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Marc Carter is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of The Torque Report. When he's not writing news or reviews for The Torque Report, he also contributes to Inhabitat.com.

Dodge Challenger Production Version will Debut next Feburary!

Dodge has announced that the production version of the 2009 Dodge Challenger will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show next Feb 2008. The car is also going to be produced at the Brampton, Ontario plant. The Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum and Charger are also produced at the same plant. Can't wait to see a comparison of the 2009 Mustang,...

Toyota Backlash?

Following their recent successes, the automaker is becoming increasingly worried about a future backlash. According to a presentation by Seiichi Sudo, president of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing in North America, "We (Toyota) are winning, our competitors are jealous and we are now the de facto leaders of the auto industry." As they continue to take market share from the "Big...

2009 Toyota Blade

Toyota's next Matrix will not be named the Matrix. The automaker is going to target the Mazda 3 five-door for the new car. It will still be based off the Corolla platform, but will adopt the name "Blade" that is currently used in Japan. The car is also rumored to get more power too. Most likely the 2.4L 4-cyl...

DaimlerChrysler De-Merger?

DaimlerChrysler has reported a profit of $7.3 billion in 2006, which is due to the Mercedes arm and the commercial truck division. The Chrysler division lost $1.3 billion last year. This is forcing management to re-evaluate the current relationship. A spin-off is a possibility as the Chrysler Group continues to drag down their profits. The merger that took place in 1998 could come...

Toyota Hybrid X Concept

Toyota will unveil the Hybrid X Concept at the Geneva Auto Show next month. This car gives us a glimpse at what future hybrids will look like from the automaker, specifically the next Prius. The new car will also showcase future hybrid technology. Hopefully it will look better than the boring Prius!!

2008 Mazda 2

Mazda has just released a few photos of the new 2008 Mazda 2. The new car will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, in March. There have been lots of rumors surrounding this car's release in the U.S., especially after Mazda showed the MX Micro Sport Concept at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. The car will initially be...

Dodge Demon Concept

Dodge plans to unveil the Dodge Demon Roadster Concept at the Geneva Auto Show in March. The car is supposed to compete with the Pontiac Solstice/ Saturn Sky and Mazda MX-5. The car has a 172 horsepower 2.4L engine, with 165- pound-feet of torque. A SRT version could also be  a possibility with the 300 hp 4-cyl from the...

2008 Pontiac G8 GT

Pontiac's new 2008 G8 sports sedan has been revealed. The car is based on (rebadged) the Holden Commodore, which is sold in Australia. Fortunately this will replace the ugly Grand Prix when it hits showrooms this August. The car will come with two engine choices: 261 horsepower 3.6L V6 or the 362 horsepower 6.0L V8 that will be offered in...

2008 Scion tC

Along with the new xB and xD Scions, Toyota has also announced the changes to the 2008 Scion tC. The revised car features: a new grille, headlights, tailights and an updated interior. The car will also get the new audio system that is standard in the other two Scions (160-watt unit with iPod controls). They didnt make any modifications to...

2008 Mini will have an AWD Option

According to a report out of Germany, the new Mini will be available with all-wheel-drive. The system was originally developed for the new Clubman version, but apparently they are going to offer it across the range. It should be interesting to see if the extra weight out weighs the benefits of awd. Are they trying to compete with the new...