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Hyundai Has A Great November, Audi Celebrates The Entire Year

On: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 11:57AM | By: John Welch

Hyundai Has A Great November, Audi Celebrates The Entire Year test 1-1

. . . The financial reports keep flowing in. In a time when companies aren't hiring, money isn't being passed around, the rich are getting richer while the poor are becoming more poor (sic), how in the hell have we managed to buy 93,507 freaking Audis this year? Eclipsing the old Audi of North America sales record of 93,506, 2010 has been an excellent year for the brand from Ingolstadt. Seriously, Audis are not cheap; how did America manage to purchase so many of them in this, the year of corporate excuse making? Please, upper-crust America, try not to tell me that you can't afford to rehire laid-off workers from your iPhone at the em-effing Audi dealership. I might not have your booze-soaked University of Phoenix business degree, but I'm not stupid. There isn't anything wrong with your two-year-old A6, it isn't our fault you were too ignorant to get the S6 when you had the chance.

A more sensible collection of Americans (the lucky few who got to keep their jobs, albeit with a significant cut in salary and benefits) have made November the best month ever for Hyundai's North American arm. 40,723 transactions, up 45% over Nov. 2009, show that the Koreans are major players in the US market. They should not be taken lightly. With the introduction of the new Elantra and Equus, Hyundai will probably stay strong through the historically weak months of December and January. Who knows, maybe if I were to see more executives driving the Equus I might shelve my daily penchant to drag one of these greedy Birkenstock wearing thieves out of their car and forcefully point their beady eyes at the turn arrow they are ignoring in favor of their phone. You might not have to be anywhere on time, Pig Dog, but I'm late for work. The AutoShopper is way more important than your mobile phone-based bank robbery . . . maybe I should just find a new route in the morning . . .

New Ferrari 599 Model Spied (with Video)

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As detailed by Fiat over the summer, Ferrari will be in ongoing development, releasing six new models over the next three years. Perhaps the most interesting of those new models is a long-awaited Enzo successor. But another exciting model is a 599 GTB replacement, which is codenamed F152. That model is expected by 2012.

A recent clip captured by a Ferrari fan/spy shows a possible test version of the next-gen 599 in action on Ferrari's Fiorano test track. Details remain scarce, but you can see and hear what the model has to offer after the jump.

Automaker's Reputation on Google is Now Made Public

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 3:56PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Automaker's Reputation on Google is Now Made Public test 1-1

Google’s policies and procedures have a significant impact on commerce-related advertising, so the recent changes pertaining to the way Google lists automotive dealers online is causing auto retailers to adjust their online marketing strategies in order to effectively keep up with competitors. With regard to automotive listings, Google previously inserted a few random reviews from other websites, such as “DealerRater.com,” next to a local automotive dealer listing. 

Now Google reveals to surfers who are searching online for dealerships, the actual number of reviews that a dealership has received, then goes as far as to post the average customer ratings taken from all reviews, right next to the dealership listing. All potential customers can now evaluate previous consumers' experiences before ever visiting the dealership. 

The ratings that now appear next to each dealer’s listing on Google are exhibited as a 1 to 5 star rating.

Jaguar Determined To Give the C-X75 A Chance

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Jaguar absolutely stole the show at the Paris Motor Show in the fall, capturing our hearts with a cutting-edge supercar concept called the C-X75. Not only was the car a technological marvel, with its jet turbine/electric powertrain and incredible performance figures, it represented the first supercar that Jaguar has built since the venerable XJ220 from the early 1990s, a car that once held the production car world speed record.

What wasn't clear during Paris was whether Jaguar was serious about reentering the supercar market. The C-X75 was highly conceptual, and things hadn't exactly gone well for Jaguar on the business end of the XJ220, so the C-X75's future was (and is) very questionable. Some reports from Paris indicated Jaguar was using the concept to preview a possible production model, while others indicated the C-X75 was concept and nothing but concept.

A new report from Autocar this week indicates Jaguar is serious about building a new supercar. Top company players state a desire to see a supercar through to production.


