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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 6:15pm2/22/07 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 4:00pm2/20/07 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 3:45pm2/13/07 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 10:15pm1/17/07 10:15pm

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 6:15pm12/29/06 6:15pm

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 4:15pm12/26/06 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 5:15pm12/14/06 5:15pm