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36Cadillac's Butler announces surprise departure

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Cadillac's vice president of global strategic development, Don Butler, has resigned. Butler has held the position since April, after a term as vice president of US marketing for General Motor's luxury brand.

99Busting able-bodied drivers in handicap spaces

While no one on the Autoblog staff requires handicapped parking, we have friends and family who do. Seeing perfectly able-bodied people stroll from their illegally-parked cars into a building is infuriating.

4Chevrolet Volt, Ford Explorer named Detroit Free Press Car and Truck of the Year

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

23Chevrolet Volt, Ford Explorer named Detroit Free Press Car and Truck of the Year

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

32Toyota worried about labor costs in U.S.

Here's something you might have seen coming. We've talked about how labor costs have been one of the major factors cited as keeping the domestic automakers behind the 8-ball regarding profitability compared to Japanese competitors. Sure, there's more to it than that, but the fact remains that labor costs are high on the list. How does that effect foreign automakers that have domestic workforces? About how you'd expect. Toyota, for one, is warning that U.S. labor costs could severely curtail thei

4Detroit Free Press says ethanol, hybrids will have little impact on energy use

In an article in yesterday's Detroit Free Press, writer Justin Hyde expresses doubt that all the emphasis on flex-fuel and hybrid vehicles right now will have any real impact on overall energy use in the next two decades. A forecast of energy trends through 2030 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that foreign energy dependence is likely to increase despite improved efficiency. The study projects that only 200 million gallons of ethanol will be sold as E85 out a total of 14.6

AddBig 3 boost JCI's li-ion battery project

In January, Johnson Controls Inc (JCI) and Saft Advanced Power Solutions, a Paris-based battery company, combined efforts in a joint venture (JCS) to further the development of lithium-ion batteries for vehicle applications. Last month, the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium, an umbrella organization involving collaborative research between DaimlerChrysler, Ford and GM, along with the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the joint venture a 2-year contract to continue its research and development.

1Cobo Center could become Detroit's alternative fuel Menlo Park

Michigan's largest convention center, Detroit's Cobo Center, just might become an alternative fuel research site when the center isn't full of delegates attending a weekend of lectures. The Detroit Auto Dealers Association met on Mackinac Island yesterday and proposed using, "an expanded Cobo with alternative fuel research during times when there are no major events", according to this story in yesterday's Detroit News.

4American automakers may be about to get burned by high fuel costs

I was talking to my neighbor yesterday and he told me he's getting ready to trade in his 9-mpg truck for a more economical car. He spends about $120 a week on gas as he commutes to work and he's had it. Turns out, he's not alone.

20Mark Phelan reviews BMW's M5... and isn't pleased

Sure it's got great handling and massive amounts of horsepower, but when you've got a clunky 7-speed sequential manual gearbox and an overly-complicated i-Drive, you just paid too much for your $81,000 super sedan. So says Mark Phelan, who tested out the BMW and can't wait for the manual version to come out this fall.

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