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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 increas

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.

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