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Porsche Goes Down Easy
Porsche Goes Down Easy

A couple of weeks ago at the Shanghai Motor Show, Porsche's head of sales and marketing, Klaus Berning, said that developing a new car for the 911 demographic would be peachy-keen in his book. At the time, we speculated that Porsche might be looking to revive the long-lost 928 using the Panamera's...Read More»

2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI
Audi R8 Convertible Coming In 2011

The Audi R8 may not have the high profile that some sports cars enjoy, but it's certainly no slouch--especially in the looks department. That's why TCC was especially happy to hear fairly credible rumors that Audi will release a convertible version during the 2011 calendar year. Apart from that, we...Read More»

Chrysler is sizzling
Chrysler Out Of The Frying Pan. That's Good, Right?

The last 24 hours have been big for Chrysler. The long and short of it appears to be that (a) the company will likely avoid bankruptcy court, and (b) its relationship with Fiat will soon get conjugal. Here's a quick rundown of the headlines: Creditors concede -- About $5 billion of Chrysler's...Read More»

2009 Toyota RAV4
In The Works: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota has set itself the nifty goal of bringing ten new hybrid models to market by 2012, and producing hybrid versions of all its vehicles by the year 2020.  Next in line for a green makeover? The popular Toyota RAV4. We don't yet know exactly when a hybrid RAV4 will hit the lots, but we do know...Read More»

Porsche 928
Porsche 928 Reborn. Maybe.

Remember the Porsche 928--the V8 grand tourer that was killed of in 1995, mostly because of unmet sales benchmarks? It may not have achieved the level of popularity of, say, the Porsche 911, but it's still got a sizable fan base. And many of them are all a-twitter (and a-Twitter.com) that the 928...Read More»

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Coming To An Electrical Outlet Near You...Eventually

The electric vehicles are coming, y'all. In addition to the many "sure things" we've already mentioned--like the Chevy Volt, the Tesla Model S, and the Nissan EV we discussed the other day--Mitsubishi has announced that it's bringing the all-electric i-MiEV to America in the not-too-distant future...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Equus
Start Spreadin' The News: Hyundai Equus Slouches Toward The States

When you're in the news biz, your ears tend to perk up when you hear phrases like "off the record" or "just between us". That's why we got a little giddy when we came across this nifty quote about the Hyundai Equus from an "inside source": "You didn't hear it from me... But you wouldn't be far off...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer America Concept
Car-Based 2011 Ford Explorer Rumored For Chicago Assembly

It's looking like the 2011 Ford Explorer will be produced at the same Chicago factory that assembles the Ford Taurus X. This has fueled speculation that the next-gen Explorer will abandon the current vehicle's truck chassis in favor of a lighter car-based architecture. Ford has indeed confirmed...Read More»

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Tesla Model S Electric Sedan Unveiled Today In LA Rocket Factory

Tesla motors has talked and teased its all-electric Model S sedan to death. But today at noon, Pacific Time, the official unveil goes down in Los Angeles. Location: "a high-security rocket factory." The perfect locale, it would seem, for the eccentric visionary Elon Musk to do his song and dance...Read More»

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Toyota + Subaru = Celica?

Remember the Toyota Celica, that coupe preferred by tennis jocks, Tri-Delts, and recent divorcées? The company stopped cranking them out in 2005, but rumor has it that the sporty brand may be readying for a comeback--thanks, oddly, to Subaru. For a while, we've heard that Toyota and Subaru were...Read More»

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Aston Martin Lagonda Unveil For Geneva Motor Show

Aston Martin greenlighted its Lagonda resurrection back in the fall, and we hear now that the Geneva Motor Show will provide a first glimpse of the car's form. The auto world has been rife with rumors of what shape exactly the new car will take; as long as it avoids the late 70s Lagonda's origami...Read More»

2008 Cadillac Provoq Concept
GM-Volt.com Spreads Cadillac E-REV Rumor

According to GM-Volt.com, the most likely vehicle to next roll forth on electric power alone from GM's studios is a Cadillac of some sort, perhaps based on the next-gen SRX Crossover. GM-Volt.com's sources have told them GM has a new E-Flex E-REV vehicle up its sleeve and intends to unveil it in...Read More»

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White House Hints at "Orderly Way to Do Bankruptcies"

This morning White House spokeswoman Dana Perino claimed that the Bush administration is very close to a decision on how to prevent further disaster to the Big Three who represent a significant portion of the flailing U.S. economy. Whether the decision will steer away from -- or toward --...Read More»

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Fed Assistance for Big Three Could Come Tomorrow

The Bush White House could give automakers access to the financial industry $700 billion bailout monies as early as tomorrow, according to Automotive News. A Treasury Department official only confirmed that the Big Three and the Treasury were continuing to review information concerning assistance...Read More»

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GM Nixes Corporate Jet Fleet

Whether it's just more cost-cutting for the cash-strapped giant, posturing before Congress to ensure its share of billions in the hotly contested domestic auto bailout, or, as Automotive News claims, "scrubbing and scrambling" after an embarrassing jet-set to Washington with begging cup in hand, GM...Read More»

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Senate Republicans Likely to Target UAW's "Jobs Bank" This Week

As the Big Three trudge back to Washington tomorrow to make their carefully tailored plans for federal assistance, Automotive News says that Republicans are likely to request practices such as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union's "Jobs Bank" be eliminated. These and other concessions are expected...Read More»

2009 BMW X6
BMW M Engines Going Turbo

Citing tougher emissions regulations, better fuel efficiency, and greater torque production from a smaller package, "well placed Munich insiders have said" that naturally aspirated BMW M engines will gradually give way to turbocharged units, said the U.K.'s Autocar. The new M engines will be based...Read More»

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GM Might Kill Saturn, Pontiac, Saab Says Rumor Mill

According to Bloomberg News on Wednesday, by way of Detroit News, GM is considering eliminating its Saturn, Pontiac, and Saab divisions. The move would ostensibly help it receive as much as $12 billion in federal assistance. As of late Wednesday, GM spokesman Steve Harris had no comment on the...Read More»

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Carfax Warns: Odometer Rollbacks on the Rise

Remember the failed odometer rollback attempt in the '80s flick Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Well it seems that the electronic age has made such attempts both more numerous and more successful. Whereas the old mechanical odometers had lockouts to prevent such hijinks, your average 13-year-old iPhone...Read More»

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