Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Flies South
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 Ford Fusion
Ford Hybrid Vs. Toyota, Round 2.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally made a personal call to thank Michael Snapper, a Grand Rapids, Mich. lawyer for purchasing a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid instead of a Toyota Prius. This sounds like yet another subtle jab at Jon F. Thompson, editor of Toyota's Open Road blog who wrote a sour-grapes response to the...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Video: Buick Touts LaCrosse Development, Future Buick Design

Hoping to repeat the success of its popular Enclave crossover, GM is readying its 2010 Buick LaCrosse sedan for market release. They've given it good exposure at recent auto shows, and the video above gives insight into the development process of the 2010 LaCrosse. GM VP of design Ed Welburn...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus SE
Ford And Magna International To Partner On Electric Vehicle

Magna International, a Canadian supplier for Ford Motor Company, shocked Ford execs by showing up at Ford's Dearborn offices in a fully electric Ford Focus. They'd bought and converted the vehicle themselves, keeping the project a secret. The surprise, along with a bleak market and the new focus on...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Headlight
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Scores Tax Credit Coup

Ford announced yesterday that those purchasing a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid can take advantage of a $3,400 tax credit from the federal government. This is yet more good news for Ford Motor Company, the most promising of the Big Three and the only one not to have taken...Read More»

2008 Saturn VUE Green Line
Saturn's Rings Stretch To 2012

Regardless of whether Saturn is 'A Different Kind of Company, A Different Kind Of Car,' or simply re-badged Opels and Chevys, GM has extended the division's lease on life until 2012. We've reported that Saturn is one of the brands GM has strongly considered killing as it tries desperately to...Read More»

Cal Worthington
GO SEE CAL! (please?)

Auto sales are so dismal that even the great cowboy of car sales Cal Worthington ("Go See Cal!") is scared. Worthington, well into his 80s, built one of the biggest Ford dealership networks in the country and still flies to check up on his dealerships in a Lear Jet. Worthington soberly told...Read More»

2008 Fiat 500
Chrysler/Fiat Union Could Result In Seven New Vehicles For U.S.

Yesterday the Free Press confirmed that that Chrysler/Fiat marriage might result in seven new vehicles for North America. A Free Press source close to the negotiations said that four vehicles would be sold under Pentastar brands and the remaining three would be sold as Fiats or Alfa Romeos. Four...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox
GM Responds Thoughtfully To California Waiver

Falling short of praise for the Obama Administration's dedication to carefully review California's requested waiver to go around - and exceed - the EPA's emissions and consumption mandates, GM issued a statement yesterday claiming it is "ready to engage" the administration and Congress in the...Read More»

diesel exhaust pipe
Mich., Ca. Differ On Emissions Regs: What Should Obama Do?

Tree-huggers on the left coast, championed by Conan-No-Longer-The-Barbarian Schwarzenegger, want to impose strict new standards that would dictate a 30 percent reduction in vehicle emissions by 2013. At least 13 other states feel similarly, and they've banded together to ask the Obama...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ
Chevrolet Silverado Leads December Light-Duty Pickup Sales

J.D. Power sales reports show that the Chevrolet Silverado light-duty pickup was the champion for light-duty truck sales in December of last year. The truck actually gained 1.2 percent in sales over its December '07 numbers to weigh in with 26,672 units sold for the month. With its new 2009 F-150...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 4WD SuperCab 133" SVT Raptor Temperature Controls
2011 Ford F-150 Engines Offer Clean-Sheet Design, More Efficiency

Scrambling to keep up with the new consumption-conscious consumer, domestic pickup manufacturers like Ford and GM have employed stopgap measures like extra gears and fine-tuned fuel-injection to eke out perhaps another mpg or two for their current model pickups. But according those in-the-know over...Read More»

2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon 4-door Wagon LWB Titanium w/Rear Liftgate Open Doors
Big Three Opt Out Of Inaugural Festivities

For Bush's second term inauguration in 2005, Ford doled out $250,000 to that two-term president's inaugural committee. GM and the now disbanded DaimlerChrysler sponsored toney receptions at posh locales, attended by Supreme Court justices and members of Congress. But this year, on the heels of huge...Read More»

GM Stock Chart 7-17-08
Auto Execs Will Fly Commercial While Bankers Cruise In LearJets

Remember the Escandalo Grande that ensued in December when Big Three CEOs promptly extended empty tin cups after de-planing in Washington, each from his own private corporate jet? It was but one signifier that these guys were out of touch, and it didn't inspire confidence that they would use...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Detroit News Claims Chapter 11 "Must Be An Option" for GM

Today Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes dispenses with pretty grim predictions for General Motors based on cold, hard numbers. What was GM's "base case," a prediction of 12 million U.S. light vehicles sales in 2009 (the number they gave to Congress in December's hearings), has now fallen to just...Read More»

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Chrysler Flip-Flops; Kills PT Cruiser and Wants to Sell Tooling

Only yesterday Chrysler president Tom LaSorda insisted that rumors of the sale of tooling for an existing model were "absolutely false." Well, folks, now they're looking to sell off assets used to produce the aging PT Cruiser, according to Bloomberg: "production 'ends this summer,' LaSorda...Read More»

World Trade Center, 2010
Congress: Cash For Clunkers

Got a '79 Chrysler Cordoba (RIP Ricardo Montalban) with cracked corinthian leather gobbling cash at the pump and spewing hydrocarbons from its ill-tempered carburetor? Congress is considering a proposal that would reward Americans up to $4,500 if they yield their inefficient cars to scrapping...Read More»

2009 Cadillac STS 4-door Sedan V6 RWD w/1SA Angular Rear Exterior View
Chariot Of Change Looks Awkwardly Familiar

Ever wonder what the collision of Escalade headlights, a custom Caddy grille, an STS rear-end, and little mini-windows with coke-bottle thick oculars all lumped together on a stretched...uhh...maybe DTS, maybe Escalade chassis would look like? Probably not. But President-Elect Barack Obama will be...Read More»

2009 Dodge Caliber SRT4
Chrysler Claims No Sale of Brands, Plants

"Absolutely false" - those were the words used by Chrysler Vice Chairman and President Tom LaSorda today regarding murmurs of a sale of the Jeep brand, one or more manufacturing plants, or tooling for an existing vehicle. (And who, exactly, would be fool enough to buy the tooling for, say, the Jeep...Read More»

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