Automotive Industry and Car Reviews

Old automotive pages from 2007 and Before

Chrysler, GM Reopen Merger Talks

General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC have reopened merger talks, as Chrysler owner Cerberus Capital Management LP has signaled its willingness to give away part of its ownership in the auto maker, say people familiar with the discussions.

By Guest Column - Thursday, December 18, 2008 - Full Story

Suzuki Vitara a Grand SUV

Suzuki’s new Grand Vitara could be the perfect SUV for many consumers looking for a vehicle in the “cute ute” class.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 15, 2008 - Full Story

Ford of Canada Statement

“The Canadian and Ontario governments have demonstrated strong leadership in the decision to support the country’s auto sector. At Ford of Canada, we are well on our way to transforming our company and do not need immediate access to government loans. Instead, we have asked the government for a “stand-by” line of credit to be used only if the current economic crisis worsens.

By Guest Column - Friday, December 12, 2008 - Full Story

GM board hired advisers to consider bankruptcy

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp hired outside advisers to weigh bankruptcy, but the board determined that a filing was not an option for the struggling automaker, a GM spokesman said on Thursday.

By Guest Column - Friday, December 12, 2008 - Full Story

Looking for a Minivan?

It may not be the most glamorous segment of the car biz, but minivans are still popular items with people who need the room and flexibility.

And in this niche, the Honda Odyssey is a fine entry, one of if not the best available.

I took a 2008 Odyssey for a week near the end of its life, the last writer to get it before retirement (the van, not me, alas). And as it turns out, when I was finished with it, it truly was ready for the automotive equivalent of the old folks home which, if it were actually to exist (and other than the difference in brand name), should by all rights be called “the old Volks home”. I’ll tell you about that later.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 8, 2008 - Full Story

VW Jetta Diesel – TDI, not TD-ous

In a time of unstable gasoline prices, one might think a hybrid is the best way to go. But there’s a proven alternative that offers the gas mileage you want without requiring a hybrid’s premium price.

It’s the diesel, an engine that has been around forever but which has also been dumped upon nearly forever for such things as emissions and noise. But today’s diesel can be different from days gone by, if Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” technology is any indication.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 8, 2008 - Full Story

Lincoln MKS – Sedan in Sync

Lincoln’s new full size sedan is packed with all kinds of nifty features and offers good performance. But is it enough to bring in new customers to the famous brand?

By Jim Bray - Sunday, November 23, 2008 - Full Story

Lexus Unleashes a Beast

It’s a lean, mean driving machine, yet it comes from a company whose name is more associated with luxury than sports.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, November 23, 2008 - Full Story

Saab 93 Aero – Euro Fighter

While the name Saab is also associated with cool jet fighters such as the Gripen, when it comes to the Saab 9-3 Aero sedan, the Swedish manufacturer’s automotive offerings are far more down to earth.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - Full Story

Toyota Canada Inc. achieves new sales milestone surpassing 2007 sales record with two months to go

TORONTO, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - Canadian drivers choose Canadian-made Toyota and Lexus vehicles allowing Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) to surpass its 2007 record sales performance in October. Sales of Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks totalled 15,843 over the past month - up 9.4% from October 2007 to set a year-to-date total of 201,614. That surpasses 2007’s record-setting 201,326 vehicles sold, with two months still to go in the year.

By Guest Column - Monday, November 3, 2008 - Full Story