TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Dec. 16, 2003
Annual Car/Truck of the Year Finalists Announced
The drum roll will have to continue for another three weeks, but at least the finalists for North American Car and Truck of the Year have been announced. On the passenger-car side, the Cadillac XLR, Mazda RX-8, and Toyota Prius were the top-three vote getters, while the Caddy SRX, Ford F-150, and Nissan Titan were top contenders for the truck award. Final results will be announced on January 4th, kicking off the first press day at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, in Detroit. A total of 49 journalists — representing some of the top automotive media, including TCC — participated in NACTOY balloting this year.
2004 Mazda RX-8 by Dan Carney (7/14/2003)
Rotary fans can rejoice: the Wankel’s back.
2004 Cadillac XLR by TCC Team (5/26/2003)
A new lease on sportscar life for GM’s rapid social climber.
2004 Toyota Prius by John Pearley Huffman (8/25/2003)
As close as Toyota comes to making a Ferrari.
2004 Cadillac SRX by TCC Team (7/7/2003)
Redefining a niche, reshaping a brand.
2004 Ford F-150 by Marc K. Stengel (7/7/2003)
Ford stakes its very future on the success of a dramatic redesign of the best-selling F-150 pickup.
2004 Nissan Titan Crew Cab by TCC Team (9/29/2003)
Is Nissan’s Titan-ic pickup unsinkable?
Fuel Cells Could Launch Abroad
Investors Want Progress on Warming by Joseph Szczesny (11/24/2003)
Environmental concerns want to leverage their power to get big companies to clean up.
BMW 6-Series Cabrio Coming to Motown
2004 BMW 645Ci
Porsche Sales Can Double As Is
The start of Peter Schwarzenbauer’s tenure as President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America last March began with unenthusiastic reviews of Porsche’s “bet the company” Cayenne and a war in the Middle East to wilt many wallets that might have opened for Porsche’s first SUV.
Porsche Sales Can Double As Is by Jim Burt (12/15/2003)
PCNA head says brand doesn’t need a fourth model to prosper.
Smart USA Getting Two-Seater, Too
The coming of Mercedes-Benz’ Smart franchise to the U.S. is unfolding rapidly as MBUSA prepares for a 2006 launch. Last week Scott Keogh was named to steering the marketing for the new division, which will bring an SUV developed from the Smart forfour platform to the U.S. in 2006. Now, Automotive News reports that Smart will also federalize the next generation of the two-seat city Smart car and import it to the United States. Due in 2008, the replacement for the City Coupe and Cabrio could boost the Smart brand’s projected sales volumes to more than 60,000 units a year. The current Smart cars were not developed for sale in the U.S., and at 98 inches long, the Smart City Coupe is 45 inches shorter than MINI’s petite Cooper.
2003 Frankfurt Show, Part II by TCC Team (9/15/2003)
A vision from Benz, an estate from Jag, and a wedgie from Mazda.
FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases
Motor Trend, the world’s number one automotive authority and part of the PRIMEDIA Consumer Automotive Group, today announced that Frank Markus will join the editorial staff of Motor Trend as Technical Director. He will be based in the Detroit office. Mr. Markus is an experienced journalist who has worked as a writer, test driver, and Technical Director for Car and Driver magazine. He succeeds former Motor Trend Detroit Bureau Chief Jack Keebler who has joined General Motors in vehicle development and analysis.
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