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Daewoo Is Dead; Will Anyone Mourn/Notice?

On: Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 11:15AM | By: John Welch


Daewoo Is Dead; Will Anyone Mourn/Notice? test 1-1

We remember the Daewoo brand fondly, don't we? The awe inspiring Nubria, the effervescent Lanos, the stunning Lacetti, the imaginative Matiz . . . wait, we never got the Matiz. Dang it. Our loss. All sarcasm aside, Daewoo has been responsible for more then its share of commuter boxes over the course of the last twelve years. Most Suzukis are actually Daewoos, most small Chevrolets, the Cobalt being the lone exception, are in fact Daewoo-designed vehicles. The Euro-market Chevrolet Lacetti, Spark, Captiva (can anyone say "Saturn Vue"?), and Orlando are all, in fact, Daewoo products. Which begs the question, "why aren't they Daewoos?"

Following the lead of Ford's "One Ford" global platform plan, GM has systematically phased out all semblance of Daewoo badging world-wide, placing bowties where a weird, tri-pointed waterfall once sat. Americans will hardly notice, we haven't had a Daewoo branded product since 2004. The question is, will Korea notice? Also, will Korea be willing to buy enough Chevrolets to give GM a coveted extra percentage point in the Korean market? GM thinks it can expand from 9% of South Korea's new car sales to 10%. They're sending over their best and brightest, begining with the Chevy Camaro. In return GM Daewoo is giving us the new Sonic small car, as well as the Spark/Matiz, possibly by the end of the calendar year. Possibly. Venture inside the post for GM's side of the story . . .


Subaru FT-86 Model To Launch In Geneva

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 5:06PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If we take a trip back in time all the way to the Tokyo Motor Show of October 2009, we'll find the original FT-86 concept, a sports coupe created through a partnership between Toyota and Subaru. That partnership was always designed to develop both the FT-86 and a Subaru version of the FT-86, but for a long time all we have had was speculation, spy shots, and media-made mock-ups of Subaru's end of the deal.

Well, we won't have to wait much longer to see what Subaru has created with Toyota's help. The company announced that it will introduce its own sports coupe concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March.


On Tap at Chrysler: Hybrid 300, Jeep Wrangler Pick-Up

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


On Tap at Chrysler: Hybrid 300, Jeep Wrangler Pick-Up test 1-1

Showing that the 2011 Detroit Auto Show was but a start and not a conclusion, Sergio Marchionne has been busy talking up the future products on the way from the Fiat/Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep factories. The new launches will help Chrysler more than double sales from its bankruptcy year in 2009 and will provide a host of new options for cleaner driving.

One of the more interesting upcoming vehicles Marchionne mentioned is a hybrid version of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300. Chrysler's flagship sedan will get a gas-electric powertrain by 2013, according to the Fiat CEO.

Additionally, there are plans for a Jeep Wrangler pickup that will hopefully take a lot of inspiration from the NuKizer 715 (pictured above) that Jeep/Mopar brought to the 2010 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab.


Jaguar Executive Confirms Expansion Plans, C-X75 In the Mix

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


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It seems that Jaguar is really intent upon expansion. Confirming some of the details of an Autocar report last month, global brand director Adrian Hallmark put it quite simply in a discussion with Inside Line: "The market has changed and it's no longer enough just to focus on sedans." That comment mimics an aside that Hallmark made to Autocar when he said that Jaguar needs to stop being a saloon-based company.


 

Automakers Duke It Out With Small Cars At This Year's Detroit Auto Show

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:27AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Let’s get ready to rumble!

Dateline: the Detroit Auto Show. In this corner we have the redesigned Honda Civic squaring off against the downsized Toyota Prius with the sporty Hyundai Veloster waiting to step into the ring. But before these upstart Asian entries think they’ll take home the championship belt, look out for the American Detroit Big Three as they step into the ring with their own small car knock outs.

