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2013 Ford Fusion Finds A Home In Michigan
2013 Ford Fusion Finds A Home In Michigan

Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant, also know as AutoAlliance International, currently builds the Ford Mustang and the Mazda6 sedan. We previously reported that Mazda will no longer build the Mazda6 at this joint venture, and will build the Mazda6 in Japan, which leaves Flat Rock with quite a...Read More»

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport. Image: American Honda Motor Co.
Honda: Ridgeline Here To Stay, Stop Writing Its Obituary

It’s hard to say just where or when the rumor got started, but various media outlets have been speculating on the death of the Honda Ridgeline pickup for some time now, Honda’s been oddly silent on the matter, dismissing the off-hand comment with a terse “we don’t discuss...Read More»

Ford workers build Focus models at the Michigan Assembly Plant. Image: Ford Motor Company
Ford, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement: 12,000 U.S. Jobs Added

Ford Motor Company has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union on a new four-year labor contract. The agreement still needs to be ratified by UAW members, but Ford stresses the deal is fair to its employees while improving the automaker’s competitiveness in the United...Read More»

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible
Volvo To Shutter C70 Hardtop Convertible Manufacturing Plant

Volvo’s C70 folding hardtop convertible is getting on in years. Originally launched in 1997 (or 1998 in North America), the C70 has been through just one significant design change, and that now dates back to 2006. Demand for the luxury convertible has been waning, and Bloomberg reports that...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
September 2011 Car Sales: The Needle Creeps Higher

Monthly sales numbers for September 2011 are being reported today by car makers, and the slight progress made in August seems to be continuing with upticks at all the major brands except for the two most affected by the Japanese earthquake earlier this year. According to market analysts at J.D...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Ups The Ante, Announces Ten-Speed Automatic Transmission

For the 2012 model year, Hyundai is launching an eight-speed automatic transmission in its Genesis and Equus luxury sedans. The transmission, developed by Hyundai in-house, promises to improve acceleration, boost fuel economy and deliver a smoother ride than more traditional six-speed...Read More»

Ford Drive One Ad
Ford Yanks TV Ad Critical Of Bailouts

Just two weeks ago, we told you about a Ford television commercial critical of GM and Chrysler for taking bailout money. The unscripted ad, filmed in a mock “press conference” format, featured an F-150 owner named Chris who supported Ford for “standing on their own; win, lose or...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport
Suzuki Demands Apology For VW Lawsuit

Divorces, be they between previously consenting adults or major corporations, rarely end on an amicable note. Such is the case between once-happy newlyweds Suzuki and Volkswagen, and the breakup between the two is starting to look like fodder for grocery-store tabloids. Suzuki is demanding...Read More»

Ford Drive One Ad
Ford's 'Press Conference' TV Spot Critical Of GM, Chrysler Bailout

Ford’s recent “press conference” television ads have a fairly simple premise: grab real life Ford owners and put them into an unscripted press conference setting, to get their feedback on Ford’s products. The problem with unscripted television, however, is that you often get...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Saab Bankruptcy Hearing Set For September 26

Two white-collar labor unions have filed bankruptcy proceedings against Saab as expected, and the lower court in Vanersborg, Sweden has set a hearing date of September 26. The bankruptcy filings against Saab were a necessary step by the unions to ensure that member are eligible for the equivalent...Read More»

Screencap from Chevrolet's 'Chevy Runs Deep' ad
'Chevy Runs Deep' Runs Out Of Steam

Over the years, Chevy has had some memorable marketing slogans. “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet,” for example, conjured up symbolic images of American life, while “like a rock” spoke to the durability of Chevy’s trucks. “Chevy runs deep,” its...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi SLS. © 2011 Anne Proffit
VW, Suzuki Alliance Hits The Skids

The estranged partnership between Volkswagen and Suzuki has hit the skids, as Suzuki is now asking Volkswagen to sell its stake in the company, and has promised to sell its own small percentage of the German auto giant. In 2009, VW purchased a 19.9-percent, $2.9-billion stake in Suzuki, in the...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X
Swedish Court Denies Bankruptcy Protection For Saab

Swedish Automaker Saab has been denied bankruptcy protection by a district court in southern Sweden. The decision opens the door for both labor unions and creditors to proceed with bankruptcy filings against the automaker. The Vanersborg District Court denied Saab's filing for creditor protection...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Build Experience
GM Insists The Small Block V-8 Is Here To Stay

With automakers focused on hitting fuel economy standards for 2015 and beyond, it seems like the days of the small-block V-8 are surely numbered. After all, most automakers are downsizing engines and introducing hybrids and electric vehicles at an astounding rate; could it be that the storied...Read More»

2011 Nissan Quest
August 2011 Car Sales: Another Small, Disappointing Rebound

With the numbers rolling in from major automakers today, it's difficult to not see progress in August 2011's car sales figures versus those posted in July--but still, the overall trend is slow, slow, slow. According to market analysts at J.D. Power, the seasonally adjusted seling rate (SAAR) for...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Saab Posts Significant First Half Loss, Seeks Loan To Avoid Bankruptcy

Saab’s financials from the first six months of 2011 are in, and the numbers aren’t good. Swedish Automobile (Swan), parent to both Saab and Spyker, has reported a loss of $288 million in the first half, with a loss of $175 million occurring in the second quarter alone. Sales for the...Read More»

2009 Saab 9-5 SportKombi
Saab To File For Court Protection From Creditors, Unions: Report

Saab's logo may be the mythical griffin, but a nine-lived cat might have been more appropriate. The struggling Swedish automaker has already twice cheated death at the hands of its parent General Motors, but its ninth life may now be hanging by a thread (to mix a metaphor or two). According to...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60 Performance Project
Volvo Announces New ‘Designed Around You’ Brand Strategy

For decades Volvo has peddled its cars with an emphasis on their safety prowess, a reputation that still stands today, albeit somewhat diluted thanks to the introduction of 300 horsepower sports sedans like the S60 R-Design. However, thanks to strict regulations and increased consumer awareness...Read More»

Philip Levine
Former Auto Plant Worker Is New U.S. Poet Laureate

“Poetic” is certainly not the first word that comes to mind when trying to describe what it’s like to work in an automotive plant. And that makes the naming of Motor City native and former Ford factory worker Philip Levine as the new U.S. Poet Laureate all the more intriguing...Read More»

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