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

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


2011 Honda CR-Z test 2

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.


VW Golf R Coming Stateside

On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss


VW Golf R Coming Stateside  test 1-1

The United States misses out on a lot of lively cars and special editions from Europe-based companies like Volkswagen and Audi. But there's one that the U.S. won't be missing out on: the VW Golf R, a souped-up version of the Golf hatch. VW execs have indicated that the German automaker will be exporting the Golf R across the Atlantic.


Ford Will Make New Escape in Kentucky, Adding 1,800 Jobs

On: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 4:23PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Ford Will Make New Escape in Kentucky, Adding 1,800 Jobs test 1-1

It is certainly going to be a happy holiday for 1,800 auto assembly plant workers in Louisville, Kentucky. The Ford Motor Company delivered an early Christmas present with the announcement of a $600 million investment to renovate its Louisville plant. When the plant reopens in late 2011 it will be modified to incorporate the manufacturing of up to five other Ford models, in addition to the Ford Explorer SUV that is currently being built there.


Tesla Roadster Art Car: Feeling Queasy Yet?

On: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Roadster Art Car: Feeling Queasy Yet? test 1-1

We've seen plenty of one-off art cars from BMW, but now we have a model that combines artistic expression and clean, emissions-free driving: the Tesla Roadster art car, a one-off that the company released for the recent Art Basel Miami Beach festival, which wrapped up over the weekend.


 

2010 Tampa International Auto Show: Everything Else

On: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 11:35AM | By: John Welch


Chevrolet Stingray Concept test 2

Rounding out our week of Auto Show coverage, we have provided you with cars we missed in previous posts, as well as cars that needed more room. The Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus simply can't be properly reported on without a test drive. With only visual inspection of these cars we can safely say that they are as good or better than their Japanese, German, and Korean rivals. I would honestly choose either car over a new Jetta. Especially the 1.4 liter Cruze or Focus ST. Neither was on hand at this particular show, but we have already lamented the auto industry's blase attitude toward the Central Florida market. Too many Rednecks and Mexicans who will only consider gently used pick-ups, I suppose.

Enjoy this gallery, and stay tuned next week for one more "Everything Else" post; we just cannot fit everything into 30 images.


Porsche Beats Out Audi For VW Sports Car Design

On: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche Beats Out Audi For VW Sports Car Design  test 1-1

The Volkswagen family sure has a lot of siblings. And like any big family that tends to mean a little sibling rivalry. Both Audi and Porsche desired to take a lead role within the VW group in designing future platforms for sports cars and large luxury sedans, but only one will take that role: Porsche. That's good news for the future sportiness of VW brands.


Toyota Ordered to Face California Court Cases

On: Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 10:08AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota Ordered to Face California Court Cases test 1-1

A tentative ruling by a California federal judge has ordered that the plaintiffs suing the Toyota Motor Corporation may proceed in their case. The lawsuits were brought against the Japanese-owned automaker as a result of reported injuries and deaths sustained by drivers who experienced sudden acceleration. This is the first in a series of legal hurdles needed to be overcome by the plaintiffs.  

According to a recent automotive news article: “U.S. District Judge James V. Selna wrote in his ruling that there was sufficient evidence provided in the preliminary hearings to proceed.”


Auto Workers May Get Profit Sharing Deal Says UAW

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 4:25PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Auto Workers May Get Profit Sharing Deal Says UAW test 1-1

Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Chrysler Group are anticipating next year’s impending labor contract negotiation process, and Detroit's Big Three Automakers are all contemplating increasing profit sharing for their employees. To some this may be a bit surprising, since profits haven’t returned to pre-recession levels. 

The issue of profit sharing is a significant component in the early stages of the labor negotiation process, and while formal negotiations have not yet started, union leaders and executives have broached profit-sharing increases in early negotiations, according to two unidentifiable sources familiar with the efforts.

According to Automotive News: "All of the companies have been hinting at profit- sharing changes."  General Holiefield of the United Autoworkers Union said yesterday in an interview;  "it was not just within Chrysler but the Big Three.” Holiefield also said, “Bob King has got to get his arms around it.”

Before GM and Chrysler filed bankruptcy last year, the union made concessions in the middle of the contract period. One such concession was to discontinue pay for workers who had been laid off. The UAW’s current 4-year labor agreements expire Sept. 14, 2011. 


Video: Jay Leno Gets His Hands On The 1,200-HP Hennessey Venom GT

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Video: Jay Leno Gets His Hands On The 1,200-HP Hennessey Venom GT test 1-1

I love days like today. Not only did I get to write about the incredible, if not entirely convincing, TranStar Dagger GT, I got to watch video of another incredible supercar: the Hennessey Venom GT. And I get paid all the while.

Jay Leno recently welcomed Hennessey's new power-monger to his garage. As Jay is accustomed to, he gives us a closer look at the car and hops inside to get a feel for that 1,200-hp grumble. If Jay Leno keeps giving us these great looks at exotic concepts and supercars (and I'm sure he will), I may grow to like that gravy-boat-chinned mug yet.


Vaporware or VeyronCrusher: New Renderings of the 2000-HP TranStar Dagger GT

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Chris Weiss


Vaporware or VeyronCrusher: New Renderings of the 2000-HP TranStar Dagger GT test 1-1

Call me a cynic, but I'm not quite sold on the idea of a 2,000-hp supercar from a small company that I've never heard of. Especially seeing as how it exists only in renderings at the moment. But the TranStar Dagger GT is an American-developed supercar that could one day capture the world speed record. We'll believe that when [if] we see it, but at the moment, the company has offered up some new renderings of what a 2,000-hp American roadster will look like. And so far, the company's claiming that it will be available next year.


Fiat May Sell Methane Powered Cars To U.S. Market

On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 10:56AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Fiat May Sell Methane Powered Cars To U.S. Market test 1-1

The topic of fully electric automobiles is becoming more and more popular today, as various manufacturing companies have started marketing new electric vehicle products. While hybrids and EVs are becoming more prevalent in the marketplace, the use of natural gas to propel vehicles is relatively unheard of. This is something Fiat is determined to change.