2007

Chrysler Closing More Plants
Chrysler Closing More Plants

Hit hard by the slump in sales of SUVs, pickups, and other light trucks - which normally account for two-thirds of its volume - Chrysler LLC plans to close an assembly plant later this year and sharply reduce production at another. Chrysler's St. Louis South plant, one of two producing minivans for...Read More»

2009 Cadillac CTS-V
Smackdown Alert: Cadillac CTS-V Does 60 in 3.9

What will the BMW M3, Lexus IS-F, and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG do now? Back in January, the 2009 Cadillac CTS-V hit Detroit's auto show with the promise of a supercharged V-8 with a prodigious 550 horsepower. Scratch that. The CTS-V makes 556 horsepower, according to the latest updates from GM. Not...Read More»

Buick Enclave
A "Dramatic" Marketing Shift at GM

Some news automatically generates a single-syllable response: Duh! Like the new report in the Detroit News that suggests General Motors’ mega-billion-dollar marketing program will undergo a “dramatic redesign” reflecting record fuel prices. As reporter Sharon Terlep points out, “after...Read More»

Can Chrysler Keep Its Grip on the Minivan Market

It should be a time to celebrate over at Chrysler. After all, the automaker’s two cross-town rivals have effectively abandoned the long-lucrative minivan market, leaving the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan the only two remaining domestic offerings. Unfortunately, despite the launch...Read More»

Will Bentley Go Green?

It takes plenty of green to buy a car like the Bentley Arnage. But is the British luxury maker about to go green in an environmentally-friendly way? That’s one of the big questions being asked as the automotive world gathers for the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Bentley is planning to gather a...Read More»

Supplier Could Bring Chrysler to Its Knees

It could be a tough week for Chrysler as it escalates a battle with the newly bankrupt supplier Plastech-engineered products. As of Monday, four Chrysler plants, including the factory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, that produce the Chrysler Sebring sedan, have been forced to close due to a lack of...Read More»

GM, Toyota Locked in Dead Heat

With both makers now reporting their year-end sales numbers, it appears that General Motors and Toyota wrapped up the 2007 sales sweepstakes in a global dead heat. In a release issued Wednesday, GM revealed it had sold 9,369,524 cars, trucks and crossovers worldwide. In rounded numbers, that would...Read More»

GM Style: Fashion Forward, News Back

If you’re a journo lucky enough to score an invite to the GM Style event, count your mixed blessings. The celebrity-studded event takes place a week from today in connection with the Detroit Auto Show--and while GM has a constellation of new cars to whip out at the show, everything from the...Read More»

2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept
2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept

Two months ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche announced its plans for building a hybrid version of theCayenne sport-utility vehicle. Now, at the L.A. Auto Show, Porsche showed the concept for the vehicle, which is due to arrive before the end of this decade. To give the public an idea of what...Read More»

2007 Kia KND-4 Concept
2007 Kia KND-4 Concept

Kia’s newest concept car is kinda this, kinda that. Or as chief designer Peter Schreyer would prefer, it “eliminates the boundary between the indoors and outdoors,” and the lines between SUVs and sports cars — a surprisingly common theme at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. This is...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
2007 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Concept

Hyundai’s new Concept Genesis Coupe has been unveiled, as Hyundai plans a production Genesis sedan for January’s Detroit auto show and a production coupe for April’s New York auto show. The new 2+2 coupe won’t be a replacement for the existing front-drive Tiburon coupe, though, Hyundai’s...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Concept
2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Blue Concept

Volkswagen’s Up! and Space Up! concepts have a triplet sibling — and the new Space Up! Blue concept, shown for the first time at theLos Angeles auto show, promises a cleaner driving experience in a package that hints strongly at VW’s Microbus past. The hints weren’t just coming from...Read More»

2007 Nissan RD/BX Concept
2007 Nissan RD/BX Concept

It would appear, by definition, to be a rolling oxymoron. But Nissan’s RD/BX, or “round box,” is an intriguing take on the compact convertible design concept. The overall look is somewhere between a Dustbuster and a smart fortwo, with an angular nose that appears to be sucking itself forward...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi Concept ZT
2007 Mitsubishi Concept ZT

Mitsubishi may have walked away from its Diamante sedan and wagon in the U.S., but that’s not stopping the company from showing a concept at this year’s Tokyo show patterned very much after the departed four-door. The Concept ZT sports the dimensions of a big front-drive sedan, like the old...Read More»

2007 Suzuki X-HEAD Concept
2007 Suzuki X-HEAD Concept

Initially we were skeptical about the truckiest of its concept cars due at Makuhari Messe — the X-HEAD, a Tonka-like take on the mini-pickup. However, a stroll around it and a look at Suzuki’s commercial flatbed trucks of approximately the same size that run on Tokyo ’s streets has us...Read More»

2007 Suzuki PIXY Concept
2007 Suzuki PIXY and SSC Concept

The Ministry of Economy and Trade is working with the auto industry in Japan on what’s called the next generation vehicle and fuel economy initiative, designed to make a “more enjoyable world for drivers and non-drivers alike,” says Suzuki. Part one is the PIXY, a single-person machine that...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi iMiEV Sport Concept
2007 Mitsubishi iMiEV Sport Concept

by Ken Zino A long time ago, when Chrysler was more of a force in the market, it promoted a line of full-size sedan as having a cab-forward look. Now comes the real thing: The iMiEV Sport electric car moves the two front passengers forward to accommodate high capacity lithium-ion battery packs...Read More»

2007 Nissan Pivo 2 Concept
2007 Nissan Pivo 2 Concept

Two years after the debut of Nissan’s original Pivo concept — at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show — a second version has been unveiled. The first Pivo was something of a cult hit. Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries, it featured a unique rotating cabin — meaning no reverse gear was required...Read More»

2007 Toyota iReal Concept
2007 Toyota iReal Concept

First came the i-Unit then the i-Swing, and at the Tokyo Motor Show Toyota unveiled its third-generation personal mobility machine. Called the iReal, it has three wheels, two at the front and one at the back. In low-speed mode it uses electric motors to shorten its wheelbase and allow easier...Read More»

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