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UAW's Gettelfinger Blesses Chrysler/Fiat Alliance
UAW's Gettelfinger Blesses Chrysler/Fiat Alliance

Earlier today we reported that yesterday's rumored Chrysler LLC/Fiat S.p.A. alliance is a go, enabling Chrysler desperately needed access to competitive small-car platforms and granting Fiat access to Chrysler's U.S. dealer network. Outspoken UAW President Ron Gettelfinger this morning lent his...Read More»

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2011 Ford F-150 Engines Offer Clean-Sheet Design, More Efficiency

Scrambling to keep up with the new consumption-conscious consumer, domestic pickup manufacturers like Ford and GM have employed stopgap measures like extra gears and fine-tuned fuel-injection to eke out perhaps another mpg or two for their current model pickups. But according those in-the-know over...Read More»

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WWOD: What Would Obama Do?

It's no secret that G. W. Bush left Barack Obama holding the bag on several things, including the fate of the American auto industry. Perhaps most notably, Bush left the Big 3 with a bailout package that wasn't really to anyone's liking, full of stipulations--some vague, some not--and compliance...Read More»

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BMW Inline Sixes Earn Spots On Wards' 10 Best Engines List

Last Wednesday, BMW accepted two Ward's Automotive Group awards for its engines: both are twin-turbo inline sixes, one powered by gasoline and the other by ultra-low sulfur diesel. Direct injection, low-mass twin turbochargers, and high-strength aluminum construction enable both powerplants to...Read More»

SMS 570 Dodge Challenger
Steve Saleen Announces SMS 570 Challenger: We Drool

High-po musclecar fans rejoice - the Saleen SMS 570 and 570X, based on the Dodge Challenger R/T, are officially slated for production. Giving these cars fire-breathing levels of horsepower and torque are the SMS 296 supercharger, boosting the 5.7-liter HEMI to 500 hp (SMS 570) and 700 hp (SMS...Read More»

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VW Confirms Next-Gen Polo Coming Stateside

VW's Development Chief Ulrich Hackenburg announced to Automotive News at last week's Detroit Auto Show that the Polo minicar is bound for the U.S. in its next-generation form. "The small-car segment is the fastest growing segment in the U.S.," he said, noting that there is an "increasing enthusiasm...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz G Class 4WD 4-door 5.5L Audio System
Happy Birthday To Ute: Mercedes G-Wagen turns 30

On February 5th, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (or G-Wagen, short for Geländewagen, or cross-country vehicle) turns 30. And, incredibly, it sits on its original chassis and retains many of the same stampings for frame and body pieces. This is a vehicle that has not only withstood the test of time, but...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus
Ford Abandons Rear Wheel Drive Plans

Demonstrating that a little bit of Detroit old-think still lingers on in Dearborn, Ford has decided that front-wheel drive (or at least transverse-mounted engines with front- or all-wheel drive propulsion) is the name of the game for its sedans in the foreseeable future. How is this old-think?...Read More»

2008 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept
VW Group Ekes Out Small Sales Increase For 2008

While not quite the killer 20 percent sales boost enjoyed by BMW-owned Rolls-Royce, VW Group enjoyed a 0.6 percent sales increase overall for 2008. That seems like a scant victory, but for 2008 it's actually pretty fantastic news. Broken down by group, VW worldwide sales were as follows for 2008...Read More»

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UAW Barred From GM's Strike Zone

December's Big 3 bailout agreement has finally been filed with the SEC, meaning that details are coming to light. A close read shows that the Bush administration really put the screws to the UAW, but whether the union is totally screwed remains to be seen. Included in the fine print--specifically...Read More»

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Pointing the Gettelfinger

  On Friday, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger paid a visit to the The Detroit News' op-ed page, and what he said there should come as no surprise to anyone. In a nutshell, he claimed: middle America actually supports the Big 3 bailout; the UAW isn't responsible for automaker woes; and the UAW is...Read More»

Wattman
Battery Makers Make The Charge

There are many different types of batteries on the market, but in the world of hybrid and electric cars, most automakers have set their sights on the Lithium-ion variety. Li-ions are easily rechargeable, they hold charges well, and they produce a nice amount of power for their size--all important...Read More»

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Chrysler Plants Donate $65,500 to Toys for Tots

Despite a month-long shutdown looming, Chrysler manufacturing facilities chose to participate for the 14th year in their annual Toys for Tots campaign. Factories donated both $65,500 and hundreds of toys from factory worker's families to the 2008 Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. Toys for Tots...Read More»

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Right Turn: The UAW Moves In for the Kill

This morning's $13.4 billion giveaway to the UAW by the Bush Administration wasn't so much a rescue for Detroit, as it is a time-out in the Big Three bailout drama--and a way for the UAW to escape the right-sizing haircut it deserves. In the space of a day, the story's gone from a sitcom to an...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox
2010 Chevrolet Equinox Gets Direct Injection

It looks like the car guys are getting their way over the bean counters at GM. Direct-injection engines have been trickling into GM's lineup, bestowing every car they land in with superior efficiency, cleaner exhaust right from the combustion chamber (25 percent cleaner on startup), and more power...Read More»

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Massive Chrysler Holiday Shutdown: 31 Days, 30 Plants

The end of the year is fast approaching, as is the end of the road for a solvent Chrysler if federal assistance is not forthcoming. Today Chrysler announced that it will extend its holiday break to now span one month, ceasing operation in 30 plants from December 19 through January 19. We can only...Read More»

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Detroit's Problems with Small Cars Started Decades Ago

The New York Times' Autos section provides great insight into U.S. automakers' storied inability to create, build, and market successful small vehicles. The article, "Detroit's Small Packages Arrived, and Left, Early," starts the story with the steep U.S. recession of 50 years ago. Answering the...Read More»

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Intel Inside (Your Electric Car)?

Intel's former chairman Andrew Grove is exerting considerable pressure on the company to explore the world of car battery production. Grove feels that the promising industry will bloom into a huge profit center, and as such is pushing Intel hard in this direction. Currently, the most promising (and...Read More»

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U.S. Auto Slump Felt in Japan

A historically weak auto market in the U.S. is causing strong ripple effects for Japanese automakers. Toyota is making the most dramatic layoffs, ridding itself of 6,000 contract workers in all. More than 6,000 additional jobs will be cut by Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki, and Honda, all...Read More»

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