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Diesel: Industry bears brunt of higher fuel prices (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Published: Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 3:15 a.m. Last Modified: Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 1:50 a.m. Despite its recent price fall, the high cost of fuel is continuing to take its toll on a breadth of industries dependent on diesel.

Dutch Mandel: Too Great Expectations
Call me jaded, but when a car works well for the first three months, six months or year of its life in my garage, I think it's commendable. In fact, I talk it up.

35th Rolex Monterey historic automobile races: Still Ticking After All These Years
Steven J.

Concorso Italiano: Acres (and Acres and Acres) of Cars
Among the honored marques at this year's Concorso Italiano were "45 Years of Lamborghini" and "The Cars of Marcello Gandini."

Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance: A Well-Rounded Pebble
Jon and Mary Shirley are our kind of Pebble winners. Before work got under way on the year-and-a-half restoration of their 1938 Alfa 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, they drove it--all over. That included the 8C Tour in Jackson, Wyo.

The Quail: Easing Into the Pebble Beach Grind
Now in its sixth year, "The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering" might just be the classic-car-show equivalent of Major League Baseball's spring training.

Monterey auctions: The Vintage Market Is Just Fine, Thank You
Record foreclosures in the housing markets. Gasoline prices $1 more per gallon than the same week last year. A nervous stock market and a hotly contested presidential election.

National Semiconductor Introduces Industry's First AEC-Q100Compliant LVDS Crosspoint Switches, Drivers And Receivers (ElectronicsWeb)
National Semiconductor Corp. recently announced a new family of automotive- grade low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) 2 x 2 crosspoint switches that deliver the industry's best signal integrity and noise immunity at data transmission rates up to 3.125 Gbps

This Global Automobiles Industry Profile is an Essential Resource for top-level Data and Analysis Covering the ... (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Automobiles" report to their offering.

Fiat in talks with Guangzhou Automobile (China Daily)
Fiat is in talks with China's Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group over technical cooperation, Automotive News said on its website, as the Italian car maker strives to progress in the world's No 2 auto market.

PRW.com - Plastics Industry News (Plastics and Rubber Weekly)
Cost-cutting Levblend grades will be sold exclusively via Viverso. 1 September 2008 - Bayer MaterialScience will launch a family of PC-ABS resins produced from Makrolon production waste next month, which it will market exclusively online through its Viverso internet sales subsidiary.

Wine Industry Executive Profile: Pat Roney (North Bay Business Journal)
WINDSOR – Three decades ago, Pat Roney was looking to get out of the wine business. Today he’s a partner in a fast-growing North Coast wine company.

Namibia: Premium Launches Training Centre (AllAfrica.com)
A training centre with state-of-the art equipment for the automobile industry has opened its doors in Windhoek.

Vehicle sales plunge 14.9% (The Japan Times)
Domestic sales of new automobiles, excluding minivehicles, nosedived 14.9 percent in August from the previous year to 193,902 units amid the slowing economy and gasoline price surge, an industry body said Monday. The Japan Automobile Dealers Association said car sales dropped a sharp 12.8 percent to 166,153 units, accounting for more than 80 percent of overall auto sales. Read the full story ...

Camaro cure: V6 model is fun and fuel-efficient
If you're sick of high gas prices, one remedy may be the V6 version of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.

Cory Farley: Wide-Open Spaces
From any number of peaks in Nevada, my adopted home, you can look across 30,000 square miles. For those who imagine themselves to be the center of the universe, that can be humbling.

Up to the challenge?: With lower-powered Challengers, Dodge hopes to find traction in a gas-sipping market
By now, many of the folks most nostalgic for Mopar's muscle-car heyday already have snapped up the SRT version of the Dodge Challenger ("That '70s Show," AW, May 5), with its ground-pounding 425-hp, 6.1-liter Hemi V8.

Right timing: Honda rolls out improved '09 Fit
The new Honda Fit has been on sale in Japan since the end of last year, but don't complain about the United States having to wait until now to get the new car.

Business 'booming' for repossession industry as owners default on car-loan payments (The Press-Enterprise)
With soaring oil and gas prices, record home foreclosures and the cost of just about everything else rising, it seems times are tough for everyone. Except maybe the repo man.

Diesel: Industry bears brunt of higher fuel prices (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Published: Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 3:15 a.m. Last Modified: Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 1:50 a.m. Despite its recent price fall, the high cost of fuel is continuing to take its toll on a breadth of industries dependent on diesel.

Local auto sales dipping (Daily Local News)
Dave Busby, a 27-year veteran of the automobile sales industry, sees similarities between what his business is going through today and what has been happening...

SA auto sales down 30% but exports up in August (Independent Online)
New car, light and medium commercial vehicle sales dropped again during August, 2008, according to statistics released today (September 2) by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).

Carriers Protest Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund's Rates (Insurance Journal)
Maryland's private auto insurance industry is objecting to a proposal by the state's insurer of last resort to lower rates as gasoline and food prices rise. At a hearing in Baltimore on Friday, ind

Franchitti to replace Wheldon on Ganassi's IndyCar team in 2009:
So much for Dan Wheldon's expectation to remain with Chip Ganassi's IndyCar Series team.

Passion on parade:
You could say it was more of the same--more than a million spectators watching 40,000 classic and specialty cars parading along Woodward Avenue, America's No. 1 cruising strip.

DRIVERS LOG: 2008 Hyundai Accent SE:
SENIOR EDITOR MARK VAUGHN: In these gas-sucking times, the mighty Accent is starting to look like the way of the future: an efficiently engineered four-banger (with continuously variable valve timing) mated to a five-speed manual pulling...

