March

Nissan’s Best Ad: Innovation, Maximum Maxima And Daddy
Nissan’s Best Ad: Innovation, Maximum Maxima And Daddy

Society places labels on us all, branding us for years, decades and even lifetimes with monikers such as “lazy”, “geek”, “winner”, “dullard”, “genius” and the always popular “expendable” (that last one coming from my dark and bitter time spent in the corporate world). So...Read More»

2011 Toyota Avalon 4-door Sedan (NAT) Angular Front Exterior View
Will Right To Repair Become Law?

Everyone is used to copyright or proprietary information concerns in the arts, publishing and the sciences as creators attempt to protect breakthroughs and patents. But what about those same concerns in car repair? That’s what the car manufacturers are claiming when they oppose the Motor Vehicles...Read More»

1997 Geo Prizm LSi
Are State Safety Inspections Of Vehicles Needed?

Vehicle Safety inspections are in the news as Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey attempts to balance the budget. Is the $12 million spent on inspections worth the effort if only six percent of the cars fail? This seems to be at the vortex of the decision making process on this issue. Emissions...Read More»

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Toyota Camry: Leading Sales For Imported Vehicles

If you haven’t heard of the recent recall by Toyota due to its sticking gas pedal, some might question whether you live in a cave but what really shocks individuals is when they hear that South Korea’s top import in April, right in the middle of the recall, was the Toyota Camry.On April...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Kia, Hyundai, Subaru Fare Best In March 2009 Sales

Both Kia and Hyundai kept their March 2009 sales nearly even with their sales in March of 2008. As the March 2009 auto sales reports roll in, it's clear that the South Koreans have a good thing going with their product reinventions, newly-found styling identities, and Hyundai's industry-first buyer...Read More»

2009 Toyota Camry
Toyota Execs Root For GM Sales Recovery

Speaking of GM's horrendous sales numbers, Toyota senior managing director Yasuhiko Ichihashi said: "We don't see it as an opportunity." He stated very clearly that he and his company want GM to return to health and profitability as soon as possible. Toyota shares parts suppliers with General...Read More»

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Cash For Clunkers Boosts European Car Sales

Germany and France are reporting impressive increases in new vehicle registrations for March. Registrations for March increased a whopping 40 percent in Germany and the French automobile association (CCFA) is reporting an 8.1 rise in that country's vehicle registrations. Though a scant 0.24...Read More»

GM chairman Richard Wagoner 2008
GM Advisers Present 'Best Chance' Plan For Restructuring

GM bondholder advisers claim they've presented a plan to both GM and Obama's autos task force that "provides GM's best chance for an out-of-court restructuring." They released a statement claiming that the plan, which would trade bondholders' stake in GM's spiraling debt for equity in the...Read More»

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Opel Assistance Deal Thin On Details Says German Gov't

Yesterday German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, on his way from Germany to the U.S. for talks with GM and U.S. government officials, called upon more information from GM regarding its proposed solution for ailing Opel. He claims that GM's plan for Opel, its German division, is thin on...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram
HEMI V-8 A No-Cost Option For Dodge Ram In March

Even cash-strapped buyers of the new Dodge Ram won't be heard muttering, "I coulda hada V-8." The Dodge boys are slammin' hoods and makin' deals; March is "Dodge truck month" and you can order a variable-valve timed, happily burbling HEMI for no extra cost in the Dodge Ram 1500. The free HEMI is a...Read More»

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2008 New York Auto Show Coverage

Each year the world’s car fans gather at convention centers around the world to ogle, ooh and ahh, and get generally titillated by auto shows. And while the circuit of shows used to be fairly geocentric, it’s totally gone global -- and this year’s internationally designated New York auto show...Read More»

Morgan LIFECar Concept
2008 Morgan LIFECar Concept

The British sports car maker Morgan, best known for its classy, hand-built roadsters that give a strong nod to the past, isn't hesitating to embrace the future of the automobile. The company just released some advance details and images for its LIFECar concept, to be revealed to the press next week...Read More»

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2008 BMW X5 EfficientDynamics Concept

Hybrid-electric technology, with a modern, clean-diesel engine, really makes a lot of sense for U.S. driving. Diesel engines are at their best in steady-state highway cruising, while hybrid componentry greatly improves efficiency in start-and-stop congestion. Now BMW is bringing out a vehicle that...Read More»

2007 Maserati Quattroporte GT S
2007 Maserati Quattroporte GT S

2007 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (9/4/2007) The ultimate expression of Maserati’s sedan sportiness — that’s how the Italian car maker is describing the new Quattroporte Sport GT S. The car sits 0.4 inches lower at the front and 0.98 inches lower at the rear compared to the...Read More»

Alan Mulally
Mulally: Ford Making Steady Progress

Ford Motor Co.’s turnaround is on track, chief executive officer Alan Mulally told the handful of shareholders who bothered to show up in Wilmington, Del., for the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The slender turnout didn’t prevent a proposal that would have broken the Ford family’s...Read More»

2007 Kia KND-4 Concept
Kia Intros KND-4 Concept – In Seoul

Kia’s latest concept SUV is on display – but you’ll have to catch a flight to Seoul ’s Incheon airport to see it. Kia says the new KND-4 concept, on the Seoul auto show floor today, will reassert the brand’s 4x4 street cred. Painted in “luminous green,” the new vehicle gives an idea...Read More»

2007 Opel Corsa VXR
Opel Gets OPC, Hottest Corsa Ever

GM’s volume brand in Europe, Opel, has just taken the wraps off its hottest supermini ever. The Corsa OPC boasts 192 hp from its turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine. It means a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. The OPC is only available as a three-door model, with varios...Read More»

2007 Tramontana
Geneva Microbrands: Gumpert, Tramontana

Two high-performance sports cars that made their debuts at last year’s Geneva Motor Show are back. First up is the exotic single-seat Tramontana, described by the Spanish manufacturer as “half Formula One car, half fighter jet.” Last year it was a prototype but now it’s in full production...Read More»

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TechArt Mods the 911 Turbo for Geneva

Geneva’s motor show has a reputation for green machines and styling, but it might best be known as the tuner’s home. Year after year, microbrands like Rinspeed and TechArt show up in Geneva with their spins on existing production cars, with reskinned bodies, redone engines, or both. That’s...Read More»

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