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Archives: May 2007

Respect for the Minivan Please

Posted by: David Kiley on May 25

There's hardly been a vehicle more maligned in the new century than the minivan. It's not justifiable. Ask anyone with a couple of kids, and they'll tell you that...

Green Lexus Gets a Ticking Off in Britain

Posted by: Ian Rowley on May 23

Red faces all round for the advertising execs behind a campaign for Lexus RX 400h hybrid in the UK. Britain's advertising watchdog has banned magazines ads for the green SUV...

The Volt To Be Lutz's Legacy

Posted by: David Kiley on May 21

So, I heard General Motors’ Bob Lutz on National Public Radio’s “Wait. Wait Don’t Tell Me” this past Saturday. The GM product boss said the vehicle he is most...

$126k Lexus goes on sale in Japan

Posted by: Ian Rowley on May 18

Yesterday Toyota launched the most expensive Lexus to date--the LS600hL hybrid luxury sedan--in Japan. Fully loaded, it costs a pricey 15.1 million yen ($126,000) and is easily the most...

Gas Prices High. But Not High Enough.

Posted by: David Kiley on May 17

The average price of a gallon of gas is now above $3.00 per gallon. That’s affecting some car-buyers’ choices, as it has done in the past two years when gas...

Wither Chrysler?

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on May 16

It's the year 2010 and companies are bidding again for Chrysler. But this time, it's not a distress sale. A revitalized Chrylser has slashed costs, dazzled the market with fuel-efficient...

Citroen's stylish, sometimes quirky C6

Posted by: Dexter Roberts on May 14

I just had the chance to test drive the new C6 executive saloon by Citroen, the successor to its historic DS model, which has recently been released in China....

Chrysler's Future in Russia

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on May 11

Last year when Chrysler reported its third big profit blowout in five years, the question of the automaker's survival loomed again. And speculation about what it will take to save...

GM's pickup problem

Posted by: David Welch on May 10

By now, many industry watchers figured that General Motors would be showing better progress. The company took out about $7 billion in costs from its North American business over...

Ford's Germanic appeal

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on May 10

What! A survey of 24,000 Europeans named Ford as the most trusted auto brand in the Old World. The poll was done by Readers Digest and flagged James Bell...

Will Toyota's profit growth really slow to a near standstill?

Posted by: Ian Rowley on May 09

Toyota delivered another set of bumper results today in Tokyo, comfortably beating targets set in February. The figures are startling. Sales for the year ended March (Toyota's financial year) rose...

The new Mini starts to Roar

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on May 08

April sales figures confirm the second-generation Mini is getting traction around the globe. Sales of the Mini brand in April jumped 19.2 percent to 18,263 cars. During the first...

Warding off Chrysler's bidders

Posted by: David Welch on May 07

It’s not exactly a poison pill. But if anything might ward off the suitors who are scouting an acquisition of the Chrysler Group from German parent Daimler, it’s today’s...

One bidder left for Chrysler?

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on May 07

Ever since Chrysler has been on the block, my sources have cautioned that the company is not worth a penny if the buyer takes over Chrysler's sizeable health and pension...

The Diesel Armada

Posted by: Gail Edmondson on May 04

Thinking of buying a clean-diesel car to get better mileage? You might want to wait until 2008. European and Japanese automakers are about to invade the US market with new...


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