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Auto News 10/2008

Night vision:
With the days getting shorter as fall approaches, it means we'll be spending more time behind the wheel when it's dark.

DRIVERS LOG: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR:
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT JONATHAN WONG: The ACR Viper is fun, intimidating, flamboyant and a giant middle finger to the environment all wrapped up in one car, and--forgive me--I love it!

AUTOFILE: 2008 BMW M3: Mmm, good: BMW's M3 is close to perfect
To the glee of enthusiasts everywhere, BMW has unleashed the latest take on its stellar M3.

Automobile industry rolling through rough terrain (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
Following Wall Street's drama, the demise of the nation's largest Chevrolet dealership and an ongoing credit crunch, the road ahead appears pretty rough for the automobile industry. Figure in the high price of fuel and low consumer confidence and it's unlikely that a turnaround will occur any time soon.

Bumpy road ahead for automobile sector (The Economic Times)
Followed by difficult financial conditions, deceleration is expected to continue in the automobile sector until 2009-10.

Credit crisis looms as major challenge for U.S. auto industry (International Herald Tribune)
After enduring a sales slump caused by high gasoline prices, a faltering U.S. economy and competition from Asia, the industry now finds prospective customers having trouble getting loans.

Automotive Industry Yearbook 2009: Electric Cars - Electric Drivetrain - Infrastructure Analyses Over 250 Companies (The Auto Channel)
DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 1, 2008 - Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Automotive Industry Yearbook 2009: Electric Cars - Electric Drivetrain - Infrastructure" report to their offering.

Celebrating The Birth Of The Tin Lizzie (News On 6 Tulsa)
The Model T Ford wasn't America's first car, but it was the car that changed the automobile industry.

Sluggish economy takes toll on automobile industry (WSFA 12 Montgomery)
Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- The sluggish economy has resulted in buyers staying out of the automobile showrooms.

REVS: Bigger and better: Gilmore car museum adds autos, activities and artifacts
The Gilmore's May-to-October season has created the automobile museum equivalent of the annual model change.

REVS: Driving a T, easy as 1, 2, 3:
As you slip behind the big steering wheel of a Model T, you'll feel a sense of history and the magnitude of the role the car played in shaping modern transportation.

REVS: Race of the century: Fueled by steam, methanol, gasoline and oats, history repeats
Driving down winding forest lanes past orchards and pastures, we're alert for signs pointing to "The Race of the Century." Signage is sparse, and navigating the back roads of sleepy Stow, Mass.

REVS: Newly minted:
While we usually offer a glimpse of scale models from a variety of manufacturers, this time, we're focusing on the latest offerings from Danbury Mint. Its design team has come up with a group of 1:24-scale

REVS: Trophy queens: NHRA Museum honors racing's royal beauties
Before there were trophy queens, what was the point of racing?

Automobile sales angst (The Morning Call)
The industry, like home sales market, crawls along as consumers are cautious. The industry, like home sales market, crawls along as consumers are cautious.

Examine the U.S. Property & Casualty Insurance Carriers Industry with this Essential and Comprehensive Report for 2009 (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2009 U.S. Property & Casualty Insurance Carriers Industry Report" report to their offering.

Examine the U.S. Property & Casualty Insurance Carriers Industry with this Essential and Comprehensive Report for 2009 (Centre Daily Times)
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.co has announced the addition of the "2009 U.S. Property & Casualty Insurance Carriers Industry Report" report to their offering.

Andretti Green Racing to Field A1GP Team:
Andretti Green Racing announced today (Oct. 2) that it will field an American team in the A1 Grand Prix Series. A1GP pits teams from various countries against each other, with the emphasis on team rather than individual drivers.

Kobe named Bowling Green chamber’s ‘Industry of the Year’ (Business First of Louisville)
Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products LLC has been named the “Industry of the Year” by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

Helio Castroneves hit with tax evasion indictment:
IndyCar Series star Helio Castroneves—a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, as well as the darling of Dancing With the Stars—has been indicted in federal court in Miami on felony conspiracy and tax-evasion charges: one count of conspiracy to defraud...

Obama Warns of More Job Loss Should Congress Reject Rescue Plan (Bloomberg)
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama warned Michigan voters that more jobs could be lost and losses in the automobile industry may worsen should Congress fail to pass a $700 billion rescue plan aimed at shoring up the country's financial system.

First Look: "Flash Of Genius" Movie Trailer (CBS4 Miami)
Greg Kinnear stars in the true story of an inventor's long battle with the automobile industry to receive recognition for his ingenuity Watch the entire trailer here on CBS4.COM.

International Automobile Dealers Announce Monthly Sales (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
Industry Overall Sales Lowest in 15 years

Obama Warns of More Job Losses If Rescue Plan Fails (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama warned Michigan voters today that more jobs could be shed and losses in the automobile industry may worsen should Congress fail to pass a $700 billion rescue plan aimed at shoring up the country's financial system.

Bilcare plans big on anti-counterfeit technology (Business Standard India)
Packaging solutions provider Bilcare Ltd today launched its anti-counterfeit technology for the Indian automobile industry, which has been dealing with spurious components for long.

