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GM Selling Off Delphi Stake

GM Selling Off Delphi Stake

Putting further distance between it and its one-time parts subsidiary, General Motors will sell off its stake in the massive automotive supplier Delphi. The $3.8 billion deal will be paired with the sell-off of the stake in Delphi held by the federal Pension Benefit...
UAW Membership Posts Rare Gain

UAW Membership Posts Rare Gain

Things haven’t been going well for the United Auto Workers Union in recent years.  The maker has not only had to grant significant concessions to Detroit’s Big Three automakers, but membership has been steadily declining – the result of the Motor City’s decline as...
Ford Aiming to Engineer a Digital Child

Ford Aiming to Engineer a Digital Child

Can a virtual child help save the 1,300 or so real kids killed each year in motor vehicle accidents? That’s what Ford Motor Co. is hoping.  The maker has launched a high-tech project to recreate the very complicated anatomy of a young child in digital form to make it...
First Look: Hyundai Blue2 Fuel Cell Concept

First Look: Hyundai Blue2 Fuel Cell Concept

Remember hydrogen…as in fuel cells?  It wasn’t all that long ago that battery cars were kids to play with and environmentalists, regulators and automakers alike were talking confidently of the “hydrogen economy.” Well, these days, the focus is on what the industry...
First Look: Kia Naimo

First Look: Kia Naimo

A first look at the new Naimo concept vehicle and you might think you’re looking at the next-generation Kia Soul.  They do share some basics, including the hard-edged new prototype its name, Naimo derived from the Korean word for “square shape.” But with its...
Plans for Buick “Volt” Not Yet Locked in Stone

Plans for Buick “Volt” Not Yet Locked in Stone

Not long ago written off for dead, the Buick brand is staging a remarkable recovery and, so far this year has outsold Lexus and come close to tackling BMW.  No wonder General Motors is rushing to expand Buick’s relatively modest line-up. Could a plug-in hybrid be in...
Chevrolet Offers Tease of New Malibu

Chevrolet Offers Tease of New Malibu

Chevrolet is getting ready to roll out an all-new version of its Malibu sedan – but in an interesting turn reflecting the realities of the new automotive world order, the new 2012 model will be making its formal debut not at the upcoming New York Auto Show but at the...
China Now Leads in Clean Energy Investments

China Now Leads in Clean Energy Investments

As President Barack Obama exhorts Americans to get behind a coherent energy policy, a new study shows the U.S. falling  behind in the race to develop new, clean sources of energy, according to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts. Last year, clean energy investment...
Tesla Sues Top Gear

Tesla Sues Top Gear

Battery car start-up Tesla Motors has sued the popular BBC program, “Top Gear,” claiming it maliciously lied about the company’s 2-seat Roadster. The legal action, taken in the U.K. aims to have the widely-syndicated show stop rebroadcasting an episode in which one of...