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  • Packard plant bridge in Detroit, Michigan, collapsed Photo via Historic Detroit

    Once a symbol of a prosperous and manufacturing-rich city, Detroit's Packard plant has been left to decay for decades. On Wednesday, the elements took their toll and the Packard plant's skyway bridge collapsed onto the city street. Thankfully, no one was injured in the collapse, according to information from Historic Detroit's Twitter account. The bridge previously spanned East Grand Boulevard and connected the massive production facility's north and south buildings. In recent years, the deteriorating exterior was wrapped to appear as it stood during Packard's early-to-mid-20th century boom...

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    Ford might turn Detroit eyesore into self-driving, EV hub

    Ford has its eye on a landmark building nestled in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. The automaker revealed it has plans to purchase the rotting Michigan Central Station and renovate the space to house an electric- and self-driving car hub. The potential purchase follows Ford's decision to relocate...

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    Developer From Peru Buys Rundown Packard Plant In Detroit

    With some of America's best-known car brands culled during 2008's financial crisis, it's easy to forget that some of America's greatest marques have now been gone for decades. One of those is Packard, once renowned as one of the world's top luxury automobile makers. The company disappeared in 1958...

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    Detroit's Packard Plant Hitting The Auction Block

    A place that once churned out some of Detroit's finest machines has long laid dormant. Dormant, in the sense that industry was no longer occurring within its walls. The Packard Plant, which opened in 1903, sits on 3,500,000 square feet, spread out over 40 acres of currently blighted Detroit...

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    Detroit Electric To Debut All-Electric Sports Car In April

    In the early years of the 20th century, electric cars were seen by many buyers as preferable to internal-combustion-engine automobiles. Electric cars were easier to start, more reliable and required far less maintenance than their fossil-fueled cousins, and their limited range was far less of an...

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    Honda Accord Coupe Concept Live Photos: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    Honda is showing its next-generation Accord in thinly veiled Coupe Concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and while it's instantly recognizable, up close it outlines some advanced design cues, technology, and features that will likely help maintain this model's status as one of the top sellers...

  • Lexus 2012 Detroit Auto Show concept teaser

    With the new GS sedan wearing some attractive sheet metal, it may just be time for an updated IS range, and conveniently, Lexus has just released the second teaser for its upcoming design concept that previews the future direction of the company's design ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut. Could it be the next-gen IS we're seeing (just a bit of) in this teaser image? It certainly shares some of the GS's front-end characteristics, though in a more dramatic, conceptual way. It also looks quite a bit like yet another incarnation of the BRZ/GT 86/FR-S rear-drive Subaru-Toyota joint sports...

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    Blowin' In The Wind: Turbines To Power BMW Leipzig Factory

    However green cars are able to get, the process of building thousands of them every year still isn't particularly environmentally friendly. The manufacturers are doing all they can to improve this. GM's Detroit-Hamtramck factory that produces the Chevrolet Volt is equipped with several solar panel...

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    Infiniti Set To Make Appearance At 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    Industry cutbacks, especially in the areas of advertising and marketing, have taken more and more visible forms in the recent past as automakers chose to skip major shows including even the once prestigious Detroit Auto Show. In fact, some of the major brands that chose to skip an appearance at the...

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    Dr. Dre Stars In New 2012 Chrysler 300S Commercial: Video

    Chrysler has released a new television commercial in its ever-expanding ‘Imported From Detroit’ campaign, but while the previous ads all featured celebrities with a major connection with Detroit, the latest one treads a slightly different path. It stars rapper and music producer Dr. Dre...

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    NFL Star Ndamukong Suh Appears In Chrysler’s New Imported From Detroit Ad: Video

    Remember Chrysler’s first Imported From Detroit television commercial? The one starring Eminem and which debuted during the Super Bowl? Well, if not, you can view it by clicking here. Chrysler has now released its second ad based around its Detroit connection, this time starring Detroit Lions...

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    Detroit Mayor Bing Has Thing for GM Bling

    A $59K GMC Yukon is mayor's new official car, raising the few eyebrows remaining in the city of Detroit.

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    The news isn't official, but an insider claims Sichuan Tengzhong's purchase of Hummer will be signed soon.

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    Report: Hummer HQ To Be Located In Detroit

    GM is expected to complete the sale of the Hummer brand to China's Tengzhong by the end of this year.

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    47% of first 80,000 'cash for clunkers' sales from American brands

    Ford may be the only American carmaker reporting a rise in sales for July, but Detroit's beleaguered trio didn't fare too badly - almost half of the fuel-efficient upgrades sold in the CARS 'cash for clunkers' bonanza were GM, Ford or Chrysler vehicles, according to the White House. Only little...

  • Snoop Dogg's 1967 Cadillac, Brown Sugar, from The News Herald
    Snoop Dogg's 1967 Cadillac, aka Brown Sugar

    An item on one of our sister sites here at the High Gear Media global nerve center rags on a Detroit News piece yesterday that mixes up a Cadillac and a Lincoln. We're more interested in the car itself. It's a decked-out 1967 Cadillac owned by rap star and sometime-Chrysler-spokesman Snoop Dogg...

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    Ford posts $424 million second quarter loss

    Ford today reported a pre-tax operating loss of $424 million in the second quarter of 2009 (excluding special items), a $609 million improvement compared with the second quarter of last year. The gains made during the quarter were the result of cost reductions, net pricing, positive Ford Credit...

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    2010 Detroit Auto Show expected to lure big marques back to Cobo

    Fear-mongering reached new heights in the automotive world on the eve of the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, with naysayers predicting more somber processions and hushed voices than the average state funeral. And while the show did prove somewhat subdued, it was far from dead. Now plans for renovations at...

  • BMW 1-series

    As a side effect of the current industry downturn and the subsequent realignment of capacity at America's major domestic car manufacturers, the once-Big Three could be outstripped in North American production by a combination of foreign companies by 2012, including BMW and Porsche-owned Volkswagen, according to a study released today by Grant Thornton LLP. Readers with acute memories will recall a series of articles we've run over the past several months documenting the rise of many carmakers to production levels that exceed Chrysler and General Motors individually. Ford, though it too will...

  • Road rage driver expresses his displeasure
    Survey: New York City is the road rage capital of the U.S.

    We've all seen it, we've all done it: a stupid move on the road prompts angry reactions. It's really not much different than standing in line, except everyone weighs 3,000lb and is moving at 60mph - which raises the stakes a bit. But some places are worse for road rage than others, and a study...

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    White House promises no more bailouts for Detroit 3

    With accusations and hyperbole that the U.S. government's bailout of the Detroit 3 is a clear step towards socialism, President Barack Obama's automotive task force that has been charged with overseeing the restructuring of GM and Chrysler has promised that the government will not be putting any...

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    Republicans and Democrats blame each other for GM collapse

    The collapse of General Motors has seen some of the most divergent views on both politics and the automotive industry appear in recent times, and even though the collapse of GM had been predicted for months, if not years, there is still arguing over who was responsible and what American consumers...

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    Dick Cheney: Bush didn’t want to be the one to ”pull the plug” on GM

    Earlier this week General Motors formerly announced that it had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy but the truth of the matter is that the struggling automaker’s downfall was predicted years ago and it has only managed to survive up until now on the back of government handouts. According to...

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    Bricklin proposes new plan to install ”hydrogen hybrid” drivetrains in GM and Chrysler cars

    The collapse of GM and Chrysler in recent months has seen the manufacturing employees and the extensive dealer networks of both firms suffer heavily, but now there may be a new and revolutionary product in sight that not only gives flailing dealers a chance to pick themselves up but may also keep...

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