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Archive: January 2008


Israel Pushing for Electric Cars?

Israel doesn't have much in the way of petro resources like its neighbors, but it does have money and brainpower--and that's why, the New York Times reports, the country will get behind a California entrepreneur who wants to build out a network to support electric cars. The Times says that the...

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Nissan and Chrysler, What’s Next?

There’s been plenty of buzz in automotive circles, this week, following word that Nissan and Chrysler would team up to sell a Chrysler-badged version of the Nissan... read more January 17, 2008 by 4


BMW M3 Gets Priced Under $60,000

You might have missed it in the hoopla surrounding the Detroit auto show--and for some reason, we were focused more on the M3 Convertible pictures that made their way public... read more January 17, 2008 by 2


Routan: The VW Minivan Coming to Chicago Gets a Name

Somewhere between “Touran,” a compact VW sold in Europe, and “RuPaul,” a full-size model formerly sold on VH1, lies the “Routan.” And if you... read more January 17, 2008 by 9


Suzuki Truck Coming to Chicago Show

American Suzuki is planning to unveil its pickup truck at next month's Chicago Auto Show. It expects to have three different truck "concepts" on stage for the Chicago show... read more January 17, 2008 by 2


Nissan Drops Murano Price Like It’s Hot

It wasn’t all that long ago that waxed enthusiastic about the new 2009 Nissan Murano. “It's so relentlessly refined, that the airy PR... read more January 16, 2008 by 0


Scion Releases xB 5.0; Steve Jobs Fails to Take Credit

While we finish mopping up after the press days at the 2008 Detroit auto show (lots of shredded paper, spilled lattes at the Acura stand and sweaty lanyards, ew)... read more January 16, 2008 by 3


GM’s Lutz: Consumers Will Pay to Go Green

“Everybody’s going to have to get with it,” says General Motors’ car czar, Bob Lutz. “Business as usual is not acceptable.” The septuagenarian executive, long... read more January 15, 2008 by 9


Saturn – Kermit's Favorite GM Division

Without a doubt, Saturn is clanging pot lids together in order for people to consider it a green, with-it division. To support their positioning, during their 2008 Detroit... read more January 15, 2008 by 0


I'll Have a Piece of Cloud, Please

As we've said in previous posts, the Chinese automakers at the Detroit show just didn't look quite ready for prime time in a lot of ways. Outside the obvious questions such... read more January 15, 2008 by 4


Detroit Gives a Nod to Star Power

Everyone's been commenting about the subdued atmosphere of the press introductions here at the Detroit show relative to years past, and after two press days have come and... read more January 15, 2008 by 2


Smart Ready to Sell First Cars

Smart’s two-seat fortwo seems too cute to be real--but this week, smart will deliver the first of the Benz-developed city cars to customers who signed up long ago on... read more January 15, 2008 by 10


Toyota Ready for All Fuel Options, Addressing Quality Problems

It’s an uncertain world, acknowledged Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe, and any company hoping to be a success will have to address all of its options. With the... read more January 15, 2008 by 2


Rolls On an Expansion Roll

While it's been stormy weather for makers operating at the lower end of the markets, things are sunny for purveyors to the carriage trade. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is coming... read more January 15, 2008 by 0


Maserati Painting Detroit Ivory with 100 Q-Portes

Maserati increased sales in the U.S. by 20 percent in 2007 to 2600 cars, led by a restyled Quattroporte model with a newly added automatic transmission. Globally, Maserati... read more January 15, 2008 by 0


Guess Who's Going Green? Ferrari

So, were you more surprised to find out that Ferrari had the most gorgeous models on its show stand at the 2008 Detroit auto show--or that the Italian supercar maker is... read more January 15, 2008 by 0



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