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Nissan: No 2010 Quest Minivan in the Plan
Nissan: No 2010 Quest Minivan in the Plan

Large SUVs and minivans have fallen on the hardest of times in the industry's late downturn, and casualties of the recession mount daily. Nissan today confirmed in an email to TheCarConnection that it would be bringing U.S. production of the Quest minivan to an end later this year, and will not...Read More»

Japanese travel poster
Detroit Cries Foul On Japan's Cash-For-Clunkers Program

As congress planned the controversial Cash-for-Clunkers program over the spring and summer of this year, there was some discussion of limiting new car subsidies to American brands; that provision was dropped, however, following outcries from other countries and from thousands of employees who work...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible
Self-Healing Paint Makes The Jump From Fenders To Phones

Nissan developed self-healing paint to protect vehicles from the surface damage caused by parking lots, home garages, and the like. Known as "Scratch Shield", it's appeared on a handful of vehicles in the U.S. like the 2009 Infiniti G37, but now the paint's making the leap to objects that see much...Read More»

2011 Mazda2 facelift
Mazda2 Joins Electric Vehicle Project In Japan

Mazda may be a little late to the table when it comes to electric vehicle technology but the automaker is determined to catch up and has since announced that it will start trials of a new electric drive system in its compact Mazda2 hatchback. As we all know, the Mazda2 is set to go on sale in the...Read More»

Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn: Auto Sales Have Bottomed, Nowhere To Go But Up

Speaking at a World Economic Forum in New Delhi, Carlos Ghosn -- head of Nissan Motor Company and Renault SA -- had some interesting things to say about the global auto industry. Among the most notable and encouraging items, Ghosn believes that the international sales slump has ended and that the...Read More»

Mazda Miata from 20th anniversary celebrations in Japan
Mazda Miata Makes 20 (Yet Again)

We've mentioned before that the Mazda Miata (aka the Roadster or the MX-5) is celebrating its 20th birthday. In fact, we may have mentioned it a couple of times. But since we're such fans, what the hell: let's go for a third. Mazda has devoted an entire website to the little car on its big...Read More»

Panasonic's HD in-dash satnav
Panasonic Launches Pricey Blu-ray Player, In-Dash HD Satnav

Tech fans and early adopters, take note: Panasonic is prepping for the Japanese release of its new in-dash high-def navigation system and an in-car Blu-ray player. The latter is pretty standard, although its ¥99,750 ($1080) price tag isn't. However, that's nothing compared to the satnav, which not...Read More»

Mazda Roadster 20th anniversary edition
Mazda Miata Makes 20 (Again), Issues Special Edition Model

Back in February at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda displayed a candy-colored array of Mazda Miatas (known elsewhere in the world as the MX-5 or the Roadster) to celebrate the model's 20th year of production. Now, the Hiroshima-based automaker is releasing a special edition of the popular two-seater...Read More»

2007 Honda CR-Z Concept
Honda Confirms CR-Z And Fit Hybrids For 2010

It’s official. Honda plans to launch two new hybrid vehicles next year: a sporty coupe based on 2007’s CR-Z concept car and a hybrid version of the compact Fit. Including the current Insight and Civic hybrids, Honda’s tally of the gasoline-electric vehicles will be up to four but there are...Read More»

2010 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (Natl) Angular Rear Exterior View
More Zoom-Zoom: Japan Considers Mandatory Engine Noise For Hybrids

Remember when we raved about all-electric Zero Motorcycles but were let down by their lack of noise? (Jay Leno agreed.) Well, it turns out that folks have similar concerns about hybrid and electric cars--especially in places like Japan, where hybrid sales are strong. Because the motors of those...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable. Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story...Read More»

Honda Safety Navi
Honda Rolls Out Safety And Eco-Driving Simulator

Grab some coffee, or a Red Bull; here’s a racing game that almost certainly isn’t going to deliver a surge of adrenaline. Especially if you're the parent of a soon-to-be teen driver, take note. Pretty much the polar opposite of Grand Theft Auto or Gran Turismo and their ilk, this new package...Read More»

Photo of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre
Link Love From The Car Connection: Detroit In Pictures, Self-Healing Paint Jobs, And Car Wraps, Japanese Style

Pretty city -- Despite the hits Detroit has endured in recent months, there are plenty of people willing to take those lemons and make lemonade--and by "lemonade", we mean sumptuous, four-color photographs of the city's former industrial glory. She may look a little rough around the edges, but...Read More»

BMW R7 concept from 1934
Link Love From The Car Connection: Vintage BMW Concepts, Chrysler's Hot Secrets, And You People Aren't Kinky Enough

It's Wednesday, so relax: you're halfway there. A new Bug -- After Romanian designer Iulian Bumbu polished off the Transportation Design Master Course at Alfa Romeo, he began re-envisioning the Lamborghini Gallardo. Bumbu's entomological Insecta concept draws inspiration from "the armored casings...Read More»

Takeoka Jidosha Kogei Ltd's T10 electric minicar
Electric Car, Party Of One?

Japan's Takeoka Jidosha Kogei Ltd. is debuting a new car in Tokyo this weekend: a prototype model of an all-electric one-seater, the T10. That's it over there on the left. The T10 seems to be the company's second minicar, after TJK's Milieu R. The T10 is somewhat roomier, with storage space to the...Read More»

Japanese worker
Japanese Lawmakers Not So Interested In Subsidies...Yet

Congress wasn't exactly thrilled about the recent bailout, but clearly legislators understood that something had to be done if the American auto industry was to survive. Folks on both side of the aisle also recognized that this "something" had to be severe, given the cashflow problems that at least...Read More»

Tokyo Motor Show 2009
Tokyo Auto Show Cancelled?

Organizers are considering pulling the plug on the 41st annual Tokyo Motor Show, which is currently slated for October 21 - November 8, 2009. According to the Japanese Automobile Manufacturer's Association (JAMA), registration is decidedly off this year, even though 100% of JAMA's Japanese and...Read More»

2008 Toyota RAV4
Tokyo Bloodbath: 2009 Version

 Not that we needed any more bad news on a mid-recession Tuesday morning, but it appears that things in Japan keep getting worse. First comes word from Honda that it's shelving plans for many new models for at least two years. That means many things--including no new, snazzy Acuras to compete in...Read More»

Japanese worker
Cars Not So Big In Japan

As bad as things may seem right now, we know they're likely to improve. America's economy will eventually rebound, Detroit will make itself presentable, and we'll find something new to worry about. Japan is facing a different problem--or at least its automakers are. Yeah, sure, they're dealing with...Read More»

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