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Today in Car News: Tacoma, iPad and Mahindra
Today in Car News: Tacoma, iPad and Mahindra

Former GM CEO Fritz Henderson has completed his brief consultancy for the automaker, so he can go to work for Sunoco. [Detroit News] We've shown you the new Benz iPad installation; now take a read at how dealers will use the magic-hypno-tablet to woo new customers. [KickingTires] Toyota wants truck...Read More»

Nielsen's top ten ad categories for the first half of 2010
Do They Know Something We Don't: Automakers, Auto Insurance Ad Spending Soars

During tough economic times, companies often cut back on marketing -- in fact, advertising budgets are frequently the first to shrink when danger looms and the last to expand once the coast clear. As a result, some analysts see ad spending as the equivalent of the canary in the mine shaft: a sign...Read More»

1997 Nissan 240SX SE
Today in Car News: Nissan 240SX, Night Driving and EVs

The latest estimates on the auto-industry bailouts are in--and GM shares would have to be priced above $133 for us to get back all our $49.5-billion investment in the automaker. [Wall Street Journal] Nissan won't build you a new 240SX, but would you be interested in something like a Sentra coupe...Read More»

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General Motors Makes Campaign Donations As IPO Nears

During its bankruptcy and restructuring last year, General Motors suspended all giving to political campaigns. It was the right thing to do for a number of reasons, but perhaps most importantly, it was a PR move: GM needed to show the world that it was using every dollar at its disposal to improve...Read More»

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Why You Should Follow A Company On Twitter

Twitter has taken the world by storm. Some consider Twitter as making it or hitting the big time back in the spring of 2009. That is when Twitter hit Oprah. Around the same time Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a war as to who could reach 1 million followers first. Many companies have flocked to...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
Cadillac Issues Recall for CTS, CTS-V

General Motors has issued a recall for 2009 and 2010 models of the Cadillac CTS and Cadillac CTS-V. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those vehicles fail "to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, 'Occupant Crash...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Five-Door
Today in Car News: 2012 Focus, Porsche and Chevy Spark

Saab's president says never again will there be a screaming deal like his company was for Spyker. Eye of the beholder much? [BostonOverdrive] Porsche is coming back to Detroit--the automaker will display its wares once again at the 2011 auto show in Cobo Hall. Ausgezeichnet, you betcha. [Detroit...Read More»

OnStar engineer demonstrates OnStar MyLink for mobile phone applications.
OnStar Rumors Are True: Upgrades Bring The Service Into The 21st Century

Last week, we reported not once, but twice about rumored upgrades to General Motors' popular OnStar service. Now, they're no longer rumors: the upgrades are coming, and they're coming soon. Well, probably. Most of today's news from GM centers around stuff we've already mentioned -- stuff which is...Read More»

The 2010 Toyota Prius
Today in Car News: Toyota Recalls, BP and Hot-Rod Caskets

Toyota is in federal court this week, trying to get all those sudden-acceleration lawsuits tossed. Our take: blaming Toyota for idiot drivers is like blaming Bugatti for choking Isadora Duncan. Isadora who? [Detroit News] It's a tale of the good, the bad, and the ugly, but mostly the latter...Read More»

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Today in Car News: Mercury, Panamera and Lamborghini

With the death of Mercury comes more than a little agita over at Lincoln. Who's going to replace all those Grand Marquis-heads in showrooms? [AutomotiveNews] Obama's crafty charisma couldn't convince Carlos to come to GM's aid. Not for a second, Ghosn says (probably in French or Portuguese)...Read More»

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Typing Is For Chumps: OnStar Lets You Speak Your Facebook Updates, Listen To Mail

It seems like just yesterday we were discussing GM's plans for OnStar, and now, we're getting more information about the popular telematics system's new offerings -- namely, a voice-to-text feature that will allow users to speak their Facebook updates and listen to their Facebook mail. The feature...Read More»

Screencap from GM's holiday OnStar promotion
Rumor: GM Will Offer Some OnStar Services For Free To Take On Ford Sync

OnStar is the 800-pound gorilla of telematics systems: it came out early, and it came out swinging. OnStar is now available on 40+ vehicles across GM's wide-ranging lineup, meaning that customers in every income bracket have access to OnStar services (and its $199 - $299 annual subscription fee)...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Vibe 4-door HB GT FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Toyota Recall Affects GM's Pontiac Vibe: Part II

Yesterday we learned that a recent recall of 1.1 million Toyota Matrix and Corolla models will also affect 160,000 Pontiac Vibes. The recall is related to stalling and rough shifting. However the underlying story is why a Pontiac model is involved in a Toyota recall. The answer to this mystery...Read More»

2004 Pontiac Vibe
Toyota Recall Affects GM's Pontiac Vibe: Part I

Toyota recently announced a voluntary recall of 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix models. Model years affected were 2005 through 2008. 160 complaints relating stalling and rough shifting initiated the recall. However, there is another aspect to the recall that most Americans are not aware of: 160,000...Read More»

2008 GMC Yukon 2WD 4-door 1500 SLT w/4SA Angular Front Exterior View
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part VI

We’re looking at issues around selling your car privately or trading it in with a car dealer. It’s generally assumed you will get less if you trade. Yesterday we looked at the example of a more expensive SUV: a 2008 GMC Yukon 4-wheel drive with 40,000 miles. According to Kelly Blue Book...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
2011 Honda CR-Z And 3D: How To Advertise An Enigma

When the Honda CR-Z was announced to go into production, many motormouths watered at the prospect of a modern resurrection of the famous, wonderful and super-spunky Honda CRX, of which I was and still am a huge fan. In particular, Gen II, the Si version of course. But it is a new era and the CR-Z...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
Today at High Gear Media: Cheap Trucks, Wrecked Ferraris and Snooki

The crystal ball for car sales is cloudy, my friends. This year's estimates of 11.6 million sales could be topped slightly--or could be the good old days by next year. Sigh. [TheCarConnection] If you're looking for a deal on a new car, though, the 2010 Chevy Silverado wears the most discounts on...Read More»

2010 Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept
Today in Car News: Mahindra, Evora, and 2012 Honda Civic

Hyundai's loss is once again GM's gain, as Chris Perry moves from southern California to Detroit to be Chevrolet's new brand marketing guru. Somehow we're familiar with this kind of poaching. [Detroit Free Press] GM faces a rocky road as it tries to sell investors on its IPO, but it's courting...Read More»

2010 Buick Enclave
GM Issues Recall On Crossover Vehicles

Defective seat belts are the reason that General Motors is recalling 207,210 crossover vehicles in the United States. Affected vehicles include the 2009 Saturn Outlook, and the following 2009 and 2010 models: - Buick Enclave - Chevrolet Traverse    - GMC Acadia The issue could result in...Read More»

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