Today in Car News: Volt, Cruze, and Cash for Clunkers Redux

1249617223 Today in Car News: Volt, Cruze, and Cash for Clunkers Redux

2011 Chevrolet Volt

Without a Cash for Clunkers boost, August car sales were soft. Recovery summer, where for art thou?

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is close to reality: production begins on Veterans’ Day.

GM is seeking to trademark “range anxiety” as it pitches the Volt at nervous-nelly electric-car likers. Snarky Tesla PR folks are “looking into trademarking ‘Tesla grin.’”

The Volt’s kissing cousin, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, will get 26/36 mpg in its non-hybrid form.

Toyota’s steering recall from last week has a new companion on the NHTSA list–the 2008 and 2009 Pontiac Vibe.

YouTube is a great place to leak videos of your new Fiat-based Jeep crossover–but boy, couldn’t you at least call the Compass beforehand? Rude.

A small Toyota MPV will be introduced to the Paris auto show crowds, who will put down their Gauloises long enough to smirk, “It’s no Citroen.”

The stop-start Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, has almost 10,000 people interested in working on its lines. That’s a Facebook page waiting to happen.

Americans are fat and getting fatter. Corollary concern for coronaries: ambulance builders have been forced to upsize their offerings to suit patients bigger than 300 pounds.

Lastly, Barry Meguiar of car-polish and classic-car fame is doing great after a bout with pneumonia. Cheers to that.

 

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