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Pontiac G3 Emphasizes Economy, "Sporty Styling"
Pontiac G3 Emphasizes Economy, "Sporty Styling"

Still trying to decide if it is GM's excitement division, economy department, or swoopy styling central, Pontiac brings us the Daewoo-designed Chevy Aveo G3, which it claims "emphasizes value without compromising a fun driving experience." Uh-huh. This is brand engineering at its worst. Didn't they...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz Invests $30 Million in Flagship NYC Store

While other companies struggle for their existence, fat cats like Mercedes are expanding their premiere dealerships in halo markets like New York City. Mercedes announced Sunday a new Manhattan store, to be located on 53rd Street, will replace the current 41st Street location and come online in...Read More»

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Ford NVH: "Feels Right, Sounds Tight" in 2010 Mustang

Apart from dabbling in some weak-kneed four cylinders in the late '70s/early '80s, Ford Mustangs have always throbbed with a thrilling V-8 soundtrack to accompany the prodigious thrust from their V-8 engines. From the original '60s 289 V-8 through the iconic 5.0 of the '80s and '90s up to the...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G6 Coupe
GM Enhances Pontiac G6 for 2009

GM makes significant tweaks to its mid-size G6 lineup going into a rather bleak 2009 model year. Actually, GM says these changes are for the "2009.5" Pontiac G6, set to arrive at dealerships in January. Visual and powertrain enhancements are meant to bring the G6 more solidly into Pontiac's...Read More»

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Domestics Slide While Germans Ride

The story just keeps getting worse for the domestic auto industry. According to Automotive News, Detroit's Big Three are now asking for total Federal assistance exceeding $50 billion. GM's Wagoner, Ford's Mulally, and Chrysler's Nardelli met in closed-door meetings with Congressional leaders to...Read More»

2008 Infiniti EX35
Infiniti Launches Winter Sales Event Early

Infiniti launched its annual Limited Engagement Winter Event sales event yesterday, a month earlier than usual. Despite reduced availability of credit to many consumers, Infiniti assures that "financing is readily available at Infiniti retailers." To help spur sales in a down market, Nissan's...Read More»

Audi Terminal: Sydney
New Audi Terminal in Tokyo Launches Brand's Sales Offensive

Audi recently made its goals crystal clear: a 50 percent sales increase in seven years, which would total 1.5 million cars sold yearly by 2015. Toward this end, the company today announced the launch of Audi's "first terminal" (dealership) in Japan's capital city of Tokyo. Audi (and parent company...Read More»

2009 Toyota Highlander
2009 Toyota Highlander Gets 2.7-Liter Four, 20/27 EPA Ratings

Toyota will be fitting its new four-cylinder--also the base engine in the new 2009 Toyota Venza--to its slightly larger 2009 Toyota Highlander SUV. The engine displaces 2.7 liters, makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, and is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The...Read More»

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VW and Barneys New York Present "Peace and Love: Have a Hippie Holiday"

Put a little love in your heart. Make love, not war. And peace out, man! VW, sitting pretty from its perch of record profits, wants to wish you all some tranquility this holiday season. And it's teaming up with Barneys New York to launch the "Peace and Love: Have a Hippie Holiday" campaign, "a...Read More»

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan C/V
A Bright Reminiscence for a Rainy Day: The Chrysler Minivan

Some decades ago, things were just as bleak for Chrysler as they are now. It had an obsolete, aging lineup that Americans weren't buying (basically a host of full-frame, old-tech thirsty vehicles that were stuck in the past). Along came Ford's Lee Iacocca, and the Federal Government's $1.25 billion...Read More»

2009 Audi A4
Taxpayers Help Automakers: Whom Would You Bet Your Money On?

In the December issue of Automobile Magazine, editor Jamie Kitman excoriates American auto manufacturers. He claims they should've seen the handwriting on the wall with the energy crisis of 1973 and started making better small cars then. And if you call the new-for-1979 Chevy Caprice (some 600...Read More»

2009 Nissan Versa S
2009 Nissan Versa 1.6 Sedan - $9,990 MSRP, 34 mpg

Today Nissan announces a new entry-level 2009 Versa Sedan that's more affordable to both purchase and own. This vehicle rings in at a shocking $9,990 and achieves an EPA rating of 34 mpg on the highway with the 5-speed manual (33 highway with the 4-speed automatic). The vehicle goes on sale this...Read More»

2009 Honda Civic
Honda Shuffles Civic, CR-V Production

While other automakers are shutting down plants in record numbers, leaner manufacturers like Honda are shifting production and altering output of various manufacturing facilities in order to meet shifts in the market. For example, because it wishes to build more CR-V crossovers at its East Liberty...Read More»

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
What Would Charles Barkley Drive (WWCBD)?

What would you ask an NBA standout and future Alabama governor if you ran into him at a local bagelry? Probably WWCBD, right? (Translation: What Would Charles Barkley Drive?) That was me today. The Round Mound of Rebound stood in front of me in line at an Atlanta-area Einstein's Bagels where he was...Read More»

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Oil Prices Drop Ever Further

According to Reuters, reporting from Vienna, an emergency OPEC meeting today concluded with a quick decision to cut oil production by 1.5 million barrels per day in an attempt to stop oil prices from skidding uncontrollably to even lower levels. Automotive News points out that the price of a barrel...Read More»

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Car Shoppers Using Internet More as Market Shifts

J.D. Power and Associates today released their 2008 New Autoshopper.com Study, which indicates an increasing number of shoppers turning to the Internet to research vehicles as buying trends shift toward smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles; 75 percent of buyers are using the internet in '08...Read More»

Hummer Dealership
GMAC Forced to Tighten Lending Requirements

Even if you are among the shrinking number of Americans who want to snag a screaming deal on a new GM vehicle, better make sure you have cash on hand or that your credit score is at least 700. Reports Automotive News, yesterday GMAC Financial Services announced "it will only lend money to prime...Read More»

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That Sucking Sound? It's Car Sales for a While, J.D. Power Says

Twitching in sympathetic agony with the Dow Jones Industrial, auto sales estimates for the remainder of 2008 and 2009 just keep getting uglier. J.D. Power and Associates recently rang in with a projected 13.6 million total new light-vehicle sales at the close of '08, representing a 16 percent drop...Read More»

2009 Dodge Journey
J.D. Power Study Points at Dealerships as Cause for 'Escaped Shoppers'

According to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates, shoppers reject most vehicles simply due to their experience while visiting a dealership. In its 2008 Escaped Shopper Study, released today, J.D. Power found that 80 percent of shoppers rejected a model they strongly considered based on dealer...Read More»

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