Manufacturing

Looking for the 2012 Ford Ranger? It's the 2011 Ford F-150
Looking for the 2012 Ford Ranger? It's the 2011 Ford F-150

Though fewer and fewer car shoppers are researching and purchasing today's Ford Ranger compact pickup truck, the decision to let the Ranger die next year in the U.S. still raises questions as to why Ford isn't working on a new small pickup, particularly when Ford's revived the Taurus and Explorer...Read More»

2011 Hyunda Elantra (Avante) unveiled in Korea
2011 Hyundai Elantra Production Moving to Alabama

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has been developed in South Korea, and is being adapted for the American market by the automaker's California-based marketing arm. Now, the Elantra is headed for production in Montgomery, Alabama, alongside the company's brisk-selling Sonata large sedan. Sources in South...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Names Jonathan Browning New U.S. Chief

Volkswagen of America has been without a CEO since Stefan Jacoby resigned earlier this year, but confirmation has come that the American arm of the German automaker will soon have a new leader. The automaker has announced today that former GM executive Jonathan Browning has been named president and...Read More»

2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150
Today in Car News: Ford F-150 Safety, Mazda Pickup, and Volt

The Feds want to know if gas-tank straps on the popular Ford F-150 show cause for concern. So do we. We imagine, so does Ford. [New York Times] Mazda's sent out illustrations that preview its next-generation small pickup truck. Only as with the Ford Ranger, it's built overseas and no, you can't...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Worst August Auto Sales In 28 Years

August is usually one of the best months of the year for car dealers. Not so in August 2010. Car sales dropped a whopping 21 percent from sales a year ago. This resulted in the slowest August on record for the last 28 years. Ironically, the biggest decrease in sales was recorded by Asian...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Today in Car News: Volt, Cruze, and Cash for Clunkers Redux

Without a Cash for Clunkers boost, August car sales were soft. Recovery summer, where for art thou? [Detroit Free Press] The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is close to reality: production begins on Veterans' Day. [AutoBlogGreen] GM is seeking to trademark "range anxiety" as it pitches the Volt at...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»

2010 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai Still Trying Harder To Win Customer Approval: Part II

Yesterday we learned that Hyundai continues to earn the approval of savvy car buyers with the roll-out of another consumer-based program designed to educate Hyundai owners and save them money. The new program is simple: make all factory-recommended maintenance for Hyundai cars available online. The...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Volkswagen Jetta: First Drive

  The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta will be significantly updated when it shows up at dealers in October, and VW hopes it's more in tune with what American shoppers need in a compact sedan. We drove the Jetta last week in San Francisco, and we've just filed our full review--and like many other reviewers...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Moves Forward With Mississippi Plant: Are The Recession And Recalls Over?

Toyota has revived plans to develop a manufacturing facility near Tupelo, Mississippi. An official announcement is expected later today. According to an inside source, Toyota will resume work on the plant and begin producing vehicles there in the second half of 2011. However, the facility won't be...Read More»

2008 HUMMER H3 4WD 4-door SUV Alpha Front Exterior View
It's Really Over: Last HUMMER H3 Rolls Off Louisiana Line

It's really, finally over. Yesterday, the very last HUMMER H3 rolled off the production line in Shreveport, Louisiana, part of a special order for rental-car company Avis. After a lengthy and ultimately failed effort to sell the quintessential maker of sport-utility vehicles to a Chinese company...Read More»

2010 Land Rover Range Rover 4WD 4-door HSE Angular Front Exterior View
New Range Rovers, Jaguar XF On Aluminum Crash Diet Program

Jaguar and Land Rover are moving to a lighter-weight future as the new 2011 Jaguar XJ--which we're driving this week in Los Angeles, natch--will spawn a whole new generation of aluminum-bodied vehicles for the British brands. The last-generation XJ probably was the car that sealed Jaguar's fate...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima: First Look from the 2010 New York Auto Show

We've been teased a few times with sketches of the 2011 Kia Optima, but today we've got the real thing live from the upcoming 2010 New York Auto Show, with an on-sale date expected for the fall. The current Optima's more typical of the last generation of Kia cars: functional but unexciting. In our...Read More»

2011 BMW 7-Series
Mercedes Vehicles Made In China Just As Good As German-Made

Mercedes-Benz vehicles made in China now place in the top half of all the company's vehicles when ranked for quality. Ulrich Walker, Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia, said (rather testily) that those rides are good enough to send to other countries: "Yes, our cars here are exportable...Read More»

Fisker Karma
Fisker: No Special Favors from VP Biden in Delaware

Last month, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made car news when he inadvertently revealed plans for a range of vehicles to come from Fisker, the new car company setting up shop in Biden's home state of Delaware. Biden's gaffe came off as "vintage Joe" to Washington watchers, but raised questions in...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Production Moving To Alabama

Here at TCC, we've seen some interesting production news over the past few months -- for example, Ford intends to make the U.S. its export base, and Honda will export the American-made 2010 Civic . (Honda might also move Fit production stateside.) Now, Daimler has announced plans to beef up its...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Chrysler, Fiat Outline Their Future

After a year of financial and political turmoil, and a shotgun marriage to Italy's Fiat Group, the new Chrysler is unveiling a five-year plan today that takes on a fast-paced, ambitious overhaul of the company's cars and trucks. The joint management of the Fiat/Chrysler group has confirmed already...Read More»

Fritz Henderson, GM CEO
Chrysler, GM Loans Include U.S. Production Goals; GAO Worried About GM

Yesterday's headlines may have centered on Ford's new-found profitability, but Chrysler and GM are working toward the black ink, too. General Motors in particular has high hopes for the future, but the federal government is slightly concerned that GM may be rushing its game plan and setting itself...Read More»

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