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Uber's Chinese rival coming to North America
Uber's Chinese rival coming to North America

Didi Chuxing, the rideshare giant that drove Uber out of China, is turning its attention to Mexico in a bid to gain a foothold on North American soil. The move marks Didi’s first attempt at international expansion. The company has already met with Mexican trade and investment officials, and...Read More»

2015 Ford Mustang GT
2015 North American Car And Truck/SUV Of The Year: Short List Announced

We've just received word that judges for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have released their list of finalists for the upcoming 2015 awards. Thanks to our editor-in-chief, Marty Padgett, who sits on the panel, we've got the inside scoop. To be eligible for consideration, a vehicle has...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
Hondas To Be As 'American' As Detroit Cars By 2015?

A few weeks ago, we wondered whether U.S. consumers found it more important to buy a car that's "made in America" or one that's made by an American company. The post generated some interesting discussion, with several readers pointing out -- quite rightly -- that in this day and age, it's become...Read More»

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Ford Still Profitable, But Hampered By Europe

Ford released its second-quarter earnings report this morning, and among all the charts and bulletpoints, there's both good news and bad. We'll start with the good: Ford posted a pre-tax operating profit of over $1.8 billion. The company has now posted pre-tax profits for 12 consecutive quarters...Read More»

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Tata Nano Update: Now En Route To The U.S. Around 2013

Last we heard, the Tata Nano was scheduled for a U.S. launch by 2012. In a recent interview with Reuters, however, chairman Ratan Tata pushes back that rollout by a full year. Now, the world's cheapest car -- which is currently being re-tooled for its European debut in late 2011 -- is expected to...Read More»

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi May Offer Gas-Powered i-Miev To U.S. Buyers

Back in June, Mitsubishi unveiled the production version of its i-MiEV battery electric vehicle. The curious-looking five-door hatch went on sale in Japan six weeks later at a retail cost of ¥3 million ($33,800). It runs off a 16 kWh lithium ion battery, which powers an electric motor for about...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
Lincoln Looks Ahead — Announces More New Models at 2009 Detroit Auto Show

 "The only thing good about 2008 is that it's over." This is an oft-reiterated sentiment felt by many in Detroit. Ford Motor Company continues to look past the near term turmoil that awaits the auto industry by introducing more new models at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. We clued you in that Lincoln...Read More»

2006 Rolls Royce Phantom
Rolls Royce Defies Down Market

Despite a 2008 that wreaked havoc on car sales, Rolls Royce enjoyed - get ready for this - a 20 percent increase in sales for the '08 model year. It would seem that those who can shell out sick six-figure sums for the gargantuan, opulent, and non-eco-friendly Phantoms and Drophead Coupes aren't...Read More»

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Chrysler Wants $3 Billion In Immediate Aid

Chrysler's finance arm is in "advanced talks" with the U.S. Treasury in hopes of obtaining an additional $3 billion beyond Federal assistance already granted. They hope a deal will be struck by this Friday. Last month, Chrysler received $4 billion from the TARP fund (Troubled Asset Relief Program)...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»

2009 Pontiac G8
Pontiac G8 Die-Off Rumored

Carscoop, via Edmund's InsideLine, report an unnamed source's claims that the rear-drive, Holden-based Pontiac G8 will not be kept in production after it lives out approximately five more years of production. Along with rumors, they claim, of the demise of Lutz's baby, the Pontiac Solstice...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150 Platinum
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»

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Nissan Cuts 2009 Altima Production for North America

Detroit News reported that Nissan Motor Co. will be cutting production of its popular 2009 Altima sedan, built in its Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., assembly plants. Steve Parrett, Nissan North America spokesman, explained that employees in both plants will take three successive Fridays off...Read More»

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Ford's Largest Private Investor Sheds 7.3 Million Shares

Las Vegas casino magnate Kirk Kerkorian has directed his company, Tracinda, to "reallocate its resources" by selling off 7.3 million shares of Ford stock at a huge loss. Specifically, the shares were sold at at an average of $2.43 per share. This is according to Detroit News today. Claiming it...Read More»

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Chrysler/GM Deal Close, Says AP

A GM/Chrysler deal, while still a speculative move, rings in as an increasingly strong possibility, claims a number of industry insiders, including "a person familiar with the negotiations," said the Associated Press, the Detroit News reports today. Insiders claim that the pace of talks between the...Read More»

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MINI E First Lithium-Ion Electric Vehicle to Market

On Saturday, BMW Group announced it will be the first auto manufacturer to market with the vaunted lithium-ion battery technology. We knew that BMW was announcing an all-electric MINI at the L.A. Auto Show this November, but were unaware it would be powered by lithium-ion technology. Currently...Read More»

2009 Honda Accord
Honda Boosts Accord Four-Cylinder Production

Ouch, this brutal economy. Even relatively stable companies like Honda are adjusting to the fuel-saving, penny-pinching times by trimming capacity and shifting production in favor of four-cylinders. The Detroit News reports Honda will change its game plan for Accord, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline...Read More»

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That Sucking Sound? It's Car Sales for a While, J.D. Power Says

Twitching in sympathetic agony with the Dow Jones Industrial, auto sales estimates for the remainder of 2008 and 2009 just keep getting uglier. J.D. Power and Associates recently rang in with a projected 13.6 million total new light-vehicle sales at the close of '08, representing a 16 percent drop...Read More»

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