Pundits have been predicting that 2008 won’t be kind to auto manufacturers. But a quick tour of the year’s first two major auto shows — the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the Chicago Auto Show — demonstrates that manufacturers plan to do anything but pull in their horns. (And when it comes to Chrysler, we can say that quite literally, since its Detroit show press event featured a full-on cattle drive.) Read more . . .
If the history of the Volkswagen Beetle were presented as an imaginary tale, no one would believe it was plausible. What is now the most famous car the world has ever known suffered so many false starts and survived so much hardship, that it is difficult to imagine a harder road to victory. Yet, somehow, the Volkswagen Beetle not only endured but prospered. Read more . . .