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A Very Belated Obituary for DeSoto

A Very Belated Obituary for DeSoto

The last tangible evidence of one of Detroit’s iconic brands was rapidly disappearing this week as demolition contractors tore down the last of the DeSoto plant, 50 years after Chrysler Corporation discontinued the car line. Moreover, the Albert-Kahn-designed DeSoto...
Shake-Up in GM Design

Shake-Up in GM Design

Bryan Nesbitt is a man on the move.  The well-reviewed designer made an early jump from the Chrysler design studios to the General Motors Technical Center.  He then wound up in Europe as GM’s styling boss, before returning to the Tech Center.  Now, Nesbitt is getting...
Lamborghini Readying “Everyday” Supercar

Lamborghini Readying “Everyday” Supercar

When the new Lamborghini Aventador was introduced, earlier this year, it included a feature that allows a driver to slightly raise the nose to prevent the front wing from scraping on speed bumps or steep driveways. For the Italian maker, that’s about as big a...
Auto Boom Brings Challenges to China

Auto Boom Brings Challenges to China

The People’s Republic of China faces a huge dilemma when it comes to cars. On the one hand the swift rise of the Chinese automobile industry has brought jobs, investment and a huge measure of prestige to China over the past decade. Only last month, the Shanghai Auto...
2012 Hyundai Genesis Comes in at $34,200

2012 Hyundai Genesis Comes in at $34,200

Hyundai is ready to let buyers slip into the newly-updated 2012 Genesis sedan, and despite some significant upgrades and changes, it’s carrying a barely 1% price increase, at $34,200 – before delivery charges. The 2012 model-year brings the first significant update of...
Berlin Wants to Be World’s Battery-Car Capital

Berlin Wants to Be World’s Battery-Car Capital

For years German carmakers were deeply skeptical of electric cars – and basically they still are — but the German government, backed by the European Union, has announced plans to put one million EV’s on the road in Germany by 2020, which, in terms of vehicle...
UAW Will Seek Seats on GM, Ford, Chrysler Boards

UAW Will Seek Seats on GM, Ford, Chrysler Boards

The United Auto Workers is preparing to tell General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC it wants seats on the boards of directors of all three companies during contract negotiations this summer. UAW president Bob King said he did not want to negotiate...
White House Plugging In

White House Plugging In

The White House is going green.  President Obama is ordering his administration to make a high-mileage shift by replacing its current vehicle fleet with more fuel-efficient battery cars and compacts – and ruling out full-sized sedans unless absolutely necessary. The...
Chrysler Celebrates “Second Chance”

Chrysler Celebrates “Second Chance”

Despite the “skeptical and patronizing looks” of those who placed a “death sentence on our company,” Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne suggested the automaker has proved it is both a viable and competitive player in the global auto industry. The executive, who also runs...