Archives: September 2006

Ford Explorer: Interior Shortcomings Spotlight Distractions at Ford

Posted by: David Kiley on September 29

It took me this long to drive a 2006 Ford Explorer because I only went back on the car beat last May. I had heard from peers of mine...

Honda revs up its green techs

Posted by: Ian Rowley on September 25

On Saturday I got to try out some of Honda's newest green vehicles at the company's R&D center in Tochigi, Japan. Among the vehicles on show were operable versions...

Toyota's grand plans

Posted by: Ian Rowley on September 20

Toyota CEO Katsuaki Watanabe today showed once again that the Japanese auto giant has no intention to take it easy on struggling rivals. Speaking in Tokyo, Watanabe outlined plans to...

Japan's automakers say no to drinking driving

Posted by: Ian Rowley on September 20

In June, I mentioned on the Asia Tech Blog a new cell phone from DoCoMo which allows Japan's managers to check if drivers have been hitting the bottle before taking...

Can the LS rescue Lexus in Japan?

Posted by: Ian Rowley on September 19

Amid much ceremony--well, a cello player, a singer and and a brace of dancers--Toyota today launched the top of the range Lexus LS460 in Tokyo. The company will hope...

GM takes the Hyundai road

Posted by: David Welch on September 07

Here's a true story. Back in 1992, I took my '85 Pontiac Grand Prix to a transmission shop because it was shifting like a cheap lawn tractor. Mind you,...

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