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Is The Diesel Dead?
Is The Diesel Dead?

The U.S. can be confusing to Europeans. They don't understand our versions of football or coffee, and please don't get them started on our waistlines. (After an eye-opening trip to a certain big-box store, a French visitor once said to me, "Yes, of course we have fat people, but they do not go...Read More»

Autobahn, Kamener Kreuz, Rush Hour (photo by Dirk Vorderstraße)
Germany Toys With Tolls Targeting Foreign Drivers

Germany is known for many things -- some good, some bad. In the former category: beer, soccer, and precision engineering. In the latter: bureaucracy, sock/sandal combos, xenophobia. As far as that last item goes, a new toll policy being considered by the German government is likely to worsen the...Read More»

London anti-Uber taxi protest: June 11, 2014 (photo by Flickr user David Holt)
Uber Alles? European Cab Drivers Rally To Save Traditional Taxis, But It May Be Too Late

There are lots of great ways to make friends: a simple smile, a handshake, offerings of fudge. Upending an entire industry that employs millions of people around the world? Not on the list. But ridesharing/taxi startup Uber isn't here to make friends -- at least, not with cab companies. The San...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Will Europe Beat Us To Driverless Cars?

Car companies like Toyota are planning to roll out the first wave of autonomous vehicles by the "mid-2010s". Here in America, government regulators are worried that such a timeline is too optimistic, but in Europe, they're singing a very different tune -- and it could bring self-driving vehicles to...Read More»

Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]
Tesla Begins Sales & Supercharging Blitz; Growth In Europe & Asia To Outpace North America By 2015

Tesla is America's golden child. Its Model S sedan is hugely popular (and hugely stunning). Its earnings and stock prices are up. And now, it's being hailed as America's leading eco-minded company, thanks not only to its all-electric cars, but also to its battery technology, which could give a...Read More»

Distracted driving
The Gift Of Gab: More US Drivers Than Europeans Use Phones On The Road

You know it, we know it, everyone knows it: distracted driving is a problem, and it's getting worse. But where is the problem worst of all? You'd think that since cell phones are now a global phenomenon, distracted driving would affect every country on the planet, and that it would be most...Read More»

car crash at intersection after running red light
What Can Europe Teach The U.S. About Reducing Traffic Fatalities?

When it comes to traffic fatalities, there's good news and bad news: Good news: the U.S. fatality rate has reached an all-time low. Bad news: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that rate isn't going to stay low for long. Though NHTSA won't officially announce figures...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
Ford Has Biggest Third Quarter Ever, Thanks To U.S. Sales

Ford Motor Company has announced its best-ever third quarter, with pre-tax profits totaling nearly $2.2 billion. There are a lot of people to thank for those results, but North American shoppers are at the top of the list. In North America alone, Ford saw pre-tax revenue of over $2.3 billion -- a...Read More»

Traffic in China
Americans Own Fewer Cars Than Europeans, More Than Chinese

We live in exciting times. Cell phones and jet planes have made the world vastly smaller. The internet has radically changed the way we communicate and do business. And although poverty and disease remain huge problems around the globe, entrepreneurs, agencies, and governments are developing new...Read More»

Ford logo
Ford Still Profitable, But Hampered By Europe

Ford released its second-quarter earnings report this morning, and among all the charts and bulletpoints, there's both good news and bad. We'll start with the good: Ford posted a pre-tax operating profit of over $1.8 billion. The company has now posted pre-tax profits for 12 consecutive quarters...Read More»

Ford and Instagram #Fiestagram Photo Competition
Win A Ford Fiesta In The Ford, Instagram #Fiestagram Contest

Would you like a new Ford Fiesta? Do you own an iPhone? Do you happen to live in Europe? If you answered "yes" to all three of those questions, we've got good news for you. Ford has partnered with the popular photo-sharing app, Instagram, to launch the #Fiestagram Photo Competition. Instagram users...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
J.D. Power: Chinese Avoid Chinese Car Brands (But Love GM)

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned a survey that showed Americans' growing dissatisfaction with domestic brands. On the other side of the Pacific, there's a similar story to tell in China's burgeoning, booming auto market. According to a recent study from J.D. Power, Chinese shoppers are wary of...Read More»

Infiniti Digital Art Competition
Infiniti Launches Art Competition To Tout Its Design DNA

Calling all artists: Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti is sponsoring a digital art competition. Be forewarned, however, that it comes with strings attached. The gist: Infiniti has partnered with the high-concept art magazine Designboom to create a "Digital Art Competition". Contestants have three...Read More»

That's not a car transporter... Image: CEN
Borat's Brothers Bungle Budget Bring-Back

If we learned nothing else from Borat, we learned this: life in the glorious nation of Kazakhstan is different than life in the United States. Borat and his brothers have a more sensible approach to problem-solving than many of us, who worry too much about rules, regulations and personal safety...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
VW's Math Shows U.S. Passat No Bargain For E.U. Buyers

At first glance, the difference is obvious: a U.S. market 2012 Volkswagen Passat, now built in VW’s Tennessee plant, is quite a bit cheaper than its E.U. counterpart, which is built at VW’s Emden or Zwickau plants in Germany. An enterprising German buyer could, in theory, pay $25,995...Read More»

Screencap from Citroen 'Dating 2.0' campaign
Citroen Aims For The Funny Bone, Misses By A Mile, With Build-A-Date Campaign

Europe can be a confusing place for Americans. The streets are narrower, the coffee is stronger, and everything seems historic. The cars are different there, too -- and so are the car ads. Case in point: the latest campaign from Citroen, called "Dating 2.0". At heart, the campaign's conceit is...Read More»

Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo logos
Rumor: Volkswagen Wants To Purchase Alfa Romeo

According to an article in Germany's Automobilwoche, the Volkswagen Group wants to bring another child into its already-crowded family of brands: Alfa Romeo. Citing an unnamed senior VW manager, the report says that Wolfsburg would jump at the chance to sign adoption papers if the brand were to...Read More»

Screencap from Porsche's YouTube channel
Battle Of The Brands: Which European Automakers Bare All On YouTube?

Yesterday, we launched a little friendly competition: a comparison of automakers' YouTube channels. We were curious to see which qualify as must-see web TV and which ought to be canceled ASAP. Monday was devoted to U.S. brands, and today, we're moving across the pond for a look at their "European"...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class 2-door Roadster 5.5L V8 Front Exterior View
German Luxury Brands Are Putting On The Blitz

  The global economy is giving mixed signals right now. On the thumbs-down side, unstable unemployment numbers and see-saw stock markets. On the upside, job creation, the return of venture capital, and slowly increasing GDPs (at least in most parts of the world). In the auto industry, GM and...Read More»

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