2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part I
2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part I

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Smart Turning a Corner? The Brabus SBR is set to become the next in a series of niche products from the struggling smart division of Mercedes-Benz.The racing-style spinoff of its forfour model boasts a 210-horsepower engine and a top speed of...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 27, 2006

WJR Auto Report: Geneva Show Bows The Swiss are known for many things: pristine Alpine mountains, cheese and chocolate. And, of course, cuckoo clocks. But they’re not known for cars, well not any made in the mountain nation. But that’s precisely why the automotive world descends on the...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 28, 2006

Saab Aero X Concept Bows Saab has a stunning surprise forGeneva crowds: the Aero X Concept. The study, Saab says, explores future design themes and features we will see in future Saab products. The two-seater coupe has been designed under the guidance of Brian Nesbitt, Executive Director of GM...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Ballard Focuses On New Business

Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems sits at the leading edge of the fuel-cell revolution — but judging from the Canadian company’s recent financial report, the revolution is on hold. Ballard’s partners include automotive heavyweights Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and Honda. And public-relations...Read More»

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Witzenburg: Elephant in the Boardroom

Study: Product Woes Hobble GM by Joseph Szczesny (2/26/2006)Despite talk of change, new products aren’t swift enough, say analysts. Witz: How GM Should Fix Itself by Gary Witzenburg (11/21/2005)There’s no quick and easy solution, but perceptions could help greatly. Everyone knows how Japanese...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 22, 2006

Current GTO Done After '06 The Pontiac GTO, so shortly revived from its decades-long coma, will be going back under at the end of the model year. Automotive News reports that the two-door coupe would cost General Motors too much to certify for tougher safety regulations being phased in for the 2007...Read More»

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World Report: Feb. 20, 2006

Mazda Begins Leasing Hydrogen Rotaries Mazda says it will begin leasing a version of the RX-8 in Japan that can be powered by gasoline or hydrogen. The RX-8 Hydrogen RE, Reuters reports, is based on the sportscar of the same name, and can be run on either fuel at the flick of a switch. The...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 16, 2006

Spy Shots: 2008 Ford Freestyle Rumors inDetroit had held that the Ford Freestyle would be killed off for 2008 and replaced by a Mercury version similar to the Meta One show car. But now Ford's planners have decided to keep the Freestyle, and give it a design update for the 2008 model year. This...Read More»

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Industry Report: Feb. 13, 2006

2008 Toyota Tundra: One Big Mother? In a market increasingly dominated by imports, there's one segment still controlled by the Big Three. But maybe not much longer, at least not if the 2008 Toyota Tundra connects with demanding American full-size pickup buyers. The long-awaited update of the Toyota...Read More»

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Marketing Report: Feb. 13, 2006

MotorWeek Gives Civic the Nod The Honda Civic walked away with "Best of Year" award from MotorWeek, the weekly PBS show that bills itself as television's "Original Automotive Magazine." John Davis of MotorWeek said that "the suite of Civics" that Honda brought out last fall were "the right vehicle...Read More»

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2006 Chicago Auto Show: Last Words

2006 Chicago Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/6/2006) TCC TeamPublisher Biggest Story: Could it be anything other than the new Toyota Tundra? TheChicago show was once the nation’s biggest, and it’s beginning to regain some traction lately, than to previews like this one. Best New Concept...Read More»

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Detroit Stakes Out Political Path

Study Boosts Ethanol As Fuel by Joseph Szczesny (1/30/2006)Emissions study finds it’s not “negative” on energy. Bush Takes Ethanol Message on Road by Joseph Szczesny (2/6/2006)Follow-ups to State of the Union press for break from oil “addiction.” President George W. Bush seems to have...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 9, 2006

Bigger Is Better in Chicago If last year's oil shock changed the way Americans are driving, the message was apparently lost on those showing off their wares in the Windy City. The 2006 Chicago Auto Show puts plenty of emphasis on large trucks. Toyota will roll out its next-generation Tundra pickup...Read More»

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2006 Chicago Auto Show Preview

2006 Detroit Auto Show: Last Words by TCC Team (1/16/2006)Best new concepts, worst press conferences, and other pithy observations. The Chicago Auto Show begins this week for the media and the public. And among the introductions you'll see here starting Wednesday on TheCarConnection are cars and...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Daily Edition: Feb. 6, 2006

Chicago Show Debuts Include Ralliart The Chicago Auto Show begins next week for the media and the public. And among the introductions you'll see here next week on TheCarConnection are a handful of trucks, including the critical new Toyota Tundra and the updated Chevrolet Avalanche we showed you...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 7, 2006

York Gets GM Board Seat Jerry York, Kirk Kerkorian's car guy, was named to General Motors Corp.'s board but the giant automaker held up in announcing any major changes to its dividend policy in the wake of the monthly meeting of the GM's directors. GM said York will officially become a director...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Industry Report: Feb. 6, 2006

Ford, Chrysler Add Incentives Though both companies saw their car sales rise in the month of January, both Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler Group added new incentives to some models in their lineups after releasing sales figures yesterday. Ford, which saw its sales rise about two percent last month...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 2, 2006

Domestics Pose Sales Surprise in Jan. Hard-pressed General Motors and Ford Motor Co. surprised analysts and posted sales increases in January, halting a four-month-long string of sales declines that had cost both companies market share and had magnified other corporate difficulties. Strong fleet...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Daily Edition: Feb. 1, 2006

TCC Drives: 2007 Jaguar XK Coupe/Convertible In the rarified sphere of luxury cars, brands stay relevant as long as buyers believe they stand for one or two simple things. Lexus' hallmark is impeccable reliability, while BMW's is sporting attitude. Audi has sleek design and all-wheel drive to its...Read More»

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