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What!?! Bob Lutz back at GM!

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Is it possible for a 77-year old to do a complete 180-degree turn from his life experience and philosophy? After all, among Lutz's major claims to fame are green-lighting the Dodge Viper and the Plymouth Prowler faux hot rod.

Hitler Praised by Formula 1 Chief

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

This isn't the first time Ecclestone and minion Max Mosley have been seen as cheerleaders of a sort for the Third Reich.

Electric Mini Coopers For L.A. Sherriffs

gas2.org | Written by Jerry James Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

LA County Sheriffs stuck driving Crown Vics are about to be left feeling tragically un-hip. Their Board of Sups just approved a deal with BMW to lease...

2009 BMW Z4 Details

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

2009 BMW Z4 sDrive35i BASE PRICE: $45,750 for sDrive30i with manual transmission; $47,075 for sDrive30i with automatic; $51,650 for sDrive35i with ma...

Audi: What a Difference a Decade Makes

Trevor Traina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Trevor Traina

April car sale numbers are in: Audi outsold Mercedes and is nipping at the heels of BMW.

Why We Are Not, In Fact, What We Buy

New York Times | John Tierney | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

"Evolution is good at getting us to avoid death, desperation and celibacy, but it's not that good at getting us to feel happy," says Geoffrey Miller, ...

In Baghdad, Spiffy New Car Sales Way Up

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Business, not bombs, is booming at Baghdad car dealerships, as well-heeled Iraqis are indulging in a passion long out of reach _ spiff...

BMW sales drop in March

news.yahoo.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

FRANKFURT (AFP) -- German luxury car maker BMW reported Tuesday a sharp drop in March sales but pointed to encouraging signs in the United States and ...

German Arsonists Torch Porsches, BMWs Over Economic Woes

Bloomberg | Brett Neely | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When Berlin resident Simone Klostermann returned from vacation and couldn't find her Mercedes SLK, she thought it had been towed. Police told her the ...

GM Closes High-Performance Division, and Some Muscle Car and Racing History

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

In yet another sign of these perilous automotive times, GM has closed its High Performance Vehicle Operations unit.

GM, Chrysler Want Billions More

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Incidentally, GM got another $4 billion Tuesday after turning in their plan. Were you ever rewarded that much just for doing your homework?

My Imitation Future Lifestyle

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jeffrey Shaffer

I need to hold off on procuring the imitation Rolex until I can augment it with an imitation BMW, imitation Armani wardrobe, and the all-important imitation second home in Telluride.

BMW's 2008 Sales Down 4.3 Percent

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BERLIN — Germany's BMW AG reported Friday a 4.3 percent decrease in sales for 2008, attributing the fall to the global economic crisis and incre...

Car sales, 2008; even worse than we thought

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Monday brought three conference calls, each about an hour, with executives from each of the Detroit Three announcing, dissecting and, most of all, spi...

Ten most significant import cars, 2008 and beyond

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Happy New Year! We've had the pleasure of helping to create and now write and and moderate this automotive blog beginning in June, 2008, and so far i...

Toyota Republicans Should Cut Their Own Pay

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Clearly the allegiance of the Republicans who opposed the loan to save GM and Chrysler is not with the US, which would lose 900,000 jobs if just GM closed, and more than 2.1 million if the Big Three did.

Motor Racing Reacts to Worldwide Recession

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

With car sales suffering worldwide, the marketing and advertising budgets, where many companies keep their racing dollars, are often the first budgets to be trimmed.

"Transplant" Automakers Get Over $3.6 Billion in Subsidies; More Unions, Ralph Nader Comment

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

This post has the latest news on the billions in subsidies which off-shore transplant carmakers have received from state and local governments.

Republicans Kill any Help for Detroit

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Late last night, Senate Republicans derailed a bill, passed the day before by the House, to loan $15 billion to the Detroit Three, with 10 Republicans joining 40 Democrats and two Independents in favor.

It's the Products, Stupid!

Philip G. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip G. Baker

I find it to be rare that cars from the Big Three excel in any way. They say they can't compete because it costs more to build a car that's encumbered with the extra costs of union wages and health benefits.

Germany's Richest Woman Allegedly Blackmailed By Swiss Gigolo

ABC News | CHRISTEL KUCHARZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

State prosecutors have indicted 43-year-old Swiss national Helg Sgarbi for allegedly blackmailing BMW heiress Susanne Klatten, Germany's richest woman...

Car Sales Tank; Detroit Visits DC, Pt. II

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Now that they have our attention, the Detroit Three, in plans submitted to Congress Tuesday, increased their appeals for federal loans from $25 billion to $34 billion.

Los Angeles Auto Show -- Clean Diesels Clean Up

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

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.

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.