2009

HUMMER H3, H3T Production To Restart By November?
HUMMER H3, H3T Production To Restart By November?

HUMMER's sale is all but complete--though there are some worrying details left to be handled with the Chinese government--and talk of production resuming in the Shreveport plant where the H3 and H3T are built is already starting to leak out from the company. Dealers will be glad to hear the news...Read More»

Sirius Backseat TV in Chrysler 300C SRT8
Even On A Chrysler 300C SRT8, Sirius Backseat TV Is For Kids

The low-riding, mean-looking, top-of-the-line Chrysler 300C SRT8 feels like a mature high-performance luxury sedan—big 6.1-liter V-8 under the hood; rich-sounding audio system inside, backed up when you need it by a punchy Kicker sub in the trunk; and classy, supple black leather seats with...Read More»

Cirque du Soleil-inspired Infiniti G37, painted by Heidi Taillefer
Infiniti Makes 20, Celebrates By Painting An Infiniti G37

We have good news, bad news, and more good news for Infiniti fans. The good news: Infiniti is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The bad news: the company chose to celebrate by turning an Infiniti G37 into an art car inspired by Cirque du Soleil (which seems really random, but Cirque is celebrating...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram
Rumor: Chrysler May Launch New 'Ram' Brand For Pickups, SUVs

General Motors came out of bankruptcy swinging, putting Bob Lutz on the front line of a full-court press junket to promote GM's new vehicles and new technology. We haven't heard much from the other restructured kid on the block, Chrysler, or its new Italian spouse; however, some interesting news is...Read More»

The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown. Photo: Transworld Publishers.
Dan Brown May Sell Lots of Books, But He Knows Nothing About Cars

We hardly need mention that The Lost Symbol, the long-awaited sequel to The Da Vinci Code, is now out and available at millions of bookstores and online for your reading pleasure. We do feel compelled to point out, though, that Dan Brown doesn't know much about cars. Or at least about Smart cars...Read More»

2009 Mazda B-Series
B-Series, B-Seeing You: Mazda Leaves U.S. Pickup Market

Don’t look for a 2010 Mazda B-Series; the nameplate has quietly slipped off Mazda’s U.S. roster this fall. The move leaves only a few compact pickups in the North American market. The 2010 Ford Ranger gets side airbags and electronic stability control, as we’ve reported, but it otherwise...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 1959 Chevy Bel Air
Head-On Crash: 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs ’59 Bel Air

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air has been crashed into a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu—in a head-on frontal-offset test, at 40 mph. The result is not only interesting viewing for our inner gawkers; it's a lesson in how...Read More»

Volvo C70 golf cart
Volvo To Launch New EV Next Month!

It's been a busy week in the auto industry -- especially for European automakers. The big theme of Frankfurt has clearly been green technology, and most manufacturers in attendance claim to have some sort of electric vehicle in the works. The majority of those EV announcements have been vague, but...Read More»

chrysler 300c srt
Fiat Laying The Groundwork For Chrysler's European Future

Fiat may have concerns about its new bride's housekeeping and checkbook-balancing skills, but it's making aggressive plans for Chrysler's future in Europe, and CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced that Euro-market Chryslers will soon be manufactured at an Italian facility Fiat acquired from Bertone...Read More»

Drew Barrymore in 'Whip It'
Drew Barrymore First Driver In Leno's Green Car Challenge

We've mentioned that Jay Leno will use a specially built all-electric Ford Focus during his new show's "Green Car Challenge" segment. We've mentioned that Tom Cruise has already taken a spin in that vehicle and asked for a second lap. And now we're happy to announce that the show's first featured...Read More»

2009 MINI Roadster Concept
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show: MINI Roadster Concept

With a new Coupe Concept already revealed, and a BMW X1-based crossover in the works, MINI needs another follow for its unique cult of speed. The next convert--actually, a convertible--arrives today at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show in the form of the 2009 MINI Roadster Concept. All but...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
New Top Safety Picks: 2010 Journey, MKT, and Mazda3

Three new sets of crash-test results released late this week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) appear to leave very little, if any, room for improvement. All three of these vehicles—the 2010 Dodge Journey, 2010 Lincoln MKT, and 2010 Mazda Mazda3—achieved top ratings in all...Read More»

Jamie Lee Curtis is one of a select few chosen to lease a Honda FCX Clarity.
Honda Still Hopes To Meet FCX Clarity Goals

Since the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle launched over a year ago, it's gotten a good bit of coverage here at TCC, even though there are only about 10 models on the highways of America and Japan. That's a long way from Honda's goal of leasing 200 units in the Clarity's first three...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Car Review: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Hybrid or diesel? For car buyers seeking the highest possible fuel economy, this is one of the most basic questions that must be asked. Both powertrains offer higher mpg ratings and fuel-tank ranges than conventional gasoline engines. Of course, both also offer different driving experiences...Read More»

2009 Dodge Sprinter
Sprinter Van Sprints From Dodge Back To Mercedes

It’s official; as of January 1, 2010, the much-loved Sprinter van, made by Daimler, will once again have the three-pointed star in the U.S.—and be sold by Mercedes-Benz rather than Dodge. Automotive News reports that the Sprinter will be sold by 120 appointed dealerships as part of Daimler Vans...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen GTI
Volkswagen, Audi Do The Right Thing With Transmission Issue

Volkswagen late last week issued a service program covering several Volkswagen and Audi models equipped with Direct Shift Gearboxes (DSG). In a release, Volkswagen Group of America reported that some owners of vehicles with the DSG transmission have reported “performance issues, due to a faulty...Read More»

2009 Volvo XC70
Reports: Geely Interested in Volvo

Volvo is for sale,  and according to Automotive News, the only currently interested buyer is Chinese automaker Geely. Automotive News reported that Volvo, which has been on sale since December, is being targeted by Geely, and that Geely is the lone bidder for the company, which parent company Ford...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
Spied: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Autoblog has posted spy shots of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta sedan on its Web site. The new Jetta was caught hot-weather testing in Arizona by KGP Photography wearing camouflage over its front and rear portions. The Jetta has been wearing the same sheetmetal since 2004, so by 2011, it will be time...Read More»

2009 GMC Acadia SLT1
GM to Combine GMC and Buick Dealerships

As General Motors continues to reorganize after its emergence from bankruptcy protection, the company has announced that it will combine all of its Buick, Pontiac, and GMC stores into Buick and GMC dealerships. Stand-alone Buick and GMC stores will no longer exist, and of course, Pontiac is going...Read More»

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