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First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang

First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang

Performance and fuel economy aren’t words you normally use in the same sentence.  Not until now, anyway, but with the upcoming debut of the 2011 Ford Mustang, the two words suddenly have a lot more in common than they used to. Ford will officially pull the wraps off...
November Most Hazardous Month for Deer Strikes

November Most Hazardous Month for Deer Strikes

November is the cruelest month for animal strikes, and damage claim costs from these unfortunate accidents are climbing, according to the latest Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) analysis. West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky have higher insurance claim...
We Built Excitement: Pontiac Pulls the Plug

We Built Excitement: Pontiac Pulls the Plug

It’s a cliché we seldom think twice about, but when workers at the General Motors’ Orion Township assembly line finished up a white G6 sedan, just before the long holiday break, last Wednesday, it really was the “end of the line.” More than a century after the first...
Tata Motors Ekes Out Q2 Profit

Tata Motors Ekes Out Q2 Profit

Tata Motors has reported a consolidated operating profit for the quarter ending September 30, 2009 of 218 million rupees ($4.7 million). India’s largest auto company saw a revival in its home market and improvements at its Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary. The turnaround,...
Why Kia Bet on Georgia

Why Kia Bet on Georgia

Just over three years ago, I attended the ground breaking ceremony for the new Kia factory in West Point, Georgia. The weather was soggy and damp and there wasn’t much to see beyond a hilly, 2,100- acre site that the Korean automakers promised to turn into one of...
BMW Sells Formula One Team Back to Sauber

BMW Sells Formula One Team Back to Sauber

BMW AG agreed to sell its 80% ownership in the BMW Sauber F1 Team to founder and former owner Peter Sauber at the end of last week. The contract is subject to the team having a starting place for the 2010 Formula One season, which up to this point is unknown  because...
What if the Pumps Run Dry?

What if the Pumps Run Dry?

Peak oil is a controversial theory that suggests oil production is peaking and will invariably decline over the coming years, leaving the industrial world facing short supplies. In its own way, the theory is more controversial than climate change and rests on...
Russians Put 50 Billion Rubles into Failing Lada

Russians Put 50 Billion Rubles into Failing Lada

Renault, government-owned Russian Technologies and Troika Dialog, an investment bank, have signed a memorandum of understanding to reorganize heavily indebted AvtoVAZ, a maker of more than a dozen models, and best known in the west for its Lada brand. The pending...
Honda Production Declines for 12th Straight Month

Honda Production Declines for 12th Straight Month

Honda Motor Company reports for the month of October that production in Japan declined for the 12th straight month. In other regions Honda operates in it was the 13th monthly decline, although production in Asia and China set records. This means the number two...
The Great Safety Belt Interlock Fiasco

The Great Safety Belt Interlock Fiasco

While car enthusiasts, engineers, critics and regulators all rejoice today at the impressively higher safety belt wearing rates that have contributed importantly to lower rates of fatalities in crashes, the road here has been rough. Thirty-five years ago, and say...
Winterkorn, Pötsch Join Board of Porsche SE Today

Winterkorn, Pötsch Join Board of Porsche SE Today

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, and Hans Dieter Pötsch, Member of the Board responsible for “Finance and Controlling,” join the Board of Management of Porsche Automobil Holding SE today. The appointments came as Porsche...
BMW Planning Triple Reveal at LA Auto Show

BMW Planning Triple Reveal at LA Auto Show

Showgoers at Los Angeles’ Staples Center will get a good look at three high-efficiency models from BMW, when the 2009 L.A. Auto Show opens, next week. Though first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, it will be the first North American showing of the...