Awkward Designs: GEM Peapod vs. Isetta vs. BMW 600
Awkward Designs: GEM Peapod vs. Isetta vs. BMW 600

This isn't the first year that pinched pocketbooks and a faltering economy have forced automakers to re-invent and downsize. After WWII, according to Wikipedia, short-distance, economically minded transportation was a huge need in Europe. Enter the Isetta, designed originally in Italy, and...Read More»

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Porsche Claims Control of VW

It's a case of Wolfsburg vs. Stuttgart over in Germany, where privately held automaker Porsche claims "de facto" control over the world's third-largest auto company, VW AG, having gained control of 35.1 percent of voting rights in the German conglomerate. VW, its union workers, and its...Read More»

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BMW Microcar Development Confirmed

Driven both by European and U.S. demands, BMW has confirmed development of a car BMW CEO Robert Reithofer has dubbed a "mega city" car that will slot below the 1 Series, currently BMW's smallest offering with its own badge. Quoted in the U.K.'s Autocar, Reithofer claimed that two engines will be...Read More»

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Question: So, Which Is It, Recession or Speculation?

Citing over-production, OPEC says production will be cut by 520,000 barrels a day over a 40-day period. The oil-rich nations are doing so because of a dramatic and fast slackening in demand for oil, which begs the question: is speculation egging them on, or is the whiff of a deep global recession...Read More»

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Volvo DRIVe to Make Efficient Splash at Paris

We Americans tend to measure how green a car is by miles per gallon; Europeans are all caught up on emissions. CO2, to be exact. And with minimal CO2 emissions being a central theme at the Paris Auto Show next month, Volvo thought it would be a good time to introduce its new green DRIVe cars. The...Read More»

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New Subaru Diesel Bows in Paris

Cautious in its decision to go diesel in the U.S., Subaru is releasing its new 2.0-liter turbodiesel horizontally opposed (boxer) four-cylinder in the Euro-spec Forester and Impreza, which will be previewed at the Paris auto show. European buyers will be able to get their hands on the Forester...Read More»

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BMW USA Mulling New Four-Cylinders?

The last time BMW installed a four-cylinder powerplant in a 3 Series, a Clinton was in the White House--and not just as a dinner guest. With fuel prices at semipermanent highs, BMW USA is considering adding a four-banger back to its lineup in its 3 Series and 1 Series models, so says Edmunds Inside...Read More»

"Smart" Cars Pass a Euro Hurdle

"Smart" cars that communicate with each other to warn of traffic and accidents ahead are a step closer to reality in Europe, under a plan announced by the European Commission. Breitbart reports that the auto industry and telecoms have permission from the Commission to figure out how to outfit cars...Read More»

The Littlest Mercedes: Now More Green!

Mercedes-Benz has restyled the compact A-Class and will show it off to the public next week at a German auto show. Even though we don't get the A-Class in America, it's an interesting exercise in marketing -- and with CAFE changes in the air, it might only be a matter of years before Mercedes has...Read More»

A5 TDI Nearly Outmuscles S5

You probably wouldn’t expect a car that bears the declaration, “the cleanest diesel in the world,” to be much fun to drive. But the A5 3.0 TDI — one of two such examples we drove recently — is remarkably responsive. The car that stands up to this claim — the very...Read More»

Geneva Accord Redux

Photos of Honda's new Accord and Accord Tourer (wagon) were first released several weeks ago, but the automaker showed the vehicle in the flesh for the first time on its Geneva stand. Again, the model is a different car completely than what is sold in the U.S. under the same name but closely...Read More»

Nissan Building Worldwide Momentum

Nissan kicked off the Geneva show this morning with its GT-R super sports car. Even though the stunning, long-anticipated sports car was unveiled in Tokyo and shown at L.A. and Detroit, its European debut attracted as much attention. Carlos Tavares, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Corp...Read More»

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2009 Volvo XC60 Preview

The safest car we have ever built – that’s the claim Volvo is making about the new XC60. From a firm that has built its entire reputation on making strong cars, it’s a bold statement. Designed as a baby brother to the XC90, an SUV which has been a massive success for the Swedish firm, the...Read More»

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Opel Dumping Vectra Name

At last summer’s British Motor Show Vauxhall launched the new Corsa supermini. At next year’s event it looks like it will be the Vectra. Jonathan Browning, GM Europe vice-president of sales, marketing and aftersales – as well as chairman of Vauxhall, the U.S. company’s UK division –...Read More»

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Hyundai Veloster For Real?

The Hyundai Veloster is one of the Frankfurt Motor Show’s more striking concept cars. But according to the company it’s not as outlandish as you might think and is a real production possibility. A spokesman for the Korea firm explained: “The Hyundai Tiburon will be replaced next year with a...Read More»

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Renault Wagons Up the Clio

The Renault Clio has been a massively popular supermini inEurope ever since its launch in 1991. It’s grown larger over the years too, with the current Clio III the biggest yet. But the French supermini is about to get an extra dose of space and practicality with the first-ever estate (wagon)...Read More»

Lamborghini Gets Its Own Stamp

There’s no better way of knowing you’ve made it than getting your image on a stamp. Now the Italian Post Office has honored Lamborghini by issuing a Lambo stamp as part of its “Made in Italy” series. Costing €0.85, or about $1, the stamp is actually for the iconic Miura...Read More»

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Audi Going Down with A1

MINI’s got one. So does BMW, and so does Benz. Even Volvo has a small, small car—and now Audi’s lined up a place to build its own entry-level car. The European press is calling the new car the A1. Speculation says it’s going to be a hash of VW Polo and Golf underpinnings...Read More»

BLS: Caddy Gets Its First Wagon

It took only 104 years, but Cadillac has its first wagon—in the form of the handsomely proportioned BLS Wagon. You remember the BLS as the first Cadillac to share its guts with the Saab 9-3. The wagon’s the second. And since it’s essentially the same vehicle underneath, it shares...Read More»

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