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The Week in Reverse
The Week in Reverse

Toyota and Subaru are so much in love, they're getting together to build a new rear-drive coupe. Because, you know, the world didn't get enough of the Corolla GT-S the first time around. Honda Pilot pics swept the Web this week, days before all the reviewers posted their opinions. Well, you checked...Read More»

NHTSA Warns on Smart Crash Tests

Smart's fortwo city car is on sale -- and playing hard to get, if our informal poll of dealers is holding true nationwide. But the government's car safety agency is sounding a warning over the fortwo's crash-test performance, the Associated Press reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

When Small Gets Big, Bigger, Biggest

When the automotive bean-counters weigh in with their latest numbers, on Tuesday, you can be all but certain that the sales reports will trigger panic across the industry. With few exceptions, the analysts are predicting sharp declines, with the industry as a whole likely to barely nudge the 15...Read More»

World Car of the Year: It's the Mazda 2

The winners have been named -- and this year's World Car of the Year is the Mazda 2. Ford's Mondeo and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class were the runners-up. WCOTY jurors said that the Mazda is a winner because of "its very appealing looks and high levels of standard equipment for the price.” Earlier...Read More»

Smart Charging Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Test Fleet

The smart brand is still getting started in the United States but David Schembri, smart USA president, told TheCarConnection, during a New York Auto Show interview, that the company hopes to have a small fleet of electric-powered smart fortwo coupes in the U.S. for tests in about one year. Parent...Read More»

Struggling with Smart Shortages

We’ll find out next week whether the little 2008 Smart fortwo coupe wins honors as the World Green Car of the Year. But a successful nod at the 2008 New York Auto Show could actually compound the problems being faced by the Mercedes-Benz sibling brand. After a slow and painful ramp-up that cost...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

TCC readers, we laud your taste: your favorite car review from January was also one of our favorite test cars in recent memory. And yet you’re pessimistic on gas prices? Maybe you’ll cheer up now that the smart fortwo is on sale--even though the chances of getting lucky in the back seat are...Read More»

We Wrote, You Wrote: TheCarConnection’s Top Comments

Over at People magazine online, they’re asking about lip gloss and diet tips and the latest Lindsay sighting--while you’re telling us about future cars, fuel economy, the environment and politics. Yep, we here at have the smartest readers on the planet and we have the words...Read More»

No Hanky-Panky in a SmartCar

There’ll be no hanky-panky in the back of your kid’s Smart car, that’s because there is no rear seat in the pint-sized 2-seater, noted Dave Schembri, president of SmartCar USA, the Penske-owned distributor of the French-made microcoupes. “After all, what better car to have...Read More»

Smart Ready to Sell First Cars

Smart’s two-seat fortwo seems too cute to be real--but this week, smart will deliver the first of the Benz-developed city cars to customers who signed up long ago on its Web site. Smart marketing chief Dave Schembri, making a guest stop at the Daimler AG press conference, told audiences that...Read More»

Chrysler: Who Took Whom for A Ride?

Some years back, my old friend, Bill Vlasic, collaborated on an excellent book about the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to that, ahem, “merger of equals,” DaimlerChrysler. The bottom line of that effort, Taken for a Ride, was that the skillful and Machiavellian maneuvers of former...Read More»

Smart Broadens Appeal to Mobile Americans

It’s hard to be trailer trash and be earth-friendly at the same time. Homes on wheels often require a large gas-guzzler to move them around. And who doesn’t have a spare Trans-Am or two, up on blocks, ready to park in front? DC’s smart brand is keenly aware of the downmarket and...Read More»

Get smart For Only $99

You are practically begging for more smart news, aren’t you? Maybe even the car itself? Smart USA will sate you in two ways if you just dial up their Web site. Once you’re there, smart will take your information and, along with $99, will put you on a list for those who want to buy the...Read More»

If Magna Takes Chrysler, Benz is a “Fat Turkey”

While pocket protectors from supplier Magna and hedge funds Cerberus and Blackstone crawled all up into Chrysler Group’s underwear this past week and read their labels, one thing became apparent to everyone involved—including unions on both sides of the Atlantic. If there’s a...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

And the winner is…Tupelo, Miss. For all the states that missed on Toyota’s latest plant—don’t worry, they’re like trains, there’s another one coming in six months. Is Ford finally getting its act together? Some sales are getting stronger, and a subcompact is...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

So Chrysler’s in play – but no one but the hedge funds want it? Could Dieter just decide to keep it, a la smart? Or will the end result be Zetsche’s eviction from the CEO chair? Tune in this week for more of As the Pentastar Turns. No one will want Ford either if their market share crashes to...Read More»

Will the U.S. Get Just One Smart?

Smart is bringing its two-seat city cars to the U.S. via UnitedAutoGroup. And in Europe, all sorts of special-edition smarts are offered - like the BRABUS twins coming to the Geneva show in a couple of weeks. But what will the U.S. smart fortwo look like? We can't imagine a pricetag of less than...Read More»

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U.S.-Bound Smart is “Simply Cool”

At the tail end of the Mercedes-Benz press conference at the 2007Detroit auto show, Dieter Zetsche brought Roger Penske in via teleconference from the nearby (but not adjacent) smart stand. Penske’s company, UnitedAutoGroup of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is DaimlerChrysler’s distribution partner...Read More»

Smart: The Anti-American Minicar?

Smart’s on-again, off-again relationship with America seems to be off again—at least, by the sentiments in what purports to be a billboard found on the side of the road near Johannesburg, South Africa. Blog Neandernews posted this pic of the billboard, which points out that the smart...Read More»

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