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Lutz Saves Pontiac G8; Chrysler Gives Lutz's Dodge Viper A Reprieve
Lutz Saves Pontiac G8; Chrysler Gives Lutz's Dodge Viper A Reprieve

What once was old is new again -- and we're not just talking about GM's beloved Bob Lutz, who was lured out of retirement on Friday  to serve as the company's "vice chairman responsible for all creative elements of products and customer relationships". No, we're also referring to the Pontiac G8...Read More»

2004 Chevrolet Express 3500
Full-Size Vans: What You Need To Know To Arrive Safely

It's that time of the year again when church groups, summer camps, seasonal jobs, and corporate outings bring people not necessarily accustomed to full-size vans into them. While minivans are closely related mechanically to sedans and lower crossover vehicles and typically have top-notch safety...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Marchionne Considers Cutting Underperforming Chrysler Models

Sergio Marchionne took the reigns of Chrysler less than a month ago, and already he's showing that life at the new Chrysler/Fiat isn't going to be la dolce vita. Taking advantage of the capital and credibility that come at the start of many corporate tenures, the CEO is making some very bold...Read More»

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Dodges Might Be Sold As Alfas In Europe

A Dodge rebadged as an Alfa? Alfisti are no doubt astir over this one. TheCarConnection.com has already told you about the near-certain plans for some Fiat models—like the stylish 500 minicar—to be sold in the U.S. via Chrysler's dealer network, and we've also heard talk about how Alfa might be...Read More»

Nielsen's Top 25 Shopped Automakers, April 2009
Nielsen Sees A Few Bright Spots For The Auto Industry

Research and statistics firm Nielsen has released more data about U.S. shopping and buying habits, and as always, the company's findings are pretty interesting. In fact, after surveying 250,000 Americans online, Nielsen has identified a few causes for optimism in the auto industry, despite today's...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Ranks Tops In Ownership Experience

Many of Volkswagen's new vehicles continue to be rated worse-than-average by Consumer Reports in reliability, below the industry average in J.D. Power's annual Initial Quality Survey (the latest just released last week), and near the bottom in post-sales service, as gauged by Power's latest annual...Read More»

2009 Chrysler Aspen Limited Hybrid
One Dealer's Saga: Closing in One Week

Auto dealerships are closing across the country, as General Motors and Chrysler slash themselves down to market-appropriate size. Some cuts are coming quickly and deeply--nowhere more so than in northern Virginia, where Pohanka Chrysler-Dodge is discounting its last 40 cars as it prepares to close...Read More»

Air Force 'X-1' Mustang by Galpin Auto Sports
Shock And Awesome: Air Force Deploys Tuned Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger

It's no secret that the U.S. military has had recruitment problems in recent years. As a result, each branch has been forced to hone its marketing skills and speak more persuasively to potential enlistees. The Air Force's new Project: Supercar campaign is a spectacular example of how that that...Read More»

2008 Fiat 500
2011 Fiat 500 Headed to Chrysler Showrooms

The likes of the Dodge Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee will be getting a new subcompact companion on showrooms floors. Fiat, the new guiding force at Chrysler, says it will start selling its 500 hatchback in Chrysler showrooms in about 18 months. Automotive News reports that the 500 will be the...Read More»

2009 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Plugs In To A Chunk Of Government Cash

You might think Chrysler would be doubled over in pain these days, given all the tsoris of bankruptcy court. But in fact, the company is holding its head high and has developed big plans for tomorrow--at least on paper. Yesterday, those plans made their way to the U.S. Department of Energy, when...Read More»

2006 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4-door R/T Trunk
Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor: Step AWAY From Your Car!

We trust that few, if any, of our readers use or possess illegal substances. But if there happen to be such people, you may wish to note a decision by President Obama's newly named choice for Justice of the US Supreme Court. While the judge describes herself as "extraordinarily intense and very...Read More»

Nielsen Online's Brand Advocacy Quotient car rankings
Nielsen Is Watching You. Possibly Right Now.

We may not always understand how Nielsen gets its survey data, but the results are usually pretty interesting. Case in point: Nielsen's online division--cleverly named Nielsen Online--and its new Brand Advocacy Quotient research. By collecting data from blogs (like this one!), message boards, fan...Read More»

2008 Dodge Viper
Chrysler Handing $1K To Return Buyers

You may be waiting for the right time to buy a new car--and the chaos in Detroit's boardrooms could be a turn-off. Would another grand off the sticker help? A new report says Chrysler will try to stoke its sales, even as it's in bankruptcy court, with a new rebate for returning shoppers. If you own...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler-Fiat: We Predict The 2012 Lineup

It's official--Chrysler has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now the long task of sorting out the good from the bad at the storied automaker, with the added task of joining hand in hand with Italy's Fiat Group to build a new Chrysler with a new range of small cars. You might have...Read More»

Avid NASCAR fans at the Sharpie 500
Things Get Hairy For NASCAR

NASCAR ain't what it used to be. Over the last half-century, the sport has morphed from stock car races for a smallish group of enthusiasts into a multi-bajillion dollar industry, chock full of logo-covered jumpsuits and more licensing opportunities than you can shake a pop starlet at. Just goes to...Read More»

2007 Dodge Nitro
The 5 Cars That Killed Chrysler...This Time

While we wait for Chrysler to emerge, hopefully leaner but not that much lighter, from its bankruptcy—perhaps with some fashionable Italian loafers and a rejuvenated Dolce & Gabbana wardrobe—TheCarConnection.com started thinking about the company’s product missteps in recent years. No...Read More»

2011 Dodge Circuit EV
2011 Dodge Circuit EV: It's A Roadster

A nice surprise for fans of sports cars with cross-hatched grilles: Yesterday's restructuring plan for Chrysler shows that its first electric vehicle will be the the 2011 Dodge Circuit (nee EV) sports car--but it won't be the Lotus Europa with a nose job Chrysler's been showing. Instead, the...Read More»

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Chrysler's Plan for the Future: More Government Loans

Chrysler's Congressionally mandated plan for its turnaround has hit the Web--and new vehicles are a part of the plan, so long as Chrysler gets another $2 billion in federal cash. In the plan -- pasted in below here for you to digest, since you're now a stakeholder -- Chrysler is asking for another...Read More»

Nissan and Chrysler partnership in peril
Nissan And Chrysler Need Some Time Apart

Friday the 13th has struck again--and this time, the victims aren't just moviegoers. It looks like there's trouble in paradise for Nissan and Chrysler. Remember how we told you last week that  Nissan was going through some changes? That the company was shaking things up at its U.S. plants and...Read More»

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