Manufacturing

Early Production 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS And LT Driven
Early Production 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS And LT Driven

Early production (as in a couple tweaks away from standard issue) 2010 Chevrolet Camaros have been delivered to lucky buyers Scott Settlemire, Cheryl Pilcher, and John Fitzpatrick. Their musclecars fresh from the Oshawa, Ontario assembly line, the proud new owners yielded their rides to the Camaro...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang GT500
10 Millionth ROMEO V-8 Headed For 2010 Ford Mustang

Ford announces production of the 10 millionth V-8 engine produced at its ROMEO plant in Michigan. It will be installed - in 4.6-liter, three-valve-per-cylinder variety - in a 2010 Mustang produced at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant. Romeo Engine Plant  produces V-8 engines at...Read More»

2009 Honda Accord
U.S. Honda Plants Snag EPA Energy Star Awards

By curbing the energy used in its manufacturing operations at plants in Ohio and Alabama, Honda announces today that it's the recipient of U.S. EPA Energy Star awards. Honda of America Manufacturing's Marysville, Ohio plant as well as their East Liberty, Ohio plant, earned the EPA's top energy...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Show Car
GM Viability Plan: Spin Off Saab, Saturn, and HUMMER

General Motors has released the viability plan it expects to win more bailout loans from Congress--another $16.6 billion, to keep it operating until it can begin repaying the loans in 2012. Like the earlier filing by Chrysler, GM's plan involves trimming down in the number of models it sells, and...Read More»

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Ford: UAW Deal Means No Federal Loans

Ford says a late-breaking deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW) means it will not have to depend on government loans to stay solvent in 2009. The company, in a press release just issued, says that a tentative deal will modify the Ford-UAW labor deal that took effect in 2007. The terms of the new...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus
Fours Reign At Ford; 4-Cyl Production Doubles With EcoBoost

Ford plans not only to double production volume of four-cylinder engines but also to offer a four-cylinder in every one of its cars and crossovers by 2013. Helping make that plan a reality is Ford's EcoBoost system, which combines direct injection and turbocharging to yield an engine with small...Read More»

1976 Lincoln Mark IV Emilio Pucci Designer Edition
Detroit Forced To Ditch Excessive Trims, Packages, Options

Buyers of Big Three cars will soon be constrained to mainly trim packages (I.e. Honda's DX, LX, and EX) as opposed to picking and choosing from a litany of individual options. A part of the domestic automakers' desperate scramble to build vehicles in more efficient ways, it's surprising they've...Read More»

Volkswagen New Mid-size Sedan
2011 Volkswagen Sedan Update: First All-American Pic

Our colleagues over at The Car Connection have pounced on an image from WRCB in Chattanooga of the as-yet unnamed "New Mid-Size Sedan," the sedan that Volkswagen will build in its new U.S. factory. That factory is under construction in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It's expected to begin producing...Read More»

Volkswagen New Mid-size Sedan
Chattanooga-Built VW NMS Sedan Sketch Revealed

We told you a while back that Volkswagen decided upon Tennessee as the site of a new plant that will build its new American market midsize sedan. Well now we have a sketch direct from Germany of the proposed sedan; TV station WRCB of Chattanooga got ahold of this sketch from Wolfsburg that was...Read More»

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Friday The 13th Update: Toyota Makes More Cuts

As if this week weren't gnarly enough, Toyota announced yesterday that it's making more cuts at its North American facilities. The company had already instituted a hiring freeze and eliminated overtime, along with other loss-prevention measures, but apparently that wasn't enough. So now Toyota is...Read More»

Nissan and Chrysler partnership in peril
Nissan And Chrysler Need Some Time Apart

Friday the 13th has struck again--and this time, the victims aren't just moviegoers. It looks like there's trouble in paradise for Nissan and Chrysler. Remember how we told you last week that  Nissan was going through some changes? That the company was shaking things up at its U.S. plants and...Read More»

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Nissan Ends U.S. Production of Infiniti QX56, Nissan Quest, Nissan Titan

Nissan's days of building cars for the common man may be over--at least in Mississippi. The company has said that it's shutting down production of the Infiniti QX56, Nissan Quest, and Nissan Titan at its Canton plant by the end of next calendar year. Rolling down the assembly line in 2011? Unnamed...Read More»

Porsche Carrera GT Lock Nut
Porsche Reports 14 Percent Sales Drop

Judging from preliminary results, Porsche reported at its annual general meeting that sales fell to about $3.9 billion for the first half of its fiscal year beginning August 1, a 14 percent decline from that period one year ago. Judged by sales volume, the decline represents a 27 percent drop to...Read More»

2009 Cadillac XLR
Roadster Redux: GM Kills Cadillac XLR

Yesterday we reported that the Honda S2000's days are numbered. In yet more bad news for wind-in-the-hair fans, Cadillac announces a Spring departure for its XLR roadster. XLR sales dropped 28 percent for 2008, bringing a total of only 1,250 units last year. The XLR is built at GM's Bowling Green...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition
Volkswagen: Tennessee Plant is a Go

With all the news of plants closing their doors and people getting laid off, Volkswagen has shown that they are not participating in the current recession. The company announced to dealers at the annual NADA dealers' convention that they are still on track to start production of a new mid-size...Read More»

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Volvo Bans Chromium From Leather, Car Interiors

Erin Brockovich would be pleased to hear that going forward, all Volvo interior materials will be chromium-free. Chromium is commonly used in the leather tanning process, and hexavalent chromium (the cancerous stuff that caused class-action lawsuits and gave Julia Roberts a juicy movie role) is...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»

2016 McLaren Sports Series 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»

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The UAW: Help Or Hindrance?

In the past 24 hours, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger has been on a media offensive, and man, does he have a lot to get off his chest. Via articles in Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Bureau, and Automotive News [sub. required], he's said, among other things: No, the UAW will not...Read More»

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