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Paris To Give SUVs Le Boot

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Ever imagine a city highway/byway system free of large, overconfident, CO2-puking hunks of steel and fiberglass known as SUVs? Of course, we all have; it's only natural. Sure SUVs have their place on certain types of drives, but for too many years they've become the default vehicle of choice for soccer moms and Stepford wives.

Well, if you happen to be living in or visiting Paris, you may not have to fantasize any longer. The city plans to test restrictions on gas guzzling vehicles in the heart of downtown. Pretty soon, the Parisian architecture and skyline will no longer be obstructed by boxy, annoying refrigerators on wheels.


UAW Plans To Ramp Up Transplant Membership Drive

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


UAW Plans To Ramp Up Transplant Membership Drive test 1-1

In the world of auto manufacturing there are two types of people: pro-union or non-union. There are pluses and minuses on both sides of the union issue, but the fact remains that the United Auto Workers union is a dominant force in the car industry.

The survival of any union depends on a robust membership. Right now, the UAW rosters stand at around 400,000 active members and nearly 900,000 retired members. Most of these folks are based in the Midwest around Detroit or living the good life in sunnier climates. A little upside down, yes? Much like Social Security? As anyone in the auto industry will tell you, most of the auto manufacturing is now concentrated in southern right-to-work bastions where Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagen have set up operation. Those plants will be the focus of a new organizing drive spearheaded by current UAW President Bob King.


Chrysler Dealer Arbitration Returns to Court

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In the auto dealership world, there are strict regulations when it comes to having like-branded dealerships competing with each other in the same geographic zone. This issue is causing a lot of headaches for former Chrysler dealerships as they try to get back into business with the automaker.


Auto Safety Legislation Fails, Congress Goes on Vacation

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:33AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The auto safety legislation package created as a response to recent recall problems, specifically those by Toyota, failed to make it out of Congress before the holiday break. The legislation was the most comprehensive auto safety reform seen in years, but it sunk due to opposition.


 

Maybach and Aston Martin to Team on Cars/Engines

On: Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Weiss


Maybach and Aston Martin to Team on Cars/Engines test 1-1

Audi and Bentley, meet Aston Martin and Maybach. According to a report originating in Financial Times, Aston Martin and Maybach may very well be the next high-powered, high-end car companies to team up on vehicles. More accurately, the partnership would be a broader team-up between Aston Martin and Daimler.


Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: Fisker Ups The Price of the Karma by $8K

On: Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 1:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: Fisker Ups The Price of the Karma by $8K test 1-1

Here we thought that Fisker was finally over all the adversity and obstacles and ready for Karma launch, and now word of a significant price increase. The price of the Fisker Karma has long been set at $87,900. But now, as the Karma is getting closer and closer to finally launching, Fisker has raised the price by nearly 10 percent. Fisker buyers will now have to fork over an additional $8 grand for their car.


New World-Record-Contending Keating ZKRs Supercar to Debut Next Spring

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


New World-Record-Contending Keating ZKRs Supercar to Debut Next Spring test 1-1

The world-record-capable supercar market is starting to get pretty flooded. It started with the 1,200-hp Bugatti Veyron SS breaking the world record in the summer. The previous record-holder, Shelby Supercars, introduced the all-new Aero II in the fall. The TranStar Dagger GT, which has a rather unbelievable claim of 314 mph, has been floating around for months. Koenigsegg has the Agera and Hennessey has the Venom GT. And now word of a new possible contender: an all-new, 2,200-hp, range-topping Keating ZKRs.


Michael Vick Endorsing New Auto Dealership?

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 11:18AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Around this time of year, the idea of charity and forgiveness takes center stage. Redemption can be a long and difficult journey, depending on the initial transgression. Look no further for proof of this than Michael Vick.

Right out of college, Vick was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons where his talent on the gridiron was on the rise. As with any popular and winning sports star, the high profile endorsements soon followed. In short time, Vick was the face of Nike, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Rawlings, and Hasbro. By all indications, there was no stopping Vick’s star from rising. That was until he was arrested for animal cruelty.


BMW, Daimler Offer New Share-A-Car Program

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 10:13AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


BMW, Daimler Offer New Share-A-Car Program test 1-1

Two European luxury brands are making their way into a new arena in the automotive industry, car sharing, an innovative idea for automakers which have spent the past 100 years in the sales market.

Daimler AG and BMW are testing new auto-sharing programs. Both automakers report that the decision to launch into the car sharing program was prompted by a changing market, specifically amoung youth car buyers living in urban areas.
 


Muscle Cars Withstanding Slumping Market

On: Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 10:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Muscle cars have long earned their name for their big, powerful engines and hard-hitting, invigorating drives. But this year, American modern classics like the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger have been puting that muscle to a more practical use: fending off a bad economy and struggling sport car market toward solid annual sales. These three models have been among the select few flourishing in the recent recession.


Ford Motor Company Raises Stake In China's Jiangling Motors

On: Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 10:29AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Ahhh Yeeah, The Jiangling Motors Corporation Landwind X6! test 2

Ford plans to invest in a higher stake in China's Jiangling Motors, which now makes up over 30% of Ford's China sales. The investment will give Ford more voting power on Jiangling's board to enable future growth in China's fast-growing light commercial vehicle segment.