DRIVES: 2009 Acura TL: Can looks kill (sales)? Acura may find out with its new TL
With a grille that looks like the face of a stoned Pokémon character and a rear end that defies summary description, the exterior of the new Acura TLs (there are two: the base model and the SH-AWD, which replaces the Type-S) is bound to be...

DRIVES: 2009 Kia Borrego: Borrego on in: Right SUV, wrong time; no problem, Kia says
It would be hard to pick a time worse than now to launch another midsize SUV, but don't tell Kia.

DRIVES: 2009 Volkswagen Routan: Hop on the bus: VW taps Chrysler, and the Routan is no microbus
The problem with the 2009 Volkswagen Routan isn't so much what it is as what it's not. What it is is VW's restyled version of the newest-generation Chrysler minivan, introduced last year.

Nolan Finley: Big Three use conventions to win loan support (Detroit News)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Call it a troop surge. The Big Three's boots are on the ground at the Republican National Convention as they battle to win a $50 billion federal loan program to rebuild the domestic automobile industry.

Auto industry may reconsider expansion plans: SIAM (Business Standard India)
Faced with difficulty in pushing sales, the automobile industry could have a 'major rethink' in expanding capacity and executing some of the committed investments, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) today said.

Wheldon signs with Panther Racing:
In what turned out to be a busy day for off-track news in the IndyCar Series--and on the heels that 2007 series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will replace Dan Wheldon at Target Chip Ganassi Racing next year--Panther Racing...

The 2008 Canada Industry & Market Outlook Report Provides the Most Current and Accurate Analysis of Hundreds of ... (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2008 Canada Industry & Market Outlook" report to their offering.

Auto industry may reconsider expansion plans: SIAM (The Economic Times)
Faced with difficulty in pushing sales, the automobile industry could have a 'major rethink' in expanding capacity and executing some of the committed investments, SIAM today said.

Bilcare plans big on anti-counterfeit technology for automobile industry (The Economic Times)
Packaging solutions provider Bilcare Ltd on Wednesday launched its anti-counterfeit technology for the Indian automobile industry, which has been dealing with spurious components for long.

2008 Argentina Industry & Market Outlook Provides Current and Accurate Analyses on Hundreds of Industries in Argentina (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2008 Argentina Industry & Market Outlook" report to their offering.

This 2008 South Africa Industry & Market Outlook Provides Current and Accurate Analyses on Hundreds of Industries ... (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2008 South Africa Industry & Market Outlook" report to their offering.

Stremme to replace Newman at Penske Racing:
Penske Racing said that David Stremme, 31, will pilot the No. 12 Alltel Dodge for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. He will replace Ryan Newman, who is bound for the new Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owned by fellow driver Tony Stewart and Gene Haas.

Chinese steel consumption set to fall (Financial Times)
Growth in Chinese steel consumption is expected to slow markedly in the second half of this year amid weakening demand from the construction, household appliance and automobile industries, according to industry experts.

NASCAR amends penalties for Stewart, Logano in spacer incident:
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Tony Stewart and Joey Logano are no longer on probation for the infamous "spacer" incident after the Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 16.

Auto industry may reconsider its expansion plans (Deepika)
New Delhi, Sep 3 (UNI) The Captains of the automobile industry today hinted at a 'major rethink' in capacity expansion as the auto market is facing difficult times in pushing sales.

REVS: Lance would have loved it: Scarabs return to the track to mark the car's 50th anniversary
He could have done anything he wanted. He was a Danish aristocrat and a direct descendant of both E. F. Hutton and F. W. Woolworth. He lived in Beverly Hills, and he looked like a movie star. But all he wanted to do was race sports cars.

REVS: Sweet Motorcycle Montage in Hershey:
How is a room full of motor-cycles like a box of chocolates? No, not because it's in Hershey, Pa.

TWO-WHEEL LOWDOWN: 2008 Ducati 848 Superbike:
Ducati bridges the gap with a lighter, more powerful entry-level superbike. 849-cc, 134-hp, liquid-cooled L-twin; 370- lb dry weight; quarter-mile in 10.49 sec @ 132.76 mph.

SIAM:Auto industry faces new challenges (The Times of India)
The Indian automobile industry is facing numerous challenges now due to shrinking of demand, SIAM President Ravi Kant said today.

Auto industry faces new challenges as demand shrinks: SIAM (Chennai Online)
New Delhi, Sep 4 The Indian automobile industry, which grew at the rate of 15 to 27 per cent in the past five years, is facing numerous challenges now due to shrinking of demand, SIAM President Ravi Kant said today.

Auto industry faces new challenges as demand shrinks: SIAM (The Economic Times)
The automobile industry, which grew at 15 to 27 per cent in past five years, is facing numerous challenges now due to shrinking of demand, says SIAM President Ravi Kant.

Auto industry needs long-term development (Việt Nam News)
HA NOI — There must be a clear tax policy along with a long-term and comprehensive development strategy to encourage the country’s automobile production, said Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Do Huu Hao.

India's Auto Industry Faces New Challenges (Bernama)
NEW DELHI, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- The Indian automobile industry, which grew at the rate of 15 to 27 per cent in the past five years, is facing numerous challenges now due to shrinking of demand, SIAM President Ravi Kant said Thursday.

Auto industry faces new challenges as demand shrinks: SIAM (The Economic Times)
The Indian automobile industry, which grew at the rate of 15 to 27 per cent in the past five years, is facing numerous challenges now due to shrinking of demand.


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