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Mazda's February Japanese Sales, Export Volume Drop
Mazda's February Japanese Sales, Export Volume Drop

Mazda today announced that its total domestic (Japanese) sales volume decreased 35.7 percent for February compared to that month one year ago. They didn't mention North American sales numbers, but noted that February exports of passenger and commercial vehicles decreased 63.8 percent year-on-year...Read More»

2009 Subaru Forester
Subaru Sales Continue Climb; Company Promotes Doll

Last week VW promoted Barbie's 50th anniversary with its proud, pink, special edition Malibu Barbie New Beetle Convertible. Subaru's promoting a doll, too...executive Thomas Doll. He's not quite the looker that Barbie is, but then again he appears to be less freakishly proportioned and has...Read More»

2009 Acura ZDX Concept
Third Tease For Acura's NYC Crossover; to be named MSX?

Acura has been releasing a slow stream of teaser images - with no details - of a vehicle that appears to be a low-slung crossover along the lines of BMW's SAC (Sports Activity Coupe), the X6. This third image shows a sloping rear profile even more dramatic than the X6; from this hazy image, it...Read More»

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Scion To Unveil 'Micro-subcompact' Concept At New York Show

During a press conference the New York Auto Show on April 8, Scion will unveil a "micro-subcompact" car they say is a reflection of its youthful image and signals the brand's shift toward "the growing urbanization trend." Three cheers, Scion - we think the xB, which grew a massive 800 lb. heavier...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37
Driven: 2009 Infiniti G37S. Great Panache With Drivetrain Lash.

Ever trying to capture the BMW 3-series magic, for 2009 Infiniti has blessed its G37S with the same hi-po 3.7-liter V-6 found under the hood of the angry Nissan 370Z Coupe. Continuously-variable valve timing and trick VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift, wherein the intake valves self-regulate...Read More»

2009 Honda Ridgeline
Driven: 2009 Honda Ridgeline

Personally a fan of low center-of-gravity, aerodynamically superior cars and wagons, I was a little underwhelmed when I discovered I'd be spending a weekend in Honda's first - and sole - pickup offering, the 2009 Honda Ridgeline. And being a gearhead, I secretly yearned for something really...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»

2009 Toyota Prius
Toyota Undercuts 2010 Insight Pricing With 2011 sub-Prius

Barely missing a beat in the gas/electric hybrid sales wars, Toyota is planning a new low-priced hybrid that should come in under the $2 million yen mark in Japan according to the Nikkei business newspaper today. $2 million yen ($20,510) is a significant psychological barrier for Japanese consumers...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight
Driven: 2010 Honda Insight

Climbing into the Clear Sky Blue (think Papa Smurf) 2010 Honda Insight, the first thing I noticed was the enthusiast-oriented gauge cluster, very similar to that found in the Honda Civic. The huge arc that circumscribes the entire affair is simple to read; despite the mass of eco-info presented in...Read More»

Nissan NV200 Van
Nissan NV200 7-Passenger Van For Geneva Debut

Nissan wants you to know it's prepped for a global launch of its NV200 van (though no North American plans at present). It's a versatile little van that can be configured to deliver masses of fish to the market or carry up to seven passengers, and it makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on...Read More»

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
Driven: 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX

Rabid fans of the segment-defining Subaru Impreza WRX, which popped up around the turn of the millennium, were pretty bummed out last year when their favorite turbocharged rally-bred bad boy went all soft on them. While the interior was vastly upgraded, materials improved, and driving refinement...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»

2010 Honda Insight
Honda Insight Generates Swift Demand In Japan

Honda's timing for the re-introduction of its Insight nameplate couldn't come at a better time for the Japanese and American auto markets; both are experiencing historic lows and hemorrhaging profit. We reported that the Insight will sell in Japan at just under 2 million yen, a bit of a magic...Read More»

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VW and Toshiba To Partner On Electric Drive Systems

On Thursday, VW signed a letter of intent with the Toshiba Corporation with the objective of jointly developing electric drive units for VW's proposed New Small Family of vehicles. In addition to electric drive units, the companies will also be working on high specific energy density batteries...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tundra Platinum Package
2010 Toyota Tundra Boasts Efficient New V-8, New Trim Packages

Toyota debuted its new 2010 Tundra pickup at the Chicago Auto Show today. Big news is the arrival of an all-new 4.6-liter V-8 that boasts the best fuel efficiency of any V-8 in the full-size segment. New trims and models as well as exterior, mechanical, safety and convenience upgrades find their...Read More»

2009 Acura TSX V-6
Acura Introduces TSX V-6 At Chicago Auto Show

Always admired Acura's lean TSX but wished it had a little more pep in its step than the 2.4-liter Accord-sourced four provides? Enter the 2010 Acura TSX V-6, introduced today at the Chicago Auto Show and fortified with Honda's 3.5-liter V-6 in brisk 280 hp tune and, thus, an additional 79 hp...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius Boasts 3 Industry Firsts: Can You Name 'Em?

So says John Voelcker of network site All About Prius, an "industry first" is a feature that has never appeared before on any production vehicle. Toyota claims it has three industry firsts in the new 2010 Prius and challenged visitors at its Prius Connection New York event to guess what they are...Read More»

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Picked For Top 10 World Performance Cars

Yesterday the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo was picked as one of the top 10 contenders for the World Performance Car of the Year honors. As such, it joins with some pretty impressive company the likes of: Audi RS 6 Avant BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet Corvette ZR1 Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
2009 Honda Fit Rises To The Top In Consumer Reports Comparo

Consumer Reports' March issue rated the 2009 Honda Fit tops in a test of five subcompact hatchbacks and sedans. Against the Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa, Suzuki SX4, and Toyota Yaris, CR found the Honda presented the most compelling mix of practicality, efficiency, enjoyable driving, impressive...Read More»

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