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Land Rover Reveals Lighter, Sleeker 2013 Range Rover
Aug15

Land Rover Reveals Lighter, Sleeker 2013 Range Rover

With the imminent arrival of stricter emission and fuel mileage regulations, the engineers tasked with developing the 2013 Range Rover faced a formidable challenge in honing and refining their creation. With the release of several leaked images on the Internet, Land Rover has decided to formally unveil the finished product of their hard work and effort:  the 2013 Range Rover SUV.

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Detroit 3, CAW Prepare For Difficult Contract Talks
Aug13

Detroit 3, CAW Prepare For Difficult Contract Talks

The funny thing about the car business, or indeed nearly every business, is that it’s very much about people.  Whether those people happen to be the famous ones that run a company (Sergio Marchionne, Carlos Ghosn), ones that run a company’s marketing (Jim Farley, Joel Ewanick), or ones who actually provide the labor to build the cars that we love to write about, talk about, and drive, people are always and have always been an important part of this business.  So, with the master agreements between Canada’s CAW and the Detroit 3 expiring next month, the sides remain far apart in their expectations of what form a new agreement may look like.  Talks begin tomorrow in Toronto.

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Techshake Weekly News Digest: More 2013 Model Unveils, Dodge Departs NASCAR, and We Drive the Volkswagen Golf R
Aug11

Techshake Weekly News Digest: More 2013 Model Unveils, Dodge Departs NASCAR, and We Drive the Volkswagen Golf R

This is the Techshake Weekly News Digest — your first stop for a recap of the week’s top stories in automotive news across the wide world of cars. A true Techshake knows the value of a good story, well told.

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Honda Unveils Smaller, Roomier, More Efficient 2013 Accord
Aug09

Honda Unveils Smaller, Roomier, More Efficient 2013 Accord

Nearly 35 years after the original Accord hatchback was introduce to the world, Honda has taken the veil of secrecy off the ninth generation 2013 Honda Accord which is smaller outside, but more spacious inside for the 2013 model year.

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London Olympics’ Mini MINI Coopers Provide Entertainment, Controversy
Aug09

London Olympics’ Mini MINI Coopers Provide Entertainment, Controversy

MINI may not build the most reliable cars (at least according to our friends at TrueDelta.com, where the Cooper has roughly double the repair frequency of a Honda Civic), but since the brand’s rebirth under BMW’s ownership, it has been nothing less than a case study in brilliant, creative, clever marketing.  Its latest foray has been into the Olympic games, where MINI has become nearly the only brand represented during track and field events – and despite a prohibition on advertising or promotion during the events.

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Polar Opposite Front Drivers: Civic Type-R (FD2R) and MkV GTI In the Malaysian Highlands
Aug09

Polar Opposite Front Drivers: Civic Type-R (FD2R) and MkV GTI In the Malaysian Highlands

It’s the Muslim fasting month and a consistent chant from a nearby mosque starts to drift into the hotel room at the break of dawn. A sharp chill lingers around Fraser’s Hill as a sleepy haze refuses to relinquish its grip on the Malaysian highlands. I sit awake, wondering about what lay ahead in the day – tackling mountain passes in a 225PS 2.0-litre naturally aspirated legend, the Civic Type-R, against the quintessential Euro hot hatch, a 2.0-litre turbocharged favourite, the Golf GTI. They are polar opposites, philosophies that clash with each other in nearly every way possible – and I am here 572 kilometres from home to celebrate the greatness of both. I jump out of bed to get ready for motoring heaven.

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Stereo Review: Volkswagen – Fender Premium Audio System
Aug07

Stereo Review: Volkswagen – Fender Premium Audio System

Differentiating the good from bad in modern cars today has become increasingly difficult. The playing field has improved to the point that it’s the details and available features that make the difference when deciding what automobile deserves your 60 monthly payments. One of those areas that has always swayed my purchase decision is the quality of the stereo that comes with the car. As a result, we have started to ask manufactures that have specialty branded audio systems to have a chance to review them on their own. Recently, we asked Volkswagen to sample their Fender branded system as the word on the street was it was a solid system for a reasonable price. Read on to find out if it lived up to expectations.

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Spyker Sues GM for Saab Bankruptcy
Aug06

Spyker Sues GM for Saab Bankruptcy

Put this one in the “no good deed goes unpunished” file.  Today, Spyker (the former owner of Saab, before Saab went belly-up last year) announced that it is suing GM for $3 billion for its role in Saab’s bankruptcy.  Spyker had a sale lined up to China’s Youngman, but the sale required GM’s approval, which GM declined to give.  You see, GM didn’t want to empower its competitors in the critically important Chinese market with its intellectual property just for the sake of nostalgia for Saab.  As much as I liked Saabs, GM made the right big-picture decision for its own reasons.  When Saab’s/Spyker’s interests are aligned with GM’s (as they were when GM sold Saab to Spyker initially), then all is rosy.  But when those are in conflict, guess which one GM is going to pick?  Guess which one any company, or any person, is going to pick?

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