30th April 2008

GM reports $3.3 billion net loss

General Motors Corp. lost $3.3 billion in the first quarter, as a rocky economy and ongoing strike at a major parts supplier weighed on the automaker’s bottom line.

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30th April 2008

Three experts will expand Ford Romania

Ford Motor has chosen three top executives to lead the expansion of its new plant in Craiova, Romania. The executives from Spain, Ireland and the US will help boost the plant’s car production to 300,000 units by 2012 from 18,860 last year.

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30th April 2008

Ford Focus Econetic driven

Ford’s gone green with the Focus Econetic, so you can put that order for a Toyota Prius on hold. Stick a pair of sill extensions and narrow tyres on a Focus, lower it, and you get a drag factor of 0.31 and a class-leading carbon output of 115g/km. It even comes with a natty little Econetic badge on the bootlid, too.

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30th April 2008

Porsche video special: Cayenne GTS vs Boxster RS60 Spyder


As part of CAR’s celebration marking 60 years of Porsche, we headed to Wales in two current models to probe the DNA of the famous sports car brand. How can a company that makes the sublime Boxster also build the somewhat overweight Cayenne 4×4? Ben Oliver drives the latest Boxster RS60 Spyder and asks if it has anything in common with the 2.2-tonne Cayenne GTS. Does the latter justify the former? Click on the video below to find out.

Don’t miss CAR’s 60th anniversary Porsche special, including:

• Games, blogs, polls and competitions on our Porsche homepage
• Read the full drive story with the Cayman, 911 Carrera, Boxster and Cayenne in the June 2008 issue of CAR Magazine
• Watch behind-the-scenes video footage at CAR’s June cover shoot of Porsche 959, Carrera GT, 911 2.7 RS and GT2
• Watch Derek Bell drive the 911 2.7 RS and latest GT2 on track in CAR’s exclusive video

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30th April 2008

Cadillac CTS estate


Cadillac is rapidly expanding its CTS range – first of all we scooped the coupe version, and now our spies have snapped the estate on test in the United States.

The company is expected to show the wagon at the 2009 Detroit auto show, and it’s clearly aimed at the estate versions of the 5-series/E-class/A6. Check out our shot with the boot open and you’ll see that the CTS estate is a lifestyle model, with a sloping tailgate for sleeker looks rather than an Eiger-like vertical boot, Volvo-style.

We’re not quite sure what the engineers at the US facility were testing, but it was scooped on a turntable.

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30th April 2008

Catching up and looking forward

First things first: Happy Dale Earnhardt Day. The NASCAR legend would have turned 57 today.

The motorsports calendar was chock-full of story lines last weekend and into this one. Here’s an attempt to catch up on the weekend that was and what’s in store this week and next month:

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