Monthly Archives: February 2005

First Drive: 2006 Honda Ridgeline

Click image to enlarge by Paul Williams La Jolla, California – The first look at Honda’s temporarily-named “SUT” pickup truck at the 2004 Detroit auto show created a lot of raised eyebrows and scratching of heads. After all, wasn’t the … Continue reading

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Intermittent wiper inventor dies

February 28, 2005 Intermittent wiper inventor dies Baltimore, Maryland – Robert Kearns, the inventor of intermittent windshield wipers who won multi-million-dollar judgements against Chrysler and Ford for their use, has died of cancer at his home in Baltimore at the … Continue reading

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VW Touareg convoy halfway through world tour

February 28, 2005 VW Touareg convoy halfway through world tour Wolfsburg, Germany – Volkswagen’s Touareg is currently touring the five continents of the world, piloted by experienced travel professionals and private adventurers satisfying their wanderlust. Dubbed the Touareg Experience 360

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Ford introduces hydrogen for industry

February 28, 2005 Ford introduces hydrogen for industry Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Power Productions, a division of Ford Powertrain Operations, is introducing hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines for industrial use. The move coincides with Ford Motor Company’s introduction of its first … Continue reading

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CAA announces Pyramid Award winners

February 28, 2005 CAA announces Pyramid Award winners Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) named the winners of its prestigious Pyramid Awards, which were presented at the Canadian International Auto Show. The award for environmental initiatives went to … Continue reading

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DaimlerChrysler to fight Mohr verdict

February 28, 2005 DaimlerChrysler to fight Mohr verdict Auburn Hills, Michigan – DaimlerChrysler plans to appeal a jury verdict that will require the company to pay US$4.5 million of a US$48.77 million award to the estate of a woman killed … Continue reading

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BMW Isetta ‘bubble car’ celebrates fiftieth anniversary

February 28, 2005 BMW Isetta ‘bubble car’ celebrates fiftieth anniversary Munich, Germany – The Isetta, the tiny “bubble car” that saved BMW, celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 5th. Click image to enlarge In 1955, life in war-torn Germany was … Continue reading

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16-year-olds crashing less in some provinces and states

February 28, 2005 16-year-olds crashing less in some provinces and states Arlington, Virginia – According to a report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatal crash rate for 16-year-old drivers declined sharply after some U.S. states and … Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce to debut long-wheelbase Phantom

February 28, 2005 Rolls-Royce to debut long-wheelbase Phantom Goodwood, England – Two years after the introduction of its Phantom, Rolls-Royce will debut an extended-wheelbase version March 1st at the Geneva Auto Show. The extended model will provide additional interior space … Continue reading

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Porsche announces new Cayman S sports car

February 28, 2005 Porsche announces new Cayman S sports car Atlanta, Georgia – Porsche will be adding a new sports car, based on the Boxster, for 2006. The new two-seater, named Cayman S, is positioned and priced to slot between … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Chrysler returns the convertible

1986 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible. Click image to enlarge Story and photo by Bill Vance After being fired from his job as president of the Ford Motor Co. by Henry Ford II in 1978 (“I just don’t like you” … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2005 Toyota Avalon

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General Motors “on the runway”

February 25, 2005 Hilary (left) and Haylie Duff walk the runway alongside a ’53 Chevy Corvette at the General Motors 4th annual ten fashion show integrating today’s hottest cars, stars and fashion Tuesday, February 22, 2005. GM’s ten supports P.S. … Continue reading

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