Chrysler's New Jeep Compass

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:53AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

2011 Jeep Compass test 2

There are some sure signs that the holidays are upon us; in the automotive world that means that many new autos will be unveiled in showrooms across the country. There is no denying the fact that this is the time of the year when new models begin rolling out, some of which may end up with jumbo red ribbons sitting in driveways on Christmas morning. Chrysler is getting into the spirit by unwrapping their new, revamped Jeep Compass. One glance and you’ll see why this car is going to make it on to a lot of wish lists.

Analysts Project Auto Sales Could Reach 14 Million for 2011

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 3:19PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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A number of analysts, who were recently polled, projected a rise of around 10% in U.S. auto sales for next year. That would amount to around 11.5 million cars being sold. However, at least one analyst predicted a sales volume that was much higher. More importantly, there is evidence to back up this rather optimistic perspective.

“Morgan Stanley says consumer creditworthiness is improving so rapidly that lenders are about to loosen credit dramatically—and that will rocket the market to 14 million units in 2011,” as reported on autonews.com.

Ram Trucks Suffer Recall Syndrome, Likelihood Of 'Crash' Questionable

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:51AM | By: John Welch

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This might sound like a bit of a stretch, but it is an official NHTSA recall none the less. Newly minted Ram Trucks, built between March 2009 and October 2010, that are equipped with a Cummins and the HydroBoost brake system, may show their brake lights too long, causing traffic accidents. Frustration maybe, but accidents? The HydroBoost system, effective at stopping two and a half tons of truck, has little to do with the issue. The real problem is with the power steering resevoir, or more specifically, the resevoir's cap. The cap could be rated for excessive vent pressures, which in turn slows the return motion of the brake pedal. According to the NHTSA, this will lead to lingering brake lights, the slow fading beams somehow causing crashes.

Ahem, sorry, "Increase the risk of crash" . . . Contact your local Dodge or Ram Trucks dealer if you think you may have a truck affected by the recall. Ram will also alert drivers by mail, making sure your truck is up to code one way or another. Full recall inside the post.

GM Struggling To Make The Cruze Relevant

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Considering buying a Chevy Cruze this holiday shopping season? How about next year? Yeah, neither is anyone else. Chevy is struggling to spark interest in its new compact and, according to the Detroit Free Press, the car is on the list of no more than 5 percent of current compact car shoppers. With competitors stomping the Cruze, and more competition on the way in the first half of next year, GM is redoubling efforts to make its struggling compact a market player.

GM Asks For Increased Salaries For Executives

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:21AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, is asking for a bit of leeway regarding restrictions that the government has imposed on the company's executive pay scale. According to Akerson, “We have to be competitive and retain talent. We’re starting to lose them now” Akerson stated that some executives have already accepted other more lucrative employment offers.  When GM accepted government funds, the company automatically relinquished control over many of its corporate decisions, including salary rates.

Novelty Prize: Audi To Develop VW's Large SUVs, Including Cayenne

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

2011 Audi Q7 test 2

Reading about the recent platform power struggle within VW, I have a picture of angry Germans throwing insults and expletives with all kinds of umlauts hanging over top. Early last week, reports indicated that Porsche had beaten Audi for the official VW blessing for developing the group's sport car and large sedan platforms. Those platforms will be used not only for Porsche models like the 911 and the Panamera, but for other models from Bentley, Audi, and Lamborghini. Well, that wasn't without a novelty prize for Audi: according to Automotive News, Audi will take over development of large SUV platforms from Porsche.

Ford's German Offices Raided As a Result Of Bribe Allegations

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

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“We have a warrant to search the premises.” That is a statement no one wants to ever hear. On Monday, that phrase was uttered at the offices of the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant in Cologne, Germany. Police carried out a raid ordered by the Cologne prosecutor, Christina Pohlen. This latest action stems from an investigation launched in September concerning an alleged bribery scheme that is purported to involve several Ford staff members and suppliers.