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Can Chrysler Match Japanese Quality?

Can Chrysler Match Japanese Quality?

It’s one of the industry’s older plants and one that has not had an especially distinguished history.  Not until now, anyway.  But going forward, Chrysler officials are determined to transform their Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant into one of the best in the...
Automakers May Sidestep Resin Shortage

Automakers May Sidestep Resin Shortage

What seemed, just last week, a crisis that could bring the global auto industry to its knees may actually turn out to be little more than an annoyance, or so industry leaders could learn today. A late March explosion at a chemical plant in Germany left automakers...
First Drive: 2013 Dodge Dart

First Drive: 2013 Dodge Dart

With its unexpectedly strong first-quarter earnings it’s no wonder Chrysler officials have been crowing about the turnaround of a company that was bankrupt just three short years ago.  Those profits have largely been driven by a surge in demand for models ranging from...
Volvo Accelerating Plans for China

Volvo Accelerating Plans for China

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to call Volvo a Swedish car company.  These days, most of its top management – headed by CEO Stefan Jacoby, a former Volkswagen executive – is German and it is now owned by China’s big Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. Further...
Car-to-Car Link Could Cut Collisions by 80%

Car-to-Car Link Could Cut Collisions by 80%

Technologies allowing cars to “talk” to one another could cut the highway collision rate by as much as 80%, sharply reducing the number of injuries and fatalities, according to the nation’s top automotive safety regulator. The National Highway Traffic Safety...
Daimler Earnings Improve

Daimler Earnings Improve

Preliminary signs suggest Daimler AG is gaining traction from the ongoing product blitz launched by its flagship Mercedes-Benz brand, the German manufacturer reporting a 20% increase in net income for the first quarter, earning jumping to more than or 1.4 billion...
Men Go For Flash and Brawn, Women Want Compact Imports

Men Go For Flash and Brawn, Women Want Compact Imports

While we’re often warned to steer clear of stereotypes the fact is that they’re often accurate and useful.  And nowhere, it seems, is that more true than when it comes to identifying the type of cars men and women choose. Guys, a new study reveals, like cars that are...
Honda Earnings Rebound from Quake

Honda Earnings Rebound from Quake

Honda earnings for the January to March quarter rebounded by 61% as the maker was able to finally overcome production cuts forced by last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  But the disaster still took a sharp toll on Honda’s full-year profits....
Mustang Gets World’s Most Powerful Production V-8

Mustang Gets World’s Most Powerful Production V-8

The supercharged 5.8-liter engine in Ford’s newly-updated Shelby GT500 has officially been certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers as the world’s most powerful series production V-8. The big powerplant, used in Ford’s top-end Mustang, will make 662 horsepower...
Ford Q1 Earnings Tumble

Ford Q1 Earnings Tumble

Ford Motor Co. saw its first quarter net income plunged 45% compared to a year ago to $1.4 billion, or 35 cents a share, the maker blaming higher taxes and lower European and Chinese sales for the sharp slide. But North American results were their best in over a...
Luxury Buyers Like the Idea of Autonomous Driving

Luxury Buyers Like the Idea of Autonomous Driving

After a late evening that included a few too many drinks the last thing you’re looking for is driving to work on a Monday morning.  No problem.  Just plug in your destination, close your eyes and let your autonomous vehicle drive to the office for you. What has long...