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Shifting Sales Slam Big Three
Shifting Sales Slam Big Three

The raw numbers are painful enough, but dig a little deeper into the latest monthly sales reports and you can see why Detroit’s Big Three have reason to worry about the future. U.S. motor vehicles fell a hefty 6.9 percent in April, compared to year-ago numbers, and domestic manufacturers were...Read More»

Fuel Prices
Oil's Still a Bargain in the U.S. (Relatively Speaking, Anyway)

Like everyone outside of those few New Yorkers who spend their lives commuting by subway, bus, or cab, I’m acutely aware of the run-up in oil prices. But as regular readers know, my day-to-day life involves a fair amount of travel – this story, for example, is being filed from Portugal, where...Read More»

2004 Saab 9-5 Linear
2008 Saab 9-X BioHybrid

The schedule of press conferences for the Geneva auto show is packed, with each brand getting only fifteen minutes for its presentation to the press. So it's no surprise that manufacturers want to use the evening before to draw attention to their new model. Last night, Saab chose to preview its...Read More»

Morgan LIFECar Concept
2008 Morgan LIFECar Concept

The British sports car maker Morgan, best known for its classy, hand-built roadsters that give a strong nod to the past, isn't hesitating to embrace the future of the automobile. The company just released some advance details and images for its LIFECar concept, to be revealed to the press next week...Read More»

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics tech
2008 BMW X5 EfficientDynamics Concept

Hybrid-electric technology, with a modern, clean-diesel engine, really makes a lot of sense for U.S. driving. Diesel engines are at their best in steady-state highway cruising, while hybrid componentry greatly improves efficiency in start-and-stop congestion. Now BMW is bringing out a vehicle that...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 Le Mans
2009 Audi R8 Le Mans Concept Preview

For those who recall the bad old days of the American diesel, the 2009 Audi R8 Le Mans might seem like a contradiction in terms. Ask most Americans to describe diesel power and they’re likely to use words like “slow,” “smelly,” or “rough-riding.” Yet if you listen to the German...Read More»

2008 Dodge Zeo Concept
2008 Dodge ZEO Concept

Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed lithium-ion battery pack, but each model has...Read More»

2008 Lincoln MKT
2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks

2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (1/9/2008)Ford F-150, Hyundai Genesis and Corvette ZR1. TCC Team Best Concept: Lincoln MKT This is a close one, but I am leaning heavily towards the Lincoln MKT, which shows that there’s still life left in the old brand. Finally, something that really...Read More»

2008 Toyota A-BAT Concept, Detroit Auto Show
2008 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

2008 Detroit Show: TCC’s Top Picks (1/14/2008) Our favorite cars, concepts and moments from Cobo. 2008 Detroit Auto Show: Getting There by Rex Roy (1/9/2008) Make it easy, make it fun. PREVIEWS 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Preview by TCC Team (12/19/2007) A supercar by any name. 2009 Audi TTS by...Read More»

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept - more photos At the 2008 Detroit auto show, Chrysler rolled out three concepts, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced...Read More»

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept
2008 Jeep Renegade Concept

2008 Jeep Renegade Concept - more photos Chrysler rolled out three concepts at the 2008 Detroit auto show, each pairing exciting design and glimpse-of-the-future features with environmental friendliness. All three deliver power through an electric motor system and advanced, yet-to-be-developed...Read More»

2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept
2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept

While Cadillac spins a future full of fuel-cell-powered crossover goodness with the Provoq (see below), Saab’s future also seems to include a mid-size crossover powered by an alternative-fuel engine. In this case, the new 9-4X BioPower Concept gets its motive force from an engine that uses E85...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer America Concept
2008 Ford Explorer America Concept

Ford’s Explorer ruled the sales charts in the 1990s, but the Firestone tire debacle and the emergence of crossovers has sapped the sport-ute’s lifeblood. Ford is hoping to change that with the debut of its Explorer America concept vehicle at this month’s Detroit auto show. While officially...Read More»

2008 BMW X5
BMW “Blue” Diesels to Bow in Detroit

BMW’s latest green-car gambit arrives at the Detroit auto show in two weeks, as the German automaker plans to show off two new diesels that it will sell in all 50 states starting later this year. The two new models are the X5 xDrive35d and the 335d. Both are powered by twin-turbo, 3.0-liter...Read More»

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept
Chrysler’s ’08 Detroit Concepts Go Hybrid

Chrysler has provided an advance preview of its three concept cars for theDetroit show, about seven weeks in advance of the preview days when they’ll be formally revealed to the press. But we can understand why they’re quick on the trigger; if these concepts are any indication, the automaker...Read More»

2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept
2007 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid Concept

Two months ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche announced its plans for building a hybrid version of theCayenne sport-utility vehicle. Now, at the L.A. Auto Show, Porsche showed the concept for the vehicle, which is due to arrive before the end of this decade. To give the public an idea of what...Read More»

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt
2007 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

PREVIEWS 2009 Lincoln MKS Preview by TCC Team (11/13/2007)From obscurity to mainstream? 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt Preview by TCC Team (11/6/2007)Hidden in darkness, an L.A. show debut. 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Preview by Marty Padgett (11/9/2007)Two modes and batteries – in a big ute? 2008...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Concept
2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Blue Concept

Volkswagen’s Up! and Space Up! concepts have a triplet sibling — and the new Space Up! Blue concept, shown for the first time at theLos Angeles auto show, promises a cleaner driving experience in a package that hints strongly at VW’s Microbus past. The hints weren’t just coming from...Read More»

2007 Toyota 1/X Concept
2007 Toyota 1/X Concept

by Ken Zino Toyota says the 1/X (say “one-Xth”) provides the same interior space of the Prius at only 926 pounds, or roughly one-third the weight of the world’s first mass production and best-selling hybrid vehicle. With the reduction in mass, only a 0.5-liter flex-fuel gasoline/ethanol...Read More»

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