Archive for June, 2008

Toyota Motor Co. recently announced that they were opening a new $1 billion dollar car manufacturing facility in Brazil. The new plant will be located in the state of Sao Paulo and will be the company’s second factory in the country. Toyota also has a plant in Indaiatuba, which produces a version of the Corolla […]

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Chrysler Cutting Minivan Production

The largest privately owned automobile manufacturer is cutting back on 2,400 jobs and closing two plants that make mini-vans. Given Chrysler created this category of automobile, this is a major blow. It is also going to effect production of Dodge Rams, which also are seeing slowing sales caused by high gas prices. With the news […]

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Residual value. It’s a term often uttered, but rarely really understood. It could mean the difference between a good purchase and a money pit. Residual value is what makes your car purchase a good long-term investment, not just a good buy the day you pick it up from the dealer. Edmunds.com has released it’s newest […]

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Porsche has just announced it will be moving it’s production of the Boxster and Cayman models from Finland to Austria. It’s longtime manufacturing partner Valmet in Finland will be substituted by Magna Steyr in Austria in 2012. The German automaker gave the reason behing their decision by saying that Magna Steyr has “submitted the most […]

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The title is not a typo. The new Koenigsegg CCXR boasts all those figures and runs on biofuel. It’s an amazing achievement and proof that supercars don’t have to die on the switch to alternative fuels. It’s because of that biofuel that the Koenigsegg’s engine is able to take advantage of the E85’s 104-octane rating […]

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Ford Spending $500 Million In India

Ford Motor Co. recently announced it was going to be investing about $500 million dollars in India. Ford’s Indian devision, called Ford India, will be using the money to build a new engine manufacturing plant and to double it’s car assembly production by 2010. Company executives disclosed the investment plans at the Indian launch of […]

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When BMW’s current 7-Series came out it caused quite a stir. It was a radical departure from the old model, which by it’s own right was conservative at best. People did not know what to think about it’s unusual design, but eventually it was accepted and later copied. But even BMW knows they went a […]

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The trends seem to be going the opposite way from what Dodge is doing. While other automakers are scrambling to make their ever-less selling big trucks more fuel friendly, Dodge has given it’s new Ram pickup truck a 13% bump in power to a stout 390hp. Yet, Dodge said the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 also delivers […]

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Hot on the heels of the latest gas sipping trends, Volkswagen has recently announced that it is introducing a new hybrid version of the golf that they hope to put on the mass market by 2010. The new technology is dubbed TwinDrive. VW is combining  electric motors, hybrid drive systems and lithium-ion battery packs to […]

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Become a Hypermiler, Get 100 MPG

Never heard of hypermilers?  Neither have I until recently, as high gas prices have brought more attention to these drivers who know how to get unbelievable miles per gallon from their vehicles. Hypermilers save on gas by coasting for several blocks with their engine turned off, over-inflating car tires, driving well below the speed limit […]

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