Talk about ambitious. Hyundai is picking a fight with the likes of Lexus, Mercedes and BMW with their new Genesis sedan. It’s a cut-price flagship designed to offer customers the best of the premium sedan world for a lot less money.Read more
General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner says the company won’t know how much more in government loans it will need until March 31.Read more
The head of Denso International America Inc. said a weaker yen and shrinking U.S. vehicle production are making it tough to forecast a profit for the fiscal year that ends March 31.Read more
A veteran Republican lawmaker says it would be better for the federal government to give $5,000 to every new-vehicle buyer than to pour more taxpayer money into struggling companies.Read more
It was a bit tamer this year at the Detroit auto show, but there was still plenty of alluring sheetmetal for enthusiasts to get fired up about. And in the minds of AutoWeek editors, an Audi, two Fords and a Cadillac rose to the top.Read more
Jaguar Cars Ltd., which stopped reporting sales figures after being purchased by India’s Tata Motors in June, said global sales rose 8 percent last year while U.S. volume fell.Read more
Lamborghini sales in the United States fell in 2008, but the brand still had a record year worldwide, said president Stephan Winkelmann.Read more
Tennessee U.S. Senator Robert Corker came to the Detroit auto show today and said Chrysler LLC needs to find a merger partner and General Motors is carrying too much debt.Read more
Tesla founder and chairman Elon Musk took the occasion of his companys first Detroit show appearance to announce that Tesla will provide components for the Smart Electric.Read more
A careful update of the car that lives at the intersection of doing something good for the environment and doing something nice for yourself.
The RX is the best-selling Lexus, and one in five sold is the hybrid version. It’s no surprise, then, that with the new third-generation RX – the second to have a hybrid powertrain – Lexus is treading very carefully.
The Vibe (a Toyota/General Motors joint venture) is an extremely important vehicle: it’s a versatile, useful, small wagon from the two top automakers in the universe.
Say what you will of the knife-edge styling that plagued Pontiacs of the late 1990s, but I really liked the styling of the first-generation Vibe – it was sharp, it was (surprisingly) clean, and the result was a five-door hatch that had some sport to it. I can’t say the same for the new car. Designers seemed to keep some of the sharp lines of the original, but they inexplicably added rotund forms for no real reason. It’s not the Aztek, mind you, but it’s not the sharp, sporty little thing I once admired.
The Engineering Society of Detroit is teaming up with General Motors and Michigan Technological University to provide free “green” training to up to 60 displaced engineers.Read more
Staying ahead of the hybrid pack.
No shoes were flung when the 2010 Toyota Prius debuted at the recent Detroit auto show. Considering the grim mood in the Motor City – with domestic automakers on death watch and frozen credit paralyzing sales – and the fact that a gallon of gas costs little more than a can of beer, that’s remarkable. Detroit was hardly the opportune place for a fuel-scrimping, technically advanced Asian import to bow. Then again, consider the Latin meaning of the word Prius: to go before. Defying skeptics is this car’s cause. The Prius’s mission has always been venturing ahead of the gas-saving, earth-hugging curve.
California hybrid automaker Tesla Motors is working with Daimler AG to create an electric version of the Smart car, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said today at the Detroit auto show.Read more
The first export shipment of Maruti Suzuki’s new A-star (aka Alto) is on its way to Europe.Read more
A joint venture between U.S. supplier Johnson Controls Inc. and French battery maker Saft SA intends to produce as many as 20,000 lithium ion battery systems over the next five years for Azure Dynamics Inc.Read more
Tesla Motors has begun taking orders today for the Roadster Sport, a higher-performance sports car based on the pioneering, all-electric original Roadster.Read more
As people again braved the snow and recession to reach the Detroit motor show on Tuesday, news from the other side of the world suggested October’s Tokyo show might be cancelled.Read more