ESCAPE ROADS: 1911 Ford Model T Touring Car: Evolution of a revolution
On Oct. 2, 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T and changed the world forever. But the change didn't come as suddenly as you might think.

MARKET: 1960 Jaguar E2A Le Mans Sports Racing Prototype :
Bonhams and Butterfields Carmel, Calif.

Examine the U.S. Automobile & Other Vehicles Wholesale Industry with this Comprehensive Report (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2009 U.S. Automobile & Other Vehicles Wholesale Report" report to their offering.

International Automobile Dealers Announce Monthly Sales (The Auto Channel)
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 2, 2008 - The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) today released September 2008 sales figures for the international automobile industry.

Brazilian Stocks Rise on U.S. Package, Auto Demand; Bolsa Gains (Bloomberg)
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Brazilian stocks gained for the third time this week, led by miners and steelmakers, on speculation demand from the country's automobile industry and passage of the U.S. financial market rescue package will bolster the economy.

Nano exit a blow to industry (The Times of India)
Tata group's decision to pull out the Nano project from Singur is a huge blow to not only the automobile sector, but also the entire industry.

Local Economy/Car Industry (PAHomePage.com)
“It will never change. There is always going to be a love with cars anytime. I don’t have a doubt. I look out the window and I don't see any horses that restore my faith in the automobile industry." Steve Morenko of Motor Twins in Wyoming knows a few things about selling cars.

Credit squeeze hits car sales (Calcutta News)
Retail car sales by the Indian automobile industry have been hit hard by the squeeze on retail financing as banks have stopped hardselling car loans in the current economic climate, say auto industry representatives.

Credit squeeze hits car sales (New Kerala)
By Varada Bhat, Mumbai, Oct 5: Retail car sales by the Indian automobile industry have been hit hard by the squeeze on retail financing as banks have stopped hardselling car loans in the current economic climate, say auto industry representatives.

LONG-TERMERS: 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited:
With the crossover segment growing so rapidly, it seemed like a good idea to add one of the newest such vehicles to the AutoWeek long-term test fleet.

Natalie Neff: Of Clutches and Carnegie
So, I'm learning how TO play the guitar, only 20 years after my brother first took up the instrument.

No hemi here: Chrysler touts hot Dodge EV
If you're building up your bank account for an electric vehicle, add Chrysler's EVs to your short list of potential products.

Indian Automobile Sector - A Booming Market (just-auto)
De-licensing in 1991 has put the Indian automobile industry on a new growth track, attracting foreign auto giants to set up their production facilities in the country to take advantage of various benefits it offers.

Kia Supplier Begins Construction of New Plant in Georgia, an Industrial Info News Alert (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Johnson Controls Incorporated, a major supplier to the automobile industry, has started construction of a $15 million automotive interior components manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia.

Suzuki Wagon R 1st-Half Best-Selling Car for 5 Straight Years (Japan Corporate News)
Tokyo, Oct 6, 2008 (Jiji Press) - Suzuki Motor Corp.'s Wagon R minivehicle was the best-selling automobile in Japan in the first six months of the fiscal year ending next March, keeping the top slot for the fifth straight year on a first-half basis, industry data showed Monday.

Innovative 2009 U.S. Automobile & Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry Report (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2009 U.S. Automobile & Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry Report" to their offering.

Steve Thompson: A Car Guy's Car Guy
There are talkers, AND then there are doers. Jim Williams, who died at age 60 on Aug. 26 in Rochester, N.Y., was a doer.

A greener hybrid: Toyota's concept for L.A. show uses no gasoline at all
Spinning off yet another variation on the clean-energy theme, Toyota plans to display a CNG-hybrid version of its Camry family sedan at the Los Angeles show in November.

2009 U.S. Automobile Gas Engine & Engine Parts Manufacturing Report Forecasts Industry Size (The Auto Channel)
DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 7, 2008 - Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2009 U.S. Automobile Gas Engine & Engine Parts Manufacturing Report" report to their offering.

Examine the U.S. Automobile Parts & Supplies Wholesales Industry with this Comprehensive 2009 Report (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "2009 U.S. Automobile Parts & Supplies Wholesales Report" report to their offering.

Canadian Grand Prix not included on 2009 Formula One calendar:
The FIA released the official 2009 Formula One calendar on Tuesday, with the most obvious development being the cancellation of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Luczo Dragon Racing signs Matos for '09 IndyCar season:
Luczo Dragon Racing has signed Firestone Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos to a multi-year deal to drive for the team as it expands to a full-time entrant in the IndyCar Series in 2009.

DRIVES: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHybrid:
Mercedes-Benz missed North America's move toward hybrids. It was caught sleeping, there was not enough research and development funding, it was too focused on diesels for the European market--pick your reason.

DRIVERS LOG: 2008 Mazda CX-9 Touring:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR WES RAYNAL: This is a hell of a good competitor to the GM Lambda line of SUVs, as well as to the Honda Pilot, and it’s way better-looking.

Insignia moves GM forward: It will be the basis for the next Saturn Aura
The link between Saturn and Opel moves into new territory with the launch in Europe of the Insignia, the replacement for the Vectra and the first model on General Motors' second-gen Epsilon platform.


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