Kia to Pay $6 Million to Sephia Owners
Kia to Pay $6 Million to Sephia Owners

A jury has ordered South Korean carmaker Kia to pay $6 million to owners of the Sephia sedan to compensate them for defective brake systems. It took jurors in Elizabeth, New Jersey, just one day, following a five-week trial, to decide against the automaker and order the payout of $750 to each of...Read More»

VW Hoping for a Little Diesel Mania

It's the moment that old-school greenies and hardcore cheapskates alike have been waiting for: the second coming of the Volkswagen diesel engine. And it's coming at the end of the summer, VW execs reminded us at the Washington, D.C.-area press drive for the new Jetta Sportwagen. Though we were...Read More»

Das Auto: VW Reminds People It's "The Car"

It's Volkswagen's new ad campaign, and it's as simple as "the car." The German automaker launches a new advertising campaign this month under the tag, "Das Auto" -- translated from German as "the car." It's meant to signify VW's place as an icon of pop culture, while giving the brand a jump-start...Read More»

Wolfsburg Rising: VW Goes All Special Edition on the Jetta

Volkswagen’s latest version of the Jetta is a new Wolfsburg Edition with a turbo four-cylinder engine, and a pricetag of $20,875. The new Wolfie--last year’s edition had a 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder engine--sports the fantastic 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter direct-injection four, along...Read More»

Bunnies Meet Rabbits at the Playboy Mansion

“Financially prudent” rather than Rabbit meets Bunnies is how Volkswagen explained its decision to unveil four Limited Edition models at the Playboy Mansion October 4, but prudent is hardly the word to describe the recent shenanigans involving the iconic Playboy trademark. During a week...Read More»

Len Hunt Is Loving Kia

Len Hunt is glad to get a crack at running Kia Motors. The new COO of the Korean carmaker’s U.S. unit had been tapped to run worldwide marketing for Bentley at Volkswagen. “I looked at my schedule of one posh glad-handing event after another, many of them on the weekends, and I...Read More»

2001 Acura Integra two-door
Consumer Car News: 5/20/02

INTEGRA IS THE MOST STOLEN CARThe 20 largest insurance companies say that claims are down since 1980 — but that payouts are higher, Reuters reports. The companies represented by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) also says the 1999-2001 Acura Integra has the highest theft rate and claim...Read More»

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2001 Tokyo Show, Part I

2001 Tokyo Motor Show Index LUV REVISITED. Isuzu took the wraps off a concept pickup that gives strong hints as to the direction of an upcoming collaboration between the Japanese automaker and its American affiliate, General Motors. The two manufacturers are in the process of developing a successor...Read More»

2001 Tokyo Motor Show poster
2001 Tokyo Motor Show Index

Talk about the '01 Tokyo Show here! 2001 Tokyo Show Preview by Marty Padgett (10/22/2001) 2001 Tokyo Show, Part I by TCC Team (10/23/2001) 2001 Tokyo Show, Part II by John Rettie (10/24/2001) 2001 Tokyo Show, Part III by TCC Team (10/24/2001) Tokyo: Subdued, Surprising by TCC Team (10/29/2001) Link...Read More»

2001 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2001 Tokyo Show, Part III

2001 Tokyo Motor Show Index by TCC Team (10/22/2001) PERFORMANCE AT ANY PRICE? Volkswagen’s new CEO is giving all-but official confirmation the automaker will put its W-12 supercar into production. “I love it, but the question is whether customers will love it,” cautioned Bernd Pischetsrieder...Read More»

2001 Porsche 911 Turbo engine
2001 Tokyo Show, Part II

UPDATED 10/28/01 2001 Tokyo Motor Show Index by TCC Team (10/22/2001) Nobody was quite sure what the mood would be at the 35th Tokyo Motor Show, coming just six weeks after the horrific events of Sept. 11, which happened on the first media day at the Frankfurt show. Coupled with the uncertainty of...Read More»

Frankfurt Auto Show 2001
2001 Frankfurt Auto Show I

2001 Frankfurt Auto Show IndexTalk about the '01 Frankfurt show here! When the doors opened for the media days at the biannual Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA), optimism was in evidence if not buoyant. Despite the potential of a global recession, a majority of manufacturers were positive about the future...Read More»

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2001 Frankfurt Auto Show Index

'01 Frankfurt Show Preview by Henny Hemmes (9/10/2001) Before the Hofbrauhaus comes the sheetmetal. Frankfurt Show Preview II by Ian Norris (9/10/2001) A second crack at cleaning up the Messe. Frankfurt Auto Show I by John Rettie (9/12/2001) A subdued mood in Frankfurt quickly turns somber...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
Drivers’ News: Aug. 27, 2001

THUNDERBIRD PRODUCTION HALTED DUE TO COOLING GLITCHES Ford Motor Co. has temporarily halted production of the new and eagerly awaited Thunderbird retro roadster. Company officials confirmed to TheCarConnection that the snag is due to an engine-cooling problem that has cropped up on some, though not...Read More»

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2001 Woodward Dream Cruise Index

The 2001 Woodward Dream Cruise may be over, but you don't have to let it fade into memory. Click on any of the links below for TheCarConnection's coverage of this classic cruisin' event. Dream Cruise 2001 Preview by TCC Team (8/16/2001) DC Launches Woodie Cruiser by TCC Team (8/16/2001) Wangers...Read More»

Dream Cruise overhead
2001 Dream Cruise, Day One

by Jim Kenzie More from the 2001 Woodward Dream Cruise BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Why does Pebble Beach get more coverage in automotive magazines (yes, and automotive Web sites) than the Woodward Dream Cruise? Is it a better show? No. Who wants to see Ralph Lauren’s Duesenberg yet again, which he paid...Read More»

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2001 Dream Cruise, Day Two

More from the 2001 Woodward Dream Cruise The "Bob Lutz" and "bud vase" billboards are self-explanatory, as is the RALFWHO? license plate on the Corvair. Someone’s clearly had some fun with "the world's thinnest VW Beetle,” and "the world's shortest VW Van" - they took four feet (the entire...Read More»

2002 Cadillac Eldorado ESC
2001 Dream Cruise Photo Gallery

by Mark Phelan When upwards of 60,000 hot rods, muscle cars and classic cruisers take to the road for a day of "Woodwarding," you're bound to see some rare, odd and unusual sites. Here are some of the more interesting ones we spotted during the 2002 Dream Cruise. (Oh, and click on any picture to...Read More»

2021 Ford Bronco production starts at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan
Driver's News: 8/13/2001

EXPLORER GETS TOP MARKS FROM CONSUMER REPORTS A redesigned Ford Explorer has received the top nod from Consumer Reports magazine, in effect changing the “beleaguered” label into “best” with its long-anticipated September issue. Up to this point, the Explorer’s future, at least in the mind...Read More»

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