VW Recalls Six Years of Passats
VW Recalls Six Years of Passats

Passat owners, take notice: VW is recalling the mid-size model for potential problems with 1999-2005 versions. The recall of gasoline-powered Passats is voluntary, the German automaker says. Affected Passats with an automatic transmission may have an underbody heat shield, which could become...Read More»

Audi RS6: Cold Hands, Warm Heart?

To go up against Mercedes' E63 AMG and BMW’s M5, Audi is planning to offer the hot RS6. We caught it here, in northern Sweden, while it was undergoing some late prototype testing in the frigid Arctic. The larger air intakes in the front bumper, and the wider fenders and diffuser at the rear...Read More»

Coming Soon: 'More American' VWs

The Passat CC that new Volkswagen of America president and CEO Stefan Jacoby introduced this afternoon will be a good fit for American drivers' tastes and American roads, he affirmed. But there's more on the way. In his introduction of the Passat CC concept, Jacoby mentioned that Volkswagen is...Read More»

2003 Volkswagen Passat W8
New York Show: The Five Best Commercials

Okay, we have to admit that we’ve occasionally been known to sneak off to the bathroom or kitchen or to Guam during commercial breaks. But as anyone who watches the Super Bowl will realize, sometimes the ads are the best part of the show. And that prompted organizers at the New York Auto Show...Read More»

Cher and Share Alike—Including HUMMERs

Celebrity generosity knows few bounds. Mel Gibson gave the LAPD a piece of his twisted mind this weekend, and now Cher is giving away HUMMERs to anyone who will pay. Well, it’s not quite what it sounds like—the sexagenarian superstar and future Vegas lounge act is auctioning off 700 of...Read More»

2003 Volkswagen Passat 4-door Sedan GLS Manual Angular Rear Exterior View
Kia’s Butterfield: At Odds With Korean Culture

In the end, it was Peter Butterfield’s tendency to put himself above his company that did him in as CEO of Kia Motors America last week. Butterfield, a former senior executive at Volvo Cars North America before taking over at Kia in late 2001, had led the company to a terrific growth rate and...Read More»

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DAILY EDITION: Feb. 10, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Feb. 10, 2004 MINI Cooper Convertible Bows at Geneva It took some time, but next month, the MINI Convertible will debut at the Geneva Auto Show and will hit the road this summer. The Convertible will be one of the eye catchers at the Geneva show that opens for the public on...Read More»

Herbert Diess
DAILY EDITION: Feb. 3, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Feb. 3, 2004 Auto Stocks Down on Ratings, Softening Earnings Shares of Ford, General Motors, and DaimlerChrysler have been drifting lower on signals pointing to rising interest rates and softening earnings outlooks. On Monday, Ford fell 59 cents, or 4.1 percent, to $13.95 while...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
DAILY EDITION: Feb. 4, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Feb. 3, 2004 January Sales Sluggish for GM, Ford While Japanese companies and Chrysler Group posted sales gains in the first month of the new year, General Motors and Ford slumped. According to wire reports, total vehicle sales fell by about 0.7 percent in January, with General...Read More»

2020 BMW 3-Series production at plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
DAILY EDITION: Jan. 20, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Jan. 20, 2004 Automakers Anxious for a Better 2004 The consensus around the auto industry is that 2004 is going to be a good year. The basic assumption is that the economy will grow at a 4-percent or 4.5-percent rate this year and consumer confidence, another necessary...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
DAILY EDITION: Jan. 15, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Jan. 15, 2004 New STS Coming in 2005 This is the first official photograph of Cadillac’s 2005 STS. The replacement for the aging Seville sedan is designed to serve as the General Motors brand’s flagship, and that’s why you’ll find the fingerprints of GM “Car Czar”...Read More»

Kevin Czinger
DAILY EDITION: Jan. 14, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Jan. 14, 2004 New STS Coming in 2005 Cadillac has just released the first photos of its 2005 STS, the replacement for today's Seville sedan. The new vehicle is, Cadillac promises, new from the ground up, though it shares some Sigma architecture with the SRX crossover vehicle...Read More»

Artist's impression of Rimac's new headquarters to built in Zagreb, Croatia
DAILY EDITION: Jan. 8, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Jan. 8, 2004 Detroit Show: When Paparazzi Attack! Downtown Detroit came alive this week when automotive media and industry executives flooded in from all over the world for the 2004 North American International Auto Show. And despite a brief snowstorm and punishingly low...Read More»

Jost Capito
DAILY EDITION: Dec. 16, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Dec. 16, 2003 Annual Car/Truck of the Year Finalists Announced The drum roll will have to continue for another three weeks, but at least the finalists for North American Car and Truck of the Year have been announced. On the passenger-car side, the Cadillac XLR, Mazda RX-8, and...Read More»

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DAILY EDITION: Dec. 9, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Dec. 9, 2003 Incentives May Have Finally Peaked Incentives are still a fact of life in the industry, but the Chrysler Group’s chief executive says he is encouraged by recent trends, suggesting the increase in incentives may be leveling off. “I’m hoping the rate of...Read More»

2021 Ford Bronco production starts at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan
DAILY EDITION: Dec. 4, 2003

  TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Dec. 4, 2003 Volvo Shows V50 Wagon The new Volvo V50 wagon is out — well, at least in pictures. Volvo promises revolutionary interior design, class-leading safety, powerful five-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive for its new compact wagon, which gets the new alphanumeric...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
DAILY EDITION: Dec. 1, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Dec. 1, 2003 DB9 Droptop for Detroit Aston Martin will show a convertible version of its DB9 at the Detroit auto show in January. It will be called the DB9 Volante and will be built alongside the DB9 Coupe, which was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Both...Read More»

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DAILY EDITION: Nov. 13, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: Nov. 13, 2003 Ford Credit Rating Cut; ’04 Profits Improving? Standard & Poor’s on Wednesday cut Ford’s debt ratings to the lowest level above junk bonds — to which the company responded by promising better profits in 2004. S&P cast $180 billion of Ford’s...Read More»

2003 Toyota Corolla LE
2003 SEMA Show Highlights

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) holds its annual trade show in Las Vegas every November. And every November the convention center there -- the entire convention center -- overflows with cars and stuff that can bolted, welded, glued, or spit-wadded onto them. Take the seven deadly...Read More»

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