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Precipitous fifteen-year drop in US car sales; Need one? You probably can't get one

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

They say "start out bad news with a joke," so: In Peter Gent's "North Dallas Forty," a football coach is talking with the team owner's son about his f...

Paul Newman, Race Car Driver, 83

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Parker

His movie bosses were never happy with his racing; it's not easy to get insurance on a production with a star who spends his weekends racing.

BIG TRUCKS GAINING SALES TRACTION ... AGAIN!

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

The auto industry's US sales numbers for August are in, and Americans are again buying full-size pickups and SUVs. They are actually a "bright spot" i...

$50 Billion for the Detroit Three: Yea or Nay?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Should Chrysler, or two of the car-makers or even all three go bust, then, this time, the American people will pay the price, both literally and figuratively.

Detroit Three's Plan Greener Future -- Too Little, Too Late?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

GM is promoting the non-existent Chevrolet Volt, telling Olympics viewers it will be manufactured in 2010, but that's not definite. They say its gasoline powers a "generator" which keeps on-board batteries juiced-up.

Clean Diesels- The Line-Up So Far

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

Sometimes, it's the incongruities, not the new models, which make the auto industry so interesting.

Is Your Car's Interior Killing You?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

Ever wondered about that dreary film which builds-up inside the windshield of your car or truck? Not outside, which can be taken care of easily enough; inside.

Chrysler Would Outsource Everything But SUVs?

Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This is the year of cutting SUV production. If you don't believe it, ask Ford, where they're idling manufacturing plants because they can't sell the...

First US-Built Chinese Vehicle Now On-Sale

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

It should make headlines, but it won't. The news: the first major captive import vehicle-maker from China has opened its Oklahoma doors and started-up its assembly line.

XM plus Sirius = Satellite Radio Monopoly

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Now, after several years of competition between XM and Sirius, there will be one satellite radio company -- a monopoly created by the federal government. And you don't need me to tell you how strange that is.

A Car Buyer's Tale: Shticker Shock

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

Not long ago, I thought I was buying a new car. I knew my preferred colors (what the heck is "Cypress Pearl?"); I knew my preferred options (third ro...

Understanding The Chrysler-Nissan Deal

Business Week | David Welch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As a name, Renault-Nissan-Chrysler goes together like chardonnay, sushi, and barbecue. Could such a business tieup be in the works? Nissan Motor (NSA...

Japan's Auto Sales At 35-Year Low

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Automobile sales in Japan fell last year to a 35-year low as a shrinking population and limited wage growth hurt demand, an industry group said. Figu...