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GM Sued for Creating Sexy Albert Einstein Ad

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem that owns Albert Einstein's publicity rights is suing GM for the unauthorized use of his image in an ad for the GMC Terrain. The university sued GM in U.S. District Court in California on May 19 for more than $75,000. Einstein willed his publicity rights to the university before he died in 1955. This is just...

Ford to Finally Kill Mercury

After years of promising new products for its Mercury line, it looks like Ford is finally going to kill Mercury. Mercury sales have dropped 74 percent since 2000 and without any new product, the sales will only continue to fall. According to sources, Ford's top executives are preparing a proposal to kill Mercury. Mercury has long been a forgotten brand and...

Cadillac to Get a Version of the Lambda Crossover

GM currently offers the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse (above) and GMC Acadia, which are all 7-passenger crossovers based on GM's Lambda platform. It was reported before that Cadillac would also be getting a version of the crossover, but that was before GM went into bankruptcy. Well according to GM's vice president of global engineering, Karl Stracke, the Lambda-based Cadillac crossover...

GM is Reportedly Working on a New Small Truck

Although the segment is much smaller than it was in the 80's and other manufacturers are pulling out, GM is working on a new small truck. According to sources GM is working on a new compact truck that will be similar to the originial S-10. GM's current small trucks, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon have been losing sales over...

Nissan CEO States that the 2011 Leaf is Sold Out

According to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf is already sold out. Since Nissan started taking orders for the Leaf it has already received 13,000 orders, which is equal to the amount that has been allotted to the US. The Leaf can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge and has a top speed...

Spied: 2011 VW Jetta Shows up in Detroit

It looks like we have two shots of the upcoming 2011 VW Jetta. A forum member at GM Inside News posted two photos of the next-generation Jetta driving around in Detroit. Even though there is a fake emblem on the trunk, it's obvious that the two black prototypes are the new Jetta. Expect to see the new Jetta debut later...

BMW Admits that the 5 Series GT Should Have Launched with a Six-Cyl

The BMW 5-Series GT has been on the market a few months, but sales have failed to take off or at least to a level that BMW had hoped. BMW executives are now admitting that they may have launched with the wrong model mix. At launch the 5-Series GT was only available with rear-wheel-drive and a V8 engine (550GT). "The...

Toyota Prius MPV to be Called Alpha and Debut in March 2011

Toyota is set to expand the Prius range with a new compact minivan, which is reportedly going to be named Alpha. The Prius based minivan, Alpha will be the first Prius model to get lithium-ion batteries. The Prius Alpha is based on the current Prius platform, but will have an extra row of seats. The extra seats mean that...

Toyota and Tesla Team up to Create Electric Vehicles

Toyota and Tesla have announced a partnership to develop electric vehicles in northern California. Toyota is going to purchase $50 million of Tesla's common stock and Tesla has purchased the former NUMMI factory in Fremont, California that used to produce the Toyota Corolla and Tacoma. "I sensed the great potential of Tesla's technology and was impressed by its dedication to...

Ford Unveils New 2011 Flex Titanium Model

Ford has unveiled a new top-end model of the Ford Flex, dubbed the Flex Titanium. The Flex Titanium is based on the Limited model and comes in four exterior color choices: Red Candy, White Platinum, Tuxedo Black and Ingot Silver. All four colors are mated to a new tuxedo black two-tone roof. There is also a blackout treatment for...

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