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My Memorable Auto Show Moment: The Nissan GT-R
My Memorable Auto Show Moment: The Nissan GT-R

Car shows are American as apple pie. These events are held in all corners of the country, in venues big and small. What makes a car show moment memorable? Is it the special celebrity guest? The bag full of car-related merchandise? Or is it something simple? The 2008 New Mexico International Auto...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
A Few Thoughts on the L.A. Auto Show

Beverly Hills. I woke up to a rainy Saturday thinking that by getting to the L.A. Convention Center first thing in the a.m. I’d have the place to myself; instead I was surprised that there was quite a crowd waiting to get in. So much so that the show opened 5 minutes early to process the...Read More»

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo
2009: The Year of My First Auto Show

As a young child, I never had the opportunity to experience an auto show. Neither of my parents were interested in cars, and my brother was too far away to take me. For years, I waited until the day finally came in April of 2009: my first auto show. Sure, I was older than most when they go to their...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing replica by Gullwing GmbH
California Dreamin' in My Rearview Mirror

Flashback 1970, Santa Ana, California: Seems like eons ago, but the images are as vivid as a high-resolution, 3D hologram. Yep, Fashion Square as it was known hosted the Concours d’Elegance. After noticing a newspaper ad in the Orange County Register, I told my father about the event, and the...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
2013 Chevrolet Malibu To Be Unveiled Live Via Facebook

Chevy is leveraging the power of social media to reveal the next generation of its all-important volume selling sedan, the 2013 Malibu. As the official release puts it, "The all-new Malibu will transcend time zones and embrace the diversity of cultures around the world," with a live unveiling on...Read More»

TheCarConnection mobile app
TheCarConnection iPhone App Hits Version 2.0

If you are an avid SocialCarNews reader, then you no doubt do your research before buying a new car. If you aren't already using our sister site TheCarConnection, now's the time--now that there's an updated mobile version live on the Web. Late last night the Apple mothership approved version 2.0 of...Read More»

Google Maps for Android, 5.3
Google Maps Adds Location History Dashboard -- And A Special Feature Just For Stalkers

If you own an Android smartphone -- as an increasing number of you do -- you might've linked your Google Maps account to Google Latitude. Doing so allows data-hungry types to track their check-ins and travel history, and to see at a glance how much time they've spent at home, at work, and...Read More»

Dodge 'Haiku For You' ad
UPDATED: Dodge's 'Haiku For You' Is The Worst Ad Of 2011 (So Far)

UPDATED: SEE BELOW After months of near-silence during its painful restructuring process, Chrysler began crawling back toward the world of advertising. Its first efforts -- one of which was dedicated to Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi -- were not especially well received. Then came a few new...Read More»

Janne Laitinen sets 206.1 mph ice speed record in an Audi RS6
Audi Wants To Be Your Friend On Foursquare

Automakers want to have as many points of contact with a consumer as possible. Facebook and Twitter are two major platforms that nearly every automaker is using, but Foursquare is another platform that's gaining steam. Audi sees this as an opportunity and has asked its fans to connect with them on...Read More»

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How Facebook Is Changing Automotive Journalism

Facebook new-car reveals are the new way of life in automotive journalism, and it's not all good news. In just the past few months, we've seen a few major new cars unveiled on the social-media site. Last year's big intro was the 2011 Ford Explorer; this year, before it hits the New York Auto Show...Read More»

Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60
The New Volvo Hates Its Fans (But Loves Its Lawyers)

For years, Volvo was the redheaded stepchild of Ford Motor Company, and even before the recession hit in 2008, Ford had begun looking to find a new home for the Swedish marque. Though a foster parent was soon found in China, Ford's negotiations with Geely took a long time to resolve and undid much...Read More»

Bob Lutz and the Chevrolet Volt
Facebook Hires Auto Legend Bob Lutz To Be 'Automotive Liaison'

Bob Lutz -- car nut, airplane collector, marketing bigwig -- thought he might ease into the cruising lane after retiring from General Motors last summer. But the brash, silver-haired former executive has been dragged back into the fray, and he'll soon be sitting front and center at one of the...Read More»

Woman forces man to buy Buick in Shanghai
Video: Shanghai Woman Forces Man To Buy Buick

Driving through a dealership, apparently threatening to steal, then run over, the man you're dating to convince him to buy you a new Buick Regal is daring. It also works, apparently. At least it does on this man, in a Shanghai Buick dealership. The drama unfolds, with English captions, as the young...Read More»

WD-40 Military Collectible Series
At The Auto Shop: WD-40's Collectible Series Raises Funds For Military Charities

In the ramp-up to Memorial Day, WD-40 has created a series of collectible cans featuring special artwork depicting the men and women of America's armed forces. Each time customers purchase one of these special-edition cans, WD-40 will make a donation to one of three military charities. Shoppers...Read More»

iMingle
Need Insurance? iMingle Offers Policy Discounts To You And Your Facebook Friends

No one enjoys paying for insurance. It's like placing a bet that something terrible is going to happen, and really, who wants to think about that? Making matters worse: rates always seem to be on the increase, and you're never entirely sure that you're getting the best deal. Thanks to the internet...Read More»

CPT002 concept phone from Aston Martin and Mobiado
For Better Or Worse, Aston Martin Develops Luxury Concept Phone

Aston Martin has been busy lately, showing off its new 2012 Virage and reminding us about the impending return of the Lagonda line at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, the company has scooted to another gathering in another Swiss city: the annual watch and jewelry show known as BaselWorld. There Aston...Read More»

Christopher Barger
Christopher Barger Leaves GM Social Media Team, Heads To Voce

Earlier today it was announced that Christopher Barger will be leaving General Motors social media team. He will be headed to the agency side of things by joining the digital shop known as Voce. We have been big fans of Barger's work at GM over the past four years. He came aboard right when things...Read More»

Field sobriety test
Four Senators Push Takedown Of Apps That Show DUI Checkpoints, One Provider Complies

Four U.S. Senators have come out swinging against smartphone apps that reveal DUI checkpoints, allowing potentially intoxicated motorists to find alternate ways to the next whiskey bar. The Senators sent letters to Apple, Google, and Research In Motion asking the companies to remove offending apps...Read More»

Focus Doug
Ford's Focus Doug: Like Charlie Sheen, Only Orange, And A Puppet

No human celebrity on earth would dare follow sensei Charlie Sheen's totally amazeballs assault on social media, hoping to come out huger and finish....higher. This week, one puppet is giving it a cold, calculating, point-perfect try. Meet Focus Doug. He's the orange puppet that Ford wants us all...Read More»

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