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Mazda3 To Get Fuel-Saving Engine Stop/Start Feature
Mazda3 To Get Fuel-Saving Engine Stop/Start Feature

Before the end of 2009, the European Mazda3 will be fitted with the company's fuel-saving engine stop/start technology (dubbed SISS). We're not certain when this technology will be offered stateside, but we expect Mazda to extend it to U.S.-bound cars soon; the company currently offers neither...Read More»

The Splinter
Link Love From The Car Connection

Got wood?: Students at North Carolina State University have built a wooden supercar that can hit 240 mph. And you know what it's called? The Splinter (pictured above). Schwing! [Autoexpress] Is there something you want to tell us?: Just days after announcing a merger with Chrysler, Fiat posted a...Read More»

Corn Ethanol Pump
U.S. Ethanol Industry Idles 2.05 Billion Gallons Production Capacity

"So many ethanol plants are in trouble that they're just jumping over each other to move some product," said Jim Damask, manager at Biofuelsconnect. The alternative-energy brokering company in Heathrow, Fla. explained in Detroit News that oil companies are curtailing their gasoline/ethanol blends...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 4WD SuperCab 133" SVT Raptor Temperature Controls
2011 Ford F-150 Engines Offer Clean-Sheet Design, More Efficiency

Scrambling to keep up with the new consumption-conscious consumer, domestic pickup manufacturers like Ford and GM have employed stopgap measures like extra gears and fine-tuned fuel-injection to eke out perhaps another mpg or two for their current model pickups. But according those in-the-know over...Read More»

VW Chico
VW Confirms Next-Gen Polo Coming Stateside

VW's Development Chief Ulrich Hackenburg announced to Automotive News at last week's Detroit Auto Show that the Polo minicar is bound for the U.S. in its next-generation form. "The small-car segment is the fastest growing segment in the U.S.," he said, noting that there is an "increasing enthusiasm...Read More»

2008 Nissan FX45
Shifting Sales Slam Big Three

The raw numbers are painful enough, but dig a little deeper into the latest monthly sales reports and you can see why Detroit’s Big Three have reason to worry about the future. U.S. motor vehicles fell a hefty 6.9 percent in April, compared to year-ago numbers, and domestic manufacturers were...Read More»

Fuel Prices
Oil's Still a Bargain in the U.S. (Relatively Speaking, Anyway)

Like everyone outside of those few New Yorkers who spend their lives commuting by subway, bus, or cab, I’m acutely aware of the run-up in oil prices. But as regular readers know, my day-to-day life involves a fair amount of travel – this story, for example, is being filed from Portugal, where...Read More»

2004 Saab 9-5 Linear
2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid

The schedule of press conferences for the Geneva auto show is packed, with each brand getting only fifteen minutes for its presentation to the press. So it's no surprise that manufacturers want to use the evening before to draw attention to their new model. Last night, Saab chose to preview its...Read More»

Morgan LIFECar Concept
2008 Morgan LIFECar Concept

The British sports car maker Morgan, best known for its classy, hand-built roadsters that give a strong nod to the past, isn't hesitating to embrace the future of the automobile. The company just released some advance details and images for its LIFECar concept, to be revealed to the press next week...Read More»

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics tech
2008 BMW X5 EfficientDynamics Concept

Hybrid-electric technology, with a modern, clean-diesel engine, really makes a lot of sense for U.S. driving. Diesel engines are at their best in steady-state highway cruising, while hybrid componentry greatly improves efficiency in start-and-stop congestion. Now BMW is bringing out a vehicle that...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 Le Mans
2009 Audi R8 Le Mans Concept Preview

For those who recall the bad old days of the American diesel, the 2009 Audi R8 Le Mans might seem like a contradiction in terms. Ask most Americans to describe diesel power and they’re likely to use words like “slow,” “smelly,” or “rough-riding.” Yet if you listen to the German...Read More»

2008 Dodge Zeo Concept
2008 Dodge ZEO Concept

Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed lithium-ion battery pack, but each model has...Read More»

2008 Lincoln MKT
2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks

2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/9/2008)Ford F-150, Hyundai Genesis and Corvette ZR1. TCC Team Best Concept: Lincoln MKT This is a close one, but I am leaning heavily towards the Lincoln MKT, which shows that there’s still life left in the old brand. Finally, something that really...Read More»

2008 Toyota A-BAT Concept, Detroit Auto Show
2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks (1/14/2008) Our favorite cars, concepts and moments from Cobo. 2008 Detroit Auto Show: Getting There by Rex Roy (1/9/2008) Make it easy, make it fun. PREVIEWS 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Preview by TCC Team (12/19/2007) A supercar by any name. 2009 Audi TTS by...Read More»

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept - more photos At the 2008 Detroit auto show, Chrysler rolled out three concepts, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced...Read More»

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept
2008 Jeep Renegade Concept

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept - more photos Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed...Read More»

2008 Cadillac Provoq Concept,  Detroit Auto Show
2008 Cadillac Provoq Concept

Cadillac's Provoq hydrogen fuel-cell powered concept goes on display next week at the 2008 Detroit auto show, as General Motors mounts a systemic blitz of PR ranging from the introduction of the Provoq and and Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid, to the perhaps somewhat less earth-friendly Corvette ZR1. The...Read More»

2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept
2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept

While Cadillac spins a future full of fuel-cell-powered crossover goodness with the Provoq (see below), Saab’s future also seems to include a mid-size crossover powered by an alternative-fuel engine. In this case, the new 9-4X BioPower Concept gets its motive force from an engine that uses E85...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer America Concept
2008 Ford Explorer America Concept

Ford’s Explorer ruled the sales charts in the 1990s, but the Firestone tire debacle and the emergence of crossovers has sapped the sport-ute’s lifeblood. Ford is hoping to change that with the debut of its Explorer America concept vehicle at this month’s Detroit auto show. While officially...Read More»

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