Japan’s Design And Tech Prowess Remerge At Tokyo, As Trade Woes Worsen
Japan’s Design And Tech Prowess Remerge At Tokyo, As Trade Woes Worsen

By all accounts, 2011 has been a very hard year for the Japanese auto industry. With the natural disaster of the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami, as well as the Fukushima catastrophe and energy crisis that followed, muddled later in the year by supplier issues related to flooding in...Read More»

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Honda Officially Considering Battery Electric Vehicle

Back in August, Viknesh Vijayenthiran reported on rumors that Honda would launch a zero-emission battery electric vehicle in the US by 2015. The vehicle in question was described as a lithium-ion battery-powered minicar, and there was some speculation that Honda would unveil a prototype at the...Read More»

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Better Place Scores EV Taxi Pilot Project In Central Tokyo

We haven't mentioned Shai Agassi and his outside-the-box startup, Better Place, in some time, but we're happy to report that the man with the battery-swapping plan has been hard at work in the interim, convincing bigwigs in Japan to give his unique system for electric vehicles a test run. The...Read More»

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Nissan EV Electric Car To Launch at Frankfurt or Tokyo

Nissan may have the most aggressive plans of any major automaker to produce fully electric cars. The company has said it expects to sell up to 100,000 EVs globally by 2012, using lithium-ion cells from its joint venture with electronics powerhouse NEC Corp. While Nissan provided us with a first...Read More»

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2009 Volvo XC60 Preview

The safest car we have ever built – that’s the claim Volvo is making about the new XC60. From a firm that has built its entire reputation on making strong cars, it’s a bold statement. Designed as a baby brother to the XC90, an SUV which has been a massive success for the Swedish firm, the...Read More»

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Driver's News: May 22, 2006

 Memorial Day Car Travel Rising, But Not By MuchThe roads will still be jammed on Memorial Day weekend, but AAA says that the increase in travel on the holiday will be the smallest in four years. The travel association puts the blame squarely on gas prices, which have risen by more than a third...Read More»

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Daily Edition: Feb. 3, 2006

Chicago Show Debuts Include Ralliart The Chicago Auto Show begins next week for the media and the public. And among the introductions you'll see here next week on TheCarConnection are a handful of trucks, including the critical new Toyota Tundra and the updated Chevrolet Avalanche we showed you...Read More»

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DAILY EDITION: July 15, 2003

TCC'S DAILY EDITION: July 15, 2003 NHTSA Releases Rollover, Side-Impact Ratings The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the results from its latest round of rollover and side-impact testing — and Toyota’s Tacoma, BMW’s 3-Series and the new Mazda6 are on the...Read More»

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Consumer Car News: 7/1/02

COULD SOLSTICE SEE LIGHT OF DAY?Automotive News quotes GM execs who say the company is trying to build a case for a small rear-drive platform that could host a production version of the Pontiac Solstice and an Opel variant. The industry weekly says Hans Demant, an Opel board member, let on GM’s...Read More»

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Consumer Car News: 4/29/02

A 400-HP LINCOLN LS, TOO?Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln division will join the procession of carmakers looking to spice up their offerings with some serious performance. Senior company officials tell TheCarConnection that Lincoln will launch a 400-horsepower version of the rear-drive LS sedan, most...Read More»

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Consumer Car News: 2/4/02

CHRYSLER UPS INCENTIVESAdmitting it has lost market momentum in recent weeks, Chrysler has announced a new sales incentive program, but the number-three automaker has consciously decided to keep its cash-back awards smaller than those from either General Motors or Ford Motor Co. "We're not giving...Read More»

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Driver's News: 10/29/01

TOKYO CONCEPTS BOWAs the crowds plied Makuhari Messe, the world's automakers unveiled concepts and production vehicles at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show yesterday. Get the word (and pictures) of all the new sheetmetal parading around the Tokyo show in TCC's complete show coverage: 2001 Tokyo Motor Show...Read More»

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TCC's Daily Edition: 10/18/01

TODAY’S TOP STORIES Q4 DOESN’T LOOK GOOD AT FORD, EITHER A day after the company reported its second losing quarter in a row, Ford executives are now saying the fourth quarter doesn’t look particularly rosy, either. Martin Inglis, Ford’s CFO, says that even current estimates on Q4 earnings...Read More»

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TCC's Daily Edition: 10/09/01

SATURN DUBS NEXT COMPACT “ION” As reported last week, the next compact sedan and coupe from the Saturn division will be called ION. The ION compacts are to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2002 as 2003 models. The sedan will make its debut before the coupe, and both will be...Read More»

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TCC's Daily Edition: 9/21/01

GM/DAEWOO: THE DEAL IS ALL BUT DONE As we have been reporting all week here at’s Daily Edition, only paperwork and details stand in the way of a final deal between General Motors Corporation and the creditors of South Korea’s bankrupt automaker, Daewoo Motor Company...Read More»

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TCC's Daily Edition: 9/13/01

BIG 3 REACT TO TERRORIST ATTACK Stunned and stirred to action by Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C., General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler each halted U.S. operations and closed their headquarters. The’s Joseph Szczesny has filed his complete report...Read More»

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Driver's News: 9/10/01

GM TO DEBUT MAJOR V-8 IN has already given an extensive preview of the highlights of the upcoming Frankfurt auto show, including the Opel Signum II, a General Motors concept car based on GM’s Epsilon architecture. And it is relatively common knowledge that the...Read More»

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TCC's Daily Edition: 9/7/01

A LAND ROVER FOR THE PEOPLE? In an effort to make a name for itself near the mass-market end of the sport-utility-vehicle craze in North America, Ford’s Land Rover arm is bringing its Freelander stateside. Land Rover says the compact SUV is priced right and powered right for the U.S. market, but...Read More»

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TCC's Daily Edition: 9/5/01

AUGUST SALES: A LONG, COLD SUMMER FOR DOMESTICS General Motors, Ford and Chrysler each took a big hit in vehicle sales during August. The Chrysler Group felt the biggest slap of all, with a 24% overall drop in sales of cars and trucks versus August 2000. The General’s 8% decline in August sales...Read More»

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