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Honda Profits Tumble 40%

Honda Profits Tumble 40%

Honda saw profits tumble by nearly 40% for the maker’s third quarter, largely due to problems with the weak U.S. dollar, but while sales are down, it upgraded its profit forecast for the full fiscal year, which ends on March 31. Earnings for the October-December...
Chrysler & Fiat Planning Major Roll-Out in Geneva

Chrysler & Fiat Planning Major Roll-Out in Geneva

While there are dozens of new product roll-outs scheduled for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Chrysler and its Italian ally Fiat hope to steal much of the thunder with an assortment of new offerings set to underscore the breadth of their fast-growing, trans-Atlantic...
BMW Returns to Four-cylinder Roots

BMW Returns to Four-cylinder Roots

Back in ’60s, BMW essentially created the modern sports sedan by slipping a 2.0-liter four cylinder under the hood of a car designed with a 1.6-liter. Long before BMW became synonymous with silky smooth inline sixes – and later ever-more powerful V-8s and...
First Drive: Fiat 500

First Drive: Fiat 500

Who says good things come in small packages?  Probably anyone who gets the chance to drive the new, U.S. version of the Fiat 500. The Italian microcar has won a procession of awards back on the home continent, including the much-coveted World Car of the Year.  But the...
New Fiat 500 Helping Chrysler Ramp Up Exports

New Fiat 500 Helping Chrysler Ramp Up Exports

In a move that underscores the complexity of the global auto industry,  the new Fiat 500 being launched in North America will also debut on a wider, global stage as the Chrysler Group assembly plant in Toluca, Mexico ramps up production later this year. The facility...
Nissan Surges Past Honda

Nissan Surges Past Honda

In a stunning upset, Nissan Motor Co. surged past rival Honda Motor Co. to become the second-largest Japanese automaker – and join the Top Five car manufacturers worldwide. The switch in status was driven, to a significant degree, by Nissan’s success in tapping the...
Ford Posts $6.6 bil Profit for 2010

Ford Posts $6.6 bil Profit for 2010

Ford Motor Co. has posted its biggest profit since 1999 – although the numbers fell more than a billion dollars short of what many had anticipated the automaker would announce. Ford officials said they earned $6.6 billion in 2010, which will trigger profit-sharing...
Marty’s Marketing Minutia

Marty’s Marketing Minutia

Let’s face it, advertisers love sports – perhaps none more than in the auto industry. Last year’s FIFA World Cup was the biggest worldwide televised sports event in history, next in total number of viewers is expected to be next weeks Super Bowl XLV, with commercials...
First Drive: Chrysler 200 Convertible

First Drive: Chrysler 200 Convertible

Convertibles are back in style at Chrysler Group.  The maker that helped spur the revival of open-top motoring, back in the ‘80s, has updated its Sebring into a much more stylish and desirable offering that means it won’t just land with a thud in the daily rental...
Ford Fills a Hole

Ford Fills a Hole

When the Ford Focus goes on sale later this year, drivers should notice the next level in transmission shift quality. The 2012 Focus will have what Ford calls Torque Hole Filling technology, a concept the automaker first patented a quarter century ago. While Ford has...