Chicago Show Debuts Include Ralliart
The Chicago Auto Show begins next week for the media and the public. And among the introductions you'll see here next week on TheCarConnection are a handful of trucks, including the critical new Toyota Tundra and the updated Chevrolet Avalanche we showed you last week. Coming too to Chicago are the new Lexus ES330, the Hyundai Entourage minivan and Accent three-door hatch, a pair of Dodge trucks we'll tell you more about early next week, and this Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart, details of which we'll bring you in next week's coverage of the show. The media days begin Feb. 8 - stay tuned for all the
2006 Chicago Auto Show Preview
Tundra, Avalanche, Entourage, Nitro - and more trucks?
Dodge Nitro Blows into
2007 Dodge Nitro
IIHS: SUV Changes Have Dropped Deaths
Changes in the ride heights of sport-utility vehicles have cut the number of deaths in car-SUV crashes, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said on Friday. The study, cited by the New York Times, says the number of deaths in cars involved in side-impact crashes with SUVs fell by almost 50 percent after automakers began to reduce ride heights and install blocker beams on the front ends of sport-utes that better match up with the bumper systems on passenger cars. The changes are the result of an agreement in 2003 between automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mitigate the effects of car-SUV crashes. The reduction in deaths with frontal crashes between cars and SUVs was less - 18 to 21 percent fewer deaths would be reported, the IIHS estimates. The study cited data from 2001 to 2004, covering 2000-2003 models, some built prior to and some reflecting the design changes.
Supplier Shutdown Threatens Jeep Wrangler
1999 Ford Libre
Jeep Plant Hit By Supplier
Chrysler hopes for no delay in launch of new Jeep Wrangler.
Zetsche Tightens Control on DC
Dieter Zetsche, DaimlerChrysler
AG's chief executive officer, continues to open up more space between his new
administration and the reign of his predecessor Juergen Schrempp. Zetsche told a
panel discussion sponsored by a
Up until this year, German public corporations, unlike their
counterparts in the
German corporations, however, if they are so inclined, can move to
ask shareholders not to disclose board of management salaries. DaimlerChrysler's
Zetsche Tightens Control on DC (2/5/2006)
New DC CEO is putting more distance between his and the Schrempp era.
Bush Takes Ethanol Message on Road
George Bush's State of the Union message ran about 51 minutes on national television, but the most memorable part of the speech revolved around the U.S. "addiction" to oil - specifically imported oil - is getting a lot more airplay as Bush pushed the message in a cross-country post-address stump.
"In order to stay competitive, America must end its dependence on oil. When you're hooked on oil from the Middle East, it means you've got an economic security and a national security issue. And I spoke last night to some exciting opportunities here in America. I believe - I know that technology is going to enable us to diversify away from being dependent on hydrocarbon, from oil," Bush said in a speech in Nashville, Tenn., the day after first raising the issue.
"Let me talk about cars, and one area where we can achieve a lot of independence. We use a lot of foreign oil in our automobiles, and we drive a lot, and people say, well, CAFE this and CAFE that. Actually, we have increased CAFE standards for certain types of vehicles during my administration, and that's important, as is giving people choice, and marketplace function is important. But most important of all, it seems like to me, if you recognize the fact that being dependent upon oil is a problem for the long term, then why don't we figure out how to drive our cars using a different type of fuel?" Bush asked.
Bush Takes Ethanol Message on
Follow-ups to State of the Union press for break from oil "addiction."
Collins Among Nissan No-Goers
Nissan North America
knows which of its 60 top executives will not follow the company in its move
The New Camry: Your Opinion, Please
2000 Ford Contour
It's a decent step forward, but it's still an appliance. 30.5%
Is there any better way to take over the world? 18.9%
It's swing and a miss. Hello, Accord Hybrid! 9%
Why wouldn't you buy an Avalon instead? 8.5%
I'm giving up four-wheelers until Lundi Gras. 2%
of America, Inc. and Google recently presented the future of vehicle
navigation at the 2006 International
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in
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