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TCC's Daily Edition: 10/01/01
TCC's Daily Edition: 10/01/01

FORD RATING CUT; IS GM NEXT? The Ford Motor Co. suffered another embarrassment last week as Fitch, one of services that rates the creditworthiness of corporations and public institutions, announced it had cut its rating of the automaker and its various subsidiaries. Fitch dropped Ford and its Ford...Read More»

Maximilian Szwaj
Driver's News: Sept. 24, 2001

Get the day's news delivered right to your e-mail inbox -- for FREE! MILLION-DOLLAR MISSIONS: INDUSTRY AID CONTINUES IN TIME OF TRAGEDY In contrast to the auto industry’s downturn in the North American market, but completely in accord with the spirit of giving that followed the terrorist attacks...Read More»

Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept  -  2013 Tokyo Motor Show
2001 Frankfurt Show Preview II

2001 Frankfurt Auto Show Index As Europe’s biggest auto show, the biennial frenzy that is Frankfurt approaches, more manufacturers are lifting the veil on what they will be showing this year. Here’s our second preview of what’s going to be there. Porsche’s new Targa Porsche added a new word...Read More»

McLaren Production Center in Woking, England
TCC's Daily Edition: 8/27/01

FIRESTONE SETTLES SUIT OVER RECALLED TIRE FOR $7.5 MILLION In an eleventh-hour maneuver, Bridgestone/Firestone has settled with the Texas family suing the tiremaker for faulty manufacturing and tread-separation issues resulting in rollovers when mounted on Ford Explorer SUVs. The case was...Read More»

2001 Acura Integra LS
2001 New York Auto Show, Part II

Sponsors of TCC's 2001NY Auto Show coverage RSX-UAL HEALING. Completing the recent name-changing surgery within its lineup, Acura has finally lost the Integra nameplate. While that great badge is going away, we do get a replacement in the RSX, a Prelude-sized sports coupe with either a 160-hp...Read More»

Chrysler Crossfire concept car front
Chrysler in the Crossfire

Though it’s Chrysler that is under fire at the moment —parent DaimlerChrysler is reorganizing its American division and anticipating a billion-dollar loss — the American brand will definitely turn heads at the North American International Auto Show next week with the Crossfire concept, a sort...Read More»

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II  -  2015 Geneva Motor Show live photos
2001 L.A. Auto Show, Day Two

A REAL WORKHORSE. Calling it “the workhorse of the Mazda lineup,” Mazda pulled the wraps off two new versions of the subcompact Protégé. The new Sport Wagon is designed for those who need plenty of room while keeping an eye on their budget. Sportier than traditional wagons, it could find a...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S  -  2014 Paris Auto Show
SEMA Woos the First Tier

LET’S BE FRIENDS. Traditionally, automakers like Ford Motor Co. have acted as if aftermarket suppliers didn’t exist. But recognizing the growing market—and the fact that hot parts sell cars—Ford last year announced its SEMA Technology Initiative, providing inside engineering data on the...Read More»

2000 Woodward Dream Cruise logo
2000 Dream Cruise, Day One

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Or, gun them. Or, as hundreds of kids already lining the streets of Detroit’s Woodward Avenue were obviously taught by their fathers to say, "Light ‘em up!" The Dream Cruise doesn’t officially begin until today, but that didn’t stop cruisers from at...Read More»

2000 Hyundai Elantra GLS
2000 Turin Auto Show

The Turin auto show, which opened in the Northern Italian city on June 10, is no longer the international event it once was. As Italy's manufacturers coalesce under the Fiat banner and withdraw from important foreign markets, the show no longer attracts much attention outside Italy. Except, that...Read More»

2000 Porsche Carerra Cabriolet
2000 Geneva Motor Show Part I

] COMING TO AMERICA As often happens with the Geneva Motor Show, the event provides a hint of things to come in the U.S., as well as in Europe. Ford and Mazda offered two examples on their show stands. The Japanese automaker unveiled the high-performance 626 MPS. Short for Mazda Performance Sedan...Read More»

Ford 24.7 truck
2000 Detroit Show: Ford's 24.7

Aside from treacherous behavior on behalf of fellow press (how much flesh is a press kit worth, in reality?), the biggest disappointment of the recent Detroit Auto Show was Ford's 24-7 concept car, shown in the form of a bland trio of sedan, wagon and pickup. Compared to the massed ranks of...Read More»

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum  -  2014 Los Angeles Auto Show preview
1999 Woodward Dream Cruise, Part ll

Rub-a-dub-dub, two men (and a woman) in a tub. This custom trailer may be the ultimate timesaver, a way to combine your daily ablutions with your morning commute! The community bathtub on wheels (with a working showerhead) was just one of the more, um, unusual modes of transportation to show up for...Read More»

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1999 Woodward Dream Cruise

Think of it as a rolling time capsule, a way to turn the clock back to another era when the term "cruising" had nothing to do with the Internet. Indeed, there wasn't an Internet, and not that many superhighways. In Detroit, long before they cut the jagged scar that became Interstate 75, there was...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Week of May 17, 1999

JAGUAR TOPS J.D. POWEREPA MUST REWRITE CLEAN-AIR RULESFORD SAYS FORD'S GREENCDC SAYS DRIVING SAFER THAN EVERTRAFFIC BEGINS EARLIER THAN EVERAUTO DEALER HAS TOP AFRICAN-AMERICAN BUSINESSFORD BUYS INTO CANADIAN DRIVING SCHOOLHONDA SETS ITS SIGHTS ABROADHONDA RECALLS 125,000 VEHICLESGMC SUBURBAN...Read More»

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Week of May 10, 1999

CAR SALES STAY HOT IN APRILCADDY ADMITS TO FUDGING SALES NUMBERSHONDA PLANS ALABAMA PLANTGM MOVES FORWARD IN LANSINGFORD FACES $4 BILLION SUITSPORT-UTES GET GOREDSEERGY LEAVES NISSANJ.D. POWER GIVES TOYOTA, GM KUDOSFORD NAMES SUPERCREWFORD RECALLS EXPEDITIONS, NAVIGATORSFORD TO REVAMP ROUGEGM A GO...Read More»

Renault Avantime
1999 Geneva Show: Renault Avantime

by William Diem PARIS — As the Geneva Motor Show prepares to open this coming week, Renault hopes to open a new niche in Europe, as it has done three times already in the last 16 years — that of the coupe/minivan. At Geneva, Renault will introduce the Avantime, a four-seat vehicle based on the...Read More»

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4  -  2015 Geneva Motor Show Live Photos
1999 Detroit Show Preview

by Ted Grozier Sunday was supposed to be a whirlwind day in Detroit, with the national and international media descending on the city like a plague of locusts. The North American International Auto Show, formerly the Detroit Auto Show, was slated to begin with a covey of concept cars and a crush of...Read More»

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1999 Detroit Auto Show, Part I

January 3 PUMPED UP POWER WAGON — Technology and styling put a new twist on the famous 1946 Dodge Power Wagon namesake. True to its rugged and powerful heritage — note the awesome 780 foot-pounds of torque on tap — the new truck shows that such strength need not carry an environmental price...Read More»

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