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Production Of Japanese-Built Hybrids and Electrics Resumes

On: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 2:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles built in Japan have been among the vehicles most affected by the earthquake and tsunami events of earlier this month. Built in Japan and exported to markets like the United States, these models suffered from production stoppages. As a result, prices on these vehicles have started to rise, as supplies at dealerships decrease.

But production is slowly getting ramped back up. Nissan and Toyota have restarted production on models like the Leaf and Prius.

Social Media Bosses Now Carrying Marketing Clout

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 2:33PM | By: Tim Healey

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Normally, when a CEO or other executive leaves an automaker, it's news outside of the relatively cloistered community of automotive journalists and industry observers. Now, when someone in charge of a company's social-media approach makes a career change, there's almost the same amount of coverage.

For example, Christopher Barger spent four years at GM, helping that company develop its social-media strategy.

The Unfortunate Case of The Nissan Juke

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Salamone

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The Nissan Juke is a vehicle your brain can’t comprehend, much like a bizarrely disturbing scene from a Phillip K. Dick novel. Although you may try to rationalize the Juke, the shape, size, and downright strange design do not ascribe to any popular notions of functional carmaking—excluding the hilarious Suzuki X-90 which hardly qualifies as popular… or functional. Although the Juke comes with loads of interior gadgets, a smooth Continuously Variable Transmission, and lots of personalization packages, the car’s functionality and aesthetics fall short.

Obama Administration Continuing Fuel-Economy Talks

On: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 2:31PM | By: Tim Healey

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Despite moves by the House to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating tailpipe emissions, the Obama administration is continuing talks regarding fuel-economy and pollution standards for the years 2017-2025.

The talks involve automakers, the state of California, and environmental groups.


Hyundai R&D Chief Resigns

On: Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:01AM | By: Tim Healey

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Hyundai's research and development chief, Lee Hyun-soon, has resigned for personal reasons. The resignation is effective March 15. As vice chairman of research and development, Hyun-soon was responsible for Hyundai's first in-house engine during his time with the company. The 60-year-old led the development of the Alpha engine in 1991, which replaced Mitsubishi-sourced power-plants in Hyundai vehicles.

Chrysler Still Milking Imported From Detroit Message

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 5:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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I was just starting to forget about Chrysler's heralded "Imported From Detroit" ad. In fact, I bet there are many people who have not only forgotten the ad, but who have forgotten who won the Super Bowl during which the ad debuted. And right on cue, Chrysler has offered a little reminder of its stark, compelling ad campaign with a new line of "Imported From Detroit" clothing.

The clothing gets a brand new logo, which features a [presumably blue collar worker's fist wrapped around the Chrysler wings with the "Imported From Detroit" tagline surrounding it. The logo adorns a line of clothing that includes hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts, and beanies.

Buick Continuing To Market To Youth With NCAA Deal

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:31AM | By: Tim Healey

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This is not your father's Buick marketing deal. As part of a continuing effort to appeal to younger buyers, Buick has signed a three-year deal with the NCAA to advertise during NCAA events, such as the men's basketball tournament, which begins tonight.

Buick's sponsorship will include commercials for its LaCrosse and Regal sedans.

Buick is aiming for the NCAA audience because the company's research indicates that the tournament audience is made up of educated folks with money; but there's another potential benefit for the brand: The younger audience might help shift Buick's average buyer age lower.

Fast Cars Aren't Always Your Friend: McLaren Chief Loses License

On: Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 9:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

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When you lead a company with a history of building some of the fastest, most exotic supercars in the world, there's a pretty strong chance that you like to drive fast. But when you're not on a testing track, you should probably temper the need for speed just enough to keep your driving privileges. Otherwise, you'll end up like 63-year-old McLaren CEO Ron Dennis, who recently lost his U.K. driving privileges after pleading guilty of running a red light.

Classic Car Cultist: VW Type 181

On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 12:40PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Produced by Volkswagen from 1969 to 1983, the Type 181 “Kurierwagen” remains a modern day cult classic throughout the world. This lightweight utilitarian vehicle traces its roots from the Type 1 Beetle and later the World War II Kübelwagen. Depending on location, the vehicle was also known as the Trekker in the UK, the Thing in the US, and the Safari in Mexico. Just looking at the 181, it’s easy to see what separates this automobile from the rest of the pack.

The 181’s popularity is most likely a direct result of the car’s zany styling and aesthetics. Exterior characteristics include angular edges, removable doors and windows, and a folding windshield. The interior follows a similar spirit with flat bench seats and painted steel door panels. With the right mix of a totally unique look and humorous drive feel roaring around with 55 horsepower, the 181 is an all in all perfect car to collect a cult-like following.

Rolling Kias Return to Sender

On: Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Salamone

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If you own a Kia Optima, use the parking brake and check the mailbox regularly this month. Drivers will be notified via post of a recall relating to the vehicle’s transmission shifter cable which, if left unrepaired, could cause the disobedient cars to roll away while in park. Kia Motors is recalling more than 70,000 automatic transmission Optimas from model years 2006 to 2008 which were actually built from September 29th, 2005 to June 13th, 2007.

In Kia’s documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 3rd, the automaker said that in some of the cars a transmission shifter cable was installed incorrectly and could potentially become detached from the shifter. If that happens, and the cable comes off, the car would remain in the last gear it was used in. Thus, drivers who just returned from a jaunt to the Hamptons might park their Kia only to lose control of their vehicle in a HAL - 2001: A Space Odyssey-type of way…watch out for the prerecorded message from Mission Control which reveals the true reasons for Kia’s faulty transmission cable installation.

Warning - Infectious Videos Present

On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 2:16PM | By: Chris Salamone

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When you recognize that a video like “Chocolate Rain” by Tay Zonday made national news, you realize that viral videos impact and reflect society just as much as other, more credible, political and cultural stories. Of course, it’s likely that 30 seconds of gargantuan snot bubbles captured on tape fail to paint a pretty picture of how far we’ve come as a human race. But on the other hand these videos represent the true oddities and exceptional moments we’ve managed to share and appreciate with everyone else. We cherish these videos precisely because they’re so rare. Perhaps it’s a good sign that we can smile or laugh at ourselves. Without further adieu, here are some of the most popular, most entertaining viral automotive videos in cyberspace. Please attach and adjust your protective face mask to avoid the transmission of IVD, or Infectious Video Disease.