New car sales in Spain and France fell steeply compared with the same period a year ago. In Spain, new-car sales fell 40 percent in October, car manufacturers’ association ANFAC said on Monday. French new passenger car sales fell 7.Read more
New-car sales in Spain, Germany and France fell steeply last month compared with the same period a year ago. In Spain, new-car sales fell 40 percent in October, the country’s car manufacturers’ association ANFAC said. French new-car sales fell 7.Read more
Ford’s new Ka will go on sale in January replacing the venerable and popular original which was launched in 1996.Read more
Bugster runs on electric power.Read more
Developed in conjunction with the Mazda 2, the new Fiesta is going on sale in Europe this fall as a two- or four-door hatchback.
The tectonic plates have shifted. The U.S. Automotive Order, little changed for the last two decades, has suddenly been upended. No longer insulated from the high fuel prices that afflict so much of the world, America needs a drastically different national motor pool, and we need it now. luckily, the fun, frugal, small cars that we crave already exist overseas, and they’re headed our way. But we couldn’t wait for them to arrive before sliding behind the wheel, So we’ve brought you early reports on nine of yhe most promising cars coming to America. The news is good. To their makers, we say, “Step On It!”
This is a car capable of holding its own against anything a Dodge Challenger or Chevy Camaro brings to the street in factory trim.
This was amusing. I worked late last night, and when I left the office, downtown Ann Arbor was largely deserted, and a light rain was falling. The few pedestrians present were dashing through crosswalks, heads bowed, in a hurry to reach warm and dry bars and cars. But the angry sound of this Mustang’s 540-hp, supercharged V-8 and its throaty, H-pipe exhaust was not to be ignored. People looked up, startled, wondering what in the world was creating such a racket on this quiet October weeknight. I’m not surprised. Heck, I was startled, too, especially when I tried to goose the throttle. The reaction from the live rear axle was immediate and violent. The 18-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 rear tires shuddered and skidded and protested at the very notion that they were being asked to provide grip and propulsion on this cold, wet pavement, sending the rear end of the car toward the curb. These tires might as well have been carved of solid oak rather than rubber, so little did they adhere. Okay, I exaggerate, but you know what I mean.
IG Metall, the union that represents German auto workers, plans to mount “massive warning strikes” in Germany’s auto industry to give weight to its demands for an 8 percent wage increase.Read more
Nissan Motor’s second fiscal quarter profit will boost Renault’s second calendar year half results, its alliance partner said.Read more
taly stood by small carmakers like Fiat on Friday, refusing to join France, Germany and Britain in a deal to cut carbon dioxide emissions.Read more
The German state of Lower Saxony plans to fight Porsche’s plans to take full control of carmaker Volkswagen by making use of its blocking minority, state Premier Christian Wulff said.Read more
Lower gasoline prices may create a better launch environment for the F-150, but they present a problem for Ford, too. Ford is betting that a wave of European-designed small cars will lead its turnaround.Read more
Following the three best-selling automakers in the United States, industry groups aim to assure wary consumers they can get financed despite the credit crunch. Credit is available, say groups as varied as the used-vehicle retailer CarMax Inc.Read more
General Motors executives are running the company “minute by minute” as they slash the product development budget to save as much as $1.5 billion.Read more
The economy and the war are important, of course. But in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, a raft of lawsuits against Rep. Vern Buchanan and his big auto dealership group is a defining campaign issue.Read more
Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko wants to kill Galant production in the United States. In its place, Masuko plans to produce small cars suitable for export at the company’s unprofitable factory in Normal, Ill. Mitsubishi Motors Corp.Read more
Despite the downturn in leasing for many brands, automakers’ certified used-vehicle programs will maintain an adequate supply of cars and trucks, executives say.Read more
As its crosstown rivals deal with balky captive finance companies that they no longer control, Ford Motor Co. is pitching its full ownership of Ford Motor Credit Co. as a strategic advantage.Read more
China’s once booming car market has gone flat. It’s a new experience for Ma Xiaochao, 30, sales manager of a Buick dealership. “Things are a lot worse than they were this time last year,” he says. “I estimate sales are down by roughly one-third.”Read more
Audi must build vehicles in America to reach its goal of more than doubling U.S. sales by 2015, says Volkswagen group CEO Martin Winterkorn.Read more
Andrew Brown, chief technologist at Delphi Corp., and Phil Martens, president of the light-vehicle systems group at ArvinMeritor Inc., will join a roundtable discussion on the role of innovation in auto industry sustainability.Read more