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The making of Corporate U
In the half-century after World War II, Americans built their dream on three pillars: a new house, new car, and higher education. Over time, higher education came to dominate the dream, for it was a statement about the future, opportunities, and one's children. As it became the only route to an increasing number of professions and the primary path to economic success, it generated greater and ...

Domestic Sales Push Up Maruti, Hyundai Sales In October
The Indian automobile industry continues to be buoyant with all the major car manufacturers reporting higher sales in October. In domestic sales, Maruti crossed 100,000 mark for the first time in October, while Hyundai reported the highest-ever since its inception.

Global Fuses & Circuit Breakers Market to Reach US$11.5 Billion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry ...
GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Fuses & Circuit Breakers market.

Diesel price to be decontrolled in due course: Deora
Petroleum Minister Murli Deora Monday said the government is considering decontrolling diesel prices and asserted that freeing of petrol prices and raising of diesel prices have not hampered the automobile industry.

Diesel price to be decontrolled in due course: Deora
New Delhi, Nov 1 : Petroleum Minister Murli Deora Monday said the government is considering decontrolling diesel prices and asserted that freeing of petrol prices and raising of diesel prices have not hampered the automobile industry.

Kia's chief designer seeks a sporty car to blow the doors off its image:
Kia's design boss wants to add a sports car or convertible to lend more appeal to the brand.

L.A. auto show: Mitsubishi to debut wide-body 'American' i-MiEV:
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will unveil a wide-bodied i-MiEV electric car tailored to the United States at the Los Angeles auto show during press days Nov. 17-18.

2011 Mercedes-Benz R350 Bluetec 4Matic, an AW Drivers Log:
INTERACTIVE EDITOR DALE JEWETT: To me there's no debate about what this vehicle is--it's a station wagon. And a fine one at that.

Farewell to Pontiac and Saturn, in News Brake for Nov. 1:
Mistubishi will unveil the U.S. version of the i-MiEV, and a possible solution for range anxiety in electric vehicles . . . But Wait, There's More!

SEMA: New Ford Interceptor goes undercover:
The hot-rodders and tuners at the Specialty Equipment Market Association better pay attention on their way out of Las Vegas--the Stealth Ford Police Interceptor may be on their tail.

Spoken street names useful in navigation units, magazine says:
If you're in the market for a portable navigation unit, features such as spoken street names and reality view/lane assist are worth the money while traffic information, connected services and voice recognition are not as essential, says Consumer...

SEMA: Entrepreneur seeks to boost EV range with power trailer:
One of the key limitations to electric cars is lack of range. Most automakers say to expect between 60 miles and 100 miles on a full charge. And in many drivers' minds, that's not enough. Automakers working on EVs call this fear range anxiety.

Education: Private tutoring is on the rise
Real estate. The automobile industry. Construction.  It's hard to find any one industry that's come through the recession unscathed.

SEMA: All work and play on the Kia stand:
Kia Motors will unveil two 2011 Sportage wagons customized by Antenna magazine at this yearand#8217;s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

SEMA: Chevrolet delivers a pair of customized Corvettes:
Chevrolet will debut two new Corvette concepts at this yearand#8217;s SEMA show. The 2011 Corvette Z06X Track Car and the 2011 Corvette Jake Edition concepts are designed to show how Corvettes can be customized.

Chinese auto sector gears up
Chinese authorities are pushing ahead with reforms for the country's automobile industry to leverage its increasingly important position in the global market.

Mazda Seatbelt Case Prompts Automaker High Court Appeal for Claims Shield
The automobile industry, in a case involving Mazda Motor Corp. , is seeking the U.S. Supreme Court ’s help in limiting lawsuits that accuse carmakers of failing to install the best safety equipment.

Automobile bargains likely before 2011 starts
If you're holding out for a bargain on a car, you could be rewarded this month or next.

Vietnam car sales rise ten-fold in a decade
Vietnam’s auto sales have risen ten-fold over the past decade as the local market continues to expand, the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association said.

2011 Ford Edge SEL, an AW Drivers Log:
EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: First off, this is one of the nicest colors of red Iand#8217;ve seen on a and#8220;regularand#8221; car in a long time. Love the color. And I also really like what Ford has done with the interior.

Nissan plans 3 EVs after the Leaf:
Nissan is planning to launch three more electric vehicles besides the Leaf hatchback.

General Motors looks to sell $13 billion of stock, in News Brake for Nov. 2:
In today's News Brake: Volkswagen takes a two-model strategy with the Jetta, and the Skoda Fabia gets mean . . . But Wait, There's More!

Sharing is replacing owning
Bill Ford, automobile giant Ford's executive chairman, admitted to CNN in 2009 that the "future of transportation will be a blend of things like Zipcar, public transportation and private car ownership."

SEMA: Kia reveals two Forte concepts:
Following a fairly successful inaugural season competing in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, Kia showed a Forte Koup Type R Concept at the 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

SEMA 2010: Camaro, F-Series, Wrangler win best in show awards:
Three icons won the first-ever SEMA awards Tuesday, with the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford F-Series and Jeep Wrangler taking top honors as the hottest vehicles at the show.

