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General Motors Bankruptcy Saga Continues
General Motors Bankruptcy Saga Continues

In case you were wondering, we haven't said much about General Motors' bankruptcy trial because there hasn't been much to report. The government still hasn't budged on its July 10 deadline to see the General out of bankruptcy or liquidated; GM is still trying to sell off bad assets like superfund...Read More»

gas pump
Study: Fuel Efficiency Will Be Big For U.S. Automakers

Walter McManus and Ron Kleinbaum from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute have conducted a study of the auto industry, and the results are sure to cause some controversy. Among their findings is this particular gem: "The more fuel-sipping cars they make, the more money...Read More»

1994 Buick Park Avenue, by Flickr user Rienk Mebius
Senate Passes Cash-for-Clunkers Bill, President To Sign Soon

It's a done deal now. Yesterday evening, the US Senate passed a $106 billion war spending bill that includes $1 billion in funds for roughly three and a half months' worth of "Cash for Clunkers" tax credits. The goal is to assist automakers by boosting US car sales, at the same time encouraging...Read More»

Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh To GM Workers: Drop Dead

Democracy and John Stuart Mill's marketplace of ideas are often shrill, and almost always messy, in practice. And clearly people of good faith--and the rest too--disagree on aspects of the Detroit bailouts put together by the Obama Administration. But now right-wing radio talk-show host Rush...Read More»

Mercedes Benz bikes
Link Love From The Car Connection: Mercedes-Benz On Two Wheels, Lamborghini Goes Green, And GM Stops Jet-Setting

♦  Mercedes-Benz is launching three new rides. Upside: each has leather seating and offers great views. Downside: they're bicycles, and they start at $2400 a pop. [MotorAuthority] ♦  Only slightly less vexing than those Mercedes bikes: something called "The Hauler" from Lorax Motor...Read More»

Money, money, money
Feds Launch $7 Million Program To Retrain Laid-Off Autoworkers

Even with billions in government funds rushing toward Chrysler and GM, it's clear that America's automakers aren't going to have the huge employee bases they once had--at least, not for a good long while. To help the thousands of autoworkers who've lost their jobs as a result of the economic...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
GM Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: Follow It Live

General Motors filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday morning in a New York court, after a four-year slide in sales and profits that burned $33.6 billion and led to a government-backed loan that has kept the company in business to date. The epic bankruptcy filing--the fourth largest in U.S...Read More»

Bentley in camo
Link Love From The Car Connection: Bentley Bubba-fied, Dodge Viper Bid, And Chrysler's PR Team Tries To Stay Busy

♦  Sometimes you folks send in images that we can't explain, and frankly, we don't want to. Sometimes, we just want to stare in slackjawed amazement, as we're currently doing at this photo of a Bentley coupe that's been camouflaged--not just in "spy shot camo", but honest-to-Jughead "deer...Read More»

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Chrysler's Outpatient Bankruptcy Likely To End On Schedule This Week

Hold on to your hats, folks: it looks like the federal government's one-two punch of bailout and bankruptcy may be working. At least in Chrysler's case. When the company was shunted into court almost a month ago, the feds set a fairly ambitious turnaround schedule: they wanted to see Chrysler...Read More»

MINI inspired by Katy Perry at the Life Ball
Link Love From The Car Connection: Tricked Out Land Cruisers, Katy Perry's MINI, And Yes, We Would Love A 'Bumblebee' Camaro

Throwback -- Love the convenience of a Toyota Land Cruiser but hate that 21st century look? Hoping for something Jeep-ier? More Out of Africa, less Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? Take a trip to Los Angeles and visit ICON: like Laverne DiFazio, they'll make your dreams come true. [AutoMotto] Product...Read More»

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Link Love From The Car Connection: Ferrari Goes For Big Bills, Rolls Royce Ghost In The Flesh, And A Flashback To Simpler Times

Big spender -- Well, someone out there still has money: a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa has sold at auction for a whopping €9,020,000 ($12,135,000). No word on who the winner was, but we're pretty sure it wasn't us. At least we hope it wasn't. [Autogespot] Pardon me, ragazzi-- Speaking of Ferrari...Read More»

Bill Ford 2006
Who Wants Higher Gas Taxes? That's Ford. Bill Ford.

Ask most energy analysts how to cut US petroleum usage, and they'll point to Europe, where gasoline costs more than double the price in the States. For decades, European countries have taxed gasoline heavily, and the laws of economics work: Consumption per capita is much lower. Now Ford Motor Co...Read More»

Artist Sara Watson and her disappearing Skoda Fabia
Link Love From The Car Connection: Audi D7 Concept, 600,000-Mile Mustang, And Nicholas Cage Movie Driver Ruins Ferrari And Dinner

Art car -- When U.K. artist Sara Watson got her hands on a Skoda Fabia, she did exactly what many others in her position would've done: she made it disappear. [BBC via JV] In theory -- Long before Iran joined someone's Axis of Evil, the country formerly known as Persia gave the world a lot of nifty...Read More»

Morgan Aero SuperSports
Link Love From The Car Connection: Ford Raptor Goes To Baja, Toyota CEO Goes Nurgburgringin', And Geely Is Hilarious

If only -- Morgan Motor Company makes 100 years old in 2009, and to celebrate, the exclusive British automaker has cranked out a top-notch ride for its top-drawer clientele. We're reveling in the power and beauty of the Aero SuperSports, but we're wishing had the trust fund for the £25,000 (nearly...Read More»

Obama drives by Tesla, via Edmunds
Link Love From The Car Connection: Obama Waves At Tesla, Hyundai Gets Conceptual, Plus Videos For The Toyota Aygo And Electric Cars

Elon gets a drive-by -- President Obama loves electric cars--but apparently not quite enough to get out of his non-EV limo to look at 'em. [Edmunds, h/t John V] Meddling kid has mettle -- Who says today's kids are a bunch of slackers? Nicholas Stone just graduated from Detroit's College for...Read More»

Photo of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre
Link Love From The Car Connection: Detroit In Pictures, Self-Healing Paint Jobs, And Car Wraps, Japanese Style

Pretty city -- Despite the hits Detroit has endured in recent months, there are plenty of people willing to take those lemons and make lemonade--and by "lemonade", we mean sumptuous, four-color photographs of the city's former industrial glory. She may look a little rough around the edges, but...Read More»

Jay Leno
Jay Leno To Perform Free Concert, Humiliate The Unemployed

Jay Leno is coming to Detroit with something called "Jay's Comedy Stimulus Plan". Sources indicate that this is a comedy concert and that it is, in fact, funny. TCC is unable to verify those allegations. The concert will take place on April 7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and Leno is offering free...Read More»

Kwame dreams of Texas
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Flies South

Let's be honest: 2008 was not Detroit's best year. Granted, it wasn't a great year for anyone--bankers, Galvestonians, Republicans, Eliot Spitzer, polar bears, whatsername Hasselbeck--but it was especially bad for Detroit. Not only did folks in the Motor City see their hometown industry crumble and...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
Lincoln Looks Ahead — Announces More New Models at 2009 Detroit Auto Show

 "The only thing good about 2008 is that it's over." This is an oft-reiterated sentiment felt by many in Detroit. Ford Motor Company continues to look past the near term turmoil that awaits the auto industry by introducing more new models at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. We clued you in that Lincoln...Read More»

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