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24 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 3,024 views
Opinion: Chevy Cruze: “Cruzin” to sales success?

We got an interesting invitation in our mailbox recently.

We were invited to Lordstown, Ohio, home of the Chevrolet Cruze, to tour the plant and take a spin and look-see at Chevy’s new pride and joy.

After spending some time behind the wheel, we think “pride and joy” will be well-chosen words this time next year.  A head to head comparison between the Cruze and the Toyota Corolla, as well as the Honda Civic revealed that the Cruze is likely to give …

Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Concept Cars, Coupes, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lexus, Lincoln, Luxury Cars, Mazda, Mercedes, Opinions, Volkswagen »

10 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 5,317 views
Design Opinion: That’s a Lovely Lexus, er, Buick..or is it…Lincoln?

For ages, the auto industry has been afflicted with ‘me too syndrome” when it comes to styling and design.

Just as soon as one car company launches a successful styling departure from the norm, eve4ryone rushes to copy it, and before long, we are awash in designs that look an awful lot like each other.

During the 1960s,. everybody clamored for a two door coupe with a “Thunderbird” roofline. The 1970s heralded a race to opera window heaven. The 1980s brought us …

Auto Shows, Events, Family Sedans, Opinions, Toyota »

12 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 1,795 views
Toyota-More Challenges than Recalls

Can you identify this car?

Of course you can.  It’s a Toyota Avalon, right?

But did you know that this is the 2011 Toyota Avalon, freshly introduced at this week’s Chicago Auto Show?

Neither did we.

Which highlights why, in the long run,  we fear that Toyota’s problems run a lot deeper than the current recalls suggest.

Toyota is proud of its new Avalon.  And they should be.  It’s got plenty of wonderful new features including an industry first reclining rear seat in  its market …

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24 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,599 views

The cheering you will hear on New Year’s will be loudest in Detroit.

That is because the year that the auto industry—and the rest of us—will love to forget will finally be over.

It was an absolutely horrendous one for Detroit, that’s for sure.  Two of its biggest companies, General Motors and Chrysler both went into bankruptcy. Sales, if Edmunds.Com is right, will barely total 10.4 million—a Depression level figure, thanks to non-existent credit, a poor economy, closed dealers and fear brought …

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31 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 1,438 views
Six Transformative New Best Practices for a Healthy, Vibrant Auto Industry

What a year it’s been for the once dominant and powerful auto industry. Saturn and Pontiac are out. Fiat and Tesla are in. Two of the Big 3 ‘survived’ bankruptcy – and the verdict is still out on their long term fiscal viability. Nearly 1800 dealerships have or will close by this time next year. Ten million new cars were sold in 2008 versus 16 million in 2007, and it looks like this year’s results will be even …

Concept Cars, Opinions, Reviews, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota »

4 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 2,333 views
Toyota Venza Design

Toyota’s getting game when it comes to styling. No more will the company’s products be simply “okay” and “inoffensive,” as some journalists have said. Now, the styling will feature a theme called “Vibrant Clarity” and exude a mysterious sounding quality called “The J Factor.” And just where will you be able to see all this? Well, you can see it right now in the company’s newest product, the Venza. Toyota officials say it’s intended to be a watershed design for the company which expresses the new direction for Toyota products.

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