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Toyota Recalls Another 1.1 Million Vehicles, Brings Tally To 5.4 Million
Toyota Recalls Another 1.1 Million Vehicles, Brings Tally To 5.4 Million

The number of vehicles Toyota has to recall over the faulty floor mat and stuck accelerator debacle continues to mount, with news breaking overnight that an additional 1.1 million vehicles in the U.S. need to be recalled in order to have their floor mats fixed. This is in addition to the 4.3...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry
GM Offers $1,000 Incentives To Toyota Owners

Toyota’s stuck accelerator pedal debacle has seen millions of cars recalled and now a halt on sales for eight different models (RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Tundra, and Sequoia) put in place. Despite the seriousness of the issue, Toyota has been sluggish to respond to its...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Aveo (RS Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show)
Looking Forward To a Better Year in Automotive History

I have yet to make it to any of the car shows yet this year, but I've been keeping up with the highlights on my favorite automotive news and blog sites.  I've got to say, I'm encouraged so far with what I've seen and read.  I actually changed my mind about going to Detroit last year, for fear...Read More»

2009 Toyota Prius 5dr HB (Natl) Front Exterior View
Imports Take 09 Sales Title From Domestics After Long Uphill Battle

An interesting thing happened during 2009, Asian carmakers outsold the domestic automakers in the United States for the first time. The gap wasn't huge, about 3.5 percent, but it was significant because it represents a reversal of fortunes for the countries surviving domestic manufacturers, General...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
A Look At Five Of The Best Midsize 2010 Family Sedans

Media pundits have long claimed that the middle class is disappearing in America but judging by the number of midsize family sedans (the middle-class vehicle of choice) competing for market share in this country, perhaps that isn't really true. At least let's hope not because we live in a truly...Read More»

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J.D. Power: Auto Sales Start Slow In 2010

We've all heard the forecasts that car sales have reached their low-point, and that we'll soon be turning the corner. Car makers are cautiously optimistic for 2010, most forecasting around 12 million total sales for the year. But J.D. Power's early look at January's sales numbers tell a different...Read More»

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Don't Be an Easy Target for a Crooked Mechanic

Not every mechanic is out to cheat people out of their hard-earned money, but unfortunately a greedy few have given the industry a bad reputation in the eyes of some customers. You've probably heard stories from people who have experienced this. Or, even worse, maybe you've been the victim of one...Read More»

VW Tiguan Review: Driving VW'S Soft Rover

Whether you like them, crossover utility vehicles are here.  They come in various sizes. Each has a station wagon-like platform, additional height and optional all-wheel-drive.  Unlike truck-type, body-on-frame SUVs, CUVs promise auto-like ride, handling and fuel economy.  Few make good on...Read More»

2010 Ford Transit Connect Wagon 4-door Wagon XL Angular Front Exterior View
2010 North American Car And Truck Of The Year: And The Winners Are...

Each fall, 50 journalists from the most respected automotive media outlets around the world get together to choose NACOTYs--in long form, the North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year. In just a few years of existence, the NACOTY have become one of the most respected awards in the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai's Out for Blood

Spencer...Read More»

2006 Honda Accord Coupe EX AT Angular Front Exterior View
Sales Likely To Turn Positive in 2010

Here's a simple prediction for 2010, car sales are likely to bounce back by two to four million units, possibly more. How can we possibly know that? Well, whether a lot of folks know it or not, the economy, for many people, actually started going south in about 2006 and the car industry had a lot...Read More»

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U.S. Fleet Shrinks, As More Vehicles Go To The Crusher

For the first time since Word War II, the annual number of vehicles scrapped exceeded the number of new vehicles sold. That’s solemn news for the auto industry. U.S. vehicle sales had been in a sustained boom period of 15 to 17 million vehicles per year from 1994 through 2007. And the size of the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius 5dr HB II (Natl) Open Doors
Top Story for 2009: Toyota Overtakes GM as Number One in Sales

Although most end-of-year/end-of-decade stories focus on the 10 or so top stories that have marked the decade, this one is going to focus on the six top seven or eight bombshells of he automotive world in the last decade. Looking back only a couple of years, we come to what has to be the real...Read More»

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Saab Sale Decision Delayed Again, Genii To Submit Bid

Saab's sale is delayed. Again. Saab's board, due to meet today, has postponed its meeting until tomorrow to better consider how to get the company back up and running by Monday after a four-week layoff, and to weigh Spyker's renewed bid and a new bid from private equity firm Genii. Genii is already...Read More»

Honda Dealership
2009 Auto Sales: Have We Hit Bottom Dead Center, Yet?

As the auto industry prepares for another year of auto shows, new-car introductions and crossed fingers, sales numbers for 2009 will be announced today, by most major automakers. The question rolling around in CEO offices from Tokyo to Stuttgart to Detroit: have we hit bottom dead center yet? It's...Read More»

2009 Nissan Quest 4-door S Angular Front Exterior View
Nissan: No 2010 Quest Minivan in the Plan

Large SUVs and minivans have fallen on the hardest of times in the industry's late downturn, and casualties of the recession mount daily. Nissan today confirmed in an email to TheCarConnection that it would be bringing U.S. production of the Quest minivan to an end later this year, and will not...Read More»

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Can Cellphones Cause Car Fires, You Bet They Can

You want to know what a shame is? It's a shame when an editor of a major online automotive ezine or Blog comes out halfway for an issue and then almost as quickly when the pr people of the fuel industry rear their heads, the editor falls back to accepted orthodoxy because it's easier not to rock...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Tesla Motors and the Model S Prepare To Take on the World

When electric car company Tesla Motors officially arrived on the scene in March of 2008, their first offering, the Roadster, definitively put to rest the long held notion that electric cars cant make your pulse race.  Since its debut the six figure carbon fiber bullet has been busy dismantling the...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma S Concept
Automotive Technology: Where It's Been and Where It's Going in 2010 and Beyond

For decades, people have been making predictions about what life would be like in the 21st century.  Well, its been here for 10 years now, so what is it really like?  Specifically, what can the cars of the future really do?  They dont hover or travel through time yet, or even drive themselves...Read More»

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