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No quittin’ time for Chrysler

No laurels resting — or actually any resting — for Chrysler. This summer, the automaker will skip the traditional two-week summer slumber to meet the demands of hungry consumers.

“Chrysler’s sales growth has outpaced the industry and the company needs to boost production to keep up,” according to USA Today. “Chrysler’s U.S. sales through April this year are up 33.4% vs. a 10.3% increase for the industry.”

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Coda to build “affordable EV”; pulls DOE loan app.

Coda Automotive has announced plans to build an entry-level EV with China’s Great Wall Motors, a company that will display its first EV at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exposition, which opens Friday.

That news comes as Coda also announced the withdrawal of its DOE loan application to build  vehicles in this country. In its new deal, the manufacturing would start in China and wrap up in California, home to Coda’s headquarters.

“The company is the latest in a series of start-ups and other automakers to abandon efforts to tap the $25 billion government loan fund; Coda had proposed to build vehicles in Ohio as part of its application,” writes David Shepardson, with the Washington Bureau of the Detroit News. “The Energy Department has taken a harder line in reviewing applications — and hasn’t approved a new auto loan in more than a year.”
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Highlight of the Week: Visiting AutoTrader.Com

As we approach the end of the week, we just thought we’d share a highlight — visiting our friends at

A longtime partner of The Washington Auto Show, boasts the largest automotive marketplace replete with tips and tools of the trade. It’s probably no big surprise that their offices and, of course, their people are super cool. Here are some fun pics from’s lobby —

Digital Summit 2012 heads to Hotlanta

Huffington Post, Gilt, Klout, Google… Looks like all the online heavyweights are headed to the A-T-L next month for Digital Summit 2012 at the Cobb Galleria.

This is the second annual summit, presented by TechMedia. Thank goodness they jammed both words together and capped the second or else we wouldn’t know they were a hip, tech company. They all do that. I’ve blogged about it before so I won’t bore anyone here.

Anyway, this should be a great conference. So mark your calendars and, in the meantime, check out the event here:

Nissan, Chevy and… Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

Press Preview Day is under way at the New York International Auto Show, where Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn delivered the keynoter breakfast speech. Not long after, Mark Reuss, President of GM North America, revealed the 2014 Impala. Here is a picture, courtesy of Barbara Pomerance, who is on site with The Washington Auto Show’s delegation.

Of course, the CEOs of major automakers and new model introductions always create buzz. But this year, New York presents a product that suits its larger-than-life persona and perhaps a solution to its famous gridlock: a flying car.

Just think what that could mean for the final scene all those Hollywood rom-coms, where the guy has to leap out of the traffic-jammed taxi and run through the mean streets of New York to track down his lady and tell her, in a near-miss finale, how he feels, at last. Now, the guy can just fly over the other cars and weave through air traffic.

Check out the gallery of the flying car, aptly named “the Transition®,” from personal aviation company Terrafugia.