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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: The Amazing Shrinking Car Market

July 29th, 2008 at 9:49am

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As car sales continue to spiral downward, some product planners in the industry are beginning to ask the unthinkable: is the American car market going to shrink permanently?

They are starting to consider the possibility that the days of selling 17 million new vehicles every year are over, and that going forward the American auto market is going to be . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: My Bone to Pick with T. Boone Pickens

July 13th, 2008 at 10:00am

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Billionaire oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens rocked the automotive and energy industries this week with a bold plan to drastically reduce America’s dependence on imported oil. His plan, in case you missed it, is to build massive . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: How Many Brands are too Many?

June 22nd, 2008 at 6:27pm

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With gas prices soaring and SUV sales sinking, General Motors just put its HUMMER brand under “strategic review.” That’s generally the term used when a company is getting ready to dump a brand. And that begs the question . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: Ford’s Ambitious Make-Over

June 17th, 2008 at 9:30am

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It could be the most dramatic retooling effort since the early days of World War II, when Detroit earned its nick name as the Arsenal of Democracy. Word leaked out yesterday that Ford is . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: The Big Three Collapse

June 5th, 2008 at 5:48pm

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Ooof! May sales were like a punch in the stomach, especially to the Detroit Three. It’s been nearly three decades since we’ve seen their sales collapse so dramatically.

Last month the annualized sales rate of the American market, including all automakers, fell . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: Car Prices are set to Soar

May 30th, 2008 at 3:09pm

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Thanks to sky high gasoline prices, most people are reeling from the cost of driving their cars. But that was just the first jolt. Now we’re going to see a big jump in the cost of buying cars, both new and used.

Why am I so sure car prices are going up? Easy. All you have to do is look at . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: A First-Hand Look at Ford’s EcoBoost Technology

May 16th, 2008 at 1:17pm

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I just spent a day at Ford’s proving grounds driving a number of vehicles that use Eco-boost technology, which is the centerpiece of the company’s strategy to improve fuel economy. I wish I could tell you more about my driving impressions of these Fords, but all that information is embargoed for now. What I can say is . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: Driving the Dodge Challenger SRT-8

May 1st, 2008 at 6:00pm

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A couple of weeks back I wrote a bit about the new Dodge Challenger SRT-8. But to honor the embargo that the Public Relations people put on driving impressions, I had to hold the best stuff until now. And man, was it worth the wait!

Despite a sagging economy, sinking car sales and soaring gas prices, the SRT-8 version of the Challenger is . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: SAE Wrap-Up

April 21st, 2008 at 2:00pm

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This is what we call SAE week in Detroit. It’s when automotive engineers from all over the world get together here to share their ideas on the burning engineering issues of the day. And there’s no question that boosting fuel economy and reducing CO2 topped the agenda.

I can’t pretend to say I . . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: If They Build Them Will You Buy Them?

April 15th, 2008 at 2:30pm

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I just got done driving the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 this week. And I fell in love with it. The styling snaps your eyes right to it, the proportions are gorgeous, and the performance numbers are breathtaking. But it’s even more visceral than that.

The exhaust note is incredible. Put the hammer down and you get . . .

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