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Who chooses to play on an unlevel field? (Ventura County Star)
Pundits across the political spectrum have weighed in on the bailouts and bankruptcies for the American automobile industry, but even history will not be able to tell whether the government has acted appropriately in its level of economic intervention, because no one will be able to say what “would have happened” under other scenarios. However, some important principles have clearly been ...

Fisker places Del. at birth of new era in auto industry (The News Journal)
Delaware helped write the history of the American automotive industry in the 20th century, churning out Buicks and Chevrolets, Chryslers and Plymouths for more than six decades.

In a year that's seen "unprecedented" turmoil with the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler, the forced closures of hundreds of dealerships and sliding car sales, the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an abundance of optimism toward the signature U.S. industry.

Albert York, Reclusive Landscape Painter, Dies at 80 (New York Times)
Mr. York was a painter of small, mysterious landscapes who shunned the art world yet had a fervent following within it.

Column: Gearing for growth in auto (Express India)
The automobile industry in India will likely show a new high when the numbers for October are released for public consumption.

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Private motor insurance, which covers privately owned vehicles has the highest loss ratio in the entire industry.

BMW and Toyota Create Most 'Sustainable Value,' Report Finds; GM, Fiat Among Laggers (GreenBiz)
BELFAST, Ireland — Toyota and BMW use their economic, environmental and social resources more efficiently than other worldwide automakers, a new study has found, while General Motors and Fiat significantly lagged behind their industry peers.

Perkins still pushes the pedal: Ex-Chevy boss is driving force for Hendrick ventures:
Anybody who thinks starting an automotive venture is a young man's game hasn't been following the career of Jim Perkins.

Acura reverses product plans:
Acura is reversing course in North America as the brand suffers through the shift from high-performance luxury vehicles and the cancellation of its V8 and rear-wheel-drive programs.

The best Best of France and Italy Car Show ever:
Why drive to Monterey in August with everyone else when you can drive only as far as beautiful Van Nuys and get much of the same old-car thrill?

The 2010 Ford Mustang Coupe, an AutoWeek Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I was kiddingly whining about having to drive a six-cylinder Mustang, but gawd, this is one terrible engine. Actually, let me qualify that: This is not a great engine for a sporty car.

Pace cadets: At AMG academy, students take their finals with their right feet:
Mercedes-Benz USA launched the AMG Challenge in 2002, a program touted as "a chance to experience the thrill of driving the newest Mercedes AMGs on some of America's best racetracks."

Acura makes new plans, and Hendrick to revive old cars, in AutoWeek's News Brake for Monday, Nov. 2:
In today's News Brake: Acura tears up its product plans, driver and tire news from Formula One, and Rick Hendrick plans to revive old cars . . . But Wait, There's More!

Ford Posts an Unexpected Profit of $997 Million (International Herald Tribune)
The automaker said it had its first profitable quarter in North America in more than four years.

New Developments in Vietnam (ThomasNet)
With GDP expansion expected to reach nearly 5% in 2009, Vietnam enjoys a robust economic backdrop that favours industrial development. The industrial gas market in Vietnam supports traditional industrial sectors such as steel, glass, construction, chemicals and automobile, but also high technologies. Air Liquide, the historical leader in North Vietnam, is currently undergoing new developments in ...

SEMA show: Lingenfelter brings back the Trans Am:
The T/A moniker means many things to many people. To some it's Smokey and the Bandit, to others, it's a blue-and-white classic, and we're sure there are a few who shed a tear at the last WS6.

Research and Markets: 2010 U.S. Automobile & Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry Report with 2011 Forecasts (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
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New vehicle sales soar 12.6 percent (The Japan Times)
Domestic sales of new vehicles rose 12.6 percent in October from a year earlier, marking the highest margin of growth in 12 years and nine months, an industry body said Monday. Sales of new vehicles excluding minivehicles totaled 263,506 units, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said, pointing to tax breaks and government subsidies for environmentally friendly cars.

SEMA show: Ford Raptor gets more extreme with new V8, special-edition model:
The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is getting even meaner.

SEMA show: Ford uncoils a new Cobra Jet Mustang:
The silver Ford Mustang lithely coasts to the back of a nearly empty parking lot. From a distance, there's nothing remarkable about this particular pony car--save for the imposing snake painted just behind the doors on the rear fenders.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: An AutoWeek flash drive:
What is it?

SEMA show: Look for four Toyota pickups, a Venza and even a motorcycle:
Toyota Division's SEMA show offerings are truck heavy, which is good news for anyone whose eyes still hurt from that George Barris Prius Toyota showed a few years ago.

Research and Markets: 2010 U.S. Automobile & Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry Report with 2011 Forecasts (The Auto Channel)
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Ministry rejects tax cut extension for auto industry (Thanh Nien Daily)
The Ministry of Finance has rejected a request by local car makers to extend tax incentives until next year, local online newspaper VnExpress reported Wednesday.

Vehicle sales zoom in festive zing (HT via Yahoo! India News)
For any sceptic who had doubted that the downturn in the domestic automobile sector is a thing of the past, the sales figures of October surely provide a fitting reply.

