Daily Edition: Dec. 27, 2005

December 27, 2005

TheCarConnection.com is on holiday sabbatical this week. But the news doesn't stop: stay tuned to our blog for breaking news - and catch up on the Year in Reverse, Toyota's new FJ Cruiser, and the week's racing news by clicking below.

TCC returns on Jan. 3, 2006. On behalf of all of us, have a happy and safe New Year.

2005: The Year in Reverse

2005 Chevrolet Corvette with Rick Wagoner

2005 Chevrolet Corvette with Rick Wagoner

Some analysts say the auto industry has been in tumult ever since production resumed after World War II. But it's hard to imagine any retrospective since then topping the events of 2005.

In the past year, the industry has seen its Big Two pushed to the precipice; has seen the cost of fuel skyrocket as worldwide demand zoomed, particularly in China and India; and has watched as the Korean carmakers aimed for the heights reached by some Japanese brands, only to see the Chinese automakers in their rearview mirror.

As TCC gets ready for another year of news, reviews, and opinion, we've selected these at the ten most important auto stories of the past year. Stay with us next week as we begin 2006 from the floor of the Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows.

2005: The Year In Reverse (12/26/2005)
Physics 101: The biggest auto stories of the year come down to energy and momentum.

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TCC Drives: 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

1999 Ford ZX2 Fusion

1999 Ford ZX2 Fusion

Do you remember when you saw your first Honda Element out on the streets? You might think that the Toyota FJ Cruiser looks a little bit goofy in that same, oddly proportioned way. To the uninitiated, the FJ might look a little bit like the Element crossed with a HUMMER H3, but take another long look at it and the FJ's shape makes a lot of sense - it's distinctive, fashionable, and functional at the same time, with just enough retro so that, if you squint hard enough, you might see the old 1960s-era Land Cruiser FJ40.

While Toyota of course made and imported cars as well through the '60s, the automaker really built its name in the U.S. and other overseas markets with the FJ40. The early SUV model found fans throughout the world because of its simplicity, off-road ability, and decent (at least then) on-road ability. That, and it was more reliable than anything else at the time that could boast that level of off-road prowess.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser (12/26/2005)
A retro-cool concept makes the scene with some established connections.

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Racing News and Notes, Dec. 26, 2005 (12/26/2005)

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Name Symbol Last Change
Autobytel, Inc. ABTL 4.84 -0.11 (-2.22%)
Autoliv Inc. ALV 45.41 +0.18 (+0.40%)
AutoNation Inc. AN 21.82 -0.26 (-1.18%)
ArvinMeritor Inc. ARM 14.65 -0.19 (-1.28%)
American Axle & Mfr. Holdings Inc. AXL 18.36 -0.04 (-0.22%)
Ballard Power Systems Inc. BLDP 4.12 -0.18 (-4.19%)
BorgWarner Inc. BWA 59.41 -0.54 (-0.90%)
Cummins Inc. CMI 90.42 -0.61 (-0.67%)
Dana Corporation DCN 6.79 +0.17 (+2.57%)
DaimlerChrysler AG (ADR) DCX 50.48 -0.22 (-0.43%)
Dura Automotive Systems DRRA 2.36 +0.11 (+4.89%)
Eaton Corporation ETN 66.79 -1.03 (-1.52%)
Ford Motor Company F 7.89 -0.01 (-0.13%)
General Motors Corporation GM 18.99 +0.16 (+0.85%)
Gentex Corporation GNTX 19.50 -0.33 (-1.66%)
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT 17.66 -0.24 (-1.34%)
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (ADR) HMC 28.98 -0.46 (-1.56%)
Johnson Controls Inc. JCI 71.84 -1.09 (-1.49%)
Lear Corporation LEA 28.16 -0.37 (-1.30%)
Magna International Inc. MGA 70.40 +0.10 (+0.14%)
Motorola Inc. MOT 22.95 -0.54 (-2.30%)
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (ADR) NSANY 20.19 -0.31 (-1.51%)
Sonic Automotive Inc. SAH 22.55 -0.26 (-1.14%)
Siemens AG SI 85.77 +0.30 (+0.35%)
Sirius Satellite Radio SIRI 6.99 +0.16 (+2.34%)
Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) TM 102.00 -1.68 (-1.62%)
TRW Automotive Holdings TRW 25.80 +0.26 (+1.02%)
Tower Automotive Inc. TWRAQ.PK 0.073 -0.002 (-2.67%)
United Auto Group Inc. UAG 37.42 -0.80 (-2.09%)
Visteon Corporation VC 6.86 -0.06 (-0.87%)
XM Satellite Radio Hold. XMSR 28.99 -0.11 (-0.38%)

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