HONDA MAKES ITS 10 MILLIONTH U.S. VEHICLE

BACK SEAT DRIVING – The Marysville Auto Plant has become the first Honda plant outside Japan to manufacture* 10 million vehicles with the production of a Honda Accord Sedan at the end of this month. In related news, Honda Motor Company marked a milestone this past quarter (April-June 2010), building more vehicles in the United States than in Japan…

GOVERNMENT MOTORS, CHRYSLER AND THE CAMPAIGN

BACK SEAT DRIVING – With President Obama’s visits to Chrysler and GM factories today to tout the success thus far of the 2009 auto industry bailout and managed bankruptcy program, it will be easy for critics and opponents to see this as nothing more than mid-term election campaigning and grandstanding. Until the loans are paid in full, “the jury is still out” on complete success and whether or not any of this money was spent foolishly. On the other hand…

THE ONLY WAY TO FLY

LA CAR REPORT – There is no magic to buying a car. It’s a job, just like what you do to feed your family, and you’ve got to go about it systematically to get a good deal. But knowing a few tricks in the modern way of doing things will help you avoid the dreaded car-sales encounter and make you confident that you’re getting what you want for the best buck…

13 GOING ON 30

AUTO REVIEW – 13 years ago, I bought my very first car–a 1997 Nissan Maxima SE. I had such love for that car. I drove that thing all over California and beyond. It lasted a good many years, and consequently, I have a fondness for the Nissan Maxima. Fast forward several years later, and my editor is asking me to test drive the 2010 Nissan Maxima SV with the Sport Package. This year marks 30 years since the introduction of the Maxima as a 1981 model. 13 and 30 years later, I am not disappointed…

CHARGING UP THE PUBLIC

BACK SEAT DRIVING – Chevrolet announced that the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of its extended-range electric car, the Volt, will be $41,000. Volt owners can qualify for up to $7,500 in U.S. Federal income tax credits, which can bring the net price down to $33,500. Participating Chevrolet dealers in launch markets will begin taking customer orders today for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

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