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

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

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.

October car/truck sales reports - Fuel for Obama campaign

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Parker

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...

Detroit Has to be Saved

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

The de facto Depression underway worldwide will trigger consolidations. Strong will eat weak; cash-rich will eat debt-laden and consumer spending will shrink along with economies.

One American Carmaker -- Our Best Solution?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

If the Detroit Three were to merge into one company, ownership shared with the American people, it could benefit everyone; the carmakers, their dealers and their customers

Clean-diesels hit the market; VW's 2009 Jetta TDI already hard to find

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

This post was written originally for the Santa Monica Daily Press newspaper (www.smdp.com) so please excuse the few Southern California references ......

Lamborghini hybrids, Citroen diesel/electrics, Honda's Prius-fighter, budget Ferraris and more from the Paris Car Show

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

Opening in the shadow of the worst auto sales in the US in over 15 years, the biennial Paris Car Show begins welcoming the public this Saturday and ru...

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...

Nissan "Eco-Pedal" Cars To Push Back If You Floor It

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. will soon sell cars that push back when drivers try to put the pedal to the metal. It has also developed a test model p...

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.

Nissan Building Electric Car Market Now, With Others Focused On Hybrids

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TOKYO — Automakers Nissan and Renault will sell electric vehicles in Portugal in 2011 and the allied companies have partnered with the governmen...

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...

Nissan Goes Green in New US Headquarters

AP | BILL POOVEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Nissan wants to talk about more than a way to drive at its soon-to-be-finished Americas headquarters. The Japanese automaker ...

Ghosn Says US Auto Market in Recession

AP | KELLY OLSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SEOUL, South Korea — The head of Nissan Motor Co. said even if the United States is not in recession, its auto industry is. "We are very lucid ...

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...