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Toyota Will Recall 94,000 Siennas for Defective Switch Brackets

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 2:09PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota Motor Corp. added yet another recall to its growing list. The automaker is voluntarily recalling about 94,000 Toyota Sienna minivans produced before early November. The Siennas were recalled for defective stop lamp switch brackets, placed near the parking brake, that are necessary to engage the brake lights.


GM Struggling To Make The Cruze Relevant

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Considering buying a Chevy Cruze this holiday shopping season? How about next year? Yeah, neither is anyone else. Chevy is struggling to spark interest in its new compact and, according to the Detroit Free Press, the car is on the list of no more than 5 percent of current compact car shoppers. With competitors stomping the Cruze, and more competition on the way in the first half of next year, GM is redoubling efforts to make its struggling compact a market player.


GM Asks For Increased Salaries For Executives

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:21AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, is asking for a bit of leeway regarding restrictions that the government has imposed on the company's executive pay scale. According to Akerson, “We have to be competitive and retain talent. We’re starting to lose them now” Akerson stated that some executives have already accepted other more lucrative employment offers.  When GM accepted government funds, the company automatically relinquished control over many of its corporate decisions, including salary rates.


Novelty Prize: Audi To Develop VW's Large SUVs, Including Cayenne

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Reading about the recent platform power struggle within VW, I have a picture of angry Germans throwing insults and expletives with all kinds of umlauts hanging over top. Early last week, reports indicated that Porsche had beaten Audi for the official VW blessing for developing the group's sport car and large sedan platforms. Those platforms will be used not only for Porsche models like the 911 and the Panamera, but for other models from Bentley, Audi, and Lamborghini. Well, that wasn't without a novelty prize for Audi: according to Automotive News, Audi will take over development of large SUV platforms from Porsche.


 

Ford's German Offices Raided As a Result Of Bribe Allegations

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:10AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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“We have a warrant to search the premises.” That is a statement no one wants to ever hear. On Monday, that phrase was uttered at the offices of the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant in Cologne, Germany. Police carried out a raid ordered by the Cologne prosecutor, Christina Pohlen. This latest action stems from an investigation launched in September concerning an alleged bribery scheme that is purported to involve several Ford staff members and suppliers.


Top Gear Competitor On The Horizon

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 5:51PM | By: John Welch


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Adam Carolla wanted to be on Top Gear, really he did. Contractural obligations prevented him from following the show from NBC to History Channel, but he hasn't given up. The buzz around the innerwebs is that Corolla, along with Dan Neil (Wall Street Journal's slightly sheltered auto scribe,) John Salley (TV host and ex-Pistons shot blocker), and Matt Farah, some guy who does some web thing some where, will all descend on our living rooms via SPEEDtv in the near future.

Top Gear USA won't be hard to . . . uhm, "top", but that is the fault of its script/production/wooden hosts, whatever. Corolla's show is on SPEED, and no amount of Rutledge Wood or Tanner Foust could be worse than that. We will have to wait and see; the important news here is that TGUSA has spawned a competitior already, and competition is what we want. If Corolla can keep the show from becoming a Castrol/Mequires/GM circle-jay then this show should do just fine. We'll keep our ears open and update you on any further developments. Let's hope this turns into an all-out media war ala Katie Couric v.s. Bryant Gumbell. Or even better, DonandMike v.s. Opie and Anthony. That's the stuff mediawar-dreams are made of!


Nissan Has Moms Blogging About the New Quest

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Nissan is joining Ford Motor Company in its cyber-marketing efforts by creating a new opportunity for Mommy Bloggers to test drive the new 2011 Nissan Quest minivan, in hopes that they will spread the word to soccer Moms who may be potential Quest buyers.

The Japanese automaker has asked “website parenting columnists” to assist Nissan in spreading the word about the company’s comeback into the minivan market, a segment that Nissan has been uninvolved in for over a year while redesigning this year’s Quest model.


Ferrari Expands Its Empire With Pit Stop

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ferrari is like the new Disney. Pretty soon there will be a Ferrari store in every suburban shopping mall in your state. Until then, you'll have to settle for the new Ferrari Pit Stop, based in Nola, Italy. Officially, Ferrari calls this "a new concept embracing the challenges and triumphs of over 60 years, inflaming the passion and the legend of Ferrari, representing a point of reference for the fans." Without all that marketing talk, though, it's basically just a store. A really big store.


BMW 1Series M Coupe Will Be Launched In North America, Expect Limited Supply

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 1:05PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Just when you thought BMW couldn’t get any more performance out of its automobiles, brace yourself for the new BMW 1M Coupe. It’s the most powerful and intense 1-series BMW yet, and it’s not going to be around for long. After its debut at next year's Detroit Auto Show, BMW is going to make a limited supply of the M coupe available in North America. After that, this BMW will join the ranks of the exclusive BMW cars that have become a collector’s dream.


Toyota, Daimler, and BMW May Use Laptop Batteries In EVs

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:57AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota, Daimler, and BMW May Use Laptop Batteries In EVs test 1-1

Today, the question is no longer “who killed the electric car?” but “what is going to power the electric car?” Thanks to rising fuels costs and car owners' desire to reduce their own carbon footprints, electric vehicles have come back in a big way. As the demand for newer and better hybrid vehicles increases, so too does the need for more energy efficiency and lower costs. It all comes down to the issue of battery power. Now, the same battery cells used to power up your laptop are being adapted for electric cars, hopefully resulting in long lasting power and a potentially less expensive sticker price.


Ford and Honda on Top of J.D. Powers Survey

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:30AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The next time you’re at the mall, count all the Fords and Hondas. It’s a safe bet that there might be more of those brands than any other automobile. The reason, according to a recent J.D. Power and Associates poll: Ford and Honda top the lists for the highest customer retention rate. Guess who they left in the dust? Mercedes-Benz!

In the automotive industry, the retention rate refers to customer loyalty. There is retention rate for soap, pizza, and just about any other product on the supermarket shelves. The retention rate of car buyers is extremely important to the automakers. It’s how auto manufacturers plan to develop new designs and launch new marketing strategies. For example, one study found that the desire for a fun driving experience is actually more important than resale value. That’s going to have an impact on everything from TV commercials to cup holders.