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Rumor: Suzuki To Sell Hybrid Kizashi Sedan In U.S. By 2011
Rumor: Suzuki To Sell Hybrid Kizashi Sedan In U.S. By 2011

It seems like Suzuki took the wraps off its new Kizashi sedan just last week (in fact, it was last month), but already rumors have begun circulating that the Kizashi is going hybrid. And soon. According to reports in Japan's Nikkei newspaper, Suzuki plans to launch a hybrid variant of the Kizashi...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series rendering
2011 BMW 5-Series Touring Wagon Rendered

The past 48 hours have been big for wagons. Apart from the buzz surrounding the 2011 Mercedes Benz E-class Wagon, there's also been news of the Cadillac CTS-V SportWagon and Honda's likely U.S. launch of an Acura wagon based on the popular Acura TSX. Now comes a new rendering of the next-generation...Read More»

2009 Honda Accord Euro Wagon
Honda May Bring Acura TSX Wagon To American Showrooms

Since the advent of customized vans in the late 1970s -- and subsequently SUVs in the early 1990s -- wagons haven't gotten a lot of attention from consumers. True, many companies continue to produce them, but they typically lack the snazzy, front-page appeal of crossovers and other sporty...Read More»

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage at 2013 New York Auto Show
BMW Re-Launches Isetta Brand With New Marketing Campaign

We don't have the chance to discuss the Isetta very much -- mostly because the hard-to-miss mid-century minicar is a rarity on this side of the Atlantic. In Europe, however, the Isetta was a popular model, and on a good day, you might even still see a few navigating  narrow city streets. Clearly...Read More»

Renault Twingo
Renault Helps Mercedes On New Smart, Plans Return To U.S.

No one can deny that French automaker Renault is on the move these days. In addition to its work with Nissan on electric vehicles, the company is in talks with Mercedes-Benz to develop a new model for Mercedes' Smart brand. And here in the U.S., the company is chatting with Roger Penske about...Read More»

2009 Volvo S60
Rumor: Geely Submitting $293 Million Bid For Volvo

According to a (very brief) article in China Car Times, Chinese automaker Geely is finally prepared to submit a bid to Ford Motor Company for Volvo. Geely's alleged offer: $293 million. A couple of weeks ago, sources were circulating a similar rumor, but with a figure of $2 billion attached. And...Read More»

Bugatti Royale (or Bordeaux) rendered by Car Magazine
Bugatti Royale (Or Bordeaux) Rendered

More speculation about the successor to the Bugatti Veyron has hit the web -- this time in the form of a rendering of the Bugatti Royale (also called the Bordeaux). Obviously, no one will know if this is an accurate representation until it's revealed to a select group of individuals at the...Read More»

2009 Toyota Yaris
Rumor: Toyota Launching Yaris-Based Subcompact Hybrid In 2011

Toyota's subcompact Yaris will allegedly serve as the basis for a new hybrid model, set to launch sometime in 2011. The car (name TBA) will feature new styling and a new hybrid system that's apparently less expensive than those found in Toyota's other hybrid vehicles, which should have a nice...Read More»

toyota-iq
Revamped Toyota iQ To Be Company's First Fully Electric Car

Toyota's iQ is a popular guy these days. A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that the iQ will serve as the base for Aston Martin's first foray into the citycar segment. (In fact, Aston Martin likes the iQ so much they're not touching anything under the hood.) And now comes word that after many...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Volt
GM Pushing The Chevy Volt On eBay?

When General Motors reinvented itself (on paper, anyway), the company's press release talked about selling GM vehicles on eBay. Unfortunately, that wasn't a done deal -- at least not from eBay's perspective. However, GM is still hot for the idea, and Chevrolet's Ed Peper has explored selling the...Read More»

2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Bugatti teaser image
UPDATE: Teaser Shot Allegedly The New Bugatti 'Bordeaux'

Yesterday, we posted a grainy, mobile-phone-esque teaser shot of a new Bugatti model, which was distributed as part of an invitation to an event at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Beyond that, we didn't know much about the mystery vehicle, but the folks at AutoExpress claim that it's the new...Read More»

Rumor: Another Clean Car Start Up Coming To The American South

It's good news/bad news day for T. Boone Pickens. On the one hand, his push for natural gas vehicles seems to be gaining traction in D.C. On the other, his new V-Vehicle Company in Monroe, Louisiana is about to get a little competition from two doors down. Chinese exile Yang Rong--former head of...Read More»

GM's new logo--in green?
Rumor: GM Going Green -- Literally

We all know that General Motors is trying to change its image. We also know that GM, like much of the auto industry, is trying to boost its eco-credentials. So is anyone really surprised to learn that GM's design team are considering a revamp of the company's image that includes changing the logo...Read More»

2009 Hummer H2
Rumor: HUMMER Deal Blocked By Chinese Government

Take this for what it's worth: Autocar is reporting that GM's sale of HUMMER to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery is a no-go. The news comes by way of China National Radio, which says that the deal will be 86ed "by the ruling Communist party, as it goes against the country’s attempts...Read More»

Jaguar XE Roadster teaser
Jaguar XE Roadster: A Hybrid In The Works?

It'll be at least two years before the Jaguar XE roadster makes its debut, but here at TCC, many of us are already giddy with anticipation. That's partially because, hey, it's a roadster--and who doesn't like those?--but also because rumors have begun circulating about the possibility of a hybrid...Read More»

Ford Capri, reimagined
Ford Is Goin' Back To Capri. Maybe.

When you say "Capri" to a Ford fan, you're apt to get a mixed reaction. What started half a century ago as a Lincoln model--and a very sweet cruising machine--gradually devolved into a series of also-ran coupes that played second-fiddle to their pony car siblings. None has had an especially...Read More»

Nissan Murano convertible rendering detail
Rumor Mill: Nissan Murano Drop-Top Dropping in 2010

Sometimes, the car industry is a strange and magnificent place, full of rainbows and unicorns and sweet, sweet rides. Other times, it's confusing as all get out. This is one of those times. Last summer, we mentioned that Nissan was allegedly planning a convertible version of its popular Murano SUV...Read More»

Tesla logo
Tesla Punks Us Again. Maybe.

A few weeks back, we suggested that Tesla's Elon Musk is not real-crazy, just pretend-crazy--not Howard Hughes, just an actor playing the role of the wacko messianic CEO in order to get publicity for his company. Well, a new YouTube video suggests our suspicions may be correct--and that Musk's...Read More»

Jaguar XJ, rendered by Theophilus Chin
Fan Fiction: Jaguar XJ Rendered

  Here's what we know about the new Jaguar XJ: It was teased at the Shanghai Auto Show with a dark, sexy video (see below). Said video only gave us an overhead view of the sedan. Overhead photos were subsequently released, but didn't reveal much detail. When the XJ arrives, it'll have V6 and V8...Read More»

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