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24Volkswagen investing money faster to achieve number one status faster

When it comes to spending money, Volkswagen, as the No Fear shirts used to say, "Ain't skeered." Europe is reportedly headed for a 17-year low in annual car sales, VW share is down 0.6 percent on The Continent and manufacturing overcapacity is estimated to be around 30 percent industry-wide. That is making the ability to accurately predict Europe's future less easy by the day, so VW's solution is to shorten the timeline and spend more money. Last year the German company said it would invest $83.

67Subaru spills all the beans on BRZ development with new documentary

The Subaru BRZ might be most appreciated for reintroducing the adjectives "small," "light" and "fun" to those who prefer not to have a convertible top with their Japanese sports car. Yet, as has been covered before, it's a neat example of packaging, with Subaru engineers having put big ideas into the BRZ's small spaces. The Japanese automaker has knocked together 22 minutes of behind-the-scenes chats with the engineers who made the BRZ to show you how they did it, and how they managed to pack al

16Ice skating beauty Katarina Witt checks out BMW test center [w/video]

Katarina Witt and the BMW Environment Test Center – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddZetsche reportedly says Daimler to pick new compact car partner by mid-2010

Despite rumors of Daimler and Renault collaborating on a four-door Smart model, no official tie-up between the two companies has been announced. That could change next year when Daimler will reportedly decide who its small-car partner will be. Daimler is getting even more heavily into the development of small cars, both with its Smart brand and the Mercedes-Benz A- and B Class offerings that might one day make it to America.

4Zetsche reportedly says Daimler to pick new compact car partner by mid-2010

Despite rumors of Daimler and Renault collaborating on a four-door Smart model, no official tie-up between the two companies has been announced. That could change next year when Daimler will reportedly decide who its small-car partner will be. Daimler is getting even more heavily into the development of small cars, both with its Smart brand and the Mercedes-Benz A- and B Class offerings that might one day make it to America.

AddCatching up with Chevrolet's 1,200 mile pre-production Volt fleet drive

Chevy Volts on 1,200 mile drive - Click above for high-res image gallery

52Catching up with Chevrolet's 1,200-mile pre-production Volt fleet drive

Chevy Volts on 1,200 mile drive - Click above for high-res image gallery

14Getting on Track: Ferrari releases more pics, details on experimental 599XX

Ferrari 599XX – Click above for a high-res image gallery

23F1 engine ban reduced to 5 years, new formula expected within 2

At a meeting called by the FIA in Paris, the principals of each team agreed that a ten year ban was too long, but begun discussions on how costs could be curbed in the sport. Rather than continue imposing half-measures aimed at reducing costs, most of the teams agreed that the FIA should actually reduce costs by instituting an overall budget cap, as many had suggested... Autoblog included. Although Ferrari remains opposed to a budget cap, its former technical chief and now head honcho at Honda,

38Try, try again: FIA puts further restrictions on F1, freezes engine development

The World Motor Sport Council of the FIA, the international racing authority that governs Formula One, among other series, has rolled out a series of restrictions on the development of F1 cars starting with the coming 2008 season.

AddSome Chevy Volt parts are likely already on the road in mules

The Chevy Volt is still at least three years from Job 1 but there are almost surely parts of it prowling the streets of Southeast Michigan. Whenever a new vehicle is developed there are components that are ready for testing out of sequence. Long before all the necessary parts to build full prototypes are ready, the bits that are available will be bolted onto other existing vehicles so they can be evaluated. When GM first showed us Volt at the end of last year they told us that parts such as elec

10Dr. Z likes the idea of developing engines with BMW

Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche offered a choice quote to his nation's leading weekly news mag, Der Spiegel, when he mentioned that the automaker would be open to developing an engine with the company's cross-town rival, BMW. Apparently, Daimler is in talks with several companies about joint projects, but as of now, nothing is set in stone.

AddThe EU to help developing countries with biofuels

The EU thinks that developing countries can improve their economical growth if they take the biofuels path. How? The 77 ACP (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific) countries can import biofuels into the European Union without any duties.

2Mercedes developing video-based safety features

Mercedes-Benz has a long history of making cars safer, and the brand continues to spearhead a push to increase everyone's chances of survival. Mercedes currently has the Pre-Safe system that acts like an adrenal gland for the car, tightening up the muscles before an impact. Future plans for safety systems aim to make the cars even more attentive to things such as road signs, pedestrians, and impending doom. The second generation of PreSafe is undergoing tests, and there's a lot more accident pre

AddMartin Eberhard provides further details Tesla Roadster design changes

Over on the Tesla corporate blog CEO Martin Eberhard has put up a post elaborating on some of the design changes to the Roadster that led to its weight gain in going from first prototypes to validation prototypes and on to production. In developing new cars most companies today do a lot of simulation before building prototypes. That goes a long way toward getting the basics down but there are a still a lot things only get found in real world testing.

6General Motors getting vehicles to market faster

One common complaint about General Motors in the past has been the amount of time it took the company to develop vehicles and get them to market. A recent study, however, shows that GM is certainly turning that around. The company is expected to tie Toyota Motor Corp. in "showroom age," which represents how new its showroom lineup is. The showroom age of each will be around 2.8 years by 2010. Chrysler is currently faring even better with 2.4 years to market.

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