30th December 2010

Town & Country poised to lead minivan sales for 2010

The Chrysler Town & Country is on pace to regain the sales crown for 2010 in the minivan segment that Chrysler has largely dominated since the first magic wagon rolled off the line in 1983.

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30th December 2010

Panel will explore China’s auto opportunities

Auto sales in China are on fire, but how can U.S.

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30th December 2010

News & Rants: Ford Offers Satellite Radio Censorship Option in MyKey Upgrade

Seat belt reminder: A chime sounds at regular intervals and the stereo system is muted until the driver buckles up.
Early low-fuel warning: The driver is alerted when the fuel tank has 75 miles until empty, unlike the usual warning that occurs at 50 miles to empty.
Always-on safety systems: Active Park Assist, which helps the driver select a parallel parking spot, the blind spot warning system and traction control cannot be turned off.
Speed alert: A chime sounds at 45, 55 or 65 mph.
Quieter stereo system: The stereo system’s volume can be limited to 44 percent of maximum volume.

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29th December 2010

Chrysler Moves To Relocate Reinstated Dealers

Chrysler’s bailout-era dealer cull has ended up being something of a nightmare, with a number of dealers successfully fighting for reinstatement as federal investigators look into possible criminal wrongdoing. And whereas GM has basically rolled back much of its dealer cull, Chrysler has consistently used arbitrary calculi for closing dealers and has resisted giving dealers the opportunity to reclaim their franchises. Now, the dealers that have won reinstatement in congressionally-mandated arbitration hearings are facing a new threat: relocation. Automotive News [sub] reports that Chrysler’s method of dealing with reinstated dealers is to force them to relocate wherever Chrysler wants them to go. Chrysler has filed a request in a Michigan District Court, asking for the ability to relocate some 20 dealers in 6 Midwestern states, a move it says it must undertake in order to protect its non-culled dealers. But, having picked the winners and losers among its dealers only to see some of them reinstated, shouldn’t these reinstated dealers be afforded the same rights as the dealers who weren’t culled in the first place?

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29th December 2010

Ask The Best And Brightest: Tell Us About Your Most Memorable Speeding Ticket?

TTAC will slow down for a hot minute as your humble editor makes his way to the County courthouse to pay a speeding ticket. And no, to those who might be wondering, this particular citation was not the result of some M-Coupe lunacy. I simply got busted doing 65 MPH while passing someone on a mountain highway that had briefly dropped to 45 MPH (while going through an alleged “town”)… and I was driving a Subaru Impreza 2.5. In short, there was nothing cool, fun, exciting or worthwhile about this particular transgression against the laws of speed. So I ask you, cheer me up with your wild stories of crazy speeding ticket-related encounters… remind this poor confused kid that speeding can be indeed be more than simply mundane.

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29th December 2010

Bio-Fuel Boondoggle Hits Europe, Kills Cars

EU car owners will get a new kind of gasoline – whether they want it, or not. Most don’t want it. They get it anyway. While US-automakers sue to stop ethanol blends, an edict handed down from Brussels demands that Super has to contain 10 percent of ethanol. An alliance from Germany’s ADAC autoclub to Greenpeace says the new gasoline is a work of the devil, it is liable to ruin cars, and the environment.

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