Ford Shows E85 Escape Hybrid
As Ford promised earlier in the week in its Way Forward
restructuring, it's looking to ethanol power to "green" up its vehicle fleet. On
Wednesday, at the
2006 Hybrid Buyers' Guide by TCC Team (10/17/2005)
What to look for in the new wave of fuel-sippers.
Kerkorian Dips Back into GM Well
Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp. is at it again. The company is buying up twelve million shares in General Motors, an amount equal to the shares Tracinda sold in December, according to the Associated Press. With the latest moves, Kerkorian's share in the world's largest automaker will rise again to 9.9 percent. Tracinda is said to have sold the stock to take advantage of tax laws and year-end write-offs. GM, which will announce its 2005 and fourth-quarter financial results this morning, will cut 30,000 jobs by 2008 and will shutter twelve assembly and parts facilities.
York: GM Should Drop Saab,
HUMMER by Joseph Szczesny
Company has 1000 days of cash left, Kerkorian's wingman says.
At a press conference at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday night,
Bill Davis Racing and Michael
Waltrip Racing had been expected to be named as participants in the
The Red Bull Racing team has
reportedly purchased the former Penske Racing South facility in
"This is obviously huge for Bill
Davis Racing and our sponsors," said Bill Davis, BDR team owner and president.
"It is a great honor and opportunity to be able to continue to build on what we
have already accomplished with
Michael Waltrip has owned a NASCAR
Busch Series operation since 1996, and is expanding into Nextel Cup Series
ownership this year, in a joint-ownership deal with former Jasper Motorsports
owner Doug Bawel that includes a contractual arrangement for Bill Davis Racing
to provide cars, engines, and personnel. The popular two-time Daytona 500 winner
will be instrumental in
The ownership structure of Red Bull Racing has not been made clear to this point. If, in fact, the team is owned by the popular Austrian-based drink company, it will be an interesting addition to the company's two Formula 1 teams, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. The company also maintains sponsorships in the World Rally Championship and in various motorcycle-racing series.
The Camaro That Almost Was
A close look at the Studio X design, the Camaro concept that almost was.
Even before GM pulled the plug on the last production Camaro, the automaker has been struggling with ways to bring back the once-popular muscle car. An ill-conceived concept car nearly made it onto the auto-show circuit in early 2005, but was abandoned on orders from CEO Rick Wagoner.
Ford was already committed to the retro path, with a Mustang unabashedly repeating the theme of the much-loved 1967 model. So Wagoner ordered his design team to come up with something that picked up the visual cues of past Camaros without being slavishly retro.
GM's Advanced Design studio didn't get back to work on the Camaro concept until spring 2005, but "within about three weeks, maybe four," recalled GM design director Ed Welburn, they already had something striking in mind. Sketches were transferred to clay, and soon, a life-size model was ready for review.
"When I walked out onto the patio and saw it, it was obvious it was a Camaro," Welburn, himself a Camaro collector, told TheCarConnection. But he still wasn't satisfied. "I liked it, but I wanted them to push it farther."
The Camaro That Almost Was (1/23/2006)
How GM's hot concept pony car got that way.
2000 Ford Equator
Instead the Hawk found a
surprisingly vibrant, clean municipal oasis in the Great American Midwest. And
now, the modern
This institution is far more than
just another car museum built around a single, nearly forgotten marque. It's
about the history of the community - with hardly a nod to its esteemed
University of Notre Dame - and of transportation in
Museum Hawk: South Bend's New
A community-based gem of a museum.
FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases
Land Rover was honored by R. L. Polk & Co. during its tenth annual Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards ceremony at the 2006 Automotive News World Congress in Dearborn, MI. Range Rover won in the Prestige SUV category. This marks the second consecutive year the model has been honored. "We are thrilled that our customers continue to embrace the Range Rover," commented Ben Weiner, Customer Satisfaction Manager for Land Rover North America. "Winning this award again signifies that our customers appreciate this extraordinary vehicle and the unique experience that only comes with owning a Range Rover." The Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards recognize manufacturers for superior owner loyalty performance. Loyalty is determined when a household that owns a new vehicle returns to purchase or lease another new vehicle of the same model or make.
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