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Entries by Steve Parker from 11/2008

October car/truck sales reports - Fuel for Obama campaign

| Posted 11.01.2008 | Politics

This Monday, the new car and truck sales reports for the month of October will be announced, and are expected to be the worst in 25-or-more years. T...

Lewis Hamilton Wins F1 Championship; First Black Driver in Sport's History

| Posted 11.02.2008 | Entertainment

Lewis Hamilton, 23 and the first Black driver in the history of Grand Prix racing, won the World Driving Championship on Sunday, the most coveted title in all of motorsports.

Auto Industry Drops 32%; GM Plummets Over 45%

| Posted 11.03.2008 | Business

Obama has consistently shown his support for an American car-making industry, a modern and green industry able to build the kinds of cars and trucks people will want to buy.

California's Energy and Driving Propositions -- The Final Tally

| Posted 11.06.2008 | Business

In the near-future, many of us hope to own an electric car and/or a plug-in hybrid car or truck. Yet even without them, electricity demand is already skyrocketing worldwide.

2008 SEMA Show in Las Vegas -- Last Gasp for High-Performance Cars? SEMA photo album now available, too

| Posted 11.10.2008 | Business

Many of the people and companies we saw at SEMA last week may very well be out of a job or out of business by next year's show.

Memo to Detroit: Change Now or Die

| Posted 11.15.2008 | Business

Most Americans think you have brought this disaster upon yourselves, with inferior, irrelevant products the past 35 years.

Five Mistakes by DC and Detroit Hurt Detroit Three's Survival Shances

| Posted 11.18.2008 | Business

Sen. Reid's new bailout bill for the Detroit Three does not set additional fuel-economy requirements, nor does it establish a government oversight board. That's two strikes against getting our money's worth.

Detroit's Day of Reckoning (with Thanks to David Halberstam)

| Posted 11.19.2008 | Business

This week's bailout hearing signaled what looks like the ultimate day of reckoning for this country's once-great and world-dominating car making industry. All Americans are tired of the excuses.

Europe's, China's carmakers ask for help; Waxman wins key Congressional post

| Posted 11.22.2008 | Business

In a major win for all consumers, Democrats in the House of Representatives voted Thursday to put Rep. Henry Waxman of California in charge of a key p...

Eleven Other Countries with Big Auto Industry Problems

| Posted 11.24.2008 | Business

Here's some of what's happening, mostly with GM, in Europe and Asia, two markets outside the U.S. hit hardest by the slowing automobile business.

Los Angeles Auto Show -- Clean Diesels Clean Up

| Posted 11.27.2008 | Business

At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, the 205-mile per hour, $100,000, 2009 Corvette ZR1 is relegated to the very rear of the Chevrolet exhibit, like the "adults only" section in video stores.

Los Angeles Auto Show - It's a wrap!

| Posted 11.30.2008 | Business

How anxious are the Detroit Three carmakers to make sales? My wife and I were at the Los Angeles Auto Show last night, "Black Friday," at the Los Ang...