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2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks
2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks

2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/9/2008)Ford F-150, Hyundai Genesis and Corvette ZR1. TCC Team Best Concept: Lincoln MKT This is a close one, but I am leaning heavily towards the Lincoln MKT, which shows that there’s still life left in the old brand. Finally, something that really...Read More»

2007 Ford Escape Adventure
Ford Musters ‘Stang, Escape for Tokyo

Like most Western automakers, Ford Motor Co. has largely written off the Japanese market, where domestic-oriented consumers – and strict import laws – have largely limited the market potential for automotive imports. That said, Ford hasn’t given up entirely, as it demonstrated at this...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept, Frankfurt Auto Show
Small is Beautiful in Frankfurt

When it comes to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, UP! is down. Downsized that is, in the form of Volkswagen’s pint-sized prototype car. Dubbed the UP!, it makes the automaker’s original Beetle look positively huge. For the moment, the UP! is little more than a concept vehicle, but you likely...Read More»

2007 Renault Kangoo
Renault Intros Five at Frankfurt

Paris is always a big motor show for French firm Renault, but that doesn’t mean its hiding its light under a bushel on alternate years at Frankfurt. The company’s 2007 stand is the biggest it’s ever had, and with five new products it needed to be. First up is the Laguna hatchback and wagon...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept, Frankfurt Auto Show
2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept

Is this the shape of things to come, or a return to Volkswagen’s roots? The UP! concept is a bit of both. The minicar prototype “is what the Volkswagen brand has stood for since it started,” declared the automaker’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, “affordable mobility for everybody.” Though the...Read More»

2007 Chrysler Nassau concept
We Drive Chrysler’s 2007 Concepts

Chrysler’s recent crop of concept cars hasn’t been approved for production — but that didn’t stop the company from letting the press get their hands on them for a spin. The automaker brought an assortment of show cars — a handful from each category — out on a warm spring afternoon, some...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 Buick Riviera Concept (China)
GM Wows China – But Still Fixing America

“Our goal isn’t to survive another ten years and keep winnowing down,” General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner told TheCarConnection.com at an appearance at the Shanghai Motor Show, on Friday. The CEO of the world’s largest automaker said his top priority remains fixing GM’s troubled North...Read More»

2007 BMW CS Concept
2007 BMW CS Concept

“This is where we can do a lot with romance and sex appeal,” suggested BMW’s design lord, Chris Bangle, as he pointed to the new CS concept car. The prototype, officially just a concept car – for now – took its bows at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show, on Friday. Reviving a classic nameplate...Read More»

2007 Buick Riviera Concept (China)
2007 Buick Riviera Concept

One of the most celebrated names in the history of General Motors’ Buick brand is back – at least in concept form. Company officials aren’t ready to say whether a production version of the prototypeRiviera is coming, but they acknowledge that some of the key design elements of the show car...Read More»

2007 Buick Park Avenue
China’s Boom Squeezes Automakers

There’s been a steady rain falling for days over here inShanghai, but it hasn’t dampened the palpable optimism you can feel as this sprawling river city prepares for its upcoming motor show. And there are plenty of reasons why everyone is upbeat – even though the boom in the Chinese market is...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»

Tesla Roadster
Tesla Keeping It Indie: No Fusion Chassis For Electric Sedan

The Silicon Valley’s automaker, Tesla Motors, has no plans to use a Ford platform for its upcoming electric-powered luxury sport sedan. That’s what the company says, though it runs contrary to several speculative sources, including Ward’s, which had recently suggested that Tesla...Read More»

2007 Hyundai i30
Hyundai i30 Hits Geneva Stage

Hyundai, South Korea's biggest automaker, is showing off its new C-segment hatchback, the i30, at the Geneva motor show. It’s the firm’s first ever vehicle designed specifically for Europe, and is based on the Arnejs concept from last September’s Paris exhibition. The production vehicle will...Read More»

2007 MINI One and D
MINI One, Diesel Motor to Geneva

MINI’s lineup is maxing out inGeneva with the addition of two new models, the MINI One and the high-mileage Mini Diesel. Last year was a significant one for the MINI marque, a subsidiary of the German automaker, BMW. To keep up with strong, worldwide demand, production capacity was expanded 20...Read More»

2007 Ford Fusion
At Witz’ End: What’s an American Car?

So what is an “American” car? If it is simply one built inAmerica, as most foreign makers and U.S. media would have you believe, then vehicles built in Canada are Canadian, those assembled in Mexico are Mexican and Porsches built in Finland are Finnish. But we know intuitively that’s not the...Read More»

Jim Press
Press Meets Toyota’s Press in Chicago

Rising concern over energy sources, tight oil supplies, as well as the worries over global warming will require automakers to work together more closely than ever before, Toyota Motor North America president Jim Press said during an appearance inChicago. "At Toyota , we've said for years that...Read More»

2007 Audi Q7 V12 TDi concept, Detroit Auto Show
Audi Adding More Models, Like A5

From also-ran to one of the globe’s largest luxury brands, Audi is looking for more gains, said the German maker’s new CEO, Rupert Stadler. And that will revolve around another big increase in the Volkswagen AG subsidiary’s product line-up. Expect to see Audi’s model range grow from 22...Read More»

2007 Scion tC Release 3.0
Scion Stacks ‘Em Up in Detroit

Toyota’s Scion division didn’t have any all-new products to show off at the Detroit auto show, but between the DJs spinning ‘round the show clock and the free T-shirts being pressed behind them, the upstart division found plenty of gawkers crowding its booth. And no wonder – the Scion show...Read More»

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