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Mitsubishi Announces Summer Launch for 2010 Lancer Sportback
Mitsubishi Announces Summer Launch for 2010 Lancer Sportback

Today Mitsubishi Motors North America announced a summer arrival for the five-door version of the Lancer sedan, to be named the 2010 Lancer Sportback. They say it will "meld high performance and progressive design with an extra dose of utility." MSRP will be announced closer to the vehicle's...Read More»

Takeoka Jidosha Kogei Ltd's T10 electric minicar
Electric Car, Party Of One?

Japan's Takeoka Jidosha Kogei Ltd. is debuting a new car in Tokyo this weekend: a prototype model of an all-electric one-seater, the T10. That's it over there on the left. The T10 seems to be the company's second minicar, after TJK's Milieu R. The T10 is somewhat roomier, with storage space to the...Read More»

Bear Slump
Nissan's Ghosn Says Worldwide Auto Market In A 'Slump'

Nissan Motor Co.'s CEO and talented visionary, Carlos Ghosn, weighed in at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: "for the next couple of years, you're going to have practically all car manufacturers in a defensive mode, which means reducing their inventory, reducing their...Read More»

2009 Honda S2000 CR
Honda S2000 Bows Out After 2009

Honda's track-ready, no frills S2000 roadster will no longer be produced after the 2009 model year. When it debuted in 1999 for the 2000 model year, the Honda S2000 wowed enthusiasts with impeccable chassis control, fantastic feedback, a 9000-rpm VTEC four-cylinder, and an impressive 120 hp per...Read More»

2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Alabama-Built Accord-based Crossover To Compete With Venza

Sources close to TheCarConnection.com report that a new Toyota Venza-fighter, a mid-sized crossover, will soon be coming from Honda. They say the vehicle is proposed for manufacture at Honda's Lincoln, Ala. plant that current employs over 4,000 Americans. Hmm...more jobs for Americans from a...Read More»

2009 Toyota Corolla XRS
2010 Toyota Corolla And Matrix Get Standard Traction Control, VSC

Either the automotive calendar year has shrunk even further, or the folks at Toyota are overly eager for you to add to their bottom line by purchasing a 2010 Toyota Corolla or 2010 Toyota Matrix, both available starting late February. Regardless, you'll soon be able get newly standard traction...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota To Sell Old Prius Alongside 2010 Model In Japan

When the new, third-gen 2010 Toyota Prius goes on sale this summer, it will be offered alongside the current-gen Prius in Japan according to the business newspaper Nikkei. The point: create a reason for hybrid buyers to stay in the Toyota fold despite the arrival of the reportedly lower-priced 2010...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
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»

2008 Lexus IS 350
Lexus IS350 V-6 Named A '10 Best Engine' For 2009

The 3.5-liter V-6 found under the hoods of the 2009 Lexus IS 350 and GS 350 was honored with a spot on Ward Automotive's 10 Best Engines list for 2009. This marks the fourth year in a row that Lexus' 2GR-FSE V-6 has made the list. Ward's judges were all impressed with the V-6's power, refinement...Read More»

2007 Lexus LS460
Lexus Recalls GS, IS, And LS For Possible Corrosion In Fuel System

If you own a 2006-2008 Lexus GS350 nee GS300, Lexus IS250/IS350, or Lexus LS460/460L, please check with Lexus to see if your car qualifies for an important recall. In addition, Lexus will be sending you mail notifying you if you have an affected vehicle. Lexus found that fuel delivery pipes on...Read More»

2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
VW, BMW, Mitsubishi Cut Production And Hours At Factories

Joining the growing list of automakers forced to scale back in response to a dismal market, Volkswagen AG, BMW AG, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are taking measures to reduce the cost of their operations. Volkswagen is responding by trimming hours for five days at the close of February. Roughly 2/3s...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota Eclipses GM As World's Top Automaker

What seemed unthinkable decades ago when Toyota brought its frumpy, minuscule economy cars to the U.S. has now come to pass: worldwide sales dominance over the mighty GM. A few fuel crises, the labyrinthine maze of GM's countless divisions and middle management, and GM's reluctance to adapt to a...Read More»

2008 Toyota iQ
Toyota Names New President To Lead Through Turbulent Times

For the first time in 14 years, a Toyoda family member will lead the company as its President. And Akio Toyoda has an undoubtedly big challenge on his plate, that of leading the company back to profitability and stability in a horrific market that has seen even its considerable lineup of frugal...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus Celebrates 20 Years

Toyota proudly notes that its wildly successful Lexus division debuted exactly 20 years ago at 1989's Detroit Auto Show. The cars that started the brand were the LS 400, a Benz S-Class fighter, and the ES 250, a Camry-based sedan with a V-6, frameless windows, and stellar fit and finish. Despite a...Read More»

Japanese worker
Japanese Lawmakers Not So Interested In Subsidies...Yet

Congress wasn't exactly thrilled about the recent bailout, but clearly legislators understood that something had to be done if the American auto industry was to survive. Folks on both side of the aisle also recognized that this "something" had to be severe, given the cashflow problems that at least...Read More»

wald black bison mercedes r class 001
GM, Chrysler Pull Out Of Tokyo Auto Show

"That's money better spent elsewhere," said GM's Rick Brown in Automotive News, referring to the $2 million price tag for GM's participation in the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show. Brown told Automotive News today that it was strictly a business decision not to participate in this year's Tokyo Motor Show...Read More»

Tokyo Motor Show 2009
Tokyo Auto Show Cancelled?

Organizers are considering pulling the plug on the 41st annual Tokyo Motor Show, which is currently slated for October 21 - November 8, 2009. According to the Japanese Automobile Manufacturer's Association (JAMA), registration is decidedly off this year, even though 100% of JAMA's Japanese and...Read More»

2008 Toyota RAV4
Tokyo Bloodbath: 2009 Version

 Not that we needed any more bad news on a mid-recession Tuesday morning, but it appears that things in Japan keep getting worse. First comes word from Honda that it's shelving plans for many new models for at least two years. That means many things--including no new, snazzy Acuras to compete in...Read More»

Japanese worker
Cars Not So Big In Japan

As bad as things may seem right now, we know they're likely to improve. America's economy will eventually rebound, Detroit will make itself presentable, and we'll find something new to worry about. Japan is facing a different problem--or at least its automakers are. Yeah, sure, they're dealing with...Read More»

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