2008

Ford CEO Mulally: Ka May Come Stateside
Ford CEO Mulally: Ka May Come Stateside

In a possible stroke of genius where small cars are concerned, one of the Detroit's Big Three is seriously considering bringing a small, Europe-only mini car to market in the United States. Ford CEO Alan Mulally's shift was confirmed by Detroit News, who said that "increased demand for small cars...Read More»

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Automotive Hall of Fame Adds Eight Inductees

The Automotive Hall of Fame, located in Dearborn, Michigan, yesterday inducted eight new individuals (five posthumously) into its ranks. These individuals are being honored for their contributions to racing, design, manufacturing, the aftermarket, or management. The list of inductees is as follows...Read More»

2008 Mitsubishi Colt
Mitsubishi Introduces New Colt: For Europe Only

Mitsubishi Motors uses the Paris Auto Show to formally announce its next-generation Colt, a Europe-only sub-compact model that it last redesigned in 2004. Eschewing the "MPV-like high stance of its predecessor," Mitsubishi says that the Colt's aggressive new nose and a more athletic stance now make...Read More»

Smart fortwo "ed" Is Lithium-Ion Electric Testbed

Marking the 10th anniversary of adorable (if slow) little smart cars roaming the streets, Daimler AG has teamed with NASA and equipped the fortwo with solid rocket boosters enabling the vehicle to launch into space and orbit the earth. A moon landing is planned for 2011. In another zinger, Dr...Read More»

2008 Renault Ondelios Concept
Renault Ondelios: The Land of the Lost Has New Wheels

A long time ago, on a network far, far away, there was a land where Will and Holly Marshall fought the Sleestak, fiddled with a weather matrix, and lost their father to a Dick York-style identity swap. All along, the Marshalls were looking for a way to get out of the Land of the Lost--and Renault...Read More»

2008 Renault Z.E. Concept
Renault Z.E.: The French Go Electric, Too

Renault joins the ranks of carmakers thinking about electric vehicles here at the Paris auto show with the Z.E., a Honda Element-like concept that draws power from batteries and its greenhouse, apparently, from a crate full of those inexpensive levels you find at the Home Depot. Renault actually...Read More»

2008 Nissan Nuvu Concept
Nissan Nuvu: The Post-Feminist Electric Car

It's a grim future that Nissan predicts for the world's urban areas; "within just a few years, cities all over the world will be at near bursting point," the company intones ominously inside the press kit for the cute new Nuvu concept, a car that doesn't look at all concerned with the imagined...Read More»

2010 Lamborghini Estoque Concept (2008 Paris auto show)
2010 Lamborghini Estoque: Live Pics, Video, and Release

The 2008 Lamborghini Estoque four-door concept: here for your comments, haters and Lambo lovers. The first four-door Lamborghini has been confirmed by the Italian automaker (and Volkswagen Group brand) in advance of the show later today in the City of Lights. The sedan is 202.8 inches long. The...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight
2010 Honda Insight Becomes Clearer at Paris Show

The new Honda Insight has broken cover at the Paris auto show. The new hybrid vehicle revives the Insight nameplate formerly applied to the two-seat hybrid vehicle that inaugurated the gas-electric class in the United States in the late 1990s. It also bears a distinct resemblance to that other...Read More»

2008 Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept
2008 Saab 9-X Air Concept Bows in Paris

Saab's showing more of the 9-X Air BioHybrid concept, a new concept revealed at the Paris auto show this morning. The new concept's Speedster-like "Canopy Top" gives a different spin on the notion of a Saab convertible, while the rear deck maintains a certain height to provide better crash...Read More»

2008 Mazda Kiyora Concept
2008 Mazda Kiyora Concept Takes Wing in Paris

This is the Mazda Kiyora, a new concept due from the Japanese affiliate of Ford, and apparently ready to take flight from the compact Mazda stand in Paris' Expo hall. The Kiyora is a city car with a mission: lightweight construction and environmental purity, Mazda says. The name means "clean and...Read More»

2010 Ferrari California
2009 Ferrari California Flips Lid in Paris, Hardly Noticed

True, the Ferrari press conference has yet to take light--and yet with the unveiling last night of the fabulous Lamborghini Estoque concept, the fat-rumped California hardtop convertible from Italy's other supercar maker looked decidedly frumpy on the Paris show floor. And alone. Very alone. The...Read More»

2010 BMW X1
The Details: BMW's X1 Concept

As you already know, BMW has confirmed the world debut of its X1 Crossover concept, the basis for the X1 crossover to be produced in 2011. While the concept will be revealed tomorrow at the Paris Auto Show, the actual production version will be revealed at the ’09 Frankfurt Auto show. Below is...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Bush Signs Spending Bill, Gives OK to $25 Billion Auto Loans

On Tuesday, President George W. Bush lent his John Hancock to a $634 billion spending bill that includes the $25 billion low-interest government-backed loan guarantees that the domestics have all but been begging for. The loan is intended to provide the capital necessary for automakers to retool...Read More»

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September Sales: Industry Down 20 Percent, GM Says

September sales reports are starting to come in, and the talking heads on CNN International were right: It's shaping up to be the crappiest month in 2008. Some analysts are suggesting the annualized rate of sales in September could run 12.5 to 13 million vehicles--a far cry from a "normal" month of...Read More»

Child Safety Seat
IIHS Rates 13 Child Booster Seats "Poor"

In a test of 41 belt-positioning booster seats fitted in a range of '01-'06 model year autos, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety judged that 13 models did a poor job of repositioning belts in order to adequately protect children in the event of a collision. While the poorly performing...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2008 Paris Auto Show Preview

The 2008 Paris Auto Show is upon us--or, rather, TheCarConnection.com is upon it, since we're just a few Metro stops away and we already have cameras, laptops, and phones charging up for tomorrow's full-on press day. The Paris Auto Show has a unique place in our hearts; it's where we got the...Read More»

2010 BMW X1
2010 BMW X1: Paris Show Concept Shows Up Early, Zut!

Minus any details of its powertrain or other hardware, these are the first pics of the BMW X1 concept that will be shown off tomorrow at the biannual auto show in Paris. The concept is a thinly veiled version of the 2010 BMW X1 that's heading to market with a mechanical twin, a new MINI off-roader...Read More»

2008 Lamborghini Estoque Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
Lamborghini Concept Ready for Paris Show

It's a good thing the wraps come off that Lamborghini concept coming to the Paris auto show later tonight (9 p.m. Paris time). There's a tease, and then there's a pictease, and Lambo is trying our patience with the release of a second third fourth image of the new supercar. Lamborghini claims it...Read More»

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