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2015 North American Car And Truck/SUV Of The Year: Short List Announced
2015 North American Car And Truck/SUV Of The Year: Short List Announced

We've just received word that judges for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have released their list of finalists for the upcoming 2015 awards. Thanks to our editor-in-chief, Marty Padgett, who sits on the panel, we've got the inside scoop. To be eligible for consideration, a vehicle has...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
Hondas To Be As 'American' As Detroit Cars By 2015?

A few weeks ago, we wondered whether U.S. consumers found it more important to buy a car that's "made in America" or one that's made by an American company. The post generated some interesting discussion, with several readers pointing out -- quite rightly -- that in this day and age, it's become...Read More»

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Ford Still Profitable, But Hampered By Europe

Ford released its second-quarter earnings report this morning, and among all the charts and bulletpoints, there's both good news and bad. We'll start with the good: Ford posted a pre-tax operating profit of over $1.8 billion. The company has now posted pre-tax profits for 12 consecutive quarters...Read More»

Tata Nano
Tata Nano Update: Now En Route To The U.S. Around 2013

Last we heard, the Tata Nano was scheduled for a U.S. launch by 2012. In a recent interview with Reuters, however, chairman Ratan Tata pushes back that rollout by a full year. Now, the world's cheapest car -- which is currently being re-tooled for its European debut in late 2011 -- is expected to...Read More»

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi May Offer Gas-Powered i-Miev To U.S. Buyers

Back in June, Mitsubishi unveiled the production version of its i-MiEV battery electric vehicle. The curious-looking five-door hatch went on sale in Japan six weeks later at a retail cost of ¥3 million ($33,800). It runs off a 16 kWh lithium ion battery, which powers an electric motor for about...Read More»

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'GM Total Confidence' Buyer Protection Doesn't Match Ford's Offer

Today General Motors unveiled its "GM Total Confidence" customer protection program. The plan may be accessed in the first 24 months of vehicle ownership. Details include up to nine consecutive monthly payments of up to $500 on vehicle loans or leases any time within the first 24 months of...Read More»

Bob Nardelli
Chrysler Responds Positively to Federal Stance, Assistance

Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli reacted positively to news of the Obama Administration, U.S. Treasury, and Auto Task Force's news of assistance as the automaker restructures and preps for an alliance with Italian automaker Fiat. Nardelli says he's been meeting weekly with the Auto Task Force team since...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»

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»

2008 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept
Sixth-Gen VW Rabbit To Reclaim Golf Moniker?

Sister site GreenCarReports claims that showgoers at the barely-noticed Toronto Auto Show got a sneak preview of the 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI. Yup, you read that right; in Canada, anyway, the sixth-gen vehicle goes from Rabbit nomenclature (introduced in the 5th-gen in 2006) back to Golf. Further...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»

2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo
Chrysler/Fiat: Will Italian Steel Immigrate to U.S. Dealers?

With Fiat set to take 35 percent of Chrysler for no money down, gain access to Chrysler's dealer network in the U.S., and Chrysler to gain access to the Italian automaker's competitive small car platforms and machinery, what kind of exotic Italian steel can we expect to wrap our driving gloves...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota Eclipses GM As World's Top Automaker

What seemed unthinkable decades ago when Toyota brought its frumpy, minuscule economy cars to the U.S. has now come to pass: worldwide sales dominance over the mighty GM. A few fuel crises, the labyrinthine maze of GM's countless divisions and middle management, and GM's reluctance to adapt to a...Read More»

2009 Cadillac Escalade
Video: Presidential Limo Delivers Obamas To St. Johns Church

Check NBC's Today Show video coverage (below) of the Obamas cruising in the new GM-supplied Presidential Limo to St. John's church this morning. We knew this new heavy-duty truck based Limo was quite a beast of burden, but the GM Media pic above doesn't reveal the massive scale of this thing. At...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Detroit News Claims Chapter 11 "Must Be An Option" for GM

Today Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes dispenses with pretty grim predictions for General Motors based on cold, hard numbers. What was GM's "base case," a prediction of 12 million U.S. light vehicles sales in 2009 (the number they gave to Congress in December's hearings), has now fallen to just...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Obama White House Likely To Enact Tougher EPA Emissions Regs

President-Elect Barack Obama pledged during his campaign to overturn the Bush administration's denial of California's requested waiver to navigate past EPA guidelines, which would allow it and 17 other states to move forward with new laws that further limit vehicle emissions in the fight to curb...Read More»

World Trade Center, 2010
Congress: Cash For Clunkers

Got a '79 Chrysler Cordoba (RIP Ricardo Montalban) with cracked corinthian leather gobbling cash at the pump and spewing hydrocarbons from its ill-tempered carburetor? Congress is considering a proposal that would reward Americans up to $4,500 if they yield their inefficient cars to scrapping...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Free 2010 Ford Fiestas For 100 Americans

In hopes of making its 2010 Fiesta the sales success that was the Focus back when it was new to America around the turn of the millennium, Ford will be giving away 100 Fiestas to U.S. contestants prior to the official U.S. launch of the important economy car. They will be given away over a six...Read More»

2009 Dodge Challenger
Dodge Challenger R/T Classic Resurrects Mopar High-Cube Hoonage

Nestled among the sea of E-REVs, electrics, clean diesels, and fuel-sipping EcoBoosts was a nice dose of high-cube V-8 irresponsibility draped in iconic Dodge colors from the glory days of Mopar Musclecardom: Hemi Orange, TorRed, and B5 Blue. Dodge quietly introduced the Challenger R/T Classic...Read More»

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