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May

GM Wows China – But Still Fixing America
GM Wows China – But Still Fixing America

“Our goal isn’t to survive another ten years and keep winnowing down,” General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner told TheCarConnection.com at an appearance at the Shanghai Motor Show, on Friday. The CEO of the world’s largest automaker said his top priority remains fixing GM’s troubled North...Read More»

2007 Roewe W2 concept
Roewe Takes on China – and VW

If the badge on the bonnet of the Roewe W2 Concept looks familiar, it’s no wonder. It was liberally lifted from the old Rover brand logo. But in this case, no one is complaining about the theft of intellectual property rights – a common concern withChina. That’s because a chunk of the...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Trax Concept
GM Makes Trax - and Groove, Beat - for NY

“Bigger is better,” or so went the traditional American mantra. Big houses, big meals and, of course, big cars, whether the finned Caddies of the 1960s, or today’s full-sized pickups and SUVs. But something seems to be changing. Maybe it’s a generational thing, or perhaps...Read More»

2007 Infiniti EX Concept
Infiniti EX Concept Takes on X3

Infiniti’s concept EX has broken cover before theNew York auto show, and sources say the new concept has been designed to take on the likes of BMW’s X3 and the Acura RDX. The EX comes to the Javits Center next week, built off the FM rear-drive platform that underpins the Nissan Z and Infiniti...Read More»

2007 Fiat Bravo
Fiat Bravo, Abarth Meet in Geneva

One of the most eagerly awaited new cars of the year, the reborn Fiat 500, is to wear the legendary Abarth badge. As previously reported on TheCarConnection, Fiat is relaunching its historic performance brand on the Grande Punto compact hatchback. The hot version of the 500 is expected to make its...Read More»

2007 Geneva Auto Show poster
2007 Geneva Auto Show Index

U.S. VEHICLES 2008 Audi A5/S5 Preview by Marty Padgett (2/25/2007) The Nuvolari evolves into a stunner two-door. Preview by Marty Padgett (3/5/2007)New two-door spun from Arnage; 550 to be built. 2008 Jaguar XJ Preview by Marty Padgett (2/28/2007)A more contemporary look – or a bridge to the...Read More»

Dieter Zetsche 2007 Geneva
A Sale is Not Chrysler’s Only Option

While DaimlerChrysler is determined to “explore all of our options,” CEO Dieter Zetsche seemed to be stressing that there is no firm commitment to sell its troubled U.S. arm, the Chrysler Group, during an interview at the Geneva Motor Show. “I’m absolutely confident Chrysler will become...Read More»

2007 Dodge Demon concept
Will Dodge Deliver the Demon?

MANY MORE PHOTOS: It’s just a concept car. Just keep saying that – for now, anyway, but Chrysler officials couldn’t disguise their interest in bringing the distinctive little Dodge Demon roadster into showrooms. And with the U.S. automaker desperate to enhance its global appeal, a strong...Read More»

2007 Ford Fusion
At Witz’ End: What’s an American Car?

So what is an “American” car? If it is simply one built inAmerica, as most foreign makers and U.S. media would have you believe, then vehicles built in Canada are Canadian, those assembled in Mexico are Mexican and Porsches built in Finland are Finnish. But we know intuitively that’s not the...Read More»

2007 Jaguar C-XF Concept
2007 Detroit Auto Show: TCC's Top Picks

Get all our Detroit auto show coverage here TCC Team Publisher Best concept vehicle: The Chevrolet Volt. Over the years, I've seen General Motors roll out a variety of creative concepts, often with supposedly super-clean powertrain technology. But with the Volt, it's clear the automaker now sees...Read More»

2008 Lexus IS-F
Lexus Shows Racy Side with LF-A, IS-F

AtDetroit, Lexus introduced a new sporting line, indicated simply by the letter ‘F’. According to Lexus Group VP Bob Carter, the designation is derived from the internal coding of ‘Circle F’, or ‘F1’, which signaled the development of the first LS. Since then, the ‘F’ has signified...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept
Lutz: GM’s Image is Changing

Images aren’t easy to change, but there’s little doubt that General Motors’ got a real boost from this year’s North American International Auto Show, said the automaker’s outspoken car czar, Bob Lutz. It has received wide praise for its new models, as well as kudos jurors on the North...Read More»

2007 Ford Interceptor concept
2007 Ford Interceptor Concept

SLIDESHOW: ‘Tis the season to be spreading cheer…and rumors. With the holidays largely behind us and the 2007 Detroit auto show, fast approaching, the automotive gossip mill starts churning out word of what just might make it to the floor of Cobo Hall. TheCarConnection.com has confirmed that...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept
2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept

MORE PHOTOS: Will General Motors save the electric vehicle? The automaker took plenty of lumps when it decided to kill off its quirky little EV1 battery car, a decade ago, most recently in the art house documentary, Who Killed the Electric Vehicle. That’s just one of the reasons why, over the...Read More»

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, Detroit Auto Show
Chrysler Refines Its Minivan Recipe

SLIDESHOW: SLIDESHOW: Chrysler pulled the wraps off its next-generation minivans to launch this year’s Detroit Auto Show. First introduced in 1984, Chrysler “soccer mom-mobiles” have remained the industry leaders, year after year, despite steady assaults by its import and domestic...Read More»

2008 Nissan Rogue
Nissan Crosses Over with Rogue, Bevel

Brad Bradshaw, Nissan’s president for marketing inNorth America, introduced the Rogue, a sleek new compact crossover vehicle that’s more aggressively styled inside and out than competitors like the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. The Rogue is aimed at younger people “who are...Read More»

2007 HUMMER H3 Open Top
2007 HUMMER H3 Open Top

HUMMER is giving the H3 a little more safari chic at the 2007 Detroit auto show with the Open Top. By fitting the H3 with ASC’s sliding-fabric, InfiniVu roof system, the H3 has a ‘nostalgic’ feel, according to GM, apparently reminiscent of cloth-top convertible utes of the past, but with good...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
The Week in Reverse: December 22, 2006

The year 2007 will be a year of change. Toyota may become the world’s biggest automaker, Ford may sink to number three in U.S. sales, and we’re finally going to do something with that screenplay we started in ’96. Should be fresh, right? We can pretty much predict what the Camaro Convertible...Read More»

2007 MINI Cabrio Sidewalk
The Week in Reverse: December 15, 2006

Question: it’s called the MINI Cabrio Sidewalk, so why won’t they let you drive it on one? Pedestrians, look out! So, this is what happens when they don’t ask me to join in the voting. (If I were on the jury, we’d have also voted to impeach the Aztek for high crimes and misdemeanors.)...Read More»

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