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Archive: July 2008

VW Up Concept

More VW Product Coming to U.S.?

It seemed like forever before Volkswagen finally decided to put up a new assembly plant in the U.S., decades after closing its original, ill-fated facility, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. But now, the automaker can't wait to expand an operation still several years away from opening. It was just...

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Hertz Counter

Rising Rental Rates – And How to Cut Your Costs

And you think you've seen gas prices soar? Try renting a car, these days, as I do, during some of my travels, despite all the press cars I review, while on the road. Rates... read more July 30, 2008 by 0

2010 Toyota Prius spy shots

2010 Toyota Prius Spied!

The world’s most popular hybrid car, the Toyota Prius, is getting a new look, and here are the first photos of it. Caught earlier as a mule, with the new front welded to... read more July 30, 2008 by 11

McDonald's meal

ExxonMobil, Shell...and Mickey Ds?

Biodiesel's nothing new to greenies and assorted car communists like's own Colin Mathews (stay tuned for his first drive in VW's new TDI later this... read more July 29, 2008 by 1


Drivers Logging Lowest Mileage Since Carter Era

A new report from the Federal Highway Administration says American drivers logged fewer miles once more in May, for the seventh month in a row. Bloomberg says the continued... read more July 29, 2008 by 4

Ford Sync - in Navigator

Microsoft SYNC-ing Up with Auto Industry

Microsoft hopes to SYNC up with the auto industry. The software giant's high-tech infotainment system has been one of the few big success stories for Ford Motor Co. this past... read more July 29, 2008 by 1

Toyota Tundra

Toyota: Tough Times Coming

Hard times are coming, predicts the world's largest automaker. Toyota - which captured the global sales crown from struggling General Motors during the first half of 2008 -... read more July 29, 2008 by 0


More GM Cuts Coming

The cuts keep coming at General Motors. The automaker will eliminate yet another 117,000 light trucks from its production plans for the rest of the year. That's on top of... read more July 29, 2008 by 0

2008 Acura RDX

New-Car Smell Won't Kill You as Much, Group Finds

An Ann Arbor, Mich.-based environmental group says your vehicle's "new-car smell" is less likely to cause you harm this year, but it still is essentially made up of toxic... read more July 29, 2008 by 0

2009 Ford Flex

The Ford Soap Opera--No, Not That One

The favorite soap opera at Ford isn't the company's ongoing troubles with Mercury, or plummeting truck sales--no, these days it seems to be the travails of Cecilia Marquez... read more July 28, 2008 by 0

Honda Crash Test

Watch Honda Crash

No, not literally. The automaker is doing quite well, thank you, despite the sharp slump in the U.S. market. But we’ve been invited to watch Honda crash a white 2008 Honda... read more July 28, 2008 by 0

Honda Hybrid

Following the Eye: Covering Up for the Auto-razzi

In the auto-razzi game of cat-and-mouse, the weapons of war are constantly escalating. Regular readers have been captivated by spy shots since the earliest days of... read more July 28, 2008 by 1

Big Oil

Cheap Gas? For How Long?

My local "drug" dealer, also known as Sonny's Sunoco, as regular readers may recall, likes to play roulette with prices. It's not unusual for me to see the numbers on his... read more July 28, 2008 by 8

Smart fortwo

Smart and the City

My personal tale of two cities started last week in Dusseldorf, where I spent a couple of days driving the new Benz GLK, and is concluding this week at the wheel of the 2008... read more July 28, 2008 by 1

Ford Model T

Model T Turns 100

Listening to the latest news from Ford Motor Co., as it rolls up a record, $8.7 billion loss and its plummeting market share, it's hard to imagine a time when the very name... read more July 26, 2008 by 2

Car Dealer

AutoNation Delivers Some Rare Good News

As my earlier blog suggested, there's not much good to talk about in automotive circles, these days. But occasionally, something positive slips through the whining and... read more July 25, 2008 by 0



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