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Daily Edition: Mar. 15, 2006
Daily Edition: Mar. 15, 2006

Scion Coupe Coming toNew York Toyota, famous for its press-release brevity, says a new Scion sport-coupe concept is coming. The new concept will make its premiere at the New York Auto Show in April. Toyota plans the Scion press conference for Wednesday, April 12 - stay tuned for more from...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Mar. 13, 2006

Kia Picks Georgia for New U.S. Factory The long bidding war for the new Kia plant is over - and Georgia is the winner. The South Korean automaker will spend $1.2 billion to construct a new assembly plant near the Georgia-Alabama border outside West Point, Ga., about 80 miles southwest of Atlanta...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Mar. 14, 2006

Toyota Taking Half of Lafayette Toyota moved ahead Monday with the latest step in its bold expansion plans by announcing plans to build the Toyota Camry at the underutilized plant in Lafayette, Ind., that belongs to Toyota's new partner Fuji Heavy Industries. Word that Toyota was thinking about...Read More»

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Zetsche Focuses on Bribery Scandal

DC Profits $3.4 Billion in 2005 by Joseph Szczesny (2/20/2006)Chrysler Group gets nearly $2 billion in credit for the gains. DaimlerChrysler's Dieter Zetsche has always been an excellent student of culture, popular and otherwise. Zetsche had no problem zeroing in on the notion that hip-hop could...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Mar. 10, 2006

No GM-Delphi Settlement Yet, UAW Says The United Auto Workers nixed reports indicating that it has reached an agreement with Delphi and General Motors Corp. that would allow both companies to move forward with a sweeping restructuring that would eliminate thousands of union jobs. The UAW, which has...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Mar. 7, 2006

GM Cutting Suzuki Stake General Motors Corp. says it will reduce its stake in Suzuki Motor Corp. from 20.4 percent to 3.0 percent by selling 92.36 million shares of the Japanese automaker through an open-market buyback program. GM expects to net between $550 million and $750 million from the sale...Read More»

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Letters to the Editor: March 6, 2006

More Letters to the Editor Car washers strike back On December 17, 2005, you posted an article authored by Bengt Halvorson in TheCarConnection.com that makes several statements about the professional carwash industry that demand a response. Mr. Halvorson cleverly uses language designed to distort...Read More»

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Industry Report: Mar. 6, 2006

Feb. Sales: Chrysler, Japanese Strong Japanese manufacturers continued to gain ground in February auto sales, despite a relatively strong showing by the Chrysler Group, which saw sales increase in what was basically a flat market.General Motors and Ford reported another decline for February...Read More»

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Wagoner Rumors Start to Swirl

End of the Line for Generous Motors? by Joseph Szczesny (2/20/2006)A new cap on pensions means the days of big bennies are out. Can GM Turn Itself Around? by TCC Team (2/20/2006)Is there enough time, analysts ask? For General Motors’ Rick Wagoner, March ought to be a good if not a great month...Read More»

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Automakers Get Creative with Camo

More TCC Spy Shots In the auto-razzi game of cat-and-mouse, Nick Twork has been both hunter and hunted. A decade ago, as a tall and lanky teenager, he began bicycling out to the General Motors Proving Grounds, in Milford, Mich., snapping pictures of future vehicles that strayed a little too close...Read More»

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Dana Plunges Into Bankruptcy

GM-UAW-Delphi Stuck in Neutral by Joseph Szczesny (2/20/2006)Talks lay fallow, but zingers do too. Following a path worn by big suppliers such as Delphi, Tower,Meridian, Federal-Mogul, and Collins & Aikman, Dana Corp. has filed for protection under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for...Read More»

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2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part VII

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Volvo S80 Volvo Cars is facing the most new-car launches ever in the company’s history, starting with the new C70 coupe-convertible just issued. Over the next three years Volvo will introduce seven new models and, according to Fredrik Arp...Read More»

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2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part VI

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Saab Aero X Concept Saab has a stunning surprise for Geneva crowds: the Aero X Concept. The study, Saab says, explores design themes and features we will see in future Saab products. The two-seater coupe has been designed under the guidance of...Read More»

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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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2006 Geneva Motor Show, Part III

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) Lexus Gaining Traction in Europe While Honda officials may be questioning the role of hybrids, Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota , has no such qualms. Gasoline-electric technology could soon account for a quarter of Lexus sales in Europe...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Mar. 1, 2006

TCC's Ian Norris Dies TheCarConnection is saddened to note the passing of our European colleague and friend, Ian Norris. Norris had traveled to Geneva to cover the motor show from his home in Le Mans and died at the train station in the Swiss city. The news of Ian’s death swept quickly through...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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Car News: GTO Dead, SL Goes to 55

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...Read More»

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Industry Report: Feb. 27, 2006

Honda Prepping Hybrid Fit? The next Honda hybrid to join the company's lineup may be a gas-electric version of the new Fit subcompact. A report in Japan's daily newspaper, the Nihon Keizai, suggests that Honda will adapt the Fit to hybrid power, while keeping the price under $12,000 in its home...Read More»

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