US: Consumers would avoid bankrupt automakers – survey

If push comes to shove, what would consumers make of an automaker that is bankrupt but still operating? It’s an uncomfortable question. Automaker executives such as GM’s Rick Wagoner believe it would worsen prospects as consumers’ confidence in the company erodes. But some lawmakers in Washington believe it might be necessary, if severe, medicine that might allows a failing automaker to truly tackle structural problems.

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Porsche Panamera Revealed

Porsche Panamera Revealed
Porsche Panamera Revealed
Porsche has released the first official pictures of its upcoming Panamera four-door GT, ahead of its debut next spring. Mechanical details are scant, but the company did reveal a few basics.

Porsche has released the first official pictures of its upcoming Panamera four-door GT, ahead of its debut next spring (likely at the Geneva motor show). Mechanical details are scant, but the company did reveal a few basics.

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2008 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe – Dyer Consequences

2008 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe – Dyer Consequences
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High rollin’: Turning heads in the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Fact: Rolls-Royce’s target customer has liquid assets deep into the eight-figure range. That’s how much cash is readily available should one get the urge to splurge on a new solid-gold bowling ball, a platypus-hide humidor, or an invisible hovercraft. This is the demographic that owns a large room equipped with a pool filled with money, except they don’t even swim around in it, because they have people to do that. Eventually, these tycoons, moguls, and scions are going to want to travel somewhere inaccessible by hot-air balloon or sedan chair, and for that, they’ll need an automobile. I humbly suggest the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coup.

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Luca de Meo, Alfa Romeo CEO Interview – The Cars We Need Now!

Luca de Meo, Alfa Romeo CEO Interview – The Cars We Need Now!
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Luca de Meo, Alfa Romeo CEO, discusses the Mi.To, a sporty crossover, and the move back to rear-wheel drive.

Q&A | Luca de Meo, Alfa Romeo CEO

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Stephen Wynne, CEO of The De Lorean Motor Company – Q&A

Stephen Wynne, CEO of The De Lorean Motor Company – Q&A
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Stephen Wynne is CEO of the De Lorean Motor Company near Houston, and he wants to sell you a new De Lorean.

How did you get started with De Loreans?
I’m a mechanic by trade, and in 1983, I had an independent shop in L.A. that worked on English and French cars. The De Lorean was basically an English/French car , so I started working on them. The company was having difficulty, and dealers didn’t want to work on the cars. I got so busy that I started concentrating on De Loreans. From there, it’s crept up. We opened another facility in Texas, and in 1997 I put together a deal to buy the remaining De Lorean parts inventory.

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