Spy Shots: 2008 Scion xBScion's hot-selling xB is due to be redesigned soon, and the replacement vehicle is expected to be larger than the current model. This photo captures a prototype mule, obviously based on the current xB, but stretched, which seems to confirm that the new xB will be at least a few inches longer than today's car. -Antoine Guilbaud/Hidden Image
GM Will Invest $500 Million in
A press conference scheduled for tomorrow by GM is expected to confirm the company's investment of half a billion dollars in the state of
Detroit Stakes Out Political Path by Joseph Szczesny (2/13/2006)
Ethanol wins over
At Maserati, Tank is Half-Empty - or Half-Full?
2004 Maserati Quattroporte
But there's a downside, company officials acknowledge. The 92-year-old brand is likely to miss plans to bring sales up to the 10,000 mark by 2007 or '08, acknowledged CEO Karl-Heinz Kalbfell. With the current product mix, he told TheCarConnection.com, worldwide sales of 6000 to 7000 are probably more realistic. The challenge, then, is to expand the product lineup and tap into new markets Maserati has so far missed.
It's not that the Italian automaker, a subsidiary of Fiat Auto, isn't trying. The striking Quattroporte is already the marque's best-seller, accounting for more than half of its sales last year. Maserati hopes to gain even more traction with unique spin-offs, such as the $115,000 Executive GT, which it showed at the
At Maserati, Tank is Half-Empty - or Half-Full? (2/12/2006)
Brand is selling more cars, but still short of 10k targets.
1999 Chrysler Concorde
1999 Chrysler Concorde
The hour or so becomes nearly two and a half hours, during which the lilting music on our car's radio begins to dissolve away any connection to the mainland or even the more populated center of Maui, about 300 sharp turns and dozens of one-lane bridges back. BlackBerries lose signal at roughly the same point where only the road ahead indicates any sort of civilization has dawned somewhere nearby. Waterfalls cascade on the veering road, and deluges and sharp-edged rays of sun fence atop the pavement while the ocean keeps languid score.
At some point - is it nap time already, or time for a carsick bag? - you arrive in Hana, where the Hawaiian blessing mahalo ("may you be in divine breath") parts from the lips of everyone in the village and at the Hana-Maui resort, almost a mantra. It's a local inflection, we soon learn - mahalo, as in manana, only less urgent.
Great Drives: Maui, Hana and Haleakala (2/12/2006)
Twists, turns and the occasional bout of carsickness.
CarGirl: What Real
Last November, TCC ran a column by Douglas Flint entitled "What Real Men Drive," in which he claimed real men don't drive macho HUMMER H2s or diesel Ford F-350s; they drive International Scouts and Chevy El Caminos. And if they can't get their hands on one of those out-of-production models, other real-man options include:
-Any convertible (the Mazda Miata excepted) as long as the top stays down whenever it's not raining or snowing
-Any plain-Jane American four-door sedan (think Ford Crown Vic or Buick LeSabre)
-The Jeep CJ series ("pre-Eighties wussification")
-Anything with a plow on it
In response to his column, TCC reader Erin Mays wrote a letter to the editors praising
So this one's for you, Erin, albeit three months late.
CarGirl: What Real Women Drive (2/12/2006)
Our battle of the sexes takes place on wheels.
Talking and Driving - Sans Phone - Still Dangerous
Cellphones aren't the only distraction for drivers. A new report suggests that in-car conversations can be just as dangerous as using a cellphone while driving, researchers at the
Kia Re-Ups with
Kia Motors said it has renewed its sponsorship of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas as a worldwide automobile partner, commencing with the First Round taking place Feb. 10-12, 2006 in 24 countries around the world.
Over the past three years, the Davis Cup/Kia Motors partnership has created tremendous synergy for both parties by delivering the joy and excitement of the Davis Cup to tennis fans around the world, the automaker said.
Yong-Hwan Kim, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors, said, "the renewal of our Davis Cup sponsorship can be seen as Kia Motors' desire to get even closer to the fans by broadening our marketing spectrum through stepped-up on-line and on-site promotional activities."
As an official worldwide sponsor and car of the Davis Cup from 2006-2008, Kia Motors will supply more than 300 vehicles annually around the world to support the transportation needs of the ITF and its respective member federations, it added. -Peter Chang
FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases
Sue Unger, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), DaimlerChrysler AG, has been selected to receive the Automotive Hall of Fame's 2006 Distinguished Service Citation. She was honored during the Automotive Hall of Fame an Annual Awards Luncheon on February 12 in
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