I waited for a while to post something new about the industry since world markets have experienced the greatest turmoil since the Great Depression. Now that both companies have exited bankruptcy, cleansed of extraordinary debt obligations, we can expect some great future products to hit the American market.

From GM, rumors persist about the possibility of a Z28. GM has all but officially acknowledged the product's release sometime after the Q1 2011 release of the convertible Camaro. These same rumors suggest that the Z28 could feature the LSA out of the CTS-V, packing over 550 ponies. Additionally, GM is rumored to be working on an alternative to Ford's EcoBoost setup. For those unfamiliar with the term, EcoBoost is featured in the new Ford Taurus, which packs a turbocharged V6 that puts up aggressive V8 numbers. For those who claim that muscle cars only have V8s, this is proof to the contrary.

Ford continues to improve its lineup by finally releasing a V6 that can compete with the LLT that GM has featured in its CTS. A new V6 could be trouble for the Camaro LS and LT because the weight advantage of the Mustang would put it ahead on the track.

Chrysler, now a brand owned by Fiat, will be merging platforms with its new owner. With the new ownership, we can finally expect a new look for all of those matching interiors. Today, anyone thrown into a 300, Charger, or Challenger could barely tell the difference. With any hope, the new combined engineering of Fiat-owned Ferrari and Chrysler will lead to some great advances in US performance competition.
 
 

As with Chrysler's fall to bankruptcy, GM has also made the trip to court. The difference is that GM has a lot of good ahead of it. Instead of repeating the garbage that the press has posted, Timeless will focus on the positive.

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is a badass, Mustang-eating, ground-shaking, high-revving, ferocious beast. The V6, as always, impresses the driver. This time, the weigh balance is nearly perfect in all models. The V8 annihilates the competition in all markets. There are exotics in the rearview mirror. GM has delivered a high-efficiency performance car in both the V6 and V8 segments.

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt easily outclasses any electric car by the international market in the sub-$50k price range. While the price has not officially been set, it will clearly be more expensive than some of its counterparts. At best, it will sell well enough to earn GM favor with the EPA. At worst, it is better than the slave-constructed Prius or the skeletal Insight. It will be good to have something with class in the green department. Rumor has it that Cadillac may also get a version of this green machine.

The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a great improvement on all Malibus of days past. Likewise, the 2009 Cadillac CTS continues its tradition of dominating the streets with class. GM's design team has scored huge wins with all redesigned cars, but these 2 represent the best of the batch. The worst of the batch are still pretty impressive.

Pontiac will be gone. Hopefully, no one buys the brand so that GM can bring back the GTO or other Pontiac classics in the future. The sad fact is that GM never gave Pontiac its niche. It always had to sell something—a G3, an Aztec, a Sunbird—less that its nature.

Hummer will go elsewhere. That company had potential in GM. Hopefully, GM can get it back one day. I hoped to see Hummer add a Wrangler-fighter. I've always seen the Wrangler as a bare-bones general purpose vehicle. Hummer could learn a lot from the Jeep brand.

Saturn will go to Penske. This is a great move for the brand. Penske surely has in store for the brand some diverse plans for development. Hopefully, Saturn will get a chance to reinvent itself with legitimate performance cars. Competition, after all, is good for buyers, and this could lead to some interesting domestic forces.

GM will be fine. There are a lot of forces working in its favor. Expect the brand to be in the clear next year at this time.

 
 

Trying times have worn down Chrysler's previously stable market position. Originally popular cars simply do not sell in this market. Very few cars at all are selling, and automotive enthusiasts can only hope that buyers come back to the market so that our favorite machines no longer face the chopping block.

There really is not much to say on this topic that has not been said already. Most Americans polled would hesitate to buy from a bankrupt company simply because the stigma attached to such a company is not a good one. The government has agreed to back all Chrysler warranties.

Fiat has agreed to take a 20% stake with milestone achievements that will earn Fiat up to 35% in 5% increments. This is an exciting move in the automotive industry. Chrysler has been actively seeking partners in the past, and it appears that partnership will come from Fiat.

Chrysler hopes to come out of bankruptcy quickly. Hopefully, the newly reorganized Chrysler will continue to make some of the great vehicles that we know today with the addition of new technology and styling.

 
 

Driving on the German autobahn is a dream for many automotive enthusiasts. The idea of boundless performance is a foreign concept to American racers who crave performance limited by the physics of their street machines.

On the same token, German drivers have more rigorously enforced laws on the highway. So many American drivers lazily pass on the left and stay there to be passed on the right or do not properly use their blinkers. German drivers tend to be much safer on the roads.

German-blooded people are not naturally better drivers. It is the enforcement that makes the drivers behave this way. What the US needs to do is change the structure of highway driving to allow people to drive 100 mph by encouraging police officers to pull over less speeding drivers and pull over more diverse offenses, including those who pass on the right, those who are not passing on the left, and those who fail to use their blinkers. US license testing requires tough enough standards that many high school students take a course on driving and study for tests that contribute their high school grades. Why not enforce the rules that every 16-year-old is supposed to follow?

 
 

This portion of the site intends to reflect the opinions of the automotive industry. There are a lot of perspectives in the industry ranging from the unions to the manufacturers to the dealer networks. Opinions and interests from all sides are competing to be heard on all issues relating to production, distribution, fuel, features, safety, and driving.

There are a lot of voices out there. One of the goals of this section is to reconcile some of those opinions.

 

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    The_Blur graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. As a result, Timeless recognizes the importance of public policy and government when it comes to the automotive industry. Timeless sides with the automotive industry when it comes to legislation that limits the industry's ability to produce quality products that are safe and perform competitively.

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