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Auto Industry Drops 32%; GM Plummets Over 45%

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

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.

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

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Parker

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.

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.

NHTSA: Ford's Chinese Tire Troubles; Kerkorian Selling Ford; Unsafe Knock-Offs; Americans Driving Less

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

There's good news, bad news and -- finally -- some smart, encouraging news by and for American drivers.

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

Hybrid, alt-fuel, clean-diesel taxis in NYC? Maybe not ...

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

Cleaning-up the air is always in everyone's best interest, and one big way to make an impact on air quality is for a community or city (or nation) to ...

Late Car Payments Now Total $25 Billion; US May Lose 700 Dealerships This Year

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

The number of people late on their monthly car and truck payments is huge, represented by nearly $25 billion worth of consumer auto loans that are delinquent.

Honda Rolls Out New Hybrid, Looks To Challenge Toyota

New York Times | JERRY GARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Honda issued its challenge to the Toyota Prius on Thursday, introducing the Insight hybrid at the Paris Motor Show. "Honda is committed to taking a l...

Gassing Up and Down: How to Improve Your Mileage

Bob Schildgen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Schildgen

A higher-than-rated mpg is quite achievable. On one occasion, I got 42 mpg on the highway, simply by maintaining a speed of 55 mph and using the cruise control.

Brand Strength Now Reliant On Green Action

GreenBiz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

LONDON, UK -- Successful sustainability initiatives have become a key component of global firms' brand strength, according to the consultancy behind t...

EVs vs. Gas-Powered Cars: No Ride to Utopia

Bob Schildgen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Schildgen

Hey Mr. Green, Is an electric car really more efficient than a hybrid getting 50-plus miles per gallon running on gas? How efficient (and green) can i...

Media and Political Things to Ponder While Stuck in Traffic

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

• If a Walter Cronkite auditioned for a major news anchor job today, he would not get on the call-back sheet. The moustache, alone, would kil...

Toyota Plug-In Prius To Hit The Road Early In 2009

EcoGeek | Jaymi Heimbuch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Toyota's plug-in capable Prius is getting a big boost for testing, hitting the open road a year ahead of schedule. Several hundred of the PHEVs will b...

Toyota Lowers Sales Target

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
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TOKYO — Toyota lowered its global sales target for 2009 by 700,000 vehicles to 9.7 million Thursday, showing that even one of the world's most d...

$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.

Toyota Raising Price On Hybrids In Japan

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TOKYO — Toyota is raising its prices for the Prius and Harrier hybrids in Japan in response to the soaring cost of steel and other raw materials...

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.

Shrinking U.S. Demand Spurs Layoffs At Japanese Toyota Plant

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Toyota has laid off 800 people at a plant in southwestern Japan, or about 10 percent of the plant's work force, in re...

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.

Nascar Runs 3 1/2-Hour Tire Test at Indy; Calls it "Brickyard 400"

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Parker

The only way to run a successful racing series is as a benevolent dictatorship.

Will Your Company Predict the Future Like GM or Like Toyota?

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Winston

Toyota did look forward years ago, asked what an environmental version of its product should look like, and made it a reality.

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.

Toyota/Pew Collaboration Teaches Businesses How To Be More Sustainable

Julie A. Varughese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Julie A. Varughese

The Japanese automaker has touted its philosophy of reducing emissions in every aspect of its operations, from building more efficient manufacturing plants to aiming for completely recyclable vehicles.

Solar Cells, Turbo-Diesels Spell Future For Cars

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

Many news reports the past two days have been about Toyota's intention to build the next-generation gas/electric hybrid Prius at a factory now under c...

Next Toyota Prius to Be Built in US, But "Karoshi," or Death By Overwork," Tempers the Company' s Announcement

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Trying to make death by overwork acceptable to any society, because survivors are able to get some monetary benefit is ridiculous, repulsive and outrageous.