Archive for December, 2009

Toyota has announced that it will reveal its newest car, a subcompact hybrid, on Jan. 11, the first day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Toyota subcompact hybrid’s name has not been announced yet, but Toyota has expressed interest in using the Prius name for a line of cars rather than […]

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The 2011 Ford Mustang will have a 5.0 liter V8. This will be the first time since 1995 that a Mustang will wear the 5.0 badge. In addition to the 5.0’s nostalgic appeal, it will pack an impressive 412-horsepower, according to Autoblog. The Mustang’s 412-hp and 390-ft-lbs of torque will bring it into level competition […]

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Oklahomans can now buy the Kandi Coco, a street legal electric car, for just $865. The Kandi Coco normally costs $10,599,  a much more realistic price for a street legal electric car, but thanks to some very large tax credits, the cost for a buyer is less than $1,000. Two tax credits from the federal […]

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This year was rough for automakers. A few companies closed while others had to lay off hundreds of workers to stay alive. Two companies managed to not only stay in business, but actually grew. Hyundai and Subaru both sold more cars in 2009 than 2008, according to Left Lane News. Hyundai’s success is likely due […]

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Chinese car company Great Wall will begin selling cars in Europe this year. This will be the first time that a Chinese company has breached the lucrative European market. Several Chinese car companies have expressed an interest in coming to America, so if Great Wall is successful in Europe, a Chinese company selling cars in […]

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the convertible version of the E-Class. The E350 and E550 convertible models will join the sedan and coupe E -Class cars to give Mercedes an almost full set of every possible body style in the E-Class. All that will be missing is the unwanted-in-America wagon body. The E350 and E550 convertibles will […]

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The Saab brand of cars will be discontinued. GM, which owns Saab, had planned to sell the Swedish brand of luxury cars as part of its post-bankruptcy reorganization. When a deal with a group led by Swedish supercar company Koenigsegg fell through, GM looked for another buyer but was unable to find one.  With no […]

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MINI will show off a concept called the Beachcomber next month at the Detroit Auto Show. The MINI Beachcomber concept is a modern take on the doorless Mini Moke of the 1960s. While it’s hard to imagine an SUV without doors selling today, the Beachcomber will provide insight into what a MINI SUV would look […]

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GM is negotiating the sale of Saab’s old technology to a Chinese carmaker. Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings is looking to buy the technology behind the current Saab 9-3 and 9-5. The rest of the Saab brand is still for sale, but GM may simply shut it down if a buyer isn’t found soon, according to […]

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The Honda Element has never lived up to Honda’s sales projections, but will still be getting a new lease on life. Honda has announced that the seven year old Element will get an overdue redesign soon. According to Autoblog, Honda originally planned for the Element to sell 75,000 units a year, and it will only […]

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