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J.D. Power: June Car Sales Will Grow By Double Digits
J.D. Power: June Car Sales Will Grow By Double Digits

J.D. Power pointed out the impressive gains in initial vehicle quality yesterday, and today it's calling at least a ground-rule double for June sales--even though the month has one week to go. New-vehicle sales for the month should come in at least 16 percent stronger than in the same period last...Read More»

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
2012 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study: Industry Hits All-Time High

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, a touchstone for the industry's current successes and failures in new-car design and production, shows that the industry has reached an all-time high in overall quality with its 2012 model year, improving five percent overall, presenting fewer defects and...Read More»

2012 Subaru Impreza
May 2012 Car Sales: The Ohana Edition

Disney fans know the Hawai'ian word ohana can mean family, or, "no one gets left behind." Apparently, car buyers haven't forgotten the meaning: they returned to showrooms for a knockout round of May car sales, with only a few brands left behind by the rising trendlines. On the month, Chrysler and...Read More»

Oshawa Assembly Photo
GM To Shutter Consolidated Line Of Canada's Oshawa Assembly Plant

General Motors’ Oshawa Car Assembly plant is one of the largest automotive manufacturing facilities in the world, covering some 10-million square feet of factory floor space and employing some 4,000 full-time workers. GM presently builds a variety of products in Oshawa, including the...Read More»

Ford assembly plant
Auto Industry Puts A (Small) Dent In Unemployment

In Montgomery, Alabama, automaker Hyundai recently announced it was hiring 877 new workers. To fill those positions, over 20,000 prospective workers applied. Last summer, 18,000 people put in for jobs at Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky, plant, where the automaker will begin producing its Escape...Read More»

Smart Fortwo Hello Kitty
Would You Want Hello Kitty On Your Car--Forever?

The tribal tattoos and tramp stamps that were no-brainer decisions in college proved just that for some bearers in the years since. Will mass personalization on new cars leave fewer scars of regret? Could it hurt resale value? Some Toyota owners may find out. As explained on Boston.com, the...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
April 2012 Car Sales Point To Strong Spring

Is it time to call the car industry recovered? In April, automakers sold vehicles at a rate that analysts say will only get better as dealers head into the spring selling season. Sales numbers are being reported today from around the auto industry, and early on, some of the strongest numbers are...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
Only 1 In 25 New Cars Has A Manual Gearbox Now: Why?

Go to any given dealership with 100 new cars. On average, just four of the 2012 models will have manual gearboxes. The trend of the vanishing third pedal is nothing new, notes The Detroit News. Even a decade ago, just 8.5 percent of 2002 models were manuals. The paper’s own automotive...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Dart Pricing, Veloster Six-Month Test, Deadly Tax: Today’s Car News

While it may seem obvious, putting make-up on while driving can be very dangerous. That’s just one of the many distractions that are being highlighted during the month, which has been billed Distracted Driving Awareness Month. One of the biggest fears for buyers of used cars is whether or not...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet's Avalanche Pickup Hits The End Of The Road

In 2001, Chevrolet debuted the concept of a “lifestyle truck” with the launch of the Chevy Avalanche pickup. Prior to that, trucks were generally built for work, and using them for other purposes meant accepting a harsh ride and limited amenities. The Chevrolet Avalanche injected a bit...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Detroit Makes Good: March Auto Sales Soar To Record Levels

If auto sales—now at their highest level in four years—are any indication, Americans are feeling a lot more confident. GM, Ford, and Chrysler all reported strong sales in March—significantly above year-ago levels—but it was the Chrysler Group that saw sales a full 34...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. Photo by Alex Bellus
February 2012 Car Sales: Best Since 2008

New-car sales gained momentum in February, as most automakers reported rising sales volumes for the month. With numbers still coming in from around the industry today, Chrysler again has turned in some of the best sales numbers, with an increase of 44 percent over the year-ago period. That topped...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
GM Talks Production Deal With PSA Peugeot Citroen: Report

If politics can lead to strange bedfellows, so can the business of manufacturing automobiles. Even established brands must fight for an ever-increasing share of the market, competing against rival automakers, changing economic conditions and a potentially fickle buying public. It’s no secret...Read More»

2012 Dodge Durango
January 2012 Car Sales Are Strong--Except At GM

While nearly every automaker reported brisk, upbeat sales numbers for the first month of 2012, General Motors didn't have much to cheer. GM sales were off by 6 percent last month, while its crosstown rivals were up, strongly in the case of Chrysler, which reported a sales increase of 44 percent...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Amid Profit, Chrysler Builds 1,000,000th Pentastar Engine

With Chrysler reporting its first profitable fiscal year since 1997, the news that the company's one millionth "Pentastar" engine rolled out of its Trenton, Mich., marks more progress in its turnaround. The milestone comes a mere eighteen months after production began in July of 2010. "To build one...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X
Saab's U.S. Dealers Pray For Miracle, Ask For Chapter 11 Protection

Saab is dead, but the dream of Saab lives on -- at least in the U.S. According to a report in AutoNews, a group of Saab dealers in the States have banded together to petition a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Chapter 11 status. Why Chapter 11? Because it allows the possibility -- no matter how slim --...Read More»

Chevrolet's worldwide sales performance in 2011
GM Back On Top With 9 Million Unit Sales In 2011

Fueled by record worldwide sales of its Chevrolet brand, General Motors has achieved 2011 sales of 9.03 million units, surpassing both the 8.16 million sold by Volkswagen and the 7.9 million estimated by Toyota. Like other Japanese automakers, Toyota was impacted by inventory shortages caused by...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
A Strong December Closes Out 2011 Car Sales

As automakers are reporting December 2011 sales, a recovery that began early last year seems to be growing more steady, and stronger. Each of the Big Three automakers--Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Chrysler--reported sales increases for the month and for the year, as retail vehicle...Read More»

LGBT rainbow flag
Chrysler, Ford, Toyota Score 100% On LGBT Workplace Equality (Updated)

UPDATED: One of our contacts at GM wrote in with a couple of important clarifications. See the note below. The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, and for ten years, the organization has been ranking companies on their...Read More»

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