SEMA: Kia brings a pair of Soul concepts:
Following a successful run of four special-edition Soul models over the past year, Kia looks to continue the momentum with at least two special versions for the 2011 model year.

SEMA: Honda amps up the CR-Z:
Honda unveiled a CR-Z hybrid outfitted with Mugen accessories at the SEMA show on Tuesday and said it will launch a limited run of 300 similarly styled kits this spring.

SEMA: Li-ion Motors shows up with electric sports car:
Somewhere in between the 1,000-hp customs and the carbon fiber tuners at SEMA, a small company called Li-ion Motors has introduced the all-electric Inizio. The electric carmaker just won $2.

SEMA: Galpin goes big :
One of the most famous names in the aftermarket--Galpin Auto Sports--has tuned up its presence at the SEMA show this year.

Rental demand drives new car sales
Strong demand for rental cars helped drive new vehicle sales last month, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) said in a statement yesterday.

Could This Stock Rally in 2011?
You've probably heard the quote from the great entrepreneur Henry Ford who once commented, "People can have the model-T in any color, so long as it's black". ...

SEMA: GM Performance Parts expands E-Rod crate-engine offerings:
One year after introducing the E-Rod LS3 crate engine at SEMA, GM Performance Parts used this year's show to announce even more crate options for hot-rodders with the addition of three new E-Rod packages--the E-Rod 5.

SEMA: Chevrolet bolsters its customization game with Z-Spec :
Customizing your Chevrolet at the dealership is about to get easier with the launch of a Z-Spec parts catalog.

SEMA: Audi rolls into Las Vegas and likes it:
It's a bit of an unlikely setting for a brand whose heritage rests on autobahn burners and buttoned-down Old World manners.

SEMA: Toyota takes the town:
We couldn't decide which we liked better, the outrageously cool stretched Sienna minivan or the outrageously outrageous Camry with a Cup motor.

Chinese brands narrow quality gap with foreign automakers:
When it comes to vehicle quality, domestic Chinese brands are catching up to their global peers, according to the 2010 China Initial Quality Study published by J.D. Power and Associates.

New Mercedes-Benz SLK to offer Web link:
The new Mercedes-Benz SLK, due out next spring, will be the automaker's first vehicle with on-board Internet access via its Command infotainment platform, AutoWeek sister publication Automobilwoche has learned from company sources.

BMW Raises Profit Forecast After Strong Quarter
The German automaker credited soaring sales in China and a rebound in the United States.

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LT Regular Cab, an AW Drivers Log:
NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: There arenand#8217;t many better times to pilot a heavy-duty truck than on a crisp fall morning.

SEMA: Pursuit of perfection keeps Gran Turismo 5 in the pits:
Nov. 2 was the latest release date announced for Gran Turismo 5, but it has sadly come and gone with still no game on store shelves.

The Golf Cabrio returns, and profits at Aston Martin, in News Brake for Nov. 3:
Highlights from the SEMA show, and Subaru finds a new advertising theme . . . But Wait, There's More!

Morgan Threewheeler returns after 58-year break:
The Morgan Motor Co. will relaunch the Morgan Threewheeler after a 58-year hiatus, the British automaker said on Wednesday.

GM Sales Bump Past Last Year's October Figures
After a bumpy year for car and truck sales, experts say October will be one of the strongest months we've seen in quite a while for the automobile industry. General Motors is reporting a bump of 3.5 percent last month over last year's figures while Ford says its sales are up by 19 percent. Industry executives say the numbers give further proof the nation's economic recovery is continuing ...

GM Sales Bump Past Last Year's October Figures
After a bumpy year for car and truck sales, experts say October will be one of the strongest months we've seen in quite a while for the automobile industry.

International Nameplate Automobile Dealers Announce Monthly Sales
October Strongest Sales Month in a Year

Panasonic invests $30 million in Tesla to develop batteries:
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp. said late Wednesday it invested $30 million in Tesla Motors Inc. to cooperate on green powertrain development.

SEMA: Mazda flexes its track and street muscles:
Mazdaand#8217;s racing antics were evident at its booth during the SEMA show with a race-prepped Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 joining a Grand-Am GT RX-8 and MX-5 Cup car.

SEMA: Barry's back--Meguiar returns to Vegas in good health and high spirits:
Looking tan and rested, Barry Meguiar was back at SEMA this year with his trademark enthusiasm and a prominent display for his Car Crazy TV show.

SEMA: Customizers team up to create a Mustang for charity:
SEMA is about glitz and glam, outrageousness and excess, but a unique Mustang shown on Wednesday takes all of that and channels it for charity.

2010 Bentley Series 51 Continental GT Speed, an AW Drivers Log:
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: The Series 51 is Bentley's way to order your Bentley any way you want it. According to Bentley, it's called the 51 because the automaker's styling department was created in 1951.


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