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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Rolling Off Oshawa, Ont. Assembly Line
2010 Chevrolet Camaro Rolling Off Oshawa, Ont. Assembly Line

Economy-be-damned, GM is now ramping up production of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro musclecar at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. Yesterday Chevrolet sent these tantalizing pics of the new vehicle on the assembly line to enthusiast site 5thgen. Over in our Car Reviews section, we noted that auto...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight
Honda Insight On Sale In Japan: Cheapest Hybrid On The Market

Hoping to spur a sales turnaround, Honda today introduced its new 2010 Insight gas/electric hybrid, resuscitating the nameplate Honda originally launched in 2000 in three-door hatchback form. The new Insight grows in size to a five-door hatchback format, is similar in size and layout to the Toyota...Read More»

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Feuding Over Powder From South America: Sound Familiar?

Nearly half of the world's supply of lithium lies within desert salt mines in Bolivia. As demand for lithium ramps up quickly, driven by promising lithium-ion automotive battery technology in hybrid and all-electric vehicles, the quest for trade deals with Bolivia becomes increasingly political...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
2009 Honda Fit Rises To The Top In Consumer Reports Comparo

Consumer Reports' March issue rated the 2009 Honda Fit tops in a test of five subcompact hatchbacks and sedans. Against the Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa, Suzuki SX4, and Toyota Yaris, CR found the Honda presented the most compelling mix of practicality, efficiency, enjoyable driving, impressive...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Mazda3 i-stop To Debut At Geneva Motor Show

We now know that Mazda's trick engine start/stop function will be dubbed "i-stop," and its world debut will be this March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will first be fitted to the compay's Mazda3 compact equipped with a 2.0-liter DISI (direct-injected) four-cylinder. Mazda will also be displaying...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Video: Buick Touts LaCrosse Development, Future Buick Design

Hoping to repeat the success of its popular Enclave crossover, GM is readying its 2010 Buick LaCrosse sedan for market release. They've given it good exposure at recent auto shows, and the video above gives insight into the development process of the 2010 LaCrosse. GM VP of design Ed Welburn...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus SE
Ford And Magna International To Partner On Electric Vehicle

Magna International, a Canadian supplier for Ford Motor Company, shocked Ford execs by showing up at Ford's Dearborn offices in a fully electric Ford Focus. They'd bought and converted the vehicle themselves, keeping the project a secret. The surprise, along with a bleak market and the new focus on...Read More»

2007 Toyota IQ Concept
Hyundai To Produce Toyota iQ Rival

Hyundai might soon produce a minicar to compete with Toyota's iQ; the U.K.'s AutoCar claims that this new Hyundai could go on sale as early as next year. They say that a European Hyundai source indicated the car would be more basic, functional, and funky than the iQ: "sort of modular and minimalist...Read More»

2010 Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche Debuts 2010 911 GT3 At Geneva Motor Show

Among all of the other high-performance goodies being unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche will release its new 2010 911 GT3, a model that the U.K.'s AutoCar calls "the hardest ever 911." A bigger flat-six spits out more power, and a host of electronic chassis aids help the driver...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi 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»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60 Pricing Starts At $37,200

Volvo announced yesterday its new premium crossover, the 2010 XC60, will be at dealerships this March with a base price of $37,200. This puts it right in line with its competitors that include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, and Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. Alas, its potent 3.0-liter...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Headlight
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Scores Tax Credit Coup

Ford announced yesterday that those purchasing a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid can take advantage of a $3,400 tax credit from the federal government. This is yet more good news for Ford Motor Company, the most promising of the Big Three and the only one not to have taken...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
Audi Q5 To Debut With Impressive Towing Capacity, Mediocre MPG

All hail...another thirsty German crossover. The new Audi Q5, making its debut at Audi dealers in March, boasts the firm's impressive 270-horse 3.2-liter FSI V-6, expected Audi luxury trappings, and reputedly tenacious handling. But, weighed down with numerous infotainment features, quattro AWD...Read More»

Baja Race Touareg TDI - Baja 1000
Diesel Dominance In Dakar

Those Germans and their diesels. As if the LeMans-winning Audi R10 TDI race car wasn't enough, corporate sibling Volkswagen made its own diesel history, claiming the gold and silver medals at the Dakar Rally with TDI Touaregs and marking the first time diesels have placed in the event's thirty year...Read More»

2009 MINI E
City of New York To Use MINI E Electric Cars, Bloomberg Announces

In his State-of-the-City speech yesterday, New York Major Michael R. Bloomberg announced that BMW will be loaning the city 10 MINI E electric vehicles for its SCOUT program. SCOUT, or Street Condition Observation Unit, scours the city for dangers like potholes, roadway damage, and aesthetic issues...Read More»

2009 Kia Soulster Concept
2009 Detroit Show: Kia Soul'ster Concept

A wedgy, funky little Kia concept called the Soul'ster was unveiled today at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The new concept is based on the new 2010 Kia Soul hatchback, which goes on sale later in the year, and which we'll be driving shortly for a full review. The concept is spun from the same...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»

2008 Cadillac Provoq Concept
GM-Volt.com Spreads Cadillac E-REV Rumor

According to GM-Volt.com, the most likely vehicle to next roll forth on electric power alone from GM's studios is a Cadillac of some sort, perhaps based on the next-gen SRX Crossover. GM-Volt.com's sources have told them GM has a new E-Flex E-REV vehicle up its sleeve and intends to unveil it in...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Mercedes and Evonik Charge Forward With Lithium-Ion Technology, Research

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz, announced yesterday that it took a 49.9 percent stake in firm Li-Tec, a company that will produce lithium-ion battery cells for upcoming Mercedes electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Holding the other 50.1 percent is German firm Evonik. Both Daimler and Evonik...Read More»

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