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Detroit Hurt in "Total Quality" Study
Detroit Hurt in "Total Quality" Study

Detroit Hurt in "Total Quality" Study Detroit automakers fielded winners in eight of 20 different product segments in the latest Total Quality Study, General Motors matching that perennial benchmark of quality, Toyota. But the overall study gives Detroit little room to celebrate. Most of its...Read More»

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Industry Report: June 5, 2006

 Big Three Gain in Harbour Productivity ReportDetroit's Big Three is closing the quality and productivity gap, according to the 2006 Harbour Report, an oft-quoted measure of manufacturing efficiency. But Detroit continued to lag behind the best of the Japanese, especially Nissan, which was the...Read More»

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Driver's News: May 29, 2006

 Porsche Bringing Base Cayman This SummerPorsche's Cayman S will get a cheaper cousin in the summer, when the German automaker drops the Cayman on the general public. Powering the base Cayman is a 2.7-liter six-cylinder with 245 horsepower and 201 pound-feet of torque. Porsche promises 0 to 60...Read More»

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Marketing Report: May 29, 2006

 Toby Keith Gets More Ford TimeYou'll be seeing more of Rubenesque honky-tonker Toby Keith in Ford commercials: the Dearborn company has given Keith another year's worth of work and will get a new song from him to use in the company's "Bold Moves" campaign. The Detroit News adds that Keith's song...Read More»

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Driver's News: May 22, 2006

 Memorial Day Car Travel Rising, But Not By MuchThe roads will still be jammed on Memorial Day weekend, but AAA says that the increase in travel on the holiday will be the smallest in four years. The travel association puts the blame squarely on gas prices, which have risen by more than a third...Read More»

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Industry Report: May 15, 2006

Ford Shareholders Send Chairman a MessageFord Motor Co. chairman William Clay Ford Jr. got an earful from a few shareholders during the company's annual meeting Thursday. One shareholder and Ford retiree claimed the Ford CEO had done little to help turn around the company's fortunes and said he...Read More»

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Industry Report: May 8, 2006

  Chrysler in co-op with China 's Chery?Chrysler Group may be in negotiations with Chinese automaker Chery for the contract manufacture of a new Chrysler world car for sale in markets outside the U.S. Automotive News reports that Chrysler is looking at whether it could build a global car through...Read More»

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Driver's News: May 6, 2006

 Gas Prices Continue to RiseGas prices have become a major topic of conversation across the country as the two-month-long rise at the pumps has set motorists reaching for their wallets and politicians hunting for scapegoats. The national average for regular self-serve gasoline last week was $2.927...Read More»

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Industry Report: May 1, 2006

President Proposes Raising Car CAFE President Bush said on Thursday that he would push for an increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for passenger cars. The Bush administration recently upped the fuel economy required for trucks and added some large SUVs to the fuel...Read More»

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Car Shopping Tip: Renting a Car

Renting a car can be a trying experience. Hard-driven rental fleets are now kept longer than ever, and in many big cities, traffic gridlocks and unfamiliar surroundings make having a car more of a hassle than an asset. Shuttles or light-rail systems may erase your need for a rental car, but if you...Read More»

2006 Hyundai Elantra 4-door Sedan GLS Auto Rear Seats
2006 New York Auto Show, Part V

2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (4/10/2006) Hyundai’s New Elantra: Bigger Than The Rest Hyundai is rolling steadily toward its goal of selling 500,000 vehicles in 2006, vice president John Krafcik told New York audiences on Thursday. The brand saw record sales in January and...Read More»

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2006 New York Auto Show, Part VII

2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (4/10/2006) BMW 3-Series Is World Car of The Year Twenty-seven cars were voted on by 46 international automotive journalists before the BMW 3-series was selected as the 2006 World Car of the Year. The award was announced at the New York International...Read More»

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2006 New York Auto Show, Part VIII

2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (4/10/2006) Maserati Opening Driving School InNew York , Maserati announced a U.S. driving school modeled after the successful Master Maserati program hosted at the Varano racetrack in Italy . The North American school will be the first master driving...Read More»

2006 Ford Mustang by Giugiaro Concept
2006 New York Auto Show, Part I

2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (4/10/2006) Lexus Rolls Out V-8 Hybrid LS Lexus continued to redefine the hybrid on Wednesday, as it rolled out the LS600h, the world’s first V-8 gasoline-electric vehicle. The sedan starts with a 5.0-liter V-8 mated to the newly-renamed Lexus Hybrid...Read More»

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2006 New York Show, Part III

2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (4/10/2006) Mercedes Gets Electric At the New York show, Mercedes reminded crowds of its revamped SL-Class, which TheCarConnection previewed earlier this year. It also announced pricing on the GL450 sport-ute, also reviewed here earlier this year — the...Read More»

2006 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan 3.5 SE-R Auto Side Exterior View
2006 New York Show, Part IV

2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (4/10/2006) New Altima from Nissan In the past six years, Nissan nearly doubled the number of models offered in North America . Sales have doubled as well, surpassing one-million in total for the last two years, led by the Altima, the highest volume...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Apr. 11, 2006

Saturn Has New Outlook The Saturn Outlook is a three-row, eight-passenger crossover vehicle that goes into production late this year inMichigan. The Outlook is based on GM's new crossover vehicle platform, Lambda, that will also see a new Buick Enclave wagon and a GMC with the unconfirmed name of...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Driver's News: April 10, 2006

Mazda CX-9 Is No Stretch Mazda will bring its new CX-9 crossover to the New York auto show next week, but Ford's Japanese affiliate is careful to announce that the new seven-seater isn't mechanically related to the five-seat CX-7 it showed at this January's Los Angeles auto show. The CX-9 has specs...Read More»

Final Volkswagen Beetle at Puebla, Mexico, assembly plant
Industry Report: April 10, 2006

Padilla Retiring from Ford Jim Padilla plans to step down as president and chief operating officer of the Ford Motor Co., effective July 1, the automaker announced late Thursday. Padilla said he had decided the time was right to end a 40-year career with the automaker.Find out more about Ford's...Read More»

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