2004

2004 Woodward Dream Cruise
2004 Woodward Dream Cruise

They called it cruising. And in the ‘50s and ‘60s, it was one of the favorite pastimes of American youth. It was an era of innocence and high octane gasoline, fast cars and poodle skirts, burgers and “hole shots.” No place had the action found in the northern suburbs of Detroit , where the...Read More»

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Daily Edition: August 19, 2004

ME-412 Could Live On Without Bernhard A decision on the future of Chrysler's high-performance concept vehicle, the ME-412 supercar, is likely to be made in the next few months. "Within this year, we should be able to come to some conclusion," Chrysler Group CEO Dieter Zetsche told...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Aug. 6, 2004

Detroit Incentives Hit $4k Detroit is spending a whopping $4011 in incentives per vehicle sold in July on average, according to Edmunds's True Cost of Incentives report. That figure remains significantly higher than the record industry average $2885 per vehicle. GM remains the biggest spender of...Read More»

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2004 Traverse City Coverage

MBS coverage sponsored by: New Jeep Plant Risky but Promising There are plenty of risks — along with a potentially huge payoff — to the $2.1 billion Jeep plant DaimlerChrysler plans to build in Toledo, Ohio, says Laurie Felax, vice president of Harbour & Associates. On Tuesday, the...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Jul. 28, 2004

GM Confirms H3 Details, "Alpha" Hummers The Hummer brand gets a new mid-size SUV based on the Chevrolet Colorado architecture in the 2006 model year, GM confirmed on Tuesday. Though no pictures were released, GM says the new Hummer will appear in the first half of next year and will sport a...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Jul. 27, 2004

GM CVT Is DOA The continuously variable transmission installed in some Saturn models and an Opel model inEurope, will be discontinued after a short, recall-flagged history. The transmission first became available in the 2002 Saturn ION Coupe and VUE SUV, as well as a version of the Opel Astra. GM...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Jul. 16, 2004

Freep: Q2 Profits Should Be Good inDetroit Despite increasing inventories and rising interest rates, Detroit's automakers could report stronger second-quarter profits when the numbers come in next week. The Detroit Free Press reports that the April-June financial period could show Big Three...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Jul. 7, 2004

GM and Ford to Up Spiffs Today Smarting from slow June sales and sweating out a potentially lean summer, General Motors upped its lease deals following the holiday weekend and is expected to jack up rebate cash on slow selling models today as well. Ford is expected to increase its offers as well...Read More»

Richard Hill
Daily Edition: Jun. 30, 2004

Power: Lexus Still Tops, Domestics Improving The latest survey from J.D. Power and Associates measuring vehicle quality over three years shows that U.S. automakers are continuing to gain on leaders Toyota and Honda, and that most luxury import brands are declining in long-term quality. Power...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Jun. 21, 2004

L.A. auto show to shift seasons In the long-running battle between Detroit and Los Angeles, the folks out West have finally blinked. Bowing to industry pressure, the Los Angeles Auto Show is shifting to November, and will no longer go head-to-head with the bigger North American International...Read More»

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2004 Beijing Motor Show: Part IV

Beijing Motor Show Index Bigger plans for Chinese Focus concept? At the Beijing Motor show, Ford is showing a concept version of its Focus sedan that it says was heavily influenced by the needs and tastes of the booming Chinese market. “This concept was done for China,” asserts the show car’s...Read More»

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2004 Beijing Motor Show, Part II

Beijing Motor Show Index Whose show is this, anyway? There were plenty of news conferences at Auto China 2004’s opening media day. The challenge was finding them. That wasn’t easy at an event that has two competing organizers (or was it four? Or five?) Some carmakers decided to skip the slots...Read More»

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2004 Beijing Motor Show, Part III

Beijing Motor Show Index If you build it? The big question that carmakers need to ask is what do consumers want in China? In wealthier, more established markets, such as Beijing, buyers demand the latest products, but in other regions, the situation is different, cautioned Michael Dunne, founder of...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Jun. 8, 2004

New rollover ratings: SUVs still at issue The federal government released new results regarding vehicle rollover risk for some models Monday, including much-anticipated results for the Ford Explorer. The Explorer was given an overall rating of "three" on the five-star system, meaning the vehicle...Read More»

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2004 Beijing Motor Show Preview

Related Articles: China Trade Facing New Scrutiny by Joseph Szczesny (3/22/2004)Unions complain as the U.S. courts more Chinese business.. Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Maybach, and Lamborghini. These are not the names one normally associates with a communist society. But forget the Long March. In...Read More»

Beijing Motor Show crowds
2004 Beijing Motor Show Index

China Goes Car Crazy by TCC Team (6/7/04) A nation takes to the road, but who is writing the rules? Preview: Beijing Motor Show by TCC Team (6/7/04) Though sales slow a bit, China's car industry remains hot. Beijing Motor Show: Part I by TCC Team (6/9/04) GM, Ford, and other automakers get ready to...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Daily Edition: May. 21, 2004

Porsche unveils 911 Turbo S Porsche's latest pair of 911s to be introduced are the Turbo S Coupe and Cabriolet. These models are based on the current 911 Turbo, not the new 911 Carrera unleashed last week in photo form. The new Turbo S gets its power from a 3.6 twin-turbocharged horizontally...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Daily Edition: May. 5, 2004

Sales increase slightly, at GM and across the board Industry-wide sales of new vehicles increased a mere 1.2 percent in April despite strong sales by several Japanese automakers. The overall pace of sales was a disappointing 16.8 million units, setting the stage for an increase in incentives. Paul...Read More»

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Daily Edition: May. 4, 2004

Sales down at Ford; up at Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan Incomplete sales numbers for the industry released on Monday provided a mixed bag of results, with Ford down, Chrysler up, and Toyota maintaining its ongoing sales surge. While GM held its numbers until today, due to a computer error that delayed...Read More»

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