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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Rolling Off Oshawa, Ont. Assembly Line
2010 Chevrolet Camaro Rolling Off Oshawa, Ont. Assembly Line

Economy-be-damned, GM is now ramping up production of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro musclecar at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. Yesterday Chevrolet sent these tantalizing pics of the new vehicle on the assembly line to enthusiast site 5thgen. Over in our Car Reviews section, we noted that auto...Read More»

Chris Bangle
Not So Eternal Flame: BMW's Chris Bangle Out

Always controversial, always opinionated and always ready with a sketch pen and a cocktail napkin, BMW design chief Chris Bangle is stepping down from the German automaker to take on a role outside the auto industry. Bangle's influence on BMW style has been a veritable fountain of Haterade since he...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Video: Buick Touts LaCrosse Development, Future Buick Design

Hoping to repeat the success of its popular Enclave crossover, GM is readying its 2010 Buick LaCrosse sedan for market release. They've given it good exposure at recent auto shows, and the video above gives insight into the development process of the 2010 LaCrosse. GM VP of design Ed Welburn...Read More»

2009 Bentley Flying Spur Speed
Bentley, Elizabeth Arden Ignore Recession, Have Luxury One-Nighter

Gathering Depression be damned (right along with sinking Bentley sales): last Thursday, Bentley Motors teamed up with Elizabeth Arden to present the Luxury Limited Edition Night against "the suggestive backdrop of the Bentley Motors showroom in Rome." If you're going to have an over-the-top...Read More»

2009 BMW Alpina B7
BMW Alpina B7 To Sport Twin-Turbo V-8 With 507 hp

Seven's the magic number for the range-topping Alpina version of BMW's 2009 7-series, the Alpina B7. Seven horsepower, that is. Eschewing the last Alpina B7's 5oo hp, supercharged 4.4-liter V-8, the new version will use twin-turbos to huff out a rumored 7 hp more. Above is a teaser sketch of the...Read More»

Chrysler TC by Maserati
Chrysler's Italian Affair, Round 2

The last union of Chrysler and an Italian marque, back in the go-go 80s, produced nothing less than...the Chrysler TC by Maserati. For those too young too remember, the TC looked like a barely restyled Chrysler LeBaron convertible with leather seats so overstuffed that Top Gear screenwriter Richard...Read More»

2008 Audi A1 Sportback Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
Audi And Prada Announce Joint Projects In Sport And Culture

Audi, "THE luxury brand for these times," stated Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen in an address from the Detroit Auto Show, has taken the fashion-forward step of announcing joint projects with famed Italian design house Prada. Will such a move add further sparkle and shine to the...Read More»

Mercedes Star
Veggie Across America: 1982 Benz 300TD Gets Makeover

In addition to driving 3,000 miles on waste vegetable oil in an old-skool Benz that I converted, the December cross-country adventure had an admittedly vain component; a desperately needed makeover for Marlene, the stalwart 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon I've been using as my daily driver since the...Read More»

2009 Kia Soulster Concept
2009 Detroit Show: Kia Soul'ster Concept

A wedgy, funky little Kia concept called the Soul'ster was unveiled today at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The new concept is based on the new 2010 Kia Soul hatchback, which goes on sale later in the year, and which we'll be driving shortly for a full review. The concept is spun from the same...Read More»

Rolls-Royce Santa Sleigh
WWSD? CAR Asks Automakers to Design St. Nick's Sleigh

Now Dasher! Now Datsun, now Peugeot and Vauxhall! On Comet! On Cooper! On Kia and Bristol! Thanks, CAR magazine, for providing a bit of levity and some smiles despite a dreary economy, layoffs, and plant closures galore. CAR tapped automakers' design studios to create interpretations of what...Read More»

Henry J
Detroit's Problems with Small Cars Started Decades Ago

The New York Times' Autos section provides great insight into U.S. automakers' storied inability to create, build, and market successful small vehicles. The article, "Detroit's Small Packages Arrived, and Left, Early," starts the story with the steep U.S. recession of 50 years ago. Answering the...Read More»

2009 BMW Z4
First Look: 2009 BMW Z4

We present to you the first BMW Roadster with a retractable hardtop. Looking like a cool fusion of the stunning Z8 and the current-gen Z4, the 2009 BMW Z4 Roadster is bristling with new technology under both hood and retractable hardtop roof. Two models will be offered: the Z4 sDrive35i and Z4...Read More»

Carlsson CD32
Carlsson CD32: Semi-Responsible SUV Bling?

Wait, a blinged-out diesel SUV? And introduced in flashy Miami Beach, no less. GGI European Tuning, the exclusive North American importer of the Carlsson brand, announced its latest offering yesterday, based on the Mercedes ML 320 BlueTEC diesel SUV. Apparently even the bruisers, rap stars, and...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
2010 Mazda3 5-Door Released in Bologna

Proving that Americans are in love with neither 5-door hatches nor diesel engines, Mazda chose the Bologna Auto Show (Motor Show di Bologna for those of you fluent in Italian) to introduce the cheeky five-door hatchback version of its new Mazda3. The vehicle is powered by, among other engine...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
2010 Porsche Panamera: Does It Look Better in Motion?

For those of you appalled or delighted with the 2010 Porsche Panamera, there's more video fodder to back up your strongly held opinions. Head over to YouTube and watch the new Porsche Panamera in motion. I think it looks a bit better and more sporting while moving, though I'm even more certain that...Read More»

2010 Volvo S60 Concept
Volvo S60 Concept to Show at Detroit Auto Show in January

To be introduced in 2010, the next-generation Volvo S60 presents a smooth evolution of the current vehicle's "coupe-inspired" silhouette. Sigh. It seems every automaker is calling its sedan a coupe these days, but in the case of the S60, we'll buy a little bit of the hype, as their recent vehicles...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera
Porsche Panamera Sedan Launched, Shows

The five-door hatchback liftback has never been very well-received by American buyers. Yet Porsche intends to buck that trend with some 20,000 projected annual sales of its new Panamera, a grand touring sports saloon that's been talked about for months as Porsche has coyly leaked cryptic photos...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»

2008 Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept
GM Kills Cadillac CTS Coupe Launch

And if you didn't think GM was in real trouble... The beleaguered automaker has just canceled the launch of its stunning Cadillac CTS Coupe at next week's LA Auto Show, according to the U.K.'s AutoCar. They say it's part of GM's radical new thinking on its future lineup, forced by its festering...Read More»

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