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Mercury Line May Hit the Scrap Heap

Sales have slipped from half a million annually to 168K last year

(Newser) - Once a four-wheeled icon of cool, Ford's Mercury brand is steadily losing traction and may soon be parked for good, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ford has not yet announced a plan to scrap the line, but one key stockholder is urging the company to let it go.  "... More »

Hybrid Sales Soar in 2007

Sales of hybrids up 38% last year, with the Prius leading the way

(Newser) - Sales of hybrid cars rose 38% in the US last year, with Toyota's Prius grabbing more than half the market. As fuel prices climb, hybrid sales are expected to continue to rise this year. Five states lead the rest in buying hybrids, calculated by percentage of sales:
  1. California (26.1%)
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Car Talk Bros Get Animated, Dis Gas-Guzzling Heaps

Click and Clack to star in PBS cartoon, pessimistic Nova episode

(Newser) - NPR’s chuckling Car Talk guys Tom and Ray Magliozzi are about to become even more animated—with a new cartoon series of themselves on PBS. But their view on the heaps they've helped drivers patch up for the past 30 years isn't so funny, Newsweek reports. Click and Clack's... More »

Car Owner's Cyber Posse Nails Canadian Thief

Owner alerts car lovers to theft of rare Nissan on forum

(Newser) - A car thief in Calgary didn't count on rising to internet fame when he stole a rare Nissan Skyline GTR from a dealer, the New York Times reports. The owner posted a picture of the vehicle on an internet car lovers' forum and before long, his fellow forum members had... More »

Cadillac CTS Wins Car of Year

(Newser) - Cadillac's CTS won Motor Trend’s 2008 car of the year honors today, reports the AP. Editors said the $32,990 entry-level luxury sedan stood up to BMW and Mercedes, and proves Detroit can build a competitive sedan—despite years of focusing on SUVs and trucks. "The CTS obliterates... More »

Auto Workers Face Off With Chrysler Next

Union turns to No. 3 automaker to extend terms of GM contract

(Newser) - The United Auto Workers have decided to sit down with Chrysler next, hoping to extend the terms of the contract negotiated with GM last month, Bloomberg reports. At Chrysler, the UAW will be dealing with a CEO who's been on the job just two months—Robert Nardelli, former chief of... More »

Drivers' 10 Commandments

(Newser) -
  1. You shall not kill.
  2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people & not of mortal harm.
  3. Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.
  4. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power & domination, & an occasion of
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