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Obama Admin Presses Success of Auto Industry

Obama Admin Presses Success of Auto Industry

Barely a week after declaring “the U.S. Auto industry is back,” in the state-of-the-union message, President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden took that message on the road,  the two men pressing for still more job growth – and for a political advantage in the upcoming...
First Look: MOPAR 12 300

First Look: MOPAR 12 300

It started out selling antifreeze but, 75 years later, MOPAR has become a key part of Chrysler’s global growth strategy – and a brand in its own right, with its third specially badged model in three years soon to roll into showrooms. The new MOPAR 12 300 is a...
Dodge Offers First Tease of Reborn Viper

Dodge Offers First Tease of Reborn Viper

With the reborn Dodge Viper scheduled to make its return debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show, the Detroit maker is offering a first vague hint of what’s to come in the form of this stylized silhouette on the SRT Facebook fan page. The original Viper roadster,...
Denso, Yazaki Plead Guilty in Massive Bid-Rigging Case

Denso, Yazaki Plead Guilty in Massive Bid-Rigging Case

Two of Japan’s largest suppliers of automotive electrical components–Yazaki Corp and DENSO Corp. –have agreed to plead guilty and to pay more than a half billion dollars in criminal fines for their involvement in bid-rigging conspiracies in the sale of parts to...
Folded Like Origami

Folded Like Origami

Everything is smaller when folded, but could that work for cars as well? A consortium of technology companies in the Basque region of Spain is planning to produce a tiny city car that was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Called Hiriko, European...
Chrysler Operating Earnings Could Near $2 Billion

Chrysler Operating Earnings Could Near $2 Billion

Borrowing the title of a ‘60s-era counterculture novel, Chrysler executives might say, “Been down so long it looks like up to me,” especially if preliminary estimates hold true on Wednesday.  That’s when the long-troubled U.S. maker plans to report its fourth quarter...
Fiat 500L to Debut in Geneva

Fiat 500L to Debut in Geneva

Bigger is better, or so goes the classic mantra of the American motorist.  So, can Fiat improve its fortunes by going just a wee bit bigger with an extended version of its 500 minicar? Company officials confirm they will reveal the stretched version of the Cinquecento...
Opinion: A Waste of a Good Man’s Time

Opinion: A Waste of a Good Man’s Time

So much of Washington is political theater, meant to do nothing except entertain, advance political ambition, or provide political cover. Consider what happened here last Wednesday. The augustly titled House Subcommittee on Government Reform and Regulatory Affairs,...
Dealers Happiest with Hyundai, Subaru and Lexus

Dealers Happiest with Hyundai, Subaru and Lexus

As many as 10,000 U.S. car dealers will descend on Las Vegas later this week for the National Automobile Dealers Association convention, an annual binge of partying and, in many cases, griping about the problems they have with their manufacturers. It’s not unusual to...
Ford’s Earnings: A Closer Look

Ford’s Earnings: A Closer Look

Sometimes it can be difficult to please Wall Street.  As trading for the week neared its close the automaker’s shares were on track to drop about a half dollar as trader’s lamented the sort of figures that they might have only fantasized about during the depths of the...