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Honda Announces End Of Element Production With 2011 Model
Honda Announces End Of Element Production With 2011 Model

After a nearly 10-year run, the Honda Element is dead, its quirky, boxy thunder stolen by the more conventional CR-V. Honda today announced its plans to cease Element production after the 2011 model year. In total 325,000 units of the Element sold over its tenure, though of late sales figures have...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200
Want an Auto Job? Chrysler Has 1000 Of Them

Looking for a job in the auto industry? Chrysler has 1,000 of them, or more--if you have the right credentials. Just a year after both General Motors and Chrysler declared bankruptcy--and sheared thousands of employees from their payrolls--Chrysler is staffing up with engineers and product...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln Dealer Network To Be Downsized

"Cull: to reduce or control the size of (as a herd)." So says Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. That’s what Ford plans to do to its 1200-unit herd of Lincoln dealers across the country. It will take two years, according to a Wall Street Journal article published in the wake of a...Read More»

2010 Acura MDX
Sales Ethics: When Is Enough, Enough? Part II

I was being trained in the Wild West of car sales. Although I would later become Internet Manager for a major car dealer, early in my career I found myself working with a retired school teacher who was desperately trying to trade her expensive, high-end SUV with hardly any miles for a modestly...Read More»

2010 Honda CR-V
Sales Ethics: An Ethical Dilemma In Car Sales

During a particularly grueling period when I was establishing myself in car sales—eventually becoming Internet Manager for a major car dealer—I relied on a good friend of mine to help me through the treacherous ethical waters of my new-found profession. We all know that car dealers have...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Will The Latest Sonata Recall Dampen Hyundai's Success?

Readers who follow this website know that I’m a big fan of what Hyundai has been doing in the U.S. market over the last few years. They have worked hard to put out stylish, well-built cars that have garnered positive reviews from those of us in the auto industry and consumers alike. Hyundai...Read More»

2007 Saturn Relay 4-door Wagon Relay 1 Trunk
Why Choose a Saturn

If you’re currently thinking about buying a new car but aren’t sure which manufacturer to go with, you should know that Saturn is a great choice. This popular car manufacturer, a General Motors subsidiary, has been making great cars since 1985. That’s almost twenty-five years of...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150
Looking for the 2012 Ford Ranger? It's the 2011 Ford F-150

Though fewer and fewer car shoppers are researching and purchasing today's Ford Ranger compact pickup truck, the decision to let the Ranger die next year in the U.S. still raises questions as to why Ford isn't working on a new small pickup, particularly when Ford's revived the Taurus and Explorer...Read More»

2011 Hyunda Elantra (Avante) unveiled in Korea
2011 Hyundai Elantra Production Moving to Alabama

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has been developed in South Korea, and is being adapted for the American market by the automaker's California-based marketing arm. Now, the Elantra is headed for production in Montgomery, Alabama, alongside the company's brisk-selling Sonata large sedan. Sources in South...Read More»

2007 hyundai veloster concept motorauthority 001
Hyundai Building New Headquarters in California

Hyundai says it's firmly a California citizen this morning with the announcement of a new headquarters building in Orange County, Calif. Hyundai has been in Orange County since 1985, when it launched the brand in America with the Excel compact. The Korean automaker says it will spend $150 million...Read More»

2007 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LE (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part IV

When you pre-negotiate a trade value, the figure is not cast in stone. The dealer has to see the car in person for a “hands-on” inspection before they can confirm the actual trade-in value. I worked long enough as an Internet Manager for a major dealer to know that car dealerships hate...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part III

When I helped a friend buy a used car from a major dealer, I knew we were vulnerable to manipulation around the trade’s value. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major dealers and someone who teaches people how to buy and sell cars, I made sure I used every insider secret that I knew about the...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Names Jonathan Browning New U.S. Chief

Volkswagen of America has been without a CEO since Stefan Jacoby resigned earlier this year, but confirmation has come that the American arm of the German automaker will soon have a new leader. The automaker has announced today that former GM executive Jonathan Browning has been named president and...Read More»

2010 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150
Today in Car News: Ford F-150 Safety, Mazda Pickup, and Volt

The Feds want to know if gas-tank straps on the popular Ford F-150 show cause for concern. So do we. We imagine, so does Ford. [New York Times] Mazda's sent out illustrations that preview its next-generation small pickup truck. Only as with the Ford Ranger, it's built overseas and no, you can't...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series (Euro spec)
The FCG List: Top Safety Picks Among 2011 Luxury Large Cars

Consumers looking to lease or buy a larger, more upscale car--and who want to be sure it’s safe for the family--have several excellent choices in six 2011 large luxury cars rated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You might note that some names are missing...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
2011 Scion tC: First Drive

Scion has been in the U.S. since 2002, introduced as a sub-brand to Toyota aimed at younger buyers. Lots of companies try to target the youth with marketing schemes and clever advertising, and most of the time they fail. Younger Americans know a thing or two about marketing and advertising as they...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition
Today in Car News: Car Sales, F-150, and Camaro Vs. Mustang

Don't count on a big car-sales turnaround anytime soon, CNN reports a little belatedly. Hey, way to be all Debbie Downer. [CNNMoney] We're driving the 2011 Ford F-150 lineup in two weeks; we'll let you know if its new electric power steering is good or just plain shocking. [PickupTrucks] The last...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Worst August Auto Sales In 28 Years

August is usually one of the best months of the year for car dealers. Not so in August 2010. Car sales dropped a whopping 21 percent from sales a year ago. This resulted in the slowest August on record for the last 28 years. Ironically, the biggest decrease in sales was recorded by Asian...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today in Car News: Car Sales, GM Fours, and Ghostbusters

By all accounts, this year's car sales are as nostalgic and flat as a three-week-old A&W root beer left in your cupholder inn summer. [Consumerist] And in what was supposed to be the year of the small car, it's --not shocking--that the two best-selling vehicles are big ole pickup trucks...Read More»

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