Manufacturing

2012 Audi Q3 Confirmed
2012 Audi Q3 Confirmed

The 2012 Audi Q3 sport-ute is on the way--and it's making a nest in Martorell, Spain. Audi announced this morning that the Q3 would be built at Martorell, and would enter production in 2011. The VWAG brand will invest $388 million in the factory to upgrade it for assembly of the new vehicle, and...Read More»

Daniel Simon concept for Cosmic Motors
Link Love From The Car Connection: Spacecar Concepts, Active Wheel Gets Real, And Hot Robot Action

Like a highly trained ninja or some straight-to-video Disney crapfest, Monday snuck up on us again. How does this happen? Space racing -- Daniel Simon has cranked out designs for Bugatti and Lamborghini, but it's the sci-fi concepts he's conceived for his Cosmic Motors brand that really get us...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Show Car
GM Viability Plan: Spin Off Saab, Saturn, and HUMMER

General Motors has released the viability plan it expects to win more bailout loans from Congress--another $16.6 billion, to keep it operating until it can begin repaying the loans in 2012. Like the earlier filing by Chrysler, GM's plan involves trimming down in the number of models it sells, and...Read More»

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Ford: UAW Deal Means No Federal Loans

Ford says a late-breaking deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW) means it will not have to depend on government loans to stay solvent in 2009. The company, in a press release just issued, says that a tentative deal will modify the Ford-UAW labor deal that took effect in 2007. The terms of the new...Read More»

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Friday The 13th Update: Toyota Makes More Cuts

As if this week weren't gnarly enough, Toyota announced yesterday that it's making more cuts at its North American facilities. The company had already instituted a hiring freeze and eliminated overtime, along with other loss-prevention measures, but apparently that wasn't enough. So now Toyota is...Read More»

Nissan and Chrysler partnership in peril
Nissan And Chrysler Need Some Time Apart

Friday the 13th has struck again--and this time, the victims aren't just moviegoers. It looks like there's trouble in paradise for Nissan and Chrysler. Remember how we told you last week that  Nissan was going through some changes? That the company was shaking things up at its U.S. plants and...Read More»

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Nissan Ends U.S. Production of Infiniti QX56, Nissan Quest, Nissan Titan

Nissan's days of building cars for the common man may be over--at least in Mississippi. The company has said that it's shutting down production of the Infiniti QX56, Nissan Quest, and Nissan Titan at its Canton plant by the end of next calendar year. Rolling down the assembly line in 2011? Unnamed...Read More»

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The UAW: Help Or Hindrance?

In the past 24 hours, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger has been on a media offensive, and man, does he have a lot to get off his chest. Via articles in Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Bureau, and Automotive News [sub. required], he's said, among other things: No, the UAW will not...Read More»

Barack Obama
WWOD: What Would Obama Do?

It's no secret that G. W. Bush left Barack Obama holding the bag on several things, including the fate of the American auto industry. Perhaps most notably, Bush left the Big 3 with a bailout package that wasn't really to anyone's liking, full of stipulations--some vague, some not--and compliance...Read More»

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UAW Barred From GM's Strike Zone

December's Big 3 bailout agreement has finally been filed with the SEC, meaning that details are coming to light. A close read shows that the Bush administration really put the screws to the UAW, but whether the union is totally screwed remains to be seen. Included in the fine print--specifically...Read More»

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Pointing the Gettelfinger

  On Friday, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger paid a visit to the The Detroit News' op-ed page, and what he said there should come as no surprise to anyone. In a nutshell, he claimed: middle America actually supports the Big 3 bailout; the UAW isn't responsible for automaker woes; and the UAW is...Read More»

Wattman
Battery Makers Make The Charge

There are many different types of batteries on the market, but in the world of hybrid and electric cars, most automakers have set their sights on the Lithium-ion variety. Li-ions are easily rechargeable, they hold charges well, and they produce a nice amount of power for their size--all important...Read More»

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Right Turn: The UAW Moves In for the Kill

This morning's $13.4 billion giveaway to the UAW by the Bush Administration wasn't so much a rescue for Detroit, as it is a time-out in the Big Three bailout drama--and a way for the UAW to escape the right-sizing haircut it deserves. In the space of a day, the story's gone from a sitcom to an...Read More»

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2010 Toyota Prius: Mississippi Plant on Hold

Toyota is putting its new Mississippi manufacturing plant on indefinite hold, as it preps to introduce the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid that was to be built there. The Wall Street Journal says the decision--which had been rumored for months--will help the automaker get its North American production in...Read More»

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Big Three Bailout: Southern Senators Immune to Irony

Like rain on your wedding day, irony has descended on the venerable institution known as the U.S. Senate. As everyone knows, the Detroit bailout legislation that passed handily in the House bottomed out in the Senate, and according to United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, the bill's most...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Consumer Reports Rates Ford and Japanese Brands Highest

We reported earlier today about Ford Motor Company's solid reliability ratings in Consumer Reports' 2008 Annual Car Reliability Survey. Says Consumer Reports, "on average, Ford continues to build the most reliable American cars." But the comprehensive test also revealed that reliability of European...Read More»

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Ford Reliability: Bright Spot in Dismal Market

According to a report released this afternoon by Consumer Reports magazine, Ford Motor Co. continues its impressive quality climb despite a distressing sales decline. Its vehicles rated "average" or "better," with the exception of three truck models according to Detroit News. This is great news for...Read More»

2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid
Hasta La Vista Aspen, Durango?

Chrysler announced today that it will be closing its Newark, N.J., assembly plant that builds the slow-selling 2009 Dodge Durango and 2009 Chrysler Aspen large SUVs. Originally set to close at the end of 2009 as part of cost-cutting moves announced in early '07, market woes, a credit crunch, and...Read More»

Charles F. Kettering
Charles Kettering Is Alive and Well

Or the spirit of GM's genius engineer from the early 1900s, anyway, seems to be burning brightly in the R&D laboratories of General Motors. Automotive News explained that GM has now revealed more impressive technical details of its in-development 4.5-liter Duramax diesel V-8, to be installed in...Read More»

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