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CAFE Won’t End Automakers’ Troubles
CAFE Won’t End Automakers’ Troubles

President Bush’s signature on the new energy legislation raising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mileage standard won't end the industry’s fuel-economy torment.Tom Stephens,, the executive in charge of General Motors’ powertrain group, said this week the real challenge for the auto...Read More»

2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab
Congress Passes Epic CAFE Bill

With a resounding 314-100 majority, the House of Representatives has passed sweeping changes to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that govern auto fuel economy.With approval already having come from the Senate, the bill heads to the White House tomorrow, where the Associated Press...Read More»

KITT 2007
KITTstang: Knight Rider Returns as Ford

On the original Knight Rider TV series, which ran from 1982 to 1986, David Hasselhoff was catapulted to stardom. But the real star was a talking car named KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a Pontiac Trans Am that, in a stretch of reality, was modified to reach a salt-flats-defying 300 miles...Read More»

Governor Schwarzenegger
Fed. Court Rules Calif. Can Set Own Emissions

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is contemplating an appeal of a federal court decision that gives state regulators, particularly in California, more influence over fuel economy standards.A U.S. District Judge in Fresno, Calif., has ruled the state of California has the right to set its own...Read More»

2009 Ford Mustang
Panorama! Mustang Gets Glass Roof

Ford will continue the relentless march of new Mustang variants in 2009 with a new glass-roofed edition of the Mustang that clearly bridges the gap between the current Mustang hardtop and convertible.In 2009 — its 45th year on the market — the Mustang will come in V-6 and GT editions once more...Read More»

Toyota Violin Robot
Toyota Unveils New Robots

Toyota Motor Corporation revealed two new robots in Tokyo last week. The so-called Toyota Partner Robots are being designed for domestic duties, nursing and healthcare, manufacturing, and short-distance personal transport.The Mobility Robot is designed to provide transport in places where people...Read More»

2008 Aston Martin DBS
Aston Affirms: Bond Sticks With DBS

Don’t worry about old James Bond. Since he ditched his suits for a Speedo and took on a blond ‘do, it’s been rumored that he’d switch driving machines again — particularly since former Aston Martin owners at Ford have other vehicles they’d like to “prominently place” on movie...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsu Upgrades Lancer, Outlander Four

Mitsubishi will add another version of the “world engine” four-cylinder family to its Lancer and Outlander models. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will be installed in the compact sedan and crossover are essentially similar to the four-cylinders found in the Dodge Caliber and Jeep...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Volt concept sketch
GM’s Volt Gets Latest Jolt of PR

The occasion was GM's annual press preview for the upcoming Detroit auto show.  But, even though the Volt won't be a star at this year's event, GM used the press gathering to keep the PR machine focused on the corporation's green efforts. We were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the E-Flex...Read More»

Led Zeppelin Jeep Patriot
Jeep Patriot Gets the Led Out

How much would you pay for a pair of VIP tickets to see the one-off Led Zeppelin reunion gig in London on December 10? If they included a champagne reception and access to the aftershow party as well, would you pay $70,000? Oh yes, and you get a limited-edition Jeep Patriot as well. With just three...Read More»

2008 Audi A3 Cabriolet
DuPont Says Car Colors Getting Sexy

Silver has surged in automotive palette popularity in recent years, but its years as the popular 'safe' choice may be numbered.In North America, hues of silver, along with white and black are in a virtual dead heat for first place among exterior colors for new cars, with white and white pearl paint...Read More»

2008 MINI Cooper S Clubman
MINI Confirms Ute; Magna To Build

Back in 2001 it was a matter of pride for BMW that it was building the all-new MINI in the U.K., home of the original city car that was launched in August 1959. Using the former British Leyland plant at Cowley, Oxford, gave the car credibility even though it was a German project. But that was...Read More»

2008 Ford Focus Wagon
Bologna Motor Show Surprises with Intros

Ford continued its roll-out of new small vehicles with the reveal of the new Ford Focus wagon at the Bologna Motor Show, which hosted a few international debuts in the waning days of the 2007 auto show season.The new Ford wagon carries through the "kinetic" design themes used in the Focus that was...Read More»

2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab
CAFE Changes Hit Fast Track

The auto industry and its long-time champion, Rep. John Dingell, have bowed to the inevitable and agreed to proposals that will increase passenger-car fuel economy to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.The legislation will raise fuel economy standards for cars and trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2020...Read More»

2008 HUMMER H3 Alpha
Power: Younger Buyers Avoiding Domestics

A new study from J.D. Power & Associates offers some new insight into the steep cost American carmakers are paying for what is seen a sluggish response to rising fuel prices. The new Power study also underscored the importance of perception in consumer attitudes toward various vehicles and...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
Chrysler, VW Getting Closer?

The ink is hardly dry on the Chrysler-Daimler divorce papers, but already, another German carmaker could be waiting in the wings for the American carmaker.David Cole, chairman of the Center For Automotive Research, said competition is forcing automakers to consider options they might not have...Read More»

Ford Edge: Now It’s Clothes, Too

Maybe your wardrobe isn’t so inspired these days, n’est-ce pas? Here’s the solution: clothes designed for cars by hockey players. Sounds like a fashion don’t? Take a look before you diss at the new line of casual wear inspired by the Ford Edge. As the company says, its...Read More»

2004 Ferrari ENZO
Celebrity Car Deathwatch: Griffin’s Enzo Crash

You’ve seen it, right? The horror of comedian Eddie Griffin nailing a jersey barrier with a one-of-four-hundred Ferrari Enzo? We could be physically sick. What’s worse, on some video we’ve seen, is how he refuses to break character when explaining to local news crews how he fucked...Read More»

Small Cars Have Gas Problem

He who smelt it, dealt it—that’s usually the carpool rule. However, a group of Ann Arbor scientists says those noxious fumes in your car are coming from the materials used in the cabin. Michigan’s Ecology Center posted a new Web site, www.healthycar.org, that rates new vehicles...Read More»

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