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Your Dream Of Owning A Carbon-Fiber Sports Car Just Got A Little More Real
Your Dream Of Owning A Carbon-Fiber Sports Car Just Got A Little More Real

3D printing is coming, and it will change the way that automakers do business. (It will also shake up the military, medicine, and the entire field of confectionery, but those are subjects for another time.) We've already seen the way that Ford uses 3D printing to build prototypes. We've also read...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
20 Parts-Makers Fined $1.6 Billion For Fixing Prices & Making Cars Pricey

No doubt about it: cars are expensive. Along with your home and your education, a car is one of the most expensive investments you'll ever make. Unfortunately, some of us have been paying even more for our cars than we should've, and it's because 20 companies that supply parts for those cars have...Read More»

City of Detroit, by jdurchen [Flickr]
What Keeps Auto Industry Execs Up At Night?

America's auto market is on the road to recovery, but before sales return to pre-recession levels, the auto industry still has to dodge a few potholes. What might those be? To find out, you could ask economists, or dealers, or even consumers. But the Dykema Automotive Institute went straight to the...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
House Debates Drastic Changes To Auto Patents: Good Or Bad?

When we think of patents, we often think of things like drugs and cell phones -- things perfected in high tech labs over many, many years. But patents and patent law affect nearly every part of our daily lives, from the design of our alarm clocks to the shape of our toothbrushes to the designer DNA...Read More»

2009 Saab 9-5 SportKombi
Saab Fans: Today's Your Lucky Day!

So, you're a Saab fan. You've endured three years of agony, hoping for the salvation of your beloved brand. You've followed a plotline worthy of Shakespeare, or at least Dynasty. And then, over the fall and winter, you watched the tragic "series finale", as the Saab you knew and loved finally began...Read More»

Cassiterite, mined in Tasmania. Image: Ralph Bottrill
Could Conflict Mineral Legislation Complicate The Business Of Building Cars?

Stop for a minute and contemplate how many components go into building a new car. Now take a step back and look at how many smaller components go into making the components used in new cars. We’re still not done, because the next step is examining the raw materials that go into making the...Read More»

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DIY Auto Parts Retailers Performing Well

The DIY auto repair market continues to do well in the economic downturn. At Pep Boys a decrease in service revenue was overcome by an increase in in-store merchandise sales indicating that consumers may be choosing to turn their own wrenches. These trends were reported in an Investopedia article...Read More»

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The Bailout, One Year Later: Where Are They Now?

One year ago, America's auto industry was going through very tough times. Caught in the quagmire of recession, two of Detroit's Big Three had filed for bankruptcy, and they'd brought a few of their pals along for the ride. Americans were mixed about the federal government's bailout of the sector...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
GM Gives The Feds An Early Holiday Gift: $140 Million

Just last week, General Motors announced plans to speed up repayment of billions in loans from the U.S. government. Technically, the company's fast-track, $1 billion-per-quarter payback schedule doesn't kick in until December, but GM is getting a head start on things by returning $140 million right...Read More»

Buncefield Fuel Depot explosion, by Flickr user r12a
New Tactic For Unions On Strike: Threaten To Blow Up Factory

The French are different. Just look at their cars, which have included single-spoke steering wheels, turn indicators that don't self-cancel (to keep the driver on his toes?), and pneumatic suspensions that let them sink to the ground with a sigh when parked. Now a few members of GCT, the French...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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U.S. Treasury Department Extends $5 Billion To Parts Suppliers

Many are viewing the Treasury Deparment's $5 billion in aid for the auto parts supplier industry a signal that more aid - and no bankruptcy filings - are sure to follow for GM and Chrysler. Yesterday's announcement of parts supplier aid comes not much before the autos task force's decision (due...Read More»

Obama drives by Tesla, via Edmunds
Link Love From The Car Connection: Obama Waves At Tesla, Hyundai Gets Conceptual, Plus Videos For The Toyota Aygo And Electric Cars

Elon gets a drive-by -- President Obama loves electric cars--but apparently not quite enough to get out of his non-EV limo to look at 'em. [Edmunds, h/t John V] Meddling kid has mettle -- Who says today's kids are a bunch of slackers? Nicholas Stone just graduated from Detroit's College for...Read More»

Steve Rattner, via the New York Times
Steve Rattner To The Rescue

Yesterday was an important moment for domestic automakers: former investment banker and de facto head honcho of Obama's auto task force, Steve Rattner, had his first chat with the media. Reading through the reports, we have to admit that the guy makes a good impression. (Then again, he's got a...Read More»

Big Three Bailout Bonanza as of 2-19-09
Big Three Bailout Bonanza: February 19th Edition

As noted earlier, we may not be trained "numbers people", but TCC staffers can usually hold their own on the brave frontier of math. Still, we've had a tough time wrapping our heads around the Big Three bailout bottom line, thanks largely to conflicting dollar figures floating across the interwebz...Read More»

Michael Jackson's robot head from Moonwalker
Link Love From The Car Connection: New Transformers Footage, Chris Bangle's Solo Career, And Michael Jackson's Really Bad Taste

Downside: it's Monday. Upside: your boss is probably still hungover, too. Take two aspirin and read up on these odds and ends: Parts is parts -- During economic times like These Economic Times, folks prefer to repair rather than replace their cars. Maybe that's why auto parts search engine...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»

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Italian Government Granting Fiat, Unions Assistance in 10 Days

We previously reported Fiat and Italian labor unions' warnings that without aid from the Italian government, up to 60,000 jobs are in jeopardy. Today the Italian government announces it will unveil a collection of measures in ten days to assist Italy's largest automaker as well as auto parts makers...Read More»

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