2008

Honda Boosts Accord Four-Cylinder Production
Honda Boosts Accord Four-Cylinder Production

Ouch, this brutal economy. Even relatively stable companies like Honda are adjusting to the fuel-saving, penny-pinching times by trimming capacity and shifting production in favor of four-cylinders. The Detroit News reports Honda will change its game plan for Accord, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline...Read More»

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Podcars: Death to the Automobile?

If a group of urban planners, activists, and students has its way, the college town of Ithaca in upstate New York could be the first  community in the United States to ditch cars in favor of automatically controlled "podcars." As reported by CNN, podcars are "driverless, computer-guided" cars...Read More»

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Ford Considering Partial Sale of Mazda Holdings

Automotive News reported yesterday that Japanese newspaper Nikkei and Japanese broadcaster NHK claim Ford is "close to selling most of its 33.4 percent holding" in Mazda. On the heels of record lows for Ford share prices and the broadening global credit crisis, Ford is considering all possible...Read More»

Aston Martin Project One-77
Forgetting Its Past, Aston Plans Brash New Lagonda

Aston Martin teased a select audience at the recent Paris Auto Show with its latest concept, the "one 77." With a carbon-fiber chassis, a handcrafted aluminum body, and a 7.0-liter V-12, the one 77 will "deliver exhilarating performance for a strictly limited number of discerning [read: mega-rich]...Read More»

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GM, Chrysler Talking Merger

General Motors and Chrysler have held discussions over the past month to merge the two companies, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday evening. The Journal says the deal would likely involve a swap of Chrysler assets held by Cerberus Capital Management, for the...Read More»

2009 Honda S2000
Honda to Resurrect S2000...As the S3000?

Auto enthusiasts the world over still lament the demise of the Honda (Acura) NSX. And legions of import tuners are still tweaking and lowering their second-gen CRXs, another Honda that was embraced by enthusiasts and promptly left a huge void when it departed in the early 1990s. Enter the rumored...Read More»

Veggie Tales: Prepping for a Gas-Free Cross-Country Ride

A few weeks ago, I told you about my plans to turn my vintage (that's what we call old and in need of help) Benz diesel into a vegan--an organically powered machine that'll run on oily Chick-Fil-A leftovers (or Chinese or McDonald's or whatever) and do it with a sweet-smelling exhaust. But before I...Read More»

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Ford CFO Leclair Retires

Ford Motor Company's chief financial officer, Don Leclair, is retiring as the automaker faces the bleakest times since at least the late 1970s. Leclair worked for the second-largest domestic automaker for 32 years, joining in 1976. He has served as the CFO since 2003. Leclair, 56, has the unusual...Read More»

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Survivor Detroit: Will Anyone Make It?

Just when we thought the grim times in Detroit couldn't darken, Thursday happened. GM and Ford stocks fell to dramatic, swooning lows right along with the Dow, freefalling into the 8,600 range for the first time in five years. GM shares are sitting at levels not seen since the Korean War. Ford is...Read More»

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That Sucking Sound? It's Car Sales for a While, J.D. Power Says

Twitching in sympathetic agony with the Dow Jones Industrial, auto sales estimates for the remainder of 2008 and 2009 just keep getting uglier. J.D. Power and Associates recently rang in with a projected 13.6 million total new light-vehicle sales at the close of '08, representing a 16 percent drop...Read More»

Abandoned Chevy, by TBurton
GM, Ford Stocks Hit Lowest Levels in Decades

Ouch. With the Dow plunging ever further, more than 500 points yesterday, GM and Ford stock prices were brought to their knees. While all major indexes fell at least 5 percent in reaction to the Dow, the Detroit Free Press pointed out that GM shares lost 10.9 percent (92 cents) to close at $7.56...Read More»

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European Automakers Ask EU for $54B Low-Interest Loan

In yet another sign that the current financial crisis is quickly spreading worldwide, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association recently asked the European Union for a 40-billion-euro low-interest loan ($54.5 billion) in part to help them meet increasingly stringent emissions requirements...Read More»

Gas Pumps
Cellulosic Ethanol Company Receives $50M in Federal, State Aid

Startup Mascoma Corp. of Lansing, Michigan, secured $26 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and received another $23.5 million from the state of Michigan yesterday, reported the Detroit News. Mascoma will begin constructing its cellulosic ethanol plant in Michigan's Upper...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
From Wall Street to Sweden: Job Cuts, Economic Woes

Proving just how global the economy really has become, Ford-owned Volvo just announced it will slash around 2,000 blue-collar jobs and 700 white-collar jobs in Sweden. Additionally, claims Carscoop, another 600 jobs and 700 consulting contracts outside of Sweden will be terminated. In all...Read More»

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2010 Toyota Prius Teased with "Welcome" Screen

In a Web teaser for its redesigned Prius, "Toyota's Prius Team" leaked what fans of Toyota's gas/electric hybrid believe to be the new startup screen from its computer display: "Welcome to Prius." Much like CEO Dieter Zetsche recently announcing Daimler AG had "invented the car--and we will do it...Read More»

2009 Honda CR-V
Honda and NHL Announce 3-Year Partnership

Perhaps as a platform to promote vehicle sales to its active-lifestyle, youth-oriented, and other hyphenated niche markets, American Honda Motor Co. and Honda Canada Inc. today announce a three-year agreement naming Honda as the official vehicle of the National Hockey League (NHL). Predictable...Read More»

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Ford Announces Collision Avoidance with Brake Support

Hot on the heels of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety accolades (five new Top Safety Pick awards for a fleet total of 16), Ford Motor Company rolls out Collision Avoidance with Brake Support. The system mirrors functionality found on many upscale European luxury vehicles and will be optional...Read More»

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Tire Pressures Drop as Fall Marches On

Fall is upon us, and for most of the country that means dropping temperatures. The air--or even nitrogen for some of you Sam's Club geeks--in your tires shrinks as it gets colder outside. As morning temps dip lower and lower, checking your tires weekly before setting off, which of course you always...Read More»

2009 Toyota Tundra Sport Edition
Toyota Not Battling Domestic Pickups for Full-Size Sales

Toyota Motor Sales' president, Jim Lentz, announced the company will not be battling truck giants Chevy, Ford, and Dodge for full-size supremacy. Automotive News presented this information in line with Toyota's recently announced 0 percent financing, designed to move slow sellers like its new...Read More»

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