2008

2008 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview
2008 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

The 2008 Los Angeles auto show is less than a month away--and some of the launches already confirmed for the L.A. show are split on green trends and on horsepower: 2010 Ford Mustang: You've seen plenty of spy shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang--including some put out there by the company itself, as it...Read More»

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Oil Prices Drop Ever Further

According to Reuters, reporting from Vienna, an emergency OPEC meeting today concluded with a quick decision to cut oil production by 1.5 million barrels per day in an attempt to stop oil prices from skidding uncontrollably to even lower levels. Automotive News points out that the price of a barrel...Read More»

2009 Dodge Viper SRT10
Chrysler Shopping Viper Brand to Multiple Bidders

Chrysler, considering the sale of all "non-earning assets" to stay afloat and help finance deals like the proposed merger with General Motors, today said it has received multiple bids on its Dodge Viper sportscar line. We first reported on this possibility in August. Automotive News, via Reuters...Read More»

Lamborghini LP560-4 Polizia
Lambo LP560-4 Polizia to Storm Italian Roads

Forget KITT. If you want to chase down some bad guys while looking truly bad-ass, strap yourself into Lamborghini's new Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia. Today, an exclusive ceremony was conducted in the Viminale Palace during which Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. donated this, its newest police car, to the...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Consumer Reports Rates Ford and Japanese Brands Highest

We reported earlier today about Ford Motor Company's solid reliability ratings in Consumer Reports' 2008 Annual Car Reliability Survey. Says Consumer Reports, "on average, Ford continues to build the most reliable American cars." But the comprehensive test also revealed that reliability of European...Read More»

2008 Maybach Landaulet
Rumored: Mercedes Association with Aston Martin

The rumor-mill department over at Carscoop reports that U.K.'s CAR magazine claims a possible association between Mercedes-Benz and hallowed British marque Aston Martin. Apparently CAR claims the two icons have been in discussions for quite some time, and the benefits would include joint work on...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
Pontiac G8 Die-Off Rumored

Carscoop, via Edmund's InsideLine, report an unnamed source's claims that the rear-drive, Holden-based Pontiac G8 will not be kept in production after it lives out approximately five more years of production. Along with rumors, they claim, of the demise of Lutz's baby, the Pontiac Solstice...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150 Platinum
Ford Reliability: Bright Spot in Dismal Market

According to a report released this afternoon by Consumer Reports magazine, Ford Motor Co. continues its impressive quality climb despite a distressing sales decline. Its vehicles rated "average" or "better," with the exception of three truck models according to Detroit News. This is great news for...Read More»

2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid
Hasta La Vista Aspen, Durango?

Chrysler announced today that it will be closing its Newark, N.J., assembly plant that builds the slow-selling 2009 Dodge Durango and 2009 Chrysler Aspen large SUVs. Originally set to close at the end of 2009 as part of cost-cutting moves announced in early '07, market woes, a credit crunch, and...Read More»

Charles F. Kettering
Charles Kettering Is Alive and Well

Or the spirit of GM's genius engineer from the early 1900s, anyway, seems to be burning brightly in the R&D laboratories of General Motors. Automotive News explained that GM has now revealed more impressive technical details of its in-development 4.5-liter Duramax diesel V-8, to be installed in...Read More»

2009 BMW 7-Series
2009 BMW 7 Series: Gadget Freak

We've told you about why its styling erases the bad memories of big Bangle butts and shown you acres of photos of its newly reinvigorated shape. But before we unleash our final verdict on the 2009 BMW 7 Series here at TheCarConnection.com, there's one final post that has to be, er, posted. It's all...Read More»

2009 Nissan Altima S
Nissan Cuts 2009 Altima Production for North America

Detroit News reported that Nissan Motor Co. will be cutting production of its popular 2009 Altima sedan, built in its Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., assembly plants. Steve Parrett, Nissan North America spokesman, explained that employees in both plants will take three successive Fridays off...Read More»

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Nissan Competes For Stake In Chrysler

A report from the Detroit News today indicates that Nissan, which has been allied with Renault since 1999, is interested in acquiring approximately 20 percent of a struggling Chrysler. The move puts pressure on the Chrysler/GM negotiations, and would result in a very different Chrysler than the one...Read More»

Pinto Slapped
Jalopnik Names Top 70 Lemons in Texas 24 Hours of LeMons

God bless the irreverant folks at Jalopnik, obsessed as they are with the Cult of Cars. They might occasionally resort to dramatic headlines about, say, urea injection, but their top 10 (or top 70, in this case) lists are simply brilliant. We snagged a couple of our favorite pics from their...Read More»

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Knight Rider Running on All Eight Cylinders?

After receiving positive response from its two-hour backdoor pilot movie based on the iconic "Knight Rider" series from the 1980s, NBC has decided the show will finish out the '08-'09 season, giving the go-ahead for nine more episodes of "a reinvented, updated and super-charged action series...Read More»

2009 Dodge Nitro SE
Chrysler Recalls 3,663 Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty SUVs

Some 3,663 '07 and '08 model year Dodge Nitro and Jeep Liberty small SUVs, which share a platform, have been recalled due to "various degrees of reduced effectiveness" of their parking brakes. So far, 24 incidents have been reported, with one alleged vehicle crash, says Edmunds. The recall involves...Read More»

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iPhone Tapped to Bolster 2009 Ford Flex Sales

Hoping to ride the wave of massive popularity enjoyed by Apple's iPhone, Ford is pumping up its 2009 Flex crossover with a new iPhone application, reports the Detroit Free Press. Called Flex Photo Lab, the app allows users to alter photos on the iPhone or learn more information about Ford's 2009...Read More»

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Ford's Largest Private Investor Sheds 7.3 Million Shares

Las Vegas casino magnate Kirk Kerkorian has directed his company, Tracinda, to "reallocate its resources" by selling off 7.3 million shares of Ford stock at a huge loss. Specifically, the shares were sold at at an average of $2.43 per share. This is according to Detroit News today. Claiming it...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Troubled Financing Stalls GM/Chrysler Deal

Eleven billion dollars--that's the cash reserve held by Chrysler that makes it such an appealing acquisition to GM, who's burning through $1 billion a month these days. But as Automotive News reported yesterday, "Chrysler has $9 billion in debt that, under a change of control, would have to be paid...Read More»

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