We’ve got the GM subcompact Chevy Sonic itching to take on the Honda Fit and the Ford Fiesta. But hold onto your seatbelts! Ford is coming into the arena with their own newly redesigned Ford Focus that they’ll pit against the Chevy Cruze or the Hyundai Elantra any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Folks, this is shaping up to be a small car battle royale the likes of which we’ve never seen before. No matter who is victorious in the auto show showdown, it will be the America car buyer who’s going to come out on top as the winner!


Auto Sales Projection For 2011: December Was Good, 2011 Will Be Even Better

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:22AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Was there a new car sitting in your driveway on Christmas morning with a big red bow? If so, you weren’t alone. December auto sales figures are projected to be the third straight month to hold above a total 12 million sold for the year. No one is popping the champagne cork just yet, but if sales keep on this pace, experts predict a very good 2011.

“That's a long way from the 16 million and 17 million sales rates that we experienced for the better part of this decade. But we're coming out of 2010 on an upswing and I think this bodes well for 2011,” so says Ford Motor sales analyst George Pipas.


Bugatti Aiming For 270 MPH With Veyron Successor

On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well, isn't this interesting. Not three weeks after a report indicates that Volkswagen is planning on winding down Bugatti Super Sports coupes (aka Veyron) in favor of a more profitable model (aka a four-door coupe like the 16C Galibier), a report from Auto Express suggests that the automaker is preparing to build a Veyron successor. Not only will the Veyron live on, according to the site, but it will get even more powerful and extreme.


The Sebring Weekend: Vettes, Vipers And Of Course, The Odd Porsche

On: Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 2:45PM | By: John Welch


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Along with the litany of Porsche and BMW models present at Sebring International Raceway had some company, some big, mean, fire-breathing American company. Besides our favorite Germans, an excellent track car can be had from Chrysler and General Motors. We saw a ton of SCCA-prepared Chevy Corvettes and Dodge Vipers in the paddock and they were all very glorious. The PBOC welcomes all comers, and it is evident that our own American muscle is viewed fondly by amatuer racers from around Central Florida, the Carolinas, and Georgia.

Inside the post you will find great photos of the meanest pushrod-pounding track stars littering the SIR paddock, with an odd Porsche thrown in. It must be said that the drag racing that took place on Sebring's famous front stretch was dominated by turbocharged, all-wheel drive Porsches, but that these Yankee beauties were the cars to beat during the hot lap sessions earlier in the day.


Dodge Expects Next Viper To Compete For Corvette And Porsche Sales

On: Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:58AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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“Drop-dead beautiful” is a phrase being used by Chrysler to describe their upcoming 2013 Dodge Viper. If Chrysler has their way, this new Viper is going to cause some serious headaches for GM’s Corvette and Porsche SE’s cars. Unfortunately, interested buyers are going to have to wait until 2012 for the next incarnation of the Viper to hit showroom floors. Until then it’s all about creating the sizzle for the steak.


Jury Close To Verdict In Civil Case Regarding Battenberg

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 3:20PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In the recent trial of Delphi CEO J.T. Battenberg III, the 10-person jury sat through 11 weeks of a court proceedings based on 1 million pages of court documents that were filed and entered into evidence. On the average, a person can read around 100 pages per hour, depending on the content. This would mean that in order for the jury to read through all of those documents, they would have had to be reading around the clock, with no breaks, for up to 416 days straight. Despite that, they were still able to reach a verdict on some of the more serious charges.

The big news: Battenberg was found to have not committed fraud as it pertained to the $237 million payment that Delphi made to its former parent company—GM—back in 2000.


High Gas Prices Are Great For The Auto Industry

On: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 3:17PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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When gasoline prices blew past $3 a gallon recently, the highest level in 26 months, it was tough news for consumers, but a marketing boost for automakers trying to sell pricey new technology needed to meet tougher fuel economy rules that took effect January .

The new era will raise fleet fuel economy standards, in annual steps, to 35.5 mpg for 2016 models, a 30 percent rise from the 27.3 mpg of the 2011 model year.

The first step is a total fleet average of 30.1 mpg for 2012 models, which officially can go on sale this week. Automakers already are accelerating their use of costly lightweight materials and advanced powertrains on the way to 2016.