Chery, Uruguay Firm to Build Bulletproof Cars

Chery, always mindful of the the-dictator-on-a-budget demographic, has teamed up with Uruguay-based Bognor Automotive Manufacture and Assembly based on the Chinese automaker's Eastar midsizer. Uruguay's most famous vehicle, of course, was the Hillman Avengermino, sold as the Dodge 1500 pickup, which reputedly had a… » 3/13/07 3:45pm 3/13/07 3:45pm

The Floridians and Boy Billionaire on TVR, Terlet

The autophiles over at the UK's CAR tracked down Jean Michel Santacrue and Adam Burdette, TVR's new overlords, as well as teenage Russian baznillionaire Nikolai Smolenski who is expected to soon cut all ties with TVR and head back to Austria. Smolenski accepts responsibility for workers' ire at the Blackpool… » 3/05/07 7:15pm 3/05/07 7:15pm

TVR Out of the Terlet and Into the Florida?

Apparently, teenage Russian Billionaire has tired of running a sports car company again. After buying TVR back out of receivership a week ago, he's now sold it to Sunshine State bidnessmen Adam Burdette and Jean Michel Santacreu. Santracreu, as his French last name may suggest, is an event planner, while Burdette… » 2/28/07 6:45pm 2/28/07 6:45pm

Chrysler Engineers Come Up With New, Balance-Shaft Equipped Four!

Apparently tired of importing engines utilizing Mitsubishi's Silent Shaft technology from Japan, Chrysler's upcoming models will feature a balance-shaft-enabled motor of the company's own design, based on the proven 2.2L four. This new 2.5L unit is substantially different than the Japanese-sourced motors, featuring… » 2/22/07 6:15pm 2/22/07 6:15pm

Non Francais! PSA and Renault Build Fewer Cars at Home

For the first time in the history of either company, both Peugeot and Renault have built more vehicles outside of France than in the glorious land of Bardot, Depardieu, Clouseau, Cousteau and Trust. The automakers reduced construction at home by fifteen percent, while foreign production has doubled in the past eight… » 2/20/07 4:00pm 2/20/07 4:00pm

Will Boy Billionaire Say Yes to Wakeman/Melling TVR Buyout?

No, this tale does not come from the Topographic Ocean, but rather the UK. A consortium headed by British sports car guy Al Melling and Yes keyman Rick Wakeman is reportedly looking to buy TVR from Little Nicky Smolenski. The group plans to keep production in Blackpool and use the facility to build some of Melling's… » 2/13/07 3:45pm 2/13/07 3:45pm

The Production of Laughter and Forgetting: Record Skoda Numbers!

In 2006, Skoda's Czech plants turned out a record 556,443 cars, a 12.5% jump over last year. Somewhere in Paris, Milan Kundera is dreaming up a story of two forlorn, lovelorn Beethoven-consumed factory workers who respectively install valvestems on Fabias and steering-column stalks on Octavias, obsessing over Stalin… » 1/17/07 10:15pm 1/17/07 10:15pm

Daihatsu Boon Headed to Europe as Subie!

Dammit! The Boon has us surrounded and we are powerless to resist. Our favorite keicar is headed to Europe to be sold as a Subaru. Of course, this opens up potential for an STi version of the fully-awesome Boon X4. It's enough for us to consider closing up our Pedro office and founding a Jalopnik Paris bureau. The… » 1/03/07 10:00pm 1/03/07 10:00pm

It's Expected, He's Gone: Bernhard No Longer to Represent Vee Dub

Shock of shocks! After being passed over for the HMIC/Lord of All He Surveys at Volkswagen in favor of Herr Doktor Martin "Your vife, my vife" Winterkorn, it looks more and more like Wolfgang Bernhard will be bailing on the boys from Wolfsburg, making him a prime candidate to replace Tom LaSorda at Chrysler. However,… » 12/29/06 6:15pm 12/29/06 6:15pm

Ad Watch: Leaked Opel Manta Spot: Sportlich!

Sent to us by an operative embedded deep in the R sselsheim offices of Schloss, Schnitzel, Aluminum und Schteel — Opel's Werbungsb ro of record — the piece follows the joy of a young man named Egon, der einen neuen Wagen hast. Said automobile? None other than the 1970 Opel Manta, which we just showed you for the… » 12/28/06 3:30pm 12/28/06 3:30pm

Jalopnik Breaks the Opel Manta Embargo!

We generally have a policy here at Jalopnik that we're not to be the guys with the Bangalore torpedo up against an embargo's wall, although we'll leap through the gaping maw as quickly as possible; sometimes even before the smoke clears, dodging falling concrete and hot, twisted rebar as we hustle through. However,… » 12/28/06 3:00pm 12/28/06 3:00pm

SUPER WEIGHT-GAIN POTENTIAL! Subaru Losing Aluminum Panels

Citing a doubling of aluminum prices over the last four years, the heads at Fuji Heavy Industries have decided to get a little heavier, declaring their intention discontinue the use of aluminum body panels on the Impreza, Legacy and Forester, replacing them with steel units as redesigned models roll out. Apparently,… » 12/26/06 4:15pm 12/26/06 4:15pm

Italian Tatas: Fiat and Indian Automaker to Produce 100,000 Cars a Year

While Fiat could be suing Great Wall, one can't say that they're ignoring the Asian market. The company has entered into a joint venture with Indian outfit Tata to produce 100,000 cars and 200,000 engines at its new plant at Ranjangaon in Maharashtra. The cars will be branded as both Fiat and Tata models and sold… » 12/14/06 5:15pm 12/14/06 5:15pm

SUPER POTENZA: Company Buys Westfield

The Westfield shopping-mall people annoy us. Every property they acquire has to become a "Westfield Shopping Town," which may work for some podunk palace of crap whose most notable feature is one of the only Chik-fil-A franchises in Northern California, but why would one feel the desire to brand a gilded monument to… » 12/05/06 4:15pm 12/05/06 4:15pm