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Chevrolet Launches Two LGBT-Inclusive Ads During Winter Olympics Broadcast From Sochi, Russia
Chevrolet Launches Two LGBT-Inclusive Ads During Winter Olympics Broadcast From Sochi, Russia

At noon Eastern, Chevrolet unveiled two commercials on YouTube: one for the all-new Chevy Traverse, the other for Chevrolet, the brand. "Why should that matter?", you ask. "Don't automakers post clips to the web on a daily basis?" They do, but these are special: they're intended for TV, and they...Read More»

Dashboard camera footage of a meteor exploding over Russia, 2-15-2013
Russian Meteor Captured On Multiple Dashboard Cams

On the very same day that Planet Earth is expecting a very close encounter with a very large asteroid, a meteor has hit central Russia, damaging buildings, sending residents to the hospital, and scattering meteorite fragments across a wide swath of the former Soviet Union. What does this have to do...Read More»

Vladimir Putin trying to start Lada Granta
Lada Nada: Communist Car Struggles In Capitalist World

Lada survived the fall of communism in the Soviet Union, but the automaker is struggling to stay relevant in an era of global brands and ever-increasing market penetration. Known as a blue-collar brand favored by city dwellers in the former Soviet Union, Lada is owned by OAO AvtoVAZ, which is in...Read More»

Vladimir Putin trying to start Lada Granta
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Fails To Start Lada: Video

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin must have been slightly embarrassed this week when at a press event for the new Lada Granta, a car built by the much-maligned vehicle brand and one soon-to-be marketed as the cheapest car in Europe, failed to start when the former President hopped behind the...Read More»

Russian driver leaves Range Rover Sport on apartment steps
Suspected Drunk Driver Parks Range Rover Sport On Apartment Steps: Video

Ever considered just leaving your luxury SUV parked on the steps of an apartment building when you couldn’t find a regular parking spot? Probably not, but the driver of the Range Rover Sport in this next clip did exactly that. His antics were captured on a security video from the apartment...Read More»

Assembly line for Volga Siber sedan, produced by Russian automaker Gaz
RIP Volga Siber: Even Russians Hate The Old Chrysler Sebring

Russia is a strange and wondrous place. On one hand, you have a 6'8" billionaire NBA-team owner backing a startup car company that wants to build natural-gas hybrid cars without battery packs. That car's name? Yo. On the other hand, it turns out that even beleaguered Russian car buyers understand...Read More»

Volga car ad
In Russia, Car Ads Drive You (To Want To Buy American)

While the Russian cars of today pay collagen-lip service to the luxe tastes of a newly wealthy society, it wasn't always that way. For every gold-rimmed BMW 7-Series you see on the streets of Moscow today, there's a rather severe-looking ZIL limousine or worse, a compact "Wolga" lurking in the...Read More»

Indian market Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet, nee Heartbeat of America, Goes Global: Can It Work?

As we enter Memorial Day weekend--which commemorates the U.S. men and women who have died in military service, most of them overseas--it's worth highlighting the increasingly global nature of that all-American car brand, Chevrolet. From 1986 to 1992, Chevy's ad slogan was "the heartbeat of...Read More»

Traffic in China
Report: China Recommended As Major Focus For Automakers

Boston Consulting Group has released a study that should be particularly interesting to automakers. BCG has determined that Brazil, Russia, India, and China (aka the BRIC countries) will account for nearly 31% of the growth in the auto market over the next four years. Of the four, China is best...Read More»

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Toyota To Unveil Economy Car Concept In India This January

While most of our attention this January will be focused on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we'll also be keeping an eye on India and the near-simultaneous New Delhi Auto Show. Our interest has been piqued by Toyota's announcement that it'll be unveiling a new vehicle in New...Read More»

Dartz Prombron SUV
For The Savvy Plutocrat: The Dartz Prombron Armored SUV

Life in Russia comes with its share of hardships: brutal winters, a touch-and-go economy, and a legacy of cultural isolation. (But hey, at least somebody's doing something about that pesky snow.) In a country where things seem to be in transition, and where the divide between rich and poor is vast...Read More»

Chery Tiggo in Ukraine
WTF Tuesday, Special Edition: Evil Russkies Poaching Cheerful Chery Tiggos!

Just when you think the auto world is ending in an onslaught of grim grey Korean econoboxes ... life gets better. And sometimes you just can't make this [stuff] up. Take last Friday's little news item from WardsAuto, for example. A Russian company that was supposed to assemble copies of a Japanese...Read More»

Sheryl Crow loves BlueTEC
Link Love From The Car Connection: Mercedes Goes Blue, Gold Porsche Goes Missing, We Go Nuts Watching A Bus Make A U-Turn

Tinseltown car tech -- Mercedes has launched a new campaign touting its BlueTEC vehicles and the Hollywood types who love 'em. Presumably, said types are happy to drive clean diesel autos, but given Sheryl Crow's expression in that publicity shot, we're not really sure. Please back away from the...Read More»

2008 Honda Accord Sedan 4-door I4 Auto EX-L Mirror
China Helps Honda To New Sales Record; Russia Does Same For VW

Honda and Volkswsagen are two notable auto manufacturers with far-flung markets that are helping them weather - and thrive despite - the tough sales downturn. Honda's sales in China, up 11.7 percent for 2008 due to strong sales of its Accord and CR-V, actually helped it post record high global...Read More»

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