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Porsche Goes Down Easy
Porsche Goes Down Easy

A couple of weeks ago at the Shanghai Motor Show, Porsche's head of sales and marketing, Klaus Berning, said that developing a new car for the 911 demographic would be peachy-keen in his book. At the time, we speculated that Porsche might be looking to revive the long-lost 928 using the Panamera's...Read More»

2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI
Audi R8 Convertible Coming In 2011

The Audi R8 may not have the high profile that some sports cars enjoy, but it's certainly no slouch--especially in the looks department. That's why TCC was especially happy to hear fairly credible rumors that Audi will release a convertible version during the 2011 calendar year. Apart from that, we...Read More»

Chrysler is sizzling
Chrysler Out Of The Frying Pan. That's Good, Right?

The last 24 hours have been big for Chrysler. The long and short of it appears to be that (a) the company will likely avoid bankruptcy court, and (b) its relationship with Fiat will soon get conjugal. Here's a quick rundown of the headlines: Creditors concede -- About $5 billion of Chrysler's...Read More»

2009 Toyota RAV4
In The Works: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota has set itself the nifty goal of bringing ten new hybrid models to market by 2012, and producing hybrid versions of all its vehicles by the year 2020.  Next in line for a green makeover? The popular Toyota RAV4. We don't yet know exactly when a hybrid RAV4 will hit the lots, but we do know...Read More»

Porsche 928
Porsche 928 Reborn. Maybe.

Remember the Porsche 928--the V8 grand tourer that was killed of in 1995, mostly because of unmet sales benchmarks? It may not have achieved the level of popularity of, say, the Porsche 911, but it's still got a sizable fan base. And many of them are all a-twitter (and a-Twitter.com) that the 928...Read More»

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Coming To An Electrical Outlet Near You...Eventually

The electric vehicles are coming, y'all. In addition to the many "sure things" we've already mentioned--like the Chevy Volt, the Tesla Model S, and the Nissan EV we discussed the other day--Mitsubishi has announced that it's bringing the all-electric i-MiEV to America in the not-too-distant future...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Equus
Start Spreadin' The News: Hyundai Equus Slouches Toward The States

When you're in the news biz, your ears tend to perk up when you hear phrases like "off the record" or "just between us". That's why we got a little giddy when we came across this nifty quote about the Hyundai Equus from an "inside source": "You didn't hear it from me... But you wouldn't be far off...Read More»

2005 Toyota Celica 3dr LB GT Manual (Natl) Angular Rear Exterior View
Toyota + Subaru = Celica?

Remember the Toyota Celica, that coupe preferred by tennis jocks, Tri-Delts, and recent divorcées? The company stopped cranking them out in 2005, but rumor has it that the sporty brand may be readying for a comeback--thanks, oddly, to Subaru. For a while, we've heard that Toyota and Subaru were...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SEMA
Chevy Releases Camaro Black SEMA Concept Teaser

Chevy today released one of its SEMA Camaro concepts, called simply Black, which is one of several concept Camaros it will be showing off this November at SEMA '08. Absolutely no details about the concept have been released, but this is quite a menacing sketch with its nicely integrated body kit...Read More»

BMW V-12 X-Ray Vision
BMW Could Supply Engines for Mercedes, U.S. Automakers

BMW's engines have always been legendary for their performance, and yesterday the firm's head of development, Klaus Draeger, admitted the company is in "advanced talks" regarding licensing some of its engine technology to rival Mercedes, says AutoCar. The engine spawning the discussion is a new...Read More»

2008 Maybach Landaulet
Rumored: Mercedes Association with Aston Martin

The rumor-mill department over at Carscoop reports that U.K.'s CAR magazine claims a possible association between Mercedes-Benz and hallowed British marque Aston Martin. Apparently CAR claims the two icons have been in discussions for quite some time, and the benefits would include joint work on...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»

2010 Mustang Powerdome
2010 Ford Mustang: Life Beyond the Powerdome

OK, so Ford is being quite coy with this, its latest reveal of the 2010 Mustang's sheetmetal. In this shot, we see a crease on the Mustang's power dome, lending its hood more flair than the 2008 Ford Mustang that sports three character lines running the length of the hood from lip to cowl. The...Read More»

Nissan logo
Nissan Competes For Stake In Chrysler

A report from the Detroit News today indicates that Nissan, which has been allied with Renault since 1999, is interested in acquiring approximately 20 percent of a struggling Chrysler. The move puts pressure on the Chrysler/GM negotiations, and would result in a very different Chrysler than the one...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Troubled Financing Stalls GM/Chrysler Deal

Eleven billion dollars--that's the cash reserve held by Chrysler that makes it such an appealing acquisition to GM, who's burning through $1 billion a month these days. But as Automotive News reported yesterday, "Chrysler has $9 billion in debt that, under a change of control, would have to be paid...Read More»

2009 Mercedes Benz GL Class 3.0L BlueTec
Diesel Urea Injection: Fact and Fiction

Myths abound about the new generation of clean diesels set to sweep the marketplace this fall (Mercedes E, R, ML, and GL, BMW 3 Series and X5, Audi Q7, Q5, A4, A3, VW Jetta TDI). In an attention-getting headline, our sometimes cynical peers over at Jalopnik blasted this one today: "New Benz BlueTec...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»

Tesla Roadster
Tesla in Trouble?

U.K.'s CAR reports that Tesla is rumored to be laying off 100 staff due to--you guessed it--the global financial mess. Kicking it while it's down, CEO Ze'ev Drori is rumored to be leaving as well. This follows Tesla's recent announcement of a proposed factory in San Jose, California. This marks a...Read More»

Aston Martin Project One-77
Forgetting Its Past, Aston Plans Brash New Lagonda

Aston Martin teased a select audience at the recent Paris Auto Show with its latest concept, the "one 77." With a carbon-fiber chassis, a handcrafted aluminum body, and a 7.0-liter V-12, the one 77 will "deliver exhilarating performance for a strictly limited number of discerning [read: mega-rich]...Read More»

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