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Fast Facts: Aston Martin Rapide
Fast Facts: Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin's readying itself for its biggest auto-show debut ever in Detroit - the new Rapide, a four-door concept based on the V/H architecture that fathered the DB9, bows on Monday, January 9th. The Rapide is a four seat high performance coupe that's quite clearly aimed at the upcoming Porsche...Read More»

VW-Chrysler Minivan Deal Coming Soon

Since last year's Frankfurt auto show, rumors have put Volkswagen and Chrysler Group together in a deal that will produce a new VW minivan for sale in the U.S., based on Chrysler running gear and built in Chrysler factories here in America. Those rumors are apparently about to be confirmed...Read More»

Dodge Challenger, Chrysler Imperial Bow

Chrysler's twin concepts for the Detroit auto show have blown by their press embargoes, so we're sharing some basic shots with you this morning. The Challenger concept is Dodge's returned musclecar; it rides on an LX-derived chassis (300C/Magnum) and ends up being a big boy, much larger than...Read More»

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WJR Auto Report: The Year Ahead

It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, but in this week’s issue of TheCarConnection.com, we look at a handful of headlines we expect to write in 2006. The most obvious will cover the cutbacks planned at Ford Motor Co., where as many as 10 parts and assembly plants will close, and...Read More»

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WJR Auto Report: Detroit's New Year Wish

It’s been a tough year for Detroit: suppliers have gone broke, two of the Big Three have reported massive losses, there’ve been job cuts and plant closings. And the foreign competition has steadily gained ground. So it’s not surprising that folks around the Motor City are looking...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Our Wild, Weird and Wacky Street Names contest is off to a roaring start, although we're not sure what to make of Farfrompoopin Rd. Keep sending in your entries and we will sustain our disbelief until Feb. 1. For the first time Lindsay Lohan was an infant, the market share of cars has gone up...Read More»

Teri Hatcher Wins; VW Van Loses

Volkswagen’s reputation lost a big shot at sexy street cred last week when Desperate housewife Teri Hatcher won a libel case against a British tabloid, which reported she’d been having wild sex romps in a VW van parked outside her L.A. home. The 41-year-old actress, suitably dismayed by...Read More»

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Ford’s of the Rings

Those little rubber bracelets that decorate the wrists of everyone from Lance Armstrong fans to women fighting breast cancer have shown up at Ford Motor Company world headquarters. At the Glass House in Dearborn, execs are wearing blue rings around their wrists, stamped with the words “red...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Kia's new Detroit concept is called the Soul - fitting for a car shaking its moneymaker in Motown, despite being born in Seoul. We embrace Kia's almost total lack of ironic awareness in its nomenclature. The AFA is resuming its shopworn threats of a boycott of Ford, now that the company has done...Read More»

Will Ford Don Gay Apparel This Xmas?

Will Ford ultimately have to choose between gay rights groups and Christian conservatives? Don't bet on it. The automaker figures to try and play a waiting game as the two sides fight over which gets to claim victory with the beleaguered automaker in the middle. It all started when the American...Read More»

More to Gas Prices Than Dollars and Cents

I've been driving for 59 years and the other day I observed something I'd never seen before: red "quarantine" tags on gas pumps at a neighborhood BP station near my home in suburban Detroit. Upon inspection, it seemed the tags were from the Michigan Dept. of Weights and Measures. The tags declared...Read More»

Forthwith, Ford's new Edge

Here's an official illustration released this morning by Ford, trumpeting the January debut of its new crossover, the Edge. Ford promises the Edge will come with its new 3.5-liter V-6 and a six-speed automatic transmission in a thinly worded release. Left unsaid: Does the "E" name mean the Edge...Read More»

MINI Citation Says “Nice Parking!”

The latest in a long list of clever MINI advertisements fell into my lap this week – literally. In my latest copy of a buff-book magazine lie this clever MINI “Motoring Citation.” Lest you fear an army of MINI converts tagging cars for parking too close to their premium-compact...Read More»

Ford's Gay-Ads Fiasco: The Numbers, Now

This week’s dust-up over advertising in gay publications at Land Rover and Jaguar will have some long-lasting effects on the company’s reputation—particularly with gay and lesbian car shoppers interested in those brands, according to data from Gaywheels.com. Founder Joe LaMuraglia...Read More»

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Did Ford Cave In to the AFA?

In the end, it may all be a fuss over nothing. But the news - still developing - that Ford will no longer advertise its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in gay publications seems troubling. Ford has been under threat of boycott for most of the year by the American Family Association, an anti-gay group...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Sales at GM and Ford slipped in November, but in the home-spun version, both automakers said signs are good for new products like the Fusion and the G6. For a change, Chrysler couldn't chortle openly at the assertion - since its sales also fell. The Los Angeles auto show - a rump show this January...Read More»

Ferrari Theme Park for Abu Dhabi

Ferrari’s known mostly for its sportscars, but the Italian supercar company’s also a pretty savvy outfit when it comes to licensing its name — for outfits, eyeglasses, laptop computers, and all sorts of consumer tschotschkes. But now Ferrari is stepping into Disney territory, as...Read More»

Super Bowl MVP Gets ’Slade

We can almost guarantee that the 4-7 Detroit Lions have nothing to worry about during next year’s Super Bowl XL, except possibly how much in tips they’ll make parking cars outside Ford Field. However, for the winning team’s Most Valuable Player, there’s a new bonus in the...Read More»

Martha’s Going to Focus On Her…Buick?

The worst-laid plans of mice and men seem to roughly coincide with GM’s marketing initiatives. You remember last year’s brilliant Oprah stunt with the new Pontiac G6 — and the tax problems and the unavailability of the car at GM’s dealers, right? Now GM has hitched the Buick...Read More»

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