Cnooc Group May Set Up Electric-Car Battery Network (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) -- China National Offshore Oil Corp. may build a network of battery-changing stations for electric cars in China, the world’s second-biggest automobile market.

SEMA show: Mr. Leno, your Camaro is ready:
We're not surprised that comedian Jay Leno would add a reborn Chevrolet Camaro to his burgeoning collection of cars. But Chevy is making sure that Leno's Camaro is something special and is showing it as the SEMA show.

New vehicle sales fall 12,5% (Mail and Guardian)
The map will replace this text. If any users do not have Flash Player 8 (or above), they'll see this message. South Africa's total industry new vehicle sales declined by 12,5% year-on-year to 36 082 units in October, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) said on Tuesday.

Jeddah’s motor show rekindles hope in industry (Zawya)
03 November 2009 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s 31st International event for Motor Vehicles and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) labeled as sims’09, which ended here over the weekend, has given a new hope to industry in general and the automobile sector in particular.

SEMA show: GM legend Moss reveals limited-edition 2010 Camaro:
The Chevrolet Camaro is back, and so is General Motors legend Jon Moss, who unveiled a series of limited-run sports cars based on the 2010 car--with available Corvette ZR1 power--on Tuesday at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

SEMA show: World's fastest Volvo:
We happened upon this on the way out of SEMA's Center Hall--the world's fastest Volvo, according to Jim Haughey of K-PAX Racing.

IBAO welcomes Ontario’s proposed auto insurance reforms (Investment Executive)
The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario is pleased with the package of 41 reforms to automobile insurance announced Monday, the association says.

SEMA show: Roush Mustang gets the gas:
Mustang maniac Jack Roush had done almost everything you can do with a car. He has raced and won, built and sold, crashed and repaired. So what's the next step? Jack Roush is going green.

SEMA show: GM unveils greener LS3 crate motor in 1955 Chevy:
Is hot-rodding going green? General Motors thinks so, and it's launching a new line of crate motors, called E-Rod, that pass California's stringent smog tests. GM debuted the engines on Tuesday at SEMA in a 1955 Chevrolet customized for the show.

Auto sales show industry beginning to stabilize (San Francisco Chronicle)
After months of roller-coaster results, the U.S. auto industry showed signs of stability in October. Total sales of cars and light trucks were unchanged at just over 838,000 compared with October of last year, but rose 12 percent from a dismal September 2009,... Toyota - General Motors - Ford Motor Company - Automobile - United States

SEMA show: Kias are coming!:
Kia treated the SEMA show like a regular auto show, with five new, unique, modified cars on the stand.

SEMA Show: Pimp My Ride crew builds '69 Mustang live on stage :
A reality TV show is playing out this week center stage at Ford's SEMA display.

Auto sales in U.S., Utah show industry stabilization (The Salt Lake Tribune)
After months of roller coaster-like sales, the auto industry offered signs of recovery from its yearlong slump on Tuesday, as most automakers and some dealers reported higher levels of U.

SEMA show: Plethore is pure pleasure:
French Canadian supercar dreamer Luc Chartrand started working on the Plethore (French for "plethora" or "abundance") LC-750 about 11 years ago. He designed, engineered and built it all himself.

SEMA show: Hurst reveals performance Camaro and Mustang :
Hurst, the legendary company synonymous with Olds 442s, performance shifters and all things muscle cars, has turned its attention to modern iterations of pony cars.

GM shifts gears, will keep Opel:
General Motors' board of directors has decided that it will keep the Opel business and restructure it, putting an end to plans to sell the European operations to auto supplier Magna International.

North America Automobile Sector Bottom Of 'World Sustainability League' (Science Daily)
North American car manufacturers have come bottom of the league in the largest ever international study of the global automobile sector's sustainability performance.

Automobile industry revs up for recovery (Times Leader)
DETROIT — After months of roller coaster-like sales, the auto industry offered signs of recovery from its yearlong slump on Tuesday, as most automakers reported higher levels of U.S. sales in October.

Outlook For German Industry 'Guardedly Positive': Deutsche Bank (INO News)
(RTTNews) - The outlook for German industry for next year is "guardedly positive" amid improved sentiment and a strong pick up in production in some important upstream sectors, Deutsche Bank Research said in a report.

U.S. sales, aided by General Motors, show some real spark in October:
U.S. light-vehicle sales--bolstered by General Motor Co.'s first gain in 21 months--declined less than 1 percent in October as the industry showed signs of a recovery without the aid of government incentives.

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Research and Markets: This Essential 2010 U.S. Automobile Parts & Supplies Wholesales Report Contains Timely and ... (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
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SEMA show: Saleen reveals S281 :
Saleen Performance Vehicles wants to move to the front of the custom Mustang crowd, and with its latest creation itand#8217;s getting close.

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia: Taming Maranello's most-powerful production V8 ever:
Toyota's announcement on Wednesday that the recession had forced it to withdraw from Formula One included the statement that the company and#8220;intends to move forward in developing exciting production vehicles, such as the Lexus LFA supercar.

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