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Audi U.S. Plant: So Is It 2012, Then?
Audi U.S. Plant: So Is It 2012, Then?

With today’s news that Audi plans to take over a Volkswagen plant in Brussels, we can now officially begin speculating that Audi will build a plant in the U.S. Why’s that? Last week in Geneva, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told TheCarConnection that a U.S. plant wasn’t needed now...Read More»

If Magna Takes Chrysler, Benz is a “Fat Turkey”

While pocket protectors from supplier Magna and hedge funds Cerberus and Blackstone crawled all up into Chrysler Group’s underwear this past week and read their labels, one thing became apparent to everyone involved—including unions on both sides of the Atlantic. If there’s a...Read More»

X-Type: Not Dead Yet?

Could Jaguar be working on a new X-Type? While the upcoming XF is largely locked down, Jaguar designers are reportedly still working hard to develop an acceptable replacement for the much-aligned X, the brand’s smallest model. Numerous skeptics have urged Jaguar to get out of the entry-luxury...Read More»

Opel GTC A Saturn to Be?

What will happen to Opel’s GTC concept, after the Geneva motor show is done? Opel sources hint to TheCarConnection that a 2009 model-year production date in Europe is likely, with sales beginning in late 2008. That's for Europe, where the Opel brand is a mainstay. As for other brands, might...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

So Chrysler’s in play – but no one but the hedge funds want it? Could Dieter just decide to keep it, a la smart? Or will the end result be Zetsche’s eviction from the CEO chair? Tune in this week for more of As the Pentastar Turns. No one will want Ford either if their market share crashes to...Read More»

UAW: No Opinion on GM-Chrysler Deal

The United Auto Workers has broken its silence about a possible GM-Chrysler deal. So what's the deal? "I have absolutely no opinion on that at all," UAW chief Ron Gettelfinger said on Detroit's WJR-AM radio station this morning. "It may end up that it's not sold. Who knows?" Reuters reports. The...Read More»

Audi R8 Going Ragtop?

Hey, it’s not us – really – but the talk of possible future Audi R8 versions has gone from hazy, martini-soaked confessions to printed rumor. Dutch magazine AutoVisie confirms some talk we’ve heard about a Spyder version of the R8 due next year, along with uprated versions...Read More»

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