May 2016

Suzuki Finds Silver Lining in Clouds Around Shizuoka Prefecture

May 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

After the Mitsubishi fuel economy scandal triggered a Japan-wide investigation into fuel economy claims, Suzuki is now in a similar situation as its diamond-starred competitor. But the reasoning behind Suzuki’s misdeed is different: the automaker, it claims, was destitute. According to Automotive News, Suzuki blames its own fuel consumption rating scandal on a lack of funds. It couldn’t afford to perform […]

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A B-Class With Buyers? Mercedes-Benz Plans Yet Another Crossover Model

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No one’s really sure what the B-Class is, so Mercedes-Benz seems ready to add a crossover version to lure utility-obsessed buyers. The automaker recently registered the GLB name, implying a sporty crossover based on the unpopular front-wheel-drive B-class people hauler — a model so confused, it sells more in Canada than it does in the United States. […]

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Volkswagen Would Have Seen a Sales Gain if Certain Countries Weren’t Basket Cases

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The diesel emissions scandal can’t be blamed for all of Volkswagen’s sales woes. Today, the automaker announced first-quarter profits fell 86 percent compared to the same time last year, not surprising given its sidelined diesel models, the hit to its reputation, and a hastily cobbled together $18.2 billion scandal fund. Worldwide sales of Volkswagen passenger […]

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Come to Elon Musk’s ‘Grand Opening’ Party in a Probably Unfinished Factory

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If you’re a Tesla owner who spent the past year diligently convincing your friends and family to join the club, clear your schedule for July 29. The electric automaker recently mailed out invites to a grand opening party for its battery-producing Gigafactory, located (like a Bond villain’s lair) in the desert outside Reno, Nevada. The […]

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Could Škoda Return to America? Automaker Trademarks Superb, Octavia, Yeti Names in U.S.

May 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

America — would you buy a modern Škoda? According to AutoGuide, Škoda submitted four separate trademark applications for “Skoda Superb”, “Superb”, “Octavia”, and “Yeti” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on May 24 and May 25, 2016. USPTO has yet to publish them for opposition. While this is nothing new for Škoda (the company has continually filed […]

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2016 Chrysler 300C Rental Review – The Best Car Money Can Rent

May 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Greatness isn’t always universal. Being a great sprinter doesn’t make one a great marathoner. In fact, exhibiting greatness in one sense will often make for a fatal flaw in another. If you need any proof of this, simply pick up the closest Greek tragedy and read it. The same can be be said of rental […]

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Volkswagen Brand Profit Sinks 86 Percent; Company Thanks God for All Those Other Brands

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First-quarter earnings just released by Volkswagen Group show a massive hit to the company’s namesake brand, all thanks to fallout from the diesel emissions scandal. Profit at Volkswagen passenger cars fell 86 percent to 73 million euros ($81 million), down from 514 million euros last year. That plunge leaves the brand with a nano particle-thin […]

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News Round-up: Oil’s Ups and Downs, Porsche Panamera Leaked, and Women Driving Crossover Sales Growth

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After a short rally in the price of oil, WTI and brent crude prices have plateaued over the last week ahead of an OPEC meeting Thursday, and increased oil production from Iraq beginning next month. That, Porsche leaked the new Panamera, and women are more likely to buy vehicles on their own after the jump. Oil […]

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