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Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Hints at Next Maxima

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Hints at Next Maxima

Nissan will lift the covers on the new Sport Sedan Concept next month – but don’t be surprised if the name, “Maxima,” immediately comes to mind.  While the Japanese maker isn’t offering many details, the striking show car is expected to give a good idea of what’s to...
Automakers Buoying German Economy

Automakers Buoying German Economy

With Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler AG all making major contributions, the success of the German auto industry continues to bolster that country’s economy, which is widely regarded as the strongest in Europe and one of the strongest in the world. Despite the pressure for...
Sound Off? McLaren, Mercedes Take Wipers High Tech

Sound Off? McLaren, Mercedes Take Wipers High Tech

They were one of the world’s first automotive options and remain one of the most critical among the safety gear on even the most modern automobiles.  But until recently, little had changed in over a century for the humble windshield wiper. Oh, perhaps that’s not...
BMW, Toyota Pledge to Make Two Sports Cars

BMW, Toyota Pledge to Make Two Sports Cars

Could it be another merger of equals? Well, not on the scale seen previously, but BMW is confirming that it plans to work with Toyota to produce a pair of sports cars and share in the development of fuel cells and lightweight technologies. “We have agreed on a...
Congress Lets Battery Vehicle Tax Credits Expire

Congress Lets Battery Vehicle Tax Credits Expire

The action – or more accurately, the lack of action – by Congress has been blamed for many things this past, gridlocked year.  To the list add the potential for the electric vehicle market to come unplugged. Lawmakers have headed home for the New Year’s break allowing...
Mercedes Beats Sales Record for Third Year Running

Mercedes Beats Sales Record for Third Year Running

Mercedes-Benz expects to set new production and sales records for 2013. The world’s oldest carmaker produced 1.49 million vehicles, which would be the third year in a row setting a new mark. The Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy is already showing tangible...
McBlog: Keeping Your Cool in the Snow

McBlog: Keeping Your Cool in the Snow

Thirteen Vermont winters and a class win in the Monte Carlo rally might lend me cred as a driver in snow. However, probably even more useful, and certainly more concentrated, are a number of sessions I had over the years at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in...
Qoros Doubles Down in China

Qoros Doubles Down in China

New car buyers in China will have one more option in 2014. Qoros released a teaser photo of its second model that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new vehicle, which will join the Qoros 3 in the company’s line-up, will go on sale in China after its...
Stop/Start Technology to Become Industry Norm by 2022

Stop/Start Technology to Become Industry Norm by 2022

You come to a stoplight and as you put your foot on the brake pedal you might notice the car just got a little bit quieter.  What you likely won’t notice until it’s time to fill up again is that it’s also a bit more fuel-efficient. Credit a new technology called...
Ford Claims Early Victory in Sales Sweepstakes

Ford Claims Early Victory in Sales Sweepstakes

They’re still testing the ball before the big celebration in Times Square tomorrow night, and the industry won’t officially announce final 2013 sales numbers until later in the week – but no matter, Ford Motor Co. is already declaring victory, pronouncing its flagship...
Hyundai North America CEO Krafcik Leaving Company

Hyundai North America CEO Krafcik Leaving Company

In a surprise move and without clear explanation, John Krafcik is out as President and CEO of Hyundai North America despite the fact he oversaw the maker’s most successful rise in sales and market share during his five-year run. Dave Zuchowski, currently...
Michigan Approves Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Michigan Approves Autonomous Vehicle Testing

The move toward autonomous vehicles becoming a reality took another step forward when Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation today allowing the vehicles to be tested on the state’s roadways. Michigan joins Nevada, California and Florida as the only...