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Volkswagen and Proton's tug of war at an end?

Sources close to Volkswagen have reported that the German automaker looks like it is dropping its insistence in having controlling shares in the Malaysia automaker, Proton.

Dana Corp. to restate financial results

Automotive supplier Dana has finalized the restatement of its profits over the last five years, reducing its stated net income by $44M - approximately 20% of its profit over that period of time. Since the stock already took a 30% hit upon the first announcement of the accounting problems, there was no further significant drop.

Car Craft's dyno "racing" event

Car Craft has decided to eschew pesky variables that show up in speed contests such as "driver skill", "traction", and "weather" and simply crown those that can put down the most horsepower to the drive wheels on a Mustang dyno.

GKN reinvents the CV joint

Constant-velocity joints pose severe limitations to designers of automotive drivetrains and suspensions, as these components are bulky, heavy, and are limited in the amount of angle through which they can operate. GKN's new Countertrack and Crosstrack joints, however, use a subtly different system of tracks for the joint's balls, and this allows them to be made 8% smaller, 15% lighter, 30% more efficient, and operate through a increased range of angles (up to 50 degrees). That last feature is es

New California driving laws for teens in 2006

The Automobile Club of Southern California has reported the passage of AB 1474.

Are polyurethane tire treads on the way?

Mr. McGuire's famous one word of advice in The Graduate was "Plastics", but I bet he didn't see this one coming. Amerityre, the manufacturer of off-road closed-cell polyurethane tires (for products such as bicycles, garden equipment, and wheelchairs), is working on perfecting a process to bond polyurethane treads to conventional rubber tire carcasses. Such a process, if applied to heavy-duty over-the-road retreaded tires, could potentially reduce tread separation while increasing milea

John Diebold, advocate of using computers in business, dies at age 79

John Diebold, writer of the book Automation and huge advocate of using computers in business, has died at the age of 79.

General Motors religious bias decision upheld by court

Sheesh, like domestic automobile manufacturers don't have enough to worry about without special interest groups jumping all over their stuff... General Motors' Affinity Group, which allows various minorities to develop affinity groups, has come under fire recently because it does not provision for Christians to organize a similar group.

Russian automaker announces truck plants in Vietnam and India

The Vietnam assembly effort comes as part of a joint-venture with the nation's Defense Ministry, an arrangement reached in November. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Autoblog at the San Diego Auto Show 2006

Yesterday I attended the San Diego International Auto Show held at the San Diego Convention Center. Until then, I had only attended one other show, also sponsored by Motor Trend Auto Shows, Inc., the California International Auto Show held in Anaheim, California.

[Not TiVoSafe] Dakar Rally: Stage 1

Two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz (ab0ve) has won Stage 1 of the Dakar Rally for Volkswagen. A rally-raid newcomer, Sainz excelled in the muddy Special Stage within the first stage from Lisbon to Portimao, flying through the 83 km in 56 min 20 sec, 1 min 30 sec clear of Portugal's Carlos Sousa.

Motley Fool and the tale of stolen Toyotas

This article by the Motley Fool points out why the back doors of certain Toyota vehicles are being boosted from their hinges on a regular basis.

Subaru's B9 Tribeca fuels record sales year, but SUV not living up to expectations

According to Lafayette's Journal and Courier, Subaru is preparing to announce that its controversial B9 Tribeca has propelled the automaker to a U.S. sales record in 2005. But all is not as it seems.

Buy the $3 million package, keep the Bentley

The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago has an ultra-ultra-ultra-luxury New Year's package to end all ultra-ultra-ultra-luxury packages. In fact, it's the Pen-Ultimate New Year's Package. The $3 million stay includes two nights at the hotel in the very best room in the hotel (and arguably the best room in Chicago), complimentary caviar and full bar in the room, your own personal valet, a private party for you and your friends, and best yet -- you get to keep the 2005 Bentley they cart you around in, alon

Delphi posts $127 million loss

Tier-1 supplier Delphi Corp. announced a $127 million net shortfall on Friday, the first financial report of the partsmaker's post-bankruptcy era. The results cover from October 8th ('B'-Day) through the end of November.

MIT rethinks the city car

Among other things, the MIT Media Lab "Smart Cities" project has been working on new concepts for city cars, going far beyond cars that are simply smaller, such as the stackable, shared-car concept shown above in the course prospectus.

Mercedes most name-dropped brand in music

Among stiff competition from clothing brands, booze, and gun manufacturers, Mercedes has topped the list of most-frequently mentioned brands in Billboard's Top 20 list for 2005, according to American Bandstand.

Michigan court overturns $6.2 million age-discrimination verdict against General Motors

Call it a solid week for the General's lawyers. Earlier today, Autoblog told you about a Chicago appeals court upholding GM's position on sponsoring religious groups. On the heels of this news comes a Michigan appeals court verdict overturning a $6.2 million age discrimination judgment against the automaker.

BMW even takes market share from Harley-Davidson

When people think of police vehicles (besides wondering why they’re behind you), they immediately think, ‘Made In America’.

Chicago court rejects suit against General Motors for not sponsoring Christian group

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has upheld a verdict in favor of General Motors, after a born-again Christian employee sued the automaker for religious discrimination. The case stemmed from 43-year-old computer engineer John Moranski, who petitioned GM to form a company-sponsored Christian group.

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