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Chrysler Closing More Plants

Chrysler Closing More Plants

Hit hard by the slump in sales of SUVs, pickups, and other light trucks - which normally account for two-thirds of its volume - Chrysler LLC plans to close an assembly plant later this year and sharply reduce production at another. Chrysler's St. Louis South plant, one of two producing minivans for... read more

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GM Indefinitely Delays Next-Gen Truck Plans

Considering current market conditions, which one industry official has described as "watershed," we weren't really surprised to learn that General Motors is putting an... read more June 19, 2008 by 2

Big Oil

The More You Pay, The More You Panic

The more you pay for gasoline, it seems, the more you're likely to panic and rush out looking for some quick fix - or so suggest the results from a new survey by CNW... read more June 18, 2008 by 6

Oil Pump

Enviro Groups Want Tougher Mileage Rules

The pressure's on federal regulators to sharply increase the already-big increase in U.S. fuel economy standards approved last year. With gasoline prices now running nearly... read more June 17, 2008 by 2

Big Oil

Buzz Off, Big Oil

"Dear Oil, We've had this great relationship for many years. We think we will both be a lot happier if we see less of each other." So goes a new TV spot that General Motors... read more June 17, 2008 by 1

Fuel Prices

Gas-Saving Tips

The folks at the NPR daily "Here and Now" invited me to join them on the air this week to talk about ways to cut fast-rising gasoline bills. I thought I'd share a few of the... read more June 13, 2008 by 3

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Cheap Chinese Gas

While American motorists have been watching the numbers on their local gas pumps go up and up and up, drivers on the other side of the world don't seem to mind - indeed... read more June 12, 2008 by 2

Tailpipe Emissions

Idle Time

Don't worry about running a red light. Seems the real way to get into trouble in Minneapolis these days is letting your engine run. The city has just enacted a new law that... read more June 10, 2008 by 2

2008 Ford F-Series

Asians Overtake Detroit; F-Series Falls to Civic

If all the plant closings, production shifts, and job losses haven’t gotten out the word that there’s a massive sea change reshaping the U.S. auto industry, then the... read more June 4, 2008 by 2


GM's "Very Difficult" Transformation

In technical terms, they’re called “strategic initiatives.” But for practical purposes, the wide range of changes General Motors has announced this morning amounts to... read more June 3, 2008 by 5


2009 Dodge Ram: Timing Is Everything

In recent weeks, sales data show pickups have fallen from about 11 percent of the U.S. motor vehicle market to just 9 percent, and there’s little chance of a recovery... read more June 2, 2008 by 5

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Ford to Step Up Fiesta Production

Slammed by the collapse of the American truck market, Ford Motor Co. is looking ways to ramp up production of its new Fiesta minicar. The subcompact, launched to much acclaim... read more June 2, 2008 by 2

Prius with environmental message

Toyota May Build Prius in U.S. Plant

I’ve been out in Northern California this weekend, attending a family wedding. It doesn’t take much time on the road to recognize that the Toyota Prius has become has... read more June 2, 2008 by 0

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Scooter Sales Soar

As many of my regular readers know, I frequently appear on broadcast outlets around the world, from Chicago's mega-station WJR -- where I spent nearly an hour with host Jon... read more June 1, 2008 by 4

Smart fortwo

Is It Smart to Put Premium in Your Little Fortwo?

Among the cars I am test-driving this week is a BMW M3 Coupe. It is, as you might expect, a joy to drive. But it is painful to refill, averaging barely 17 mpg and demanding... read more May 28, 2008 by 10

Fuel Prices

Finding Cheap(er) Gas

Sunny, my local Sunoco dealer, broke through the $4-a-gallon mark, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. His prices seemed to vary by the hour, ranging anywhere... read more May 27, 2008 by 1


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