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Honda's Insight Fails to Compete with the Prius in the Sales Race

Honda had high hopes for the new Insight hybrid and even though the automaker claims it isn't a direct competitor to the Prius, many consider it to be. Especially the fact that it even looks like the Prius. Well it looks like the Insight is winning over very few buyers in the US. It probably has something to do...

Chrysler PT Cruiser to Live On….

Although the PT Cruiser was expected to be dead by the end of 2010, Chrysler has announced that the small car will live on. But for how much longer? Chrysler didn't mention how long the PT Cruiser will survive in its current state or if a redesign is in the future. It will most likely remain in production until...

Final Pontiac Solstice Rolls off the Line…Say Goodbye to the Solstice and Sky

The last Pontiac Solstice has rolled off the line at GM's Boxwood Road assembly plant. When GM entered bankruptcy on June 1st, the automaker announced that it would be closing the plant by the end of July that builds the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters. The announcement at the time wasn't a total surprise since GM had been...

Chevy Agile Sketches Provide First Look at 2011 Aveo

GM has released the first sketches of the upcoming Chevy Agile, which is sold in South America. The Agile, which was developed in Brazil features Chevy's trademark two-tier grille and headlights similar to the Chevy Cruze. "The Agile goes beyond a traditional hatchback. Our task was to conduct a vehicle for a demanding client. Great design, interior space and a...

Honda Posts Q1 Profit and Raises Full Year Forecast

Honda, Japan's number 2 automaker posted an 88 percent fall in operating profit, due to the drop in car sales, but managed to beat expectations for a loss. Honda posted an operating profit of 25.2 billion yen ($267 million) in the April-June quarter, compared to a 210.5 billion yen a year earlier. Honda also raised their full year forecast...

No R56 Based MINI Diesels are Headed to the US

MINI USA has been trying to build a case to bring the diesel powered MINI to the US for some time now, but it looks like that isn't going to happen. The main reason that we will not see a diesel powered MINI anytime soon has to do with costs. It would cost the automaker a significant investment to convert...

Ferrari 458 Italia Officially Unveiled…562 HP and 0-62 in 3.4 Secs

Ferrari has officially unveiled the mid-engined V8 replacement for the Ferrari F430, the Ferrari 458 Italia. The 458 Italia will be officially unveiled to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, but Ferrari has been nice enough to release some of the info early. The 458 is powered by a 4.5L V8 that pumps out 562 horsepower and...

Lincoln and Mercury Think Small in the Future

Ford's Lincoln and Mercury brands are expected to get an array of fresh new vehicles to keep Ford's ball rolling. Ford has been focusing much of its energy on small vehicles and the same is going to happen over at Lincoln and Mercury. Sales of the Navigator SUV have dropped significantly and now Ford is looking at developing new...

Nissan's Engineers Tweak Vehicles to Get More Cash for Clunkers Buyers

Nissan has tasked its engineers with the job of getting more miles for gallons out of its vehicles to attract more buyers that are interested in the government's Car Allowance Rebate System "Cash-for-Clunkers". The program offers more of an incentive for vehicles with greater efficiency. "We want as many of our products as possible to pop up on the shopping...

Alfa Romeo MiTo Too Small for the US…We'll Get the Milano Instead

Small cars don't usually do that well in the US, wIth the exception of a few models such as the Honda Fit and Mini, many of the small cars sold here are not that great. Especially the current small cars from Detroit. Because of this many US car buyers stay away from the sector, which means tiny sales and...

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