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NADA angers some by choosing Hillary Clinton as convention keynote speaker

Automotive News is reporting a serious backlash from car dealers regarding the North American Dealers Association's choice of keynote speaker for the annual industry confab in January: former first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

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Lamar Alexander: the Leaf-driving Republican who stepped down to git 'r done

To understand why the plug-in vehicle loving Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander decided to step down from his leadership role in the Republican party recetly, we need look no further than his "Liberal-mobile" (so named by his critics), the Nissan Leaf.

Worth the wait: Senator Carl Levin buys a Chevy Volt

Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, dubbed the "Auto Industry's Best Friend," is practicing what he preaches. The long-serving senator is now the proud owner of a Volt, the first sold by the LaFontaine Chevrolet dealership. Excited about his new purchase, Levin said:

Ethanol loses big supporter in Congress; Iowa Sen. Grassley ready to "bite the bullet"

Up for vote in the U.S. Senate is a deficit-cutting bill already passed by the House of Representatives that will curb federal spending by $60 billion this year while also preventing the EPA from increasing the percentage of ethanol in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent and handing out subsidies for gasoline stations being retrofitted to sell the E15 blend. The combination is creating some interesting polit

Report: GM's planned purchase of AmeriCredit questioned by senator

We've decided to stop trying to guess what General Motors will do before its IPO – which might come next month or later this year or early next year. What we do know is that GM has wanted to secure a captive finance arm before an IPO,

EDTA 2008: The View from Congress

It was very likely because of who the audience was, but all the panelists at today's "View from the Hill" seminar at the EDTA show agreed that electric drive is the way to go for the future of the American car. Congressional staffer JJ Brown, from Senator Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) office, Pat Bousliman, the natural resources adviser to the Senate Finance Committee, and Mike Carr, counsel to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Com

HSV unveils 40th Anniversary GTS, SV08 in Sydney

Click above for hi-res gallery of the HSV SV08

Obama swaps 300C for Escape Hybrid

Senator Barack Obama has tossed aside the keys to his Chrysler 300C in favor of a new Ford Escape Hybrid. According to the Detroit Free Press, the senator from Illinois was lambasted for driving the a V8 300C after chastising Detroit in a May 7 speech for failing to anticipate rising oil prices that have changed consumers' buying habits.

Brisbane Motor Show: Aussie muscle

Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of Ford and GM Holden muscle cars.

A somewhat BOLD plan in U.S. Senate to promote alternative fuel technology even further

As usual with politicians, it’s best to take a skeptical look at any rosy-eyed announcement of brighter tomorrows. Still, Senator Kent Conrad’s (D-ND) plan, annoyingly named the Breaking Our Long-term Dependence (BOLD) Energy Act, has a lot going for it.