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October Auto Sales: Battered By Sandy, But Still Strong
October Auto Sales: Battered By Sandy, But Still Strong

The fury of Superstorm Sandy--wreaking havoc on New York, leaving disaster in its path in swaths of the Northeastern U.S., and spreading foul weather as far as the upper Midwest--left many Americans shaken, and holding onto loved ones this week. Estimates on the financial impact and the aftermath...Read More»

The projector-beam headlamps of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevy Silverado Gets December Reveal In Detroit

The Chevrolet Silverado is consistently the second-best selling full size pickup truck in America, so Chevy knows it needs to proceed with extreme caution when it comes to redesigns. A redesign is in the works, though, and an all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 will debut at a special event in...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
Best & Worst Sellers, Ford Escape Recall, Police Car Of The Future: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you the best and worst of August’s new vehicle sales, tell you about (another) recall for the new Ford Escape and speculate on what the police car of the future may look like. Here’s Thursday’s car news that’s fit to print, as covered by...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart Rallye
August 2012 Car Sales Still In The Fast Lane

Sales of new cars and trucks in August were a bright spot in the economic greige, continuing a year-long trend that analysts say will only diminish mildly by year's end. All the Detroit-based automakers reported double-digit sales increases for the month, joined by ebullient numbers at Toyota...Read More»

2013 Ford Explorer Sport
July 2012 Car Sales: Summer Heat Brings Surprising Numbers

Even as the global economy continues to flounder amid debt crises and high unemployment, car sales in the U.S. ride the tide of an aging fleet that needs replacing and rising consumer confidence numbers. Overall, car sales for July were down slightly from June, but J.D. Power and Associates...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
Next Ford F-150 To Get Aluminum Body For Better Gas Mileage

Ford's history, while not founded on the F150 pickup and its predecessors, has certainly been built around it over the last 60 years. From its debut in 1948 to the present, the truck has evolved radically in design, features, and capability, but it has remained all-steel in frame and body. That's...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
June 2012 Car Sales: Fireworks Or Sparklers This July 4th?

Car sales were stronger at the major automakers in June, but the pre-July 4th fireworks could fizzle later this year. Economic indicators are mixed, and analysts worry that June's solid numbers could weaken as unemployment and consumer confidence continue to weigh on the market. For the month of...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
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»

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