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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.

UAW Demonstrates Over Hyundai's Treatment of Temporary Workers

On: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 3:04PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

UAW Demonstrates Over Hyundai's Treatment of Temporary Workers test 1-1

The UAW said in a statement this week that it supports the rights of workers who are on strike in Korea against Hyundai, and it plans to hold a rally for those workers at the Hyundai America Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

UAW President Bob King plans to travel to South Korea this week. King reports that a recent strike at a Hyundai auto parts plant has cost the company $173 million in lost vehicle production.

Aston Martin One-77 Selling Just Fine

On: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin One-77 Selling Just Fine test 1-1

One might think that introducing a near-$2-million car in the middle of down economy might prove to be a bad idea. But so far, it's been working famously for Aston Martin. Aston Martin recently said that it has sold 60 of the 77 examples that it plans to build of its One-77. The price of that model: $1.87 million.

By far Aston's most expensive car, the One-77 has been moving along right on schedule. Not only have 60 buyers committed to the $1.87 million car, but many have also ordered or expressed interest in the Aston Martin Cygnet, a Toyota iQ-based subcompact that Aston introduced last year. After all, you can't drive a 750-hp, $2-million supercar all day every day, why not have a matching commuter for more practical affairs?

Lincoln Hires Cadillac Designer to Help Improve Quality

On: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 10:14AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Lincoln Hires Cadillac Designer to Help Improve Quality test 1-1

In the minds of many automotive consumers Cadillac is the epitome of luxury automotive design and engineering. The Lincoln brand is Ford Motor Company’s attempt to compete with the General Motors-owned Cadillac. It makes perfect sense for Ford to bring a former Cadillac designer on board to help the company compete with its formidable rival.

This was recently the case when Ford hired Max Wolff to fill the newly created position of design director for Lincoln. Mr. Wolff is a native Australian, who “comes in the wake of Ford’s pledge to deliver seven new or significantly improved vehicles to its sole luxury brand in the next four years."


GM Sees Big Future in EN-V Commuter; People With Taste Disagree

On: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Sees Big Future in EN-V Commuter; People With Taste Disagree test 1-1

GM is currently hard at work on a vehicle that won't so much rival other cars and trucks as it will public transportation. The automaker believes that its EN-V is the perfect solution for urban commuting where space, traffic, and pollution are factors that argue against more traditional vehicles. GM is hoping that the future of urban driving will look a lot like its "Electric Networked Vehicle."

2010 Tampa International Auto Show: Ford and Chrysler

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: John Welch

2011 Ford Focus test 2

The second installment of our MT Auto Show coverage shines the spot light on Ford and Chrysler. Both companies are enjoying a rebirth of sorts, Chrysler with its much improved interior design and Ford with its, well, everything. Alan Mullay has been crapping golden eggs for two years now, and by the looks of Ford's 2011 product line, his uncomfortable bathroom situation isn't going to get better anytime soon.

The new Ford Focus is as advertised: stylishly European with utility to match. The sedan is more attractive then its Cruze competitor, and the interior quality is neck and neck with the Chevy. If anything, the surprise here is that the Chevy is so good, Euro Focus customers have enjoyed upmarket interiors for six years now. This was our first opportunity to get intimate with a Fiesta, and the news is good here as well. Roomy and ergonomic, the Fiesta is a lovely car for the money. Volkswagen has some serious competition coming from this pair of reinvigorated Ford hatches.

To say that Chrysler's design department has woken from a looong slumber recently would be putting it lightly. The beleaguered automaker has found a new direction with its interiors, utilizing soft plastics and foam trim in ways you wouldn't expect. The New Charger's interior still looks, cheap, but it is a different sort of cheap from its predecessor. Instead of looking like a toy, the Charger dash now has more of a real-car feel too it. Chrysler has also turned up the wick on the Jeep Grand Cherokee passenger compartment. The big Jeep has tasteful wood and pleasing shapes for days. Still not wehat i would call world class, but significantly improved. It's ok if Chrysler is proud of these two models, because elsewhere in the Chrysler booth things were still pretty bleak. What, no Fiat?!

Check inside the post for an image gallery of the most important products from Ford and Chrysler for 2011.

Toyota Sues GM Over Closing Of NUMMI

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 3:58PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Toyota Sues GM Over Closing Of NUMMI test 1-1

Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to sue Motors Liquidation Corp., the old General Motors, for breach of contract related to a joint venture at the NUMMI plant. It is common that two industry leaders join forces in order to participate in a project that is mutually beneficial—particularly in the automotive world. On numerous occasions the public has come to hear about various vehicle-producing moguls who join forces in the name of efficiency.

As long as things go well, each party knows their duties, communication is reciprocated, and jobs are taken care of according to plan. Inevitably, problems will arise in business. This is certainly the case recently, when a deal between Toyota and General Motors went sour. Litigation is now impending.

Lamborghini Sedan May Make It to Production After All

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Sedan May Make It to Production After All test 1-1

There's no roller coaster quite like the high-end supercar market. And we're not talking the Formula Rossa at the newly opened Ferrari World. We're talking supercar rumors, speculation, and executive sound bites. It seems that as soon as one report on a speculated model is gaining steam, a new one comes out that totally negates it.

In this case, the latest report that Lamborghini would still like to build a four-door sports car ala the Estoque concept negates a report that such a car was stomped by the flared-nostriled Bull. It seems that CEO Stephan Winkelmann (kind of an important voice over there in Sant'Agata Bolognese) would like Lamborghini to pursue the model.

Ford Focus Rolls Off The Assembly Line In Germany

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:34AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Ford Focus Rolls Off The Assembly Line In Germany test 1-1

Ford Motor Company began production of the Focus yesterday for its European market. Ford Focus will roll off the assembly line at its Saarlouis Assembly plant located in Germany. 

The Ford Focus, a compact car offered as a sedan or stylish 5-door hatchback, is now a true 'world car', one chassis designed for every major world market. We will eventually get the new Focus, but Europe gets the first crack at it. Fun to drive, the engine puts out 151 bhp, but still provides the excellent fuel economy that Europeans demand at EPA 22 mpg city driving and 32 mpg on the highway.

New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit

On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit test 1-1

Well, here's some good news to start your week off right: Porsche is planning on bringing a new supercar concept to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Interestingly, the car will not be the next iteration of the 918 Spyder Hybrid, which Porsche confirmed for production in September, but instead, will be a brand new concept that's said to share some components with the 918 concept.

NHTSA Proposes Mandatory Backup Cameras in New Cars

On: Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 3:42PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

NHTSA Proposes Mandatory Backup Cameras in New Cars test 1-1

According to a recent press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a new regulation that would mandate automakers to install backup camera safety equipment in all passenger vehicles, including trucks, minivans, and buses weighing 10,000 lbs or less. The proposed law would force automakers to install backup cameras in 10% of their products by 2012, 40% by 2013, and all new vehicles built by 2014.