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A global performance verion of the restyled Focus is in the works.
Well, perhaps the enthusiasm is a bit premature, but Ford announced today in Geneva that it would build a performance version of its restyled Focus, intended to hit the market globally.
Details, of course, are scarce, though sources say it may compete with the MazdaSpeed3, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru Impreza WRX, which would put it in some pretty rarefied company when it comes to pep and handling.
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General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz plans to retire from the automaker effective May 1, people briefed on the plans said.
Lutz, 78, had been serving as a senior adviser to GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre after shelving retirement plans to take charge of the automaker's marketing after it emerged from bankruptcy in July 2009.
Nebraska senator proposes a U.S. ban on all Japanese cars.
Toyota offers all types of incentives to halt sales drop.
Are you looking for interest-free loans? You got it. Discounted leases? Sure. And, for current owners, why not treat yourself to some free service?
Toyota has traditionally relied less on incentives than other automakers due, in no small part, to its stellar reputation for quality and dependability. Considering that reputation has eroded faster than the Texas coastline, these drastic moves are no surprise -- especially when you factor in the fallout: U.S. sales for the company fell 8.7 percent in February, and its market share dropped to 12.8 percent, down significantly from the 17 percent it enjoyed in 2009.
The perils inherent in redesigning an icon.
Will buyers love the new Jaguar XJ, or avoid it like an unwanted stray?
I’m not sure myself, but I’ll have a better hunch when I test Jaguar's new flagship sedan in France this week. One thing I do know: If you want to know what car is going to be hot, ask anyone but an auto journalist.
Time and again, car writers (and many car fans in the blogosphere, for that matter) have proven themselves a, well, let's say "reactionary" lot. They say they want something new, and speak approvingly of modern design, but they don’t really mean it. When a car company actually gives them something new and different -- from the daring designs of now-retired BMW designer Chris Bangle to the Range Rover Sport or even, previously, Jaguar's XK sports car -- auto writers whip themselves into a frenzy of dismay and the Web haters go on the march. “Radical” became the knee-jerk description of Bangle’s work, a laughable premise for cars that average folks had no problem understanding. Or buying for that matter, as BMW’s massive sales increases soon proved. No, not every Bangle car was a successful design (his original Z4 sports car was especially overwrought), but he shook up not only BMW but Mercedes-Benz and other competitors by forcing them to raise their own game in design. Japanese companies especially seemed to mimic BMW’s every move. History will come to regard Bangle as, if not the leading designer of his era, by far the most influential.
Majority of Americans think Toyota was too slow to act on safety issues.
A bright spot -- if it can be called that -- for the manufacturer is that a minority of respondents thinks it unsafe to drive a Toyota or Lexus; however, that minority, at 31 percent, is still a significant number.
Ford outsells GM for the first time in 10 years.
It looks like that strategy has been paying off, as Ford, for the first time in 10 years, outsold General Motors. Of course, if you read between the lines of the source article at the Detroit Free Press, you'll see that the celebration is based on the fact that Ford outsold the General specifically in February, and only in the United States, at a final tally of 142,285 cars and trucks to GM's 141,951.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5
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