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Geely Autos: Coming Soon To A Volvo Dealer Near You?
Geely Autos: Coming Soon To A Volvo Dealer Near You?

While much of the auto world's attention has been focused on Geely's attempt to buy Volvo from Ford and what that might mean for the popular Swedish marque, there's another side to the story that's gotten far less coverage: the possibility that Volvo dealerships will begin selling Geely vehicles...Read More»

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Tech Watch: Kia To Launch Ford Sync Rival Next Week

Just months after Hyundai announced that it's planning a telematics system to rival GM's OnStar comes news that Hyundai's sister, Kia, is working on a Ford Sync-killer. Details about the system -- called UVO -- remain under wraps, but it's expected to debut at next week's Consumer Electronics Show...Read More»

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Today In Tech: Ford Launches HD Radio And iTunes Tagging

Digital radios are much like the standard sets that many people have in their cars today, except they offer access to free, crystal-clear, digital programming that's hidden from analog units. iBiquity's digital HD Radio sets have been around for a few years now, working to make up market share lost...Read More»

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BREAKING: Ford, Geely Reach Deal To Sell Volvo

After months of negotiations and numerous trips to the bargaining table, Ford has finally brokered a deal to sell Volvo to Chinese automaker Geely. According to a Ford press release, an official agreement will be signed by Ford and Geely in the first quarter of 2010, with the sale to close in the...Read More»

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Coming Soon: Ford's Custom Graphics For Cars & Trucks

Aftermarket customization is nothing new: for decades, proud car owners have made use of special accessories and paint jobs to distinguish their rides. But thanks to technological developments, it's now become easy to mass produce wraps for vehicles -- and to do so with remarkable consistency...Read More»

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Geely Expecting To Seal The Volvo Deal By February 14

Although Ford hasn't set a deadline for the sale of Volvo the same way that General Motors fast-tracked Saab, Ford's preferred bidder -- Geely -- is hoping to wrap up things on the double. A source close to the negotiations told Reuters, "[The sale] is expected to be done before Chinese New Year...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Breakup Alert: Mazda, Ford End Shared Vehicle Development

After decades of shares product development, Mazda and Ford Motor Co. look poised to go separate ways. According to comments made by Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, last week to Bloomberg, Ford is planning to go it alone with future vehicles. It's not altogether surprising. In late...Read More»

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Consumer Reports' Annual Auto Survey Sees Gains For Detroit

A couple of weeks ago, Nelson Ireson reported on Consumer Reports' latest Reliability Survey, which put Ford and Lincoln at the head of the reliability pack. Now Consumer Reports has more good news for Big Three automakers thanks to its new Auto Survey, which places several American autos on the...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Ford Needs Hipsters For Its Next 'Fiesta Movement'

Just yesterday, we gave Ford high marks for its recent marketing efforts -- specifically, the "Fiesta Movement" campaign and subsequent "Retail Movement" initiative, which aims to educate dealers about social media and grassroots marketing in advance of the Fiesta's U.S. launch next summer. Not...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Production Moving To Alabama

Here at TCC, we've seen some interesting production news over the past few months -- for example, Ford intends to make the U.S. its export base, and Honda will export the American-made 2010 Civic . (Honda might also move Fit production stateside.) Now, Daimler has announced plans to beef up its...Read More»

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Auto Sales Flat For November (It's A Good Thing)

If, as they say, "flat is the new up", then auto sales were way up last month. The U.S. saw 746,928 car and truck sales in November 2009 -- a statistical dead-heat with the 746,789 sold in November 2008. Of course, not every automaker stayed flat: Ford sales crept up .1%, while GM dipped 1.8% and...Read More»

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Ford, Best Buy Sync For Success

Ford has been on a winning streak lately, improving vehicle quality, buffing its brand perception, and growing the company's market share. Now Ford has something new to brag about, thanks to a successful pilot program aimed to raise awareness about Ford's Sync telematics system. The program was...Read More»

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BAIC Wanting A Foothold In The West, Now Turns To Saab

Last week, when we reported on the Koenigsegg Group's failed attempt to purchase Saab from GM, we mentioned that a member of that group -- Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) -- might make its own bid for the troubled Swedish brand. That was an educated guess, based largely on the fact...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
U.S. Consortium To Make Bid For Volvo This Week

In today's episode of the Ford/Volvo saga, the U.S. consortium known as Crown has announced plans to submit a bid for Volvo this week that will rival that of Chinese automaker (and current preferred bidder) Geely. Crown's bid will be in the $2 billion to $2.5 billion range -- somewhat less than...Read More»

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Geely Intends To Keep Volvo Production In Europe (Maybe)

We've been keeping a close eye on the evolving Ford/Volvo/Geely saga. So far, the biggest point of contention in the brou-ha-ha has been Ford's concerns about intellectual property, which Geely might or might not respect after the ink dries. (China hasn't exactly been at the forefront of IP law.)...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford's Big Day: Fusion Gets Top Marks, Company Stock Soars

A year ago, many people were predicting the end of Detroit. In light of the financial sector's collapse and the subsequent Big Three implosion (not to mention a few highly publicized chats between Detroit CEOs and members of Congress), naysayers around the world insisted that America's moment to...Read More»

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Cash-For-Clunkers Reveals Weakness Among Detroit Brands

It's obvious from the comments on this site and others in the High Gear Media family that Cash-for-Clunkers remains a hot-button issue, and new data about the program is likely to fuel the fire: according to stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most car buyers used...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Trumps Toyota To Become World's Largest Automaker

Based on simple production stats, Volkswagen is now the world's largest automaker. Over the first nine months of 2009, VW produced 4.4 million units, while Toyota cranked out 4 million even. (Ford came in third at 3.7 million.) We're not sure how long VW will remain at the top of the heap, since...Read More»

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Ford's Inflatable Seat Belts Are Finally Ready To Roll

At the 2001 Detroit auto show, Ford debuted some intriguing technology: airbag-enabled seat belts. After years of additional testing and refinement, it appears that the devices are finally ready for prime time. They'll soon be available as an option on next-gen Ford Explorers; afterward, they'll...Read More»

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