. And if you call the new-for-1979 Chevy Caprice (some 600...Read More»

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