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Chrysler Moves Up-Market with 300 Luxury Series

Chrysler Moves Up-Market with 300 Luxury Series

No, there’s not any “Corinthian Leather,” but with the addition of the new Luxury Series Chrysler nudges the latest version of its big 300 sedan decidedly up-market. It’s been quite some time the Detroit maker put its last true luxury entry, the old Imperial, out to...
Hyundai Snatches Design Chief from BMW

Hyundai Snatches Design Chief from BMW

Hyundai has pulled off a styling coup.  The maker has snatched Christopher Chapman, one of BMW’s more promising designers – to head the Korean maker’s Design Center in Irvine, California. Chapman replaces Philip Zak, who left Hyundai last spring to rejoin the General...
Spy Shots: 2013 Nissan Altima

Spy Shots: 2013 Nissan Altima

We’ve been hearing lots, in recent months, about the problems faced by the “Japanese” as a result of the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck the country’s northeast coast last March.  While it’s true the industry was briefly sidelined, and while Toyota and Honda...
Delhi Motor Show May Steal Thunder from Detroit

Delhi Motor Show May Steal Thunder from Detroit

The auto show season has kicked into high gear and one of the industry’s most important events will be opening its doors to the media in less than two weeks.  But the annual Detroit Auto Show will be facing some stiff competition for the headlines this year. In an...
First Drive: 2013 Mini Countryman Cooper S John Cooper Works

First Drive: 2013 Mini Countryman Cooper S John Cooper Works

You’re likely to be halfway down the slopes by the time you can pronounce the full name of Mini’s newest – and fastest – crossover model, the Mini Countryman John Cooper Works.  Take our word for it, as we had our first chance to check out the Countryman JCW during a...
Marty’s Marketing Minutia: Mission Possible

Marty’s Marketing Minutia: Mission Possible

Last Friday night, along with thousands of other invitees around the country, I attended a special sneak preview of the new Tom Cruise action movie, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  I was lucky.  Most of the folks who attended the official opening weekend for the...
Auto Industry Likely to End Year with Strong Sales

Auto Industry Likely to End Year with Strong Sales

The auto industry has been doing much of the heavy lifting, in recent months, helping fuel a late-2011 surge in the economy and it looks like the car market’s recovery from its worst downturn since the Great Depression is continuing into the year-end holidays. In...
540 HP = No Waiting!

540 HP = No Waiting!

We road test a lot of vehicles, and some are simply more inspiring than others. There are hybrids, econocars, family sedans, European luxury boats, and then there’s the 2012 Roush Stage 3 Mustang convertible. Ford’s Mustang is a nice ride, no question about it, but...
Chinese Auto Exports Ramping Up

Chinese Auto Exports Ramping Up

With the domestic market starting to show signs of a slowdown perhaps it should come as no surprise that China’s automakers are ramping up plans to export product to other parts of Asia, Europe and now, even North America. Honda will soon begin shipping the subcompact...
LaHood Rejects Blanket Ban of In-Car Electronics

LaHood Rejects Blanket Ban of In-Car Electronics

Even some of the biggest foes of distracted driving are rejecting the idea of a blanket ban on mobile electronics – notably including U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who has referred to the rise in distracted driving collisions, injuries and deaths as a...
Kia Unveils Korea’s First Battery Car

Kia Unveils Korea’s First Battery Car

Kia has charged out Korea’s first full battery-electric vehicle, a city car dubbed the Ray EV. A virtual clone of one of the Asian maker’s conventionally powered multi-purpose minicars, the lithium-ion-powered Ray EV will get about 86 miles per charge, the maker...