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Video: LTE Connected Car May Be The Future Of Telematics
Video: LTE Connected Car May Be The Future Of Telematics

Over the past couple of weeks, we've mentioned several systems that bring home computer-like services to automobiles. We've discussed proprietary systems like Ford's Microsoft Sync and its rumored Hyundai rival, and, at the other end of the spectrum, in-car routers that function as "dumb pipes"...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata South Korean model shown
Rumor: Hyundai Developing Telematics To Rival OnStar, Sync

Rumor has it that Hyundai is working on its own telematics system to rival GM's OnStar and Ford's Microsoft Sync. The news comes via a memo from Hyundai's manager of brand strategy, wherein he asks members of a focus group to help name the new product. Apparently, the system will have four  major...Read More»

Alan Mulally
Ford Posts Strong Financial Data, First Profit Since 2005

The rumors were true: Ford Motor Company has just published financials from the third quarter of 2009, and without being overly optimistic, it's fair to say that the data is moderately rosy. Among several bright spots in the report, one that seems particularly impressive is that July - September of...Read More»

Ford May Post Third-Quarter Profit Next Week

It's no secret that Ford Motor Company has withstood the current financial storm far better than Chrysler and General Motors. Between its refreshed reputation as a manufacturer of quality vehicles and the fact that Ford was the only Detroit automaker to dodge both bankruptcy and bailout dough, the...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Considers Extending Its Popular Assurance Program

Hyundai's Assurance Program has been a big hit with consumers and a big boost to Hyundai's bottom line. The program -- which allows buyers who lose their jobs to return Hyundai vehicles -- was the first such program out of the gate, and it has contributed to the astounding 20% sales increase...Read More»

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For Automakers, Brand Loyalty Hits The Skids

Not so long ago, brand loyalty played a major role in keeping the auto industry healthy. Many of our parents bought vehicles from one particular manufacturer, and they often inherited such preferences from their own parents. Here in the U.S., brand perception was frequently rooted in national...Read More»

2010 Honda Element
What Does Your Car Say About You?

Here at TCC, we don't put much faith in astrology, phrenology, or any other system that assigns personality traits based on birthdays, hat sizes, or anything else that hasn't been chosen. Instead, we prefer data that stems from personal preferences: what does your favorite color, website, or rock...Read More»

Ford Figo
Ford Profitable By 2011; Launches New Facility In China

Despite the general unpleasantness that's plagued the auto industry for over a year, Ford is doing comparatively well these days. In fact, given the gradually rebounding global economy and Ford's new strategic alliances in Asia, CEO Alan Mulally feels fairly optimistic about the next two years...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus (Korean-market vehicle)
Hyundai-Kia Becomes The World's Fourth Largest Automaker

Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group is now the world's fourth-largest automaker, according to Automotive News Data Center. To reach that spot, the company leapfroged over Ford Motor Company, outselling it by 8,000 units in the first six months of 2009. That's a quite a feat, if you consider that the...Read More»

DOE battery grant recipients
Obama And The DOE Award $2.4 Billion In Battery Grants

Yesterday, President Obama announced $2.4 billion in technology grants to car companies, battery makers, universities, and research facilities across the U.S. During his speech in Elkhart, Indiana, the president stressed the importance of battery development as a way of reviving America's...Read More»

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Ford To Post July Sales Gain Thanks To Cash-For-Clunkers

The good news: Ford Motor Company is set to post a year-over-year sales increase for the month of July -- its first since 2007. The (potentially) bad news: the jump in sales for July 2009 is due to the federal government's Cash-for-Clunkers program. We say that's bad news because in scientific...Read More»

Ford and Chevrolet logo toolboxes
Chevy And Ford Fans Know Where To Put Their Tools

Are you a Chevy man (or woman)? Or possibly a Ford fanatic? Either way, you'll appreciate a quick trip over to What On Earth, where you'll find nifty toolboxes crafted in the shape of the blue oval and the bowtie -- although why the blue oval box appears to be black we couldn't say. No idea why...Read More»

2009 Volvo S60
Rumor: Geely Submitting $293 Million Bid For Volvo

According to a (very brief) article in China Car Times, Chinese automaker Geely is finally prepared to submit a bid to Ford Motor Company for Volvo. Geely's alleged offer: $293 million. A couple of weeks ago, sources were circulating a similar rumor, but with a figure of $2 billion attached. And...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
Ford Fanfare: New Lineup, New Tech, And Gosh Darnit, People Like Them

Not wanting to be left out of the "reinvention" moment, Ford has launched its own assault on the marketplace, trumpeting the company's "freshest" model lineup in history, as well as fuel efficiency, quality, and Ford's growing market share. According to a company press release, Ford is rolling out...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 Ford Super Duty F-450 4WD Crew Cab Lariat Gear Shift
Video: How To Drive A Model T

It's one thing to love old cars. It's quite another to maintain them. Case in point: this clip, in which Ed Hebb--a volunteer at the Henry Ford Estate--gives an overview of the Ford Model T. While you're watching, imagine trying to walk your impatient teenager through all that. [YouTube via...Read More»

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Sales Slump Slowing: Annual Rate Could Hit 10 Million Mark

Potentially good news for automakers this morning: industry analysts predict that when June's sales stats are tabulated, the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) for light vehicle sales may hit 10 million. That would mark the first time sales have crossed that symbolic line during this calendar...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
On Capitol Hill: New Bill Aims To Boost DOE Fund For Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Development

Remember those loans we mentioned on Tuesday--the ones that the Department of Energy made to Ford, Nissan, and Tesla for the development of fuel-efficient vehicles? At the time, we said that certain members of congress were interested in doubling the amount of funds available to automakers, from...Read More»

The Internet
More People In The Market For Cars, Doing Their Homework Online

Just in case you were on the fence about this whole "Internet" thing, a new study from Nielsen proves that the web is chock-full of opportunity--especially for automakers. According to the study and an accompanying article in Brandweek: ♦  The percentage of Americans looking to buy a new...Read More»

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