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GM, CMU: Who's Right About The Electric Car? (Hint: Neither)
GM, CMU: Who's Right About The Electric Car? (Hint: Neither)

A week ago, Carnegie Mellon University issued a report that said long- and mid-range electric cars are "not cost effective in any scenario". Their rationale? The expense of installing a battery big enough to get 40 miles per charge is never going to pay for itself in fuel savings. Furthermore, just...Read More»

GM faces the reaper
GM Is Fearing Reaper, Barreling Toward Bankruptcy

Between lackluster sales, the sagging economy, and all that bailout mishegas, things are rough at General Motors. For weeks, we've been waiting for signs of improvement, convinced that the situation can't get much worse. We hate it when we're wrong. GM's auditors at Deloitte & Touche have...Read More»

2010 Opel Ampera
2010 Opel Ampera: Headshot Unveiled Before Geneva Motor Show

What with all the protests and financial hoo-ha, Friday wasn't Opel's best day. Today, however, the company seems to have regained its footing--or at least it's got the common sense to put its worries aside and focus on what really matters: gussying up for the Geneva Motor Show. In doing so, the...Read More»

Heidi Montag atop a Camaro
Link Love From The Car Connection: Mercedes Gullwing FAIL, GM's Aim Is Off, And Who Is This Heidi Montag Person Anyway?

Thursday is like an amuse-bouche: not quite Friday, but tantalizingly close. Here are some links to keep you occupied while we finish watching Top Chef on TIVO. Cue the sad trombone -- We don't often play the schadenfreude game around here, but it's hard not to go a little "Nelson Muntz" when we...Read More»

Fiat 500C interior
Link Love From The Car Connection: Fiat Shows Off, Hyundai Goes Bulletproof, And The Bailout Looks Bankrupt

While you were sleeping, TCC staffers cobbled together a collection of news items to ease you into your morning routine. You can thank us later. A release only a mother could love -- It's only Tuesday, but we're certain we've already discovered the worst press release of the week: "Found: Oldest...Read More»

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TechCrunch Wants Steve Jobs To Run A United GM/Chrysler; We Respond Huffily

Yesterday, TechCrunch posted a letter to President Obama from Spark Capital's Todd Dagres, who offers the president some suggestions for dealing with the Big Three. In a nutshell, Dagres argues that the biggest problem with the auto industry is that Detroit doesn't design cars Americans want to...Read More»

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The Epic And Endless Saga of Saab

One thing's for sure: Scandinavians love a good epic. As proof, look no further than the Sad Story of Saab, which is lengthening by the day. Here's our Reader's Digest recap: When GM bought Saab in 1990, the high-styling Swedish brand was a prestigious feather in GM's cap. Almost two decades later...Read More»

Big Three Bailout Bonanza as of 2-19-09
Big Three Bailout Bonanza: February 19th Edition

As noted earlier, we may not be trained "numbers people", but TCC staffers can usually hold their own on the brave frontier of math. Still, we've had a tough time wrapping our heads around the Big Three bailout bottom line, thanks largely to conflicting dollar figures floating across the interwebz...Read More»

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Full Release Hump Day: PR From Pelosi, NADA, Chrysler, And More

A lot of paper--virtual and otherwise--flew through the air late yesterday. Everything was going smoothly until Chrysler and GM submitted their restructuring plans to congress, and après ça, as they say, le déluge. Faster than you could say "deforestation", a volley of press releases shot across...Read More»

Porsche Design Group P9522 mobile phone
Link Love From The Car Connection: Porsche Is Calling, Vin Diesel Is Speeding, And Some Music Is Better Left Behind

  Hello, Friday. Goodbye, work-week. Can't say we'll be sad to see you go. Here are some news items to get our fellow 9-to-5ers through the last grueling eight hours: Art of the streets -- Garden-variety art cars get covered in hot glue and plastic army soldiers. Real art cars get tricked out by...Read More»

Koala rescued in Victoria, Australia -- via AP
Link Love From The Car Connection: Automakers Help Australia, Videogames Boost Brands, And Danica Patrick Sports A Bikini

Congrats: you made it to Wednesday. Only two more days of trying to look busy. Here's some reading that'll make the boss think you're in full-on research mode: Brand loyalty, one pixel at a time -- All those bucks that automakers pay for product placement in videogames seems to be paying off. A new...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Spark, as painted by British artist Ian Cook
Chevrolet Spark Will Debut In Geneva

GM has been teasing its new Chevrolet Spark for some time. In fact, the company's reps were so anxious to bring a prototype to the Detroit Auto Show back in January that they rolled out a 2007 Beat concept--the platform on which the Spark is based--just to have something to put onstage. (To recap...Read More»

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GM Announces Pay Cuts And 10,000 Layoffs For Salaried Workforce

Surely everyone saw this coming: GM just announced that it's cutting 10,000 salaried jobs from its global workforce by the end of 2009. But wait, there's more: the company is also instituting pay cuts for its salaried employees in the U.S., effective May 1. Happy Tuesday! Of the planned 10,000...Read More»

Rafael Reston Viper concept
Link Love From The Car Connection: Chasing Bentleys, Revamping Vipers, And Bob Lutz Has Left The Building

It's only Tuesday. Can you believe it? Neither can we. Maybe these news bits will help the day pass quicker: News flash: money can't buy happiness -- Some poor zhlub in a white Bentley led police on a low speed chase through L.A. last night. (And some other zhlub created a Twitter page for him.) No...Read More»

Mission One by Yves Behar
Link Love From The Car Connection: Fastest Electric Motorcycle, Lambos On Fire, Esurance Remains Highly Annoying

The week's almost over. Here's some link love to make Thursday go down easier. Dude, NOT COOL: Over in Brussels, a couple of teens torched a perfectly good Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Either the kids in Belgium are especially ruthless these days, or someone's spiked the waffle mix. Colin Farrell...Read More»

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Chrysler, GM Offer Buyouts; Chrysler's Package Bigger

Chrysler and GM are working hard to get their business plans in shape by February 17: that's when they have to return to D.C. and speak to all those terribly nice senators and representatives about the things they've done to earn their bailout dollars. A key element in those restructuring plans...Read More»

Car pooling with a Mazda Miata
Link Love From The Car Connection: Weird Accidents, Ferrari Laptops, And Grandpa Finds The Camcorder

It's freezing outside, y'all. Stay in and fire up some hot links. Cruising a different highway: Love Italian sportscars but hate the pesky fact of their high sticker prices? Maybe you should nab the latest Acer laptop, designed by Ferrari. The badge says "vroom", but the Windows Vista inside says...Read More»

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A Range Of Reactions To Obama's EPA Directive

As everyone knows by now, President Obama gave the wheels of change a big ol' spin yesterday when he directed the EPA to review California's request to pass auto emissions and fuel efficiency standards tougher than those of the feds. And as everyone also knows, reaction to the announcement has been...Read More»

2008 Toyota iQ
Link Love From The Car Connection: Maybach, Ridemakerz, And Pickup Ad Wars

A few miscellaneous info tidbits that have caught our lazy eyes: I know nothing! Nothing!: Maybach's Thorsten Lenz has said that the company has seen "no visible impact of the financial crisis". Perhaps he hasn't seen the company's 2008 financials, which note a 25% drop in sales. Or maybe better...Read More»

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